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island of iwogema. >> we dent know they had 22,000 japanese on the island. we didn'n't know ththey had milf tutunnel dug out in the volcano. >> repeporter: ass depicteded i momovie, the japananese h held fifire until afterer t the marid landed and thehen tururned thehh in to a slaugughter house. >> the beach was just full of everything you could think of. trucks, and tanks, just blown up. >> reporter: more than 6,000 marines would die. >> they stacked them up. you know, like chord-wood. >> finally they made it to the top of the mountain for the most famous flag raising in american history. did you know the flag had gone up? >> no, i the did not, i think i had my head buried in the sand. >> reporter: the flag was up and the battle was far from over.
>> there was no protection. we had run from shell crater to shell crater if we could find one and finally we hit this long line of pill boxes, re-enforced pill boxes. >> reporter: japanese machine guns inside cut down the advancing marines until his commander turned to him. >> he said do you think you can do with the flame thrower? >> what were you supposed to do? >> put flame in the pill box so you could annilate everyone in the pill box. >> reporter: he crawled to the first pill box, with the shells ricochetting off. >> i look on top and i see a bit of blue smoke rolling out of the top of it. so, i crawled up, got up on op of the pill box. and here's a pipe that is just
about the same size of my flame thrower nozzle. so i just stuck it down and let it go. that was my first pill box. >> reporter: williams is credited with taking out seven pill boxes in the occcourse of r hours. that was february, 1945. >> peace may be restored. >> reporter: japan surrendered in september of that year. williams was on guam killing time when he suddenly received a summons. >> you are going to go see the general. and i said what for? >> reporter: can't be good news. >> that's what i thought. i'm scared to death but i'm following orders, you know. so, i walked in to the tent, walk up to his desk and he said, you are being ordered back to washington. i had never heard of the medal of honor. i didn't know such a thing existed. >> repeporter: thehe boyoy f fr west virginia,, f found himsel the whihite house.e.
being prpresented t the medal o honor by president truman. >> i never even dreamed to be able to see a president of the united states. and i am standing shaking hands with him. and you talk about a scared moment. i was a wreck. i really was. >> reporter: he got over the nerves and never the responsibility that comomes wit the medal. especially when he learned that corpraral warn bornrnholz a and fifischer, thohose that hadad sd coverr fire, had been killed. >> o once i learnrned that, my concepept off t the mededal cha. i said this medal does not belong to me. it belongs to them. so, i wear it in their honor not mine. they sacrificed their lives to
make that possible. >> reporter: williams learned what that sacrifice meant to their families at an early age. remember the scene from saving private ryan where the car drives up to tell a mother her son has been killed in combat? well, woody williams delivered those western union telegrams before he joined the marines. >> well, i had handed her the envelope, she collapsed as an 18-year-old boy, i didn't know what to do. and i didn't do anything. i left. you know, i didn't know what to do. >> reporter: you have done a good is job of making up for it. >> well, it left a lasting impression on my mind. made me realize what it costs just to have our freedom and to be who we are. >> he worked for the department of veterans affairs for 33 years. afterward he set up the woody williams foundation to support gold star families and designed
this monument in their honor. >> we are in all 50 states. >> reporter: does it require a lot of travel on your part? >> we try to attend every dedication and every ground breaking. >> reporter: before cois indivi -- covid hit he was on the road many days of the year. everyone would understand if you begged off. >> this is my way of making sure that our gold star family members are not forgotten. >> reporter: this past april, charles coolidge the only other living medal of honor recipient from world war ii passed away. you are the last man standing. >> yes. >> reporter: does that add to the feeling of responsibility? >> it does, yes, it does. >> reporter: do you wonder why he have been given so long to live? >> maybe i'm making somebody else's life a little better.
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thousands of treasurers from our military history are stored in a warehouses in virginia. not for long. the pentagon has revealed plans for a navy museum in the nation's capitol, chip reid got a preview. >> reporter: you can see some of them here at the small museum in the navy yard in washington, d.c., now the navy is thinking big. they are planning a new huge state of the art museum and we got a sneak peek at the treasures it will hold. ♪ ♪ when the navy drops anchors, they land here. and an immense seven eric warehouse full of propellers, engine parts, art work and even a lion. everything from typewriters to torpedos. so you have torpedos behind us and guns here. how many objects are there in this massive warehouse?
