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Iwo Jima hero, 96, sees US warship commissioned in his honor

Woddy Williams
Posted at 7:31 PM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 21:31:05-04

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Officials have commissioned a U.S. Navy warship in honor of the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima.

The USS Hershel "Woody" Williams was commissioned Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia. The USS Williams is an Expeditionary Sea Base ship launched in 2017.

Williams, 96, called the commissioning a moment in history beyond his comprehension and wished all those who serve on the ship bearing his name to be safe.

The ship will primarily support aviation mine countermeasure and special operations missions.