Military March 04, 2019

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Corps Cpl. Hershel Williams

Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams (born October 2, 1923) is a retired United States Marine Corps warrant officer and United States Department of Veterans Affairs veterans service representative who received the United States military’s highest decoration for valor—the Medal of Honor—for heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. He and three soldiers are the only living Medal of Honor recipients from that war. In addition, he is the only surviving Marine to have received the Medal of Honor during the Second World War, and is the only surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the Pacific theater of the war.

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By Hope Hodge Seck: Trump Applauds Soldier’s Bronze Star Heroism During JBER Visit

“Among those with us is Sgt. Sean Rogers, who, a few weeks ago, received the Bronze Star for valor,” Trump said. “Where are you, handsome devil? I won’t bring the generals up, but come on, Sean, get up here.”

The Bronze Star award for Rogers had not previously been made public; but the circumstances surrounding his actions have. Army Spc. Gabriel Conde, 22, was killed April 30 during a firefight in Kapisa province, Afghanistan. He was a team member of Rogers,’ assigned to 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division out of JBER. The same enemy attack left multiple Afghan national defense force troops dead and another American service member wounded.

“While he was in Afghanistan, Sean and his team occupied a rooftop and provided cover for a Special Forces team. Sean rushed into the enemy fire to rescue a member of his team, [Conde],” Trump said. “ … Tragically, Specialist Conde did not make it alive. And today, we remember the heroic sacrifice of this incredible American hero. We are eternally grateful, in his debt.”