Medal of Honor recipient Marine Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CWO4) Hershel “Woody” Woodrow Williams (Ret.) at the Port Saint Lucie Veterans Memorial Park contemplating the site for the future memorial to honor all Gold Star Families.
MCL Life Member, and the last living Medal of Honor recipient for actions on Iwo Jima, Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams, will be in Florida on Sunday, September 25th, 2016, to participate in the dedication and official unveiling at 1500, of the new Gold Star Families Monument, at Veterans Memorial Park, Veterans Memorial Parkway, Port Saint Lucie, Florida.
This wonderful project is the result of a ‘seed money’ check for $5,000.00 made by Woody Williams’ Foundation, to the Gold Star Families Monument Committee, of the United Veterans of Saint Lucie County, Inc., which is chaired by MCL Life Member Dan DePagnier, of the Jack Ivy Detachment 666, and Vice Chair Roy Brewer. That committee worked tirelessly to acquire all of the funding required to complete this moving memorial.
The ‘Committee’ is comprised of the: Jack Ivy Detachment 666; Vietnam Veterans of America ‘Michael F. Bradley Chapter 566 of St. Lucie County; and the United Veterans of St. Lucie County, Inc.
If at all possible, you should plan to attend this wonderful event where MCL members shall be proudly wearing their red blazers as “Woody” does.
Woody’s organization for these memorials is the: Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation:
The below photos were taken on February 8th, 2016, on the occasion of the ‘ground breaking’ ceremony attended by Woody Williams.
On February 8th, 2016, Marine Woody Hershel, MoH, with a ‘gold’ shovel, standing in the center of more than 30 ‘Gold Star’ families, who each held shovels, and as one body, happily lifted soil to formally ‘break the ground’ for the future ‘Gold Star Families Memorial’ monument, in front of a very enthusiastic crowd of dedicated Americans and others who so appreciate the incredible sacrifices these actions and ceremony represented.
(Far left); LCpl. Justin J. Wilson Detachment 1045, MCL, member Terry Bryant at attention about to salute the honored guest Marine MoH recipient, who is receiving a salute from Art Nelson, Past Commandant, along with salutes from brother Marines of the Jack Ivy Detachment 666 from Port Saint Lucie County. Following Marine Williams, who is wearing the distinctive light blue ribbon of the MoH, near center, is Detachment 666’s past Commandant Dan Depagnier, as Marine Williams greets each of the Marine Corps League members who stood so proudly to greet him.