Franklin Matthew Corl


US Army Insignia

United States Army

SP4 Insignia

Specialist Fourth Class


Fort Dix Insignia

23rd Infantry Patch 25th Infantry Division Patch  United States Army-Vietnam Patch
Headquarters and Headquarters Company
Company C, 4th Battalion
 23rd Infantry Regiment
 25th Infantry Division
United States Army-Vietnam



Combat Infantryman Badge

Silver Star   Bronze Star  Purple Heart  Army Good Conduct Medal  National  Defense Medal  Vietnam Service Medal

Vietnamese Armed Forces Honor Medal 2nd Class  Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Fell September 13, 1970

Franklin was born on the 9th of January, 1952 to Franklin and Sylvia Corl of Lebanon.  He attended Lincoln, Garfield and Houck Schools in Lebanon and graduated with the Class of 1969 from Lebanon Senior High School.  In his boyhood and teenage years he delivered the Lebanon Daily News, and his hobbies were hunting and fishing.  In high school he was a college preparatory student, active in HI Y, and on the track team.  He was a member of Bethany EUB Church and was a member of the Youth Fellowship of his church.

He enlisted in the Army on the 17th of June, 1969.  After basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey he reported to Fort Sam Houston, Texas for training as a field medic.  He arrived in Vietnam on the 26th of July, 1970 and was asssigned to Company C, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division.  He fell after being wounded by friendly fire while administering aid to a buddy in "no man's land".  He continued to render aid to others until he fell under a massive volume of enemy fire.

He was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal,  and the Combat Medics Badge.  The Vietnam government awarded him the National Defense Service Medal - 2nd Class, for his efforts with an orphanage near his base camp, along with the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

His father, Franklin M. Corl, Sr., a veteran of World War II, died in August of 1971.  Currently he is survived by his mother, and two sisters, Susan and Ruth.

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