West Virginia Military Hall of Fame Inductees

​​Hershel "Woody" Williams, Chief Warrant Officer 4, Marine Corps​

​Williams, a native of Marrion County, was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman on October 5, 1945, for his actions during the Battle of Iwo Jima. ​​Williams arrived on the beach of Iwo Jima with 1st Battalion, 21st Marines on February 21, 1945. Two days later, tanks opening up a lane for the infantry encountered several concrete pillboxes that stalled their progress. U. S. forces were pinned down by machine gun fire and unable to advance. Williams, armed with a flamethrower and demolition charges and accompanied by four other Marines, spent four hours neutralizing the enemy pillboxes so that U.S. forces could advance. See his complete biography here​.​​