NEWS RELEASES

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

Point of contact for news organizations is David Oates, david@publicrelationssecurity.com or 858.750.5560

July 18, 2020

National Nonprofit Announces Appointment of World War II Veteran to National Board of Directors

He has met with 32 Governors in Nationwide Tour

State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce World War II Corporal Sidney Walton has been elected to its National Board of Directors.   As one of America’s oldest WWII Vets, Mr. Walton is famous for his current nationwide “No Regrets Tour”.  He has met with 32 of the 50 Governors to date.  

When Mr. Walton was a young boy, he was given the opportunity to shake hands with a Civil War veteran.  Mr. Walton declined that chance and has later regretted it, thus leading to his “No Regrets Tour” and the opportunity to meet local officials, the Dalai Lama, and President Donald Trump. 

On Labor Day of 2017, 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.   

Thirteen states are on record supporting this appeal to the President. They have either passed a resolution through their legislatures, or had their Congressional delegations sign a letter to the White House.   They include Texas, Louisiana, Utah, Missouri, Minnesota, West Virginia, Tennessee, Montana, and many more.

In total, 472 Medals of Honor were awarded to World War II servicemen.  Only two 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.

During a recent interview, one of the four living Medal of Honor recipients, Woody Williams said, “The idea of a state funeral for the last of us (WWII MOH recipients) 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 Sidney Walton to make this state funeral a reality.”

“Sidney is an inspiration to all of us and a true American hero,” said Don Ballard, Medal of Honor holder from Vietnam and also a member of the National Board of State Funeral for WW2 Veterans.   “He is living the American dream one day at a time.  He met the President one day, did the coin toss at Superbowl LIV (2020) the next.”

Mr. Walton’s work and inspiration has been acknowledged in various circles including on the jumbotron at the 2019 World Series.  He served his country honorably World War II, joining the Army when he was 21 years old, nine months before Pearl Harbor.

Born to a Jewish family in Manhattan, New York, he joined the Army before Pearl Harbor, “to fight Hitler.  I hated that man so much.  I’d give anything to fight him.” he told the Washington Post in 2019.  Mr. Walton later taught geology at Duke University and North Carolina State University.  He married his late wife Rena in 1954. 

State Funeral for World War II Veterans State Chairs across the nation will work to help Sidney meet their Governors and get a resolution passed through their state legislature if one does not already exist. State Chairs engaged in this effort include New Mexico, Michigan, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Virginia, North Dakota, South Dakota, and West Virginia.

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May 29, 2020

National Nonprofit Announces Appointment of First State of Maine Chair, Todd Schultz

Augusta-Maine -- State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce Todd Schultz, West Point graduate and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Bronze Stars, has been named the Founding Chairman in Maine.

In September of 2017, State Funeral for World War II Veterans, launched a nationwide petition 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. Only two remain, U.S. Army Veteran Charles Coolidge of Tennessee and U.S. Marine Hershel “Woody” Williams of West Virginia. 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.

Today, thirteen states have passed our resolution through their state legislatures or sent a letter of support to the President signed by their full Congressional delegation. The most recent Congressional letter went to the White House on May 11, 2020 from Montana, signed by Senator Jon Tester, Congressman Greg Gianforte and Senator Steve Daines. No legislation or appropriation of money is required. The President has the sole and unique authority to make this designation.

The idea came from a 10 year-old public school student, Miss Rabel McNutt and her father, Bill McNutt. She was preparing to attend her Godfather Walter Ehlers’ funeral when she originated the idea. Mr. Ehlers received the Medal of Honor fighting the Germans in the hedgerows of Normandy in June 1944.

Todd Schultz is the grandson of a World War II Veteran who served in the Army Air Corps who installed in him a love of military service. Todd enlisted in the Army right out of high school, eventually attended the West Point Prep School, and graduated from West Point in 1996.

In total, 473 World War II Servicemen were awarded the Medal of Honor. The last living Medal of Honor recipient from the Pacific in World War II, Hershel “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 Americans like Todd Schultz to make this state funeral a reality.”

Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient Donald Ballard, a member of the National Board of State Funeral for World War II Veterans said. “I am proud to welcome a Mustang to our ranks. A Mustang is a soldier who served as an enlisted man before becoming an officer. Under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Schultz, the Maine State Legislature should quickly pass our resolution and their Washington Congressional delegation sign a letter to President Trump. We call on Senators Susan Collins, and Angus King, as well as Congressman Jared Golden and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree to affix their signature to his patriotic and non-partisan effort. “

Upon learning of his appointment to be the Chairman of Maine, Todd said “he is proud to play a small part in rightfully honoring our Nation’s greatest generation.”

During the War on Terror, LTC(R) Schultz served over fifteen tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment from 2001 to 2009. He transported and supported elite special operations forces in both regions following the attacks of 9-11-2001. His last military assignment was as an economics professor at West Point.

Today, Todd Schultz is an independent business owner, operating the only Chick-fil-A in Maine, located in Bangor. He and his wife Suzanne have two children, Ashley and Hunter. They are all proud residents of Bangor.

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 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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May 26, 2020

State Funeral for WW II Veterans names Oates to California State Board 

State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce David Oates as the first person named to its California State board of advisors.   

