Truett Wood, a Navy medic who witnessed the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi, was hailed at his funeral Monday as a "wonderful patriot."

“It was always an honor and a blessing to be associated with Truett Wood,” said Jesse Goldman, the chaplain for the Riverfront Marines, Detachment No. 1132, to a small gathering at Posey’s Funeral Home in North Augusta.

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