By Alex Cordero
The American Legion celebrated its centennial year by hosting a black tie party and honoring four Medal of Honor recipients at the historic American Legion Post 13 in the City of Pasadena. They also showcased a float at the Tournament of Roses Parade for the first time in over 30 years. The four Medal of Honor recipients rode on the float along with other important members representing the organization at the Rose Parade, and received the red carpet treatment at the American Legion black tie event on Dec. 30.
The honorees are all from different generations and each represents a war era. The names of the Medal of Honor recipients recognized at the black tie party event are: Corporal Hershel “Woody” Williams of WWII, Corporal Ron Rosser of the Korean War, Walter “Joe” Marm of the Vietnam War and Britt Slabinski of the Global War on Terror.
Corporal Williams fought dangerously for four hours covered only by four riflemen under relentless enemy fire in Iwo Jima, Japan as a demolition sergeant. Corporal Rosser was determined to fight against all odds, charging the enemy with only a caliber and a grenade, and single-handedly killed at least 13 of the enemy in Korea. Second Lieutenant Marm decimated four enemies under heavy fire, charged across 30 meters of open ground killing more enemies and ultimately broke enemy fire in Vietnam. Last but not least is Senior Chief Slabinski who put his life in danger to rescue his teammate who was lost when a helicopter crashed after being hit by enemy fire before landing atop a 10,000-foot snow covered mountain in Afghanistan.
Are you intimidated at all by anything you just read? Or, are you proud of the way these men represented our country in matters of life and death around the world?
All of these men have displayed the highest traditions of fighting spirit, courage, devotion and leadership in their own line of service. Please be sure to visit the following links to read their full bios on the Congressional Medal of Honor Society website: