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Military Salute: Cpl. Fay Reynolds Woods

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It was in May 1944 when 22-year-old Pfc. Fay Reynolds Woods arrived in Germany. 

"There was only one way for him and that was the right way," said Faye Jarrell, Woods' daughter.

And for Woods, the right way was serving his country, at a time when it needed him the most, World War II. 

"He never wanted to be a hero," Jarrell, his granddaughter. "He always put everyone else before himself." 

Woods was assigned to the 71st Infantry Regiment 44th Infantry Division. 

On Jan. 20, 1945, nine months after he arrived in Germany, Woods was captured. It was his wedding anniversary. 

"I think I was 9 months old when he first saw me," said Jarrell recalled. 

She remembers the little her dad told her about his time in Germany. 

"They were giving like a half of piece of bread a day and just a little cup of water was their meal, and many times the bread was molded," she said. "And that's all he's ever shared."

Woods spent three years as a prisoner of war. Jarrell said she's not sure how her dad was captured. 

For his bravery and dedication to protecting the country, WTOC salute Cpl. Fay Reynolds Woods.

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