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2014 U.S. Naval Institute History Conference


The 2014 Naval History Conference is hosted by the U.S. Naval Institute and the U.S. Naval Academy
with support from The William M. Wood Foundation.

The conference will take place October 1, 2014 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

The day-long conference, Leaders in Action: Ordinary People Doing the Extraordinary,
will trace historical examples of heroism as well as modern accounts of courage, perseverance and achievement. 

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Driving Directions to the U.S. Naval Academy  

Shuttle service will be offered between Alumni Hall on the Naval Academy yard and the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Shuttle service begins at 7:00AM and the last shuttle will leave Alumni Hall at about 4:00PM

Personal vehicles WILL NOT be permitted on the U.S. Naval Academy campus.

Directions to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium:

FROM POINTS NORTH:
From I-95-South exit onto I-695-East and then take the I-97-South exit. Follow I-97 south until it merges into Route 50 East toward Annapolis. Take Exit 24, Rowe Blvd, and bear right (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp. Follow directions "From Route 50" below.

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Take I-95-North, MD Route 2 North or U.S. Route 301 North to Route 50. Travel east to Annapolis. Take Exit 24, Rowe Blvd, and bear right (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp and then follow directions "From Route 50" below.

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Follow Route 50 East from Washington, D.C. towards Annapolis. Take Exit 24, Rowe Blvd, and bear right (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp. Then follow directions "From Route 50" below.

FROM POINTS EAST:
Follow Route 50 West toward Annapolis to Exit 24B, Rowe Blvd and follow the directions "From Route 50" below.

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Please tell the attendant that you will be attending the "2013 Naval History Conference" and your parking will be free of charge.

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The 2014 Naval History Conference will be held at Alumni Hall on the U.S. Naval Academy Campus.

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              Leaders in Action: Ordinary People Doing The Extraordinary

              Wednesday, October 1, 2014
              TimeTitle
              8:00AM - 8:50AMContinental Breakfast
              8:55AM - 9:05AMWelcome Remarks
              9:05AM - 9:45AMMorning Keynote - Heroism at Sea: Commander Ernest Evans at the Battle of Leyte Gulf
              • Keynote: Mr. James D. Hornfischer, Author of Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal; Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS HOUSTON ; The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and President, Hornfischer Literary Management (Confirmed)
              9:45AM - 10:00AMBreak
              10:00AM - 11:30AMPanel - Beyond the Call of Duty:  A Conversation with Medal of Honor Recipients
              • Moderator: Dr. Joseph Thomas, USNA Class of '61 Professor of Leadership Education and Editor, Leadership Embodied (Confirmed)
                • Panelist: LT Thomas Norris, USN (Ret.), Medal of Honor recipient, Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient for Vietnam War (Confirmed)
                • Panelist: Mr. Clinton Romesha, former Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Medal of Honor, Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient for actions during the War in Afghanistan (Confirmed)
                • Panelist: Cpl Hershel "Woody" Williams, USMC (Ret.), Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient for actions in the Battle of Iwo Jima, World War II (Confirmed)
              11:30AM - 12:00PMBreak
              12:00PM - 1:20PMLuncheon Keynote
              1:20PM - 1:30PMBreak
              1:30PM - 3:00PMPanel - Heroic Perseverance: A Conversation with Wounded Warriors
              3:00PM - 3:15PMClosing Remarks

              Mr. James D. Hornfischer
              Mr. James D. Hornfischer

              Keynote

              Author of Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal; Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS HOUSTON ; The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and President, Hornfischer Literary Management

              (Confirmed)

              James D. Hornfischer is the author of three books, most recently Neptune’s Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal.

              Hornfischer is the author of two other acclaimed works of World War II naval history: The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour and Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR’s Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors, both published by Bantam.

              Hornfischer’s writing career has grown out of a lifelong interest in the Pacific war. He has appeared on television on The History Channel, Fox News Channel’s “War Stories with Oliver North” and C-SPAN’s “BookTV.” A frequent speaker on the subject of the war in the Pacific, the U.S. Navy, and the experience of America’s sailors in World War II, he frequently addresses veterans organizations, youth and civic groups, and professional naval organizations on the inspiring stories found in his books.

              A native of Massachusetts, and a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Texas School of Law, Hornfischer is a member of the Naval Order of the United States, the Navy League, and was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as an “Admiral in the Texas Navy.” A former New York book editor, Hornfischer is president of the literary agency Hornfischer Literary Management, located in Austin, Texas, where he lives with his wife and their three children.

