Brian Williams resigns from Medal of Honor foundation

Suspended NBC news anchor Brian Williams emcee’d the black-tie gala on Wednesday May 23, 2007, on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown commemorating the opening of the new Medal of Honor Museum there. On Thursday, he resigned from his position on the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Board of Directors. FILE (Wade Spees/Staff)

Suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams resigned from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Board of Directors.

William’s decision to resign — which was announced Thursday on the foundation’s website — comes a little more than a week after NBC suspended him for six months without pay for telling a false story about being on a helicopter hit by an enemy grenade during the war in Iraq.

The news organization is also looking into other claims Williams has made during interviews and appearances.

Williams had served on the foundation’s Board of Directors since September 2006, according to its website.

Ronald T. Rand, the president and CEO of the Medal of Honor Foundation, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Charleston’s Medal of Honor recipient, retired Marine Maj. Gen. James Livingston, told The Post and Courier last week that Williams needed “to do what’s right.”

Livingston is not a member of the foundation but is a highly visible supporter of the military in Charleston.

The foundation is not connected to the Medal of Honor Museum project at the Patriots Point museum in Mount Pleasant.

Williams did take a profile role at the medal museum on Charleston Harbor when he hosted a gala marking its opening on the aircraft carrier Yorktown in 2007.

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