Labor Day of 2017, 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.

Only two recipients remain alive: Charles Coolidge of Tennessee and Hershel "Woody" Williams of West Virginia.  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.

Today, 13 states, including Utah, Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, and Louisiana, have either passed a resolution encouraging the President, or sent a full Congressional letter to the White House urging a quick him to use his sole authority in this matter to “designate” a State Funeral for the last MOH holder from the Second World War.  No legislation or appropriation of money is required.

Oates, a former U.S. Navy officer and current public relations specialist, is the President of San Diego Rotary, the fourth largest Rotary club in the world.

In total, 473 World War II Servicemen were awarded the Medal of Honor.

The last living Medal of Honor recipient from the Pacific in World War II, Hershel “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.”

“California is vital in our effort.  The United States has held many state funerals for Generals, but never one for an enlisted man," said Bill McNutt, Co-Founder and Chairman of the State Funeral for World War II Veterans.  "We are working hard all across the country with proven leaders like Dave to make this state funeral a reality.”

“I'm more than happy to lend my support to this great cause so that we may never forget the sacrifices made by those from the Greatest Generation who kept us free,”  said Oates. 

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 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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May 8, 2020

World War II Veterans Organization Names Director of the Michigan Heroes Museum as State Chairman.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN– State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce the appointment of John H. Ryder, as the Michigan State Chairperson.

Mr. Ryder holds and values a sacred trust with American Veterans as the Director of the Michigan Heroes Museum where he is the custodian of the largest collection of Medals of Honor in the world, on public display. Each of these 26 pieces of

American history tells a story of selfless sacrifice. In addition there are over 850 stories of Michigan military and space heroes. 

Labor Day of 2017, 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.

Only two remain, Charles Coolidge of Tennessee and Hershel “Woody” Williams of West Virginia. 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.

The idea came from a 10 year old public school student, Miss Rabel Josephine McNutt and her father, Bill McNutt. She was preparing to attend her Godfather Walter Ehlers funeral when she originated the idea. Mr. Ehlers received the Medal of Honor fighting the Germans in the hedgerows of Normandy, June 1944.

Today, eleven states have passed our resolution through their state legislatures or sent a letter of support to the President signed by both U. S. Senators from their state and all members of their congressional delegation in the Nation's Capital.

In total, 473 Medals of Honor were awarded to World War II servicemen. 

“The United States has never held a State Funeral for an enlisted man" said Bill McNutt, State Funeral National Chairman. "No enlisted man has ever laid in state beneath the dome of our Capital in Washington. We have had plenty of State Funerals for Generals and now it is time to honor the greatest generation through a Washington D.C. funeral for the last MOH holder from the Second World War."

“I know and trust John Ryder," said Michigan Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient Jim "Doc" McCloughan. "He is a terrific person to get our resolution passed by the legislature and get every one of our Michigan U.S. Senators, Congressmen and Congresswomen to sign a delegation letter to President Trump. And, get it done quickly!"

Vietnam Medic McCloughan is a member of the National Board of State Funeral for World War II Veterans. A former Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster, Ryder is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Flint and held a long and distinguished business career before coming to the Michigan Heroes Museum. His career included working with Walmart, Office Depot, Home Depot, and Delivery Dental Solutions in Detroit.

"When a Medal of Honor recipient nominates you to serve, a Michigan patriot says 'Yes Sir!'," said John Ryder. "Mr. McNutt and his team are now organized in 34 states, and hope to have 40 organized by the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War on August 15, 2020. Time is short, given that both of these remaining WW2 HOH Heroes are over 95 years of age."

If you would like to serve on the Michigan State Board, or help our effort in other ways, please contact Mr. John Ryder directly at john.ryder@MiHeroes.org.

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 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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May 1, 2020

World War II Veterans Organization Names Decorated Vietnam Veteran as 1st Virginia Chairman

Mr. W. Glenn Yarborough, Jr., the son of a World War II Army tank commander who fought at the Battle of the Bulge, has been named Virginia State Chair by State Funeral for World War II Veterans. Their mission is to convince the President to designate a State Funeral in Washington, DC for the final Medal of Honor recipient from the Second World War. This will serve as a proper national final salute to the greatest generation.

Nine states have passed a resolution through their state legislatures, or sent a letter signed by all members of their Congressional delegation, to the President requesting that he use his sole authority to make this happen. They include Missouri, Minnesota, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, West Virginia, Louisiana and others.

"Our nation has held many state funerals for President's and Generals, but never one for an enlisted man." said Bill McNutt, Co-Founder and National Chairman, State Funeral for World War II Veterans. "Both the remaining MOH holders from the Second World War were enlisted men, Hershel Woody Williams, US Marine Corp, Pacific War 1945, and Charles Henry Coolidge, US Army Europe 1944."

