NEWS RELEASES

Here is a list of the news releases we have sent out since our inception in July of 2017.


Published in the Digital Journal: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3470878.

September 1, 2017

National Nonprofit Calls on President Trump to Designate a State Funeral for the Last Medal of Honor Recipient from World War II 

State Funeral for World War II Veterans organizes to petition for the highest honor as a salute to all World War II veterans and the Greatest Generation 

NEW ORLEANS - To commemorate the 73rd anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (JV Day), September 2, 1945, the non-profit organization State Funeral for World War II Veterans, launches a nationwide petition drive to convince the President of the United States to designate a state funeral for the last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. 

This single state funeral would provide special recognition, and serve as a final salute to all 16 million men and women who served in the United States armed forces between 1941 and 1945. 

In total, 464 Medals of Honor were awarded to servicemen in World War II.  Only four of these recipients are living today.  Designating a state funeral in Washington, D.C., for the final living Medal of Honor recipient is a fitting to honor the Greatest Generation. 

Citizens can go to www.worldwar2salute.org to sign the petition, which requests that President Donald Trump designated this single state funeral. 

“Our nation has had many state funerals for generals, but never one for an enlisted man.” said State Funeral for World War II Veterans Co-founder Bill McNutt. “All four of the remaining Medal of Holders from World War II were enlisted men. We hope to convince the President take action to honor not only the final Medal of Honor Holder from World War II, but also the millions who gave their all to fight for our country and protect our liberty.” 

“The last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II deserves the honor of a state funeral as a final salute to all the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who defeated Imperialism, Fascism, and Nazism,” McNutt said. “We cannot imagine the extent of their pain as a generation, but we can honor the extent of their service and sacrifice.” 

HISTORY AND THE LAW 

Under American law, the President of the United States has the sole authority to designate a state funeral and he may do so for any deserving citizen of his choosing. Historically, presidents have designated these funerals for generals and other extraordinary Americans. 

In 1921, President Warren Harding designated a state funeral for the Unknown Soldier from World War I. President Harry Truman designated a state funeral in 1948 for General John Pershing. President John F. Kennedy signed the papers to allow a State funeral for General Douglas MacArthur and President Lyndon extended this directive. 

In the 13 years that have passed since the state funeral of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan, much has changed. The nation is divided in many ways and yearns for a non-political event to bring us together as one – to celebrate the sacrifice and accomplishments of our Greatest Generation. 

National Board member, Brigadier General (retired) John T. Digilio, Jr, said, “State funerals are held in order to involve the entire nation in a day of memory. The kind of day that the young carry with them into old age and a day that changes lives of some from self–centeredness to selfless service.” 

Of the Medals of Honor presented for World War II, many were posthumous awards. Only 198 were presented to living military personnel, only four remain. The four living recipients are: 

  • Robert D. Maxwell: Oregon, a Technician Fifth Grade in the U.S. Army, 96 years of age, born October 26, 1920 
  • Charles H. Coolidge: Tennessee, a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Army, 95 years of age, born August 4, 1921 
  • Hershel Woodrow Williams: West Virginia, Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, 93 years of age, born October 2, 1923 
  • Francis S. Currey: New York, a Private First Class in the U.S. Army, 91 years of age, born June 29, 1925 

As the highest possible honor bestowed upon a person posthumously; state funerals are an entitlement for three classes of Americans: presidents and former presidents of the United States, presidents-elect of the United States and any other persons designated by the President 

General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander of the Pacific, and General Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, were each duly honored by the nation with state funerals. The selfless, brave men and women who served under them deserve the honor of special recognition at a state funeral for the final Medal of Honor holder from World War II. 

About State Funeral for World War II Veterans 

State Funeral for World War II Veterans exists to convince the President of the United States to designate a state funeral for the last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, as a final salute to the 16 million men and women of the greatest generation who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945.” For more information on how to join us in this mission please visit www.worldwar2salute.org. 

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Published in the Park Cities People

January 2018

Armstrong Student's Quest for Honor



February 12, 2018

National Nonprofit Announces Appointment of Eight New Missouri State Board Members 

MISSOURI – State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce the appointment of the following distinguished leaders to the Missouri State Board of Directors: Joe Driskill, Paul Schuerenberg, Joseph Podorski, Gary Grigsby, Dave Pace, Paul Pryor, Samuel P. Winfield, and Billie Krewson.  They will serve with Missouri State Chair, Richard LaBrash of Salem.

