Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation

Current Endeavors

Our current endeavors include the implementation of Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments and placement of Medal of Honor Walls of Memory throughout the country.


Educational Outreach

The Medal of Honor Character Development Program teaches children to embrace the ideals of courage and selfless service to promote responsible citizenship.


Citizen Heroes

Program recognizes nominated United States citizens who have demonstrated extraordinary heroism through "service above self" above and beyond one's area of responsibility.


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Gold Star Families Monument Gets White House Backing

The Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation has a goal, and now it has some pretty strong backing — from the White House.

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Hershel Woody Williams

Letter from Woody

As an 18 year old farm boy waiting to go to war to protect the freedom I had learned about in grade school, from a teacher who loved her country, my life and values were impacted by an experience I had as a driver of a taxi in the small community of Fairmont, West Virginia.

During my youth I had a boyhood friend by the name of Leonard Brown. We were near the same age. I wanted him to join the Marines with me, but he elected to go to the Army Air Force. While over seas his plane disappeared and no trace of it was ever found. His family waited 7 long years with hope, all the while he was declared missing in action, before they finally received official word that he had been lost. No trace of Leonard or his aircraft was ever found.


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Calendar of Events

July 2, 2016
Speaking Engagement at Heritage Farm Museum and Village, Huntington, WV
July 1, 2016
Groundbreaking for Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, Findlay, OH
June 24, 2016
Groundbreaking at Ft. Knox/Hardin Co, KY
June 23, 2016
Rally Point Kentuckiana with Mayor Fischer, Humana & UPS
June 17-19, 2016
Volvo Truck Plant fundraising event/River of Life Church, Dublin, VA
June 14, 2016
Groundbreaking at Patriots Point, South Carolina
June 11, 2016
Supporting Gold Star Families/Effort to build GSFMM, Wright-Patterson, AFB Dayton, OH
June 10, 2016
Rochester, NY Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Dedication
June 5, 2016
Groundbreaking for Barboursville/Cabell County, West Virginia Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, 2:00 PM at Barboursville Park
May 31, 2016
Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Groundbreaking, Medina, OH
May 30, 2016
Dedication of Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, Grove City, OH
May 26, 2016
Heroes and Horses Fundraiser, Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY
May 20-21, 2016
NRA National Convention Exhibitor, Louisville, KY
May 19, 2016
Heroes for Freedom and Liberty--Honoring Navy Seal Chris Ring and others, Louisville, KY
May 19, 2016
Salute to Military and Veterans Parade, Gallipolis, OH
May 12-14, 2016
Supporting the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ
May 7, 2016
The Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation and Churchill Downs host Gold Star Families of Desert Storm / Kentucky Derby- Garland of Roses Presentation
