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Woodfill descendant to discuss new book
Courier Staff Report
Monday, August 11, 2014 11:00 AM
Maj. Samuel Woodfill
A descendant of Maj. Samuel Woodfill, Jefferson County's only Medal of Honor recipient, will discuss his recently published booklet, "Sam Woodfill's Guns" at the Jefferson County Historical Society on Thursday.
The program begins at 7 p.m. and is free to the public.
The book, written by Dr. Bob Woodfill, details Samuel Woodfill's birth and early history in Jefferson County, military service in the Philippines and Alaska, and his history-making valor on the frontlines of France during WWI.
Samuel Woodfill was the most decorated American soldier in WWI. He is credited for destroying three German machine gun emplacements by himself while being subjected to mustard gas. He also lead his men away unharmed. The courageous act earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Woodfill would later train soldiers during World War II. He died in 1951 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Why is he wearing officer's collar badges on an enlisted uniform with NCO chevrons on the sleeves? Why does he have no branch or unit insignia?
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