Violent But True Bed Time Stories: Season 2 Episode 4 Hershel Williams
When it comes to kicking ass and taking names Hershel Williams was shit hot, literally. During the assault on Iwo Jima, Hershel was busy barbequing enemy soldiers like it was going out of style. He wasn’t a part of the flag raising though, he was busy creating fiery balls of death.
Hershel Williams was an NCO on the island of Iwo Jima during World War 2. His captain was asking for ideas to take out some pillboxes on the horizon. Hershel “Woody” Williams thought that with a flamethrower, anything is possible. Woody strapped the tanks to his back, grabbed four Marines and set out on his objective to subdue the pillboxes. As rounds were pinging off the tanks on his back, Williams was able to get close enough to the first pillbox to light it up, game, set match. The second pillbox would prove more difficult. He had to move around to the side and eventually to the roof.
Upon making it to the roof of the pillbox, Hershel Williams saw a ventilation shaft jutting out. The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire as Hershel stuck the nozzle of his flamethrower into the pipe and scorched all 17 soldiers inside the bunker. Savage is as savage does. Hershel still hadn’t been wounded and he continued on to the third enemy pillbox. Those soldiers where like “F*** this, we’re going to kill him” so they charged out of the only opening in the pillbox and were instantly roasted by Hershel Williams. After all, it was roasty toasty time. He burned out seven fortified pillboxes in under 4 hours.
For these actions, Hershel Williams was awarded the Medal of Honor. To this day he says that the Medal of Honor is dedicated to the two Marines who died in support of his actions. Straight up savage.