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, Teofilo Guerrero

On April 4th, 2015, Teofilo Guerrero or DOD (Dear Old Dad) as his baby girl, Cecilia called him, left his earthly confines for a world without pain, hate, or remorse. DOD was born in Miami, Arizona in 1924. He served his country during WWII aboard the U.S.S. Franklin as a member of the United States Navy. Determined to learn the English language, he taught himself one word every day. DOD joined the Navy Reserve and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 as a member of the Seabee’s. At the age of 48, he picked up the High School Equivalency book, studied it for a month, and passed with flying colors. Later, he became a Deacon serving the El Paso Diocese where he ministered to the inmates at the El Paso County Detention Facility, the ill, and anyone that needed a “spiritual” lift. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Concepcion, his brother, Manuel “Poli,” his sisters Nicolasa, Elvira, and his late wife, Belen Escobedo-Guerrero. He is survived by his wife, Filomena Guerrero, his sisters Aurelia, Amparo, Corina and brother, Daniel. His children, John (Lori), Leticia (Robert), Irma (Ignacio), David (Esther), and Cecilia. His grandchildren: Nicole, Adreanne, Roseleen, Kristen, Robert, Paul, Eric, Rene, Adrian, Eddie, Joseph, Jonathan, and fifteen great grandchildren. Visitation 4 to 9 on Perches Alameda on Sunday, Rosary 7 pm Perches Alameda, Mass 11:30 AM Monday at St. Francis Xavier. Burial at Ft. Bliss. Pallbearers: David, Eddie, Eric, Rene, Joseph, and Jonathan. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to any U.S. Veteran organization or to the Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home, 9650 Kenworthy St., El Paso, TX 79924. 915-751-0967. Thanks to Cuidado Casero Hospice and to Lily and Gaby for taking excellent care of D.O.D.
Published in El Paso Times from Apr. 10 to Apr. 17, 2015
– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/elpasotimes/obituary.aspx?pid=174608427#sthash.TYCGzqT4.dpuf

Obituary, William James Nott

William James Nott (LCDR U.S.Navy Retired), 91, of Portsmouth RI, died Friday, April 10, 2015, surrounded by his loving family at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, MA.
Mr. Nott was born April 8, 1924 in Groton, CT.

He is the son of the late William Edward and the late Mildred (Harris) Nott.

He was married to Marie Christina (Santangelo ) Nott for 61 years.

William enlisted in the Navy after high school and served during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. During his time in the Navy, he worked his way up through ranks and eventually became a commissioned officer, also known as a “Mustang” and retired as a Lieutenant Commander. He served aboard the U.S.S Franklin (CV-13), of which he was very proud.
After retiring from the Navy, William went to work for Roger Williams University in the facilities management department, and became the director of that department for over twenty years.
He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother, and loved spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Christina (Santangelo) Nott, his four sons, Michael Nott and his wife Shanon of Portsmouth, RI, James Nott and his wife Linda of Portsmouth, RI, Paul Nott and his wife Kim of Savannah, GA, and Thomas Nott of Portsmouth, RI.and his daughter Patricia Maggiacomo and her husband Michael. He is also survived by his brothers, Donald Nott, Raymond Nott and Richard Nott, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his greatgranddaughter Jayla Hudson.

A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday April 16, 2015 from 6-8pm in the Connors Funeral Home 55 West Main Road in Portsmouth, RI, friends and family are invited to attend.

Burial with military honors will be on Friday April 17, 2015 at 10am in Portsmouth Cemetery, Bristol Ferry Road in Portsmouth.

 

Additional information at www.memorialfuneralhome.com

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/