Catch-A-Dream Bass Fishing Tournament – May 7th, 2023

The Catch-A-Dream Bass Classic is  charitable competitive bass tournament held annually on the 1st Sunday in May on Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson, MS in Sonny’s honor.

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Waters receives Commendation Award – August, 2022

From The Clinton Courier:

Clinton artist Wyatt Waters (far left) and restaurateur, chef and author Robert St. John (second from right) recently received a Commendation Award from the G.V.”Sonny” Montgomery Foundation for their special feature, “Sacred Connections” on their Mississippi Public Television Show, Palate to Palette.

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G.V. Sonny Montgomery Foundation establishes scholarship for MSU-Meridian’s physician assistant program

From Mississippi State University – Meridian:

Brad Crawford, president, and executive director of the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Foundation and Adriana Fuentealba of Gulf Breeze, Florida, the first recipient of the Montgomery Physician Assistant Scholarship at Mississippi State University-Meridian.

MERIDIAN, Miss.—A 23-year-old Mississippi State Physician Assistant Studies student from Florida is the first recipient of the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Physician Assistant Scholarship at MSU-Meridian.

Adriana Fuentealba of Gulf Breeze, Florida, previously a surgical technician in medical research at the Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio, Texas, began the MSU-Meridian program this year.

“The G.V. ‘Sonny’ Montgomery Foundation is proud to support the Physician Assistant Studies program at Mississippi State by providing $12,500 to Adriana over the two and a half years of the program,” said Brad Crawford, president, and executive director.

Although Fuentealba is the first scholarship recipient, Crawford noted the foundation plans to “expand the scholarship to three students over the next three years. We see this investment as a win-win for MSU, the Meridian campus and veterans—all done in the spirit of Sonny Montgomery,” he added.

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EANGUS Eagle Award to Senator Joni Ernst – March, 2021

From the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States:

The 2021 G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Eagle Award was presented to U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, Iowa, during the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) Legislative Workshop conducted virtually on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Senator Ernst was recognized for her continuing record of support for National Guard members. She has been instrumental in the introduction of significant legislation impacting our members to include the Senate’s Support our National Guard Act which will provide transitional health care benefits to National Guard members who responded to the COVID-19 pandemic under Title 32 orders.

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G. V. “Sonny” Montgomery Honored With NGEF Christmas Ornament

Each year the National Guard Educational Foundation produces a unique National Guard Christmas Ornament. Rarely, If ever, does the ornament depict an individual, but this year they have chosen to honor Sonny on the 100th year anniversary of his birth.

2020 NGEF Commemorative Ornament

2020 NGEF Commemorative Ornament, 8th Edition 

This oil-on-canvas painting adorns the Montgomery Room inside the National Guard Memorial, named for Gillespie V. “Sonny” Montgomery (August 5, 1920 – May 12, 2006). A Mississippi Guardsman and veteran of World War II and Korea, Sonny Montgomery retired as a Major General in 1980.

He served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years (D-MS), during which he sponsored the Montgomery G.I. Bill. This educational benefit remains a widely used resource for Guardsmen and their families.

Throughout his career, Sonny was a staunch supporter of the National Guard Association of the United States and advocated for the Guard on Capitol Hill.

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Placing Flowers At Grave Site Of Former Congressman Sonny Montgomery For 100th Birthday

Board Members of the GVMF visited the grave site of former Congressman Sonny Montgomery in Magnolia Cemetery on August 5th, 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth.

L to R: Brad Crawford, David Kennard, Wanda Hardy(Florist), Pam Stevenson, Bo Maske, Ronnie Walton, Bob Bailey


A Centennial Celebration of Congressman G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Virtual Exhibit

“A Centennial Celebration of Congressman G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery” is a virtual exhibit commemorating the 100th birthday of Congressman Sonny Montgomery, a WWII and Korean War veteran, an alumnus of MSU, and a beloved former congressman from Mississippi’s 3rd congressional district.

The exhibit is a collaborative effort between the Congressional and Political Research Center, the Digital Preservation and Access Unit, and the MaxxSouth Digital Media Center, all of MSU Libraries.

Click here to explore introductory information, individual themed “exhibit cases,” and more via the links on the MSU University Libraries site!


100 years after his birth, Sonny Montgomery’s good deeds continue

From The Meridian Star (07/31/2020):

Patriot. Statesman. Soldier. Public servant.

Those are just four terms often used to describe the late Gillespie V. “Sonny” Montgomery, a Meridian native, World War II veteran and prominent U.S. Congressman.

Born Aug. 5, 1920, Montgomery, who died in 2006, would have celebrated his 100th birthday this upcoming Wednesday.

A hundred years after his birth, and 14 years after his death, Montgomery’s legacy continues to make an impact across Mississippi and the nation.

“I remember Sonny mostly by his personality,” said Brad Crawford, executive director and president of the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Foundation in Meridian. “His love for people – all people. Sonny was well-loved here in Meridian, but also on Capitol Hill, and everywhere he went. He had this extraordinary interest in his fellow man … and this ability to bring people together.”

After graduating from Mississippi State University, Montgomery joined the U.S. Army, serving in the European Theater during World War II. He remained on active duty during the Korean Conflict and later had a long career in the Mississippi National Guard, retiring after 35 years as a major general.

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G.V. Sonny Montgomery Chapter Teacher of the Year – June, 2019


The G.V. Sonny Montgomery Chapter of the Air Force Association in Meridian, MS, chose Southeast Lauderdale High School teacher Chloe Gressett as its 2019 outstanding teacher for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Gressett teaches biology, advanced placement biology, and zoology. (G.V. Sonny Montgomery Chapter President Langford Knight and Teacher of the Year Chloe Gressett pictured left.)

Gressett learned an exemplary work ethic, devotion to duty, precision and high expectations from her family. Her father served many years in the military, including several years in the 186th Wing of the Air National Guard in Meridian and the 172nd Wing in Jackson, MS.

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