The Honorable Woody Goldberg, Vietnam Veteran and civilian aid to the Secretary of the Army, said, “I have known and worked with Glenn Yarborough since Vietnam. Glenn is the kind of patriot we need to convince the White House to hold a state funeral for the final World War II Medal of Honor recipient. We must never forget the sacrifices and service of those from the greatest generation. It is important to never forget those who fought and served in the Second World War.“

National board member, Col. Donald Ballard, Medal of Honor recipient from Vietnam made these remarks: "Col. Glenn Yarborough distinguished himself serving two tours in Vietnam in Armored Cavalry Units. He is the kind of manager and leader we need to get our resolution quickly through the state legislature in Richmond and the Virginia Congressional Delegation. “

Glenn Yarborough, Jr. is the President and Chief Executive Officer of WGY & Associates, LLC. WGY & Associates is dedicated to the assistance of small and medium size firms as they offer their products to the Federal and State Governments. He attended The Citadel and is a graduate with two degrees from of the University of South Carolina. His board service includes the Airbus Defense and Space Corporation, Hinz Consulting, Ricardo Defense, Easter Seals, the Cavalry Heritage Foundation (Vice Chair), and Commander of the 17th District of the American Legion with 18 Posts and 8,000 Legion members in Northern Virginia in 2017 – 2018. He is an active Rotarian and former District Governor of Rotary International in Virginia. Glenn is currently the Chairman of the United States Cavalry Association.

Launched Labor Day of 2017, State Funeral for World War II Veterans has as its mission to convince the President of the United States to use his sole authority to designate a State Funeral in Washington DC for the last MOH recipient from WWII. Every 40 to 50 years, the American President designates a non Presidential State Funeral. President Warren Harding held one in 1921 for the Unknown Soldier from WWI. President Truman designed a State Funeral for General "Blackjack" Pershing in 1948. President Kennedy signed an order for General Douglas MacArthur's State Funeral that was held in 1964.

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 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.



April 16, 2020

World War II Veterans Organization Appoints New Mexico State Chairmen

State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce Martin T Caddell and Gary Smouse of Farmington, New Mexico, as the State Co-Chairman.

Labor Day of 2017, 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. 

Only two remain: Charles Coolidge of Tennessee and Hershel "Woody" Williams of West Virginia.  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.

Mr. Smouse, a graduate of Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, New Mexico, is the Owner-Operator of Chick-fil-A in Farmington.  Mr. Caddell is an independent business owner of Cave Men's Grooming, also in Farmington.  

Many state legislatures, including Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, and Louisiana, have passed a resolution to the President requesting he use his sole authority in this matter to “designate” a State Funeral for the last MOH holder from the Second World War.  No legislation or appropriation of money is required.

In total, 473 World War II Servicemen were awarded the Medal of Honor

The last living Medal of Honor recipient from the Pacific in World War II, Hershel “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 business leaders like Martin Caddell and Gary Smouse to make this state funeral a reality.”

Married to Brandy Caddell for over 20 years, Martin has a son at Piedra Vista High in Farmington and a daughter at Texas Tech University.  He is the Co-Chairman of the San Juan County, New Mexico Gold Star Family Monument Committee, served on the Board of Athletics at Abilene Christian University and McMurry University, and currently serves on the San Juan County Sheriff’s Foundation Board.

Gary Smouse and his wife of 25 years, Camille, have a daughter at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington, and a son at New Mexico State University.   He had a 20-year career with Target Corporation before becoming an independent business owner.  Gary is the Co-Chairman of the San Juan County Gold Star Monument Committee and served for 13 years on the board of the “I Can Still Shine” non-profit in North Richland Hills, Texas. 

Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient Donald Ballard, a member of the National Board of State Funeral for World War II Veterans, said, "I am proud to welcome these two successful American patriots and businessmen to our organization.  Dr. Danny Reeves, our National Leadership Recruitment Chair, as well as Bill McNutt and his team have done a terrific job of uncovering unsung heroes like these two men who love and appreciate the amazing service of the greatest generation. Under their leadership, the New Mexico state legislature should pass our resolution in record time and send it to the White House.”

“Three fighting men from New Mexico received the Medal of Honor in the Second World War; Private Joseph Martínez, Private José Valdez, Master Sergeant, and Alejandro Ruíz,” said Mr. Smouse.  “We honor their legacy to the 47th state admitted to the Union.”

“Gary Smouse and I are so blessed to have a friendship with Woody Williams, the final Medal of Honor recipient from the Pacific in World War II.”  Said Martin Caddell 

"One of Woody's grandsons is our counterpart State Funeral Chairman in Kentucky, and another is the State Chairman in Ohio.   We are in good company!"

Mr. Smouse is currently recruiting a six-person State Board of Directors in New Mexico.  Self-nominations are welcome.  Please send submissions directly to him at gsmouse1@gmail.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 holder 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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February 14, 2020

National Nonprofit Announces Appointment of First Rhode Island Chair Matthew Elias

State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce Mr. Matthew P. Elias, a Navy Veteran and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, has been named the Founding Chairman in Rhode Island.

Labor Day of 2017, 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.

Only two remain, Charles Coolidge of Tennessee and Hershel “Woody” Williams of West Virginia. 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.

Many state legislatures, including Tennessee, Texas, Missouri and Louisiana have passed a resolution to the President requesting he use his sole authority in this matter to “designate” a State Funeral for the last MOH holder from the Second World War. No legislation or appropriation of money is required.

