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Hershel "Woody" Williams, Marine survivor from the battle of Iwo Jima and the last living Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during the battle, poses for a photo during the Iwo Jima Battle Survivors and Family Association 70th anniversary reunion at Wichita Falls, Texas, February 14, 2015. Williams has started the Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, which encourages, with the assistance of the American public and community leaders, establishing permanent gold star family memorial monuments in their communities throughout the United States to honor gold star families who have sacrificed a loved one in the service of their country. - Hershel "Woody" Williams, Marine survivor from the battle of Iwo Jima and the last living Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during the battle, poses for a photo during the Iwo Jima Battle Survivors and Family Association 70th anniversary reunion at Wichita Falls, Texas, February 14, 2015. Williams has started the Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, which encourages, with the assistance of the American public and community leaders, establishing permanent gold star family memorial monuments in their communities throughout the United States to honor gold star families who have sacrificed a loved one in the service of their country.

Retired Lt. Gen. Lawrence Snowden, 93, is currently the most senior-ranking survivor of the battle. He was a captain serving with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division when he fought on Iwo Jima. In 1995 he started the Reunion of Honor on Iwo Jima to honor both the American and Japanese who gave their lives. Currently a resident of Tallahassee, Florida, next month he is traveling to Iwo Jima with three airplanes of veterans and their family members. Snowden said he makes sure all the attendees know that they are not going there to celebrate their victory, but to honor all who died. - Retired Lt. Gen. Lawrence Snowden, 93, is currently the most senior-ranking survivor of the battle. He was a captain serving with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division when he fought on Iwo Jima. In 1995 he started the Reunion of Honor on Iwo Jima to honor both the American and Japanese who gave their lives. Currently a resident of Tallahassee, Florida, next month he is traveling to Iwo Jima with three airplanes of veterans and their family members. Snowden said he makes sure all the attendees know that they are not going there to celebrate their victory, but to honor all who died.