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State funeral organization for WWII veterans expands mission to include Korean and Vietnamese veterans, MOH

World War II veterans

State funerals for veterans will now honor the last MOH incumbent of each war

State Funeral for WWII Veterans Achieved Mission with State Funeral in Washington for Hershel “Woody” Williams, Medal of Honor

Woody Williams’ services on July 14, 2022 on Capitol Hill opened the nation’s eyes to the importance of rendering the same honors to the last living MOH veteran from Korea and Vietnam. ”

— James McCloughan, Medal of Honor recipient, Vietnam

DALLAS, TEXAS, USA, October 20, 2022 / — The State Funeral for World War II Veterans organization has accomplished the mission for which it was founded with the July 14, 2022 state funeral in Washington D.C. for the last World War II Medal of Honor recipient, Chief Warrant Officer Hershel “Woody” Williams, USMC This event served as the final salute to the 16 million men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces from 1941-1945.

Military veterans, Medal of Honor holders, members of Congress and state legislators have reached out to the nonprofit State Funeral to encourage it to expand its mission statement to accomplish the same honors for Korea’s latest Medal of Honor recipients. and Vietnam. Therefore, it is announced today that the State Funeral for WWII Veterans will change its name on Veterans Day 2022 to “State Funeral for War Veterans” .

The new mission statement will be as follows:

“Convincing Congress to pass legislation to grant state funerals to the last Medal of Honor recipients from the Korean and Vietnam wars, as a final salute to all the men and women who served.”

The longest-serving Medal of Honor holder, Mr. Hiroshi H. Miyamura of Cottonwood Arizona, said, “We must do everything we can to bring recognition to the 3.5 million Americans who served during the Korean War. Mr. Miyamura received his Medal of Honor for gallantry and valor in fighting in Korea from President Eisenhower.

Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient James McCloughan, a member of the National Council on State Funerals for Veterans, said: “The services of Woody Williams on July 14, 2022 in the Capitol Rotunda, and later at the WWII memorial, opened the eyes of the nation to the importance of giving the same honors to the last living veteran of Korea’s Medal of Honor and the last of my war, Vietnam.

146 US service members received the Medal of Honor for bravery in combat during the Korean War. Only 2 remain: Mr. Hiroshi Miyamura and Mr. Ralph Puckett, Jr.

Of the 248 Medals of Honor received in Vietnam, 46 remain, including two who serve on the state funeral board for veterans Donald E Ballard and James C. McCloughan.

“Men and women, no matter how difficult their upbringing, possess within them the potential to alter the course of history,” said Lee William “Bill” McNutt, National Chairman of State Funerals for Alumni. fighters. “In the 246 year history of our nation, no enlisted man was ever permitted to lie in honor/lie under the rotunda of our capital until our 50 state presidents put themselves at work to create a final salute to the greatest generation.”

Vietnam Veteran and US Senator John McCain said, “There is no greatness without courage, no faith in country without devotion to others, no commitment to duty without service to others. The State Funeral for World War Veterans organization will now put its efforts, knowledge and contacts to benefit the families who had a loved one serve in these two “forgotten wars”.

The idea for a state funeral for the last American Wars Medal of Honor recipients came from an unlikely source, Texas public school student Rabel McNutt. She was preparing to attend the funeral of her godfather Walt Ehlers, who received his Medal of Honor fighting the Germans in Normandy, France, after D-Day in 1944. She and her father watched the military funeral on YouTube. Every presidential burial is a military burial since the president is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. She turned to her father, Lee William “Bill” McNutt and said “They should have a big state funeral in Washington D.C. for Uncle Ehlers’ Medal of Honor friends.”

Don Ballard, national board member and Vietnam Ministry of Health incumbent, said: “We will work hard across the country with successful business leaders like Greg Hamer from Louisiana, Ron Ramseyer from Massachusetts, the Dr. Danny Reeves of Texas, along with Scott Mexic, Adam Crepelle and Morris Kahn to create this honor for the latest Medal of Honor men from Korea and Vietnam.

The organization sets up a board of directors in all 50 states. Please let us know your willingness to serve by emailing [email protected]

About State Funerals for Veterans
Originally created as a state funeral for World War II veterans, the organization exists today to convince Congress to pass legislation to designate a one-time state funeral for the last bearer of Korea’s Medal of Honor and another for the latest recipient from Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, as a final salute. to the 3.5 million who served in Korea and the 2.6 million who served in Vietnam.

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