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PFC Franklin Earl Sigler
Birth: Nov. 6, 1924
Glen Ridge
Essex County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jan. 20, 1995, USA

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. His citation reads: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 2d Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands on 14 March 1945. Voluntarily taking command of his rifle squad when the leader became a casualty, Pvt. Sigler fearlessly led a bold charge against an enemy gun installation which had held up the advance of his company for several days and, reaching the position in advance of the others, assailed the emplacement with handgrenades and personally annihilated the entire crew. As additional Japanese troops opened fire from concealed tunnels and caves above, he quickly scaled the rocks leading to the attacking guns, surprised the enemy with a furious l-man assault and, although severely wounded in the encounter, deliberately crawled back to his squad position where he steadfastly refused evacuation, persistently directing heavy machinegun and rocket barrages on the Japanese cave entrances. Undaunted by the merciless rain of hostile fire during the intensified action, he gallantly disregarded his own painful wounds to aid casualties, carrying 3 wounded squad members to safety behind the lines and returning to continue the battle with renewed determination until ordered to retire for medical treatment. Stouthearted and indomitable in the face of extreme peril, Pvt. Sigler, by his alert initiative, unfaltering leadership, and daring tactics in a critical situation, effected the release of his besieged company from enemy fire and contributed essentially to its further advance against a savagely fighting enemy. His superb valor, resolute fortitude, and heroic spirit of self-sacrifice throughout reflect the highest credit upon Pvt. Sigler and the U.S. Naval Service. His Medal was awarded on October 5, 1945 by President Harry S. Truman. Hospitalized in the U.S. Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland, he was discharged with the rank of Private First Class in June, 1946 because of disability resulting from his wounds. He was one of 27 Americans to receive the CMOH at Iwo Jima, and one of only thirteen to survive to wear their award. (bio by: Ugaalltheway) 
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Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 12, Lot 2799
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Originally Created by: A.J. Marik
Record added: Oct 16, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7989583
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Rest in heavenly peace, Private Sigler. You are remembered. Semper Fi!
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