Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 21, 2013

Marshall names honorary captains for bowl game

Wire reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

HUNTINGTON — The Marshall football team will be represented by legends Jack Lengyel and Herschel “Woody” Williams as honorary captains at the coin toss of the 2013 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, the school announced.

Marshall faces Maryland next Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in a game that will air on ESPN.

Lengyel, Marshall’s head coach of the “Young Thundering Herd” from 1971-74, was also the Director of Athletics at Navy from 1988-2001 and served on the Academy’s Board of Trustees for many years.

He took over the Marshall program following the tragic plane crash on Nov. 14, 1970, which took the lives of all 75 on board.

Williams, a Fairmont native, is a retired U.S. Marine who received a Purple Heart and the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions and bravery in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. He is one of only nine living World War II Medal of Honor recipients.

A new $25 million Armed Forces Reserve Center in Fairmont was dedicated to the 90-year Williams last year.

“It is truly an honor to have Jack Lengyel and Woody Williams, two of our state’s finest, represent our football team at the Military Bowl,” said Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick.

“These two gentlemen are first-class and we are extremely grateful to have them on our side as we battle the University of Maryland next Friday.”

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The Military Bowl president Steve Beck announced on Friday that the pregame parade through Annapolis at 11 a.m. on game day will be led by the Budweiser Clydesdales.

Grand marshal for the parade will be Sergeant Major Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Armed Forces. He holds the title of senior enlisted advisor to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.