VA Medical Center Renamed to Honor Medal of Honor Recipient

Retired Marine Hershel "Woody" Williams is greeted by students at Sheppard Elementary in Wichita Falls, Texas, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, before a luncheon honoring members of the Iwo Jima Survivors Association  (Torin Halsey/Times Record News via AP)
Retired Marine Hershel "Woody" Williams is greeted by students at Sheppard Elementary in Wichita Falls, Texas, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, before a luncheon honoring members of the Iwo Jima Survivors Association (Torin Halsey/Times Record News via AP)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Virginia has changed its name to honor a 95-year-old veteran.

News outlets report the VA Medical Center in Huntington held a ceremony Sunday to officially rename the center after Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams, a retired Marine and Department of Veterans Affairs service officer. The VA said Williams is a longtime advocate for veterans and their families.

A large crowd stood and applauded and several Marines gave a hearty "hoorah" when officials unveiled a sign and new plaque.

The Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center serves more than 30,000 veterans in a service area that includes 10 counties in West Virginia, two counties in southern Ohio and 12 counties in eastern Kentucky.

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