MAJ Edward "Ed" J. Franklin was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 04/06/2016 at the age of 78.3 from Natural causes
Incline Village, NV
Flight Classes 68-511 and 68-19
Date of Birth 12/13/1937
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: Born in Windsor, Vermont to Arthur Jaesap Franklin and Ann Glynn. Ed became a ward of an Orphanage in Windsor during Christmas week of that year. He never met his parents, had no siblings or any other known family members. Ed was an active ward at the orphanage, organizing a milk route for ancillary funding, active in all sports and excelling in AAU boxing through age 17. Ed was not adopted but was popular in the local community and was befriended by a general contractor who allowed him to learn and solo a small airplane, beginning at age 14 and resulting in him earning his license at age 17.

At age 22 in 1959, Ed entered the US Army with global assignments in his 21-year military career he rose to the rank of Major. Stints included time in Vietnam, earning many medals including a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Oak Leaf Cluster, Natl Defense Service Medal, Sr. Army Aviator badge, Vietnam Service Medal as well as Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. Ed flew both fixed wing as well as rotor (helicopter) craft in the Military, retiring with an Honorable Discharge in 1981.

Ed's post-military career included employment and self-employment in sales/environmental engineering where his technical skills resulted in his establishing his own firm, American Tank Solutions, Inc.

Ed died peacefully in his sleep at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Reno, NV on April 6, 2016.

A Military Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, 4/19 at 11am at Walton's Funerals & Cremations, O'Brien, Rogers & Crosby Chapel at 600 West 2nd Street in Reno, followed by a private reception at Ed's residence in Incline Village from 1-4pm. Ed is survived by loving friends and neighbors in his Incline Village, NV community.

This information was last updated 05/18/2016

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