Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams Highlights Veterans’ Night

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

Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams

American Legion Department of West Virginia Commander Speaks to ALMBS

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

Sons of The American Legion Detachment of West Virginia Commander Rocky Fox Speaks to ALMBS

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.

Commander Jack Gerrard Speaks to ALMBS Citizens

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.

Commander Robert “Greek” Fochalis speaks at ALMBS

The American Legion Department of West Virginia Commander gave an inspiring speech to ALMBS at this evening’s assembly. Please click “Read More” for a biography of Greek.