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Nonprofit honors Williams,' carries out his mission

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 08:34 AM

ONA — For his 90th birthday, World War II Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Wil­liams is getting a 501©3 in his honor.

His grandson, Brent Casey of Barboursville, said the family has launched the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foun­dation in his grandfather’s hon­or. The foundation launches for Williams’ 90th birthday, which
is Wednesday, Oct. 2, and it will carry out his vision of honoring Gold Star families.

“Gold Star Families are families that have lost one or more family members in combat,” Casey said. “It could be a mother, father, brother, sister or cousins. A lot of families have had service mem­bers that have paid the ultimate sacrifice and given their life in combat. … There’s a whole fam­
ily that grieves.” Williams was honored at a 90th birthday celebra­tion in Charleston on Tuesday, attended by a number of state dig­nitaries. At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, the foun­dation will dedicate the first Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at Donel Kinnard State Veterans Cemetery in Dunbar, W.Va.

Funding and installing the
monuments is about a $60,000 project, which is why the foun­dation was founded, Casey said.

“Woody’s vision is to honor and pay respect to those individ­uals through a monument,” he said. “We have five more loca­tions now, in Georgia, Texas, Virginia and Louisiana.” To donate or for more infor­mation about the foundation, visit www.hwwmohfoundation. org or email hwwmohfounda­tion@g ma i l .com .




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