Towers, Francis F., 2ndLt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
4000-Supply Officer, General
Last MOSGroup
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 4000, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Officer Collar Insignia

Second Lieutenant


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Home State
District Of Columbia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
District of Columbia
Last Address
District of Columbia

Casualty Date
Feb 20, 1945
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 11 Site 507

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World War II Fallen
  1945, World War II Fallen

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)28th Marine Regiment
  1942-1943, Platoon Leaders Class (Cadre)
  1943-1943, Field Officers School, Quantico, VA
  1944-1945, 4000, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
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Last Known Activity
Lt. Towers was killed in action on D-Plus 6 (1), 20 February 1945. He was killed by machine gun fire abaord a vehicle laden with ammunition and the like.en route to the battalion dump. He was awarded the Bronze Star.

He had enlisted on 26 June 1942, completed Boot at Parris Island, then attended Officers Candiates programs at and Quantico, Virginia, Reserve Officer Class at Quantico in October 1943. By Jan 1944, he was at Camp Pendleton with Hq. Co., 5th Marine Division, and by July with 1/28, at Pendleto with various on base responsibilties.  From here he sailed aboard the USS Dickens (APA 161)  to land on Iwo Jima on 19 February 1945.


Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Unit: 1st Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division "The Spearhead", U.S. Marine Corps

For heroic service as Quartermaster Officer, attached to the First Battalion, Twenty-eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, at Iwo Jima, Vulcano Islands, on 20 February 1945.

With transportation extremely hazardous and the need for supplies growing urgent, Second Lieutenant Towers unhesitatingly exposed himself to constant enemy fire by leaping aboard the bow of a fully laden cargo carrier stalled on the beach due to the lack of direction. Successfully guiding the carrier through wreckage and debris to the front lines, he was giving final directions to the driver when fatally struck by hostile machine-gun fire.

Second Lieutenant Towers' splendid initiative and extreme courage in the face of greater danger were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Details: Awarded posthumously.
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