The Youngest And Oldest Living Medal Of Honor Recipients Met, And This Epic Photo Is The Result
The Medal of Honor Convention is currently taking place in Annapolis, Md., and it has brought together the youngest and oldest living recipients of our nation’s highest award for battlefield heroism for a photograph of epic proportions.
In a post on Twitter on Thursday, retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, 28, said that he was “beyond humbled and honored” upon meeting with retired Marine Chief Warrant Officer-4 Hershel “Woody” Williams, 94, at the conference.
“As the youngest living recipient I can only hope to one day live up to his legacy,” Carpenter added.
Beyond humbled and honored by this moment. Hershel “Woody” Williams is the oldest living Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient. He charged the beaches of Iwo Jima during WW2. As the youngest living recipient I can only hope to one day live up to his legacy. #MOHConvention pic.twitter.com/tR6rx4BWA0
— Kyle Carpenter (@chiksdigscars) September 13, 2018
Born Oct. 2, 1912, Williams was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War II at the Battle of Iwo Jima. On Feb. 23, 1945, then-Cpl. Williams, a demolition sergeant, repeatedly charged alone toward concrete pillboxes where the Japanese were firing machine guns in order to “wipe out one position after another” with explosive charges and flamethrowers.
“On one occasion, he daringly mounted a pillbox to insert the nozzle of his flamethrower through the air vent, killing the occupants and silencing the gun; on another he grimly charged enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and destroyed them with a burst of flame from his weapon,” his citation reads.
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