“We have worked hard to identify strong and well connected candidates for the Missouri State Board all over the state.  The Greatest Generation could not be more deserving of this honorable final salute and all of us in Missouri are going to do best to be at the forefront of this effort,” said LaBrash. 

Joe Driskill is the son of a decorated WWII Army Air Corps veteran.  Driskill is currently the Military Advocate for the State of Missouri and serves as the Vice President of the Association of Defense Communities.  Previously, he was the cabinet-level director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, executive director of the Missouri Technology Corporation, and member of the State Board of Education.  He currently resides in Jefferson City with his wife, Janice.

Paul Schuerenberg is a Viet Nam U.S. Army Veteran and former SSG with 7 years of active duty, primarily in Special Operations.  During Schuerenberg’s service, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and many more.  He is currently the Community Employment Coordinator for the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center. Paul is on The Wall of Valor at the VA.   He currently resides in Poplar Bluff with his wife, Denise.

Joseph Podorski, a WWII Veteran, enlisted in the Navy at an early age where he served on the USS Rich, USS Hamul, and the USS Greenwood.  He received the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal with tree Bronze Stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with a Bronze Star, a Victory Medal, and an American Area Campaign Medal for his service.  Following his service, he started a wholesale meat distributorship business and owned Halls Ferry Inn Restaurant.  He has since retired and resides in Chesterfield, MO.

Gary Grigsby served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Captain, Air Defense Control Officer, and Legal Officer.  He currently runs Central Band & Piano in Warrensburg, MO.  He holds various leadership positions throughout the American Legion including Zone 3 Vice Commander, District 6 Sr. Vice Commander, and Judge Advocate.  Gary currently resides in Warrensburg with his wife.

Dave Pace, a true American Patriot, was born on D Day in 1944.  Pace was drafted into the U.S. Military and served in Vietnam.  While in the combat zone he received Two Bronze Star Medals for Heroism, the Purple Heart for Wounds Received in Action, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for ground combat, the Air Medal for Meritorious Achievement while participating in 122 Aerial Assaults, and various other personal and Unit Citations.  After discharge from the Army, he served as the VP of Information Technologies at Craig Distribution/US Foodservice and grew the company from $25M to over $500M in sales.  He is a member of the American Legion and a lifetime member of the VFW and serves as the Junior Vice-Commander of his local Post.  Dave currently resides in Salem with his wife Sharon.

Paul Pryor is a WWII U.S. Army veteran of Boss, MO.  After his service, he worked for Caterpillar in Illinois.  Upon his return to his hometown, he purchased a general store with his brother and later drove a school bus for Salem’s schools.  He has since retired from a full-time ministry after 30 years as the Pastor of the Boss Assembly of God Church.  Paul still lives in Boss and attends his church every Sunday.

Samuel Paul Winfield, a WWII veteran, served in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman.  After his service, he returned to his hometown in Salem, MO.  He worked as a truck driver until his retirement.  Today, he remains active and involved in Veterans and community affairs.  Paul still resides in his hometown of Salem.

Billie Krewson spent 4 years on the USS Barbour County and immediately joined the Naval Reserve, making Chief in just 8 years.  He earned two Navy Achievement Medals, a Southwest Asia Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.  Krewson is currently the Commander of his local VFW Post and teaches Science for the Licking school district.  Billie, his wife, and three children enjoy volunteering to set veteran’s grave markers at local cemeteries.  He currently resides in Licking.

“The National Board of Directors joins me in welcoming this outstanding group of gentlemen who are fully equipped to serve on the Missouri State Board,” said Bill McNutt, Co-Founder and Chairman.  “It is passionate and successful leaders such as these individuals that will enable us to achieve our mission.”


About State Funeral for World War II Veterans

State Funeral for World War II Veterans exists to convince the President of the United States to designate a single state funeral for the last Medal of Honor holder form World War II, as a final salute to the 16 million men and women of the Greatest Generation who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945.  For more information on how to join us in this mission please visit www.worldwar2salute.org.


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Published in the Salem News

December 20, 2017

State Funeral for World War II Veterans announces appointment of LaBrash as Missouri State Chairman


SALEM, MOState Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce Mr. Richard L. LaBrash of Salem, Missouri was appointed as a Missouri State Board Member. 