In total, 473 World War II Servicemen were awarded the Medal of Honor

The last living Medal of Honor recipient from the Pacific in World War II, Hershel “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 Mr. Matthew Elias to make this state funeral a reality.”

Mr. Elias is the son and nephew of World War II veterans. Both sets of his grandparents were immigrants and his father and eight uncles served in the Navy, Army and Army Air Corps in World War II. Mr. Elias is a proven leader with a sustained track record for building new organizations. Mr. Elias serves as a regional director for a nonpartisan national security think tank that incorporates private sector thinking into national security challenges and is working to make America and more secure.

Born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Mr. Elias is a graduate of Cumberland High School and was nominated to the United States Naval Academy by Senator Claiborne Pell in 1974, earning a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and General Engineering in 1978. Mr. Elias was awarded a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1995 and completed a 21-year Naval aviation career in 1999.

Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient Donald Ballard, a member of the National Board of State Funeral for World War II Veterans said. “I am proud to welcome a Naval Aviator to our organization. Bill McNutt and his team have done a solid job of uncovering unsung heroes like Mr. Elias who love and appreciates the selfless service of the greatest generation.” “Under his leadership the Rhode Island state legislature should quickly pass our resolution and send it to President Trump. “

“I am so pleased to honor my father and uncles service in uniform following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Just as the Unknown Soldier from World War I was granted a State Funeral by President Warren G Harding, I am confident we can get President Trump to make this designation for the last Medal of Honor hero from World War II.”

Rhode Island produced two World War II Medal of Honor recipients, George Peters from Cranston, Rhode Island and Robert Waugh, from Ashton. Private Peters died single-handedly taking out a German machine gun emplacement after parachuting across the Rhine river near Wesel, German. Robert Waugh received his Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Battle of Monte Cassino. He was killed in action the following week.

Mr. Elias is currently recruiting a six-person State Board of Directors in Rhode Island. Self nominations are welcome. Please send nominations directly to him at elias.WWII.salute@gmail.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 holder 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.

January 27, 2020

National World War II Veterans Nonprofit Announces Appointment of First Arkansas Chairman, Charles W. Adkins, Jr.

State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles W. Adkins as the Arkansas Chairman. Major Adkins, is a U.S. Army veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart medal for his actions during the War on Terror in Iraq in December 2005.

Labor Day of 2017, State Funeral for World War II Veterans, launched a nationwide petition drive to convince the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump to designate a state funeral in Washington D.C. for the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. Today only two remain. 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.

The idea came from a 10 year old public school student in Texas, Miss Rabel Josephine McNutt. She was preparing to attend her Godfather Walter Ehlers funeral when she originated the idea. Mr. Ehlers received the Medal of Honor fighting them Germans in the Hedgerows of Normandy, June 1944.

In total, 473 Medals of Honor were awarded to World War II servicemen. The two remaining are Hershel “Woody” Williams, U.S. Marine Corp Corporal, of West Virginia and Charles Coolidge, U.S. Army Technical Sergeant of Tennessee. “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, side by side with proven leaders and heroes like Chuck Adkins, to make this State Funeral a reality.”

“Out of 16 million servicemen and women from World War II, only about 400,000 remain with us. We will work hard with the Arkansas Legislature, the Governor and the members of our Congressional delegation to convince the President to make this funeral a reality. “ said retired Army Major Adkins.

“Major Adkins is the perfect person to get our resolution passed by the legislature in Little Rock. He knows how to build beneficial partnerships and work with the Arkansas Congressional delegation to get a letter to the President.” said Medal of Honor recipient from Vietnam, Don Ballard. “The National Board of Directors joins me in welcoming Chuck to our leadership.”

Five state legislatures, including Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas have already passed a resolution calling on the President to designate this funeral for the last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.

Mr. Adkins is currently recruiting an eight person State Board of Directors for the state. Self- nominations are welcome. Please send nominations to him at charles.w.adkins.jr@aol.com.

The State of Arkansas had 10 of its son’s receive the Medal of Honor in the Second World War, including Nathan Green Gordon from Conway County, who later served as Lieutenant governor from 1947 till 1967.

Chuck lives with his wife, Kathy in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They have two children (Christopher and Jennifer) and six grandchildren. Mr. Atkins joined the Military Order of the Purple Heart in November 2012 and has served as Commander, Chapter 460, and Commander Department of Arkansas. Chuck also serves as the Director, Fayetteville National Cemetery Advisory Committee; and as a Board Member, Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame.

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 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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January 6, 2020

National World War II Veterans Nonprofit Announces Appointment of First Montana Chair, Barbara Skelton of Billings.

State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce Barbara B. Skelton as been appointed the Founding Chairperson for the state of Montana.

Labor Day of 2017, State Funeral for World War II Veterans, launched a nationwide petition drive to convince the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump to designate a state funeral in Washington D.C. for the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. Today only two remain. 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, 473 Medals of Honor were awarded to World War II servicemen. The two remaining are Hershel “Woody” Williams, U.S. Marine Corp Corporal, of West Virginia and Charles Coolidge, U.S. Army Technical Sergeant of Tennessee.

“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, side by side with proven leaders like Barbara Skelton to make this State Funeral a reality.”

