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HOTH Mission
76th Anniversary of the Iwo Jima Flag Raising and Franklin Sousley
Ewing, Kentucky – 02-21-21


Annual ceremony to honor Hilltop, Kentucky native Franklin Sousley who fought in the battle of Iwo Jima during WWII.  Sousley was one of the six in the the flag raising on Mount Suribachi and he is in the forever famous black and white photograph of the flag raising by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press.
On March 21,1945 Sousley was shot in the back by a Japanese sniper.  Sousley’s body was originally buried at the 5th Marine Division Cemetery on the island of Iwo Jima.  A service was held there in the morning of March 26 by the division’s surviving Marines which included Ira Hayes and other members of Sousley’s company and platoon before they departed Iwo Jima that day.
Sousley’s remains were re-interred on May 8, 1947, in Elizaville Cemetery in Fleming County, Kentucky.  The Franklin Sousley V.F.W. Post 1834 will hold a short ceremony beginning at 2:00 pm to honor PFC Sousley.

Staging Time: 1:30 p.m.

Elizaville Cemetery
121-35, KY-170
Ewing, Kentucky 41039

Ride Captain:

Kelly Shehan, 859-619-8158

Special Instructions:

Stake flags at the Cemetery.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Kelly Shehan
Position: Kentucky Ride Captain

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