The Indigenous Approach

Honor & Legacy: A Conversation Between Two SF Medal of Honor Recipients

March 18, 2021

In this episode, two Special Forces Medal of Honor recipients, Sgt. 1st Class (R) Melvin Morris and Sgt. Maj. Matt Williams, sit down to discuss what it means to serve in the Special Forces Regiment, the value of diversity, and the importance of partnerships around the world.

Sgt. 1st Class (R) Melvin Morris entered the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1959 and later requested to join the active Army. He became one of the first Soldiers to don the 'green beret' at the command of President John F. Kennedy, Fort Bragg, N.C., in 1961. Morris volunteered twice for deployments to Vietnam. Sgt. 1st Class Morris received the Medal of Honor on March 18, 2014.

Sgt. Maj. Matthew Williams, the 3rd Special Forces Group operations sergeant major, graduated from Angelo State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Driven to serve, Williams enlisted into the Army under the 18X Special Forces enlistment program in September 2005.After completing Infantry One Station Unit Training, Williams attended Basic Airborne Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He then went through the Special Forces assessment and selection process in 2006 and was accepted into the program. In 2007, Williams graduated as a weapons sergeant from the Special Forces Qualification Course and was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). Sgt. Maj. Williams received the Medal of Honor on October 30, 2019.

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