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(The Hill)   The last World War II Medal of Honor recipient has died. R.I.P. Woody Williams   (thehill.com) divider line
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2022-06-29 2:02:12 PM  
You'd think that an article about the man would, at a minimum, describe at least at a high level the actions that led to him being awarded a Medal of Honor in the first place. But this is The Hill we're talking about, so basic journalistic common sense certainly has no place in the conversation. But here, from Wikipedia:

Williams' next and final campaign was at the Battle of Iwo Jima, where he distinguished himself with actions "above and beyond the call of duty", for which he would be awarded the Medal of Honor. On February 21, 1945, he landed on the beach with the 1st Battalion, 21st Marines. Williams, by then a corporal, distinguished himself two days later when American tanks, trying to open a lane for infantry, encountered a network of reinforced concrete pillboxes.[6]

Pinned down by machine gun fire, his company commander asked one of his men to attach a high explosive charge to a pole and, supported by Williams, his flamethrower and several Marine riflemen, shove the improvised weapon into an opening in the enemy's pillbox. As they fought their way to the pillbox, all of the men, except Williams, became casualties. Undeterred, Williams arrived at the first pillbox, shoved the flamethrower nozzle into the pillbox opening and fired the weapon, killing all of the soldiers inside. He then returned five times to his company area, refueled his weapon, and moved forward to destroy the remaining pillboxes.

Covered by only four riflemen, he fought for four hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flame throwers. He returned to the front, frequently to the rear of hostile emplacements, to wipe out one position after another.[6] At one point, a wisp of smoke alerted him to the air vent of a Japanese bunker, and he approached close enough to put the nozzle of his flamethrower through the hole, killing the occupants.[7] On another occasion, he was charged by enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and he killed them with a burst of flame from his weapon.[9][6] Williams has said that much of the action "is just a blank. I have no memory."[10]

These actions occurred on the same day that two flags were raised on Mount Suribachi, and Williams, about one thousand yards away from the volcano, was able to witness the event.[11][7] He fought through the remainder of the five-week-long battle even though he was wounded on March 6 in the leg by shrapnel, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart.[6]
 
2022-06-29 2:24:02 PM  
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2022-06-29 2:24:21 PM  
Uhm, what about him?
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2022-06-29 2:27:51 PM  
The buried lede here is that there was a WWII CMoH recipient still alive nearly 77 years after the war ended.
 
2022-06-29 2:28:00 PM  
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2022-06-29 2:28:01 PM  
I was offered a woody williams at a massage place once, I decided against it.
 
2022-06-29 2:30:51 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Williams has said that much of the action "is just a blank. I have no memory."


For that I imagine he was eternally grateful.
 
2022-06-29 2:35:14 PM  

GoldSpider: Pocket Ninja: Williams has said that much of the action "is just a blank. I have no memory."

For that I imagine he was eternally grateful.


Yeah. Killing people up close with a flamethrower? Yeeesssh...... Nightmares forever.

Godspeed, good sir.
 
2022-06-29 2:36:03 PM  
Where is JIMMY PATTERSON?!
 
2022-06-29 2:36:30 PM  
Not true.  I got a WW II Medal of Honor free from Origin.  Stopped playing it after the DI yelled at me.  He was soooo mean.

Just kidding.  Guy shows up at Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941.  What are the odds?
 
2022-06-29 2:37:46 PM  

GoldSpider: Pocket Ninja: Williams has said that much of the action "is just a blank. I have no memory."

For that I imagine he was eternally grateful.


Some times the brain just says, "Nope, we don't need that in there."
 
2022-06-29 2:39:57 PM  
The world got a little worse today.  RIP WIlliams.
 
2022-06-29 2:40:21 PM  
Salute Sir, and thank you
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2022-06-29 2:42:05 PM  
Pixar 1997 Woody's Nightmare/Dream HD 1080p
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2022-06-29 2:43:07 PM  

GoldSpider: Pocket Ninja: Williams has said that much of the action "is just a blank. I have no memory."

For that I imagine he was eternally grateful.


Operating entirely on lizard brain.

Dollars to doughnuts he's the first born son of a broken family.
 
