Shelby dedication honors fallen hero

A building at Camp Shelby has been named in honor of a Mississippi National Guard soldier who was killed while serving in Iraq.

The administration building at the 154th Regional Training Institute has been dedicated to 1st Lt. Matthew Stovall of Philadelphia.

A plaque with Stovall's likeness was unveiled during a ceremony this morning, attended by dozens of family, friends and National Guard personnel.

Stovall died in August of 2004 in Mosul, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

"I know he loved being a soldier, that's the only thing I can tell you about the soldier part," said Stovall's mother Ellon Stovall.

"But, he was a terrific son, he was always obedient and loving and that's all a mom can ask for," Mrs. Stovall said.

"He's one of our heros in our hearts forever in the Mississppi National Guard for the sacrifice that he gave to this country," said Major General Harold Cross, the Adjutant General for the Mississippi National Guard.

"He gave all he could, his lfe, all of his tomorrows for our todays," General Cross said.

Stovall was a member of the National Guard's 367th Maintenance Company in Philadelphia.