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The Medal of Honor Luncheon

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Attend the Medal of Honor Luncheon hosted by Your Kingsport Chamber and Leadership Kingsport and presented by Raymond James and BAE Systems. The event is honoring  Hershel “Woody” Williams (USMC, Ret.), recipient of The Medal of Honor in World War II – The Battle of Iwo Jima. It will be held on Tuesday, September 20th from 11:30am to 1pm at Food City on North Eastman Road.

RSVP by Friday, September 16th. Seating is limited.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Melissa Gilliam at mgilliam@kingsportchamber.org or (423) 392-8820.


| The Medal of Honor |
The medal of honor was created by Congress and signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861.
The Medal of Honor is our Nation’s highest military decoration. It is bestowed by the President of the United States, in the name of the Congress, upon members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.”
In its over 150 year history fewer than 3,500 individuals have received the Medal.
 
| The Battle of Iwo Jima |
 
U.S. Marines invaded Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945, after months of naval and air bombardment. The Japanese defenders of the island were dug into bunkers deep within the volcanic rocks. Approximately 70,000 U.S. Marines and 18,000 Japanese soldiers took part in the battle. In thirty-six days of fighting on the island, nearly 7,000 U.S. Marines were killed. Another 20,000 were wounded. Marines captured 216 Japanese soldiers; the rest were killed in action.
The island was finally declared secured on March 16, 1945. It had been one of the bloodiest battles in Marine Corps history. After the battle, Iwo Jima served as an emergency landing site for more then 2,200 B-29 bombers, saving the lives of 24,000 U.S. Airmen. Securing Iwo Jima prepared the way for the last and largest battle in the Pacific: the invasion of Okinawa.
The flag-raising atop Mt. Suribachi took place on February 23, 1945; five days after the battle began.