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Our founder, Hershel “Woody” Williams devoted his life to honoring and serving Gold Star Families. He left us with clear orders to carry on his legacy of service.  

Join us today as we make certain that his vision lives on as we strive to honor, recognize, and serve.

Woody was asked many times over the years what kept him going and what motivated him to serve. He would reply with six simple words which he lived his life by, “The Cause is Greater than I…”

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Hershel “Woody” Williams, USMC (Ret.) 
Medal of Honor, WWII Iwo Jima 
(October 2, 1923 - June 29, 2022)

Woody Williams


The Caretaker Society was inspired by our late founder, Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams. Woody often remarked, “This Medal does not belong to me, it belongs to those who did not get to come home. I wear it in their honor. I am merely the caretaker.”


On September 30, 2023, the Foundation hosted the first annual Woody Williams Legacy of Service Celebration. This special event celebrated the life and mission of our namesake, medal of honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams, who devoted his life to service.

As a part of this inaugural event, three honorees were presented with the 2023 Legacy of Service Award. Additionally, there was the passing of the Woody Williams Foundation flag by 13 devoted volunteers which symbolized our commitment to carrying on Woody’s legacy.

The event provided an opportunity for Gold Star Family members, Medal of Honor recipients, and mission supporters to come together in honor of the legacy of service. Special thanks to Pritzker Military Foundation on behalf of Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Miter Foundation, and all of our sponsors.


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