U.S. Rep. John Joyce announced on Aug 6 that he has introduced legislation that would award the United States' highest military honor to a World War II hero from Bedford County.
Joyce's House Resolution 7835 would authorize President Donald Trump to award the Medal of Honor to Lt. Eric Fisher Wood Jr., who died during the Battle of the Bulge. After becoming separated from his unit, Wood gathered a group of allies and led a guerrilla campaign that is credited with killing more than 200 Nazi soldiers.
When he was found dead in the forest outside the village of Meyerode, Belgium, in January 1945, he was surrounded by the bodies of seven dead Nazis; it's believed he killed all of them before succumbing to his injuries.
※Battle of the Bulge:
Also known as the Ardennes Counteroffensive.
The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II.