In Service: Richard Montgomery

Age: 20

Rank: Specialist

Branch of service: Army

Hometown: Empire

High school: Valley Charter High School, Class of 2007

Specialty: Tanker

Currently serving in: Iraq

Family: Parents, Richard and Michelle Montgomery of Empire

Of note: Montgomery's idol is his grandfather who served with Merrill's Marauders during World War II. Merrill's Marauders was an Army special forces unit that fought in the Pacific Theater.

The Bee invites local families to submit information and a photo of their relative serving in the Middle East. Send to:

Bryan Justman

The Modesto Bee

P.O. Box 5256

Modesto, CA 95352

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