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  Col. Joseph Ross Franklin, PhD, USA (Ret), 84, of Pensacola, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at home.
   Col. Franklin was born July 11, 1928 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Daniel Franklin and Frances Ross Franklin.
   He attended and graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1957. Col. Franklin served in Korea, where he was wounded and three tours of duty in Vietnam.
   He retired from the U. S. Army after thirty years of service. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star and Purple Heart.
  Col. Franklin received his PhD in Foreign Relations from the American University. He was a member of the Legion of Valor and an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
   Col. Franklin was preceded in death by his daughter, Victoria Gough and sister, Elizabeth Ewy of Reston, VA.
   Survivors include his wife, Nancy Franklin of Pensacola; son, Daniel Franklin of Pensacola; daughter, Jennifer Kellen and husband Joel of Corpus Christi, TX; granddaughter, Emmalee Noel Gough and sister, Dianne Payne.
   A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
   Inurnment will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, August 03, 2012 at Barrancas National Cemetery with full military honors.
   In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made for Masses at Holy Spirit Catholic Church for our wounded veterans and active duty men and women.
   Oak Lawn Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

[Pensacola News Journal, July 22, 2012}

Columbarium marker at section B-9, Column B, Row 14 in Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola (Escambia county), Florida for Joseph R. Franklin.

He served in company I, 508th RCT from 1951 to 1963.

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