ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (May 31, 2019) — The Rock Island Arsenal Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (RIA AUSA) will host a news conference featuring Hershel Woody Williams, the last surviving United States Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient from WWII. The news conference will take place from 4–4:30PM, June 14, in the Palmer College of Chiropractic Welcome Center Conference Room (No 1 on the Palmer Campus map).

Mr Williams will be in the Quad Cities to provide a community presentation on the Rock Island Arsenal and attend the Army Ball on June 14. Mr Williams served in the Battle of Iwo Jima with the 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Division. His actions, commitment to fellow service-members, and heroism were recognized on October 5, 1945, when he received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Truman at the White House. He founded the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation to honor Gold Star Families and is responsible for establishing 47 Gold Star Family Memorial Monuments across the United States with 61 additional monuments currently under construction in 42 states. For more information on Mr Williams, visit  

Palmer College of Chiropractic is located at 1000 Brady Street in Davenport, Iowa. Please park in the Visitor Lot (No. 24 on the Palmer Campus map).

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About the Association of the United States Army (AUSA):

AUSA is a private, non-profit, educational, and professional-development association serving America’s Total Army. Since 1950, AUSA has provided a voice for the Army, supported the Solider, and honored those who have served in order to advance the security of the nation. With over 135,000 members and 123 all-volunteer chapters worldwide, AUSA is a dedicated team committed to building the best professional and representative association for the world’s best Army.

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