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Letters: WWII Medal of Honor vets deserve honor of a state funeral

WWII Medal of Honor vets deserve honor of a state funeral

One of this nation’s greatest honors for a citizen is a state funeral. A nonprofit organization, State Funeral for World War II Veterans, has been formed for the purpose of honoring all of the 16 million men and women in uniform who served during WWII. To accomplish this objective, the organization proposes that a state funeral be accorded to the last surviving WWII Medal of Honor recipients in the name of all 16 million. Only four Medal of Honor recipients remain, ages 92 to 97.

They are:

• Robert D. Maxwell of Oregon, U.S. Army, 97

• Charles H. Coolidge of Tennessee, U.S. Army, 96

• Herschel Woodrow Williams of West Virginia, U.S. Marine Corps, 94

• Francis S. Currey of New York, U.S. Army, 92

Such a moving ceremony would be an extraordinary and uniting occasion to recognize the Greatest Generation. To hold this at the passing of the last Medal of Honor recipient would make it all the more poignant.

A state funeral is offered to presidents and presidents-elect as well as other people designated by the president. Accordingly, we ask that everyone who embraces this objective to sign the petition to urge the president to sign the necessary designation. This petition can be found at

What better time to mark this effort than the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor today. This marked the mobilization of the whole country toward achieving a single goal. Let us assure that we recognize this singular effort with our nation’s highest honor.

Kevin Sexton

Member of the Board, State Funeral for World War II Veterans, New York

East Amherst

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