Resolution J1395-2013

Commending Tuskegee Airman Dabney N. Montgomery for his distinguished military service and contributions to the United States of America



  • Apr 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 19, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring Dabney N. Montgomery upon the occasion
of his designation for special recognition after a lifetime  of  loyalty
and distinguished service as a renown Tuskegee Airman

WHEREAS,  From  time to time this Legislative Body takes note of certain
extraordinary individuals of remarkable courage and strength of  charac-
ter  who risked their own lives for others, and stood with fortitude for
freedom and humanity; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is justly proud to honor
Dabney N. Montgomery upon the occasion of his  designation  for  special
recognition  after a lifetime of loyalty  and distinguished service as a
renown Tuskegee Airman, to be celebrated on Saturday, May 4, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, On April 18, 2013, Dabney N. Montgomery turned 90 years  old;
  WHEREAS,  Born  in  Selma, Alabama on April 18, 1923, to Dred and Lula
Anderson Montgomery, Dabney Montgomery was drafted  into  the  Army  Air
Corps  (now the United States Air Force), during World War II and served
in the 1051st Quartermaster Company  of  the  96th  Air  Service  Group,
attached  to  the  332nd Air Fighter Group, as a ground crewman with the
Tuskegee Airmen in Southern Italy, from 1943 to 1945; and
  WHEREAS, A man of many achievements, Dabney Montgomery was  awarded  a
Good  Conduct Medal; the WWII Victory Medal; the European African Middle
Eastern Service Medal with two Bronze Stars; a Service Award; the Honor-
able Service Medal; a Basic Driver and Mechanic Medal; and the New  York
State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame Award; and
  WHEREAS, To continue his education, in 1946 Dabney Montgomery enrolled
into  Livingstone  College,  located  in  Salisbury, North Carolina, and
received a B.A. degree in Religious Education in May of 1949;  he  is  a
Charter  Member of the Sphinx Club and was one of the first to be admit-
ted into the Gamma Mu Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; and
  WHEREAS, Mr. Montgomery was an activist in the  course  of  the  Civil
Rights  Movement  and  marched  with the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. throughout the 50-plus miles March from Selma  to  Montgomery,
Alabama,  from  March  21-25,  1965; he also served as one of Dr. King's
bodyguards; and
  WHEREAS, On April 11, 2006, former President George W. Bush  signed  a
bill  into  law  to  award  all  Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen the
United States Congressional Gold Medal  of  Honor;  it  was  awarded  on
Thursday,  March  29,  2007, under the Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C.;
  WHEREAS, In December of 2006, Dabney Montgomery was  selected  by  the
Livingstone  College  National Alumni Association to receive the Presti-
gious Outstanding Alumni Award; it was presented on February 2, 2007, by
the National Alumni Council of the United Negro College  Fund  in  Nash-
ville,  Tennessee;  on February 4, 2010, he was inducted into the United
Negro College Fund "Share Your  Love"  and  Service  in  Celebration  of
Livingstone  College  Leaders  Hall  of Fame; these distinguished awards
recognize alumni who have made significant contributions to  their  alma
mater, community, and the UNCF; and
  WHEREAS,  Dabney Montgomery is involved in the Harlem community and is
a member of Manhattan Community Board No. 10, where  he  serves  on  two
sub-committees:  Parks and Recreation, and the Executive Committee; as a
member of the Parks and Recreation Committee, he wrote a letter  to  the
Parks  Department  of  the  City of New York, as a proposal to recognize
Central Park West (at 85th and 86th Streets) as the historical  site  of

African  American  settlers  in  the  early 1820s, which was then Seneca
Village; Mother Zion was, for a short time, located there; and
  WHEREAS,  The  settlers were evicted in 1857 under the City's "eminent
domain" project; a permanent sign now stands marking the site; and
  WHEREAS, Dabney Montgomery is currently the chaplain of the West 136th
Street 200th Block Association; and
  WHEREAS, Mr. Montgomery has received numerous awards for his community
involvement, including: the Social Action Award  for  his  civil  rights
activism;  an  "American Hero" declaration; a Trailblazer Award from the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters; a Tuskegee Airmen  Legacy  Award
for  heroic  and  dedicated  service;  and  a Citation for Extraordinary
Service to Our Nation and Sacrifices in the Civil Rights Movement; and
  WHEREAS, Dabney Montgomery is truly a person who loves his family  and
country;  his pride, faith, and distinguished service make him meritori-
ously worthy of this designation; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that  when  individ-
uals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our attention
it is appropriate to publicly proclaim and commend those individuals for
the edification and emulation of others; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Dabney N. Montgomery upon the  occasion  of  his  designation  for
special  recognition  after  a  lifetime  of  loyalty  and distinguished
service as a renown Tuskegee Airman; and be it futher
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dabney N. Montgomery.


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