May 6-7, 2016
Marine Corps. League Convention, Wheeling, WV
April 29-May 1, 2016
Support of Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, Bentonville, AR
April 22-24, 2016
Mountain Man Memorial March for Gold Star Families, Gatlinburg, TN
April 16-18, 2016
Stars in Service Gala, Scottsdale, AZ
April 10, 2016
Groundbreaking for Gold Star Families Memorial Monument - Central Texas (Cedar Park, TX)
April 6-9, 2016
Medal of Honor Host City Gathering - Gainesville, TX
April 4, 2016
Greenup County/Flatwoods, KY Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication
April 1, 2016
Halo for Freedom, Ft Worth, TX
March 31-April 3, 2016
Medal of Honor Day Dinner and Citizen Before Self Honors Ceremonies, Washington, DC
March 22-26, 2016
Medal of Honor Day Dinner and Citizen Before Self Honors Ceremonies, Washington, DC
March 16-18, 2016
Speaking Engagement at The Citadel
March 1, 2016
World War II Museum, New Orleans, LA - Luncheon with Iron Mountain
February 25, 2016
Bedford, VA D-Day Memorial Groundbreaking/Fundraising Dinner
February 18-21, 2016
Iwo Jima Survivors and WWII Reunion, Wichita Falls, TX
February 17, 2016
Speaking Engagement- Hite Saunders Elementary, Huntington, WV
February 8, 2016
Groundbreaking of Gold Star Family Memorial Monument, Port St. Lucie, FL
February 6, 2016
Supporting Patriot Patriot, Sarasota, FL
February 3, 2016
Chapel of the Four Chaplains Award; speaking engagement with US Coast Guard, Philadelphia, PA
January 14, 2016
Ship Naming Ceremony with Secretary of the Navy, Charleston, WV Culture Center
December 10-12, 2015
WWII Museum
New Orleans LA Tokyo Road opening
November 14, 2015
Greenup, KY
November 8-11, 2015
Orlando, FL
November 6-8, 2015
American Veterans Center, Washington DC
Receiving Award
November 5, 2015
Speaking engagement with Gen. Rogers
Charleston, SC
October 23-25, 2015
October 16-18, 2015
CMOHF Golf/Fundraiser event
Charlotte, NC
October 2, 2015
Fundraiser dinner
Dallas, TX
September 27, 2015
First Annual GOLD STAR Families Cruise
Belle of Louisville, Louisville, KY
September 21, 2015
Speaking to VFW Union League Club
Philadelphia, PA
September 20, 2015
Monument Groundbreaking
Fall River, MA
September 16-20, 2015
National Medal of Honor Convention
Boston, MA
August 22, 2015
Cincinnati Red Pre-Game Honors
Cincinnati, OH
August 15-17, 2015
Spirit of '45
Dallas, TX
August 6-8, 2015
Nashville Salutes
August 5, 2015
Gold Star Families Meet & Greet
Knoxville, TN
July 14, 2015
Dinner to help raise funds for monument
July 14, 2015
Huntington/Cabell Republican Women's Group
Guyan Country Club, Barboursville, WV
July 7, 2015
Guest of the Commandant, USMC
Evening Parade, Iwo Jima Memorial
Washington, DC
July 3-5, 2015
Veterans Tribute and Concert at the PGA Golf Tournament
Greenbrier Resort, White Sulphur Springs, WV
July 3, 2015
East Wing
June 19-20, 2015
Second Chance Concert
Bluefield, WV
May 25, 2015
Dedication of Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments in Fairfield, OH and Lafayette, IN
May 21, 2015
Dedication of Gold Star Families Memorial Monument
Tampa, FL
May 15-17, 2015
Trail of Honor
Jackson, MS
May 14, 2015
Heroes and Horses with Medal of Honor Recipients Dakota Meyer and Ernie West
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April 27-28, 2015
Riverside Military Academy
Gainesville, GA

