Hancock County company honors a fallen war hero - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Hancock County company honors a fallen war hero

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

On this Veterans Day, a local company honored a local fallen soldier on the 236th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. 

Selex Galileo dedicated it's newest building to First Lieutenant William Donnelly, IV.  Donnelly, a Marine, was raised in Picayune and died last year in combat on Thanksgiving Day.

Family and friends of Lt. Donnelly watched with emotion as the Selex Galileo was unveiled in honor of him.  The company's CEO is Giles Kyser.  "Today is the day when we get to dedicate a facility to the legacy of honor courage and commitment provided to us by a great Marine and a great Marine family," said Kyser.

"Because it is the 236th birthday of our Marine Corps, I can't think of a better way to remember that day by honoring a fellow Marine and his family."

Donnelly was a rifle platoon commander for the Third Battalion, 5th Marines.

Fourth District Congressman Steven Palazzo attended the emotional ceremony.  He told the crowd, "On November 25th, Thanksgiving Day 2010. Lt. Donnelly answered his country's highest calling when he laid down his life while leading Marines during combat operations in Afghanistan."

The building that now bears his name is a Security Assistance Support Center located at Stennis International Air Park. The company produces and installs electronic equipment for airplanes.  The new building will be used for training military special forces.

"The building has the capability to run both classified and un-classified computer networks up to 120 different drops." explained Kyser.

Family members said Donnelly would have been proud.  "I'm just tickled to death that God in his own way is honoring Will in a way that Will could never have been honored when he was alive" William Donnelly, III said.

During the ceremony, Donnelly's widow was presented military commendations for her husband.  They were married just two weeks before he was deployed.

Copyright 2011 WLOX. All rights reserved.

 

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Tree falls on house with homeowners inside

    Tree falls on house with homeowners inside

    Sunday, May 27 2018 1:45 PM EDT2018-05-27 17:45:27 GMT

    One couple is encouraging their neighbors to get the trees around their house checked after one fell on top of their home Saturday.

    More >>

    One couple is encouraging their neighbors to get the trees around their house checked after one fell on top of their home Saturday.

    More >>
  • Tropical Storm Watch canceled for South Mississippi

    Tropical Storm Watch canceled for South Mississippi

    Sunday, May 27 2018 12:02 PM EDT2018-05-27 16:02:23 GMT
    10 AM NHC Alberto Forecast Track10 AM NHC Alberto Forecast Track

    The Tropical Storm Watch for Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties has been cancelled.

    More >>

    The Tropical Storm Watch for Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties has been cancelled.

    More >>
  • Moss Point Police searching for 'armed & dangerous' man

    Moss Point Police searching for 'armed & dangerous' man

    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:53 PM EDT2018-05-27 02:53:04 GMT
    Moss Point Police are warning Devarian Raheem Edwards should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. (Photo source: WLOX)Moss Point Police are warning Devarian Raheem Edwards should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. (Photo source: WLOX)

    A man police believe was involved in a multi-state crime spree that started with an auto theft and ended with capital murder is still on the run. And they're warning Devarian Raheem Edwards should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

    More >>

    A man police believe was involved in a multi-state crime spree that started with an auto theft and ended with capital murder is still on the run. And they're warning Devarian Raheem Edwards should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly