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D.C. Radio Personality Raymond Woods. (Photo Courtesy of Radio One)

Veteran Washington, D.C. radio personality and decorated war hero Raymond Woods, also known as the “More Better Man,” died on Veterans Day at Veterans Hospital in Washington, D.C., according to Radio One. He was 74.

A longtime WOL-1450 AM radio personality, Woods was born in Spartanburg, S.C., in 1940. Woods grew up in Washington, D.C., where he graduated from McKinley Tech High School, according to his biography.

Upon graduation, Woods enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served in An Hoa, Vietnam, where his fellow Marines gave him the nickname, The More Better Man. Woods was a stellar Marine, earning a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his actions in combat in May 1969. He also received numerous citations including six Presidential Unit Citations and One Meritorious Combat Promotion while participating in six operations against insurgents of the communist Viet Cong.

On his return to civilian life, the veteran took a position at the Government Printing Office, but his love for rhythm and blues soon led him to WOL. Woods hit the airwaves in September 1982, beginning with just two hours per week on WOL. The public’s response to the More Better Man and his music, 1950s and ‘60s R&B, was so positive that his airtime was expanded. In 1993, he gained a Baltimore audience as well, when WOL began simulcasting his show on WOLB.

From April 1995, Woods also entertained nighttime audiences in Washington with his own unique brand of talk radio.

In addition to entertaining audiences with his oldies ear fare on WOL, Woods also sponsored dances, parties and shows that featured the music of the ‘50s and ‘60s. He was recognized for his contributions to music and radio in a profile in the July 1995 issue of Discoveries, a national magazine for record collectors.

Woods remained an avid supporter of fellow Vietnam veterans; for more than 10 years he organized a veteran’s march from the WOL studio to the Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day.