Reception: Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel Williams
Medal of Honor Recipient Recognition – Fri. May 2 – Sponsorships Welcomed! WWII Marine veteran Hershel Williams and recipient of Medal of Honor will be recognized in our community. He was involved in the battle on Iwo Jima that earned him the MOH – he is the last surviving recipient from the service on that island. In addition, he is one of only 2 WW2 MOH Marines living. The other noble Marine is in very frail health.
Plans for the day include a law enforcement escort from Orlando Int’l Airport to a Meet and Greet at the Museum of Military History. 12 noon – 1pm at 5210 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, 34746. The evening highlights with a fundraising dinner (6pm – 10pm) and 40 minutes of Mr. Williams speaking. Other MOH recipients are attending. Cocktails, live entertainment and catered dinner at The Pines in Windermere. Special commemorative cigars to be made on site. $150 per plate with proceeds going to several organizations – including the Hershel “Woody” Williams Foundation that will build a monument in honor of Gold Star Families. (FYI – Before his enlistment, at age 15 Mr. Williams drove a taxi that also delivered telegrams from the War Department to casualty families. It left him touched with what happens on the porches of the home front.) Tables/sponsorships for the dinner are available. Event flyer is available.
Photo by: Cpl. Michael Ito