In September, State Funeral for World War II Veterans, launched a nationwide petition drive to convince the President of the United States to designate a state funeral in Washington D.C. for the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.  This single state funeral would provide special recognition, and serve as a final salute to the 16 million men and women who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945.

In total, 472 Medals of Honor were awarded to World War II servicemen.  Only four of these recipients are living today.  They are Hershel “Woody” Williams, U.S. Marine Corp Corporal of West Virginia; Charles Coolidge, U.S. Army Technical Sergeant of Tennessee; Robert D. Maxwell, U.S. Army Technician Fifth Grade of Oregon; and Francis S. Currey, U.S. Army Private First Class of New York.  

“The United States has held many funerals for famous Generals, but never one for an enlisted man,” said Bill McNutt, Co-Founder and Chairman.  “We are working hard all across the country with patriotic individuals like Richard LaBash to make this state funeral a reality.  It is time for an enlisted man to lie in state at our national capital in Washington.” 

LaBrash served in the United States Army for 8 years and was the former SSG.  He joined the American Legion Post 99 in Salem where he has held office as Adjutant, Finance Officer, and Chaplain.  Richard also serves on the Honor Guard and the Color Guard. Currently, he stays busy serving as the volunteer Chaplain for the St. James Veterans Home.  LaBrash is happily married to his wife, Judith of 49 years.  Together they have two sons.  

“We are so excited for Mr. LaBrash to bring his diverse background and proven leadership experience to the role of Missouri State Board,” said McNutt.  “The National Board of Directors joins me in welcoming Richard to our leadership.”

Ten World War II Medal of Honor recipients were from Missouri.  We are proud to partner with Missouri to help honor all of their veterans for their heroic contributions to our country.

The state of Missouri is in pursuit of growing their State Board.  If you would like to nominate someone or join LaBrash on the board yourself, please contact him directly at rlabrash@defbar.com

About State Funeral for World War II Veterans

 State Funeral for World War II Veterans exists to convince the President of the United States to designate a single state funeral for the last Medal of Honor recipient form World War II, as a final salute to the 16 million men and women of the Greatest Generation who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945.  For more information on how to join us in this mission please visit www.worldwar2salute.org.

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January 15, 2018

National Nonprofit Announces Appointment of New York State Chair


NEW YORK CITY, NY - State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce Mr. Scott Hartman, grandson of a World War II veteran, of New York City was appointed Chairman for the State of New York.

Four months ago, State Funeral for World War II Veterans, launched a nationwide petition drive to convince President Donald J. Trump to designate a state funeral in Washington D.C. for the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.  This single state funeral would provide special recognition, and serve as a final salute to the 16 million men and women who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945. 

In total, 472 Medals of Honor were awarded to World War II servicemen.  Only four of these recipients are living today.  They are Hershel “Woody” Williams, U.S. Marine Corp Corporal of West Virginia; Charles Coolidge, U.S. Army Technical Sergeant of Tennessee; Robert D. Maxwell, U.S. Army Technician Fifth Grade of Oregon; and Francis S. Currey, U.S. Army Private First Class of New York.   

During an interview with State Funeral for World War II Veterans, one of the four living Medal of Honor recipients, Woody Williams said, “The idea of a state funeral for the last of us to go is great.  The nation needs this.  It brings recognition to all 16 million of us who wore the uniform.  A state funeral is part of our nation's history that can never be erased.”

“The United States has held many state funerals for Generals, but never one for an enlisted man,” said Bill McNutt, Co-Founder and Chairman.  “We are working hard all across the country with patriotic and successful leaders like Scott Hartman to make this state funeral a reality.”

“The men and women who served our country in World War II not only changed the course of history for our country, but also for the world.  My grandfather served as an infantryman and spent time overseas during World War II.  Unfortunately, he passed before I had a chance to learn more about him, but I know the importance of his service.  The veterans of World War II not only deserve the right, but they have earned the right to be honored and not forgotten regardless of their rank,” said Hartman.

Hartman has been a successful investor, CEO/Managing Partner, and Chairman of the Board of publically held companies, private equity investments and alternative asset management firms.  He currently has offices in New York, NY and Dallas, TX.

Previously, Mr. Hartman co-founded two private equity firms.  Prior thereto, he held various executive positions at Nucor World Industries, City National Bank, and Emerson Power Transmission, a division of Emerson Electric Company, a Fortune 500 company.

Hartman currently sits on various company Boards of Directors.  In addition to his current Board work, he participates in other philanthropic endeavors.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Indiana University.

