Franklin Sousley

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Franklin Sousley

One of the six men in the famous photograph of United States Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima in World War II. add

Category: Military

Born in 1925.

Countries: United States (90%), Ohio (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Flags of Our Fathers (film), Harlon Block, Ira Hayes




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Franklin Sousley was born in 1925 add something


His younger brother Julian was born in May 1933, and his father died due to diabetes complications a year later, at age 35 add something


Sousley graduated from Fleming County High School in May 1943, and resided in Dayton, Ohio as a worker in a refrigeration factory add something


He received his draft notice, and chose to join the United States Marine Corps in early 1944, and underwent extensive combat training as a member of the Fifth Marine Division add something

Franklin Sousley died in 1945 add something


Sousley landed on Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945, and participated in the battle for the island add something


Alongside John Bradley, Ira Hayes, Rene Gagnon, Harlon Block, and Michael Strank, he assisted in raising a replacement flag on Mount Suribachi, on February 23, 1945, an iconic photograph immortalized by Joe Rosenthal add something


According to James Bradley's "Flags of Our Fathers", on March 21, 1945, PFC Sousley was shot in the back by a Japanese sniper, as he was walking down an open road on the nearly-secured island add something


Originally buried on the island of Iwo Jima, his remains were reinterred on May 8, 1947, in Elizaville Cemetery in Fleming County, Kentucky add something


Julian died in a car accident on 4 October 1951, at the age of 18 add something


In the 1961 film "The Outsider", the fictional character James B. Sorenson played by James Franciscus was based on Sousley add something


The film is based on the 2000 book of the same title add something


Franklin Sousley is featured in the 2006 Clint Eastwood film "Flags of Our Fathers", and was portrayed by American actor Joseph Michael Cross add something