A Good Day
I attended, as many in our community did, a special presentation in our high school gym yesterday; we listened as a real hero spoke to our student body and shared with them a few of the events of February 23, 1945.
At 5 feet 6 inches tall, Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams, was first turned down for service in the Marine Corps but trying again and again he was accepted and, on February 23, 1945 found himself on the front line of the battle of Iwo Jima.
Of the 279 men in his unit 262 had been killed or put out of actions by wombs too severe to let them serve. By his own bravery and through many unguarded returns to the supply line he took seven Japanese pill boxes out of commission allowing the tanks and marines to advance.
You should look up his name and the deeds for which he received the Medal of Honor. He is the last living Marine who received the medal in that battle of ash, rocks, blood and death. He is what this nation is made of.
I stood with great pride as our staff and student body gave him their full attention not knowing who made all of the arrangements for the event I just thanked our Lord for the schools we have in Picket County.
I will put us up against any others for we have real leadership and a sincere devotion to duty by all of our teachers and staff.
I think Tom, at Sunset Marina, had something to do with all the plans so my hat is also off to him and his duty as a concerned citizen. Folks complain if you like but we have a great community.