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MERIDIAN, Miss. (NNS) -- Base personnel welcomed the last living U.S. Marine Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima during a Gold Star Program event on May 17 on board NAS Meridian

Hershel "Woody" Williams -- a retired United States Marine Corps warrant officer and United States Department of Veterans Affairs veterans service representative - shared stories about his service during World War II; discussed the importance of the Gold Star Program; and praised our country when he spoke to nearly 500 service members.

"There is no place on this Earth like we have in this country," Williams said. "Regardless of where we go in the world - this (America) will always be home. But we couldn't be who we are, or have the privileges that we have, without the protection that we've had, and have, from our military. All because of people just like you."

His patriotism was even evident in his retelling of experiences on Iwo Jima; experiences that occurred on the same day as the famous photo was taken of service members raising the flag on a hill top after capturing the island from the Japanese.

Williams shared a key piece of history about that moment.

"When the flag went up on Mt. Suribachi - it wasn't the Marines that made history; they were part of it, no doubt, but it was Old Glory that made history," Williams said. "It marked the first time in World War II that Old Glory was flying in enemy territory."

On Feb. 21, 1945, Williams landed on the beach with the 1st Battalion, 21st Marines. Two days later with American tanks trying to open a lane for infantry, they encountered a network of reinforced concrete pillboxes.

Covered by only four riflemen, Williams fought for four hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flame throwers.

He returned to the front, frequently to the rear of hostile emplacements, to wipe out one position after another. On one occasion, Williams was charged by enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and he killed them with a burst of flame from his weapon.

His unyielding determination and extraordinary heroism in the face of ruthless enemy resistance were directly instrumental in neutralizing one of the most fanatically defended Japanese strong points encountered by his regiment and aided vitally in enabling his company to reach its objective.

On Oct. 5, 1945, he and 13 other service members were presented the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman at the White House.

Williams retired from active duty in 1969, and went to work at the Department of Veteran's Affairs - where he served for 33 years.

In 2010, the not-for-profit Hershel Woody Williams Congressional Medal of Honor Education Foundation, Inc. was established "to honor Gold Star families, relatives, and children who have sacrificed a loved one in the service of their country.

Williams concluded by paying his respects to the families of service members who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Those brave men and women have made much more of a sacrifice than any of us," Williams said. "They gave us the privilege of being called ... Americans. This medal belongs to them. I'm just the caretaker of it, and I wear it in their honor - not mine."

It is a bittersweet thing to read lines like "...the last living U.S. Marine Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima..." but that is where we are.

Just thankful that such people lived and gave us the time we enjoyed while we could enjoy it.

 ::USA:: ::USA:: ::USA::
A West Virginia school has come under fire for instructing junior high students to write the Islamic profession of faith ostensibly to practice calligraphy.

Rich Penkoski, a Christian parent and founder of online ministry Warriors for Christ, raised alarms over a packet on Islam his daughter’s seventh grade social studies teacher issued to students, according to Christian Post. The packet, edited from the full version of a world religions workbook, instructed students to practice writing the Shahada, or Islamic profession of faith, in Arabic calligraphy — an assignment that, if left undone, would result in detention, according to Penkoski’s daughter.

If a parent I would have gone totally ballistic over this!  No doubt the thrashing I unleash on this peddler of Satanic devotion would earn me a trip to the penitentiary...but it may be that this is such a moment worthy of a necessary act.

As a child I would have written a scathing denunciation of the forced ritualistic Satanic cant and tore into the indoctrinator with the fury of a ravenous Grizzly.

Wherever these books are, whoever is providing them and whoever is using them needs to be ended, definitively.

Say "No, Never!" to Satanic verses!!!
General Board / Re: Culture Watch - Just Plain Trash Edition
« Last post by Libertas on Yesterday at 02:11:48 PM »

Chief Wahoo say injun who steal from others and throw buffalo chips at them is bad injun.  Go away, bad injun!

Entertainment / Re: The "I Saw This Funny Thing On The Net" Thread
« Last post by Libertas on Yesterday at 02:08:53 PM »
For industrious people with time on their hands who like to settle in at end of day...

...wait...what about pee breaks?  Gotta get up?

The lawyers for Concord are right...both the Dem's and Mueller their agent-in-place have and continue to make sh*t up!

Russian "facilities" = social media accounts = fake profiles!

And nobody has been named by Mueller as being employees of Concord, no connection made, period!  Mueller even indicted a catering arm of Concord that didn't exist at the time.

What sane judge with any ethics whatsoever lets this kind of ad-hom legal terrorism go on?!

 ::cussing::  fascist media doing it again - lying through their  ::cussing:: dirty socialist teeth!

Goebbels Media using their super-speshul chart again I see...

Some messages have to be delivered with blunt-force to Progs...

...if they fail to comprehend at least you got some exercise in.
More on this strain of "animal" -

It's sh*t like this that stains other innocent Minnesotan's with that naive do-gooder progressive pumpkinhead label!

 ::cussing:: you!  I'm from 'Sconi!



Donald Trump, never joined a violent street gang, never harmed a person in his life...called an "animal" by a smug jurnolista shilling for the Corrupt News Network...just because Trump had the honesty to properly call the violent MS-13 street-punks "animals".

It doesn't get any more inverted than that.  Hard to tell where Ana's head ends and MS-13's ass starts.

But this vile proglodyte whore is hardly alone in her racism and is standard in the greater proglodyte clan...

“I would rather my daughter dated a member of MS-13 than a member of the Republican Party,” he wrote.

See?  This idiot would rather risk is daughter to be raped and slaughtered by a violent Latino street gang...than come near a "Republican"...whatever that means today...?

Hey?  Isn't MS-13's motto something like "kill, rape & control"?  Hmm...Democrat Party usually hates that kind of competition...unless it is flattering to them.

This is how batshyt insane the Left is...this is why people with any sense whatsoever are refusing to have anything to do with them anymore. 

And they can only get crazier.  Think about that!
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