2019 Reunion, July 11- July 14 Nashville, TN.

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Hello USS Franklin crew, family & friends! We are pleased to announce the 2019 USS Franklin Reunion will be hosted in Nashville Tennessee! The reunion will be held Thursday July 11th through Sunday July 14th at the Embassy Suites Vanderbilt in Nashville.

We would like to extend an invitation to the veterans of the USS O’Callahan and USS Gary.  These two ships continued the legacy of the USS Franklin by virtue of their namesakes.  The USS O’Callahan was named after Chaplain Lieutenant Commander Joseph T. O’Callahan, and the USS Gary was named after Commander Donald A. Gary, both Medal of Honor recipients for their rescue of crewmen on the USS Franklin.

There are a limited number of rooms reserved at the USS Franklin rate of $199 per night plus tax.  To book your room for the reunion please contact the hotel directly as soon as possible.  

Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville at Vanderbilt
1811 Broadway Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Telephone: +1-615-320-8899

Or visit this site: https://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/B/BNAESES-USS-20190711/index.jhtml.

Please tell the booking agent that you are with the USS Franklin reunion to get our group rate.

The registration PDF document can be found at the link below:

USS Franklin Reunion 2019 Registration

The hotel reservation deadline and the reunion reservation deadline are both May 31, 2019.

We look forward to seeing you all in July!
Sincerely your hosts the Hamm and Engelhard families.

 

Tips on researching the USS Franklin, CV-13

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There have been several inquiries regarding how to best research information on a crew member through the Franklin social media channels. These are the best online resources to help start your search that I have found. Please feel free to send suggestions to franklin@ussfranklin.org. I will try to keep this list updated.

Facebook: The USS Franklin Museum Association maintains a group called Survivors, Family, and Friends of the USS Franklin CV-13, click here for access: https://www.facebook.com/groups/107402169285997/?ref=bookmarks

There are also other USS Franklin groups as well as many World War II groups to explore.
Facebook is the top recommended resource for sharing USS Franklin information as many relatives of crew members regularly visit and contribute to these pages.

www.USSFranklin.org website: This is the main website for the USS Franklin CV-13 Museum Association. The content found on this website includes the bi-annual Newsletter, Reunion information, and Obituaries. Inquiries can be sent to franklin@ussfranklin.org, the main website email address.

USS Franklin Cruise Book, Big Ben the Flat Top: For more information, click below.
www.ussfranklin.org/?p=901

USS Franklin Muster Rolls. http://www.ussfranklin.org/?p=1306 The Muster Rolls are a large collection of PDF files available for download. These documents were kept by the Navy to record who was aboard the ship at all times.

www.Ancestry.com: This is a pay website, but we have found there to be a lot of detailed information, including muster rolls and draft cards. If you are looking to research a specific individual, this might be a great resource.

USS Franklin Muster Roll

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USS Franklin Muster Roll H Selection 1/31/1944

For USS Franklin researchers, I have obtained a copy of the USS Franklin muster roll copied from microfilm records of the US Navy.  This muster roll contains records of the ships company as the sailors moved onto and off of the ship.  This is not a complete account of all the ships transfers.  Specifically, this does not include information on the Marine and Air groups on board the Franklin.  The file is very large- at 2GB in size and may take some time to download from google drive.  You must “Unzip” the file to reveal all of the individual pages in .jpg picture format.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzBtohmaZ_nSbFVzM0ZRNHNoSTA

This is very similar if not the same information available at www.ancestry.com.

 

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.

Obituary, William R. Albrecht Sr.

William R. Albrecht Sr.
Attorney and former Superior Court judge in Warren County
William R. Albrecht, Sr., 92, born in Paterson, N.J., passed gently into heaven on June 15, 2019.
He is survived by his sons, Gary James Albrecht, and his wife, Deborah, of Blairstown, N.J., and Ronald Douglas Albrecht of Morris Plains, N.J. He was predeceased by two sons, William R. Albrecht, Jr., and Jeffrey Carl Albrecht.
William is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joan, and two step-daughters, Suzanne Markham and Cheryl Cunningham, both of Broken Arrow, Okla.
He was a surviving Bronze Star crew member of the World War II bombing of the carrier, USS Franklin, CV-13 off the coast of Japan. He attended John Marshall Law School, was a special agent of the FBI, and practiced law for more than 30 years with Schenck, Price, Smith & King of Morristown, N.J.
Upon resigning from the firm, he opened his own practice in Belvidere, N.J. He represented the Township of Knowlton, Town of Belvidere, several banks, hospitals and individuals. William was appointed judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Warren County, N.J., and served until his mandatory retirement at age 70, when he moved to Prescott, Ariz.
Published in Star-Ledger on June 23, 2019

Obituary, Donald Albert Easton

Donald Albert Easton Sr., 94, of South Abington Twp., passed away peacefully in his sleep Monday, May 6, with his loving and devoted wife, Joan Kazmierski Easton, and family at his side.

Donald was born in Paterson, N.J., on Feb. 28, 1925, the son of the late Albert and Mary Cary Easton, of Verona, N.J. Upon enlisting in the United States Navy, Don served as a signal man during World War II. After serving in WWII, he attended Rutgers University and upon graduating with a degree in horticulture, he was commissioned into the United States Navy during the Korean War. While in active duty, he served on tours aboard the USS Wisconsin, the USS Franklin (CV 13), USS Enterprise (CV 6) and USS Marshall (DD 676). After the military, Don worked for the federal government in the Office of Personnel Management as a civilian where he met his beloved wife, Joan.