Serving alongside him in the great state of New York, are retired BG General John Digilio, National Board Member, and New York State Board Members, Kevin Sexton and Julian Gingold.  Hartman is currently recruiting other patriotic individuals to fill the eight-person State Board of Directors in New York City.  Please send nominations directly to him at scott.hartman@onyxcm.com.

About State Funeral for World War II Veterans

State Funeral for World War II Veterans exists to convince the President of the United States to designate a single state funeral for the last Medal of Honor recipient form World War II, as a final salute to the 16 million men and women of the Greatest Generation who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945.  For more information on how to join us in this mission please visit www.worldwar2salute.org.

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Published in The Jennings Daily News and American Press.

September 26, 2017

National Nonprofit Announces Appointment of Louisiana State Chair


JENNINGS, LA - State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce Mr. Charles L. “Charlie” Williams, son of a World War II Veteran, of Jennings, Louisiana was appointed Chairman for the State of Louisiana. 

Last month, State Funeral for World War II Veterans, launched a nationwide petition drive to convince President Donald J. Trump to designate a state funeral in Washington D.C. for the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.  This single state funeral would provide special recognition, and serve as a final salute to the 16 million men and women who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945. 

In total, 464 Medals of Honor were awarded to World War II servicemen.  Only four of these recipients are living today.  They are Hershel “Woody” Williams, U.S. Marine Corp Corporal of West Virginia; Charles Coolidge, U.S. Army Technical Sergeant of Tennessee; Robert D. Maxwell, U.S. Army Technician Fifth Grade of Oregon; and Francis S. Currey, U.S. Army Private First Class of New York.   

During an interview with State Funeral for World War II Veterans, one of the four living Medal of Honor recipients, Woody Williams said, “The idea of a state funeral for the last of us to go is great.  The nation needs this.  It brings recognition to all 16 million of us who wore the uniform.  A state funeral is part of our nation's history that can never be erased.”

“The United States has held many state funerals for Generals, but never one for an enlisted man,” said Bill McNutt, Co-Founder and Chairman.  “We are working hard all across the country with proven leaders like Charlie Williams to make this state funeral a reality.”

A graduate of Jennings High School and the College of Administration and Business at Louisiana Tech University, Williams resides in his hometown of Jennings, Louisiana.  He went to work in his father’s independent insurance agency as a third generation member and is currently its president.  His father, Oliver Daly Williams, served in World War II in the Army Air Corps.

He is a member of Louisiana Professional Insurance Agents Association (PIA) and of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers Association (IIABL) of Louisiana.  In the PIA, he has served on several committees and served two terms on the state board of directors.  He is presently serving his third term.  He was elected, “2004 Agent of the Year” by the Louisiana PIA.

Outside of work, Charlie has been a Kiwanis Club member for 39 years, serving as a board member, officer and its president.  He has served several terms on the Greater Jennings Chamber of Commerce.  He has been on many committees of the Presbytery of South Louisiana, and served as a Deacon and Elder for the First Presbyterian Church of Jennings.  Today he is active with the First Presbyterian Church of Welsh where he sings in the choir.

He loves to sail, fly fish, and lead the local radio and Internet broadcast of the Jennings Bulldogs football games on ‘Charlie’s Broadcasting Company’ for the past 30 years.  He is married to his wife of 29 years, Dana, the CEO of the Jennings American Legion Hospital.  He has three children, Kim W. Liles, Ian Daly Williams and Lydia Katherine Williams.  He also has twin grandkids in Sydney Grace and Charles Edward Liles.

“I am so pleased to make my contribution and be a cog in this wheel.  Louisiana played such a vital role in the effort to win WWII, and as a ‘Boomer’ I appreciate ‘The Greatest Generation,’ said Williams.  “To those men and women who gave so much, we salute you.  And, for those that feel the same gratitude, you can show that by signing our petition.”  The petition can be found on the State Funeral for World War II Veterans’ website, www.worldwar2salute.org.

Louisiana produced several World War II Medal of Honor recipients, including Private First Class James H. Diamond of New Orleans, for his gallantry in the Philippines in May of 1945.  

“Charlie brings his diverse background and proven leadership experience to the role of Louisiana State Chair,” said McNutt.  “The National Board of Directors joins me in welcoming Mr. Williams to this position in a very patriotic and important state.  The presence of The National World War II Museum and the success of its Founding President, Nick Mueller, have made Louisiana synonymous with the history and study of World War II.

