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Honor Mission
Hershel “Woody’ Williams, Retired
Little Rock, Arkansas – 03-15-19


The Arkansas Patriot Guard Riders, United States Marine Corps and United States Air Force personnel have been requested by The Arkansas Run for the Fallen to attend a welcome ceremony for Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams. Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams is from West Virginia and is a Retired United States Marine. He is the last surviving Marine recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor from World War II. During the Battle of Iwo Jima, Corporal Williams Distinguished himself with actions “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty”, for which he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. These actions occurred on the same day as the well-known raising of the U.S. Flag on Mount Suribachi. Although Corporal Williams was not able to witness the event, he fought through the remainder of the five-week-long battle and was wounded on March 6, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart. In September 1945, he returned to the United States where he was presented the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman on October 5, 1945, at the White House. After his retirement from the Marine Corps, he served as Chaplain of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society for 35 years. During this time Woody recognized that the Gold Star Families had not been receiving the support and recognition they deserved for their loved ones sacrifice and service to our country. It was then he developed and designed the Gold Star Families Monument. Since then there have been 47 monuments erected across the country and 56 more in progress. Mr. “Woody” Williams will be arriving in Little Rock to attend the 8th Annual Event for Arkansas Run for the Fallen. During this time, he will meet many of our Gold Star Families and witness how we honor the loss of their loved ones. Mr. “Woody” will be the keynote speaker during the closing ceremony at the State Capitol on Sunday afternoon. It will be an honor to welcome Mr. “Woody” to Arkansas and show him the respect and gratitude of such a deserving Hero. His return to our State is a testament to what The Arkansas Run for the Fallen continues to do for our Gold Star Families.

Staging Time: 12:00 PM

Little Rock National Airport1 Airport Road
Park in Short Term Parking
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

Ride Captain:

RIDE CAPTAIN: Jerry “DeadEye” Ashby

Special Instructions:

Short Term Parking, Terminal Entrance
SPECIAL NOTE: No escort, Flag/Respect line only.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Jerry Ashby
Position: Arkansas State Captain

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