April 1995

In Memoriam: Frank E. Sigler

Volume 78, Issue 4

Medal of Honor winner Frank E. Sigler died Jan. 20 in the Morristown Memorial Hospital, N.J. He was 70.

Enlisting as a Marine on March 23, 1943, he served with F/2/26, Fifth Marine Division. He won the Medal of Honor during the battle of Iwo Jima. He was also awarded a Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered. The medals were presented by President Harry S. Truman.

Although wounded, Sigler crawled to within 20 yards of a Japanese pillbox. He tossed a grenade that wiped out the enemy and their machine gun. He and his unit were later heavily involved in hand-to-hand combat.

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