The UMWA Honors Woody Williams


JUNE 30, 2022

The UMWA Honors Woody Williams

[TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today, regarding the passing of World War II hero Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams:

“Woody Williams was a hero for a lot of us, and not just because he was a Medal of Honor winner in World War II. While earning that award alone justifies the “Hero” title, Woody was so much more than that.

“He was a genuine person who did not act like he was any different or any better than anyone else. He was an inspiration to all who encountered him, willing to listen and offer advice if asked but was never judgmental. He accepted people for who they were.

“I had the good fortune to be with Woody several times, and knew that he loved West Virginia and he loved its people.  He was a friend of coal miners, respected their hard work and supported their livelihoods. He was a stalwart defender of veterans and was their fierce advocate every single day.

“Our world needs more people like Woody Williams. He did not shirk his duty when called, and when he came home from the battlefield a hero he did not flaunt it. We will all miss him terribly, and the hearts and prayers of every UMWA member are with his family and friends.”