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DeWine encourages Trump to give Ohio veteran Presidential Medal of Freedom

Aug 14 2020
Joshua Richardson | Dayton 247 Now

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- Gov. Mike DeWine has written a letter to President Donald Trump encouraging him to considering giving an Ohio veteran the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

According to DeWine, Hershel "Woody" Williams, 96, is the sole surviving Marine from World War II to wear the Medal of Honor. The governor said Williams distinguished himself in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Williams founded the Medal of Honor Foundation, which has established 61 memorials to Gold Star Families. Eight of those memorials are in Ohio, including one at the National Museum of the US Air Force.

DeWine said 78 others, including four in Ohio are in progress. The foundation also provides scholarships to Gold Star children.

"Mr. Williams' ongoing work promotes patriotism and raises awareness about Gold Star families and the ultimate sacrifice made by military men and women who gave all in defense of our country," DeWine wrote. "Thank you for considering Hershel "Woody" Williams for this great honor."

Williams in March attended a commissioning event of a US Naval vessel bearing his name.