Rank and organization:   Pharmacist's Mate Third Class, U.S. Naval Reserve.
Birth:   18 October 1924, Harrison, Ark.
Accredited to:   Arkansas.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above
and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 3d Battalion 28th Marines,
5th Marine Division, during the occupation of Iwo Jima Volcano Islands,
3 March 1945. Gallantly going forward on the frontlines under intense enemy
small-arms fire to assist a marine wounded in a fierce grenade battle,
Williams dragged the man to a shallow depression and was kneeling, using
his own body as a screen from the sustained fire as he administered first
aid, when struck in the abdomen and groin 3 times by hostile rifle fire.
Momentarily stunned, he quickly recovered and completed his ministration
before applying battle dressings to his own multiple wounds. Unmindful
of his own urgent need for medical attention, he remained in the perilous
fire-swept area to care for another marine casualty. Heroically completing
his task despite pain and profuse bleeding, he then endeavored to make
his way to the rear in search of adequate aid for himself when struck down
by a Japanese sniper bullet which caused his collapse. Succumbing later
as a result of his self-sacrificing service to others, Williams, by his
courageous determination, unwavering fortitude and valiant performance
of duty, served as an inspiring example of heroism, in keeping with the
highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life
for his country.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)