Frederick Franklin

United States Navy Medal of Honor recipient

Frederick Franklin (1840–1873) was a United States Navy sailor. He received the Medal of Honor for actions during the 1871 Korean Campaign.

Frederick Franklin
Medal of Honor recipient
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Died1873 (aged 32–33)
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Place of burialProprietors' Cemetery Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
UnitUSS Colorado (1856)
Battles/warsGanghwa Island, Korean Expedition
AwardsMedal of Honor


Frederick H. Franklin was born in 1840 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Along with Bosun's Mate Alexander MacKenzie, Marine Private John Coleman, Ordinary Seaman Samuel F. Rogers and fellow Quartermaster William Troy in the attempt to save the life of Lieutenant Hugh McKee. Mckee was mortally wounded in the action. Lieutenant McKee was not eligible for the medal as an officer.

He is buried in Proprietors' Cemetery Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Medal of Honor citationEdit


On board the U.S.S. Colorado during the attack and capture of the Korean forts on 11 June 1871. Assuming command of Company D, after Lt. McKee was wounded, Franklin handled the company with great credit until relieved.

Related pagesEdit


  • "Medal of Honor recipients". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Archived from the original on December 14, 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  • "Frederick Franklin". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  • "Home of Heroes". Retrieved January 1, 2013.