Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Staff Sgt. Bobby C. Franklin

38, of Mineral Bluff, Georgia.
Franklin died in Baghdad, Iraq of injuries sustained by an improvised explosive device. Franklin was assigned to the 210th Military Police Company, U.S. Army National Guard, Murphy North Carolina. Died on August 20, 2003.

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"S/SGT Franklin, I was at your side in Baghdad the day you died, and draped your body with my flag. You cross my mind often, and I wanted to thank you for what you did for your men, and for your country. You did not die alone, and your memory will keep you alive in the hearts of all who knew you.
With deep respect, Ronald Gross, MD COL(Ret) MC USAR 🇺🇸"
Ronald Gross of East Haddam, CT. USA

"S/SGT Franklin, I was at your side in Baghdad the day you died, and draped your body with my flag. You cross my mind often, and I wanted to thank you for what you did for your men, and for your country. You did not die alone, and your memory will keep you alive in the hearts of all who knew you.
With deep respect, Ronald Gross, MD COL(Ret) MC USAR 🇺🇸"
Ronald Gross of East Haddam, CT. USA

"After all the years gone by, The pain I had when we lost you has never quit! I miss you my Brother It is not fair that you were taken from us and your family! I continue to pray for your family and miss you all. The pain for me never lessons! I will see you once again on the other side Brother."
Sgt.David Hull of Murphy, NC/USA

"S/Sgt Franklin,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"To the loved ones of Bobby Franklin: I was Bobby's brigade commander in Iraq. 10 years ago today was a terrible day for all of us. We were all fighting for something we believed in, and Bobby made the ultimate sacrifice. Words can not express my sorrow for your loss. God bless you!"
Ted Spain (Colonel, retired) of Aiken, SC

It's hard to believe its been 10 years. I still remember the good times and the bad ones too. We had your ride on Saturday and we thought it pour the rain before we got to Blue Ridge. So many came to see you. I know I have a guardian - Thanks for being there - you know how much I need it. Miss You in person. But I know you are with us in spirit.
Brenda, Jacob and Holly.- I love and miss getting to see ya'll."

"As i sit here looking out at the leaves changing and just thinking if you were here you would be out there deer hunting. You would had been all over these mountains. I remember when you killed a small one out of season and my dad worked nights and you went got him up out of the bed to haul the deer for you. Wow what are families for. This time of the year is hard on me. I just heard the song wish you were here that my baby brother song at your funeral. Sure a great sad song. Just one of those days of going back through it all... Bobby is been 9 years and we will never for get about you. I know your looking down on us and still taking care of us. I know you were my angle in my wreck that made me put on my seat belt and your the one that made me live for our kids.... thanks you!!!"
Brenda of Mineral Bluff, Ga

"To the dear family of Bobby, You may not remember me but I was the 1SG at the funeral. I went over to Iraq shortly after that and went to Camp Asraf. There was a memorial on the side of the building for Bobby. I spent much time there and prayed for him and you all. I hope your son still has the coin I gave him. I was proud to be a soldier in the same army he was. He was a soldier's soldier. God bless you all."
Dan Holtel of Pickens, South Carolina

"Well Bobby, this would had been your 47 birthday but i know had better plans for you. Our grandbabies are just getting bigger every day. You would had your hands full with them.... Your daughter is now engaged and she going through the disappointment with you not being here to walk her down the isle. Its sad but we understand why you had to leave. Just wanted to say Happy Birthday!!"
Brenda Lawrence of Mineral Bluff

"Bobby, It looks like the deal is about over in Iraq. I just reminded my kids that you payed the ultimate price so we can enjoy our freedom. We will never forget you. It was an honor to serve with you."
Kenny Grant of USA

"Well it is going on 8 years now since Bobby was taken from us! There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of him! I have never gotten over that tragic day!! Bobby has always looked out for me and has always been there when I needed help! I miss you!!"
SGT. Hull David A. of Murphy, NC. USA

"Hi Bobby, Just wanted to tell you that your a papaw again. Jacob and Jessica had a little girl today. They named her Aubree Mae. I wished that you were here to see her but i know your looking down on her. You would so proud of her... We love and miss you!"
Brenda Franklin of Mineral Bluff, Ga

"Hi Bobby, Its been awhile but just wanted you to know that we still love you and think about you. I was in a real bad car wreck almost lost my life but with the good lord im pulling through it. Not sure who told me to put the seat belt on but i did 2 min before the wreck... Thank god the kids didnt loose me as they did you. They miss u so much and we have another grandbaby on the way and its a girl....you would had your hands full!!!"

