NEW YORK – Dabney Montgomery, who served with the all-black Tuskegee Airmen in World War II and marched with Martin Luther King Jr., has died. He was 93.
His goddaughter Marlene Patton said he died of natural causes Saturday morning at a Manhattan hospice care facility. He had lived in Harlem until he entered the facility Sunday night.
Montgomery was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.
Patton says the soles of his shoes and the tie he wore on the famous 1965 Selma to Montgomery march with King will be part of the permanent collect at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. when it opens on Sept. 24.
Montgomery served as a ground crewman with the Tuskegee Airmen in southern Italy during the war.