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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Frank John Montoya was born October 16,1929 in Trinidad,Colorado, to D.G. & and Christine (Passarelli) Montoya. He attended public schools graduating in 1948 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the U.S. Army. He and his wife Luciana,a native of Trieste, Italy live in the Fountain Valley very near Pikes Peak Two surviving children are Margaret, a Registered Psychiatric Nurse employed at Evans U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Carson, CO. and Frank a postal worker, who with wife Kathryn and sons Ryan and Aaron lives in Auburn, CA.

Lillian, their youngest child was taken from them, tragically, in an automobile accident at the age of 16. They have two granddaughters, Christine Glick and Wendi Boyd and a great granddaughter Lauren Amber Boyd. During his seventy five years he has been a cowboy, hotel bellhop, theater usher, fruit picker, hay stacker, Soldier from Private to Master Sergeant, First Sergeant and Warrant Officer; then subsequently a Life Insurance Agent, Real Estate Agent, College Instructor and most recently in Newspaper advertising work before retiring. He served in The US Army for 21 years, over 14 of which were tours in Italy, Germany, Japan and Morocco, achieving the grade of Chief Warrant Officer, W3.

In 1967-1968 he served with the 9th Infantry Division during the war in Vietnam as a Maintenance Platoon Leader earning two Bronze Stars for Meritorious Service.

Today his activities include writing an occasional poem, traveling, visiting friends and relatives and now and then a trek to the mountains to "prospect" for gold in the casinos at Cripple Creek, Colorado.

 









TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • DO YOU REMEMBER ME?
  • THE WALL
  • THE STARS AND STRIPES
  • SALUTE TO A VETERAN
  • MY PARADE, AT LAST
  • MAJESTIC MOUNTAIN
  • WOUNDS TO THE SPIRIT
  • THE FOURTH DAY IN JULY
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY
  • THERE IS ONE PATROL STILL OUT
  • WHERE HAVE THEY GONE
  • MY ALLERGY
  • ODE TO EL NINO
  • A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
  • THE SAGA OF SUPERBOWL XXXII
  • ONE MORE TIME!!
  • TWO HEARTS
  • MY FRIEND
  • THE WEARING OF THE GREEN
  • EASTER
  • YOUR MOTHER
  • LAMENT OF THE LITTLE ONES
  • JUST ONE OR TWO
  • SPRING
  • SUMMER DAYS
  • POETICAL EXPRESSION
  • THE HOUSE ON MESA ROAD
  • THE DARKENING DAYS
  • AN OCTOBER EVE
  • THE SAD TALE OF OLD GEORGE FRY
  • A TIME FOR THANKS
  • WINTER DAYS
  • HOLIDAY ON THE HIGHWAY
  • THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS
  • ANOTHER YEAR
  • MEMORIES OF VIETNAM
  • JOHN-JOHN
  • AUTUMN IN COLORADO
  • A HOUSE OR A HOME
  • TODAY IS VALENTINE'S DAY
  • THE BANDIT
  • THE SHAMROCK
  • TAKEOVER!!
  • IN MEMORY OF....
  • THE GUARANTEE
  • SERVING AT CHRISTMAS
  • LEST WE FORGET
  • THE FINAL FLAME
  • THERE WAS A TIME
  • A SHRINE OF THEIR OWN
  • REMEMBER THE DAY
  • NOT ONLY SMITH AND JONES
  • ARE YOU READY?
  • WRITING THE WORDS
  • A DAY FOR MOM
  • THE NOBLE BEAST
  • THE SANTA FE TRAIL
  • THE SPANISH PEAKS
  • THE GOLDEN HILLS
  • THE GARDEN OF THE GODS
  • COLORADO, MY HOME
  • FIFTY YEARS
  • THE THINGS I NEED
  • FREEDOM'S DAY
  • UNBROKEN AND UNBOWED
  • FLYING THE FLAG
  • THE NEXT GENERATION
  • CROSSROADS
  • CHOICES
  • "THE FRIEND"
  • THE SEEKERS
  • THE TRUST TROOPER
  • A FORT CARSON FAREWELL
  • THE SPIRIT OF COLUMBIA
  • WITH PRIDE AND PRAYER
  • DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?
  • I AM YOUR FLAG
  • MY VALENTINE
  • OUR TOWN
  • REMEMBERING
  • THE LIGHTHOUSE
  • WHERE'S THE FLAG?
  • SERVING AT CHRISTMAS
  • A DAY IN JUNE
  • A DIFFERENT YEAR?
  • A GAL I KNOW
  • A GUY CALLED JOE
  • A VALENTINE PROMISE
  • A VERY SPECIAL DAY
  • BIRTH OF A NATION
  • BRINGING BACK THE STRAYS
  • CHRISTMASTIME
  • ARE YOU READY?
  • BINALLOFEM
  • GRADUATION TIME
  • HOLIDAYS AND HOME
  • ON MY OLD GRANDDADDY'S KNEE
  • ONCE MORE THEY GO
  • OUR OWN DEAR PATTY
  • SERENADE TO SPRING
  • A MODERN SHANGRI-LA
  • THE FINAL ROLL CALL
  • THE GIFT
  • THE WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL
  • ABOVE THE CROWD
  • THE PLEDGE
  • THE WEB PAGE
  • WE'RE COMING HOME!
  • WILL WE REMEMBER?
  • A REFLECTION OF LIFE
  • WELCOME TO THE WORLD
  • SONS AND GRANDSONS
  • THE WARRIOR ETHOS
  • HOME AND CHRISTMAS
  • COME DANCE WITH ME
  • TOUCHED BY AN AGENT
  • A HOLIDAY TO REMEMBER
  • OPERATION HOMECOMING USA
  • HAVE YOU EVER?
  • SYMBOLS OF AMERICA