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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; 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 Veterans Champion. Jackson, MS:
University Press of Mississippi, 2003.