Medal of Honor recipients in town, planning for national museum and bowl game

Medal of Honor recipients in town, planning for national museum and bowl game

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Several Medal of Honor recipients came together at the USS Yorktown to continue to plan for the National Congressional Medal of Honor Museum.

There's usually a Medal of Honor Bowl game that follows, but not this year. That's because when the Confederate flag went down on Statehouse grounds so did the long-standing NCAA ban on holding pre-selected championships in South Carolina. Now the Medal of Honor of Bowl can transition from a senior all-star format to a traditional bowl match-up between two Division I Football Bowl Subdivision teams.

Some of that money from the bowl will go towards a National Medal of Honor Museum.

"I had never heard of the Medal of Honor, I had no idea what I was getting into or really why I was receiving it," says Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel "Woody" Williams.

He recalls himself as being a very bashful, shy country boy from West Virginia.

"My life changed because I realized after I received that, I didn't just represent me, I represented a lot of marines who never got to come home," says Williams.

The highest military honor sits around the neck of 9 other recipients who visited the Yorktown on Thursday.

"They're here in town really to get started on next year's Medal of Honor Bowl," says Executive Director of Patriots Point, Mac Burdette.

They're part of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

"The Medal of Honor Museum is on board the Yorktown and hopefully within the next three to five years they'll break ground on the National Medal of Honor Museum, land side here at Patriots Point," says Burdette.

He says it's going to cost nearly $100 million dollars, that's why fundraising is going on now.

"It's going to be a spectacular edifice," says Medal of Honor recipient, Patrick Brady.

Brady finds memories from his service in a replica of the helicopter he flew in Vietnam at Patriot's Point.

"In Vietnam, the GI always put his girlfriend's or his wife's or his mother's name, a lot of them did, on the birds that we flew and so this is my wife's name Nancy Lee," says Brady.

With the National Medal of Honor Museum there's an opportunity to display special moments in history, like this.

"People are going to come here from all around the world to experience that," says Burdette.

For Williams and others, the medal is about much more than themselves.

"If you were to ask them does that medal belong to you and they so no I wear it for others not just for me."

"It's always a thrill of course to be among other recipients of the Medal of Honor," says Williams. "Most of them feel the same way that I do, and if you were to ask them 'Does that medal belong to you?' I say no, I wear it for others, not just for me."

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