Woody’s Salute A Tribute to the Nation’s Last Living MOH Recipient of WWII
Woody’s Salute A Tribute to the Nation’s Last Living MOH Recipient of WWII in Dallas Forth Texas sponsored by USVET.fund and Roll Call Fort Worth. Save the date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Esports Stadium and Expo Center in Arlington, Texas.
Introducing Woody’s Salute Keynote Speaker General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.
To begin with, the keynote speaker for Woody’s Salute is Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph F. Dunford Jr. For 4 years Dunford served in the highest-ranking military officer role. In addition to principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council. His prior service includes:
- 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps
- Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps (2010-2012)
- Commander, International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan (Feb. 2013-Aug. 2014)
- Assistant Division Commander of the 1st Marine Division
- Marine Corps Director of Operations
- Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies, and Operations
- Commander 1 Marine Expeditionary Force
- Commander, Marine Forces U.S. Central Command
- Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Chief of the Global and Multilateral Affairs Division (J-5)
- Vice Director for Operations fo the Joint Staff (J-3)
- Graduate U.S. Army Ranger School
- Graduate Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School
- U.S. Army War College
- Georgetown University (Master’s Degree in Government)
- Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Master’s Degree in International Relations)
Woody Williams Medal of Honor Recipient
Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams was born in October 1923 in West Virginia. He was the youngest of 11 children. As he grew he noticed Marine Corps from within his community in their dress blues. Becoming drawn to the handsome dress blues attire, he aspired to join the Marines. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1942 he tried enlisting but was told he was too short. However, a year later the height requirements were changed by the Marine Corps. And at 19 years of age Woody entered the military in West Virginia. Nearly 2 years later Woody would arrive on the beaches of Iwo Jima. His actions above and beyond the call of duty finding and destroying pill boxes awarded him the Medal of Honor in October of 1945.
The mission of the Woody Williams Foundation is “To honor, recognize, and serve Gold Star Families and the legacy of their Loved Ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.” In cities across the country Gold Star Memorial Monuments are being placed. These remember the soldiers and their families within the community who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Currently there are more than 80 monuments in stalled with another 77 in progress.
In October Woody will turn 98 years old. Additionally, Woody is the last living Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. On Wednesday, October 13 join USVET.fund and Roll Call Fort Worth as we Salute Woody. The venue will be Esports Stadium & Expo Center at 1200 Ballpark Way / Suite T.9, Arlington, Texas 76011.
Why the celebration? Purpose: To honor the last living Medal of Honor Recipient of World War II, Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams, with hand salutes, words of acclimation, handshakes and smiles. The agenda for Woody’s Salute is a working agenda, keep checking back for updates:
- 3:00pm – Vendor Organization Exhibits
- 4:00pm – Reception – Entertainment – Woody’s Birthday Party! Happy Birthday Woody Williams! The Navy is 246 Years Old Today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY NAVY! Marine Corps Birthday on November 10, 2021 246 Years Old
- 5:25pm – All who have purchased Black Tie Gala Tribute tickets, table sponsorships and VIPS shall enter the grand ballroom for the evening events. This portion of the Gala will be Black Tie, Full Dress or Military and Veterans, if warranted.
- 5:45pm – Welcome
- 5:50pm – Presentation of Colors, National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance
- 5:55pm – God Bless America
- 6:00pm – Dinner Starts
- 6:05pm – God Bless America – Don Graves USMC 5th Marine Division IWO JIMA Survivor
- 6:10pm – Keynote Speaker – General Joesph Dunford USMC (Retired)
- 6:30pm – Dignitary Salute Lead by: Mary Staffeld SMSgt U.S. Airforce (Retired)
- 7:30pm – All Patriots Salute Lead by Karalyn Martin USMC Veteran
- 7:45pm – Woody Comments – Hershel Woody Williams WO4 – Retired USMC
- 8:00pm – Live Auction – America’s Auctioneer Myers Jackson
- 9:15pm – Woody’s Celebration – Situation Reports, Video
- 9:30pm – Close – Final Salute – Heroes Commentary by Mike Thornton “Hero Saves Hero“
- 9:45pm – ECHOTAP
The Youngest Living Medal of Honor Recipient Attending
Also in attendance will be the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient, William Kyle Carpenter USMC (Retired). Carpenter is just 31 years old. He was serving in Marjah Hellmand Province, Afghanistan when he was medically retired as a Corporal. This following a Taliban attack resulting in the shattering of his jaw and right arm. As well as the loss of his right eye and most of his teeth. Injuries for which he has endured many surgeries. Receiving those injuries after throwing himself on a grenade saving his fellow Marine’s life. For this act he was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2014.
First of all, the mission statement of the USVET.fund is as follows:
To listen, learn, observe and then react to the need of American Veterans that have faithfully fulfilled their obligations by giving aid and assistance to them and their families with education, vocations, service and support in cooperation with organizations who will do the same.
In fact, the president and CEO of USVET.fund is United States Marine Corps Veteran and star of the DIY Network Reality TV Show Texas Flip and Move, America’s Auctioneer Myers Jackson. He and his team organize and conduct fundraiser auctions for veterans and veterans organizations across the nation. The items in these auctions are supplied by veterans and/or veteran owned businesses. It is veterans helping veterans.
Event Professional Photographers – Kelcy Berger & Rick Irving