Fallen Heroes

Dan O'Dowd came up with this great idea which provided a lot of publicity at minimal cost at the same time he was sending off the uncertified Deposition given by Morgan Pillsbury to John Fund in a Green Hills envelope, postage paid by GHS.  

Craig Franklin showed it to his girl friend, Anne Fisher, while they were having dinner together just before the scanned copy appeared on JohnFund.com. 

Anne told me about this years later when, disgusted with Craig, she started calling me occasionally.  It was also Anne who emailed me to let me know when Craig's son from his first marriage, Jonathan Scott Franklin, had been arrested for hiring a hit man to kill his wife.  

Scott is now serving time in the California Prison System: 

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Scott got the idea this was sort of standard operating procedure from his father, Craig Franklin who seriously debated having me assassinated while our divorce was going on.  He decided it was not a good idea because, as he said to Morgan, "No, they always suspect the husband first."

This was a very thrifty operation for the amount of good publicity produced.  Dan should have gotten the Edward Bernays award for effective propaganda at least.  

Did Dan O'Dowd know about Saddam's offer to leave Iraq, if he was paid?  

What do you think? 

Text from the Last Wish Foundation is below.  


The objective of this foundation is to grant the last wish of the U.S. service members who have been lost in Operation Iraqi Freedom: to provide for their children.

  1. The plan for accomplishing the foundation's objective is: Dan O'Dowd, CEO of Green Hills Software, Inc., has pledged $100,000 plus all of the operating expenses for the foundation.
  2. In addition, Dan O'Dowd has pledged to match up to $200,000 in contributions from the public. This means that for the first $200,000 in donations from the public, every dollar contributed will result in two dollars being distributed for the benefit of the minor children of servicemembers lost in Operation Iraqi Freedom, without any offset for operating expenses.
  3. The foundation will actively encourage the CEOs of other companies to set up similar foundations with the goal of working together to provide sufficient funds to properly raise and educate all of the children of U.S. servicemembers lost in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Until recently, most of the fighting in U.S. wars had been done by 19 year old draftees, few of whom had families. But the institution of an all volunteer army has changed the demographics of the U.S. armed forces. Now, most U.S. servicemembers are career soldiers with families.

Soon we will welcome home our troops from the war in Iraq with celebrations, parades and joyous reunions. But the families of fallen servicemembers will have to deal with loss, grief, and the financial stress of losing of their principal breadwinner. The benefits provided by the government to the survivors of servicemembers are insufficient to raise a family.

This issue is not political. In fact, it is one thing that those who are passionately in favor of the Operation Iraqi Freedom can agree on with those who are passionately opposed to the war. If you are in favor of Operation Iraqi Freedom: the reason that these children have no one to protect them is that their father or mother fell on the battlefield protecting your children. Now, it is your responsibility to protect their children. If you are opposed to Operation Iraqi Freedom: contributing to this cause shows your compassion for the innocent casualties of a war that you oppose while proving that you support our troops. 

Recently there has been considerable debate about how many billions of dollars we should spend to rebuild Iraq. But first we must take care of our own. Many of our servicemembers have made the ultimate sacrifice for us; now we must make a small sacrifice for them.

Everywhere you hear politicians and business executives expressing their gratitude to the servicemembers who gave their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom. But gratitude is not enough; gratitude does not house, clothe, feed, or educate their children.




April 3, 2003:
While watching a network broadcast showing the children of U.S. servicemembers who had been lost in the war in Iraq, Dan O'Dowd, CEO of Green Hills Software, Inc., realized that these children were shouldering the largest burden of the U.S. war effort. That is when the need for private action to provide for these children became clear to him.

April 9, 2003:
The foundation is formed.

April 10, 2003:
The foundation and its objectives are announced.


What percentage of active duty U.S. servicemembers are married?

53% (Click here to view a Military Times web page on U.S. servicemember demographics.)

How many children do active duty U.S. servicemembers have?
The average is almost 2 children per married active duty U.S. servicemember. (Click here to view a Military Times web page on U.S. servicemember demographics.)

How many servicemembers have been lost in Operation Iraqi Freedom?
What benefits do the survivors of servicemembers receive from the government?

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