Hershel “Woody” Williams is an American hero. He’s a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. The armory in his hometown of Fairmont wass named after him.

And Sunday, he will flip the coin at Super Bowl LII.

Williams won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic acts during the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. In fact, at 94 years old, he’s one of only three Medal of Honor recipients still living from that war.

President Harry Truman awards Woody Williams the Medal of Honor (USMC)

President Harry Truman awards Woody Williams the Medal of Honor (USMC)

According to the government, Williams single-handily helped clear a path through the jungle for landing American infantry from the Japanese by using a 70-pound flamethrower.

He did it all by only being covered by four riflemen.

Accompanying Williams on the field for the toss will be 14 other Medal of Honor recipients according to the AP.

Williams was born in Quiet Dell outside Fairmont in 1923 before enlisting in the United States Marine Corp.

Get Our Weekly E-Mail Newsletter!

Just give us your email address and we'll send you the best of our site ever week! Totally free!

More: A West Virginia Soldier Killed in World War II Has Finally Come Home

Comments