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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, the main website email address.
USS Franklin Cruise Book, Big Ben the Flat Top: For more information, click below.
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.
Hello USS Franklin crew, family & friends! We are pleased to announce the 74th anniversary USS Franklin Reunion will be hosted in Nashville Tennessee! It will be held Thursday July 11th through Sunday July 14th at the Embassy Suites Vanderbilt in Nashville.
To book your room for the reunion please contact the hotel directly:
Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville at Vanderbilt
1811 Broadway Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Or visit this site: https://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/B/BNAESES-USS-20190711/index.jhtml.
The rate for a room is $199 per night plus tax. More information will be forthcoming .
We look forward to seeing you all in July!
Sincerely your hosts Eric & Sarah Engelhard
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.
This is very similar if not the same information available at www.ancestry.com.
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.
You can also get a brick application at the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041 website here:
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
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.
Big Ben The Flat Top, The Story of the USS Franklin cruise book is available free online in its electronic format at the link below. I encourage everybody that reads this to download and distribute this PDF document copy of the original 1946 USS Franklin cruise book.
Luther R. Tidwell, 92, of Big Cove, a WWII Navy Veteran aboard the USS Franklin Aircraft Carrier, Died November 22, 2018. He was preceded by Beryl Broad Tidwell, his wife of 68 years. He is survived by 2 daughters, Kay Tidwell of Big Cove and Marco Shindlebower of Decatur and Cindy and John Romine of Big Cove, 1 Grandson Bo Riley Bass of Big Cove, 1 Granddaughter, Courtney and Jake Andrews of Big Cove. Visitation will be at the Hampton Cove Funeral Home, 6262 Hwy 431 So. In the Big Cove Community, Saturday November 24th, 9 am to 11 am. Graveside Service following Visitation will be at The Camp Ground Cemetery, Camp Ground Road, Big Cove, weather permitting. The Service will be at the Hampton Cove Funeral Home if raining. In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial Donations can be made to the Camp Ground Cemetery C/O Kay Tidwell, 730 Old Big Cove Road, Owens Cross Roads, Ala, 35763
Published in The Huntsville Times on Nov. 25, 2018
BAILEY, Raymond Collins of San Diego, CA, born August 31, 1927 in Urbana, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Preceded in death by beloved wife, Dorothy (Dot) Bailey (married 62 years). Devoted father of Roger (Wanda) Bailey (AZ) and Elaine (Ken) Young (IL). Cherished grandfather of Heather Cochrane (IL) and great grandfather of Devonte, Jordan, and Caroline Cochrane. He is also survived by his sister, Stephanie Purkey (IL). Mr. Bailey lived in Otay Mesa for over 58 years. During World War II, he served on the USS Franklin and is also a Korean War Veteran. Retired United States Navy First Class Photo Mate, a retiree from Rohr, and a professional photographer. Mr. Bailey will be interred at Glenn Abbey Mortuary in Bonita. Viewing will be Sunday, November 25, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be Monday, November 26 at 10 am. The family is asking for donations to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans in lieu of flowers.
Donald Allyn Nusom Sr.
Dallas – Donald Allyn Nusom Sr. Born in Gervais, Or to Allyn and Miriam Nusom on March 31, 1926. Donald passed Aug. 22, 2018 at his Dallas residence. He graduated Gervais High School and joined the US Navy in 1943. He was aboard the USS Franklin during his service. After his discharge he came back to Gervais and married his high school sweetheart, Talitha Magel in October of 1947. They established D A Nusom Orchards and farmed for 45 years. They retired in 1986 and became snowbirds at their home in Apache Jct, AZ until 2011. In April of 2011 Donald and Talitha moved in to Dallas Retirement Village.
He is preceded in death by his wife Talitha and son Don Jr.
He is survived by his brother Dale Nusom of Portland, his two daughters Joanne Nusom of Keizer and Susan Cribbs (Boyd) of Dallas, two grandsons, Ross Cribbs (McKenzie) and Grant Cribbs, three great granddaughters and one great grandson.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to one of the following: Willamette Valley Hospice, 1015 3rd St NW, Salem, OR 97304 (wvh.org), or Pioneer Memorial Cemetery PO Box 9134, Brooks, OR, 97305, or Dallas Retirement Foundation, Sue Lamb, 377 NW Jasper St, Dallas, OR 97338 (DallasRetirementVillage.com)
Services will be held Thursday August 30, 2018 at 2 pm at Simon-Cornwell Colonial Chapel, 390 N 2nd St, Woodburn, OR 97071.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Aug. 28, 2018
Everett Lawrence (Larry) Hammen Everett Lawrence Hammen, 98, of Puyallup, Washington, passed away of natural causes on October 17, 2018. “Larry” was born to Katie and Peter Hammen in Keota, Iowa. He enlisted in the Marines after high school, and during WWII, served as a Technical Sergeant aboard the USS Franklin. Larry was on the flight deck of the Franklin when it was bombed and heavily damaged by a Japanese aircraft on March 19, 1945. He was subsequently knocked off the flight deck into the water and later rescued. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his injuries. Larry met the love of his life, Kathryn (Kay) Humphries, a Registered Nurse, and they married in 1946. They spent most of their lives in Iowa, including 25 years in Urbandale, where he was a carpenter by profession and a proud member of the local carpenters’ union. The highlight of their life was raising their son, Michael. They moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1985, where they enjoyed many years of active retirement, and finally moved to Puyallup in 1999 to be closer to their son and his family. Kay preceded Larry in death in 2001 after over 50 years of a loving marriage. Larry and his dog Molly spent many enjoyable years in Puyallup being able to watch his grandchildren Carolynn and Stephen grow up. He was a WONDERFUL grandfather, and never missed a school event, sports event, or long musical recital where the kids performed. We will miss him dearly and our Sundays watching sports and enjoying family dinners. He will be missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his son Dr. Michael Hammen and his wife Catherine, of Gig Harbor (formerly of Puyallup), and grandchildren Carolynn Hammen of Tacoma and Stephen Hammen of Boston, Massachusetts. A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, November 23, 2018, 10:30 am, at All Saints Catholic Church in Puyallup, followed by interment at Woodlawn Abbey Mausoleum in Puyallup. Arrangements are by Powers Funeral Home, Puyallup, Washington, 253-845-0536. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western & Central Washington Chapter, 12721 30th Avenue NE, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98125.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Oct. 26, 2018