              CAPT J. Charles Plumb, USNR (Ret.)
              CAPT J. Charles Plumb, USNR (Ret.)

              Keynote

              former Navy Fighter Pilot, POW and author of I’m No Hero

              (Confirmed)

              Captain Charlie Plumb has lived what he believes to be the American Dream. As a farm kid from Kansas, he fantasized about airplanes although he felt certain he would never have the opportunity to pilot one. It would be the United States Navy who afforded Plumb the opportunity to live out that dream.

              After graduating from the Naval Academy, Plumb completed Navy Flight Training and reported to Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego where he flew the first adversarial flights in the development of what would be called The Navy Fighter Weapons School, currently known as “TOP GUN”. The next year, Plumb’s squadron the Aardvarks launched on the Aircraft Carrier USS Kitty Hawk with Fighter Squadron 114 to fly the Navy’s hottest airplane, the F-4 Phantom Jet. Code named “Plumber”, Charlie Plumb flew 74 successful combat missions over North Viet Nam and made over 100 carrier landings. On his 75th mission, just five days before the end of his tour, Plumb was shot down over Hanoi, taken prisoner, tortured, and spent the next 2,103 days as a Prisoner Of War.

              Following his repatriation, Plumb continued his Navy flying career in Reserve Squadrons where he flew A-4 Sky Hawks, A-7 Corsairs and FA-18 Hornets. His last two commands as a Naval Reservist were the on the Aircraft Carrier Corral Sea, and at a Fighter Air Wing in California. He retired from the United States Navy after 28 years of service.

              To this day, Captain Plumb continues to fly left-seat at every opportunity. He has personally owned 8 airplanes, the most treasured being a World War II PT-19 Open-Cockpit Antique. He currently owns a Rutan-designed experimental single-engine Long-Eze.
              Military Aircraft Flown:  T-34 Mentor, T-2 Buckeye, F-9 Cougar, F-11 Tiger, F-4 Phantom, A-4 Sky Hawk, A-7 Corsair, FA-18 Hornet, F-16 Falcon

              Aircraft Carrier Assignments:  USS Constellation, USS Lexington, USS Oriskany, USS Kitty Hawk, USS Coral Sea, USS Abraham Lincoln

              Medals and Decorations:  Silver Star, 2 Purple Hearts, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, POW Medal, Air Medals, Combat Action, Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Campaign, Service Medal

              Gen John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.)
              Gen John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.)

              Moderator

              former Commander, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan

              (Confirmed)

              General John R. Allen assumed his duties as the Commander, International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan and United States Forces - Afghanistan on 18 July 2011.

              Following commissioning, he attended The Basic School and was assigned to Second Battalion, 8th Marines where he served as a platoon and rifle company commander. His next tour took him to Marine Barracks 8th and I, Washington D.C. where he served at the Marine Corps Institute and as a ceremonial officer. General Allen then attended, and was the Distinguished Graduate of the Postgraduate Intelligence Program of the Defense Intelligence College. He would serve subsequently as the Marine Corps Fellow to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He was the first Marine Corps officer inducted as a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

              Returning to the Fleet Marine Force in 1985, he commanded rifle and weapons companies and served as the operations officer of Third Battalion, 4th Marines. During this period he received the Leftwich Leadership Trophy. In 1988, General Allen reported to the Naval Academy where he taught in the Political Science Department and also served as the Jump Officer and Jump Master of the Academy. In 1990, he received the William P. Clements Award as military instructor of the year.

              General Allen reported to The Basic School as the Director of the Infantry Officer Course from 1990-1992 and was subsequently selected as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow, serving as a special assistant on the staffs of the 30th Commandant and the Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. In 1994, he served as Division G-3 Operations Officer for the Second Marine Division and subsequently assumed command of Second Battalion, 4th Marines; re-designated as Second Battalion, 6th Marines. This unit served with JTF 160 in Operation SEA SIGNAL during Caribbean contingency operations in 1994, and as part of the Landing Force of the 6th Fleet in Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR during Balkans contingency operations in 1995-1996.

              Following battalion command, General Allen reported as the Senior Aide de Camp to the 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps, ultimately serving as his Military Secretary. He commanded The Basic School from 1999 to 2001, when he was selected in April 2001 to return to the Naval Academy as the Deputy Commandant. General Allen became the 79th Commandant of Midshipmen in January 2002, the first Marine Corps officer to serve in this position at the Naval Academy.

