USS Franklin out of print books for sale!

USS Franklin (CV-13) Original Documents 1943-1946

  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing; Limited edition (March 26, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563111454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563111457

The USS Franklin museum association is selling its remaining stock.  The cost of the book is $53 and all proceeds go to the USS Franklin Museum Association.

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USS Franklin Reunion in the News! 5/17/2013

The USS Franklin reunion in Charleston South Carolina has made the local and national news.  NBC’s Brian Williams reports in the story below.

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Obituary, Roy Delbert Henderson

Roy Delbert Henderson 1922 – 2013
Published: May 11, 2013
Roy Delbert Henderson, age 90, of Springdale, Ark., departed this life on May 8, 2013, in Springdale. He was born July 6, 1922, in Seminole County, Okla., the son of Melvin and Mae Alston Henderson.

He retired after 35 years of service as manager of Consumer Oil Company. Mr. Henderson served his country with the Merchant Marine and the United States Navy during World War II, and received the Purple Heart and numerous other medals and awards. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded by his parents; one brother, Paul Henderson; and one sister, Opal Hixson.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Madge Green Henderson of the home; one son, Rick Henderson and his wife, Nancy, of Little Rock, Ark.; and his special friend, Sophie.

Graveside services will be Monday, May 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Fayetteville National Cemetery, with Chaplain Paul Woodhouse officiating, under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home. Military honors will be provided by Rogers VFW Post 3031.

Visitation will be Sunday, May 12, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, Springdale, AR.
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Obituary, William Joseph Jones

William Joseph Jones
05/08/1921 – 04/16/2013
Jasper, GA- William Joseph Jones, age 91, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. He was born on May 8, 1921, to John & Mary Methvin Jones of Jeffersonville, GA. In 1942 he joined the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the U.S.S. Franklin. He served on the Franklin during World War II until he was honorably discharged in 1946. In fact, he was on that ship when it was bombed by the Japanese, killing many of his shipmates and sending him and others overboard into the sea, very near the coast of Japan..
In 1958 he married Billie Faulk Harrell, who preceded him in death in 2007. He worked for 24 years at Robins AFB as an aircraft mechanic. He is survived by his only son, Joseph H. Jones, and daughter-in-law, Lisa Breed Jones, and three granddaughters, Emily Grace Jones, Hannah Methvin Jones, and Maggie Anne Miller; two brothers, Cliff Jones and Claude Jones, and their children; two nieces, Ellen Nagy and Jan Beeland, and their spouses and children.
Because of Mr. Jones’ great love of children, his family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made either to the children’s ministry of Cowboy Church in Jerusalem, 9906 Henderson Mountain Rd., Fairmount, GA, or the children’s ministry at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1036 North Main Street, Jasper, GA 30143.
Visit to sign the online registry.
Reece Funeral Home in Jeffersonville has charge of arrangements

Published in The Telegraph on April 18, 2013

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Obituary, Norman A. Flamand

Norman A. Flamand, 88
NORTHBRIDGE – Norman A. Flamand, 88, died on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, Northbridge, after a long illness.
He leaves two sisters: Sister Jane Flamand, SASV, of Worcester and Sister Solange Flamand, SASV, of Marlborough; a brother, Joseph L. Flamand and his wife, Lorraine T. (Guilbeault) Flamand, of Northbridge; nine nephews and nieces and several grandnephews and grandnieces. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers: Edward J. Flamand of Northbridge and Charles Flamand of Pensacola, FL.
A son of the late Joseph and Eva (Desmarais) Flamand, Norman was born in Northbridge on November 23, 1924, and was a lifelong resident of the town. He was a graduate of Northbridge High School, Worcester Junior College, and Boston University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the Naval Air Station, Wildwood, NJ, and aboard the USS FRANKLIN (CV-13) “Big Ben”. While in Philadelphia, he earned a letter of commendation for serving as an interpreter for the Free French Navy ships under repair there.
Norman was an exporter for Whitin Machine Works, Whitinsville, where he worked for 30 years before he retired in 1982. He was a member of Saint Peter’s Catholic Parish, Northbridge, where he sang in the parish choir for many years. He was also a member of Oliver Ashton Post 343, American Legion, Northbridge, where he served as post chaplain for several years. He enjoyed golf and horse racing.
His funeral will be Monday, April 29, from Turgeon Funeral Home, 80 School St., Northbridge, with a Funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M. in Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, 39 Church Ave. Burial with military honors will follow in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Whitinsville. A visiting hour will take place in the funeral home on Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M.
Norman’s family would like to thank the staffs at Whitney Place and Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center for the expert and loving care they gave him. Donations in his memory may be made to Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, 85 Beaumont Drive, P.O. Box 940, Northbridge, MA 01534.

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from April 25 to April 26, 2013

Obituary, Irving L. Kidwell

Irving L. Kidwell, 87, died April 26 at the Mandrin House in Annapolis. Mr. Kidwell served in the Navy on the USS Franklin, CV 13, in World War II, where he was awarded an honorable discharge and Bronze Star Metal from the United States Navy. He served in the Lions Club, State Roads Commission and Chamber of Commerce. He was a banker, real estate broker and a general contractor. Mr. Kidwell is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ida May Kidwell; son, Leroy W. Kidwell and wife Karen; three daughters, Susan K. Kidwell, Laura F. Strickland and her husband Manning, Catherine L. Kidwell and her husband Mark Puleo; stepson, Charles Sellner and his wife, Barbara; stepdaughter, Blanche Radich; brother, Dellburt Kidwell and his wife Beverly; 15 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 29, at Beall Funeral Home, 6512 NW Crain Hwy. (Rt. 3, South), Bowie. Funeral Service will be held 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 30 at First Baptist Church, 7415 SW Crain Hwy, Upper Marlboro. Interment will be held at Lakemont Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Davidsonville with military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mr. Kidwell’s memory to the Building Fund at the First Baptist Church of Upper Marlboro. Please view and sign the family’s guestbook at:
Published in The Capital on April 28, 2013