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Charles D. Franklin (December 11, 1931 -- March 16, 1992) was an officer in the United States Army who retired as a lieutenant general.

Charles D. Franklin
Charles D. Franklin (US Army Lieutenant General).png
Franklin as commander of the First United States Army in September, 1984.
Born(1931-12-11)December 11, 1931
Hugo, Missouri
DiedMarch 16, 1992(1992-03-16) (aged 60)
Falls Church, Virginia
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1953–1987
RankUS Army O9 shoulderboard rotated.svg Lieutenant general
Commands held116th Attack Helicopter Company, 269th Combat Aviation Battalion, 25th Infantry Division
2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division
9th Infantry Division Artillery
First Army
Battles/warsKorean war
Vietnam War
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal
Army Commendation Medal



Charles Dale Franklin was born in Hugo, Missouri on December 11, 1931, the son of Jewell Franklin and Ethel (Shipman) Franklin.[1][2][3] He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1953 with a degree in agriculture and received his second lieutenant's commission in the Field Artillery through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.[1]

He graduated from the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course in 1953, and then served with the 1st Cavalry Division during the Korean War.[1][4] He completed the Artillery Officer Advanced Course in 1959.[1] In 1962, he graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College.[1][4] He graduated from the United States Army War College in 1970.[5]

His assignments included tours in Vietnam during the Vietnam War; he commanded first the 116th Attack Helicopter Company, 269th Combat Aviation Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, and later 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division.[2][6][7][8] He served as commander of the 9th Infantry Division Artillery, chief of staff of the 9th Infantry Division, and deputy chief and chief of legislative liaison in the office of the Secretary of the Army.[9][2] In 1984 he succeeded Donald E. Rosenblum as commander of First United States Army at Fort Meade, Maryland.[2] He was succeeded in this post by James E. Thompson Jr. and retired in 1987.[2]

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In 1989, he received the honorary degree of LL.D. from the University of Missouri.[10]

Death and burialEdit

He died of heart ailments at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia on March 16, 1992.[2][3] He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 30, Grave 246-RH.[3][11]

Survivors included his wife, Pat and three children, Charles, Debby, and Susan.[2][3]




  • "Captain C. D. Franklin Completes Course". Sunday News and Tribune. Jefferson, MO. July 1, 1962. p. 20.
  • "Mid-Missourians in America's Armed Services". Daily Capital News. Jefferson City, MO. October 9, 1969. p. 10.
  • "Charles Franklin Dies at 60". Washington Post. Washington, DC. March 18, 1992.
  • "Obituary, Charles D. Franklin". Springfield News-Leader. Springfield, MO. March 19, 1992. p. 12.




  • "Commanders Update" (PDF). Field Artillery Journal. Ft. Sill, OK: Field Artillery School. January 1, 1976. p. 59.

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