Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor WWII

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The Marine Corps does a “fly over” at Woody’s funeral memorial
Last Salute’s cannons the “Jaime Lee” and “Mike D” roar in an artillery salute to Hershel “Woody” Willaims during his memorial funeral service on July 3rd 2022
Last Salute’s commander Chuck Knutson instructs Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams on how to fire the memorial Civil War cannon the “Jaime Lee”

A true American hero. Hershel “Woody” Williams has passed. The last remaining WWII Medal of Honor recipient. A legend in the United States Marine Corps. Woody received the nation’s highest honor for his selfless and incredibly brave acts on Iwo Jima. He was awarded the Medal of Honor by then President, Harry S. Truman.

Woody’s daughter Tracie adds her hero father’s photo/prayer card to Last Salute’s perpetual caisson, the “Prayer Box”. He now joins more than 1000 others he has honored inside this most sacred ark.
Last Salute’s Chuck Knutson holds the Prayer Box with Hershel “Woody” Williams

Last Salute was extremely honored to know Woody. He worked tirelessly to help his fellow veterans. He helped Last Salute honor those we carry in our “Prayer Box” and fired the cannon in their honor.

Hershel “Woody” Williams, WWII Medal of Honor recipient signs Last Salute’s “Caissson” Humvee to honor those it carries.
5 Medal of Honor recipients hold Last Salute’s Prayer Box to honor those inside. Hershel “Woody” Williams is center holding the Prayer Box
FUNERAL MEMORIAL VIDEO

Here are photos from Woody’s memorial funeral service on July 3rd 2022

Major General James Livingston fires Last Salute’s cannon, the “Jaime Lee” to honor Hershel “Woody” Williams at his memorial service in Charleston West Virginia

Below, is the citation detailing why Hershel “Woody” Williams was awarded the Medal of Honor

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as demolition sergeant serving with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 23 February 1945. Quick to volunteer his services when our tanks were maneuvering vainly to open a lane for the infantry through the network of reinforced concrete pillboxes, buried mines, and black volcanic sands, Cpl. Williams daringly went forward alone to attempt the reduction of devastating machine-gun fire from the unyielding positions. Covered only by four riflemen, he fought desperately for four hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flamethrowers, struggling back, frequently to the rear of hostile emplacements, to wipe out one position after another. On one occasion, he daringly mounted a pillbox to insert the nozzle of his flamethrower through the air vent, killing the occupants, and silencing the gun; on another he grimly charged enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and destroyed them with a burst of flame from his weapon. His unyielding determination and extraordinary heroism in the face of ruthless enemy resistance were directly instrumental in neutralizing one of the most fanatically defended Japanese strongpoints encountered by his regiment and aided vitally in enabling his company to reach its objective. Cpl. Williams’ aggressive fighting spirit and valiant devotion to duty throughout this fiercely contested action sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

Woody stands with fellow Medal of Honor recipients Gary Beikirch, Robert Patterson, General Livingston, and Joe Marm. Also in photo are Last Salute commander Chuck Knutson and member Josh O’Connor
Hershel "Woody" Williams fires the "Jaime Lee"
Hershel “Woody” Williams fires the “Jaime Lee”
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