"I to think of SSG Bobby Frnklin often, I served in the 210th in 2nd platoon. I spoke to Bobby on August 20 2003 while he was finishing up some last minuite things. I always spoke to Bobby about his family because my Grandmother was Rose Franklin from Sylva and we were always trying to find someone we were both related to. The man loved his family so much because he was always talking about them all. I missed the memorial ride this year but was thinking of Bobby and his family. God bless you all."
SSG Woodring of Sylva NC

"Hey Bobby, I think about you everyday bro. I walk in briefing at work and see your picture and am proud to say that you are my friend. I miss you bro."
Scott of Young Harris Ga.

"Just want to say I haven't forgotten you. It was an honor to serve with you Bobby. I will continue to pray for your loved ones and honor your memory."
David M. Dean of Paducah, KY

"Hi,Bobby my name is Vickey,you don't know me,but we share something in common,we share a granddaughter,Her name is Peyton Olivia Emiline Franklin.I talked often to Peyton about you and what your death meant for her and everyone eles.We will continue to always talk to her about you, her memory of you will live on in her,and i'm sure she will tell her children all about you.My heart really aches for her that she will never know you here on this earth.But I promise she will always have her memories of you, her pawpaw,Bobby Franklin."
Vickey of Morganton,Ga

""To the family of Bobby C.Franklin ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"Bobby, it's now been 6 years since you left us and their isn't a day that don't go by that i don't think about you. You will always be in our hearts.

Your daughter got her license and drove to school for the first time today. I was so scared that she would wreck on this day. I couldn't handle loosing her. I tell her that your with her all the time. Please watch over the kids and help guide them in the right direction. They are wonderful kids.

I ask Peyton today where was Papa Franklin... she looked up and said 'heaven Nana' She is so sweet. You would had loved her."
Brenda Franklin of Mineral Bluff Ga

"Happy Birthday Bobby!!!! We love and miss you."
Brenda Franklin, and kids of Mineral Bluff Ga

"Brenda and family, even though we have never met ( that I remember ) I would like to say I am sorry for your loss, which was my brother. I heard of the news and the thoughts of never knowing him and his family the way I should raced threw my head. I am reaching out to try to get in touch with you all so we can try to be the way it should have been. All my love Gale (Franklin) Hawkins"
Gale Hawkins of Medaryville, IN

"Thinking of you... love and missing you."
Brenda of Mineral Bluff Ga

"Hi Bobby, I've visited your memorial often but never posted until now. I was thinking about the time at Ft. Pickett that you loaned me your sleeping bag. It was July and I didn't think I'd need one, so I didn't even bother to bring mine. Then we got there and for some reason the weather turned cold at night. I thought I was going to freeze to death! In July!

You got a really big laugh out of that, but when you left a few days before the rest of us you didn't hesitate to offer me your bag.. You still laughed at me, but still gave it to me.

We had some good laughs on that trip, didn't we? Remember when you, me, and Jones were sitting in the chow hall after dinner that evening talking about....... well, lets just leave it at that, lol.

Mrs. Franklin, you never knew me but I was at the funeral. I hope you're all doing ok. Best wishes to you and your family. Bobby will never, EVER be forgotten!

