82nd Airborne Division Blog

Doc Franco

Robert Franco was not big, but he was tough. The Navy lost out when they did not accept him into service. Instead, Doctor Franco joined the Army and became a 505 paratrooper and assistant regimental surgeon.

He made all four of the 505′s combat jumps and saved many¬† lives.

“Doc” Franco is still going strong today.

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3 Responses to “Doc Franco”

  1. I’ve met Doc and he’s a wonderful person-he was best friends w/ my grandfather Maj Frederick C.A.Kellam IV,
    82nd ABN, 1ST Battalliion, A Company, 505th PIR (KIA La Fiere Bridge, FR 6-6-1944.)
    Doc, himself is amazing and I’m glad he’s still around:) I’ll have to give him a call!

  2. Hey Christine,
    Your grandfather and mine (Mark Alexander) met up early on D-Day morning and, along with their men, ambushed a German convoy heading to Ste Mere Eglise.
    - John Sparry

  3. And I agree, Doc Franco is a fantastic guy.

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