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Franklin Cox was raised in Atlanta and graduated from the Marist School. He received an English Literature degree (Cum Laude) from Saint Bernard College in 1963. After a stint as a reporter with the Atlanta Journal he attended Emory University Law School for a year.

He then gained a commission in the United States Marine Corps and served as an Artillery Forward Observer in Vietnam. His dramatic experiences with his fellow Marines in combat led him to write "Lullabies for Lieutenants: Memoir of a Marine Forward Observer in Vietnam 1965-1966."

"Lullabies for Lieutenants" was awarded the 2011 Silver Medal for Non-Fiction Memoir by the Military Writers Society of America. He co-authored the screenplay "Lullabies for Lieutenants" which was adapted from his book. The screenplay has won first place in several international screen writing contests. 

After his service in the Marine Corps he joined Wall Street and was a senior stockbroker for over twenty-five years with Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns. A few years ago he left the securities industry to devote his full time to writing. He is in the process of writing a book about the Wall Street exploits he was a part of and saw. He is also writing a books about the abuse of power in the military.

The History Press released his second book, "Marist Football: Inside the War Eagle Tradition," September 25, 2012.

He was named to the Short List of Finalists in the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's 2010, 2012, and 2013 Literary Competitions.


He is a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign War, the Military Writers Association of Georgia, the Authors Guild, and the Atlanta Writers Club.

His son Franklin V. Cox III is the President of Pecan Productions Studios, a multimedia company in Atlanta. His daughter Carolina Cox  lives in Destin, Florida with her son Carver, 7, and daughter Eloise, 4.