A resident of Glenville, Ruby Coberly grew up in Gilmer County, WV. She graduated from Glenville High School and attended two years at Glenville State. Upon marrying, she moved to Baltimore where her husband worked in a shipyard. At the urging of her sister, Mrs. Coberly sought a paying job finding work with Montgomery Ward and then Pep Boys. Then in July 1945, she got a job in a defense plant working as a typist for Glenn L. Martin Aviation which built aircraft for the war effort. She and her husband moved back to West Virginia in September 1945. Later, she attended beauty school in Morgantown and eventually operated her own beauty shop in her home until retiring in 2009.
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Lisa has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 40 years, having joined as a Junior member. Lisa is a member of Jackson-Perks Unit 71, Charles Town, WV. Lisa’s eligibility is through her grandfather who was a WWII Veteran. He was a member of the 595th aircraft warning battalion and served in New Guinea and Luzon. He received the good conduct medal, American Theater Ribbon, Marksmanship badges and the WWII Victory Medal. Lisa’s father was a Korean War Veteran and her husband, is a Vietnam Veteran.
Lisa has served as Unit President, 2nd Vice, Executive Committee, as well as Committee Chairman of many different programs. Lisa continues to work strongly for our Veterans.
List has served as 10th District Vice President and Chairman for Americanism and National Security. She also served on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.
Lisa has served as Department Chaplain, 2nd Vice and 1st Vice President. She has
Frank Cooley was born in Newhall, West Virginia and grew up in Marytown, West Virginia, where he attended schools in the area, before graduating in 1965 from Welch High School.
He served in the United States Army from November 1965, until 1971 with an Honorable Discharge.
He is married to the former Angela Diana Davidson and they have two sons Leonard and James and one granddaughter Samantha.
He was employed at the HC Lewis Oil Company for 50 years and still works when not spending time with family and the American Legion.
He and his wife Ann reside in Welch, West Virginia and they are members of the Anderson Memorial Presbyterian Church on Stewart Street in Welch. He is one of the Elders and Ann is in the Choir.
He has been active with American Legion Post 8 for more than 20 years and he is a paid up for life member. He is a
Hershel “Woody” Williams was born on a dairy farm in 1923 in Quiet Dell, West Virginia. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Battle of Iwo Jima with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division. During the battle, Mr. Williams displayed “valiant devotion to duty” and service above self as he “enabled his company to reach its objective”. 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. Mr. Williams is the sole surviving Marine from WWII, to wear the Medal of Honor.
Medal of Honor Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as demolition sergeant serving with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano
Hershel “Woody” Williams – Medal of Honor
CORPORAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, 21ST MARINES, 3RD MARINE DIVISION
The first time the five foot six, nineteen-year-old Hershel “Woody” Williams tried to join the Marines, in the fall of 1942, he was too short. The second time he tried, a few months later, he wasn’t: The Corps relaxed its height requirements. He immediately enlisted. He was sent to the Pacific with the 3rd Marine Division and placed in a flamethrower/demolition unit.
Williams took part in the invasion of Guam, which seemed horrific—until he was sent to Iwo Jima the following year. The beach area in Guam was clear and relatively undefended, and the Marines could advance into the jungle. At Iwo, all the jungle cover had been blown away, and the beach became a slaughterhouse.
His company was supposed to hit the beach on February 20, 1945, but there were so many Marines stuck on the beachhead
Fred B. Buchanan was elected and installed as Department Commander for the Department of West Virginia on July 12, 2014. He is eligible for The American Legion by virtue of his Naval Service during the Viet Nam era as a Hospital Corpsman. Fred has been a member of Huntington Post 16 for 33 years and is an Honorary Life Member, a PUFL member, a dual member with the Sons of The American Legion and is active with the Post 16 Riders Chapter. He has held many offices in the Post including Commander and has been Post Adjutant for the past 13 years. He has served the Department of West Virginia as Chaplain, District Commander, Vice Commander, National Parade Chairman and Chair of several committees. He has served the National American Legion as a Vice Chairman of the National Americanism Commission as well as several committees. He has been
Rocky Allen Fox was born in Berkeley Springs to Asher E.and Violet V. Smith-Fox on July 22,1958. Rocky attended Berkeley Grade School and graduated from Berkeley Springs High School in 1978. While in high school Rocky excelled in the sport of wrestling ,earning the title of By-State Champion three consecutive years. During high school Rocky attend James Rumsey Vo-Tec earning a journeyman title in masonry. Rocky is an avid whitetail deer hunter and has been with several nephews and a grandson as they bagged their first big one.
After working as a mason and construction for many years he now has worked for Morgan County School Board for the last thirteen years. He loves to interact with the students at Pleasant View Elementary as well as the teachers and parents.
Rocky has held nearly every office in his squadron and is presently serving as Finance Officer.
Jack Gerrard, the youngest of three children born and raised by Owen and Hattie Gerrard of Clarksburg, West Virginia. In 1964, upon graduation he joined the United States Air Force. He served from 1964-1967 in Massachusetts and NHA TRANG, VIET NAM 1967-1968.