2022-06-29 2:43:53 PM  

Pocket Ninja: You'd think that an article about the man would, at a minimum, describe at least at a high level the actions that led to him being awarded a Medal of Honor in the first place. But this is The Hill we're talking about, so basic journalistic common sense certainly has no place in the conversation. But here, from Wikipedia:

Williams' next and final campaign was at the Battle of Iwo Jima, where he distinguished himself with actions "above and beyond the call of duty", for which he would be awarded the Medal of Honor. On February 21, 1945, he landed on the beach with the 1st Battalion, 21st Marines. Williams, by then a corporal, distinguished himself two days later when American tanks, trying to open a lane for infantry, encountered a network of reinforced concrete pillboxes.[6]

Pinned down by machine gun fire, his company commander asked one of his men to attach a high explosive charge to a pole and, supported by Williams, his flamethrower and several Marine riflemen, shove the improvised weapon into an opening in the enemy's pillbox. As they fought their way to the pillbox, all of the men, except Williams, became casualties. Undeterred, Williams arrived at the first pillbox, shoved the flamethrower nozzle into the pillbox opening and fired the weapon, killing all of the soldiers inside. He then returned five times to his company area, refueled his weapon, and moved forward to destroy the remaining pillboxes.

Covered by only four riflemen, he fought for four hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flame throwers. He returned to the front, frequently to the rear of hostile emplacements, to wipe out one position after another.[6] At one point, a wisp of smoke alerted him to the air vent of a Japanese bunker, and he approached close enough to put the nozzle of his flamethrower through the hole, killing the occupants.[7] On another occasion, he was charged by enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and he killed them with a burst of flame from his weapon.[9][6] Williams has said that much of the action "is just a blank. I have no memory."[10]

These actions occurred on the same day that two flags were raised on Mount Suribachi, and Williams, about one thousand yards away from the volcano, was able to witness the event.[11][7] He fought through the remainder of the five-week-long battle even though he was wounded on March 6 in the leg by shrapnel, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart.[6]


Some guys have all the luck.
 
2022-06-29 2:46:56 PM  
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2022-06-29 2:54:54 PM  

Reverend J: GoldSpider: Pocket Ninja: Williams has said that much of the action "is just a blank. I have no memory."

For that I imagine he was eternally grateful.

Some times the brain just says, "Nope, we don't need that in there."


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2022-06-29 2:55:53 PM  

Communist Middleschool Student: GoldSpider: Pocket Ninja: Williams has said that much of the action "is just a blank. I have no memory."

For that I imagine he was eternally grateful.

Operating entirely on lizard brain.

Dollars to doughnuts he's the first born son of a broken family.


Wrong.

Youngest of 11 children.
 
2022-06-29 3:04:14 PM  

Fano: Reverend J: GoldSpider: Pocket Ninja: Williams has said that much of the action "is just a blank. I have no memory."

For that I imagine he was eternally grateful.

Some times the brain just says, "Nope, we don't need that in there."

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What the....?
 
2022-06-29 3:08:04 PM  

wage0048: The buried lede here is that there was a WWII CMoH recipient still alive nearly 77 years after the war ended.


How is it buried when it was in the headline?
 
2022-06-29 3:14:41 PM  
Just in time to see America descend into fascism.
 
2022-06-29 3:15:56 PM  

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I didn't know Louis C.K. played baseball.
 
2022-06-29 3:16:06 PM  

tekmo: Just in time to see America descend into fascism.


How many of what you might consider "OG Antifa" do you suppose voted for the people who made this happen?
 
2022-06-29 3:19:00 PM  

Pocket Ninja: You'd think that an article about the man would, at a minimum, describe at least at a high level the actions that led to him being awarded a Medal of Honor in the first place. But this is The Hill we're talking about, so basic journalistic common sense certainly has no place in the conversation. But here, from Wikipedia:

Williams' next and final campaign was at the Battle of Iwo Jima, where he distinguished himself with actions "above and beyond the call of duty", for which he would be awarded the Medal of Honor. On February 21, 1945, he landed on the beach with the 1st Battalion, 21st Marines. Williams, by then a corporal, distinguished himself two days later when American tanks, trying to open a lane for infantry, encountered a network of reinforced concrete pillboxes.[6]

Pinned down by machine gun fire, his company commander asked one of his men to attach a high explosive charge to a pole and, supported by Williams, his flamethrower and several Marine riflemen, shove the improvised weapon into an opening in the enemy's pillbox. As they fought their way to the pillbox, all of the men, except Williams, became casualties. Undeterred, Williams arrived at the first pillbox, shoved the flamethrower nozzle into the pillbox opening and fired the weapon, killing all of the soldiers inside. He then returned five times to his company area, refueled his weapon, and moved forward to destroy the remaining pillboxes.

