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MSU dedicates G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Lobby

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Published: Nov. 4, 2016 at 5:34 PM CDT
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Mississippi State University dedicated a lobby at Nusz Hall Friday to the late Cong. G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery.

The newly constructed Nusz Hall also houses MSU’s G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans. Officials say it's an appropriate remembrance of the man who built his life around service to his country and to his home state.

“Today we honor one of the most distinguished members of the Mississippi National Guard, a serviceman and a statesman,” said Maj. Gen. Janson D. “Durr” Boyles.

After receiving his degree from MSU, then Mississippi State College, Montgomery served in Europe during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, Legion of Merit and Combat Infantry Badge. He went on to serve during the Korean Conflict and served for 35 years in the Mississippi National Guard, retiring with the rank of Major General.

In a news release, MSU president, Dr. Mark Keenum, called Montgomery a leader wherever he went.

U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly said the tribute to Montgomery in Nusz Hall is appropriate because “there is not a university in the nation that is more veteran-friendly than Mississippi State University.”

On behalf of the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Foundation, Brad Crawford, president and executive director, thanked Tommy Nusz for his generous contribution of the state-of-the-art facility to benefit MSU’s veteran community.

“This will be a fantastic place for veterans and their families for years to come,” Crawford said.