You may not have heard about Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams before, but the World War II Marine was awarded the Medal of Honor during the battle of Iwo Jima.
Sadly, Chief Warrant Officer Williams passed away Wednesday at the age of 98. He was the last surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient. To salute William’s heroism, West Virginia representative Carol Miller put forth a resolution to have Williams lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol.
See if you can guess Nancy Pelosi’s decision.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to ignore a resolution sent to her by West Virginia representative Carol Miller that would allow the last surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient to lie in honor at the US Capitol.
The veteran in question, Woody Williams, passed away on Wednesday at the age of ninety-eight, serving in the Pacific Theater of World War II, and most notably fighting in the battle of Iwo Jima.
Williams advanced on Japanese pillboxes under heavy fire, alone, to clear a route for the tanks.
“He devoted his life to veterans and Gold Star Families,” she wrote. “He and his Foundation have established 103 Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments across the United States, with more than 72 additional monuments under way. He played a critical role in helping veterans throughout his community and will be sorely missed.”
House Judiciary Committee Republicans blasted Pelosi’s inaction on the resolution, saying that the fact she’s ignoring it tells “all you need to know about the Speaker.”
If you’re looking for a hero, Williams would have been your guy. Unfortunately, the House Speaker couldn’t care less about the men who fought and died for this country.
You can see Williams’ actions in Iwo Jima here. Take a moment to read about this American hero.
UPDATE: West Virginia politicians are making it happen, and Mr. Williams will lie in the U.S. Capitol!