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.
WVARNG BG Holt – Brig. Gen. Murray E. “Gene” Holt is the Assistant Adjutant General – Army and commander of the West Virginia Army National Guard. As the Assistant Adjutant General, he provides command and control over all Army National Guard forces assigned to the state and is the principal advisor to the Adjutant General on all matters related to the Army National Guard.
Brig. Gen. Holt enlisted in the West Virginia Army National Guard in 1985 and received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at West Virginia State University in May of 1990 after completing his undergraduate education in accounting. Brig. Gen. Holt began his military career as a platoon leader in the 3664th Maintenance Company and later as a press officer and commander of the 153rd Public Affairs Detachment. Since that time, he has served in the engineer branch in a myriad of positions including construction management officer, engineer
Currently serving for a second time as president of West Virginia University, Dr. E. Gordon Gee has been a leader in higher education for more than three decades. In 2009 Time magazine named him one of the top 10 university presidents in the United States. Recently, the website Great Value Colleges named him the nation’s top university president. In addition to his service at West Virginia University, Gee served as president of The Ohio State University (twice), Vanderbilt University, Brown University, and the University of Colorado.
Born in Vernal, Utah, Gee graduated from the University of Utah with an honors degree in history and earned his J.D. and Ed.D. degrees from Columbia University. Before starting his career in higher education, he clerked under Chief Justice David T. Lewis of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and was a judicial fellow and staff assistant to
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