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First Name: Joseph

Last Name: Franklin

Birthplace: Buffalo, NY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Home of Record: NY
Middle Name: John

Date of Birth: 18 June 1870

Date of Death: 28 April 1940

Rank: Sergeant Major

Years Served: 1896 - 1929
Joseph John Franklin

•  Spanish-American War (1898)


Joseph John Franklin

Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps

Medal of Honor Recipient

Spanish-American War

Sergeant Major Joseph John Franklin (18 June 1870 - 28 April 1940) was a U.S. Marine who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during the Spanish-American War.

Joseph John Franklin was born 18 June 1870 in Buffalo, NY. After entering the U.S. Marine Corps in 1896, he was sent to fight in the Spanish-American War aboard the USS Nashville.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps

Citation: On board the USS Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Franklin set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

Death and Burial

Sergeant Major Joseph John Franklin died on 28 April 1940 and is buried at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. His grave can be found in the Laurel Green Section, Block 1, Grave 312.

Honoree ID: 1885   Created by: MHOH




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