My favorite veteran is my Dad, pictured here as a young Marine in the early 1940s and (center) today. For Dad's 90th birthday earlier in the year, I asked a few of his favorite race car drivers and a few other prominent people to send him cards. One of those who sent cards was Hershel Woody Williams, West Virginia's only living Medal of Honor Winner. My Dad was in the 5th Marine Division, wounded at Iwo Jima and a Purple Heart recipient. Woody was in the 3rd Marine Division and received his Medal of Honor for his heroic service at Iwo Jima. In his card to Dad he wrote:
"Life is God's gift to us. What we do with it is our gift to him. You have done well."
Woody Williams also sent me a card, saying "Thank you for giving me the chance to send the card. it was my pleasure to honor a Marine". I think Woody is my 2nd favorite Veteran!