NEW ALBANY, IN, (April 20, 2012) – World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corporal Hershel “Woody” Williams will share his war stories and how he earned the Medal of Honor with Indiana University Southeast and the community during Victory Week.
Williams’ presentation will be from 6-7 p.m., April 26, in the Stem Theater at the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center, as part of the Student Veterans Organization’s Victory Week. Individuals will also have the opportunity to get autographs from the war hero after his presentation.
In 1945, the Marine fought for his country in Iwo Jima as a trained flame thrower. In order to operate the heavy machinery, it required the person to be standing up and wear the weapon as a backpack. Because the machine required the soldier to be standing, Williams was left defenseless when reloading and stood in plain sight of the enemies’ open fire as he fought in the battle. He was presented the Medal of Honor for his bravery during combat by President Harry S. Truman in 1945.
Williams’ presentation is sponsored by the Student Veterans Organization. The presentation is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available. SVO Victory Week runs from April 23-26, 2012.