U.S. Navy ship to be named in honor of Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A U.S. Navy ship will be named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams, who lives in Cabell County, West Virginia. A special ceremony for the occasion is scheduled at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Capitol Complex in Charleston, according to information from the Secretary of Navy’s Office. The latest recognition for Williams, 91, comes after U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., recently wrote the Secretary of Navy to highlight why Williams is so deserving of the honor.
“Woody has dedicated his life to public service, and he is representative of the service and sacrifice that my great state has given to the nation,” Manchin wrote. “Naming a ship for Woody will not only honor his legacy, but also the legacy of scores of West Virginia Veterans and families who have given so much to keep our nation strong.”
Williams, who served in the Marine Corps, is the last living Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima.
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Herbert J Thomas Memorial Detachment 947 Marine Corps League Commandant Owen Stout receives the Vietnam War Commemoration Veterans Pin from Major General Arnold Fields at the Marine Corps League National Convention — with Owen Stout at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort.
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The Friends of Spring Hill Cemetery and the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, alongside the West Virginia Department of the Marine Corps League, held a flag raising ceremony.
VETERANS VISIBILITY DAY AT THE CAPITOL
Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Detachment 947 Marine Corps League Commandant Owen Stout (far left in yellow “Devil Dog” jacket) in the Senate Chambers of the West Virginia Capitol.
Stout was there representing the Marine Corps League at the West Virginia Legislature’s Veterans Recognition Day February 16, 2015.
Owen was recognized by both the House and Senate leaders along with West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. He also received a copy of the Governor’s Proclamation officially recognizing West Virginia’s Veterans.
The proclamation can be seen in the picture being held by Speaker of the House Tim Armstead and VFW Commander Randall Bare who is also a Marine..