Franklin Sigler enlisted in the US Marine Corps in his home state of New Jersey in March 1943. Assigned to F Company, 2nd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division, Iwo Jima was Sigler’s first campaign. Green troops on Iwo Jima learned quickly, and after weeks of fighting on Iwo, Sigler demonstrated the tenacity of the Marine Corps. On March 14, Sigler’s squad leaders were wounded, leaving the squad without command. Twenty-year-old Sigler took over, leading his squad in a charge and then boldly scaling rocks to reach an enemy position, taking out all the Japanese within it. Severely wounded in the attack, Sigler was still able to rescue three wounded Marines in his squad. Sigler did not stop fighting until he was ordered to fall back and have his wounds treated.