Rep. Jenkins honors Woody Williams


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WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) honored West Virginian and Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams on the House floor in advance of Williams’ 93nd birthday on Sunday, Oct. 2.

Rep. Jenkins recounted not only Williams’ heroics at the Battle of Iwo Jima but the personal impact he has had on so many young West Virginians.

“I have two sons that became Eagle Scouts. Very often our local Scout council gets the newly awarded Eagles together, and Woody is invited to come in and spend a little time with the boys and share a few thoughts,” Rep. Jenkins said.

“I can’t tell you the power of the impact it had on my boys when Woody shook their hand, looked them in the eye and challenged them to conduct their life according to the Scout oath and motto – to do their duty to God and country. Woody truly embodies that motto.”

The full transcript is below.

“Mr. Speaker, as the congressman representing West Virginia’s Third Congressional District, I am proud to call Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams a constituent.

“I first met Woody more than eighteen years ago when I was elected to the state legislature, and he has been a constituent of mine for the past two decades.

“But I am just as proud to call him a friend.

“You know, over the years, at countless legislative committee hearings, veterans’ recognition and appreciation events, Veterans Day and Memorial Day commemorations, Woody has been there fighting for our veterans. Woody always has a kind word, a friendly smile, an optimistic outlook.

“I have two sons that became Eagle Scouts. Very often our local Scout council gets the newly awarded Eagles together, and Woody is invited to come in and spend a little time with the boys and share a few thoughts.

“I can’t tell you the power of the impact it had on my boys when Woody shook their hand, looked them in the eye and challenged them to conduct their life according to the Scout oath and motto – to do their duty to God and country.

“Woody truly embodies that motto. Throughout West Virginia and the nation, Woody is best known for his brave efforts in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

“At a critical point in the Battle of Iwo Jima, and with minimal backup, Corporal Williams heard the call and acted.

“He disregarded his personal safety. He thought not of the seemingly monumental task in front of him. He did not stop to calculate the odds of success – or the odds of failure.

“He acted. He picked up his flamethrower and he ran toward those trying to take him out. And he did it again and again and again.

“He did so because he believed in something greater than himself. Because his country asked and he answered. And he was there, in that place, at that time, when his country, our country, needed him the most.

“Woody is the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima. And he’s celebrating his 93rd birthday on Oct. 2.

“I join my state and this nation in thanking Woody for his service and in wishing him a wonderful birthday.

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