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Retired U.S. Army General wins Horatio Alger Award

BY CHRIS CASTEEL Published: March 20, 2010

/> "We are delighted to induct these individuals into the Horatio Alger Association and to honor their stories of success in the face of significant struggle,” said David L. Sokol, president and CEO of the Horatio Alger Association.

"We believe that adversity builds character, and General Franks’ story is no exception. Franks’ life story of strength, resolve and achievement is commendable, and he will help continue our mission of helping other young people achieve similar success.”

According to the group, Franks will be the fourth inductee associated with Oklahoma.

The others are William T. Payne, founder of Big Chief Drilling Co., inducted in 1958; Charles R. Anthony, the founder of CR Anthony Co., inducted in 1963; and Frank McPherson, former CEO of Kerr-McGee, inducted in 2004.