Covered by only four riflemen, he fought for four hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flame throwers. He returned to the front, frequently to the rear of hostile emplacements, to wipe out one position after another.[6] At one point, a wisp of smoke alerted him to the air vent of a Japanese bunker, and he approached close enough to put the nozzle of his flamethrower through the hole, killing the occupants.[7] On another occasion, he was charged by enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and he killed them with a burst of flame from his weapon.[9][6] Williams has said that much of the action "is just a blank. I have no memory."[10]

These actions occurred on the same day that two flags were raised on Mount Suribachi, and Williams, about one thousand yards away from the volcano, was able to witness the event.[11][7] He fought through the remainder of the five-week-long battle even though he was wounded on March 6 in the leg by shrapnel, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart.[6]

he was charged by enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and he killed them with a burst of flame from his weapon


So low on ammo, troops don't even have bullets while their buddies are toasted alive

Yet so zealous they willingly take their blades on sticks into a flame-thrower fight, because that's all they got

Kudos on him for his bravery and OMGWTFBBQ level achievement

But let's not forget the bravery of those he fought that day as well
 
2022-06-29 3:22:02 PM  
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RIP mentally unstable stupid lady.
 
2022-06-29 3:37:48 PM  
They called him Woody because he had a raging boner throughout the Battle of Iwo Jima.
 
2022-06-29 3:49:40 PM  

GoldSpider: How many of what you might consider "OG Antifa" do you suppose voted for the people who made this happen?


Given the military's penchant for authoritarianism and the rate by which the current military is pumping out fascists...

Most. That's my final answer.
 
2022-06-29 3:51:04 PM  
Saw that guy a few times, he was in some veterans' day things in Huntington when I went to Marshall. Seemed like a nice fella.
 
2022-06-29 4:07:18 PM  

discgolfguru: Saw that guy a few times, he was in some veterans' day things in Huntington when I went to Marshall. Seemed like a nice fella.


Just don't piss him off when he has access to fuel and a source of ignition.
 
2022-06-29 4:08:57 PM  
Last Surviving WWII Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams' heroic actions on Iwo Jima
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He tells his story. Very humble man. He also tossed the coin when the Eagles won the super bowl.
 
2022-06-29 4:20:16 PM  
I've seen his more recent interview. He's like why did I get it, lot of good men didn't make it back that helped me.

guy fought in the Pacific, some of the worst combat of the war and I can't imagine being the flame thrower guy. Although on the European front, Nazi BBQ is always a good thing.
 
2022-06-29 4:27:09 PM  
Woody, enjoying his retirement and military pension.

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Anybody who survived Iwo Jima was a hero. RIP Woody.
 
2022-06-29 4:29:10 PM  
Knows the feeling.
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2022-06-29 6:01:27 PM  

wage0048: The buried lede here is that there was a WWII CMoH recipient still alive nearly 77 years after the war ended.


Time to be the Farker that points out that the award is the Medal of Honor, not the Congressional Medal of Honor.
 
2022-06-29 6:20:59 PM  
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And the video: 
The First Medal of Honor Ever Recorded
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2022-06-29 6:54:30 PM  
Having been to Iwo, allow me to describe the place.

There's no shade. No cover. It's all low growing brush.

100 degrees, 100% humidity. The heat is overbearing.

Everywhere you go, you are in the open.

It is the worst place I can imagine to fight.

I'm glad he can rest.
 
2022-06-29 6:57:50 PM  
The view from the top of suribachi
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2022-06-29 7:41:15 PM  
On the one hand, I can't see this guy complaining about fuel prices.

On the other hand, I can't see this guy complaining about fuel prices.
 
2022-06-29 7:45:04 PM  
Many of these pillboxes and maps showing their locations are still there. I can recommend Okinawa as a vacation destination for lots of reasons, and one is the way they have maintained a lot of sites of historical significance.

It must be that much more true for Iwo Jima.

Will our descendants ever say of us that we lived in a time when heroes walked the Earth?
 
2022-06-29 8:30:47 PM  

2fardownthread: Many of these pillboxes and maps showing their locations are still there. I can recommend Okinawa as a vacation destination for lots of reasons, and one is the way they have maintained a lot of sites of historical significance.

It must be that much more true for Iwo Jima.

Will our descendants ever say of us that we lived in a time when heroes walked the Earth?


Okinawa is the happiest place on earth. It's so cool.
 
2022-06-29 8:52:36 PM  
Now it is up to us to stop the Nazis
 
2022-06-29 8:53:09 PM  
I had the honor of sharing time with this man. For no other reason that I am the father of a fallen soldier. I can say that it is an absolute fact that the MOH recipients get it.. When I am in a room with them, I am at peace. Woody Williams started the Gold Star Family memorials all over the country. He recognizes that families lose their kids as well as mothers.
 
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