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Hershel “Woody” Williams, Medal of Honor, Iwo Jima

HONOLULU — Seventy-three years ago on the island of Iwo Jima, Hershel “Woody” Williams randomly chose several fellow Marines to give him rifle cover as he made a one-man charge with his flamethrower against a network of Japanese pillboxes.

He spent four hours unleashing flames into the pillboxes that had stymied advance for days, racing back to the Marine Corps lines to refuel the flamethrower, and then running again into battle — all while covered by only four riflemen.

Hershel Williams

Williams was ultimately awarded the Medal of Honor on Feb. 23, 1945, for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty,” as the official citation describes it. He “daringly went forward alone to attempt the reduction of devastating machine-gun fire” coming out of reinforced concrete pillboxes, on which bazooka and mortar rounds…

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New Transit Boss Might Have The Toughest Job In New York City

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

It’s peak morning rush hour at the 23rd Street station on the 1 line, and Andy Byford can’t help himself. He’s so detail-obsessed that he is in danger of being trampled by fast-moving straphangers as they rush for their train.

The recently installed president of the New York City Transit Authority bends down to pick up scattered copies of Metro newspapers and place them neatly back on their rack. He points to the floorboards at the 23rd Street station that are fading.

“We could paint those black and at least show customers that we are on top of the details,” he says while pointing out a dingy stairwell. “It’s grubby, just not acceptable.”

When he stops dead in his tracks to stare at a jumble of crisscrossed yellow safety tape precariously holding together a broken barrier (“That looks so hokey. We need to change it!” he says), one commuter angrily…

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