In the News

June 14, 2016
  Monument for family members of the fallen to be built at Patriots Point
The Post and Courier
June 10, 2016
  Monument unveiled in Pittsford for families whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice
WHEC News10
June 10, 2016
  Gold Star Families memorial dedicated in Perinton
Democrat & Chronicle
June 6, 2016
  Monument honoring military families coming to Barboursville
The Washington Times
June 6, 2016
  Monument to honor Gold Star Families
June 6, 2016
  Gold Star families honored at monument groundbreaking
June 5, 2016
  Hershel "Woody" Williams on a mission for veteran families
June 3, 2016
  Gold Star families never forgotten
June 1, 2016
  Honoring those who are left to mourn
Hill Country News
May 31, 2016
  Building a monument for Gold Star families
WTHR Channel 13
May 27, 2016
  New monument to honor Gold Star families
ABC6 On Your Side
May 25, 2016
  Gold Star Families Monument Ground Breaking Ceremony to be held on Sunday, May 29th at 1 p.m.
American Legion, Post 911
May 17, 2016
  Iwo Jima veteran to attend groundbreaking for Gold Star Monument
May 17, 2016
  Lee Greenwood to sing at Mellwood Center
May 12, 2016
  Gold Star Families Monument Groundbreaking Set For Cedar Park
Cedar Park-Leander Patch
April 24, 2016
  World War Two veteran speaks at new memorial
Apr. 6, 2016
  Memorial monument first in Kentucky
Apr. 4, 2016
  Memorial monument dedicated in Kentucky
The Herald Dispatch
Mar. 25, 2016
  Honoring Gold Star Families: monument dedication set for April 4
The Daily Independent
Feb. 5, 2016
  Iwo Jima hero to speak in Port St. Lucie Monday
Dec 6, 2015
  Medal of Honor Recipient speaks at SAR holiday dinner
Dec 4, 2015
  Williams’ foundation leader in establishing permanent Gold Star Family Memorial Monuments
Times West Virginian
Dec 5, 2015
  Hershel "Woody" Williams Unveils Gold Star Families Monument
Dec 5, 2015
  Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Dedicated in Fairmont
Dec 4, 2015
  Hershel “Woody” Williams To Dedicate Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Fairmont
Nov 9, 2015
  Voices: An enduring hero of Marines' most iconic battle
USA Today
Nov 5, 2015
  Honoring Families of Fallen Heroes
The Highland County Press
Nov 4, 2015
  Marker given 'visible' home off Broadway
This Week News
Oct 27, 2015
  Grove City unveils new monument honoring fallen military heroes
Oct 21, 2015
  Navy naming ship after West Virginia Medal of Honor Marine
Oct 2, 2015
  Memorial In Veteran's Park To Honor Military Families
Sep 23, 2015
  Medal of Honor recipient, 91, works to expand monuments for Gold Star families
Fox News
Sep 21, 2015
  MOH Recipient Says Gold Star Families Monument Project Expanding
Stars and Stripes
Sep 20, 2015
  Gold Star families, officials break ground on Fall River memorial
The Herald News
Sep 5, 2015
  Monument would pay tribute to veterans’ sacrifices
Aug 6, 2015
  Gold Star Monument plans advancing
July 31, 2015
  Operation Good Citizen: Teaching Kids to do the Right Thing in 2015
Parade Magazine
July 28, 2015
  Medal of Honor Recipient educates teachers on Character Development Program
July 5, 2015
  Hershel 'Woody' Williams named to Oval of Honor
The Herald-Dispatch
June 28, 2015
  Center unveils portraits for three Medal of Honor recipients
The Pueblo Chieftain
June 25, 2015
  Marine Corps League donation to help S.C. get Gold Star Family Monument
Greenville Online
June 20, 2015
  Robinson honored for community service
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
June 15, 2015
  Medal of honor memorial unveiled in Clinton
June 15, 2015
  Medal of honor memorial unveiled in Clinton
June 15, 2015
  Clinton veterans park unveils new monument to Ohio’s Medal of Honor winners
Akron Beacon Journal
May 21, 2015
  Memorial pays tribute to Gold Star families’ sacrifices
The Tampa Tribune
May 20, 2015
  Gold Star families will be honored at Columbian Park’s revamped Memorial Island
Apr 21, 2015
  World War II Vet Honored By Parkersburg Catholic HS
The NewsCenter
Mar 25, 2015
  Medal of Honor Day: Hershel Williams talks about his recent return to Iwo Jima
Stars and Stripes
Feb 19, 2015
  Memorial to honor families of fallen service members
Democrate & Chronicle
Jan 28, 2015
  Williams brings message of honoring Gold Star families to Grove City, OH
ThisWeek Community News
Jan 12, 2015
  Gold Star Families Monument coming to Greenup County, KY
Jan 12, 2015
  Medal of Honor recipient gives first $5,000
The Independent
Dec 22, 2014
  Marines raising money for Gold Star families monument in Kentucky
Stars and Stripes
Dec 20, 2014
  Former Marines raising money for Kentucky monument to honor Gold Star families
Marine Times
Dec 16, 2014
  Gold Star Families Memorial Monument movement lands in Ashland, Ky.
The Independent
Dec 16, 2014
  Hershel Woody Williams and his Foundation support Travis Manion Foundation in Philly
PR Web
Nov 13, 2014
  Medal of Honor Wall of Memory dedicated at the Huntington, WV VA Medical Center.
Herald Dispatch
Sep 29, 2014
  Marine Corps League Donates To Hershel Woody Williams Medal Of Honor Foundation
Sep 19, 2014
  MOH recipient's goal: Tributes to Gold Star families in all 50 states
Stars and Stripes
Sep 22, 2014
  Pottstown’s Price among those on new Gold Star Monument in Valley Forge
The Mercury News
Sep 21, 2014
  Gold Star Monument comes to Valley Forge
The Times Herald News

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