Medal of Honor Recipient to Flip Coin at Super Bowl

February 03, 2018 07:30 PM

The only living WWII Medal of Honor recipient will play a big role in Sunday's big game.

While surrounded by sports heroes, Cpl. Hershel "Woody" Williams will have the opportunity to flip the coin at the Super Bowl.


Williams served in the Battle of Iwo Jima. While he was awarded the military's highest honor, Williams doesn't feel he's a hero.

"I was only doing what was expected of me," he said.

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Williams said the day the U.S. claimed victory in Iwo Jima, he was 1,000 yards away when Marines planted two flags on Mount Suribachi.

"All of a sudden there's Old Glory and it lifted the spirits of everybody," he said. "We became more determined than ever we would win this thing."

Williams is now on a mission to honor Gold Star families across the country. He said he plans to take the passion for that fight with him as he goes to flip the coin at Sunday's game.

"It's so far-fetched and such a tremendous honor to be the 52nd person to flip that," he said. "I hope I'm serving a purpose and to influence and encourage people to serve each other."

Williams recently wrote a book about his life. Information about the book can be found here.


Farrah Fazal

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