Michael W Franklin

Michael W Franklin

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COUDERSPORT, PA, USA
U.S. Army
SPC, CO C, 44TH ENG BN, 2D INFANTRY DIVISION, (1 MEF), FORT CARSON, CO
RAMADI, IRAQ 03/07/2005

Michael Franklin was a spiritual man, but that didn’t stop him from being tough. On the football field, he was a force to be reckoned with.

“He would go up against guys bigger than him and he would level them,” said Fletcher Brothers, the founder of a teen village in Lakemont, NY, where Franklin went to school.

Franklin, 22, of Coudersport, PA, was killed March 7 when a car bomb detonated near his checkpoint in Ramadi. He was based at Camp Howze, Korea.

Franklin joined the Army to follow in the footsteps of two uncles. He volunteered to go to Iraq and then took on dangerous missions to keep married men from having to go.

“One day he called and said, ‘Mom, I volunteered to go to Iraq,'” said his mother, Tina. “I probably could have stopped him, because he’s my son. But he’s a man, and he’s old enough to make his own decisions. He was so excited about it.”

In Iraq, Franklin prayed with his squad leader the night before the squad leader died. He was there for his fellow soldiers, said Brig. Gen. Michael J. Lally III.

“He knew how to liven their spirits,” Lally said.

March 08, 2010

My dear son,

I couldn’t write yesterday. It just hurt to bad. I miss you like it was yesterday, but 5 years have passed since I have seen your smile or heard your laughter. It is like when you went on your first camping trip and you got homesick. Well Mikey, I am Homesick everyday. We all move on but you will stay in my heart forever.

Mom,
Coudersport, Pennsylvania

Michael’s portrait is also located on Poster 3

Responses

3 Responses to “Michael W Franklin”
  1. Monts says:

    I did not know your son very well however He was frequently attached to my platoon (1st BN 503rd Infantry Dawg company 4th platoon). We went on a lot patrols with him and the other two guys that were KIA with him. I have a picture of him that I noticed the other day while going through my photos. If your interested email me at lmont@bgsu.edu and I can send it to you. its picture of him and Jamarillo diging up a cache Franklin found with his metal detector right on the banks of the Euphrates just north of Ramadi about 2 weeks before he was killed.

  2. Tina says:

    I Mikey,

    I can’t believe it has been 10 years.

    Where did the time go. I still miss you.
    Janelle’s kids are growing up so fast. You would be proud of all of their accomplishments.

    DEATH LEAVES A HEARTACHE NO ONE CAN HEAL,
    LOVE LEAVES A MEORY NO ONE CAN STEAL.

    IRISH SAYING

    Never forget how much I love you and how proud I am of you.

    Love Mom

  3. Joe says:

    Hello Tina. You introduced yourself to me at Miami International Airport several years ago and asked me to wear your son’s bracelet. Could you please email me when you have time?

    joseph.m.stahl.mil@mail.mil

    God Bless Tina!

    Joe

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