There were 16 million World War II veterans but now by some estimates there may be as few as 350,000 left. Woodrow "Joker" Coward is one of the two percent that's left.
99-year-old Woodrow lives in Round Rock and is a little closer to the end of a full life. He's surrounded by pictures of family and friends and his children now care for him.
Woodrow's life has had its traumas.
In 1945, Woodrow was a Marine Sergeant serving in the Pacific. He saw brutal combat on the islands of Saipan and Iwo Jima. The memories are now in bits and pieces.
"Actually you get in there and whatever it is you're doing and it's almost a dream...You really don't know what you're doing," Woodrow says.
Memories for many World War II combat veterans aren't just the good old days. They are also of friends and comrades in arms being killed.
It's no different for Woodrow. For him, one of those friends was Leroy Smith or "Smitty". Smitty went through training with Woodrow.
"He volunteered to take a fighting group someplace, I can't remember but he took the squad around and that's where he got killed, I didn't see it but he got killed on the backside of the island," Woodrow says.
Woodrow can't speak too well anymore but his daughter Hollis has heard the stories.
"He always hated the fact that his platoon, the men were killed or wounded and daddy talked about one time when they were in a foxhole and the guy right next to him got shot and dad said many times why them and not me," Hollis says.
Woodrow has his share of wounds. He was shot in the leg on Iwo Jima and received two Purple Hearts among several other decorations including a sharpshooter designation and two Bronze Stars.
As for his bottom line on his military service, Woodrow is concise. "This dag-gum war was a hell of a mess."