December 1944 in Montana

December 5 – The Army Corps of Engineers took over jurisdiction of  surplus military airfields at Glasgow, Lewistown, and Cut Bank.

December 15 – The U.S. Sixth Army invaded Mindoro. A train wreck at Gold Creek killed one man and burned up a freight car full of  cigarettes.

December 16 – A German offensive began in the Ardennes Forest.

December 22 – The U.S. 101st Airborne held Bastogne against repeated German attacks.

December 23 – Fire destroyed the McBee Motor Company garage in Billings with $100,000 damage. A man died of a heart attack while helping move belongings from an apartment adjacent to the fire.

December 24 – The Charlo butter and cheese factory was destroyed by fire with $25,000 damage.

December 26 – The Fourth Armored Division relieved the 101st Airborne at Bastogne.

December 27 – Governor Sam Ford was sworn into his second term.

December 28 – The Bachelor Officer’s Quarters at Gore Field was gutted by fire.

December 31 – Longtime Missoula mailman Louis Brutto retired after 40 years on the job. Beginning in 1918, he had walked an estimated 100,000 miles delivering the mail.

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