I would like to take the time to honor the memory of the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II who passed away on June 29th 2022, Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams. Williams served with the military branch of the United States Marines Corps and the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was honoured with the Medal of Honor for his service that is viewed as heroism, with the call above and beyond to serve the nation of the United States of America.

Upon learning of Williams’ passing I took the time to reflect upon a passage that I had read in the evening of June 29th 2022, with regards to World War II veterans that are known as the greatest generation, from the book entitled: “Authentic Happiness” by Martin Seligman (2002).

The author connects human characteristics to ancient strengths that is known as the Harry Truman effect. The views of the author can also be connected to the innate / ancient / hereditary human survival instincts that are enacted especially when we feel that our human survival is being threatened. Similarly as we are called to protect and defend our nation. Our survival is intrinsically connected to the very nation of service.

Seligman writes: “we all contain ancient strengths inside of us that we may not know about until we are truly challenged. Why were the adults who faced World War II the ‘greatest nations’? Not because they were made of different stuff that we are, but because they faced a time of trouble that evoked the ancient strengths within” (Seligiman, 2002, p. 12-13).

It is with these words and reflections I express my deepest heartfelt gratitude for your accomplishments, service and sacrifices for our country. We honor your legacy. My thoughts of love, prayer, condolences and heartfelt sympathy to all who mourn and honor your passing, life lived and the memory of World War II veteran Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams Thank you. Rest in peace. God Bless You and God Bless America!

Reference: Seligman, M. E. P. (2002). Authentic happiness: Using the new positive psychology to realize your potential for lasting fulfillment. New York: Free Press.


Notes: These thoughts were originally hand written on June 30th 2022.

With Love & Kindness! 🇺🇸

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