“Out of 16 million service men and women from World War II, only about 400,000 remain with us. They deserve special recognition at a State Funeral for one of their own “ said Ms Skelton, the 1st women to win nomination for Lt. Governor, who has been appointed to over 50 state-wide Montana boards.

“Ms. Skelton is adept at building and fostering beneficial partnerships, founding successful non profits, and helping veterans. Her diverse background and proven leadership experience will bring great success to our efforts in the Treasure state,” said Medal of Honor recipient from Vietnam, Don Ballard. “The National Board of Directors joins me in welcoming Barbara to our leadership.”

Ms Skelton is currently recruiting an eight person State Board of Directors in Montana. Self- nominations are welcome. Please send nominations to her at skelgatz@gmail.com.

As President of the Coal Black Cattle Company & Consulting Services, she resolves issues and leads development projects beneficial to Montana. Skelton is the Co-Founder of Horses Sprits Healing Inc. an Equine Therapy program focused on Veterans, their families and community members with disabilities.

Here honors include the Women of the Year from the American Biographical Institute, the Women of the Year from the YWCA and a member of the Trademark Women of Distinction in 2019

The State of Montana had 3 of its son’s receive the Medal of Honor, including Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins, awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously on March 27, 2019. The other two are William Galt and Donald Ruhl, both from World War II.

Ms. Skelton will target two important actions. First, to get a resolution passed by the Montana State Legislature supporting a State Funeral for the last Medal of Honor holder from the Second World War. Second, to obtain a Congressional delegation letter to the President supporting our mission, signed by both United States Senators and Congressman from Montana.

January 2, 2020

National Veterans Nonprofit Announces Appointment of First South Dakota Chair

State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce Air Force Veteran William “Bill” Casper of Rapid City, South Dakota has been appointed Chairman for the State South Dakota.

Labor Day of 2017, State Funeral for World War II Veterans, launched a nationwide petition drive to convince the President of the United States, 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, 473 Medals of Honor were awarded to World War II servicemen. Only two of these recipients are living today. They are Hershel “Woody” Williams, U.S. Marine Corp Corporal, of West Virginia and Charles Coolidge, U.S. Army Technical Sergeant of Tennessee.

“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, side by side with proven leaders like Bill Casper to make this State Funeral a reality.”

“Out of 16 million service men and women from World War II, only about 400,000 remain with us. They deserve special recognition at a State Funeral for one of their own,“ said Bill Casper, the nephew of three World War II veterans and the cousin of two more.

A member of a proud Gold Star family, his Uncle Roy Sprister, 101st Airborne, 327th Glider Infantry was killed on Christmas Day, 1944, Southwest of Bastogne.

“Bill brings his diverse background and proven leadership experience to the role of South Dakota Chair,” said Medal of Honor recipient from Vietnam, Don Ballard. “The National Board of Directors joins me in welcoming Bill Casper to our leadership.”

A veteran, Mr. Casper served as a US Airforce radar technician from 1959 to 1963. He holds degrees from Black Hills University and a Masters from Northern Arizona University.

Casper is currently recruiting an eight-person State Board of Directors in South Dakota. Please send nominations directly to him at billcasper75@gmail.com.  Self-nominations are welcome.

Mr. Casper is the Chairman of the Veterans Honor Banner Project which honors veterans from all conflicts by hanging banners in the Rapid City, South Dakota downtown area each year leading up to Veteran's Day. Last year 146 veterans were so honored. Bill Casper has attended eight of the annual conferences on World War II at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans and has provided a free lunch to numerous WWII Veterans and their families each year for the past 7 years.

The State of South Dakota had 10 of its son’s receive the Medal of Honor, including the greatest flying ace of the Second World War, Joe Foss. Mr. Foss went on to become Governor of South Dakota at age 39, and the first Commissioner of the American Football League. The Joe Foss Institute continues the work of this amazing man, with a focus of educating citizens to the responsibility of self-government. The Joe Foss Institute website is https://www.mightycause.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 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.

September 7, 2019

State Funeral for World War II Veterans names Minnesota State Chairperson winner of annual Caisson Award

The State Funeral for World War II Veterans announced today that its Minnesota state chair, Don Loeslie of Warren, received this year’s national Caisson Award.

The honor recognizes the non-profit’s top volunteer to the organization’s mission.

“Don really makes things happen in the Land of the Lakes state,” said State Funeral for World War II Veterans Chairman Lee William (Bill) McNutt. “We are blessed to have his strong leadership in Minnesota!”

Minnesota’s entire Congressional delegation in Washington D.C., along with 44 members of the state’s House of Representatives, recently called on the Trump Administration to provide a state funeral in Washington. D.C., for the last remaining World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, when he passes away. The members who signed the Congressional Delegation letter included Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Tina Smith, Rep. Collin Peterson, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Tom Emmer, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Peter Stauber, Rep. Angie Craig, Rep. Dean Phillips and Rep. Jim Hagedorn.

September 4, 2019

State Funeral for World War II Veterans names Tennessee State Co-Chairs winners of annual Woody Williams Award

The State Funeral for World War II Veterans announced today that its Tennessee state co-chairs, Beth and Charlie Sell of Nashville, will receive this year’s National Woody Williams Award.

