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N.C. Guard soldier killed was prison worker at home

Associated Press

Family members of a North Carolina National Guard soldier who died in Iraq said they knew
something was wrong even before the military came to their door to give them the bad news.

Staff Sgt. Bobby Franklin, 38, a member of the 210th Military Police Company based in Murphy, was
killed Aug. 20 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle, according to the
military.

Franklin’s death marks the first time in more than three decades that the North Carolina National
Guard has lost a soldier to hostile fire, guard officials said.

Two other soldiers with Franklin were injured. By the night of Aug. 20, Franklin’s family knew
something was wrong.

“The other two guys that were always with him had already called in and checked with their wives,”
said Tim Nicholson, Franklin’s brother-in-law. Franklin’s wife, Brenda, didn’t receive a call.

By the morning of the 21st, soldiers had arrived in Mineral Bluff, Ga., the town just across the
border where the Franklins lived to tell Brenda what happened.

When not in the guard, Franklin worked at the Carlton Colwell Probation and Detention Center in
Blairsville, Ga. He supervised inmates working on construction projects in the community.

When the reservist was called up, his co-workers made sure he periodically received care
packages filled with comforts from home.

Family members tried to talk the longtime reservist into calling it quits last year as the nation’s war
of words with Iraq increased.

“He was within a year of retirement,” Nicholson said. “That’s why he went back this time.”

More than 1,300 North Carolina Guardsmen are on active duty, many overseas in Iraq and
Afghanistan. Soldiers in his unit are trying to make sense of what happened to Franklin, a father of
two children.

“Their morale is low,” said Kim Johnson, the family coordinator for the 210th. “They feel guilty they’
re not home to give Bobby the burial he deserves. It’s hard for them to focus on their mission.”