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Woody Williams dies at 98 – the Last WWII Medal of...

Hershel W. “Woody” Williams, a Marine Corps veteran of the Battle of Iwo Jima who was the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, died June 29 at a hospital in Huntington, W.Va. He was 98. His death was announced by the Woody Williams Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves Gold Star military families, and by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. The cause was not immediately available. Mr. Williams, who grew up on a West Virginia dairy farm, was a 21-year-old Marine corporal when he carried out the assault on the Japanese at Iwo Jima for which he received the nation’s highest military award for valor. He found himself on the volcanic island in the first days of the U.S. invasion that began on Feb. 19, 1945. One of the bloodiest battles in Marine Corps history, Iwo Jima is seared in American memory as the site of the flag-raising at Mount Suribachi on Feb. 23, 1945. The moment was captured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning image by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal and commemorated in the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. Mr. Williams’s heroic actions occurred the same day. He witnessed the flag-raising but said he had limited memory of his own role in the battle, which took the lives of 7,000 Marines, including his best friend. His medal citation recounts his “unyielding determination … in the face of ruthless enemy resistance” and a display of courage that was “directly instrumental in neutralizing one of the most fanatically defended Japanese strongpoints encountered by his regiment.” “Quick to volunteer his services when our tanks were maneuvering vainly to open a lane for the infantry through the network of reinforced concrete pillboxes, buried mines, and black volcanic sands,” the citation reads, “Cpl. Williams daringly went forward alone to attempt the reduction of devastating machine-gun fire from the unyielding positions.” Armed with a flamethrower, and under unremitting fire, he was credited with destroying a series of Japanese fortifications. “On one occasion,” according to the citation, “he daringly mounted a pillbox to insert the nozzle of his flamethrower through the air vent, killing the occupants, and silencing the gun; on another he grimly charged enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and destroyed them with a burst of flame from his weapon.” Mr. Williams was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman in October 1945, months after the Japanese surrender that ended World War II. Mr. Williams, who attained the rank of chief warrant officer 4, later pursued a career with what is now the Department of Veterans Affairs and ran a horse farm. “It’s one of those things that you put in the recess of your mind,” Mr. Williams told The Washington Post in 2020, reflecting 75 years later on his service at Iwo Jima. “You were fulfilling an obligation that you swore to do, to defend your country. Any time you take a life … there’s always some aftermath to that if you’ve got any heart at all.” - Woodu Williams

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"Too many will not get across [the Ebro River]," said Hemingway. "Too many will die because a superior cause is not a match for superior fire power."

Death of the SS Paul Hamilton – April 20th, 1944

When I look at these April 1944 convoy ships on the water in the feature image, it symbolizes the current Ukraine war disaster that is unfolding in front of our eyes.

Irving KO’s Winston Churchill like Churchill Knocked out England

Everyone lost in World War II except the bankers. A classic putdown by the one and only historian, David Irving.

Russia Says Germany Aiding Ukraine Nazis in Abuse of POWs

The Kiev regime, in its treatment of RUssian prisoners, mirrors the behavior of its predecessors and ideological inspirer, the German fascists.

Book Review: Lost Airmen: The Epic Rescue of WWII U.S. Bomber...

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Poland wants to divide Ukraine

The Ukrainian army will soon collapse and then the big haggling will begin, and Poland wants to get a piece of the pie, just as it had already annexed parts of Czechoslovakia after Hitler’s invasion.

Forgotten History Damns World to More Nazi Tyranny, This time from...

Today, Europe is practicing as if it has no power and fear and terror from the Russian bear. It is similar to the case of Hitler’s days before World War II, and we are witnessing it throwing forcefully into the American incubator.

WWII Nazi Officer Returns Love to Once Invaded City

During WWII German paratroopers land on the island of Crete overrunning and capturing the small fishing village. This is a war story of redemption and forgiveness based on a true story.

Russia: How History Warned Ukraine Against Arming Criminals and Foreign ‘Volunteers’

From Russian Controlled Sputnik: The Ukrainian government has handed out military weapons to civilians willy-nilly, freed violent criminals from jail, and invited foreign militants with a grudge against Russia to reinforce its pinned-down army. But forces have been unleashed before, writing some of the darkest pages in history.

Uncovering Nazi Secrets at US PO Box 1142

During WWII, Army Intelligence interrogated high-ranking prisoners-of-war at a secret installation in Alexandria, Va., dubbed "P.O. Box 1142."

F4F Wildcat Held the Line During WWII

Designed by Grumman Iron Works, the tough little fighter kept America in the fight during those early dark days in the Pacific Theater

WWII Nazi Enigma Machine Found in Baltic Sea

German forces used the device—likely cast into the water to avoid falling into Allied hands—to encode military messages

Book Review: Beyond Valor: A WWII Story of Extraordinary Heroism, Sacrificial...

Book Review: Beyond Valor: A World War II Story of Extraordinary Heroism, Sacrificial Love, and a Race against Time, Jon Erwin and William Doyle....