Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation

Current Endeavors

Our current endeavors include the implementation of Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments and placement of Medal of Honor Walls of Memory throughout the country.


Educational Outreach

The Medal of Honor Character Development Program teaches children to embrace the ideals of courage and selfless service to promote responsible citizenship.


Citizen Heroes

Program recognizes nominated United States citizens who have demonstrated extraordinary heroism through "service above self" above and beyond one's area of responsibility.


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Gold Star Families Monument Gets White House Backing

The Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation has a goal, and now it has some pretty strong backing — from the White House.

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Hershel Woody Williams

Letter from Woody

As an 18 year old farm boy waiting to go to war to protect the freedom I had learned about in grade school, from a teacher who loved her country, my life and values were impacted by an experience I had as a driver of a taxi in the small community of Fairmont, West Virginia.

During my youth I had a boyhood friend by the name of Leonard Brown. We were near the same age. I wanted him to join the Marines with me, but he elected to go to the Army Air Force. While over seas his plane disappeared and no trace of it was ever found. His family waited 7 long years with hope, all the while he was declared missing in action, before they finally received official word that he had been lost. No trace of Leonard or his aircraft was ever found.


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In the News

August 22, 2016
  Groups raising money for Gold Star Family Memorial Monument in Bedford
The News & Advance
August 17, 2016
  Village honors recipients of Purple Heart medal
Miami's Communities Newspapers
August 16, 2016
  We’ve Broken Ground On A Memorial For Gold Star Families
Task and Purpose
August 15, 2016
  Ground broken for Gold Star memorial near Annapolis
Capital Gazette
August 13, 2016
  Memorial to honor Gold Star families to be erected in Annapolis
Capital Gazette
August 3, 2016
  NASSCO Hosts Keel-Laying Ceremony for USNS Hershel Woody Williams
Press Release
August 2, 2016
  Carl Vinson Hosts World War II Medal of Honor Recipient
Navy News Service
July 31, 2016
  Keel-Laying Ceremony for USNS Woody Williams
Press Release
July 8, 2016
  Gold Star Families monument designation in Bicentennial Park awaits Gov. Baker's signature
The Taunton Daily Gazette
June 14, 2016
  Monument for family members of the fallen to be built at Patriots Point
The Post and Courier
June 10, 2016
  Monument unveiled in Pittsford for families whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice
WHEC News10
June 10, 2016
  Gold Star Families memorial dedicated in Perinton
Democrat & Chronicle
June 6, 2016
  Monument honoring military families coming to Barboursville
The Washington Times
June 6, 2016
  Monument to honor Gold Star Families
June 6, 2016
  Gold Star families honored at monument groundbreaking
June 5, 2016
  Hershel "Woody" Williams on a mission for veteran families
June 3, 2016
  Gold Star families never forgotten
June 1, 2016
  Honoring those who are left to mourn
Hill Country News
May 31, 2016
  Building a monument for Gold Star families
WTHR Channel 13
May 27, 2016
  New monument to honor Gold Star families
ABC6 On Your Side
May 25, 2016
  Gold Star Families Monument Ground Breaking Ceremony to be held on Sunday, May 29th at 1 p.m.
American Legion, Post 911
May 17, 2016
  Iwo Jima veteran to attend groundbreaking for Gold Star Monument
May 17, 2016
  Lee Greenwood to sing at Mellwood Center
May 12, 2016
  Gold Star Families Monument Groundbreaking Set For Cedar Park
Cedar Park-Leander Patch
April 24, 2016
  World War Two veteran speaks at new memorial
Apr. 6, 2016
  Memorial monument first in Kentucky
Apr. 4, 2016
  Memorial monument dedicated in Kentucky
The Herald Dispatch
Mar. 25, 2016
  Honoring Gold Star Families: monument dedication set for April 4
The Daily Independent
Feb. 5, 2016
  Iwo Jima hero to speak in Port St. Lucie Monday
Dec 6, 2015
  Medal of Honor Recipient speaks at SAR holiday dinner
Dec 4, 2015
  Williams’ foundation leader in establishing permanent Gold Star Family Memorial Monuments
Times West Virginian
Dec 5, 2015
  Hershel "Woody" Williams Unveils Gold Star Families Monument
Dec 5, 2015
  Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Dedicated in Fairmont
Dec 4, 2015
  Hershel “Woody” Williams To Dedicate Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Fairmont
Nov 9, 2015
  Voices: An enduring hero of Marines' most iconic battle
USA Today
Nov 5, 2015
  Honoring Families of Fallen Heroes
The Highland County Press
Nov 4, 2015
  Marker given 'visible' home off Broadway
This Week News
Oct 27, 2015
  Grove City unveils new monument honoring fallen military heroes
Oct 21, 2015
  Navy naming ship after West Virginia Medal of Honor Marine
Oct 2, 2015
  Memorial In Veteran's Park To Honor Military Families
Sep 23, 2015
  Medal of Honor recipient, 91, works to expand monuments for Gold Star families
Fox News
Sep 21, 2015
  MOH Recipient Says Gold Star Families Monument Project Expanding
Stars and Stripes
Sep 20, 2015
  Gold Star families, officials break ground on Fall River memorial
The Herald News
Sep 5, 2015
  Monument would pay tribute to veterans’ sacrifices
Aug 6, 2015
  Gold Star Monument plans advancing
July 31, 2015
  Operation Good Citizen: Teaching Kids to do the Right Thing in 2015
Parade Magazine
July 28, 2015
  Medal of Honor Recipient educates teachers on Character Development Program
July 5, 2015
  Hershel 'Woody' Williams named to Oval of Honor
The Herald-Dispatch
June 28, 2015
  Center unveils portraits for three Medal of Honor recipients
The Pueblo Chieftain
June 25, 2015
  Marine Corps League donation to help S.C. get Gold Star Family Monument
Greenville Online
June 20, 2015
  Robinson honored for community service
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
June 15, 2015
  Medal of honor memorial unveiled in Clinton
June 15, 2015
  Medal of honor memorial unveiled in Clinton
June 15, 2015
  Clinton veterans park unveils new monument to Ohio’s Medal of Honor winners
Akron Beacon Journal
May 21, 2015
  Memorial pays tribute to Gold Star families’ sacrifices
The Tampa Tribune
May 20, 2015
  Gold Star families will be honored at Columbian Park’s revamped Memorial Island
Apr 21, 2015
  World War II Vet Honored By Parkersburg Catholic HS
The NewsCenter
Mar 25, 2015
  Medal of Honor Day: Hershel Williams talks about his recent return to Iwo Jima
Stars and Stripes
Feb 19, 2015
  Memorial to honor families of fallen service members
Democrate & Chronicle
Jan 28, 2015
  Williams brings message of honoring Gold Star families to Grove City, OH
ThisWeek Community News
Jan 12, 2015
  Gold Star Families Monument coming to Greenup County, KY
Jan 12, 2015
  Medal of Honor recipient gives first $5,000
The Independent

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