Wish A Hero A Happy Birthday

Woody Williams MOH Iwo JimaLet’s help LeatherneckM31 wish an American hero a Happy 90th Birthday:

Attention all hands:

Iwo Jima Recipient Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams’ 90th birthday is October 2 and I want your help celebrating by sending him a birthday card in time for the big day.

Woody is the last surviving Recipient from one of the most important battles in the Pacific campaign.

Please send card to:

Woody Williams, Medal of Honor
c/o Gary Alexander
1109 Hillcrest Blvd.
Gainesville TX 76240

 Please pass this request along to your social network friends, veterans, Marines, and other well wishers in time for this important milestone in a great American hero’s life.

Hershel WilliamsCPL Hershel “Woody” Williams

 First Battalion, Twenty-First Marines, Third Marine Division, US Marine Corps

Medal of Honor Citation

 The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to



for service as set forth in the following 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 First Battalion, Twenty-First Marines, Third Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Island, 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, Corporal 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 flame throwers, 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 flame thrower through the air vent, kill the occupants and silence 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 strong points encountered by his regiment and aided in enabling his company to reach its’ objective. Corporal Williams’ aggressive fighting spirit and valiant devotion to duty throughout this fiercely contested action sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Picture of Mr. Williams from HeroPortraits.org


About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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22 Responses to Wish A Hero A Happy Birthday

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  2. marine4evrrr says:

    They don’t make like this, anymore.

    CORRECTION: Yeah, they do. You just gotta be with the RIGHT people!

    Semper Fidelis, CPL Williams and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  3. marine4evrrr says:

    Bob, can you e-mail me at marine_4evr@yahoo.com? Thanks!
    — Chuck

  4. Mustang says:

    Bob, I’ve scheduled this at Fix Bayonets for this coming Friday (9/6), and again at Madison on Tuesday (9/10). Thank you so much for doing this … Semper Fi

    PS … just one word of caution about Marine-4-Ever. He’s a swell guy, but has lots of anger issues.

  5. marine4evrrr says:

    Mumble… mumble… %#%€… %&?% … mumble… #&?%… mumble…

  6. Bob, it is next to impossible for me to send a card from Venezuela. But, if you could send one in my name, I would very much appreciate it.

  7. bunkerville says:

    Thanks for letting us know.

  8. muse1876 says:

    Will be sent tomorrow!

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  10. Happy Birthday and Thank You For Your Service. I sincerely appreciate it and I can never repay the debt I owe you; for my sake and for the sake of my sons. GOD Bless You!

  11. AFVet says:

    Semper Phi Woody !
    Oooo-Raaah !

  12. Dick Elliott says:

    Happy Birthday Sir and Thank you for your Heroic Service. May God Bless You.
    Semper Fi.
    U.S.M.C. 1961-1967

  13. marine4evrrr says:

    Semper Fidelis!

  14. Thank you for sharing this here! We will be sending some things your way….

    And we’ve “pinned” a link, too, to help get the word out: http://pinterest.com/pin/264375440598794297/

    Thanks again!

  15. woodsterman says:

    Thanks for the heads up. My father was on Iwo Jima also.

  16. Lopez says:

    Happy Birthday!!

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