I am a Veteran.Major General James Montgomery Breedlove
September 8, 1922 - January 9, 2016
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Major General (Ret.) USAF James Montgomery Breedlove completed his final mission Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the age of 93 years. The family will receive friends 4:30-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Venue on Broadway, 2202 Broadway. A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Venue on Broadway. Major General Breedlove will be laid to rest in Franklin, Kentucky.

Jim was born on September 8, 1922 in the small town of Franklin, Kentucky. It was the kind of town where you learned discipline early because, when you were growing up, you knew full well that if you did something wrong, your parents would know before you made it back home. After Jim graduated from high school in 1940, he attended junior college in Valdosta, Georgia and then the University of Louisville. Meanwhile, there was a war going on and the military was looking for recruits. In 1943, he entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. and graduated in June 1947 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission in the United States Army Air Corp. In September of 1947, the Army Air Corp became a separate branch of the military and Jim's brief army career came to an end. While at West Point, he started seeing a girl from his hometown, Mary Ann Gossett, whom he married after he completed flight training at Randolph AFB, in 1948.

Jim had a distinguished and highly decorated career in the Air Force that took him all over the United States, to England and Germany, to Korea and Thailand and finally to the Canal Zone. During the Korean conflict, he flew 39 combat missions and in 1966, Jim attended the Imperial Defense College in London. In December 1969, Jim assumed command of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base where he flew 162 combat missions with a total of 378 flying hours in the F-4E Phantom II aircraft. In October 1970, Jim assumed command of the 3500th Pilot Training Wing at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas, a town that later became his second home. He was promoted to the rank of Major General May 1, 1973 and assumed command of the U.S. Air Forces Southern Command in the Canal Zone in October 1974 and deputy commander in chief, U.S. Southern Command. He was a command pilot and his military decorations and awards included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Unit Citation Emblem, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with oak leaf cluster, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the Royal Thai Supreme Command Forward Master Badge, the Order of Aero Merit of Colombia, the Peru Aero Merit, and the Venezuelan Medal of Merit.

After Jim retired from the Air Force, he worked for 12 years for BDM in Albuquerque. He and Mary Ann eventually retired to Horseshoe Bay where he spent his remaining years living on the 15th tee box on Slick Rock Golf course.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Mont and Ila Breedlove, his sister Sara Elizabeth and the love of his life, Mary Ann. He is survived by his proud and loving daughter, Monti Booth and her husband, David Booth, his grandchildren, Mindy Rice and Anthony Booth and his great granddaughter, McKenna Booth.

A warm thank you to his caretakers, Debra Jones, Heath Huffman and all of the staff at Wilshire Place; as well as the Hospice of Lubbock staff.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Air Force Aid Society or the Wounded Warrior Project. Mission accomplished.

Major General James Montgomery Breedlove
Visitation Schedule
Family Receiving Friends
Venue on Broadway
2202 Broadway
Lubbock, TX  79401
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
4:30-6:00 p.m.
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Service Schedule
Celebration of Life
Venue on Broadway
2202 Broadway
Lubbock, TX  79401
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
2:00 p.m.
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Memorial Contributions
Air Force Aid Society
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Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758517
Topeka, KS 66675
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