KINGSPORT - Solan M. Hulsey Jr., age 96, of Kingsport, TN was born in Jasper, Alabama, and he moved to LePanto, Arkansas at a young age. He was made to quit school by his Father in the 7th grade in order to pick cotton. Solan joined the United States Navy at age 18 and shipped to the South Pacific to fight the Japanese. He was assigned to a LSD2 that landed the Marines on Iwo Jima, that planted the flag on Suribachi.
Solan was an extraordinary man. He met his wife of nearly 75 years at an Army Depot between Williams and Flagstaff, Arizona. He worked for the Arizona Highway Department, and was a reserve officer with the Arizona Highway Patrol. He moved his family to Southwest Colorado in 1955 and retired 30 years later from El Paso Natural Gas Co.