Atkinson, Franklin G., Jr., SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11B20-Infantry Team Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 11B20, 1st Infantry Division
Service Years
1967 - 1969

Specialist 4

One Overseas Service Bar

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hurffville, NJ
Last Address
Hurffville, NJ

Casualty Date
May 02, 1969
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Binh Long (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Bethel Mill Cemetery - Huffville, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
26W 096

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryNew Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2016, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
Primary Leadership Course (CS/CSS) Fort Benning, GA1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment1st Infantry Division
  1968-1968, 11B20, Primary Leadership Course (CS/CSS) Fort Benning, GA
  1968-1969, 11B20, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment/A Company
  1968-1969, 11B20, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Casualty Occurrence: See Below: 

Sp/4 Franklin G. Atkinson Jr., 21, son of the Washington Township, N.J., tax collector and treasurer, was killed last week in Vietnam, the Department announced Tuesday. Sp4 Atkinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin G. Atkinson Sr., of Egg Harbor Road., Hurffville, Gloucester County, was killed while driving a personnel carrier on Highway 13 near Saigon. He was assigned to Company A, 14th Mechanized Infantry of the 1st Army Division, to protect the road leading to Saigon.

A graduate of Washington Township High School, he managed the Flagg Brothers Shoe Store at 12th and Market Street in Philadelphia before being drafted into the Army in November 1967. He was sent to Vietnam last November. According to his father, Specialist Atkinson wrote in his letters that people are not aware of what is going on in Vietnam. "It's worse than they think," he wrote. "You secure a village, move on to the next only to find the Vietcong are back in the same village." He is also survived by a sister, Gill, and a younger brother, Bruce. 

SP4 Atkinson graduated from the NCO Academy at Fort Benning in July 1968 with Class: 32-68.
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