Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran William D. Irons. William served from 1943 to 1945 during World War II.

William was a member of the 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He served as a machine gunner in Italy, France, Belgium and Germany. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. William helped recover bodies of lost soldiers near Malmedy, Belgium after 84 American prisoners of war were killed in the Malmedy massacre. He has received two Purple Hearts and several additional medals for his service. William is from Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota and is a member of the Sioux Tribe. He passed away in 2009.

We honor his service.

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.

Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at

Graphic By Damin Jung: Damin Jung is a student studying Web Design. She has a BS in International Relations and Politics.

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Published on Dec. 6, 2017

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