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  • Medal of Honor recipient has died
  • He killed Japanese machine gunners
  • He received Medal of Honor at 22

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Last remaining WWII Medal of Honor recipient dies at 98

Williams' foundation announced on Twitter and Facebook that he died at the Veterans Affairs medical center bearing his name in Huntington.

Hershel W. “Woody” Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, died Wednesday. He was 98.

Williams' foundation announced on Twitter and Facebook that he died at the Veterans Affairs medical center bearing his name in Huntington.

As a young Marine corporal, Williams went ahead of his unit during the Battle of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean in February 1945 and eliminated a series of Japanese machine gun positions.

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Later that year, at age 22, Williams received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for military valor, from President Harry Truman at the White House.

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