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New Documentary Honoring The Legacy Of Woody Williams To Premiere This Weekend

A coffee cup from a above is shown on a table. A napkin with a pen next to it reads, "Woody Williams" An Extraordinary Life of Serivice."
Woody Williams: An Extraordinary Life of Service premieres Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. on WVPB TV and online.
Jan Kunicki/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Updated on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 at 10:30 a.m.

Watch Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. on WVPB

CHARLESTON,WV:  To commemorate Veterans Day in West Virginia, West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) proudly releases a new documentary about the life of Medal of Honor recipient, Woody Williams titled, Woody Williams: An Extraordinary Life of Service. The show will air Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. on WVPB. You can also watch the program on WVPB Passport and our YouTube channel.

Photos courtesy of Jan Kunicki/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The documentary chronicles the life of Hershel ‘Woody” Williams, America’s last living World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. William’s life was dedicated to God, family, country and perhaps above all, service. In 2022, Williams passed at the age of 98, and would lie in honor at both the West Virginia State Capitol and the US Capitol.

Woody Williams: An Extraordinary Life of Service has been a great project for our video production team and showcases their talent in telling West Virginia’s story,” commented Interim Executive Director Eddie Isom. “We hope everyone learns about Mr. Williams’ commitment to his community that went way beyond his military service. We hope this hour-long documentary is an inspiration to others.”

The documentary shares how Williams at the age of 85, formed the Woody Williams Foundation, dedicated to honoring and helping Gold Star Families. Through the work of the foundation, there are now Gold Star Families Monuments in every state.

You can watch and stream this and other award-winning shows online at, on our YouTube channel, or by downloading the WVPB app. It’s free and available in the Apple App Store or via Google Play – just search for West Virginia Public Broadcasting. 


Kristi Morey, WVPB Marketing Communications