>> there's probably over 250,000 objects. >> reporter: and it's jeff's job to keep them all in ship shape. >> the story of the u.s. navy, it's a story on everyone. we are all connected by water. >> reporter: the navy keeps the collection almost 100 miles from the nearest ocean in richmond, virginia, until it can bring out the big guns. there has to be a story behind these two guns. >> there is. >> reporter: in a flag ship museum in the nation's capitol like a scene from indiana joneser, rows of stacked boxes reveal relics from the navy's 245 year history. some so big they don't fit in the door. others so small they fit in a drawer. like these officer's commissions from the 1800s. >> these three are signed by abraham lincoln. >> reporter: that is his actual signature? >> that is right.
>> reporter: they are working hard to make sure it all lasts. >> it was a manned japanese torp torpedo. >> reporter: so this was a suicide mission. >> exactly. >> reporter: japanese torpedos led to the navy's largest loss at sea, sinking the uss indianapolis and killing nearly 900 sailors in the days of world war ii. the wreck was discovered just four years ago, and somehow, this clock from its quarter deck made it to do a hawaii garage sale in the 1960s. so we are in the lab now. it's now being restored in this on-site lab along with an unusual treasure that sailorers spotted on a german ship after 9/11. >> we saw a sign that said, we stand by you and an american flag and i'm thinking about it now. >> reporter: but this commander never thought she'd end up working at nato with a german sailor on the ship.
>> we had 20 minutes time to prepare something. we said okay, we have an american flag. we produce a banner. >> reporter: where did you get the material for that banner? >> for us, it was a bed sheet. >> reporter: now the navy hopes to display it again. for the u up coming 2 20th anniversrsary of 9/11. >> and a legendary victory bell. >> reporter: the story of the navy has long been told boy its bells and here, there's enough for an archestra, this was present at pearl harbor. >> how do you not get inspired to do what you can to take care of it. >> reporter: the emotional heart of the collection may be this small captain's boat from t the u.s. wrecked u.s.s saginaw, and the names of the volunteers that ran a rescue mission. >> there's no words when i look at an object like this. it's my duty to make sure their
opening ceremonies of the summer olympics in tokyo are scheduled for july 23rd, but a big surge in covid cases spurred the u.s. state department to issue a no travel advisory to japan, the medical community in the country is warning that the games could be a super spreader event. but there's big money at stake. lucy kraft has the latest from tokyo. >> reporter: the olympic torch relay is criss-crossing japan, by july, it's set to pass right here, by tokyo's general hospital. but there's no welcome message in the window. the sign says, medical care is
at a breaking point. stop the olympics. with nurses under staffed and overworked caring for covid patients the hospital took the unheard of step of publically venting their opposition to the games. this director said if there was solid scientific evidence that the olympics will not end up making the pandemic worse, there would be no ren for us to speak out. the prime minister has promised a safe and secure games with rigorous testing and tight restrictions on athletes with 10s of thousands of support staff, media and sponsors plus japanese fans set to converge on tokyo, overwhelmed physicians like this fear the worst. what would you say the feeling is among doctors like yourself right now? are you angry? are you frustrated? >> i think some sort of powerlessness, i don't see rationale or logics behind what
the japanese government or ioc is saying regardless of of the risk or danger or problems surrounding the olympic games they will just go forward because they want money. >> reporter: japan has already invested $25 billion in the olympics, the most expensive games ever, cancelling the event would cost billions more. meanwhile, japan is in a race against time to vaccinate itself. when the games start in late july, under current plans only about a third of the country will be vaccinated. fueling fear about an olympic sized super spreader event. for cbs this morning saturday, lucy kraft tokyo. and that is our ovt news for this tuesday, for some of you the news continues. for others check back later for cbs this morning and follow us online online any time at cbs news.com. reporting from the nation's capitol, i'm jeff pegues.
♪ ♪ it's tuesday, june 1st, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." vaccination outreach, the effort to deliver covid shots to a majority of americans. how health authorities took advantage of crowded beaches over the holidays. >> these are acts of domestic terrorism. manhunt in miami, killing surveillance footage is released, showing three shooters moments before they opened fired on concertgoers. stunning move, tennis star naomi osaka pulled out of the french open. what she revealed on social