StevieO‘Brien, a 12 year old student in Massachusetts recently participated in a National History Day contest where the theme is “Leadership and Legacy”. For his project he selected Father Joseph O‘Callahan of the USS Franklin. Stevie came in second in his category of junior historical exhibit at the Massachusetts state competition and he also received the National Archives award in his category for best use of primary sources and the first place junior division award from the National Maritime historical Society. With a donation from the USS Franklin Museum Association, Stevie competed in the national finals at the University of Maryland in June. He sent the presentation below to share his trip with the readers of ussfranklin.org.
At the 2015 Milwaukee reunion general meeting, Joyce Conklin announced that the 2016 USS Franklin Reunion is set for Gettysburg Pennsylvania June 23, 24, and 25th 2016. The hotel is 1863 Inn of Gettysburg, 516 Baltimore St. Gettysburg, PA 17325. Their phone number is (717) 334-6211. Make your reservations ASAP. Parking and Breakfast is included.
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I would like to thank the USS Franklin family for coming to and helping out with a successful USS Franklin Reunion in Milwaukee Wi. We got some news coverage below. Links to the Fox 6, WISN12, and TMJ4 articles are posted below as well as a compilation posted to the USS Franklin YouTube Channel.
A special thank you to Ed Vesely and Jerry Scott for sharing the Commemorative Air Force SB2C Helldiver with the USS Franklin Veterans and their families. Visit their website at http://www.sb2chelldiver.com/ to find out more about this remarkable plane.
Crew of the USS Franklin and SB2C Helldiver in Milwaukee Wisconsin 17 July 2015 at the annual reunion. From Left to Right- William Schauer F1/c E-Div. Bernard Groenwold AMM2/c V-2nd -Div. Ray C. Bailey S2/c 6th -Div. PH1/c Ret. Roy Malmquist Navy Veteran and Friend of Crew Harold E. Rausch PC3/c K-Div. Gilbert E. Baca S1/c K-Div. John C. (Jack) Hensel ARM3/c VT-5 Donald Conard F1/c B-Div.
Front Row Left to Right Bernard Groenwold AMM2/c V-2nd -Div Ray C. Bailey S2/c 6th -Div. PH1/c Ret Harold E. Rausch PC3/c K-Div Michael Dacko S1/c 2nd -Div Gilbert E. Baca S1/c K-Div Back Row Left to Right Roy Malmquist Navy Veteran and Friend of Crew Donald Conard F1/c B-Div Major David Baruch USAF Ret GM3/c 6th -Div William Schauer F1/c E-Div. John C. (Jack) Hensel ARM3/c VT-5
USS Franklin CV-13 Reunion in Milwaukee Wisconsin July 16-19, 2015.
Surviving Crew and Family members of the storied WW2 Navy Aircraft Carrier USS Franklin CV-13 (www.ussfranklin.org) will be converging on the Milwaukee Sheraton Brookfield Hotel, 375 S Moorland Road in Brookfield Wisconsin for a weekend of fun, fellowship, and memorial.
Registration will be Thursday July 16th from noon until 10PM in the Wisconsin room. For USS Franklin Museum Association Board members, the annual meeting will be held at 4PM Thursday.
At 10AM Friday July 17th, the press and public is invited to join the USS Franklin Reunion for a public memorial at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202 (414) 273-5533. The guest speaker for the memorial ceremony will be Capt. (Ret.) Gary Schnurrpusch USN CO. USS O’Callahan and USS Gary and USS Franklin Honorary Survivor.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Darren Hamm at 262-305-6979 or email at email@example.com.
