Hershel W. “Woody” Williams, Medal of Honor recipient during World War II, to be honored in US Capitol

The date and other details will be announced later, Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.

“Woody Williams embodied the best of America: living a life of duty, honor and courage,” said Pelosi, a California Democrat.

Schumer, a Democrat from New York, called Williams “an American hero who embodied the best of our country and the greatest generation.”

Williams, who died Wednesday at age 98, was awarded the Medal of Honor after serving in the Battle of Iwo Jima and displaying “brave devotion to duty”. President Harry Truman presented Williams with the honor at a ceremony at the White House on October 5, 1945.

The Medal of Honor is the United States’ highest award for military bravery.

At a Sunday memorial service in West Virginia, Williams’ hometown, Senator Joe Manchin announced that he had received a phone call that morning informing him that Williams would be remembered at the US Capitol Rotunda.

Manchin, a Democrat from the state, praised Williams as someone who “never stops giving back” by raising money for Gold Star Families with an annual motorcycle ride.

“It’s brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Manchin said on Sunday, adding: “It won’t stop because Woody would come after me as soon as possible.”

Manchin said he will miss the calls from Williams and joked how Williams would give him directions on how to do his job.

“I’ll miss him telling me how to vote. And when I didn’t, how I made a mistake,” Manchin said.

CNN’s Jake Tapper contributed to this report.

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