When I was preparing the West Virginia Voices of War documentary, I was honored to speak to several West Virginia war veterans who served their country in the United States Marine Corps. They are all included in the documentary and longer versions of their stories are included in the book Common Valor.
As the West Virginia Voices of War project developed, I prepared excerpts from two Marines:
Hershel “Woody” Williams, Medal of Honor recipient on Iwo Jima
The following is also an audio piece based solely on Hershel “Woody” Williams that was never released.
I have always heard it said “Once a Marine, Always a Marine.” I am sure that is true. So, on this 238th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, I offer my best wishes and Happy Birthday to all United States Marines.
Of course, tomorrow is Veterans Day, another opportunity to thank a veteran for the freedoms we all have and appreciate..