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Two West Virginia Medal of Honor recipients honored at ceremony in South Charleston

Jul 18 2019
Bob Aaron | WVAH

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Steps were taken Thursday to ensure two West Virginia heroes and their families will not be forgotten.

Two West Virginia Medal of Honor recipients were honored Thursday in South Charleston.

During the memorial service, new markers were placed on the graves of Medal of Honor recipient Gus Kyle and his wife Better. A new marker was also placed on the grave of Herbert Thomas.

Kyle died while leading a charge during the Korean War. Kyle was born in Jenkins, Ky. and was raised in Midway in Boone County.

Thomas, who grew up in South Charleston, lost his life covering a live grenade with his body in World War II while protecting his men.

Thomas was a standout football player at South Charleston High School and received a scholarship to play at Virginia Tech where he led the team in pass receptions and scoring.

Among those at the ceremony was Medal of honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams.

Organized by the Herbert Thomas Chapter of the Marine Corp League, the ceremony also placed its first maker recognizing Gold Star families who lost a loved on in combat.

Sunset Memorial Park in South Charleston is one of a few cemeteries across the nation where more than one Medal of Honor recipients are buried.

The Medal of Honor is America’s highest award for valor in action against an enemy.