Williams is currently recruiting an eight-person State Board of Directors in Louisiana.  Please send nominations directly to him at Charlie@dalywilliamsagency.com.

About State Funeral for World War II Veterans

State Funeral for World War II Veterans exists to convince the President of the United States to designate a single state funeral for the last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, as a final salute to the 16 million men and women of the Greatest Generation who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945.  For more information on how to join us in this mission please visit www.worldwar2salute.org.

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September 26, 2017

National Nonprofit Announces Appointment of New Mississippi State Chair


STARKVILLE, MI – State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce Dr. Ricardo Inzunza of Starkville, Mississippi was appointed Chairman for the State of Mississippi. 

Last month, State Funeral for World War II Veterans, launched a nationwide petition drive to convince the President of the United States to designate a state funeral in Washington D.C. for the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.  This single state funeral would provide special recognition, and serve as a final salute to the 16 million men and women who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945.

In total, 464 Medals of Honor were awarded to World War II servicemen.  Only four of these recipients are living today.  They are Hershel “Woody” Williams, U.S. Marine Corp Corporal of West Virginia; Charles Coolidge, U.S. Army Technical Sergeant of Tennessee; Robert D. Maxwell, U.S. Army Technician Fifth Grade of Oregon; and Francis S. Currey, U.S. Army Private First Class of New York.   

“The United States has held many funerals for famous Generals, but never one for an enlisted man,” said Bill McNutt, Co-Founder and Chairman.  “We are working hard all across the country with proven leaders like Ric Inzunza to make this state funeral a reality.”

“Out of 16 million who served in World War II, only about 500,000 are still with us.  They deserve special recognition at a state funeral for one of their own,” said Inzunza.  “A proud military state like Mississippi will be at the forefront of this effort and the petition drive.”

Inzunza is the former Deputy Commissioner of the United States Immigration and Nationalization Service (INS) under President Ronald Reagan.  He is currently CEO of RIA International Ltd, a service firm that prepares and submits Earned Legalization Applications.  President George H.W. Bush appointed Inzunza to serve as the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy and as the Director of Military Equal Opportunity Programs for the Department of Defense.

Inzunza is actively involved with the national presidents of Hispanic groups such as LULAC, National council of La Raza, MANA, American GI Forum and the Hispanic Directorate of the Catholic Church.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, his MBS from the Catholic University of America, and his PhD from Portland State University.

“Ric brings his diverse background and proven leadership experience to the role of Mississippi State Chair,” said McNutt.  “The National Board of Directors joins me in welcoming Dr. Inzunza to our leadership.”

Six World War II Medal of Honor recipients were from Mississippi, including Technical Sergeant Jake W. Lindsey of Isney, Alabama for his gallantry near Hamich, Germany in November of 1945.

Inzunza is currently recruiting an eight-person State Board of Directors in Mississippi.  Please send nominations directly to him at riatria@aol.com.  

About State Funeral for World War II Veterans

 State Funeral for World War II Veterans exists to convince the President of the United States to designate a single state funeral for the last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, as a final salute to the 16 million men and women of the Greatest Generation who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945.  For more information on how to join us in this mission please visit www.worldwar2salute.org.

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September 25, 2017

National Nonprofit Announces Appointment of New Indiana State Chair


INDIANAPOLIS – State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce Mr. Tom Jackson, president of Indianapolis-based SpendBridge and co-founder of parent company The Dodson Group, was appointed Indiana State Chairperson for State Funeral for World War II Veterans.

Last month, State Funeral for World War II Veterans, launched a nationwide petition drive to convince President Donald J. Trump to designate a state funeral in Washington D.C. for the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.  This single state funeral would provide special recognition, and serve as a final salute to the 16 million men and women who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945.

In total, 464 Medals of Honor were awarded to World War II servicemen.  Only four of these recipients are living today.  They are Hershel “Woody” Williams, U.S. Marine Corp Corporal of West Virginia; Charles Coolidge, U.S. Army Technical Sergeant of Tennessee; Robert D. Maxwell, U.S. Army Technician Fifth Grade of Oregon; and Francis S. Currey, U.S. Army Private First Class of New York.   

“The United States has held many funerals for famous Generals, but never one for an enlisted man,” said Bill McNutt, Co-Founder and Chairman.  “We are working hard all across the country with proven leaders like Tom Jackson to make this state funeral a reality.”

