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Congress works to posthumously award WWII veteran Medal of Honor

Congress works to posthumously award WWII veteran Medal of Honor


ON D-DAY, BACK IN 1944, A BLACK ARMY MEDIC, CORPORAL WAVERLY WOODSON JUNIOR SAVED HUNDREDS OF LIVES ON NORMANDY’S OMAHA BEACH. WOODSON PASSED AWAY IN 2005,… BUT THERE’S NOW AN EFFORT IN CONGRESS TO POSTHUMOUSLY AWARD HIM THE NATION’S HIGHEST AWARD FOR HEROISM. OUR WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT MORGAN WRIGHT REPORTS 3 He says many of them were frightened beyond speech… Joann Woodson – the widow of Corporal Waverly Woodson Jr. reads the words of her late husband’s personal eyewitness account of D-Day… Dawn broke as our ships approached the battleships and heavy cruisers were firing broadside at the coast of France. Cpl. Woodson landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. As a black Army medic, he was wounded himself…when a blast that destroyed his boat… …This D-Day Army prejudices took a backseat as far as the soldiers helping one another was concerned Cpl. Woodson set up a medical aid station and for 30 hours he removed bullets, cleaned wounds, and saved lives… Cpl. Woodson never received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions…… Despite the recommendations of his commanding officers…, And then in 1973… his military records were destroyed… by a fire in St. Louis. Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen says that shouldn’t matter… given the contemporaneous records of his heroism that were talked about in multiple newspapers at the time we believe he merits this important honor. Van Hollen and the Congressional Black Caucus wrote a letter to Acting Secretary of the Army – requesting a formal review to posthumously award the Medal of Honor… he earned this medal and this nation really needs to honor him in this way Despite no movement yet on the medal — Van Hollen and Woodson’s widow – hold onto hope that Woodson…and other African Americans’ heriosim during World War II…. will one day be properly recognized.. 3 In Washington, Morgan Wright. 3 3 COMING UP IN SPORTS, KAYLA CARLILE IS GIVING US A PREVIEW


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