William “Bill” Haworth is joined by his son Kevin Haworth as William was honored for his military service on Saturday. (Staff photo by Brett Eppley/beppley@madisoncourier.com)
William “Bill” Haworth is joined by his son Kevin Haworth as William was honored for his military service on Saturday. (Staff photo by Brett Eppley/beppley@madisoncourier.com)
William “Bill” Haworth, 92, of Madison, was honored Saturday for his military service during WWII in a pinning ceremony. Sgt. Tom Williams, chaplain of the Batesville Veterans of Foreign War Post 3183, led a prayer as well as an impassioned thank you to Haworth before attaching a pin to his sweater.

Haworth, a member of the 82nd Airborne and 376th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, performed 16 jumps along with duties as a machine gunner. The Silver and Purple Heart recipient served in Africa, Italy and England before being injured in Holland where he was honorably discharged.

After leaving the military, Haworth settled in Madison in 1951 before working at the former Jefferson Proving Ground and later became involved with the Miss Madison hydroplane, eventually serving as crew chief for a time.

This weekend he was greeted in his room at the River Terrace Health Campus by his son, Kevin Haworth, above, and friends to stand in place for a “grateful nation,” that wished to acknowledge him once more.

The pin, also presented with a framed certificate, is part of a program sponsored by Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.