W.Va. man honored on postage stamp

PARKERSBURG – A West Virginia veteran is among nine Medal of Honor recipients from World War II to be depicted on a stamp sheet by the U.S. Postal Service on Monday.

Herschel “Woody” Williams was a Marine Corps corporal on Iwo Jima in 1945.

Williams and eight other surviving recipients will be featured on a postage stamp to be issued on Monday, Veterans Day. The stamp will include their photographs.

Pictured clockwise from top left of the stamp are Charles H. Coolidge of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Francis S. Currey of Selkirk, N.Y.; Walter D. Ehlers of Buena Park, Calif.; John D. Hawk of Bremerton, Wash.; Daniel K. Inouye of Honolulu, Hawaii; Robert D. Maxwell of Bend, Ore.; Vernon McGarity of Memphis, Tenn.; Nicholas Oresko of Creskill, N.J.; Wilburn K. Ross of Dupont, Wash.; George T. Sakato of Denver, Colo.; Arthur J. Jackson of Boise, Idaho, and Williams. Williams and Jackson were in the Marines and the others were in the U.S. Army.

Inouye, a U.S. senator, and McGarity died before the stamps could be issued, as did Oresko, who died after the stamps were printed. Their photographs are still included.

A ceremony will be held 9 a.m. Monday at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.