USS Franklin plaques to be dedicated in Memorial Park in Stuart Florida on Veterans Day.

Shipmate Sam Rhodes stands in front of the monument that he has worked for tirelessly to memorialize the fallen crew of the USS Franklin.


The dedication of the plaques will take place on Veterans Day, November 11, 2013 at Memorial Park in Stuart Florida.

The local paper has written an article on Sam and his efforts in the following link: Eve Samples_ WWII veteran wants public memorial for his fallen shipmates – TC Palm

To donate to this memorial, please make check payable to “USS Franklin Memorial Plaques,” and send to Samuel Rhodes, 1867 N.E. Ridge Ave., Jensen Beach, FL 34957

4 thoughts on “USS Franklin plaques to be dedicated in Memorial Park in Stuart Florida on Veterans Day.

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  2. I heard there are two more plaques available. How does one go about getting one of them? I represent the Marine Ellis Van Vleet Family who died on the USS Franklin on March 15, 1945. He was from the town of Apalachicola FL. They have a Three Man Statue Memorial Park here. His brother Louis Van Vleet is interested in placing something there for his brother.


    • Hi Holly, sorry I just found this message. I will be at the reunion in Texas next week and can check on the status of the plaques that may be available. Please contact me directly at if this is something your family is interested in looking into. Thanks, Darren Hamm


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