VA works with Woody Williams to honor the fallen and their families

The 96-year-old Medal of Honor recipient installs the first in a series of plaques at Marine Corps Base Quantico

Herschel “Woody” Williams is the last surviving Marine from WWII to wear the Medal of Honor and he’s on a mission to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and their families. 

The 96-year-old Williams has set a goal to install a series of plaques at every national cemetery to honor the fallen and their families. Yesterday, Williams and VA’s National Cemetery Administration installed the first “Tribute to the Fallen and their Families” plaque at Quantico National Cemetery.

“The most important thing we can do as a nation is to ensure the Veterans of this great country are never forgotten and that we care for them and their families,” said the undersecretary of Memorial Affairs and Navy Veteran, Randy Reeves, who was on hand for the unveiling.

The National Cemetery Administration will continue working with Williams and community partners to dedicate the bronze plaques at each of its national cemeteries throughout this year.





Tanner Iskra

Tanner Iskra joined the VA in 2018 and is the host of the VA’s podcast, “Borne the Battle.” He is a proud United States Marine Corps Veteran who served as an administrator, an intel analyst and as a combat videographer/photographer. During his military career he deployed to OIF III to spent time in many countries as part of the Black Sea Rotational Force. After leaving active duty, Tanner was a Senior Post Production Editor with NASCAR Productions. Tanner is a graduate of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies and holds a Certificate in Military Motion Media from the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University.