2020 Reunion, March 19-22 Pensacola, FL.

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U.S.S. Franklin (CV-13)
2020 Reunion, March 19-22

Hosted by: April and Ken Homko
in memory of Ken’s father Harry Homko (K-Div)

We are so excited to be hosting another reunion!  Not just “another reunion” but the reunion on the 75th Anniversary of the attack on the Franklin. We will be bringing the reunion back to a great town we have visited before, Pensacola, FL.

Security is a lot tighter than when we stayed on base back in 2007.  So we will be staying at the historic Pensacola Grand Hotel located at 200 E. Gregory St. in downtown Pensacola.  They are giving us a great rate of $100/night for their standard room with 2 Queen Beds.  They will honor this room rate fom 3/17-3/24. (Please note that breakfast is not included in this rate.  There is a restaurant located in the hotel that is open for breakfast and dinner.  See the attached menu.  We will also provide some continental breakfast items in our hospitality room daily.) Currently we have 45 rooms blocked. These rooms will be held only until February 20th and then they will be released. So, please do not delay booking your room. To do so, call the hotel directly at 850-433-3336, ask for reservations and then provide the four letter code: C V 1 3.  Also, it has been mentioned that Pensacola does not have a very big airport with many flights.  So, if possible, do not wait too long to book your flights.

The Pensacola Grand does offer a complimentary airport shuttle from 6am-10pm and there is no charge for parking if you drive.  They are the top hotel in Pensacola for Military Reunions with a great location in the heart of Downtown Pensacola. It is minutes away from shopping, dining, and entertainment venues with Pensacola Beach only 8 miles away. Many of you know when planning a reunion there are many factors to consider to find the best possible hotel for our group.  So, although we do not have breakfast included, this hotel is the best choice to meet the majority of our needs.  They will definitely give us service and attention unmatched by any other hotel in the area.

The reunion will start Thursday, 3/19 with registration beginning at 4pm in our hospitality room. There will be a Board meeting beginning at 5pm.

Friday, 3/20 we will board Trolleys and head to the National Naval Aviation Museum.  Everyone 16 and older will need a picture ID to enter the museum! At the museum will have our Memorial Ceremony, a guided tour of the museum, watch an IMAX Movie, enjoy lunch at the Cubi Bar Café and possibly a tour of the National Flight Academy. Trolleys will head back to the hotel at different times in the afternoon so everyone has enough time to enjoy the museum. Friday night join us in the hospitality room for some entertainment.

Saturday, 3/21 the general meeting will be in the morning and the dinner dance in the evening.

Sunday, 3/22 will be the 8 o’clock Report in the morning.

In closing I need to give a GIANT “Thank You” to Tom from Beach Bum Trolley for all his help with this reunion. If I hadn’t (by chance) gotten in touch with him I don’t think I would have volunteered to host!  You can check out this link on his website for our reunion itinerary and menu for the Friday lunch: http://beachbumtrolley.com/franklin.htm

 

CLICK THIS LINK TO DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION TO SEND IN TO KEN AND APRIL BY FEBRUARY 10, 2020.  

 

CLICK THIS LINK TO SEE THE HOTEL RESTAURANT MENU.

 

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

https://ussfranklin310144520.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/bricks.pdf

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, Gordon William Jarvis

JARVIS Gordon William June 19, 1925 December 2, 2019 Gordon William Jarvis, 94, of Salem, Va., passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019, in Bland, Va. He was born on Friday, June 19, 1925, to the late Bernie and Lillie Ruble Jarvis in Paint Bank, Va. Mr. Jarvis served in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the USS Franklin CV-13. After his time in the Navy, he began working and later retired from Rowe Furniture Corporation with over 40 years of service. He was a member of the Taylor Masonic Lodge #23 in Salem, Va., and a member of the Roanoke Scottish Rite. Lastly, Mr. Jarvis was a member of the Salem Church of Christ. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth B. Jarvis; siblings, Jeanette Caldwell, Donald Jarvis, Elwood Jarvis, Jean Arrants, and Virginia Ann Stevenson; granddaughter, Amanda J. Morehead; and great-grandson, Brogan O. Morehead. Those surviving to cherish his precious memory include his son, Larry Jarvis, and wife, Celia; grandson, Andrew Jarvis and wife, Allyson; great-grandchildren, Connor, Duncan, and Arwen Morehead, and Charli Jarvis; sister-in-law, Lois Jarvis; numerous nieces and nephews also survive. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Salem Church of Christ Mission’s Fund for Michael Flinchum (Thailand Missionary) at 401 West Main Street, Salem, Va. 24153 or to the Southwest VA Hospice of Wytheville, 1155 North Fourth St., Wytheville, Va. 24382 A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, in the chapel of John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, Va., with the Rev. Eric Evans officiating. Burial will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem, Va. Friends may visit with the family from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnmoakey.com.

Obituary, John W. Gray

September 29, 2009 John W. Gray, 83, of Camillus, passed away Tuesday at VA Medical Center. A Navy veteran of WWII, he served on the USS Ben Franklin. John was employed for over 20 years with General Tire, retiring in 1984. He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church and enjoyed gardening, fishing and his family’s cottage at Cape Vincent. John was predeceased by his brother, Albert Gray. Surviving are his loving wife of 60 years, the former Mildred Picha; daughters, Jane Williams of San Diego, CA and Joan Montana of Dallas, TX; sons, John P. and James R., both of Escondido, CA and Michael J. of Aurora, CO; sister, Dr. Mary L. Gray of Peabody, MA; and 11 grandchildren. A special thanks to the medical staff of the VA Medical Center for their loving care. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus and at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church where a funeral Mass will be celebrated. Relatives and friends may call today from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. John will be laid to rest in Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church Food Pantry, 5600 West Genesee St., Camillus, NY 13031.

Published Syracuse Post Standard on Oct. 1, 2009

Obituary, George Patrick Medeiros

Canton – George Patrick Medeiros born March 17, 1925 in Provincetown, MA passed away August 16, 2019 at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital, he was 94 years of age.

During World War II, George served as a Gunners Mate aboard the USS Franklin in the South Pacific for the U. S. Navy. When he returned from the war he was a commercial fisherman for several years. He then flew for Pan American Airlines before flying for the U.S. Customs in Homestead FL until retiring after 19 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and step-son.

Survivors include: wife Esther Thomas Medeiros of Canton; sister, Janie Heckert (Mel) of Canton, Ohio; niece, Debbie Wolfe of Gulfport; and nephews, Glynne and Ronny Gulledge of Gulfport.

Visitation will be at Breeland Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am chapel service.