Sulphur Springs native killed during 2nd Iraq tour

From wire reports and Staff Reports

Nov 26, 2007 - A Sulphur Springs native was killed earlier this month during his second tour of duty in Iraq. 

Army Spc. Jermaine D. Franklin was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Team, 101st Airborne Division (air assault) based at Fort Campbell, Ky. He died Friday, Nov. 9, in Jisr Naft, Iraq, of wounds suffered that day from an improvised explosive device, according to the AP News Research Center Web services Iraq Casualties Database which includes information on casualties confirmed by the Department of Defense.

He was driving the lead vehicle of a convoy in Jisr Naft, northeast of Baghdad, when the roadside bomb occurred, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Funeral services for Franklin were held Nov. 17 at Words of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, prior to his burial in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Franklin was born in Sulphur Springs but grew up in Arlington. He joined the Army in June 2004, just after his graduation from Arlington High School. He was stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., in Nov. 2004. His first tour of duty in Iraq began in October 2005, and his second tour this October.

He is the son of Shirra Daniels of Dallas and  Dwight D. Franklin of Arlington, and grandson of Alvin and Merlie Franklin of Sulphur Springs and Price Bealls of Dallas. Other survivors include one brother, Justin Franklin of Dallas; one sister, ShaNisha Franklin of Dallas; and three stepsisters, La Quishia Jernigan, ShaBrianna Jernigan and RonShequa Jernigan, all of Arlington.

Jackson is one of 25 U.S. service personnel killed in action this month in Iraq, and 31 to die in either Iraq or Kuwait — some died from non-combat incidents.

Since March 2003, 3,875 U.S. armed forces personnel have been confirmed by the Department of Defense to have died in Iraq.

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