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West Virginia WWII veteran Woody Williams picked to toss coin at Super Bowl


The Herald-Dispatch

Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams addresses West Virginia lawmakers at the Capitol in January. Williams will do the coin toss at the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 4.
(West Virginia Legislative Photography photo by Perry Bennett)

MILTON, W.Va. — After 94 years, World War II veteran Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams said he’s had many firsts in his life.

Next month, Williams, the last surviving recipient of the Medal of Honor from the Battle of Iwo Jima, said he will add another first to that list: flipping the coin at the 52nd Super Bowl on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.

“I’ve had so many firsts – and they keep coming, even at 94,” Williams said during a Milton Rotary Club luncheon Thursday.

Williams will be joined by 14 other recipients of the Medal of Honor, the United States’ most prestigious military decoration, to be honored by the NFL and the nation prior to the start of the Super Bowl.

“These courageous individuals deserve to be recognized on America’s biggest stage,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We are grateful for their service to our country, and we are pleased to continue the NFL’s longstanding tradition of hosting special tributes to service members at the Super Bowl.”

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