Hershel Williams

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams speaks Monday during the dedication of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Mansfield.

MANSFIELD -- Hershel "Woody" Williams was born and raised on a dairy farm in the small, unincorporated town of Quiet Dell, W.Va., a rural area near state Route 20.

The life of the diminutive man has been anything but quiet.

A U.S. Marine and the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the iconic World War battle on Iwo Jima in 1945, the 95-year-old Williams was back in Mansfield on Monday to dedicate the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in front of the Richland County Courthouse.