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USS Hershel Woody Williams (ESB-4)
USNS Hershel Woody Williams (T-ESB-3) (2015 - 2020)
Lewis B. Puller Class Expeditionary Sea Base:
Laid down, 18 December 2015, at General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego, CA.
Launched, 13 August 2017
Christened USNS Hershel Woody Williams (T-ESB-4), 21 October 2017, at General Dynamicís NASSCO, San Diego, CA.
The Navy's Military Sealift Command accepted delivery, 22 February 2018
Commissioned, USS Hershel Woody Williams (ESB-4), 7 March 2020, CAPT. David L. Gray, Jr. USN (Blue) in command
Displacement 35,087 t.(lt) 106,692 t.(fl)
Draft 36 ft
Speed 15 kts
Cargo Capacities unknown
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|USNS Hershel Woody Williams (T-ESB-4)
Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams, born 2 October 1923, is a retired United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Iwo
Jima during World War II. He is also the last surviving recipient of the Medal of Honor from that battle.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as demolition sergeant serving with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine
Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 23 February 1945. Quick to volunteer his services when our tanks were maneuvering vainly
to open a lane for the infantry through the network of reinforced concrete pillboxes, buried mines, and black volcanic sands, Cpl. Williams daringly went forward alone to
attempt the reduction of devastating machine gun fire from the unyielding positions. Covered only by 4 riflemen, he fought desperately for 4 hours under terrific enemy
small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flamethrowers, struggling back, frequently to the rear of
hostile emplacements, to wipe out 1 position after another. On 1 occasion, he daringly mounted a pillbox to insert the nozzle of his flamethrower through the air vent,
killing the occupants and silencing the gun; on another he grimly charged enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and destroyed them with a burst of flame
from his weapon. His unyielding determination and extraordinary heroism in the face of ruthless enemy resistance were directly instrumental in neutralizing one of the
most fanatically defended Japanese strong points encountered by his regiment and aided vitally in enabling his company to reach its objective. Cpl. Williams' aggressive fighting spirit and valiant devotion to duty throughout this fiercely contested action sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
||Hershel Woody Williams (T-ESB-4) float out (launching), 19 August 2017, at General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego, CA.
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||Hershel Woody Williams (T-ESB-4) Christening, 21 October 2017, at General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego, CA.
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||Hershel Woody Williams (T-ESB-4) moored pierside at General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego, CA., in 2017
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||Hershel Woody Williams (T-ESB-4) gets under way from the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, CA. to start her
first round of sea trials, 17 January 2018.
|USS Hershel Woody Williams (ESB-4)
There is no DANFS history available for USNS Hershel Woody Williams (T-ESB-4) at NavSource
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Expeditionary Transfer Dock (ESD) / Expeditionary Mobile Base (ESB)
Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) Fact Sheet
Last Updated 20 March 2020
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