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Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the Passing of Hershel 'Woody' Williams

June 29, 2022

Today, America lost not just a valiant Marine and a Medal of Honor recipient, but an important link to our Nation’s fight against tyranny in the Second World War. Woody Williams gave to his nation on the battlefield and after, establishing a foundation to honor and recognize Gold Star families. He was also the nation’s last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. I hope every American will pause to reflect on his service and that of an entire generation that sacrificed so much to defend the cause of freedom and democracy.