WWII hero receives special flight home from Cleveland

6/26/2022 6:05:00 AM

WWII hero receives special flight home from Cleveland

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WWII hero receives special flight home from Cleveland

Hershel Woodrow Williams is better known by his nickname 'Woody'—but perhaps best known for his service to his country.

Williams fought in World War II, serving in the Marine Corps as a flamethrower at the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. His actions were honored later that year as he was awarded the Medal of Honor, presented by President Harry Truman."Woody went on to do 20 years in the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves. He retired from the Marine Corps. And he also worked for the Veterans Affairs, Veterans Administration should say, for about 35 years as primarily a veterans advocate," his grandson Brent Casey said.

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Hershel Woodrow Williams is better known by his nickname"Woody"—but perhaps best known for his service to his country.Email article Pope Francis waves to thousands of followers as he arrives at the Manila Cathedral on January 16, 2015 in Manila, Philippines.The group of WWII veterans attended the premiere of the series, which is military based.he wrote .

That service was recognized in a very special way as Woody was receiving care here in Cleveland. Williams fought in World War II, serving in the Marine Corps as a flamethrower at the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. The documentation contains 2,700 files of requests for Vatican help from Jewish groups and families, many of them baptized Catholics, so not actually practicing Jews anymore. His actions were honored later that year as he was awarded the Medal of Honor, presented by President Harry Truman. Chris Pratt was surprised by a group of World War II veterans during the red carpet portion of his recent premiere. "Woody went on to do 20 years in the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves. The online publication of the files comes amid renewed debate about Pius’ legacy following the 2020 opening to scholars of his archives, of which the "Jews" files are but a small part. He retired from the Marine Corps. The battle was part of the larger Battle of Leyte, which saw intense fighting over several days between U.

And he also worked for the Veterans Affairs, Veterans Administration should say, for about 35 years as primarily a veterans advocate," his grandson Brent Casey said. One recent book that cites the newly opened archives, "The Pope at War," by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kertzer, suggests that the people the Vatican was most concerned about saving were Jews who had converted to Catholicism, the offspring of Catholic-Jewish mixed marriages or otherwise related to Catholics."Thrilled to see them here. Starting a family and racing horses at his home in West Virginia were some of Williams' other accomplishments, but his dedication to his country always remained strong. From speaking engagements to starting the Woody Williams Foundation that recognizes Gold Star families, he has always been active in the military community. The Vatican's foreign minister Paul Gallagher said it was hoped that the digital release of the "Jews" files would help scholars with research, but also descendants of those who had requested Vatican help, to "find traces of their loved ones from any part of the world. Recently, though, Williams has had some health issues and required special care. And it was an opportunity to kind of just catch up with them. His family decided to have him cared for at the Cleveland Clinic, so Williams made the trip to Northeast Ohio. "Each of these requests constituted a case which, once processed, was destined for storage in a documentary series entitled ‘Jews,’" he wrote. ships sunk in the October 25 engagement.

“He had gone up to Cleveland in the back of an ambulance, five hours in the back of an ambulance, and it was tough on him," Casey said. After receiving the care he needed to be able to return home, Williams' family wanted to make sure he didn't have to suffer another five-hour trip in an ambulance—and began working to get him home in a better way. He cited one case found in the files: A Jew who was baptized Catholic in 1938, Werner Barasch, who sought help from the pope in 1942 to be freed from a concentration camp in Spain.'" The group of WWII veterans attended the premiere of "The Terminal List. "This is not an everyday thing. For LifeFlight, we normally get called to hospitals to take somebody to another hospital or go to a scene of an accident and take somebody to a hospital. "As for the majority of requests for help witnessed by other cases, the result of the request was not reported," Gallagher wrote. So it was a little bit different," said Nathan Hodgson, MetroHealth flight nurse specialist."Certainly on a press line where everything’s 15-second bites. The bow, the fallen mast, the gap between fore and aft where she was hit by a battleship round, and the aft turret .

"We were up late in the night and I woke a few people up." Subsequent online research, including at the U. But there was never a hesitation." Casey had called around and connected with Hodgson, telling his grandfather's story and seeking assistance to get him home in a special way. Holocaust Memorial Museum, found that Barasch did indeed survive and was able to join his mother in the United States in 1945, Gallagher reported. (Vivien Killilea) July 1 on Prime Video. After several late-night phone calls, MetroHealth's LifeFlight had agreed to fly Williams home in style. "He was ecstatic..

He was thrilled I don't think he really knew how we were going to—I mentioned flying him home—didn't mention the helicopter because I knew he would get a real charge out of that," Casey said."He was grateful, very grateful and I think the staff, the pilots, the nurse and the doctor that were on board would attest to that." Loaded up in the helicopter, Williams was transported by two retired Army helicopter pilots back home to Huntington, West Virginia. "It was pretty special. Even though they weren't Marine Corps pilots—if Woody would have had a choice, and he could have hand-selected, he'd have selected a couple of Osprey pilots," Casey joked.

"It was special to both of us that that we had two army helicopter pilots retired that took us on the flight today." MetroHealth was happy to lend a hand to Williams. "MetroHealth when given the opportunity and the resources will move mountains for people and I feel like that's what we needed to do for Woody and his family. A real honor," Hodgson said. And Williams—although grateful for MetroHealth, Cleveland Clinic and the city for taking good care of him—was happy to be back home in West Virginia where he'll continue receiving care at the Veterans Administration Medical Center named after him.

"Cleveland Clinic was just fantastic. The doctors were outstanding there, and got him in a position to be able to come back home and continue his care at the VA so that was special," Casey said."As soon as the flight landed at the Woody Williams VA Medical Center, and he rolled out, they rolled him out on the stretcher, the first thing he said was West Virginia—almost heaven.” Williams returns from Cleveland to his home state where he will soon have a Navy ship named after him as well, recognizing his heroic efforts in World War II and every day after. Download the News 5 Cleveland app now for more stories from us, plus alerts on major news, the latest weather forecast, traffic information and much more.

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