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Justice nominating Williams to W.Va. Military Hall of Fame

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said today he is nominating Hershel “Woody” Williams as the first inductee to the state’s Military Hall of Fame.

Williams, who earned a Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945, died Wednesday at the age of 98 in the Huntington Veterans Administration hospital that was named in his honor. He was the last living Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.

Justice made the announcement during his online COVID-19 briefing this morning. He said the council that considers the nominations would vote on it later today.

The governor praised Williams for his heroism in the war but also for his advocacy and service afterward, including leading the charge to establish monuments to Gold Star families — those who lost a loved one in military service — around the country.

“We’re going to call him our own forevermore, a West Virginia hero that really made all of us proud,” Justice said.

Williams will be remembered Friday at the monument at Gold Star Park in Marietta.

People are invited to a moment of silence at 3 p.m. today, followed by a prayer, a wreath-laying, a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps.”

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