Russel E. “Bucket” Cole, 88, of Harmony Township, NJ passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Lopatcong Center in Lopatcong Township, NJ. Russel was born in Still Valley, Pohatcong Township, NJ on August 1, 1926 to the late Edgar and Addie Rush Shoemaker Cole. Russel was a self-employed Dairy Farmer for 25 years, retiring in 1976. He was a graduate of Phillipsburg High School, Class of 1944. Russel served in the US Navy on the Aircraft Carrier USS Franklin CV13, which was known as the ship that will not die, “Big Ben”. Russel enjoyed traveling the country for his ship’s reunions. Russel was a member of Stewartsville Presbyterian Church in Stewartsville, NJ. He was also a member of the American Legion Mecsey-Bishop Post #456 of Stewartsville, NJ; VFW Post #6701 of Washington, NJ; the Stewartsville Grange #121; Sunny Seniors of Phillipsburg; the Stewartsville Area Seniors; The Museum Association USS Franklin CV13;and the Pohatcong Valley Semi-Wild Club. Russel is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret Paff Cole; daughters, Donna Diehl and her husband, Larry of Phillipsburg, NJ and Debra Cole of Phillipsburg, NJ; a sister Ethel Bischoff of VA; grandchildren Chelsey and Jesse Diehl; a great-grandson; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Sarah Crouse; and half-brothers, Harry, Donald and Heston Shoemaker. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 10am at the Rupell Funeral Home, LLC; 465 Memorial Pkwy; Phillipsburg, NJ 08865. A visitation of family and friends will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Stewartsville (Presbyterian) Cemetery; Stewartsville, NJ. In Lieu of Flowers, memorials may be made to Stewartsville Presbyterian Church; 550 N. Main Street; Stewartsville, NJ 08886. Online condolences may be submitted at http://www.rupellfuneralhome.com. – See more at: http://obits.lehighvalleylive.com/obituaries/etpa/obituary.aspx?n=russel-e-cole-bucket&pid=175178281&fhid=21870&eid=sp_ommatch&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.DNfANALe.dpuf
Robert A. Gray, 92, passed away Friday, June 19, 2015, at his home in Lakewood, Colo. Robert was born March 2, 1923, in Kansas City, Kan., to George and Adis Gray. He was a graduate of Wyandotte High School. Bob was a Veteran of WWII serving in the United States Navy. He was a member of Bomber Squadron VB 13 aboard the USS Franklin. He married Betty Jean (Ashmore) on June 14, 1941, in New Orleans, La., who preceded him in death after 68 years of marriage on Feb. 10, 2010. He was in the automotive industry most of his adult working life, retiring as an Auto Service manager for Dick Smith Ford in 1977. Bob was an avid aviation enthusiast, having obtained his pilot’s license at age 22, flying until he was 76 years old. He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen. In addition to aviation, he was involved in midget car racing in the Kansas City area in the 1950’s. He was a member of Victory Hills Baptist Church. He is survived by his daughter, Jeanne and her husband, Jay Dewey of Lakeood, Colo. In addition, he leaves two granddaughters, Kristen (Jeff) Sanders of Edmond, Okla., and Nicole (Pat) Dolezal of Wray, Colo. He is also survived by five great grandchildren, Tyler, Bryce and Sydney Sanders of Edmond, and Jessica and Jaden Mast of Wray. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 26, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 North 94th St., Kansas City, KS 66112. Condolences at: http://www.porterfuneralhome.com Arr.: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, Kan., (913) 438-6444. Porter Funeral Homes and Crematory
Published in Kansas City Star on June 24, 2015
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AMOS. Alfred E. Amos, 93, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Hospice in Stockbridge, GA. He was the beloved husband of the late Shirley E. (Miller) Amos for 47 years and the late Ruth (Young) Amos for 21 years, Ruth passed January 27, 2015. Al was born February 18, 1922 in Hartford, the son of the late William A. and Alma (Vorhaven) Amos. He served his country during WWII on the USS Franklin and also in the Korean War. Upon returning from the service he worked for Underwood Typewriter then Remington Typewriter in their design departments. He was a longtime Masonic member. He leaves his son, William H. Amos of Locust Grove, GA; a daughter, Cheryl Morgan and her husband Michael of Windsor; a son Alfred Amos, Jr. of Groton; three grandsons; one granddaughter-in-law; three granddaughters; one grandson-in-law; four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Howard V. Amos; a daughter-in-law, Toni Amos. His family will receive friends Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 10-11 AM at Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807Bloomfield Ave., Windsor with a Masonic Service at 10:45 AM followed by a memorial service at 11 AM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Roberts Presbyterian Church, 2716 Highway 187 South, Anderson, SC 29626.