MONTGOMERY, Gillespie V. (Sonny), a Representative from Mississippi; born in Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss., August 5, 1920; graduated from the McCallie School, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Miss., 1939; graduated from Mississippi State College, Starkville, Miss., 1943; owner, Montgomery Insurance Agency, Meridian, Miss.; vice president, Greater Mississippi Life Insurance Co., Meridian, Miss.; served during the Second World War in the European Theater; received Bronze Star Medal for Valor, European Theater Ribbon; recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict in 1951 with Thirty-first Dixie Division; recipient of the Mississippi National Guard Mississippi Magnolia Medal; retired major general in Mississippi National Guard, 1980; past president of Mississippi National Guard Association; Mississippi State senate representing Lauderdale County, 1956-1966; elected as a Democrat to the Ninetieth and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1997); chairman, Select Committee on Military Involvement in Southeast Asia (Ninety-first Congress), Select Committee on Missing in Action in Southeast Asia (Ninety-fourth Congress), Committee on Veterans' Affairs (Ninety-seventh through One Hundred Third Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fifth Congress; awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005; died on May 12, 2006, in Meridian, Miss; interment in Magnolia Cemetery, Meridian, Miss.
BibliographyMontgomery, G. V., with Michael B. Ballard and Craig S. Piper.
Sonny Montgomery: The Veteran's Champion. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2003.