Charleston rotary club honors decorated veteran

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Rotary Club of Charleston will be honoring decorated veteran Tech. Sgt. Michael G. Williams as Veteran of the Month on Tuesday.

Williams has been awarded three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, two Combat Action Medals, five Commendation Medals and seven Achievement Medals while serving with U. S. Operation Enduring Freedom.

The event will be held at the Holiday Alumni Hall at The Citadel at 12:30 pm.

Williams has served the United States for 17 years in the Air Force and the United States Air Force has honored him with 18 medals for his extraordinary performance in combat, courage under fire and selfless service to his country and his fellow airmen.

On Aug. 2, 2009, while on ambush patrol, Williams stepped on a buried landmine and activated an explosive device.

Immediately following the detonation, his entire patrol came under enemy small arms and grenade fire. Even after losing the lower portion of his left leg from the explosion, Williams passed vital details regarding the explosive device to members of his patrol and assisted in his own medical treatment while awaiting evacuation.

During the evacuation, Williams continued to pass information concerning the explosive device to his fellow team members while heroically manning his weapon in order to provide security as they moved to the helicopter landing zone.

The Rotary Club of Charleston recognizes veterans on a monthly basis for their unstinting service their country.  Additionally, the Rotary has singled out veterans who have helped other veterans or been helped in adjusting to life after active service.

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