In the April 15 issue of The News and Sentinel I read with interest the article by Jeffrey Saulton "Veteran honored for aid work." James McCormick is a great West Virginian and well-deserving of his awards. My interest was peaked in James' last few words of the article "our own Woody Williams, West Virginia's only living Medal of Honor recipient, presented that medal to me," he said.
As a person who likes history, I decided to find out what I could about West Virginia and its little-known-to-me Medal of Honor recipients. What I discovered was this.
As far as I can tell from my shallow and brief research of the matter, these 24 West Virginia veterans represent West Virginia Medal of Honor recipients from three different wars, many of them killed in the line of duty. The previous information comes from West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
As for me, West Virginia has much to be proud of in her men and women veterans and all her citizens.