Franklin R. Sousley

Franklin R. Sousley

Franklin Runyon Sousley was born at Flemingsburg, Kentucky, on 19 September 1925. After his graduation from high school in June 1943, he moved to Dayton, Ohio, where he secured a job with the Frigidaire Division of General Motors.

Sousley entered the Marine Corps Reserve on 5 January 1944 through the Selective Service System and was sent too Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, for his boot training. Upon completion of recruit training, he was assigned to Company E, 2d Battalion, 28th Marines of the 5th Marine Division, then at Camp Pendleton, California. Private Sousley joined the company on 15 March as an automatic rifleman and remained with the same unit in the same specialty until he met his death. In September, Private Sousley sailed with his company from San Diego for Hilo, Hawaii, where it arrived on 24 September. The young Marine was promoted to private first class on 22 November 1944. In the latter part of January 1945, after extensive training and maneuvers, Sousley sailed for Iwo Jima where he landed with his company on D-day, 19 February. Sousley survived the battle for Suribachi and moved northward with his regiment. On 21 March, Private First Class Sousley was killed during the fighting around Kitano Point. At the age of 19, he was the last of the flag-raisers to die on Iwo Jima.

Private First Class Sousley was buried in the 5th Marine Division Cemetery at Iwo Jima in Plot 8, Row 7, Grave 2189. On 22 March 1948, a request was made to return the remains to the United States for reinterment in the Elizaville, Kentucky Cemetery.

Private First Class Sousley was awarded the following decorations and medals:

  • Purple Heart (posthumously)
  • Presidential Unit Citation with one star (for Iwo Jima)
  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one star (for Iwo Jima)
  • World War II Victory Medal
Joe Calvin Paul (MOH)
Joe Calvin Paul

Lance Corporal Joe Calvin Paul (1946-1965) was a 19 year old U.S. Marine who lost his life after diverting an attack long enough to allow the evacuation of wounded Marines during Operation Starlight near Chu Lai, Vietnam, on 18 August 1965. LCpl Paul was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on 7 February 1967 - in ceremonies in the Office of Secretary of the Navy Paul H. Nitze, who presented the award to his parents.

Wesley Phelps (MOH)
Wesley Phelps

Wesley Phelps (1923-1944) was a United States Marine who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions and sacrifice of life during the World War II Battle of Peleliu.

Luther Skaggs, Jr. (MOH)
Luther Skaggs, Jr.

Luther Skaggs, Jr. (3 March 1923- 6 April 1976) was a United States Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on the beachhead on Guam during World War II.

Franklin R. Sousley
Franklin R. Sousley

Franklin Runyon Sousley was born at Flemingsburg, Kentucky, on 19 September 1925. After his graduation from high school in June 1943, he moved to Dayton, Ohio, where he secured a job with the Frigidaire Division of General Motors.

William F. Harris
William F. Harris

William F. Harris was born March 6, 1918 at Lexington, Kentucky, to a family whose military heritage dates back to the Revolutionary War. His father, LtGen Field Harris, USMC, served as commanding general of the Marine Air Wing during the World War II invasion of Guadalcanal (1942) and later during the Korean War (1950).