World War II, Medal of Honor Recipient died on Wednesday at the age of 98. was born on Oct. 2, 1923 in West Virginia.
He is known by many as Woody, who went home to be with the Lord. Woody peacefully joined his beloved wife Ruby while surrounded by his family at the VA Medical Center which bears his name.”
He joined the United States Marine Corps and served in the Battle of Iwo Jima with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division.
Williams received the Medal of Honor on October 5, 1945, from President Harry S. Truman for his “actions, commitment to his fellow service members, and heroism,” the Woody Williams Foundation website says.
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Details about his death and memorial service will be shared as that information becomes available.
“Woody’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude for all of the love and support, They would like share that Woody’s wish is that people continue to carry on his mission,” the Woody Williams Foundation continued.
Woody Williams, who turned 98 on October 2, fought in World War II with the Marine Corps as a flamethrower at the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.
His heroic actions there were later honored as he was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman.
Williams was the last surviving World War II veteran to have received the Medal of Honor.
Following his service in WWII, Williams worked to serve veterans and their families as a Veterans Service Representative for the Department of Veterans Affairs for 33 years.
He also served as the Commandant for the Veterans Nursing Home in Barboursville, West Virginia for almost 10 years and has served on the Governor’s Military Advisory Board for West Virginia.