              General Allen's first tour as a General Officer was as the Principal Director, Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a position he occupied for nearly three years. From 2006-2008, General Allen served as Deputy Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) and Commanding General, 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, deploying to Iraq for OIF 06-08, serving as the Deputy Commanding General of Multinational Force - West (MNF-W) and II MEF (Forward) in the Al Anbar Province. General Allen's most recent tour as a General Officer was as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command, a position he held from July 2008 - June 2011.

              General Allen graduated with military honors from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1976, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Analysis. He is a 1998 Distinguished Graduate of the National War College. He holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. Personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars in lieu of four awards.

              Foreign awards include the Mongolian Meritorious Service Medal, First Class; the Gold Medal of the Polish Armed Forces; the Polish Afghan Star Medal; and the Taiwan Order of the Resplendent Banner with Special Cravat

              EOD1 Chris Andrieu, USN

              Panelist

              TEU One, Department of Defense

              (Confirmed)

              LT Thomas Norris, USN (Ret.)
              LT Thomas Norris, USN (Ret.)

              Panelist

              Medal of Honor recipient, Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient for Vietnam War

              (Confirmed)

              Thomas Norris was born on January 14, 1944 in Jacksonville, FL. As a youth, he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America  and attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a specialty in criminology from the University of Maryland. While at the University of Maryland, in 1965 and 1966, he was an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) wrestling champion. He hoped to join the Navy and fly jets, but he had problems with his visual acuity and depth perception that disqualified him from becoming a pilot. He then became a Navy SEAL. Norris struggled during BUD/S training, and the instructors seriously discussed washing him out of the course. He graduated from BUD/S Class 45.

              He received the Medal of Honor for his ground rescue with the assistance of Petty Officer Third Class Nguyen Van Kiet of two downed pilots in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam on April 10, 1972 – April 13, 1972. At the time of the action, Lieutenant Norris was a SEAL Advisor with the Strategic Technical Directorate Assistance (STDA) Team. The STDA was known as Studies and Observations Group prior to 1971.

              Norris was one of three SEALs to receive the Medal of Honor for actions during the Vietnam War.

              LT Jason Redman, USN (Ret.)
              LT Jason Redman, USN (Ret.)

              Panelist

              former SEAL, Founder and Executive Director, Wounded Wear, Author of The Trident, the Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader

              (Confirmed)

              LT Jason Redman joined the Navy on September 11, 1992 and spent 11 years as an enlisted SEAL.  Jason headed to Old Dominion University in August of 2001, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management.  He completed his time with the Hampton Roads Naval ROTC as Student Battalion Commanding Officer before he was commissioned in May of 2004 as a Naval SEAL Officer.

              In May of 2006, he graduated from the grueling US Army Ranger School and deployed to Fallujah, Iraq the following year.   On September 13, 2007 while acting as Assault Force Commander to capture an Al Qaeda High Value Individual, LT Redman’s Assault Team came under heavy machine gun and small arms fire and he was severely wounded in the ensuing firefight.

              While recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, LT Redman hung a bright orange sign on his door, which became a statement for wounded warriors everywhere.  This sign gained national recognition and now hangs in the Wounded Ward at the Bethesda Medical Center.  After 37 surgeries, Jason uses his positive attitude to motivate others and to continue to raise awareness of the sacrifices of America’s military forces and their families.   This drive led him to create Wounded Wear, a Non-Profit organization designed to provide clothing kits and clothing modifications to America’s wounded warriors, and to promote awareness throughout the country of the sacrifices that wounded service members have made in the name of freedom.

              In Jason’s spare time he speaks across the country spreading his message of life, inspiration, and shedding light on the sacrifices that enable the Freedoms of our country.  He has spoken to many great organizations including the Marriott Corporation, the NFL Cincinnati Bengals, and even giving a speech to the US Men’s 2010 Olympic Hockey team prior to their first game. He was recognized in November of 2009 by his alma mater Old Dominion University with their prestigious Alumni Service Award and was a 2010 recipient of the Hope and Courage award. The Hampton Roads community and Wendy’s recognized him with their Military Hero award in 2013.  In December of 2013, Jason was awarded the 2013 Still Serving Veteran of the Year Award

              In July 2010, Jason joined three other wounded service members and reached the summit of Mount Rainier as a testament to wounded warriors and all Americans that there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome if you have the drive, the determination, and the tenacity to rise above. 

