WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives will soon take up legislation he introduced to rename the Huntington VA Medical Center in honor of World War II Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams.
“On Sunday, our nation learned of the heroism of Woody Williams when he was honored at the Super Bowl. But here in West Virginia, we have long known of Woody as the best our state has to offer. Not only did he demonstrate extraordinary heroism at Iwo Jima, he dedicated his life to serving his fellow veterans. Woody is also a member of my Service Academy Board and advises me on nominating young West Virginians for admission to our nation’s service academies. Renaming the Huntington VA Medical Center to honor this American hero is a fitting tribute to his life and service,” Rep. Jenkins said.
Woody Williams is a West Virginia native and lives in Ona in Cabell County. He is the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima. After completing his military service, he worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a veterans service representative for 33 years.
He also founded the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation to recognize the sacrifices of our nation’s Gold Star families.
H.R. 3663 is cosponsored by West Virginia’s other House members, Reps. David McKinley and Alex Mooney. The full name of the hospital would be the Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams VA Medical Center.