Each year, the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution in Wood County hold their holiday banquet. This year's was Sunday and they had one very special and honorable speaker.
A World War II Medal of Honor recipient spoke at their yearly banquet which was held this year at the Parkersburg Country Club. Hershel "Woody" Williams is 92-years old and served in the Marine Corps.
His actions during the battle at Iwo Jima in February of 1945 earned him the medal of honor. He spoke to about one-hundred members of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution about the importance of family and serving our country.
"My life changed, and anyone who served in the armed forces life changed, and those who give a loved one for our freedom, their life changes also. Our loved ones in America have never been recognized or paid any tribute or honored for the fact that they've suffered the loss of a loved one," said Williams.
Following his speech, he was inducted into the group after recently discovering he is a decedent of someone who fought in the American Revolution.
Williams now spends his time spreading the word about his organization "Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation." It works to establish Gold Star Family Memorial Monuments for those who have lost a loved one who served in the military at war.