James Elliott Williams, a Fort Mill native recognized as the most highly decorated enlisted man in U.S. Navy history, is about to receive another honor posthumously.
U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., introduced a bill with the rest of the S.C. congressional delegation on Wednesday to rename the Fort Mill post office in honor of Williams.
Williams was born in Fort Mill on Nov. 13, 1930, was raised in Darlington, S.C., and served 20 years in the U.S. Navy in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
After his retirement, he was awarded the Medal of Honor, every sea-service award for heroism, the Navy Cross, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit and the Purple Heart.
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A Cherokee, he was one of three sailors of Native American descent in the 20th century to receive the Medal of Honor. President Lyndon Johnson awarded him the medal in 1968.
A Navy destroyer, the USS James E. Williams, is named in his honor.
Williams and his wife, Elaine, had five children and seven grandchildren. He is buried in the Florence, S.C., National Cemetery.