U.S. Rep. Carol Miller, R-W.Va., on Wednesday introduced legislation to honor Medal of Honor recipients and veterans from World War II by stating that the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II will lie in honor in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.
There are currently four living Medal of Honor recipients: Hershel “Woody” Williams of West Virginia (Marine Corps), Charles H. Coolidge of Tennessee (Army), Francis S. Currey of New York (Army) and Robert D. Maxwell of Colorado (Army). During World War II, only 464 U.S. military personnel received the Medal of Honor, 266 of them receiving it posthumously.
On Thursday, U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., drafted a letter with Reps. David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Miller to President Donald Trump, requesting a single state funeral for the last World War II Medal of Honor recipient.
Miller also recently recognized Williams, of Ona, on the floor of the U.S. House for his service to the country and heroic acts during World War II.