State Funeral for World War II Veterans announces the appointment of Joe Griffies as the first President of the State of New Jersey and Mr. Bill Whitmoyer as the first President of the PA.
NEW ORLEANS, LA, US, May 12, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The National Organization of World War II Veterans names Joe Griffies in New Jersey and Bill Whitmoyer in Pennsylvania as state president.
Dallas, Texas – May 14, 2022 – State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Joe Griffies as the first President of the State of New Jersey and Mr. Bill Whitmoyer as the first President of the State of Pennsylvania.
Both men are distinguished veterans who are active in the veterans community in their respective states. Bill Whitmoyer had a grandfather and a great-uncle during World War II. His father, Fred Griffies, was a Marine in World War II and his wife’s father, James Dugan, was a 20-year Army veteran. Joe Griffies and his brother both served in Vietnam.
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 26 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 servicemen of World War II, including 29 awarded to men from Pennsylvania. 560,000 New Jerseyans served in the armed forces during World War II, with several receiving the nation’s highest military honor.
“The United States has never held a state funeral for an enlisted man,” said Bill McNutt, National Chairman of State Funerals. “We’ve had many state funerals for generals, and now is the time to honor the greatest generation through a Washington DC funeral for the last incumbent of the Department of Health in World War II.”
“New Jersey is an important and patriotic state,” said Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient Jim “Doc” McCloughan. his state to sign a delegation letter to President Biden. He has strong relationships with state leaders. Vietnam Medic McCloughan is a member of the National Board of State Funerals for World War II Veterans.
“Bill Whitmoyer and his family’s two World War II veterans represent the kind of America we need in our leadership.” said Donald “Doc” Ballard, Medal of Honor holder and also a National Board member of the State Funeral organization. “I predict he will ask the congressional delegation to write to the president by July 4, 2022.”
The two men form state boards of directors. Self-nominations are welcome.
You can reach Bill Whitmoyer at [email protected] Mr. Joe Griffies can be reached at 609 536 2285.
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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