- January 30, 1980
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Carrington Williams (June 21, 1919 - August 2, 2002) was the youngest defense counsel during the War Crime Trials in Japan. He was born in Brookneal, VA, receiving his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1940 and his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1942. After law school, he joined the Army Air Force. He served for three and half years, rising to rank of Captain. While in the Army, Williams requested to go to Japan in 1946. There, he did legal work for the Air Force in Tokyo. During this time, Williams became a civilian employee of the War Department for the War Crimes Trials, representing Naoki Hoshino, chief civilian official in the Japanese government for Manchuria. Following his time in Japan, Williams was Assistant Trial Section Chief of the Justice Department's tax division in the late 1950s, later working as a tax lawyer in Virginia. He served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1966-70 and 1972-78, was Director of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and later became the first board chairman of the Civil War Preservation Trust and the founding board member of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Williams was serving as a member on the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum board, when he died on August 3, 2002 at age of 83.