Honoring Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams

We come to honor the memory of Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams who offered his life in the service of country and who has now enrolled in the Great Spirit Army, whose footfalls cause no sound, but in the memory of mankind, their souls go marching on, sustained by the pride of service in time of war. Because of them our lives are free; because of them our nation lives; because of them the world is blessed.

Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II and the oldest living recipient of the medal, died Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Huntington, WV at the VA Medical Center named in his honor. He was 98 years old. Woody retired after serving 20 years in the United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves.

The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State truly appreciates his many years of service to our program. Woody would always share leadership advice with the young men attending the program and spend time talking with the Veterans. Woody dedicated his life to serving his country through educating the youth of their responsibility to the Nation and working to ensure all Gold Star Families are remembered.

At this time, it has been announced that a procession will leave Saturday, July 2, at 8am from Beard Mortuary in Huntington, WV. The processions will end at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston, WV. Williams will lie in state inside the Capitol rotunda to allow the public to pay their respects from 10am to 6pm. Visitation will continue Sunday, July 3 from 10am to 2pm. A private burial for the family will be held at a later date.

We give thanks to God for Woody. His life was dear to us; his name is precious in our memories. His life, his brave acts, his innocence and his courage touch our hearts. We remember him in this moment and honor and give thanks for his presence on earth. May his soul rest in Peace.

Woody you will be missed. Semper Fi.