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

Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams Highlights Veterans’ Night

Hershel "Woody" Williams – Medal of Honor

CORPORAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, 21ST MARINES, 3RD MARINE DIVISION

The first time the five foot six, nineteen-year-old Hershel “Woody” Williams tried to join the Marines, in the fall of 1942, he was too short. The second time he tried, a few months later, he wasn’t: The Corps relaxed its height requirements. He immediately enlisted. He was sent to the Pacific with the 3rd Marine Division and placed in a flamethrower/demolition unit.

Williams took part in the invasion of Guam, which seemed horrific—until he was sent to Iwo Jima the following year. The beach area in Guam was clear and relatively undefended, and the Marines could advance into the jungle. At Iwo, all the jungle cover had been blown away, and the beach became a slaughterhouse.

His company was supposed to hit the beach on February 20, 1945, but there were so many Marines stuck on the beachhead

Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams

Sons of The American Legion Detachment of West Virginia Commander Rocky Fox Speaks to ALMBS

Rocky Allen Fox was born in Berkeley Springs to Asher E.and Violet V. Smith-Fox on July 22,1958. Rocky attended Berkeley Grade School and graduated from Berkeley Springs High School in 1978. While in high school Rocky excelled in the sport of wrestling ,earning the title of By-State Champion three consecutive years. During high school Rocky attend James Rumsey Vo-Tec earning a journeyman title in masonry. Rocky is an avid whitetail deer hunter and has been with several nephews and a grandson as they bagged their first big one.

After working as a mason and construction for many years he now has worked for Morgan County School Board for the last thirteen years. He loves to interact with the students at Pleasant View Elementary as well as the teachers and parents.

Rocky has held nearly every office in his squadron and is presently serving as Finance Officer.