Oath Keepers Board of Directors
Cpl. L. Franklin Shook III U.S.M.C. veteran (Vietnam).
Editor, Oath Keepers national website
Franklin was Born Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1945 to rural Southern Christian family; moved to Memphis, Tennessee 1952; graduated Treadwell High School in Memphis 1963; officer in high school marching band; Memphis City Champion in Cross Country 1961. Franklin quit studies at University of Memphis to join U.S. Marine Corps in 1965 and volunteered for Viet Nam service and got it. He was released from active duty late 1967 and Honorably Discharged. During the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s he owned/operated three small businesses – a drywall company with thirty-plus employees; a wholesale jewelry manufacturing/casting “to-the-trade” Tennessee sub-chapter “S” corporation; and a retail jewelry store.
Franklin co-founded the online discussion forum The Mental Militia 1999; closed jewelry store and moved to Montana between 2000 and 2001. Franklin worked as free-lance jeweler in Bozeman 2001 until 2008. He retired and morphed into a philosophical and political activist, referring to himself as an “unemployed poet”. Since 1999 he has written under the pseudonym “Elias Alias”.
Franklin joined Oath Keepers in March, 2009
He is Chapter President, Montana Oath Keepers; founding member of the national Oath Keepers Board of Directors, and is the national website editor for Oath Keepers.
His interests include creative writing; researching hidden history; political philosophy; activism; art and literature; conspiracy theory; the ontology of beauty; Constitutional study. He is a simple man, lover of Nature, and friend to all animals. He lives with two beloved cats in Willow Creek, Montana.