PFC Paul E. Ison


Welcome to PFC Paul E. Ison Detachment 60 of the Marine Corps League, located in Lee County, FL.

The photograph above is of Private First Class Paul E. Ison of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division while in "Death Valley" on the island of Okinawa on 10 May 1945.  PFC Ison, then aged twenty-eight and an assistant BAR gunner, runs hunched through Japanese machine gun fire while crossing a draw, which Marines appropriately named "Death Valley".  This photograph is one of the most widely recognized pictures of WWII. 

PFC Ison crossed Death Valley no less than 3 times that day.  His courageous acts that day reflected bravery and esprit de corps upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps. 

Marine Corps League Mission

 Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purposes of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps. This is accomplished by banding together those who have served with those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and to their widows and orphans, and by perpetuating the history of the United States Marine Corps through fitting acts to observe the anniversaries and historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.  


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Webmaster - Anita Carroll

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PFC Paul E. Ison Det 60

PO Box 100841

Cape Coral, FL  33910

The PFC Paul E. Ison Detachment meets at 1930 on the second Monday of the month at:

The Southwest Florida Military Museum 4820 Leonard Street Cape Coral, FL 33904

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