Inscribed bricks offered at the USS Franklin Memorial in Stuart Florida

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You may recall the USS Franklin’s own Sam Rhodes efforts to establish a USS Franklin Memorial in Stuart Florida published in an article on this site in November 2013.  See the article below.

USS Franklin plaques to be dedicated in Memorial Park in Stuart Florida on Veterans Day.

Mr. Ed Maxwell of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041 in Stuart Florida reports that their Memorial Brick Program is open to any and all veterans and is installing customized bricks in the Stuart Veterans Memorial Park.  Bricks can be customized for $25 and $75 dollars.  Make sure you mention your USS Franklin connection so the bricks can be located accordingly in the park.  Click the image of the brick below for an application.

Harry Smeltzer Brick USS Franklin Memorial Stuart Florida

 

You can also get a brick application at the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041 website here:

http://www.vva1041.org/#!about2/c1et

 

Memorial Service, Sunday Morning 25 March 1945

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70 Years ago, on Sunday Morning 25 March 1945, in the aftermath of the USS Franklin Bombing, Protestant Chaplain G. Weldon Gatlin delivered the sermon below at a memorial service for the fallen crew aboard the USS Franklin.

Franklin Memorial Service Page 1

Franklin Memorial Service Page 1

Please click the image above to access the 4 page document. The PDF Document is approximately 5MB so it may take a minute to download.

November 1964 All Hands Magazine article “The Ship That Wouldnt Be Sunk”

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All Hands Magazine Nov 1964 (734x1024)
I would like to thank  Mr. John Simonetti, AMS3, V6 Division, ’61-62.  Mr. Simonetti served on the USS Intrepid (CV, CVA, CVS-11) and forwarded me the article found in the November 1964 All Hands magazine published by the Navy.  The article is posted on the Navys website here: http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/archpdf/ah196411.pdf
The pdf file is a little bit large at 25MB so It may take a bit to download.  The account of the Franklin bombing begins on page 54.  
Mr. Simonetti has published a website “in honor and in memory of my home-away-from-home and my fellow shipmates of the USS Intrepid (CV, CVA, CVS-11)”
His website can be found here: http://cv11texfcm.wix.com/intrepid-remembered.

Spring / Summer 2015 Newsletter and Milwaukee reunion registration

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Hello Franklin Friends!

The Spring / Summer 2015 USS Franklin Museum Association Newsletter has been sent to the paper printer and should reach everybody in a week or so.  I am also publishing the documents online for your immediate consumption!  Please click on the links below for the newsletter and registration documents.

Franklin Newsletter Spring 2015

USS Franklin Reunion 2015 Registration

Please forward a link to this webpage to your friends and family so they can access the documents as well.

http://www.ussfranklin.org/?p=889

The Fall 2015 newsletter will be the last paper newsletter distributed via the postal service in favor of email distribution like this.  We realize many of our readers are not on the web.  If you would like to continue to get a paper newsletter, please contact Louise Mast at louise.mast@ussfranklin.org.

Please join our email list if you would would like to be notified when the newsletter and other important updates are posted to www.ussfranklin.org.  You can join the Franklin email list at the link here http://www.ussfranklin.org/?page_id=809.

Best Wishes,
Darren Hamm
www.ussfranklin.org webmaster
USS Franklin Museum Association board member

Welcome to www.ussfranklin.org

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Welcome to www.ussfranklin.org.  I invite you to leave USS Franklin comments below. I am also looking for people interested in contributing to this site.  Please contact me at franklin@ussfranklin.org with any information you may have.

Update Feb 2013, I have set up a “Forum” tab as a more appropriate place to leave comments for everybody to see.

The forum is here: http://www.ussfranklin.org/?page_id=393

Thank You.

Obituary, Robert H. Frank, Sr

Robert H. Frank, Sr. of North Wales passed away Monday April 28, 2014 at the age of 93.

Born in Pottsville, PA he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Ernst) Frank and the loving husband of the late Florence M. Frank. Bob is survived by his beloved children Elaine V. Shirley ( the late Al) of Texas, Susie Papciak (Carl) of Quakertown, Judith Barit (Robert) of Willow Grove, Marjorie Pfeiffer (the late Tom) of Bethlehem and Robert Frank, Jr. (Jan) of Lewes, DE. Also surviving are ten loving grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Bob grew up in Pine Grove, PA and attended Pine Grove High School where he excelled in both football and basketball. Bob was very active in the Boy Scouts, and was proud of attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

Upon graduating from Penn State with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1942 he immediately entered the Navy to serve in WWII aboard the USS Franklin Aircraft Carrier. There he was assigned as flight deck Engineer. During his tenure in the Navy he achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant, and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic service in battle. Upon honorable discharge from the Navy he went to work for Baldwin Locomotive in Delaware County, PA. He went on to own his own business and later worked for the Barden Corp. where he retired as the VP of Sales and Marketing.