Richard Wilson of Charleston, SC

"Merry Christmas Bobby. You have been gone from us 5 years now and we still think about you so much. I got some christmas flowers to go on your grave and for the first time the kids surprised me and went out to put them on your grave. I was so proud of them. Holly and I usually put them on but for some reason Jacob helped her. You have two wonderful kids and they are growing up so fast. This is our first year with our little grand-daughter, and playing santa again is great. I forgot how much time that it took just getting everything together. I remember how we use to fuss about how we were going to wrap the gifts... you didn't want to wrap any and i wanted them all wrapped, so we met in the middle and wrapped half of them. As i sit here waiting for morning i have went back in time to when we had our first christmas together. I bought you a watch and you took it back and got the shoes that i wanted. We didn't have much money to do anything with but the thought of you taking your watch back just to get me a pair of shoes was so special to me. We had some good times and lord knows we had some hard times.
Bobby, i know that your no longer with us but I do think of you every day. Im really trying to make this work with out you but it's so hard on me. I just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and tell you that you will never be forgotton. We love and miss you."
Brenda Franklin of Mineral Bluff Ga

"Good evening, I was looking for a website that was in memory of my daughter. Her name is Bobbie Franklin and she was 30 when she passed away and 3 months pg. We lost her 8-5-08. I read the part about Bobbys big brown eyes. My Bobbie had the biggest brown eyes as well as the biggest heart. She has a half brother Bobby as well in Arizona. I am sorry for the loss. I am sure your Bobby can see his grandchild as my Bobbie waits in Heaven with her son Robert Chance Franklin for us to be togeather again, I had to name the baby for the cornor and she wanted to name him after her dad if it was a boy. His mane is Robert Charles Franklin and is 74 this year.If I may impose, could you email me with information on his family? My email is darlinewaller@yahoo.com."
Darline of Rawlins, Wy

"Gosh it's been another long hard day trying to mend things here with your kids. They miss you so much. Jacob went to cut some wood and i step out on the porch to see if i could here the saw running for i was worried about him being alone. I couldn't hear anything so i gave it alittle more time and then he shows back up at home. He looked like he lost his best friend. He started back out the door and i asked him was he going back to cut wood and he looked at me with tears in his eyes saying "mom" it just isn't the same. I said "son" what do you mean, he then said "it's just not the same without dad". That just broke my heart and i feel like i have failed as a mother. I told him that i would go with him and he said " no mom" you can't do that and walked out the door. I thought that things were getting easier but this morning this just brought me back to the day that we lost you. Jacob needs you so much and i can't be mom and dad. I just feel like i have failed him...... Wish you were here to help him....."
Brenda Franklin of Mineral Bluff, Ga

"My name is Bob Moeller and I went through basic training with Bobby at Fort Benning in 1983. We became close friends, but at the end of basic I went my way and I believe he decided to go full time ( I was in the Ohio Guard). I have thought about Bobby many times since those three months we spent together and tonight I thought I would look him up because I am heading to GA soon. I am beside myself with grief. May God be with you and your family. Contact me if there is anything you need. Moeller1967@sbcglobal.net"
Bob Moeller of Toledo, OH

"Hey Brenda it's Amanda (Tony and Cheryl's daughter). I didn't know that this site was here. It's a beautiful thing for Bobby. We sure miss him. How are the kids? Besides all grown up? We want to see yall again. I want you to meet James. I have been with him two years and we have a daughter together. You are family too and we need to stay close. We love you all and take care."
Amanda Donehoo of Griffin Ga (pursacat@hotmail.com)

"Well this time 5 years ago i knew something was wrong, just didn't know that you would be leaving us so soon.
I have had so many call about you this week, remembering the day that you left us. They have been some laughing remembering the good times (like,when you made Barney put her gun back together with a blind fold on) And, they have been some crying talking about the past, telling me all about this day.

I know that it's hard on the kids and they do miss you so much. You would be very proud of them. You did a great job with them with the little time that you had. I need you to know that i have forgiven you for a lot of things. I have had a hard time but with help, i have over come a lot and for that i do forgive you. I know that your in a much better place but that doesn't make us miss you any less. You will always be in our hearts and we will never for get you."
Brenda, Jacob, and Holly Franklin of Mineral Bluff, Ga

"Happy Birthday Bobby."
Brenda of Mineral Bluff, Ga

"Bobby, As i sit here holding our grand-daughter wishing that you could see her. She is such a wonderful baby girl. She is 2 now and you would be very proud of her. Our son is such a good daddy. I know that he misses you but having her in his life does help him move on. Your daughter is turning out just like you. I know that you would be so proud of them for i know that i am. We love and miss you and thank you for loving your country and giving your life for us. Brenda"
Brenda Franklin of Mineral Bluff, Ga

