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FORT BENNING GA NEWSLINE  (5)

Lieutenant At Benning Wins
Array of Medals, New Name

   First Lt. Howard E. Williams is called a one-man gang in the 508th Airborne Infantry Regimental Combat Team at Fort Benning and his medals and War experiences warrant it.
   One of the most decorated men in the Army today, his awards include: (1) Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest decoration. for coming. back alive from an "impossible"  mission: (2) two Silv
er Star medals; (3) three Bronze Star medals. one with V-device for valor; and (4) four Purple Hearts, one for being stabbed with his own knife.
   Lt. Williams spent more than half of his nine years in the Army operating behind enemy lines in the South Pacific during World War II. As an Alamo Scout, his missions lasted from three days to several months. Once he was declared missing in action for 108 days.
Clash with .Japs
   On another of his lone ranger forays, Lt. Williams was slipping up on a Jap sentry...

Suddenly, he was hit from the side causing him to drop his knife. In a flash, the Jap picked it up and slashed at Williams. So he had to finish the job with his bare hands, although outnumbered two to one.
   Most of his other experiences were just as hair-raising and most are still top secret.
   But it's no secret .that he is one of the top demolition experts in the world. Value of bridges, ammunition dumps. and other military establishments Williams blew up in his one-man campaign ageist the Japs probably would amount to thousands of dollars.
   He recently taught demolitions in the Infantry School's Ranger department here.  A former guerilla expert, he also trained the 508th's demolition crews.
   Williams was a commercial photographer before joining the Army in 1942. He is now the 508th's assistant intelligence officer and will be in charge of guerrilla raiding parties when his unit goes through battalion tests.
   He is married to the former Doris Street of Owen sound, Ont., Canada.  They have two children, Ann, 13, and Mack, 5.

[Columbus Ledger, Columbus, GA, Sun, January 13, 1952, Page 26]

'Army's 'Snowstorm* Comes To End
    CAMP DRUM.-N. T. --{AP) --- Exercise Snowstorm, the army's nearly snowless winter war games, came o an end yesterday as part of the 22,000 troops involved prepared to leave for their home base.
   A convoy of 750 vehicles as 22,000 paratroopers of the 82nd airborne division was to depart for Ft Bragg, N. C.
   The troopers' air force counterpart, about 3,000 airmen who took part in the- companion Exercise Cold Spot, began moving out yesterday. The airmen are leaving .bases at Burlington, Vt., Rome, .N. Y. and Wheeler-Sack field at this northern New York post for fields at Alexandria, La., Moses Lake, Wash., Smyrna, Tenn.. . Mitchell AFB, N. Y, Ft Bragg, and Donaldson, S. C.

[Tucson Daily Citizen, Tucson, AZ,    Page 5]

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