Named after the last living Medal of Honor recipient from the battle for Iwo Jima, Hershel "Woody Williams" is one of three remaining Medal of Honor holders from World War II.  The honor recognizes the success and selfless service of Mr. and Mrs. Sell to the organizations mission to obtain a State Funeral in Washington DC for the final MOH recipient from the Second World War. 

“Charlie and Beth Sell were the second state chairs in the nation to get our resolution passed by a state legislature. Their work in Tennessee has been commendable,” said State Funeral for World War II Veterans Chairman Lee William (Bill) McNutt. “They are leaders in the great tradition of the award’s namesake, Woody Williams, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Battle for Iwo Jima in 1945.”

August 21, 2019

State Funeral for World War II Vets names co-chairs for Texas Campaign

The National Board of State Funeral for World War II Veterans today announced David Valaer and Susana Rabel as co-chairs of its important work in Texas.

Both will spearhead public awareness to ask the Trump Administration to provide a state funeral in Washington. D.C., for the last remaining World War II Medal of Honor recipient, when he passes away. Out of 473 Medal of Honor recipients from the Second World War, only three are still living. 

“We’re honored to have these two accomplished individuals serve as co-chairs for the Lone Star State,” said Lee William (Bill) McNutt, Chairman of the State Funeral for World War II Veterans. “Both have already made invaluable contributions to this mission, and we’re looking forward to their continued support!”

Read the entire article in the Corsica Daily Sun.

August 19, 2019

Missouri Legislature, Congressional Delegation urge White House to hold state funeral for final World War II Medal of Honor recipient when they pass

- Bi-partisan initiative requests final salute to greatest generation of veterans - 

Both chambers of the Missouri Congressional delegation in Washington D.C. and both houses of the State Legislature in Jefferson City recently called on the Trump Administration to provide a state funeral in Washington. D.C., for the last remaining World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient when he passes away.  

In total, 474 Americans received given our nation’s highest military honor during the Second World War, but only three remain today. 

The nationwide, bi-partisan initiative is led by the nonprofit State Funeral for World War II Veterans Chairman Lee William (Bill) McNutt.

Read the entire article in The Salem News.  

August 14, 2019

Newspaper owner, community leader named Illinois state chair for State Funeral for WWII Veterans

HILLSBORO, IL – Well-known newspaper owner, journalist, and community leader John Galer is the new Illinois state chair for the State Funeral for World War II Veterans, the nonprofit announced today. 

He leads the Prairie States’ bi-partisan efforts to request the President of the United States to designate this final salute to greatest generation of service members.

“It’s really a privilege to be part of this project,” said Galer. “My grandfather served in World War I and my father in World War II. Military service runs through several generations of my family. This is my way to honor them and all of those who served." 

Galer currently owns and publishes 10 community newspapers in Central Illinois. A native of Hillsboro, he started in the newspaper business in 1972. Galer received the Illinois Press Association Distinguished Service Award in 2017. He also gives his time to numerous civic, foundation and charity organizations. Galer also recently joined Image Hillsboro, a nonprofit seeking to revitalize the town through a myriad of economic and community initiatives.

“We are blessed that John agreed to spearhead our Illinois campaign” said State Funeral for World War II Veterans Chairman Lee William (Bill) McNutt. “To date, five states have adopted resolutions supporting our efforts and six more states’ congressional delegations have sent letters to the President endorsing our organization. We need more to ensure that we offer this fitting tribute to the 16 million men and women of the greatest generation who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945.”

Read the entire news in the Lincoln (IL) Courier .

August 7, 2019

State Funeral for World War II Veterans appoints two new board members

DALLAS — State Funeral for World War II Veterans announced today Greg Hamer, of Morgan City, Louisiana, and Scott B. Mexic of Washington, D.C. as new members of its national board of directors.

Both hold long-standing records of public service.

“Less than two years ago we 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,” said Lee W. (“Bill”) McNutt, National Chairperson of the State Funeral for World War II Veterans.  “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. “We are working hard across the nation with patriotic and successful leaders like Greg Hamer and Scott B. Mexic to make this state funeral a reality.” 

Read the entire article on St.MaryNow.com.

July 26, 2019

Louisiana State Chair to become Special Assistant to the President

Baton Rouge, LA - July 26, 2019 - James Baehr, the volunteer State Funeral for World War II Veterans Louisiana State Chair, will leave his post August 1, 2019, to become a Special Assistant to the President of the United States. 

A Major in the Marine Corps Reserve, he recently helped secure a joint resolution by the Louisiana state legislature calling on the Trump Administration to provide a state funeral in Washington. D.C., for the last remaining World War II Medal of Honor recipient, when he passes away.  

“James is one of those rising stars and true public servant who gave selflessly of his time,” said State Funeral for World War II Veterans Chairman Lee William (Bill) McNutt. “It’s no wonder that he was handpicked to work in the White House Office of Policy Development (OPD) on several issues, including veterans affairs. We’re so thankful for his service to this cause and look forward to watching him shine in his new role in Washington!”

Read the entire news on WBRZ-TV

July 20, 2019

Tennessee Legislature calls for President to provide last World War II Medal of Honor recipient National State Funeral in Washington, DC.   

NASHVILLE – July 19, 2019 – Both chambers of the Tennessee State Legislature recently passed a joint resolution calling on the Trump Administration to provide a state funeral in Washington. D.C., for the last remaining World War II Medal of Honor recipient when he passes away.  

In total, 473 Americans received given our nation’s highest military honor during the Second World War. Today, only three remain, including Charles Coolidge from Chattanooga. 

This nationwide, bi-partisan initiative was led by the nonprofit State Funeral for World War II Veterans Chairman Lee William (Bill) McNutt and its co-state chairs for Tennessee, Beth and Charlie Sell of Nashville. The resolution was spearheaded through the legislature by Tennessee State Senator Bo Watson, from Hixson, Tenn., near Chattanooga, representing District 11. 

Read the entire article in The Chattanoogan here.

July 16, 2019

Texas Legislature calls for President to provide last World War II Medal of Honor recipient to receive full state funeral honors

DALLAS – July 10, 2019 – Both chambers of the Texas State Legislature recently passed a joint resolution calling on the Trump Administration to provide a state funeral in Washington. D.C., for the last remaining World War II Medal of Honor recipient when he passes away.  

In total, 473 Americans were given our nation’s highest military honor during the Second World War.  Today, only three remain.

This nationwide, bi-partisan initiative was led by the nonprofit State Funeral for World War II Veterans Chairman Lee William (Bill) McNutt and spearheaded by state Representative Rick Miller and state Senator Brian Birdwell.

June 17, 2019

Cassidy, Delegation Champion New Effort to Honor WWII Vets

WASHINGTON–U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA), Clay Higgins (R-LA), Mike Johnson (R-LA), Ralph Abraham (R-LA), Garret Graves (R-LA), and Cedric Richmond (D-LA) have reached out to President Trump, asking him to designate a single state funeral for the last Medal of Honor Recipient from WWII and the 16 million men and women who served. This comes following our remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion to liberate Europe.

The inspiration for this funeral came from Texas student Rabel McNutt, the goddaughter of Sgt. Walter D. Ehlers who was the most senior Medal of Honor recipient when he passed away. This request is supported by the State Funeral for WWII Veterans Foundation which was created to advocate for this funeral service honoring “The Greatest Generation.”  [...] Continue Reading


January 7, 2019

Utah Congressional Delegation Letter to President Trump

In a letter to President Trump dating from December 18, 2018, Utah Congressional Delegates support the cause of a State Funeral for the last World War II Medal of Honor recipient. The letter is signed by United States Senators Orrin G. Hatch and Mike Lee, and by Members of Congress John Curtis, Mia B . Love, Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop.

Full text of the Congressional Delegation Letter to President TrumpUtah-delegation-state-funeral-letter.pdf


January 7, 2019

Missouri State Resolution Supports SF for WW2 Veterans

From the Resolution:

WHEREAS, designating a state funeral when the last surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient dies would be a wonderful way for the American people to unite and honor all sixteen million soldiers, sailors, and airmen who served in our Armed Forces from 1941 to 1945:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-ninth General Assembly, Second Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby urge the President of the United States to designate a state funeral for the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution for the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, and all members of the Missouri congressional delegation.

Full text of the ResolutionSF Missouri State resolution 5918H.01I


January 1, 2019

New State Funeral board member named

State Funeral for World War II Veterans announced that Joshua K. Emfield of Utah was appointed as a Utah State Board Member.

“It is exciting to get a true patriot like Mr. Emfield on our Utah Board. His ideas, innovation and hard work will do a long way in helping us fulfill our organization’s mission,” said Randy Edwards, state chairman for Utah.

In September of 2017, 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. A funeral, identical to the recent one for the nation’s 41st president, would provide special recognition and serve as a final salute to the 16 million men and women who served in the 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.

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

Emfield has served in the United States Army since 2010 as a staff sargeant/non-commissioned officer. He has spent the greater part of the past five years working in the U.S. House of Representatives for two different Utah congressmen.


September 28, 2018

World War II Non Profit Appoints Former B 29 Airman and Japanese Prisoner to Board of Directors

Fort Worth, Texas - State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce the newest addition to our National Board of Directors, World War II veteran and Japanese POW survivor, Fiske Hanley II. 

Born in Brownwood and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Lt. Hanley was a World War II B 29 flight engineer captured by the Japanese after his plane was shot down during a combat mission over the Japanese mainland. When captured, B 29 Airmen were treated differently and even more heinously by the Japanese. Accused of being war criminals and not mere POWs, their harrowing treatment was far worse than other captured Americans, being referred to as “special prisoners”. After being held in a dungeon in downtown Tokyo for 6 months, Hanley was eventually liberated and returned to his hometown of Fort Worth, where he has lived since.

Lt. Hanley was awarded a Purple Heart and POW medal upon returning to America for his valor and tenacity. With 3 children and 5 grandchildren Lt. Hanley has lived a happy and fulfilled life. Mr. Hanley served his nation heroically and didn't let his time as a prisoner hinder the life he was meant to have. He always believed the Lord was looking out for him, all the way from Tokyo, and back to Fort Worth, never giving up faith. For his optimistic and grateful outlook after such bleak circumstances, he is a hero to all of us.

