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Surviving Medal of Honor Recipient Kicks Off VFW Youth Camp
Written by Ian Grimley
Last updated on July 28, 2014 @ 12:03AM
Created on July 27, 2014 @ 11:57PM
In Preston County, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Youth Camp kicked off Sunday night. A very special guest was on hand to give an opening address to the campers.
 
Known as Woody to family and friends, Harrison County native Hershel Williams is the only surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the battle of Iwo Jima and the only one currently living in the Mountain State. As a member of the Marine Corp, he operated a flamethrower. This allowed his men to advance across the island they were on during the battle. He fought for four hours under enemy fire and with only four riflemen backing him up.

"I owe this medal to two of those marines, two of them particularly who gave their lives that day protecting mine. So it's their medal. I just wear it for them," said Hershel Williams. 
 
The directors of the VFW Youth Camp were very happy to have him there and said the kids could learn something from woody's story.
 
"Every time you hear Woody, and I probably heard him 50 times, he has a different spiel on things. It's never the same. He always keeps it interesting," said Joe Norris, Director of VFW Youth Camp. 
 
Woody's message to the campers was to not let bad influences control their lives and to be proud to be American.

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