Bill McNutt, National President, announces that Mr. Bill Rindy is the first President of the State of Wisconsin and Mr. Paul Fisk is the first President of Wisconsin.
— Donald Ballard, MOH Holder, Vietnam
DALLAS, TX, USA, March 24, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Bill Rindy as the first President of the State of Wisconsin and Mr. Paul Fisk as the first President of the State of Wisconsin.
Both men are distinguished veterans with ties to World War II. Paul Fisk had two uncles who served in World War II. Bill Rindy’s dad is a 102-year-old WWII veteran and he’s still going strong.
On Labor Day 2017, the State Funerals for World War II Veterans launched a national petition to convince the President to appoint a state funeral in Washington D.C. for the latest Medal recipient. Congressional Honor of World War II. Only one remains: Hershel “Woody” Williams of West Virginia. A unique state funeral would offer special recognition and serve as a final salute to the 16 million men and women who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945.
The impetus for this national movement came from 10-year-old Rabel Public School student Josephine McNutt in Dallas, Texas, and her father Bill McNutt. Rabel was preparing to attend the funeral of her godfather Walter Ehlers when she pitched the idea. Mr. Ehlers received the Medal of Honor fighting the Germans in the Normandy Hedges in June 1944.
Today, more than 25 states have passed our resolution through their state legislatures or sent a letter of support to the White House, signed by their state’s US senators and all members of their congressional delegation. The most recent was a March 8, 2022, Congressional delegation letter to President Joe Biden of Arizona, signed by U.S. Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly and all 9 members of the Arizona House of Representatives. US Senators Romney, Manchin and Capito introduced a US Senate resolution. The 100th American Legion National Convention passed our resolution in 2018.
A total of 473 Medals of Honor were awarded to World War II service members, including 18 from Wisconsin and 1 from North Dakota.
“The United States has never held a state funeral for an enlisted man,” said Bill McNutt, National Chairman of State Funerals. “No enlisted man has ever been in state under our capital’s dome in Washington. We’ve had many state funerals for generals, and now is the time to honor the greatest generation through a funeral at Washington DC for last incumbent of WWII Department of Health.”
“Wisconsin is a vital and patriotic state,” said Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient Jim “Doc” McCloughan. State to sign a delegation letter to President Biden. And do it quickly!” Vietnamese doctor McCloughan is a member of the National Board of State Funerals for World War II Veterans.
“Bill Rindy and his World War II veteran father represent the best of America,” said Donald “Doc” Ballard, Medal of Honor recipient and also a member of the National Board of State Funeral Organization. . “I predict he will ask the congressional delegation from Wisconsin to write to the president before Memorial Day.”
About State Funerals for WWII Veterans
State Funerals for WWII Veterans exist to convince the President of the United States to designate a one-time state funeral for the last WWII Medal of Honor holder, as a final tribute to the 16 million men and women of the greatest generation who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945. For more information on how to join us in this mission, please visit www.worldwar2salute.org.
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