“I am privileged to honor this generations’ service by helping to promote a single state funeral for the last Medal of Honor holder from World War II,” Jackson said.

Jackson was chosen in honor of his father, Captain Robert Otis Jackson, (USN) who served in both WWII and Korea.  Captain Jackson’s first tour was in the Atlantic leading the Destroyer USS Mustin during the attack at Pearl Harbor.  After that, the Mustin was sent to the Pacific where it participated in the Battles of Midway and Guadalcanal. Captain Jackson was called back to his final active duty in 1951 to serve in the Korean War.  Once home on Indiana soil, Captain Jackson served in many leadership positions on the Indiana Armory Board, and was awarded a Sagamore of the Wabash by then-Governor Otis Bowen for his unwavering service and dedication.

“Growing up in the 1960’s, many Friday nights were spent at the (Heslar) Naval Armory for movie night with other veterans and their families. It demonstrated to me the depth of the bonds that were built among the men and women who served in WWII. It’s awesome to be able to honor that bond,” said Jackson.

Eight World War II Medal of Honor recipients were from Indiana, including Private First Class Melvin E Biddle of Anderson, IN for his gallantry near Soy, Belgium in December of 1944.

“Tom brings a successful and diverse business background and proven leadership experience to the role of Indiana State Chair,” said McNutt.  “The National Board of Directors joins me in welcoming Mr. Jackson to this position in a very patriotic and important state, the home of our Vice President Mike Pence.”

Jackson is currently recruiting an eight-person State Board of Directors in Indiana.  Please send nominations directly to him at tom.jackson@spendbridge.com.  

About State Funeral for World War II Veterans 

State Funeral for World War II Veterans exists to convince the President of the United States to designate a single state funeral for the last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, as a final salute to the 16 million men and women of the Greatest Generation who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945.  For more information on how to join us in this mission please visit www.worldwar2salute.org.

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October 2, 2017

National Nonprofit Announces Appointment of New Massachusetts State Chair


DUXBURY, MA - State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce Mr. Frank Kemp, Vietnam Veteran, of Cambridge, MA was appointed Chairman for the State of Massachusetts.    

Two months ago, State Funeral for World War II Veterans, launched a nationwide petition drive to convince President Donald J. Trump to designate a state funeral in Washington D.C. for the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.  This single state funeral would provide special recognition, and serve as a final salute to the 16 million men and women who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945. 

In total, 464 Medals of Honor were awarded to World War II servicemen.  Only four of these recipients are living today.  They are Hershel “Woody” Williams, U.S. Marine Corp Corporal of West Virginia; Charles Coolidge, U.S. Army Technical Sergeant of Tennessee; Robert D. Maxwell, U.S. Army Technician Fifth Grade of Oregon; and Francis S. Currey, U.S. Army Private First Class of New York.   

During an interview with State Funeral for World War II Veterans, one of the four living Medal of Honor recipients, Woody Williams said, “The idea of a state funeral for the last of us to go is great.  The nation needs this.  It brings recognition to all 16 million of us who wore the uniform.  A state funeral is part of our nation's history that can never be erased.”

“The United States has held many state funerals for Generals, but never one for an enlisted man,” said Bill McNutt, Co-Founder and Chairman.  “We are working hard all across the country with patriotic and successful leaders like Frank Kemp to make this state funeral a reality.”

"This is a wonderful opportunity to honor so many of our Parents and Grandparents for the sacrifice they made so that we all can enjoy the lives we have."

Frank Kemp served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam in the very early stages of U.S. advisory involvement there. As a gunner on over 25 helicopter missions from Tan Son Nhut Air Base just north of Saigon, Frank provided valuable intelligence to the commanding officers as he returned to the base. Furthermore, Frank assembled and summarized reconnaissance information from others on helicopter missions. He also provided his officers observations of some of the earliest gunfire in Saigon when Prime Minister Dim was killed in a military coup led by General Dương Văn Minh in 1963.  Currently, Frank is providing personal information about his experiences to the Pentagon Vietnam historians in Alexandria, Virginia.          

Over the last 35 years Frank has built a foundation of operations, sales and ownership experience though executive positions at Anthony’s Fine Restaurants, Servomation, Canteen Corporation and others. Today, Frank is President of Veteran’s Construction, LLC in Boston. He is a former Director of The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts Museum in Boston Faneuil Hall; this is the oldest chartered military organization in the western hemisphere.

