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Memorial Monuments Dedicated

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States Represented

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Memorial Monuments in Progress

Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Statistics

"What is a Gold Star Family Member"?

"A wife, husband, mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, parent through adoption, foster parents who stand or stood in place of parents, children, stepchildren, children through adoption, brothers, sisters, half brothers, half sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, grandchildren and grandparents of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States that sacrificed their life for our way of life, while serving in the United States Military."

Mission Statement

"The Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation will honor Gold Star Families, Relatives and Children by building Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments throughout the United States, by offering scholarships to Gold Star Children, by sponsoring outreach programs and events and by educating communities about Gold Star Families and the sacrifice they have endured."

USNS Hershel Woody Williams

The Secretary of the Navy named T-ESB 4 (Expeditionary Sea Base Ship 4), the USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams mobile base sea vessel. She is expected to enter Navy service in early 2018.

Mr. Williams’ actions, commitment to his fellow service members, and heroism were recognized on October 5, 1945, when he received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Truman at the White House.  

Medal of Honor Citation

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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.

Letter from Woody

Reflections about life, service and sacrifice.

I was born in Quiet Dell, West Virginia, a small, rural community where my family owned a dairy farm. I grew up milking cows and delivering the milk to customers in town. When I became old enough for grade school, I attended a one-room school house that was about a mile walk from my house. A teacher at that school taught me the history of our great nation and about the freedom we have in America. That teacher’s love for the United States of America had a tremendous impact on me, and I have never forgotten that lesson.

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