He was an active member of his community being the Past President of the Caster Garden Lions Club in Northeast Philadelphia and most recently enjoyed participating in the Neshaminy Falls Social Organization with his devoted companion Elle Fischer. His hobbies included golf, bowling, horse racing, boating and fishing. He was an avid gardener his whole life and rarely missed a Phillies, Eagles or Penn State football game on TV.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass 11AM , Monday, May 5, 2014 at Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church, 1325 Upper State Road, North Wales, PA where the family will receive friends at 10AM. Entombment will immediately follow at Whitemarsh Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army or the American Heart Assoc.

Salem man recalls escape from flaming USS Franklin

The Statesman Journal has just posted a story about Franklin Crewmember Albert Cole of Salem Oregon.

The link is here:

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/opinion/columnists/capi-lynn/2015/03/07/salem-man-recalls-escaping-flaming-uss-franklin/24571377/

Update 25 MARCH 2015- a followup story is posted here:

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/opinion/columnists/capi-lynn/2015/03/25/wwii-vets-reunited-years/70414010/

Obituary, Charles L. Finkenstedt

Charles L. Finkenstedt, 90, of Latonia, Kentucky passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015 at his home with his family. He served his country as a decorated WWII Navy Veteran and served on the USS Franklin Air Craft Carrier, a retired security guard with Pinkerton and Kroger’s and member of First Church of God, Latonia. Preceded in death by his wife Audrey Evans Finkenstedt and daughter Modine Davis. Survivors include 4 daughters Maxine Rouse of Ludlow, Carol (Maurice) Decker of Alexandria, Shirley (Paul) Bogle of Burlington and Charlene (Steve) Glacken of Latonia; also survived by many grandchildren, great and great great grandchildren. Visitation 9-11 AM and funeral 11 AM Friday, February 27, 2015 all at SWINDLER & CURRIN FUNERAL HOME, LATONIA. Interment Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials to American Heart Association , 240 Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222. For private online condolences and directions please go to swindler-currinfh.com – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nky/obituary.aspx?n=charles-l-finkenstedt&pid=174251742&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.P2uqTiDv.dpuf

Obituary, William Vitali Herman

William Vitali Herman WWII Navy radioman and oil company dispatcher who owned Elizabeth bakery William Vitali Herman, formerly of Elizabeth, N.J.; Linden, N.J., and Clark, N.J., passed away on Jan. 12, 2015, at his home in Irving, Texas. Visitation will be at The McCracken Funeral Home, 1550 Morris Ave., Union, N.J. 07083, on Monday, Jan. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m., with a Parastas at 3 p.m. Services will be at SS. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, Elizabeth, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 9 a.m., with entombment to follow at Graceland Memorial, Kenilworth, N.J. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., William was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1942 to 1946 on the U.S.S. PC 615, U.S.S. Franklin CV13 and the U.S.S Adirondack AGC 15 under the flag of Admiral Briscoe. He achieved the rank of radioman RM 2/C, receiving his training at Northwestern University. After the war, William graduated from Rider University with a B.S. degree and managed the Ritz, Regent and Elmora theaters. He worked for Con Weimar and Bond Transportation and retired from BP Oil in 1986 as a dispatcher. He and his wife, Anne Zavoda Herman, owned and operated the Vilan Bakery in the Elmora section of Elizabeth, N.J., for many years before moving to Clark, where they lived for more than 45 years. William was a member of the American Legion Clark Post and the Loyalty Lodge F&AM in Union and was past master of Orient Lodge in 1961. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church in Elizabeth, N.J., and St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Euless, Texas. William is survived by his beloved wife, Anne, of Irving, Texas; daughter, Karen Steffaro and her husband, Robert, also of Irving; son, William Herman and his wife, Nancy (Kushnerick); and two granddaughters, Alexandra and Julia of Rochester, Mich. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, 158 Stiles St., Elizabeth, N.J. 07208 or St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 303 Cullum Drive, Euless, Texas 76040.
Published in Star-Ledger on Jan. 18, 2015
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