Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran David S. Franklin

After graduating from high school, David enlisted in the Navy. He served for eight years as a radioman. During his time in the Navy, he was deployed to Operation Earnest Will and Desert Storm, while assigned to the USS LaSalle.

At boot camp David was invited to training in advance surface communications, which allowed him to directly advance from E1 to E3. Shortly thereafter he was assigned to his first duty station in the Persian Gulf. His days aboard the LaSalle were long 12-hour shifts every day with no break. David says, “Life on the ‘Great White Ghost’ was amazing…. You arrive a boy and depart a man.”

David was also stationed at Naval Facility Bermuda and Naval Ocean Processing Facility Dam Neck. For his service, he received the Navy Achievement Medal Gold Star and was nominated Shore Sailor of the Year in 1996.

He currently resides in Texas with his wife and three children. David is also the founder and CEO of a consulting firm, Cloud Co-Op. In an effort to help fellow Veterans transition into the business arena, he’s launched Vets2Cloud, a Veteran apprenticeship program designed to assist Veterans who are interested in consulting.

Thank you for your service, David!

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to with as much of the information as you can put together with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating for how to create the best submission.

Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.

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Published on Dec. 25, 2016

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  1. Carl Wolf December 31, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I also served on the USS LaSalle AGF3 in the Radio Shack as a RMSN during Desert Shield/Storm. It’s nice to see that someone from my era made it to Veteran of the Day!

  2. Joshua kinn December 30, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    God bless all the vets

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