"July 1, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Bobby C. Franklin:
Bobby gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV


"Bobby this your sister Peggy, I miss you everyday. You were always the one who looked out for me with one eyebrow cocked up and those big brown eyes. I love you and miss you so much."
Peggy R. W. Githens of Bowdon,Ga.USA

"Bobby, Just wanted to say Merry Christmas. The kids are doing well this year, Holly has talked about you, about not wanting Christmas to come. She does miss you so much. This christmas we will have our grand-daughter for the 1st time. She is so pretty. They say she looks like her daddy but i want to say that she looks like her Nana. You would spoil her rotten. She can say your name and does a very good job saying it. We do tell her about you, and we will keep on telling her. She has been a blessing for me. I keep her quite abit.
As of the kids, they both are doing well. You would be very proud of them. They do love and miss you so much. Im trying to do my best with them.
Again Bobby, just wanted to say Merry Christmas. Love your family, Brenda, Jacob, and Holly"
Brenda of Mineral Bluff Ga

I have not met you, nor did I meet your husband. I know something about your husband only by the memorial someone left on the wall of my bedroom I acquired when I arrived in the International Zone after a two-month tour in Fallujah. It was a simple hand-written memorial. If I could somehow get your address, please let me know; I would like to send you a picture of the memorial, if you would like. It is not a clear picture, because it was taken with a throw-away camera. However, I thought you might like a copy for yourself and your kids. I hope to meet you some day to personally thank you for the sacrifice you gave by letting your husband be a part of the defense of our great nation. I am proud of them all. My e-mail address, where you can send me your address confidentially, is: jmike47@yahoo.com or jay.michael@us.army.mil. God bless you.
Chaplain Jay C. Michael"
Chaplain (CPT) Jay C. Michael, Mississippi Army National Guard of Oxford, Mississippi

"Brenda, I was reading things on line with Chuck’s name. I ran across this and I must say I couldn't control my emotions. Brenda we are still struggling with the VA but we do see a light at the end of the tunnel. We have had some organizations and a few private folks helping us until the VA has completed his disability. I was reading the article that one of the army representatives was quoted as saying that the 2 soldiers injured were not very bad. Boy would I love to tell him all that we have been through over the past 4 years. Thank you for all the support you and the kids have given us over the years. I love you and Jake and Holly very much. We pray for you every day. We miss you and the kids. It's been too long. Love, Barbara"
Barbara Honaker of Blairsville, GA

"Bobby your uncle Arion died June 30,2oo7 2 days after his birthday he died of cancer I know how Brenda felt when she lost you,people dont really know what being 1 means when you are married until that horrible day comes and you become 1/2 a person its just not fair that we have to have lost 2 special men Bobby,Arion loved you he talked about you a lot I wish we could turn time back to the happy days"
Janice Gilmer of Forest Park,Ga. Clayton

"Bobby, I went out to your grave today and found flowers from your grandbaby, with a note saying " Papaw, I may never have gotton to see you but i will always love you just the same and when i get to heaven i will wrap my arms around you. I know that nana and daddy will tell me all about you. Love your grandbaby Peyton Franklin.
Bobby, your grandbaby is now 14 months old. I will tell her all about you. You would had been so proud of her. She is the sweetest little thing. She looks alot like Jacob. I will make sure she knows all about you and how you are our"hero""
Brenda Franklin of Mineral Bluff Ga

"bobby...i'm sorry i wasnt there....if i was there, could i have done something?...4 years and not a day goes by without a thought of you and "the guys"..."
doc of murphy, nc

"Bobby, it's been 4 years since you left us. Found out that alot of people went to your grave today that was with you in Iraq. I know that they are having a hard time as we have had. Your kids still misses you so much. You would be so proud of them as i am. Your son looks so much like you. Your daughter still has your temper. The kids are my life now. I will keep doing my best to raise them in the best way that you would have. You should see our grand-daughter.... You would had spoiled her in every way.... wow, does she look like her daddy.... Bobby, i will keep doing my best, at times i feel like giving up but i know that i have to keep going for them... Will always love and think of you... Thank you for everything that you have done for us."
Brenda of Mineral Bluff

"Mrs. Franklin, How are you. I am leaving to go to Philadelphia Thursday Morning to go to the Correctional Peace Officers Association memorial service. It is called Project and Mr. Dease asked me how you were doing? I had told him I had been e-mailing you and he said to tell you he hoped you were ok and to tell you I spoke to him."
Melissa of Forsyth

"I Love you so much Dad! You are my hero! You will always be with me everywhere i go. I wish you were here today to see me. I miss you so much and its hard to go everyday without you. But im very proud of you!

