May 26, 1943, “Woody” was accepted into the Marine Corps. He trained as a demolition man and flamethrower and was subsequently deployed to the Pacific. Woody landed on the beaches of Iwo Jima, Feb. 21, 1945, and two days later went forward into enemy lines — reducing enemy machine gun fire with his flamethrower. For four hours Woody received cover from four riflemen as he repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and get new, 70-pound flamethrowers. For his heroic actions and dedication to duty in the face of grave danger, Cpl. Woody Williams received the Medal of Honor.
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