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Franklin Cox

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Franklin Cox "was raised in Atlanta and received his degree in English Literature from Saint Bernard College in 1963. He then gained a commission in the United States Marine Corps and served in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966.  Mirroring the chaotic nature of his dramatic experiences in combat, Lullabies for Lieutenants won the 2011 Silver Medal for Non-Fiction Memoir awarded by the Military Writers Society of America.


After his military service, Cox joined Wall Street where he was a top-producing stockbroker for over twenty-five years. He recently devoted his full time to writing, his work earning him Finalist honors in the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's 2010, 2012, and 2013 Literary Competitions. The History Press released his second book, Marist Football: Inside the War Eagle Tradition, in 2012, and his third book is a work in progress based on his Wall Street exploits."  Franklin Cox is the author of Lullabies for Lieutenants: Memoir of a Marine Forward Observer in Vietnam, 1965-1966.

According to the book description of Lullabies for Lieutenants: Memoir of a Marine Forward Observer in Vietnam, 1965-1966, "Capturing the chaotic nature of the U.S. Marine experience at war in Vietnam, this memoir recounts the experiences of a young officer in a series of unrelated short pieces. In a narrative as fragmented as the war itself, the only resolution is the same one reached by the Marines who fought--the conclusion of a tour of duty with no happy ending. Each chapter describes a specific event, a story of emotion, or a remarkable person (some are heroes, some are cowards). The reader lives the experience alongside the author, gaining a true sense of the pulse-pounding contact, surrealism, pathos, humor, and beauty that defined one of the low points of the American experience."

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