Last U.S. Medal of Honor recipient from WWII dies at 98

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By Rich McKay (Reuters) – At the height of World War Two, 18-year-old Hershel “Woody” Williams tried to join the U.S. Marine Corps, but a recruiter told the 5-foot-6 dairy farmer: “Go home, you’re too short.” The height requirement soon changed, according to a foundation named for Williams, who joined the Marines and went on to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor after single-handedly taking out a series of Japanese positions in the bloodiest battles on Iwo Jima. Williams died Wednesday at 98 years old. Williams, the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War Two, died at a hospi…

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