The War

WWII history from The National WWII Museum

African Americans in World War II

Explore profiles, oral histories, photographs, and artifacts honoring African American contributions to World War II from the Museum's collection.  

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    Woody Williams

    Woody Williams, a veteran of several campaigns with the 3rd Marine Division, landed on Iwo Jima in the days after D-Day. On February 23, 1945, Woody acted with "conspicuous gallantry" in eliminating Japanese pillboxes on Iwo Jima with his flame thrower. For his actions that day, Woody was awarded the Medal of Honor.


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    Col. Dave Severance, E Company 28th Marines

    Retired Marine Corps Colonel Dave Severance recalls how his company, E Company 28th Marines, patrolled up Mount Suribachi, and how members of his company raised the American flag atop Suribachi on February 23, 1945.

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