This week’s Veteran of the Week is Theodore Roosevelt Franklin Jr., otherwise known as Ted. Theodore was born on March 5, 1939, and is currently 80 years old; he is the oldest of three boys. Theodore served in the Navy for six years from March 27, 1956, until March 26, 1962. When asked why he decided to serve in the Navy specifically, he stated that he “joined the Navy at age 16 to keep from being drafted into the Army.” While in the Navy, Theodore’s rank was Seaman (SN), and he received several military awards including the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Theodore served on the USS Tills 748 Destroyer Escort, USS Capricornus 57 Attack Cargo, Mine Sweeper (MSB 40), and the Mine Sweeper Launch (MSL 7).
Theodore noted that at the end of his service, he felt proud to have served his country. He has gone on to live an eventful, happy life since his time in the Navy. Theodore and his beautiful wife, Judy Ann Franklin, just celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary, and he is a proud, wonderful, and loving father of four children. Theodore is also a grandfather of five children and a great-grandfather to one. He is devoted to his family and in his free time, he loves to spend time with family and friends. He also enjoys going to the beach and to the mountains. Theodore is described as a “people person,” and his daughter states that he does not know a single stranger. He also loves having fun, joking around, and cutting up with everyone around him.