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Franklin Earl Sigler



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

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BORN:  November 06, 1924 at Glen Ridge, NJ

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Little Falls, NJ

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on March 14, 1945 at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands

DIED:  January 20, 1995 at the age of 70

Voluntarily taking command of his rifle squad when the leader became a casualty, Private 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, personally annihilated the entire crew. As additional Japanese troops opened fire from concealed tunnels and caves, he scaled the rocks and surprised the enemy with a furious one-man assault. Although severely wounded in the encounter, he 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 rain of hostile fire during the intensified action, he disregarded his own painful wounds to aid casualties, carrying three wounded squad members to safety behind the lines and returning to continue the battle with renewed determination until ordered to retire for medical treatment. In the face of extreme peril, Private 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.



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