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July 20, 2012 The Marines of the Southern Indiana Leatherneck detachment of the Marine Corps League are proud to recognize one of their own. On Thursday July 19, 2012 Frank Ebenkamp was presented with the Flag that was flown in his honor over the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington DC. (Pictured, left to right, are Pat Moriarty, Frank Ebenkamp, Jim Webb and Allen Fritz)

The presentation & ceremony was conducted by Jim Webb, Commandant, Pat Moriarty Sr. Vice Commandant and Allen Fritz, Sgt at Arms of the Southern Indiana Leathernecks during the regular meeting. Pharmacist 2nd Class Ebenkamp, Francis R (Frank) served as a 19 year old US Navy Corpsman in Company “B”, 5th Medical Battalion, 5th Marine Division in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War 2. Frank was in the 6th wave which landed 15 minutes after the initial landing at Iwo Jima. The assault lasting 36 days between February & March of 1945 resulted in more than 26,000 American Casualties, including 6,800 dead. Of the 20,000 Japanese defenders, only 1,083 survived. Securing the island was instrumental in the eventual success for the war in the Pacific. The fighting that took place during the assault would be immortalized in the words of Pacific Fleet Commander, /Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who said, “Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue”

Frank Ebenkamp endured 35 days in combat on Iwo Jima treating wounded Marines until the island was secured. During that time he earned the bronze star for bravery. Amazingly, Frank was not wounded, which would have earned him a purple heart because, in his words, “I was always at the right place at the right time�. The Southern Indiana Leatherneck Detachment of the Marine Corps League submitted a commemorative US Flag donated by the Jasper American Legion to be flown in his honor at the Iwo Jima Memorial located near Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC. This monument has come to symbolize the spirit of the Corps to all Marines and dedicated to those who have given their lives in defense of their country. The flag was flown on the Iwo Jima Memorial on July 6, 2012. It has since been returned to the Marine Corps League along with a certificate of Authenticity. On Thursday July 19, 2012 the flag was presented to Frank Ebenkamp by Commandant Jim Webb and the Southern Indiana Leathernecks in a ceremony held during the regular meeting. The flag will be kept on display at the Jasper American Legion Post #147.

Frank Ebenkamp Award  
Frank Ebenkamp Award  

Marine Frank Ebenkamp is awarded a flag flown over the Iwo Jima Memorial. As a Marine that served on Iwo Jima Frank was awarded the flag fl...