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Fairmont Armed Reserve Center Holds Dedication Ceremony

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The Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center held a dedication ceremony to Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams on Thursday.

The guests not only heard from Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Senator Joe Manchin, but from Woody Williams himself.

The United States Army Reserve and the West Virginia Army National Guard were joined by more then 300 people for the dedication of their new armory in East Fairmont.

"To receive this kind of reception and this kind of an honor is far beyond what I expected," said Hershel 'Woody' Williams.

Williams grew up in the town of Quiet Dell, just 10 minutes outside of Fairmont.

He enlisted in the marines on his 20th birthday and is known for his actions on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945.

He advanced alone under fire for four hours with flame throwers to destroy many enemy positives. It enabled his company to reach its objective.

He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman.

"There's only 3,459 in the whole history of our country that this medal was awarded to," said West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. "For us to be able to put his name who would have given everything in defending us, I think that's pretty special."

Woody Williams was joined by his daughters, Governor Tomblin, Senator Manchin, and Major General James Hoyer for the ribbon cutting.

This is the second armory in Fairmont that has been dedicated in his honor.

"Wherever I go, wherever I will be, Fairmont and Quiet Dell will always be home," Williams said.

The Armed Forces Reserve Center is nearing completion.

Officials said only a few things need to be done to the $25 million armory in order to start moving things over from the old armory.

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