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USS Hershel "Woody" Williams (ESB 4)

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Hershel “Woody” Williams was born on a dairy farm in 1923 in Quiet Dell, West Virginia. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Battle of Iwo Jima with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division. During the battle, Williams displayed “valiant devotion to duty” and service above self as he “enabled his company to reach its objective.” His actions, commitment to his fellow service members, and heroism were recognized on Oct. 5, 1945, when he received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman at the White House. Mr. Williams is the sole surviving Marine from WWII to wear the Medal of Honor.


  • General Characteristics, Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB)
  • Builder: NASSCO
  • Propulsion: Commercial Diesel Electric Propulsion
  • Length: 239.3 Meters (785 feet)
  • Beam: 50 Meters (164 feet)
  • Displacement: 90,000 tons (fully loaded)
  • Draft: 10.5 Meters (fully loaded); 12 Meters (load line)
  • Speed: 15 knots
  • Range: 9,500 nautical miles
  • Crew: 44 Military Sealift Command personnel
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