President Harry S. Truman presents the Medal of Honor to Corporal Hershel W. Williams, USMC, at a ceremony on the lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., 05 October 1945 ---- "Woody" Williams was born on 02 October 1923 in Quiet Dell, West Virginia as the youngest of eleven children. He worked a series of odd jobs in the area, including as a truck driver for W.S. Harr Construction Co. of Fairmont, WV and as a Taxi driver. When Pearl Harbor was attacked on 07 December 1941, Williams was working in Montana as a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps. He tried to enlist into the Marine Corps in 1942, but was told he was too short for service. It wasn't until 1943 that the height restrictions were changed and he successfully enlisted into the Marine Corps Reserve on the 26th of May out of Charleston, WV. Williams received training at MCRD San Diego, CA and, upon completion, was sent to Camp Elliott where he joined the Tank Training Battalion on 21 August 1943. The following month he was transferred to the Infantry Training Battalion for training as a Flamethrower operator. He participated in the Battle of Guam before being assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 21st Marines and bound for the island of Iwo Jima. On 21 February 1945, Williams landed on the beach with the rest of 1/27. It was on the 23rd of February that he would distinguish himself, when American tanks, trying to open a lane for infantry, encountered a network of concrete pillboxes. Williams went forward alone with his 70-pound Flamethrower in an attempt to silence the devastating machine gun fire from the unyielding positions. Covered by only four riflemen, he fought for four hours under barrage of enemy fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demo charges and obtain serviced Flamethrowers, ultimately silencing the Japanese positions. He fought for the remainder of the five week long battle even though he was wounded on March 6th in the leg by shrapnel. In September 1945, Williams returned to the U.S. and he, along with thirteen other servicemen, were presented the Medal of Honor on 05 October 1945. What's remarkable is that he is still with us today at the humble age of 94.
As dancers we have to respect the past and challenge the present so we can welcome in the future! It’s difficult to enjoy dancing to certain genres if you aren’t familiar with the movements connected to it, but once you learn how to move to it 💥BOOM💥 it’s your new favorite genre! Don’t spend one more hour of social dancing hating on every blues or hip hop song.. give it a chance and learn to groove to it! After all it doesn’t matter how much you dislike it, you’re still going to draw it in a Jack & Jill so might as well learn how to kill it! Welcome to the Past & Present Intensive where you’ll learn about where our dance came from, where it’s going and how to enjoy every genre we dance to! We can’t wait to bring this Intensive to a community near you! 📽 Huge shout out to Louis Raemerez for creating such an awesome trailer video of this experience!
So many people are stressed out or stuck feeling responsible for things that they are not responsible for nor could they ever possibly control.
People know they hurt us.. And some could care less. We can't control what happens to us 90% percent of The time but we can control how we respond, our happiness, our attitude, our energy, our attractions, our truth.
The number one step to healing is to really love yourself holistically before anything else. __
Stop allowing people so much power over you to keep you in a hurt place. It's not your fault but how you choose to move on from the hurt is important. I've been hurt many times, the worse thing I did was waited on a apology... Waiting for the hurt person to acknowledge their wrong.. Boy oh boy was I stuck in a bitter spot for a long time.