Sole surviving WWII Medal of Honor Marine, 97, deploys FLAMETHROWER in tribute to veterans – the identical weapon he utilized in acts of bravery through the Battle of Iwo Jima
- Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams, 97, is the only real surviving World Warfare II Medal of Honor Marine
- He partook in a flamethrower show in West Virginia honoring army veterans
- Williams used a flamethrower in extraordinary single acts of bravery through the Battle of Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945
- ‘He grimly charged enemy riflemen who tried to cease him with bayonets and destroyed them with a burst of flame,’ his Medal of Honor quotation says
- A Navy vessel, a VA hospital and a Nationwide Guard facility are named after him
The only surviving World Warfare II Medal of Honor Marine partook in fiery show of admiration for conflict veterans in West Virginia – utilizing the identical weapon he wielded in solo acts of bravery through the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams, 97, fired off just a few absolutely computerized and single shot rounds on Saturday in Harris Riverfront Park, however the true thrill was his flamethrower exhibition.
He held a part of the weapon whereas flamethrower professional Charles Hobson shot a burst of fireside over the Ohio River, WOWKTV reported.
The residing WWII legend used a flamethrower through the Battle of Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945, in a collection of acts of valor straight out of a conflict film.
Whereas American tanks had been maneuvering ‘vainly’ to open a lane for infantry, Williams moved ahead alone ‘to aim the discount of devastating machine-gun fireplace from the unyielding positions,’ his Medal of Honor quotation says.
‘Lined solely by 4 riflemen, he fought desperately for 4 hours underneath terrific enemy small-arms fireplace and repeatedly returned to his personal traces to organize demolition expenses and acquire serviced flamethrowers’ and saved going again ‘to the rear of hostile emplacements, to wipe out one place after one other.’
Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams, 97, (left) held a part of the flamethrower whereas flamethrower professional Charles Hobson shot it the Ohio River, WOWKTV reported
Williams (proper) has continued to help army veterans and their households. He is pictured right here in West Virginia after a flamethrower demonstration
Williams, 97, fired off just a few absolutely computerized and single shot rounds on Saturday in Harris Riverfront Park, West Virginia
In a stand-alone act of bravery, ‘he grimly charged enemy riflemen who tried to cease him with bayonets and destroyed them with a burst of flame from his weapon.’
In one other, he mounted a ‘pillbox’ – a raised hexagonal-shaped concrete protector outfitted with small holes the place troopers can fireplace out of – and caught the nozzle of his flamethrower by the air vent, ‘killing the occupants, and silencing the gun.’
‘They dug caves referred to as pillboxes to guard the island, and so they had been in-built such a approach that mortars and artillery could not have an effect on them,’ Williams stated after the demonstration, which was recorded on video by WOWKTV.
‘So the enemy can keep in these pillboxes, and the flamethrower was the one approach you may truly get by them. When you eradicated the enemy within the pillbox, you had been required to detonate an explosive to make sure they weren’t going to outlive.’
He stated the flamethrower used within the demonstration is rather like the one he used within the conflict, besides his did not have ‘all of the gages on it for security’ Williams informed WOWKTV after the demonstration.
The demonstration was a part of a weekend occasion to honor army veterans
Williams, seen within the blue hat, spoke to the one Sea Cadets unit within the state of West Virginia
Williams, who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman on October 5, 1945, continued his service to his nation and fellow service members did not cease there.
Up to now, Woody and his basis are liable for establishing 85 Gold Star Households Memorial Monuments throughout the USA with greater than 75 further monuments underway in 50 states and one US Territory.
In 2018, a Navy vessel that entered service was named in his honor – the USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams – and in the identical 12 months, the Huntington VA Medical Heart, close to Woody’s residence in West Virginia, was renamed The Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams VA Medical Heart.
In his hometown of Fairmont, West Virginia, the Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams Armed Forces Reserve Heart is the one Nationwide Guard facility within the nation named after a Marine.