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Last Surviving WWII Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams’ heroic actions on Iwo Jima


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July 20 2021

Drawn to the Marines by their dress blue uniforms Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams enlisted the moment he turned 18 in 1943. After basic training Williams was sent to Camp Elliott for instruction as a demolition man and in the use of flamethrowers.



"The World War 2 Generation was a tough committed, loving country loving believing in freedom group of people. We were raised that was taught that way all though school. It was something our teachers emphasized constantly and the historical parts of our country. I had to memorize the Gettysburg Address, and recite it time and time again, because it had such a meaning that of people who had sacrificed their lives, to maintain one of the most precious gifts we have, that of our freedom. So the people today need to remember that if we ever lose it we will never ever be able to regain it."

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