An excerpt from his book Accused American: War Criminal:

Less than twelve hours after receiving a degree from Texas Tech University, Fiske Hanley was on a train bound for Boca Raton, Florida, and basic training as an Air Force Aviation Cadet. Nine months later he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Assigned as a B-29 flight engineer, he was attached to the 504th Bombardment Group (VH). The eleven men of his crew became fast friends as they received combat training at Fairmont Army Air Field, Nebraska. In January 1945, they flew their new B-29 to Tinian Island in the Pacific and began bombing missions over Japan. On their seventh combat mission, their plane was shot down. Lt. Hanley arrived on Japanese soil via parachute and thus began his harrowing experience as an accused American war criminal.

On August 29, 1945, Lt. Hanley was liberated by a Navy-Marine task force led by Commander Harold E. Stassen, Deputy Chief to Staff to Adm. Halsey.

Returning to Fort Worth, Texas, Hanley remained an Air Force Reservist and pursued a forty-three year aero nautical engineering career with Convair/General Dynamics. He checked out the first Air Force crews in the B-36, YC- 131,B-58, F-111, and the F-16.

As a historian for the 504th Bomb Group (VH), Hanley researched, compiled, and published History of the 504th Bomb Group (VH).

Medal of honor recipient and fellow national board member Donald “Doc” Ballard said “We are honored to serve on the board with an American hero like Fiske. His priceless story, as told in his book, is inspirational.”

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 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, 473 Congressional 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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August 29, 2018

Nebraska State Chairman’s Remarks to the 100th 

National American Legion Convention.

Minneapolis, Minnesota - State Funeral for World War II Veterans is pleased to announce our Nebraska State Chairman, Mr. Fred Cragie  addressed the Centennial Convention of the American Legion on August 29, 2018.

Mr. Cragie is Vietnam-era Marine Corp veteran, member of the American Legion, past Department Commander of Nebraska, and currently the Alternate National Executive Committeeman.  His father fought in the European theater in the Second World War in Europe. 

His remarks were as follows:

My name is Fred Craigie, from Lincoln, Nebraska and a past Department Commander of Nebraska and currently the Alternate National Executive Committeeman. Today, I serve as the Nebraska State Chairman of a new veterans’ commemorative organization, State Funeral for World War II Veterans. Our leading candidate for National Commander Brett P. Reistad proudly serves on our National board of directors. Many of our state chairs are Legionnaires, like Randy Edwards in Utah and Richard LaBrash in Missouri. 

James Bradley, author the famous World War II book and movie "Flags of our Fathers" wrote the following:


“In the 1,364 days from Pearl Harbor to the Japanese surrender, with millions of Americans fighting on global battlefields, only 473 Americans were awarded Congressional Medals of Honor, the nation's highest decoration for valor.” 
Today, only four remain.

Our Mission is as follows:

To convince the President of the United States to designate a State Funeral for the last Congressional Medal of Honor Holder from World War II, as a final salute to the 16 million women and men of the greatest generation who served in our armed forces from 1941-1945.

It has been 14 long years since our nation has held its last State Funeral, that of President Ronald Reagan. Our nation has held many State Funerals for Generals, but never one for an enlisted man. Each of the four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients still living from the Second World War were enlisted men. No enlisted man has ever laid in state under the Capitol rotunda in Washington.

We are going to change American history, with your help. We do not require legislation or money. But we do need YOU to write to the President or sign one of our petitions online at www.worldwar2salute.org

The President of the United States has the sole authority to designate a State Funeral. General Douglas MacArthur, and General Dwight Eisenhower, were duly honored by the Nation with State Funerals in Washington, DC.  The men and women who served under them should be entitled to special recognition at a State Funeral of one of their own.


Our organization was co-founded by a 10-year-old girl in Texas, Rabel McNutt and her father Bill McNutt our Chairman. She is the Goddaughter Medal of Honor recipient from D Day and the Battle for Normandy, Walter Ehlers.

We believe the President should provide a final salute to the Greatest Generation by granting a State Funeral for the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.

Our nation stands divided in numerous ways today and yearns for a unifying national event. A State Funeral is a wonderful way to accomplish this while thanking the Greatest Generation.  A State Funeral not just honoring one man, but provide recognition to all 16 million men and women that served our country and defeated Nazism, Fascism, and Imperialism during World War II.

How can you help? There are three ways. First, please go to our website www.worldwar2salute.org or to the Change.org website and click through, and sign our petition to the President.

Second, we are organized in only half the states and need volunteers from patriots like you to get organized in all 50. Please write down the following simple e mail address of one of our national board members, Morris Kahn.

MorrisKahn@aol.com

Let us know you are willing to help us as a State Chairman or State Board member, or nominate a friend.

Third, send us your parents or grandparents’ story that wore the uniform in World War II.  We want to post their story on our website. There, you can read my father’s story. He serviced in the European Theater with the 12th Armored Division.

Again, I am Fred Craigie. Our website is:

www.worldwar2salute.org

Together, let’s give the greatest generation the final salute they deserve

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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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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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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