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Cliff Montgomery, athlete, war hero

NEW YORK -- Cliff ''Monty" Montgomery, captain and quarterback of Columbia University's winning Rose Bowl team in 1934 and a World War II hero, died Thursday at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola. He was 94.

Mr. Montgomery's teams lost only three times in his three varsity seasons. He concluded his college career by leading the underdog Lions to a 7-0 victory over Stanford in the Rose Bowl in 1934, the game's MVP.

After one season of pro football with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Mr. Montgomery served in the Navy in World War II, andis credited with saving the lives of 400 sailors at Okinawa on April 6, 1945. A lieutenant in charge of a group of support ships, he brought his flagship alongside a burning destroyer in rough seas to bring the sailors aboard before the destroyer exploded. He was awarded the Silver Star.

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