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LCpl William Johnson Franklin

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LCpl William Johnson Franklin

  • Birth 2 Jan 1951 Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
  • Death 16 Sep 1970 Quang Nam, Vietnam
  • Burial Brownstown Township, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
  • Plot Section 19, Lot M 26, Grave 12
  • Memorial ID 70141952

William, the son of Clarence R. Franklin and Helen Franklin of Southgate MI, enlisted in the US Marine Corps on July 14, 1969 in Detroit MI. He arrived in Vietnam on January 26 1970, and was assigned to Company I, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV (Rein) FMF.

During Operation IMPERIAL LAKE the first wave of Company I, landed at their designated LZ (Landing Zone) in the Que Son Mountains near Hill 341 in Duy Xuyen District and proceeded to sweep for booby traps. Two were discovered in the middle of the LZ and were disarmed, ordered to carefully leave the area but before all the men reached safety, a BT (Booby Trap) believed to have been a 20 or 30 LB Box mine was detonated. The explosion killed LCpl Franklin as a result of multiple fragmentation wounds and eight were wounded a requiring evacuation.


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  • Created by: Victor Vilionis
  • Added: 20 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70141952
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LCpl William Johnson Franklin (2 Jan 1951–16 Sep 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70141952, citing Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Brownstown Township, Wayne County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Victor Vilionis (contributor 47207612) .