WW2 Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams, dies at 98

WW2 Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams, dies at 98

Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams served as a warrant officer in the United States Marine Corps and a veterans service representative for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

He was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration for bravery, for actions that went above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. Williams was the final living recipient of the Medal of Honor from World War II at the time of his death.

Hershel “Woody” Williams passed away, and WVU President Gordon Gee has released a statement.

Gordon Gee, the president of West Virginia University, released the following statement on Wednesday, June 29, at the age of 98, in response to news of the passing of Hershel “Woody” Williams, the final American to have received the Medal of Honor during World War II and a native of Quiet Dell.

“Hershel “Woody” Williams was a gentleman who bravely and valiantly served his nation, and he dedicated his life to recognizing the contributions of others. I had the honor of getting to know Woody and spending time with a member of the Greatest Generation whose life’s work has inspired countless people in our state and country.

And even though we mourn his passing, I think his example will continue to motivate many generations to come. I send my sincere sympathies to Woody’s family and everyone who knew and loved him.

Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams Age, Family, Early Life

On October 2, 1923, Hershel W. Williams was born in Quiet Dell, West Virginia, in the United States. He holds an American Citizen. He belongs to the white ethnicity. His Zodiac sign is Libra.

On October 2, 1923, Williams, the eldest of eleven children, was born and raised on a dairy farm near Quiet Dell, West Virginia. Williams was born weighing under 3 pounds and was not expected to survive.

hershel woody williams family

Lurenna, his mother, made the decision to give him the name of the doctor who visited their farm a few days after he was born. His father had passed away from a heart attack by the time he was eleven, and several of his siblings had perished from the flu epidemic.

Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams Wife, What about his Relationship?

Ruby and Hershel W. Williams are wed. His wife Ruby passed away before him in 2007. His two daughters are shared by them.

Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams’s Career, What was his profession?

Williams was intrigued by the Marines because several males in his neighborhood wore their dress blue uniforms. He did not like the brown wool outfit of the Army “I made the decision not to be in that vehicle because it was “the ugliest thing in town.” In those dress blues, please.” Williams had little knowledge of the Marines other than how they were dressed. Williams, who is 5-foot-6, was informed he was too short to serve when he attempted to join the Marine Corps in 1942. He was able to successfully enlist in the Marine Corps Reserve at Charleston, West Virginia, on May 26 after the height restrictions were eased in the early months of 1943.

Williams joined the 32nd Replacement Battalion on October 30, 1943, and on December 3 he sailed on the M.Sc. Welty Reden for New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific. He enlisted in Company C of the 1st Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment, and 3rd Marine Division at Guadalcanal in January 1944. He was a member of Headquarters Company in July and August of 1944 and took part in combat against the Japanese on Guam. He rejoined Company C in October.

Williams obtained a position as a counselor for Veterans Affairs following World War II and worked in that position for 33 years before retiring. He battled the repercussions of military stress for years until 1962 when he underwent a religious revival. Later, he spent 35 years as the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s chaplain. Additionally, he belonged to the Marine Corps League and the Sons of the American Revolution. The Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago is where Williams’ Medal of Honor is on display.

How much is Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams Net worth?

Hershel W. Williams has kept her financial information private. Therefore, determining his net worth is challenging.         

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Which school and college did he go to?

Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams’s college and school information have yet to be disclosed.

Is he available on any kind of social media platform?

We also looked for Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms but were unable to locate him. He must have a social media account under a different name, or he may not have any.

Physical Appearance of Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair colorWhite
Eye colorBlack
WeightNot Available
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Hershel ‘Woody’Williams’s should be knows

Zodiac signLibra
Relationship StatusMarried