October 20, 2017


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today he will attend the ship christening of USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB4) in San Diego, California with Medal of Honor recipient and renowned West Virginian, Hershel “Woody” Williams. This christening comes just 2 years after the announcement the Navy would name a ship after Woody.

“I am so honored that my friend Woody invited me to the christening of his ship – the USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams,” Senator Manchin said. “Many years ago Woody’s fellow Marines and friends started this effort and I was honored to be called on to help in any way I could. Ron Wroblewski and Woody’s friends and family asked me to send a letter to Secretary Mabus recommending a Navy ship be named after Woody. After sending the letter and working with Secretary Mabus, I was thrilled when the Navy announced they would name a ship after Woody a few months later. This ship christening is a lifelong tribute to Woody’s brave actions and his dedication to public service and I was honored to play a part in helping a fellow Marion County boy receive the recognition he deserves.”

The decision to name the USNS Hershel Woody Williams after Woody came after years of advocacy from West Virginia Veterans. Senator Manchin sent a letter to U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus recommending that a Navy ship be named after Woody Williams for his outstanding sacrifice and dedication to the nation. To read Senator Manchin’s letter to U.S. Navy Secretary Mabus, click here.