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.

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Educational Outreach

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

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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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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

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
Sept. 26-28, 2014
Gold Star Families Retreat Weekend at Camp Dawson, WV
Sep 21, 2014
Gold Star Monument Comes to Valley Forge
Sep 10–13, 2014
National Medal of Honor Convention
Aug 3–8, 2014
Marine Corps League National Convention,
Charleston, WV
May 26, 2014
VFW renamed for Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams
Nov 2–3, 2013
2013 Annual Day of Honor - Hope Baptist Church, Toledo, OH (11/2)/Annual Medal of Honor Dinner for Remembrance, Inc.(11/3)

Medal of Honor Recipients Hershel "Woody" Williams and Gary Beikirch will both appear and speak at both events as well as the 11 am service at Hope Baptist Church

Nov 8–11, 2013
94th Annual NYC Veterans Day Parade and Mayor's Veteran's Recognition Breakfast

Medal of Honor Recipient Williams and fellow Recipients will participate in several Veterans Day activities such as the USMC Birthday Gala, Mayor's Veteran's Recognition Breakfast, Veterans Day Parade, and the Nasdaq Closing Bell Ceremony.

Dec 26–28, 2013
2013 Military Bowl presented by Northup Grumman at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

This college football game brings national attention and support to the Military, Veterans and their families. Woody Williams will do the Official Coin Toss, participate in the Medal of Honor parade and a brunch at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis, MD.

In the News

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
WCHS ABC
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
Oct 2, 2013
  Monument to Gold Star families stands in Kanawha County
WV Metro News
Oct 2, 2013
  First Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Dedicated in Kanawha County, WV
News 9
Oct 2, 2013
  Governor Tomblin, Secretary Thompson, and Woody Williams Dedicate New Memorial at State Veterans Cemetery
News 13
April 27, 2013
  Last Living Medal Of Honor Recipient From Iwo Jima Honored In Tulsa
Office of the Governor, Earl Ray Tomblin
July 30, 2012
  Governor Tomblin Appoints Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams to West Virginia Veterans' Council
Office of the Governor, Earl Ray Tomblin
June 12, 2013
  Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams Speaks at Veterans' Tribute Assembly
Veterans' Tribute Assembly

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