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WVU President Gordon Gee issues statement on death of Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams

Elderly man in glasses wearing red and gold cap and medal around his neck holds a framed degree

Hershel "Woody" Williams receives WVU Presidential honorary degree during Dec. 18, 2021 Commencement ceremony virtual presentation. WVU Photo

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West Virginia University President Gordon Gee issued the following statement on Wednesday, June 29, after learning of the death of Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient in the United States and native of Quiet Dell:

“Hershel “Woody” Williams was a gentleman who served his country with tremendous courage and valor, and he devoted his life to honoring the service of others. I was privileged to know Woody and to spend time with a hero from our Greatest Generation whose purpose has served as an inspiration to so many others across our state and nation. And while we grieve his loss, I believe his example will continue to inspire countless future generations. My heartfelt condolences go out to Woody’s family and all who knew and loved him.”

Gee presented Williams with a Presidential honorary degree as part of a virtual presentation during WVU’s December 2021 commencement ceremony.



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