After Vietnam, Frank earned a BS in Marketing & Finance, University of Massachusetts, and MBA Finance & Marketing, Suffolk University. Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Frank now resides in Duxbury, Massachusetts. He is a widower of Katherine Quincy Kemp and has two adult daughters.   

“Frank is a military man from a very historic and important state.  His contacts and experience will be extremely valuable,” said McNutt.  “The National Board of Directors joins me in welcoming Mr. Kemp from Massachusetts, the home of our White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly and White House Staff Secretary, Rob Porter.”

Kemp is currently recruiting an eight-person State Board of Directors in Massachusetts.  Please send nominations directly to him at fkemp@veteransconstructionusa.com.

About State Funeral for World War II Veterans

 State Funeral for World War II Veterans exists to convince the President of the United States to designate a single state funeral for the last Medal of Honor recipient form World War II, as a final salute to the 16 million men and women of the Greatest Generation who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945.  For more information on how to join us in this mission please visit www.worldwar2salute.org.

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Published in the Courier Journal

October 2, 2017

National Nonprofit Announces Appointment of New Alabama State Chair


LEXINGTON, AL - State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce Mr. Francisco J. Guerra of Lexington, Alabama was appointed Chairman for the State of Alabama.    

Two months ago, State Funeral for World War II Veterans, launched a nationwide petition drive to convince President Donald J. Trump to designate a state funeral in Washington D.C. for the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.  This single state funeral would provide special recognition, and serve as a final salute to the 16 million men and women who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945. 

In total, 464 Medals of Honor were awarded to World War II servicemen.  Only four of these recipients are living today.  They are Hershel “Woody” Williams, U.S. Marine Corp Corporal of West Virginia; Charles Coolidge, U.S. Army Technical Sergeant of Tennessee; Robert D. Maxwell, U.S. Army Technician Fifth Grade of Oregon; and Francis S. Currey, U.S. Army Private First Class of New York.   

During an interview with State Funeral for World War II Veterans, one of the four living Medal of Honor recipients, Woody Williams said, “The idea of a state funeral for the last of us to go is great.  The nation needs this.  It brings recognition to all 16 million of us who wore the uniform.  A state funeral is part of our nation's history that can never be erased.”

“The United States has held many state funerals for Generals, but never one for an enlisted man,” said Bill McNutt, Co-Founder and Chairman.  “We are working hard all across the country with successful businessmen and innovative thinkers like Francisco Guerra to make this state funeral a reality.”

Guerra was born in Cuba, but his family emigrated from Cuba and he became US citizens when he was a child.  He is a widely known successful inventor, businessman, and entrepreneur.  Francisco has built and grown over thirty self-sustaining companies, which cover nearly all major industries. 

As a teen, Guerra launched his career as a professional magician, which led him to invent his own special effects.  The most well known invention was a machine that produced realistic, evaporating snow in any setting.  Today, the brand is known as Global Special Effects, Inc. 

One of Guerra’s most successful business endeavors is License My Product, Inc., a company dedicated to helping inventors obtain patents and set up manufacturing and distribution for their inventions.  His umbrella company, Guerra Holdings is headquartered in northwest Alabama. 

“Coming to America as a child and becoming a citizen has made me especially aware of the sacrifices of the World War II generations” said Guerra.  “They deserve a final salute from a grateful nation.  We are going to get the patriotic state of Alabama fully behind the effort.”

Alabama produced several World War II Medal of Honor recipients, including The Late Staff Sergeant Paul Luther Bolden of Hobbes Island, Alabama for his gallantry in Petit-Coo, Belgium in December of 1944.  

“Francisco brings his diverse background and proven leadership experience to the role of Alabama State Chair,” said McNutt.  “The National Board of Directors joins me in welcoming Mr. Guerra to this position in a very patriotic and important state, the home of our Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.”

Guerra is currently recruiting an eight-person State Board of Directors in Alabama.  Please send nominations directly to him at Francisco@snowmasters.com.

About State Funeral for World War II Veterans

State Funeral for World War II Veterans exists to convince the President of the United States to designate a single state funeral for the last Medal of Honor recipient form World War II, as a final salute to the 16 million men and women of the Greatest Generation who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945.  For more information on how to join us in this mission please visit www.worldwar2salute.org.

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