MONTAGUE, PAUL J. Name: Paul J. Montague Rank/Branch: O3/United States Marine Corp Unit: HMM 165 Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Anthony KS Date of Loss: 28 March 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 160600N 1072300E Status (in 1973): Releasee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: CH46A Tail Number: 151922 Incident: Refno 1111 Other Personnel in Incident: Bruce Archer, Returnee Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK 15 March 1997 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated 2016. REMARKS: Released 03/16/73 by PRG March 29, 1968, while piloting a helicopter, Major Paul J. Montague was captured with Captain Bruce R. Archer (1st MAW). They were reported dead at the time. Montague's weight dropped below 100 pounds due to treatment, humiliation and degradation in 1969. Very sparse food, little water and severe corporal punishment made imprisonment most miserable. Upon realizing their release might be imminent, their captors gave them more food, some sunshine, and set about making them look presentable to the world. On March 16, 1973 Archer was released weighing 145 pounds and a few months later was at 170 pounds. Paul Montague left the military after his release. He resides in Kansas and is an member of NAM-POWs Inc.
The Day I Died
A True Story of Patriotism, Faith and Survival
by J. R. Tuorila, Ph.D.
As soon as the troops were out of Paul's chopper, the recovery team got on board
and Paul pulled in power to lift off. As the helicopter got airborne,
Paul recalled that the whole side of the mountain west of the LZ lit up like a Christmas tree. The VC had opened up on Paul's chopper with everything
they had. As he tried to climb, the helicopter began to lose power. Paul had run out of ideas as he felt the bullets passing next to his body and face.
It was like being in a hailstorm inside the cockpit. ...
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