Accolades and Rank
- – Company commander of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Marines, 3d MarDiv on Iwo Jima
- – Earned a Silver Star and Purple Heart on Guam and a Bronze Star with V on Iwo Jima
USMC Capt. Donald Macaulay Beck (shown here as a 2nd lieutenant in 1941) was Hershel “Woody” Williams’s company commander on Iwo Jima. An officer called Beck the bravest man under fire he had ever witnessed.
Bryan Mark Rigg, PHD
AUTHOR OF FLAMETHROWER: IWO JIMA MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT AND U.S. MARINE WOODY WILLIAMS AND HIS CONTROVERSIAL AWARD, JAPAN’S HOLOCAUST AND THE PACIFIC WAR (FIDELIS HISTORIA PRESS, 2020)