I Love You Daddy!

Love your Baby Doll Possum!"

"here it is memorial day all i can do is think of you. well i think of you every day wish i caould tell you what kind of impact you have had on my life. hope i make you proud everyday. your always loved never forgotten!"
spc kevin sales of 210th mp company

"Mrs. Franklin, I wanted to leave my e-mail and phone number for you but I did not want to post phone number on here. My e-mail is melissadodson@hotmail.com"
Melissa of Forsyth Georgia

"Merry Christmas Bobby. The kids and i sure do miss you. Im sitting here at 2 am thinking about the christmas that we shared when you were alive. Gosh, it just doesn't seem real that the lord took you from us. He must had known what he was doing. We talk about you so much. We will never forget you.. You will always be loved and miss... Merry Christmas"
Ms Brenda Franklin of Mineral Bluff Ga

"Dear family of Bobby Franklin,
To honor the Georgia soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Atlanta Fine Arts League are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family. These 16 x 20 original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families' loss. Please visit our website www.atlantafineartsleague.org or email us at AtlantaFineArtsLeague@Yahoo.com for further information. - The Atlanta Fine Arts League"
Leah Hopkins Henry of Atlanta, GA

"Mrs. Franklin, I am the wife of Sargeant Philip A. Dodson Jr. He worked with your husband here at Burrus Correctional Training Center in Forsyth. Phil was sent to Iraq in 2005 and was killed December 2 2005. I wanted to say hello and tell you how sorry I am about your husband's loss and I appreciate the sacrifice you and your family and your husband gave for our country. Melissa Dodson"
Melissa of Forsyth Georgia

"Well Bobby here we are again... It's been 3 years today that i got the worse nightmare of my life. I will never forget this day. We love and miss you so much."
Brenda Franklin of Mineral Bluff Ga

"My name is Spc. Justin Chavers and I am a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard.While I was on active duty during AIT I bought a KIA braclet for SSG Bobby Franklin and have not taken it off since.I alawys wondered what happened.I am honored as a solider to wear this braclet in his memory.My email address is SouthernFireman1981@yahoo.com or clarence.chavers@us.army.mil for anyone in the family who wishes to contact me."
SPC Justin Chavers of Stanton,TN 38069

"Happy Birthday Bobby...You will not be forgotton..."
Brenda Franklin of Mineral Bluff Ga

"Bobby,one of the hardest things that i have ever had to do is go to our son graduation without you. we missed you so much. You would had been so proud of him. He said "mom" my dad see me and i know that he's proud of me for finishing high school.. Bobby, it's so hard doing this without you. Jacob is gonna be a daddy in 3 days and you would had been a grandpaw.... We do love and miss you so much. Your daughter is growing so fast and lord knows i need you here to help take care of her... She still acts just like you. I hope that never changes. I went out yesterday and put new flowers on your grave... You are always on my mind and in my heart, and i know that your watching over us every day. Love your wife"
Brenda Franklin of Mineral Bluff Ga

It's been over 2 years now and everyday I remember you. I tried my best. You were a true soldier, mentor, and friend.
You, Jacob, and Holly are always in my thoughts. If there is anything that you ever need, please let me know."
D."Barney" Barnwell Baker

""Bobby" It's Christmas Day and the kids just opened their presents.. This has been a better year for them. We talk alot about you and about the passed Christmas that we shared.. Bobby it's really hard doing this on my own but i'm trying to do my best.. We love and miss you very much."
Brenda Franklin of Mineral Bluff, Ga

