The Ursinus College History Department presents a visit by Hershel “Woody” Williams, 93, a World War II veteran (3rd Marine Div.) who received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for bravery in combat, for his actions on February 23, 1945, during the battle for the Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima near the end of WWII. Williams is the last living veteran among the 27 United States Marines who were awarded the Medal of Honor for their heroism on Iwo Jima. Students, faculty and staff are invited on Sept. 22 in Olin 104 for a talk and reception at 9:30 a.m. .
Williams will present a brief talk about his experiences during the war and subsequently as a founder of the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, an organization dedicated to aiding the families of Medal of Honor winners who died or were severely wounded in combat.
The objectives of the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation are to complete projects including the promotion, creation, and implementation of Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments throughout the country. The original monument was established at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery in Dunbar, WV in 2013. A second Gold Star Families Memorial Monument will be dedicated on Sept. 21 in Valley Forge, PA.
The visit is being coordinated by History Professor Ross Doughty, and Professor Cory Etchberger of the Biology Department.