Franklin, James E., PFC

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Current Service Status
USMC Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Current/Last Primary MOS
2531-Field Radio Operator
Current/Last MOSGroup
Previously Held MOS
6501-Basic Aviation Ordnance Marine
Primary Unit
1970-1995, US Air Force
Service Years
1954 - 1957

Private 1st Class


 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

US Marines Corps Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Air Force Association (AFA)Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)Marine Corps League
  1990, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified]
  1991, Air Force Association (AFA)
  1992, Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) [Verified]
  2003, Marine Corps League [Verified]

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Enlisted in the California Air National Guard, 6 Dec 1952 and was released to join the Marine Corps 12 Jan 1954. I was assigned to the 144th Maintenance
Squadron, 144th Fighter Wing, Hayward ANG, Base, as an Airman 3rd Class. I was a 4601 Munitions and Weapons Mechanic. Our squadron had 12 F51-H Fighters, 2 AT6 Trainers, 1 B26 Bomber and 1 C47 Transport.

Shipped out overseas with the 33rd replacement draft, 30 Jul 1954, aboard the USNS Marine Phoenix (TAP-195) from San Diego. Crossed Latitude 35 degrees/Longitude 180 degrees 00' August 7th, 1954 and became a Trusty Golden Dragon. We sail on to Sasabo, Japan, then on to Inchon. Arrived 17 Aug 1954. Stayed at Ascom City a few days, then joined Hq Battery, 11th Marines who were just a couple of miles east of Munsan-ni, South Korea.
Departed Inchon, Korea 27 Feb 1955 aboard the USS George Clymer (APA-27) and arrived at San Diego, CA on 17 Mar 1955. We march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade from the water front to Balboa Park were we were trucked to Camp Pendelton.
Other Comments:
1966 enlisted in the US Naval Reserve. Was an 8286 Aviation Ordnanceman stationed at Alameda NAS, CA. I was an Aircrew member flying SP2-E Anti Submarine Patrol Aircraft. First in Squadron VP-871, then in VP-71. I was discharged in 1970 as a Petty Officer 1st Class.

1970 Enlisted in the USAFR at Travis AFB, CA., flying as an aircraft loadmaster on C-141s (708th MAS). 1973 transfered to C-5A's (312th MAS). I was an instructor and aircrew flight examiner. Flew many missions in country. The best of these missions were flying the grunts back to the real world. I was activated to active duty during Nam, Panama and the first Gulf War. Desert Shield, Storm and Somalia. I retired in 1995 with 25 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve as a Senior Master Sgt (E-8).
Not bad for a Marine PFC.

Total Military Service 43 Years.

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1954, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), 4304
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Air National GuardSchool of Infantry  (SOI WEST)USMC (United States Marine Corps)Ships At Sea
11th Marine Regiment1st Marine Division, I MEFUSS George Clymer (APA-27)MarForRes
US NavyUS Air Force
  1952-1954, 6501, Air National Guard
  1954-1954, 0311, School of Infantry (SOI WEST)
  1954-1954, 0311, 4th Replacement Bn, Staging Regiment
  1954-1954, USNS Marine Phoenix (T-AP-195)
  1954-1957, 2531, HQ Btry, Headquarters Battery, 11th Marine Regiment
  1954-1957, 2531, Headquarters Battery, 11th Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Regiment
  1954-1957, 2531, 1st Marine Division, I MEF
  1955-1955, USS George Clymer (APA-27)
  1957-1961, 2531, USMCR (Inactive)
  1966-1970, US Navy
  1970-1995, US Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1953-1953 Korean War
  1963-1973 Vietnam War
  1989-1989 Operation Just Cause (Panama)
  1990-1991 Gulf War
  1991-1991 Operation Provide Comfort (Iraq)
  1992-1993 Operation Restore Hope (Somalia)
 Colleges Attended
Community College of the Air ForceSolano Community CollegeSouthern Illinois University at Carbondale
  1971-1984, Community College of the Air Force
  1986-1989, Solano Community College
  1990-1992, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
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