              His personal military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), and Combat Action Ribbon (two awards).

              In November of 2013, Jason with help of acclaimed writer John R. Bruning released, The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader.

              Capt Matthew Lampert, USMC
              Capt Matthew Lampert, USMC

              Panelist

              USNA Class of '06 and Company Commander, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion

              (Confirmed)

              Captain Matt Lampert was born on March 11, 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 1998.  Upon completion of Recruit Training and the Basic Rifleman’s Course he served as a Radio Operator and Scout/Sniper Team Leader with 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment.  While with the battalion Sergeant Lampert completed two deployments to Okinawa and a deployment to Cuba.

              In June 2002 Sergeant Lampert was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps and entered the United States Naval Academy with the class of 2006.  Upon graduation Lieutenant Lampert completed the Basic School and Infantry Officers Course before joining 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in April 2007. In September 2007 Lieutenant Lampert completed selection for assignment to U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.  

              In December 2007 Lieutenant Lampert attached to Battalion Landing Team 2d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment as the unit’s Light Armored Reconnaissance detachment commander.  In May 2008 Lieutenant Lampert deployed to the Western Pacific and Middle East with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.  Upon return in November 2008 Lieutenant Lampert assumed Command of Company A, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.  

              In June 2009 Lieutenant Lampert was assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion.  Upon completion of the Individual Training Course in February 2010 Lieutenant Lampert assumed command of Marine Special Operations Team 8133.  Captain Lampert deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in August 2010.  Upon return from deployment Captain Lampert was assigned as the Executive Officer for Marine Special Operations Company C. From May to December 2012 the company deployed again to Afghanistan.  In Janaury 2014 the company deployed to the Western Pacific in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM-PHILIPPINES and other Theater Security Cooperation missions.

              Captain Lampert currently serves as the Commanding Officer of Marine Special Operations Company C.

              Captain Lampert’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device and Gold Star in lieu of second award, the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star in lieu of third award and the Army Achievement Medal.

              Mr. Clinton Romesha
              Mr. Clinton Romesha

              Panelist

              former Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Medal of Honor, Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient for actions during the War in Afghanistan

              (Confirmed)

              Clinton "Clint" Romesha is a former United States Army staff sergeant. He received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Battle of Kamdesh in 2009 during the war in Afghanistan.

              Born into a family with a strong military background, Romesha joined the U.S. Army in 1999, and was posted at various times in Germany, South Korea and Colorado. Trained as an M1 Abrams tank crewman, Romesha had seen four deployments, including to Kosovo, Iraq twice, and Afghanistan. On 3 October 2009, he was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, deployed to Combat Outpost Keating in eastern Afghanistan. When a force of 300 Taliban insurgents attacked the base, Romesha was credited with rallying his comrades and leading the counterattack, directing close air support and providing suppressive fire to help the wounded to an aid station. Despite being wounded, Romesha continued to fight through the 12-hour battle.

              Romesha left the Army in 2011 to spend more time with his family. He later took a job in the oil industry in North Dakota. On 11 February 2013, he received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama.

              LT Bradley Snyder, USN (Ret.)
              LT Bradley Snyder, USN (Ret.)

              Panelist

              USNA Class of '06 and U.S. Paralympic Swimmer

              (Confirmed)

              Brad Snyder began his professional career as an Ensign in the US Navy, having graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in Naval Architecture. Through his distinction as the swim team captain during his final year, he earned an assignment as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer.  After a period of training, Brad deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He would deploy again two years later, this time to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  After six months of assault operations, Brad was severely injured when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED).

              Brad sustained complete vision loss as a result of the explosion, but did not suffer any other lasting wounds.  As a part of his rehabilitation process Brad returned to the pool, and after a few months of training was able to earn a spot on the US Paralympic National Team for swimming.  At the 2012 Paralympics he competed in seven events, earning two Gold Medals, and one Silver Medal.  his victory in the 400 meter freestyle occurred on the 7th of September, 2012, which marked exactly one year from the day he suffered his vision loss.

              Dr. Joseph Thomas
              Dr. Joseph Thomas

              Moderator

              USNA Class of '61 Professor of Leadership Education and Editor, Leadership Embodied

              (Confirmed)

              Dr. Joseph J. Thomas is the USNA Class of '61 Chair and Distinguished Professor of Leadership Education, Senior Fellow in the VADM James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies. He is the past Director of the John A. Lejeune Leadership Institute, Marine Corps University.

