Medal of Honor Recipients Honored in Odessa

Medal of Honor Recipients in Odessa with Gold Star Families

Medal of Honor Recipients in Odessa with Gold Star Families

 Medal of Honor Recipients in Odessa with Gold Star Families were honored on Thursday, April 25th at a fundraiserevent atthe MCM Elegante in Odessa, TX where Hershel “Woody” Williams was the feature speaker. 

Hershel Woody Williams - Medal of Honor Recipients Honored in Odessa

 Indeed echoes from the accolades of heroism, service and dedication to duty were bouncing off of the walls throughout the chambers of the event. 

Benny Guerrero at the  Medal of Honor Recipients Honored in Odessa

 Kicking off the event was the viewing of the wall remembering fallen heroes in Texas. Bobby Withrow with REMEMBERING Our Fallen From Texas brought his traveling display. A touching tribute to the service members from Texas who did not return from war. Each piece of the display includes the photos of four military members. Beneath each photo is the soldier’s name with some service info. 

Medal of Honor Recipients in Odessa with Gold Star Families

Texas Fallen veterans Wall
Steve Oien Medal of Honor Recipients Honored in Odessa

 Definitely a spot during the evening evoking emotion from all in attendance. Very few words were spoken while viewing the displays. However the sounds of sniffles kept silence at bay. 

Chad Graham at Medal of Honor Recipients Honored in Odessa

 As the program began everyone took their seats. At the front of the room was the head table. Some seated at this table were:

  • Hershel “Woody” Williams-the evening’s featured speaker and the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima
  • Congressman Mike Conway
  • Dana A.-Gold Star granddaughter of Medal of Honor recipient George D. Keathley
Congressman Mike Conway at the  Medal of Honor Recipients Honored in Odessa
Woody Williams, Medal of Honor Recipients Honored in Odessa
Medal of Honor Recipients Honored in Odessa

 Beginning the events for the evening was a speech by Steve Oien Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart chapter 0900. He spoke of the significance of the fundraiser. It will help place the names of American Heroes on the VA Center in Odessa, TX. The three men being honored for the evening were Alfred “Mac” Wilson, Marvin “Rex” Young and George O’Brien. 

Medal of Honor Recipients in Odessa with Gold Star Families

Medal of Honor Recipients in Odessa with Gold Star Families

USVET.fund Hershel Woody Williams - Medal of Honor Recipients Honored in Odessa

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