Joseph John Franklin

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Joseph John Franklin
Joseph J Franklin portrait crop.jpg
Franklin circa 1918
Born (1870-06-18)June 18, 1870
Buffalo, New York
Died April 28, 1940(1940-04-28) (aged 69)
New York City
Place of burial Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1896 - 1929
Rank Sergeant Major
Unit USS Nashville (PG-7)
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
 • Battle of Cienfuegos
Awards Medal of Honor

Joseph John Franklin (June 18, 1870 – April 28, 1940) was a United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor during the Spanish–American War.


Franklin was born on June 18, 1870 in Buffalo, New York. He joined the Marine Corps from Boston in January 1896, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Cienfuegos.[1] He retired with the rank of Sergeant Major in August 1929. [2]

Franklin died on April 28, 1940, and is buried in Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.[3] His grave can be found in the laurel green section, block 1, grave 312[3]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 18 June 1870, Buffalo, N.Y. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899.


On board the U.S.S. 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.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "War with Spain; Franklin, Joseph John". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ USMC History Division
  3. ^ a b "Joseph John Franklin". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 

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