              A retired Marine LtCol, his assignments included 1st and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, 26 Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Notre Dame, 6th Battalion Officer at the US Naval Academy, and Head of Training Management and Evaluation/Senior Education Officer at Marine Corps Training and Education Command.

              Joe is a graduate of Marine Corps Command and Staff College and a past recipient of the MajGen Merrit A. Edson Leadership Award, the Marine Corps Association Research and Writing Award, and the Col Donald Cook Distinguished Graduate Award of Command and Control Systems School. He is a former elected school board member, a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7293 and American Legion Post 739 Whitehall PA, and is involved in a variety of community services. His research interests involve experiential leadership development in austere and remote environments. He serves as the Faculty Representative to the USNA Mountaineering Club and is a certified Wilderness First Responder and liaison to and instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, WY. Joe speaks on the topics of leadership and ethics regularly throughout the US, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

              The author of numerous articles on the subjects of command and control, military training and education, and leadership, his published books include:

              • Leadership Education for Marines (UMI Press, 2000)
              • Leadership Embodied (The US Naval Institute Press, 2005, 2007)
              • Naval Leadership Capstone (McGraw-Hill, 2006)
              • Leadership Explored (AcademX, 2007)
              • Leadership and Ethics Discussion Guide for Marines (Marine Corps University, 2008)

              He recently co-published a chapter in Leadership in Dangerous Situations (USNI Press, 2011) with colleagues from West Point, the US Air Force Academy, and the NYPD. Joe's education includes an M.S.Sc. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, a M.S.S. from the US Army War College, a Ph.D. from George Mason University, and Certificate in Public Leadership from the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. He is married to the former Jacqueline Augustine of Whitehall, Pennsylvania, and they have three sons Joseph Jr., Andrew, and Robert.

              CPT Nicholas Vogt, USA
              CPT Nicholas Vogt, USA

              Panelist

              LEAD Division, Leadership, Ethics, Law Department, U.S. Naval Academy

              (Confirmed)

              - Born 13 December, 1987

              - Raised in Crestline, OH

              - Attended the United States Military Academy

              - Graduated and commissioned in the summer of 2010 with a degree in Life Sciences

              - Completed Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course (IBOLC), Ranger School, and Airborne School in 2011. 

              - Assigned to the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division in Wainwright, Alaska

              - Became a platoon leader while deployed to Afghanistan.

              - Injured by an IED in southern Afghanistan during a dismounted patrol on 12NOV2011.

              - Sustained a double-leg amputation and traumatic brain injury

              - Was recently approved for Continue Active Duty (COAD) status

              - Assigned to the Warrior Transition Unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

              - Acting as teacher's aid within the Leadership, Ethics, and Law Department at the United States Naval Academy.

              Cpl Hershel "Woody" Williams, USMC (Ret.)
              Cpl Hershel "Woody" Williams, USMC (Ret.)

              Panelist

              Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient for actions in the Battle of Iwo Jima, World War II

              (Confirmed)

              Hershel Woody Williams was born October 2, 1923 in Quiet Dell, Marion County, West Virginia.

              He entered the U.S. Marines in 1943 as a Private and served in WWII in the Pacific.  He participated in Guam and Iwo Jima Campaigns and was wounded in March 1945.  He received a Purple Heart and was discharged from active duty retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer in 1945.  That same year he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, presented by Harry S. Truman for his action in Iwo Jima.

              He has also received the West Virginia Distinguished Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Daughters of American Revolution Medal of Honor amongst his many awards.

              He was married to Ruby Meredith for 62 years prior to her death and is the father of two daughters, five grandsons and two great grandsons.

              Today, there are fewer than 80 living recipients of the Medal of Honor.  Woody is the last surviving Medal of Honor Recipient from the 27 MOHs awarded for the Battle of Iwo Jima, WW II.

              These days, Woody spends most of his time advocating for veterans at the local, state and national level and Woody does about 90 speaking engagements a year at educational institutions, organizations, and fundraising events where he encourages patriotism and service to country.  Woody most often speaks about the need to recognize and honor the Gold Star Families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms of our country.  A 501(c)3 Foundation, The Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation was recently launched to carry out Woody's vision of recognizing these Gold Star Families with Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments around the country.  Please visit the Foundation webpage at:  www.hwwmohfoundation.org


               
               

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