Congress Honors WWII Hero of Iwo Jima with Ultimate Salute

Seventy-seven years after his wartime heroism, Woody Williams lay in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

  • Published
The flag-draped casket bearing the remains of Hershel W. “Woody” Williams is carried by joint service members into the U.S. Capitol, Thursday, July 14, 2022 in Washington, to lie in honor. Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, died at age 98. (Al Drago/Pool Photo via AP)
Image via AP Photo/Al Drago

This article was republished here with permission from The Associated Press, however it is no longer available to read on Snopes.com.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress gave its ultimate final salute Thursday to Hershel W. “Woody” Williams, a 5-foot-6 “force of nature” in the battle of Iwo Jima and the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. Seventy-seven years after his wartime heroism, Williams, who died last month at age 98, lay in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, a tribute reserved for the nation’s most distinguished private citizens. Only six others have received…

Read at AP News