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.


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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Calendar of Events

January 5, 2016
Gold Star Family-Gettings
Opening Center in PA
December 10-12, 2015
WWII Museum
New Orleans LA Tokyo Road opening
November 14, 2015
Greenup, KY
November 8-11, 2015
Orlando, FL
November 6-8, 2015
American Veterans Center, Washington DC
Receiving Award
November 5, 2015
Speaking engagement with Gen. Rogers
Charleston, SC
October 23-25, 2015
October 16-18, 2015
CMOHF Golf/Fundraiser event
Charlotte, NC
October 2, 2015
Fundraiser dinner
Dallas, TX
September 27, 2015
First Annual GOLD STAR Families Cruise
Belle of Louisville, Louisville, KY
September 21, 2015
Speaking to VFW Union League Club
Philadelphia, PA
September 20, 2015
Monument Groundbreaking
Fall River, MA
September 16-20, 2015
National Medal of Honor Convention
Boston, MA
August 22, 2015
Cincinnati Red Pre-Game Honors
Cincinnati, OH
August 15-17, 2015
Spirit of '45
Dallas, TX
August 6-8, 2015
Nashville Salutes
August 5, 2015
Gold Star Families Meet & Greet
Knoxville, TN
July 14, 2015
Dinner to help raise funds for monument
July 14, 2015
Huntington/Cabell Republican Women's Group
Guyan Country Club, Barboursville, WV
July 7, 2015
Guest of the Commandant, USMC
Evening Parade, Iwo Jima Memorial
Washington, DC
July 3-5, 2015
Veterans Tribute and Concert at the PGA Golf Tournament
Greenbrier Resort, White Sulphur Springs, WV
July 3, 2015
East Wing
June 19-20, 2015
Second Chance Concert
Bluefield, WV
May 25, 2015
Dedication of Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments in Fairfield, OH and Lafayette, IN
May 21, 2015
Dedication of Gold Star Families Memorial Monument
Tampa, FL
May 15-17, 2015
Trail of Honor
Jackson, MS
May 14, 2015
Heroes and Horses with Medal of Honor Recipients Dakota Meyer and Ernie West
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April 27-28, 2015
Riverside Military Academy
Gainesville, GA
April 14-15, 2015
Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation fundraiser
Philadelphia, PA
April 8-12, 2015
Medal of Honor Host City
Gainesville, TX
March 24-25, 2015
Medal of Honor Day Recognition/
Wreath Laying at Tomb of Unknowns
March 16-23, 2015
Return Trip to Guam and Iwo Jima for 70th Anniversary
Feb 18-20, 2015
70th Anniversary Iwo Jima
Washington, DC
Feb 12-14, 2015
70th Iwo Jima Survivors Reunion
Wichita Falls, TX
Jan 10, 2015
Medal of Honor Bowl
Charleston, SC
Dec 11, 2014
If Not Me, Then Who…” Gala, The Union League of Philadelphia
Dec 7, 2014
Honor and Remember Gala with Gold Star Families, Virginia Beach, VA
Nov 13, 2014
Medal of Honor Wall of Memory dedicated at the Huntington, WV VA Medical Center.
Oct 24-26, 2014
SkyBall XII, Dallas, TX
Oct. 17-21, 2014
Medal of Honor Golf Classic, Dallas, TX
Sept 30-Oct 1, 2014
Speakers Forum at Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

In the News

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
Dec 22, 2014
  Marines raising money for Gold Star families monument in Kentucky
Stars and Stripes
Dec 20, 2014
  Former Marines raising money for Kentucky monument to honor Gold Star families
Marine Times
Dec 16, 2014
  Gold Star Families Memorial Monument movement lands in Ashland, Ky.
The Independent
Dec 16, 2014
  Hershel Woody Williams and his Foundation support Travis Manion Foundation in Philly
PR Web
Nov 13, 2014
  Medal of Honor Wall of Memory dedicated at the Huntington, WV VA Medical Center.
Herald Dispatch
Sep 29, 2014
  Marine Corps League Donates To Hershel Woody Williams Medal Of Honor Foundation
Sep 19, 2014
  MOH recipient's goal: Tributes to Gold Star families in all 50 states
Stars and Stripes
Sep 22, 2014
  Pottstown’s Price among those on new Gold Star Monument in Valley Forge
The Mercury News
Sep 21, 2014
  Gold Star Monument comes to Valley Forge
The Times Herald News
Apr 02, 2014
  Students raise money for Gold Star monument
Fox 13 News
Jan 31, 2014
  Memorial to laud Medal of Honor recipients
Journal News
Jan 26, 2014
  Statewide Memorial to be Built at Valley Forge
Tredyffrin-Eastown Patch

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