Robert W. Franklin was
born May 23, 1935, in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Following receipt
of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering at the
Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts,
he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Coast and Geodetic
Survey on June 25, 1957.
Captain Franklin's 20-year career included duty aboard four
ships, an air facilities location party, a geodetic triangulation
party, and the Louisiana low-water-line tides party; as command
pilot of three different aerial photography missions, as Chief
of Flight Operations in the Photogrammetry Division, as Chief
of the Anchorage Field Office, and as Officer in Charge of
the Miami Ship and Ocean Engineering Facility . His assignments
at sea included duty as Executive Officer aboard PATTON, PEIRCE,
SURVEYOR, and RESEARCHER and as Commanding Officer of the
RESEARCHER from which he retired on July 1, 1977.
Captain Franklin received numerous commendations for performance
of duty, including commendation from the Director, Coast and
Geodetic Survey for his impressive record of accomplishment
as Chief, Air Photo Mission, and for his work in the rescue
of the survivors of an airplane crash in Alaska.
Awards bestowed upon Captain Franklin included the Karo Award
for his work on the Louisiana low-water-line survey, the Department
of Commerce Bronze Medal in recognition of his untiring efforts
and outstanding ability as Officer in Charge of the Miami
Ship and Ocean Engineering Facility, and a NOAA Unit Citation
for the performance of his command of the NOAA Ship RESEARCHER.
He is survived by his mother, Irene Peterson Brooks, two brothers
and one sister.
Corps Bulletin, 3/1/1985