As Christmas is growing nearer, the kids and I are thinking about you even more. I thought that this year would be better for us but i guess i was wrong on that one. People keeps telling me in time, things will be better. The kids and I are doing pretty good,just having a hard time with you not being here for Christmas. I keep putting your name on the kids Christmas presents..don't know if that hurts them more or helps them. Bobby, I'm doing my very best with the kids. I sure wished that you were here to help me..Your son is really having a hard time.. this is his last year in school and he really does need you to guide him in life.. He tells me that i can't do it as well as you could had.. He is looking like you more every-day.
As for your daughter well you would be very proud of her..she is growing up to be a very pretty girl. I'm having those boy problems with her and i know that if you were here you would protect her in every way.. She still is so much like you.. I fixed her a salad and she goes "mom" will you put some bologna in it and i had to smile at that..I told her that you also did that and she couldn't belive it.. She still alot like you and she very proud of that.. Bobby, we do miss you so much BUT we are very proud of you, and we do try to understand why you had to leave us but sometimes it just get's alittle hard for us but we pull together and move on.. We want to wish you Bobby a very Merry Christmas.. We love you."
Brenda, Jacob and Holly Franklin of Mineral Bluff Georgia

It has been over 2 years now since that night in August '03 when we were hit. There has not been a day that goes by that I don't think about you and your sacrifice. Your wife and kids miss you so much, I have tried to be there for them especially Jacob, but I feel like anything I do falls way short of the mark. I will continue to be there always, anytime that they need me I will do my best to help them. Bobby it was such an honor to serve with you and to call you my friend. I will see you in heaven one day. Nothing but love for you brother."
Chuck Honaker of Blairsville, Georgia

"Bobby, I have thought of you all day. I have so many memories of you and me teasing and laughing. But I'll always cherish the last words you said on the telephone to me was "I love you too!""
Your Aunt Janice Gilmer of Forest Park, Georgia/clayton co.

"Bobby, it's been 2 years now and were still missing you more everyday. Today will be a very hard day. A bunch of your friends from the Army will be here. They to can not forget you. We have sit and looked at your pictures again and it still just as hard as the first time. Your kids are really missing you..you son is needing you now more then ever. He's 17 now, And your daughter 13.. Bobby they are growing up so fast.. Bobby we will never forget you. You will always be in my heart. Your wife Brenda"
Brenda Franklin of Mineral Bluff Ga

"Happy 40th Birthday Bobby, It's been almost 2 years since your death.. The kids and I miss,and love you. We stay up last night just to wish you a happy birthday... Bobby, we will never forget about you.... you will be in our hearts forever... We love you"
Brenda, Jacob and Holly Franklin, your wife and kids of Mineral Bluff GA

"Smyrna Baptist Church in Deepstep, Ga. would like to present your family with a Memorial Quilt in memory of Bobby, who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. If your family is interested please contact me at 478-552-6388 or e-mail me at johnnytanner@bellsouth.net"
Brenda Tanner, Clerk Smyrna Baptist Church of Deepstep, Georgia

"For some reason, I think daily of SSG Bobby Franklin. I hardly knew him, but was on duty at the 2BCT Headquarters the night he was killed. I attended the Memorial Service and watched as the 210th MP Company closed ranks on him and his memory. Through SSG Franklin's bravery and the 210th MP Company's strength, we all learned something that day; something we will all never forget.
And we will never forget SSG Bobby Franklin."
SGM Joseph Hall of 2nd BCT 1st Armored Division Baumholder Germany

"I am from Blairsville and my Brother inlaw Sgt Tully Griggs and co worker at Lee Arrandale State Prison talked very hightly of SSG Franklin and his motivation to the military and Department of Corrections. As I head to Iraq for my 6th Deployment in 25 years I can't help but think about the life of Sgt Franklin. He is a Hero and a great leader. Even though I only met him once you feel like you know every body in Blairsville. He will be missed God bless SSG Franklin a American Hero and a American Soldier."
SSG Gordon Spears of Blairsville, Ga

"I can only say to you... Bobby will have to fight no more wars no more devestation...nor horror will he see. Resting in the arms of God. peace was his goal in all he did and peace is his reward."
SSG James Jones of Bryson City NC