He was a member of St. John Vianney Parish at Corpus Christi Church, Montdale, and among Don’s many passions, he loved singing in the church choir, senior softball, daily crossword puzzles, cooking and gardening. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and lead a very charitable life. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Marie, née Kazmierski, of South Abington Twp.; his children, Margaret Travis, née Strange, of Annandale, Va.; Charles Strange Jr., of Provo, Utah; Roger Strange, of Jacksonville, Fla.; Bruce Easton, of Warrenton, Va.; Donald Easton Jr., of Woodbridge, Va.; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 12 nieces, four nephews, and several great-nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Audrey Rosella, née Snyder; his sister, Pat; and nieces, Lori Ann Kazmierski and Kathleen Fitch.

The funeral will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. from the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home Inc., 601 Dundaff St., Dickson City, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Corpus Christi Church, Montdale. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Scott Twp.

Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. For directions or to leave an online condolence, visit the funeral home website.

Published in Scranton Times on May 8, 2019

Obituary, James Elisha Lanier

James Elisha Lanier, 77, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003. Services will be private. Mr. Lanier was born in Rome, Georgia. He was retired from both the United States Air Force, having served during the Korean Conflict and the U.S. Postal Service. Also a veteran of the United States Navy, he served on the U.S.S. Franklin in WWII, participating in the Berlin Airlift, and was awarded the purple Heart. Mr. Lanier was a Mason in the Riverdale Lodge in Riverdale, GA. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Jerome Lula Mae Lanier, and parents, James Edward and Ada Bula Lanier. Survivors include his children, Linda J. Fuchs, Warner Robins; James E. Lanier, Jr., Georgia; Gary D. Lanier, Douglasville; and Melissa A. Bilodeau, Atlanta; brother, Larry Lanier, Roswell, GA; and eight grandchildren. Go to http://www.mcculloughfh.com to sign Online Registry for the family. McCullough Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 6, 2003

Obituary, John J. Malone, Sr.

John J. Malone, Sr. of Monrovia, Maryland
December 16, 1925 – April 15, 2019
Mr. John J. Malone Sr., 93, of Monrovia, died Monday, April 15, 2019 at The Villages of Rockville. He was the husband of Mary Malone.

Born December 16, 1925, in Yonkers, NY, he was the son of the late Walter and Cecelia (Quinn) Malone.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his children, John Malone Jr. and wife Charlotte, Veronica Malone, Theodore Malone Sr., James Malone and wife Vicki; grandchildren, Andrew Malone and Theodore Malone Jr., sister, Marge Rickerson and husband Joseph, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

John enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Notably, he was a machinist mate on the USS Franklin, an aircraft carrier the Japanese Navy thought they sank twice, but “Big Ben” lived on. After separating from the Navy in 1946, he was recalled during the Korean War and served aboard a destroyer.

John then spent almost 38 years as an engineer with IBM in New York and Maryland. While he loved his time with IBM, he embraced retirement in 1990.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00AM, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at St. Ignacius Catholic Church, 4103 Prices Distillery Road, Ijamsville, MD 21754. Father Michael Jendrek will officiate. Interment will follow

Online condolences may be shared at http://www.keeneybasford.com.

Obituary, Donald N. Garrett

Donald N. Garrett, 87, of Geneva, AL passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at his home. He was born May 2, 1925 in Defuniak Springs, Florida to T.O. & Altha Garrett Sr. He graduated in 1947 from Bay High School. He served in the US Navy aboard the USS Franklin during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and a sister. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Donna Kuhn Garrett of Geneva; 3 daughters, Linda Markham (Ralph) of Panama City; Laura Rhodes (Bill); Mary Boadwine, all of Geneva; sister, Glenna Ward of Lynn Haven and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. The family would like to give a thank you to his special grandson and caretaker, Ronnie Everett and the staff of Gentevia Hospice of Enterprise. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, May 16, at 11 a.m. in the Lynn Haven Cemetery with Rev. Nathan Carroll officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Geneva Playground Fund, 309 South Commerce St., Geneva, AL 32340 in memory of Donald Garrett.

Obituary, Henry K. Willard, II

Henry K. Willard, II (Age 92)

Died peacefully at his home in Shepherdstown, WV on December 23, 2018.
Henry (Harry) was born in Washington, DC on August 11, 1926 the son of Henry A. Willard, II and Abby Hooker Willard. A fourth generation Washingtonian, he was the great grandson of Henry A. Willard the founder of the city’s storied Willard Hotel.
A veteran of World War II, Harry served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Franklin as a young seaman and survived one of the deadliest attacks on a U.S. warship during the war. Returning from the Pacific theatre he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and began a long career as an executive with American Security and Trust Co. (now Bank of America). In 1971 he was appointed by President Richard Nixon to the District of Columbia City Council at a time when the city was transitioning to home rule and served on the board of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority as the early phases of the city’s new Metro system were being planned and constructed. He served on the board of numerous cultural and civic organizations in Washington.
He retired to Shepherdstown, WV in 1979 actively managing his beloved farm property and enjoying a quieter life in the country. He had a lifelong passion for the lore and history of the U.S. railroad industry and a keen interest and knowledge of American history particularly concerning the Civil War.
He graduated from the Choate School and Yale University. Harry was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown, the Chevy Chase Club and Metropolitan Club in Washington, DC and the Nantucket Yacht Club, Nantucket, MA where the family maintained a summer home for generations.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Louise Brooks Willard, his sister Abby Willard Northrop and brother James E. F. Willard. He is survived by two sons: Henry A. Willard, III (Jeffrey Greer) of Shepherdstown, WV and John Brooks Willard (Inci) of Waverly, GA.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Hospice of the Panhandle, Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown or The National Humane Education Society.
A graveside service and interment at the Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown will be announced later.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 30, 2018