Medal of Honor Recipient “Woody” Williams Keynotes ALMBS Veterans Appreciation Assembly

Woody Williams

Hershel “Woody” Williams was born on a dairy farm in 1923 in Quiet Dell, West Virginia. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Battle of Iwo Jima with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division. During the battle, Mr. Williams displayed “valiant devotion to duty” and service above self as he “enabled his company to reach its objective”. Mr. Williams’ actions, commitment to his fellow service members, and heroism were recognized on October 5, 1945, when he received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Truman at the White House. Mr. Williams is the sole surviving Marine from WWII, to wear the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor Citation

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

Woody Williams

Rosie Bertha “Buddie” Curnutte Speaks to ALMBS

Buddie Curnutte, Board Member for Thanks! Plain and Simple (“Thanks!”). She exemplifies the abilities and desires of Rosies to assure that their legacy will be passed to the future, validly and meaningfully. She grew up in Appalachian New York state where she was a riveter on Kitty Hawk airplanes, then she became a medical technician in the Coast Guard, where she met and married Earl Curnutte, a West Virginian, who had lost a leg and had other injuries.“I am both a veteran and a Rosie. At age 88, I now see that we Rosies need to learn more about what we did, so that we can teach what we have done and are doing.