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..8/20/04

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Brenda, I am with that 210th MP CO. We are leaving Iraq tomorrow and i just wanted to let you know I am really proud to say I know Bobby. He took me and other young soilders under his wing and showed us many things. I thought the world of him, so much so i called him pop-pop. I will forever miss Bobby and he will always hold a place in my heart. Thank you Brenda"
SPC. J.Kevin Sales of clyde, nc

"Sergeant Franklin, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"In honor of a hero, husband, father and friend… Words cannot express the deep gratitude we feel for the bravery and courage of SSG Franklin, he gave the utmost supreme sacrifice so that we could be free today… this dedication will never be forgotten and always remembered in our lives. As the days move on, may you look back and cherish the memories and remember that he continues to be with you in so many places that only you know how to find… Brenda, you are a strong lady whom I admire deeply, I will always remember you and your family in my prayers, and cherish the sacrifice your husband gave for all my life…"
Jennifer and Sgt. Darren Williams (210th MP Company) of Hayesville, NC

"Brenda and Children, my husband, SSG Paul B. Newby, is also with the 210th MP CO, still on active duty in Baghdad. He is with the Franklin Unit and he spoke very highly of Bobby. We will never forget that when Bobby was killed we not only lost a dedicated soldier but a great person too. His life touched many people and his memory will not be forgotten. Nor will we forget the children and you. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Also remember that I am only a phone call away if you ever need anything at all. May God bless you and watch over you always, Jodie Newby"
Jodie Newby of Franklin, NC

"Mrs.Brenda Franklin & family, I want you to know that you are in my prayers.My husband,SPC Rob Crawford of the 210th,Spoke very highly of Bobby,how he was a great solider and friend.He will be missed by everyone in the 210th.May God continue to comfort you."
April Crawford of Bryson City,NC

"Dear Brenda and Family,
You remain in my thoughts and prayers. My husband is with the 210th out of Franklin and is currently still in Baghdad. Please know that your sacrafice will not be forgotten. I pray for the Lord's comfort in your life. May God be with you."
Carla Beck of Hayesville NC

"brenda&family i'm so very sorry for the loss of your husband my son is with the 210th mp co out of murphy n.c.he was at your husbands service he sent me pictures home i just want to say my son really did'nt know your husband all that well he said he was a good person and a great solider i myself just want to say i pray for you and your family for your loss and at the same time that my son will never forget what a great man your husband was"

"May God bless you, Brenda and family, we will never forget you and your sacifice. My husband is also in the 210th MP Company, and continues the mission in Baghdad, as I believe SSG Franklin would have wanted. You gave your very best, it will be remembered. Love and Prayers to you all."
Tanya Long of Hayesville, NC

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Bobby will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Bobby Franklin, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"Hello, My name is Brenda Franklin. The wife of SSG Bobby Franklin, who had gotton killed in Iraq on Aug 20th. I would like to think everyone for the prayers. My son and daughter are doing alot better. Today is Christmas and was it so ever hard on us. We miss Bobby so much. Again I would like to say Thank You for all of your support.

Brenda Franklin"
Brenda Franklin of Mineral Bluff, GA

"I am Bobby Franklins sister-in-law. And we want to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts, during this very hard time. Thank you..."
Patty Nicholson of Mineral Bluff Georgia

"Military Police Corps Regimental Prayer
By Chaplain Michael Yarman

Heavenly Father - We approach You today because You have called us to be a people of prayer.

We praise You because You are our Creator, our Redeemer and our Provider.

We acknowledge our great need for You as we fulfill our mission as soldiers.

We have been called to serve our nation as Military Police and we are proud of the honored heritage of the Regiment and our motto: Of the Troops and For the Troops.

Whether we are fighting an enemy, securing as area, patrolling the streets, or helping someone in distress, help us, O Lord, to always be men and women of integrity who can be counted on to do the right thing.

Give us the strength to stand for what is right and to oppose those who would do harm to our nation and the people we serve.

May we always be truthful in Word, Deed and Signature, and bring honor through our service to the memory of those in the Regiment who gave the supreme sacrifice for their country.

Guide us now, Father, by giving us wisdom and knowledge from on high, that as Military Police we will always be prepared to Assist, Protect and Defend."
CPT Glidewell

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Bobby Franklin:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Bobby for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Bobby Franklin:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Bobby, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on