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Woody Williams might be honored with statue

CHARLESTON — Woody Williams, the West Virginian who was America’s final World Battle II Medal of Honor recipient, might obtain a spot of honor within the U.S. Capitol.

The state Senate Finance Committee final week superior a decision to honor Williams within the Nationwide Statuary Corridor Assortment, which consists of 100 statues contributed by the 50 states.

“We’re excited concerning the prospect of Woody being endlessly memorialized in Washington, D.C.,” stated Sen. Mike Oliverio, R-Monongalia.

West Virginia’s two statues for a few years have honored Francis Pierpont, who was founding father of the state, and John Kenna, a congressman and senator within the late 1800s.

The decision would substitute the statue of Kenna with one honoring Williams. The statue of Kenna could be moved to the West Virginia Tradition Heart.

“That is such an incredible honor. It’s one thing that we have been so humbled and excited to listen to about,” Chad Graham, the youngest of Williams’s 5 grandsons, instructed senators.

He stated the statue designation would guarantee “Woody’s platform is used to carry consideration to others and to carry consideration to the nice state of West Virginia.”

Williams died in 2022 at age 98.

Williams was offered with the Medal of Honor for his actions on Iwo Jima throughout World Battle II. Underneath fixed hearth, he used a flame thrower to take out seven Japanese gun emplacements, normally known as “tablet bins.” That effort gave Marines a foothold to advance.

He went on to a lifetime of public service, advocating for veterans and for Gold Star households who misplaced family members in army motion. Williams died late final month at age 98.

After his dying, Williams lay in honor within the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. His contributions have been celebrated by West Virginia’s congressional delegation and by nationwide elected officers. Williams was one in every of few Individuals and simply the primary West Virginian to lie in honor on the U.S. Capitol.

The decision superior from Senate Finance would kick off the seek for an artist to provide the statue, direct the governor to offer funding and immediate the governor to ship an official request to change the statue of Kenna with the one for Williams.

“He was only a fantastic man,” stated Sen. Rupie Phillips, R-Logan.