Sousley, Franklin

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Sousley, Franklin Gender: M
Franklin Runyon Sousley
born on 19 September 1925 at 14:30 (= 2:30 PM )
Place Hill Top (Fleming County), Kentucky, 38n22, 83w50
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Viktor
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 26°22' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 16°02 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 21°47'

Franklin Sousley


American marine who was killed in action during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

He is best known for being one of the six flag-raisers who helped raise the second U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi on 23 February 1945 as shown in the iconic photograph "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima."

The Marine Corps War Memorial located in Arlington, Virginia, which was modelled after the flag-raising photograph, depicts bronze statues of each of the six Marine flag-raisers.

Sousley was killed on 21 March 1945 at the age of 19 when he was shot in the back by a Japanese sniper as he was walking down an open road which was a known area of enemy sniper fire. James Bradley in the book 'Flags of Our Fathers' speculates that Sousley lost his focus or thought the Japanese had stopped firing.

Sousley's body was originally buried at the 5th Marine Division Cemetery on the island of Iwo Jima. His remains were reinterred on 8 May 1947, in Elizaville Cemetery in Fleming County, Kentucky.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Other Social 23 February 1945 at 1:00 PM in Iwo Jima (Tokyo) (Flag raising on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima)
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  • Death by War or Terrorism 21 March 1945 (Killed by a sniper, age 19)
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Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Viktor E. The B.C. does not specify exactly where Sousley was born, it only lists the county of birth as Fleming, and "Vot. Pct. of" Battle Run. The parents resided in "Ewing Ky R-2" which is next to Hill Top that Wikipedia has as birth place. Runyon, Sousley's middle name, was also the surname of the attending physician.


  • Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Age 19)
  • Vocation : Military : Combat
  • Vocation : Military : Honors
  • Vocation : Military : Killed