USS Franklin Museum Association Spring 2018 Newsletter


The Spring 2018 USS Franklin Museum Association Newsletter has been emailed.  A copy can be found here:

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The newsletter is typically sent out in the Fall and Spring.


Obituary, Leonard J. Sapienza

Leonard J. Sapienza, 93, of Vermilion, died Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at his home after a brief illness.
He was born February 23, 1925 in Lorain and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 30 years after moving from Henrietta Twp.
Leonard was a veteran of the US Navy serving on the USS Franklin during WWII. During his service, Leonard was injured by a Kamikaze aircraft.
He was a member of the Vermilion United Church of Christ Congregational, American Legion Post #397, and VFW Post #7576.
He had his private pilots license and enjoyed flying, golfing, boating, fishing and he was an avid woodworker.
Leonard retired from Timms Spring Co., Elyria where he had worked as a machinist for many years.
He is survived by his daughter, Gail (Gary Seawall) Sapienza; 9 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and his sister, Dolores Kendeigh of Amherst.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann (nee Kress) Sapienza in 2000; son, Guy Sapienza; parents, Thomas and Lillian (nee Teaman) Sapienza; brothers, Charles and Danny Sapienza; and sister, Jean Alten.
The family will receive friends on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1:30 p.m. at the Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South Street, Vermilion, Ohio
The Rev. David Zerby will officiate and the Vermilion Veterans Council will conduct Military Honors just prior to the 1:30 p.m. funeral service. Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Vermilion.
Online condolences may be made at
Published in on Feb. 28, 2018

Obituary, Stanley John Olander

Stanley John Olander, 96, of South Windsor, beloved husband of the late Carolyn (Reed) Olander died peacefully on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Manchester Manor, surrounded by his family. He was born on November 5, 1921 in Seymour, CT, son of the late Thomas and Katheren (Biatczak) Olander. Stanley grew up in Manchester and was a graduate of Cheney Tech. He went on to serve our country with the U.S. Navy during WWII. He served aboard the U.S.S. Franklin and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal when his ship was hit by Kamikaze fighters. Upon returning home after the war Stanley went to work for Colt Manufacturing in Hartford and later went to work for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, retiring in 1981 after 35 years of service. He was a resident of South Windsor since 1971. Stanley was a collector of artifacts and memorabilia. He was a New England Patriots fan, and enjoyed his Saturday trips to Foxwoods. He cherished his Manchester Mall meetings with his friend Eli and his coffee on Sundays with his friend Mike. Stanley was a man of simple pleasures and lived life his own way. He will be dearly missed. He leaves his son, Skip Olander, and his wife Tracy of Mansfield Center; his sister, Irene Welskop of Meriden; his grandchildren, Jaime Olander and her partner Kelsey, Ryan Olander, Tyler Olander, and Morgan Olander; and his two great grandchildren, Gram and Lila. He was predeceased by his siblings, Harry Olander, Stella Mozzer, Mary Limrick, and Edward Olander. His family will receive friends on Thursday, January 25, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor. A private burial at the request of his family with Military Honor will take place in Wapping Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: John Fidler Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Linda Malavasi, East Hampton High School, 15 North Maple St. (The John Fidler Way) East Hampton, CT 06424. Please visit us at for online condolences and guest book.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 24, 2018

Obituary, Roger F. Garland

Roger F. Garland, 92
WESTBROOK – Roger F. Garland, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. He was born Sept. 13, 1925, in North Conway, N.H., the son of Roy and Marion (Wade) Garland.
Roger grew up in North Conway and attended local schools. Following school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served his country during World War II on the aircraft carriers USS Franklin and USS Hancock. As a young adult, Roger settled his family in Westbrook and enjoyed a career in the dairy industry working for Blue Spruce and Oakhurst dairies. Roger enjoyed going to yard sales, and taking rides with his wife Blanche. He will be remembered for his good sense of humor, flower and vegetable gardens, and his love for raising rabbits, goats, and his dog Sandy.
In addition to his parents, Roger was predeceased by his loving wife of 64 years, Blanche (Barrow) Garland; and his sister, Barbara Hardy. He is survived by his son, Ron Garland, and his wife Brenda, of Westbrook; grandchildren, Scott, Eric, Melissa and her husband Brian, Michael, Jason and his wife Shernita, and Stacey; and great-grandchildren, Kendall, Taylor, Keagan, Ella, Austin, Callie, Delaney, MacKenzie, Andrew, Charlie, and Anaya.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at the Westbrook Chapel of Dolby, Blais & Segee, 35 Church St., Westbrook. To express a condolence or participate in Roger’s online guest book, please visit:

USS Franklin Muster Roll


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

Obituary, Kenneth Newton Linder Sr.

Ken Linder and Corsair MCAS Santa Barbara while training with the Black Sheep sqdn.

LINDER, Sr., Kenneth Newton
Of Carpinteria, passed away Sept. 22, 2011 in Santa Barbara, his home for many years. Ken was most proud of his service to his country in the Marine Corps Black Sheep Squadron, VMF 214. “Lindy” got his wings in Corpus Christi, TX and was eventually stationed in Goleta at the Marine Air Corps Station. He was ordered to the USS Benjamin Franklin aircraft carrier in the Pacific and flew his beloved Corsair.
Ken was an early graduate of UCSB and was the first VP of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He was active for many years with the Elks Club and Kiwanis Club, where he was in charge of the First Fiesta Pancake Breakfast. He was an avid golfer and belonged to the La Cumbre Golf and Country Club. He and his wife, Mickie, were early members of the Los Fiesteros Dance Club. He helped raise the funds to build the YMCA on Hitchcock Ave. He was a board member and contributed to the Pierre Claeyssens Military Museum. After retiring from Dean Witter brokerage firm, he and his wife moved to Arizona. After 10 years they returned to Carpinteria, CA. His happiest times were when his children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren were around, which was often. After a short bout with pneumonia following a severe fall, he quietly slipped away. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mickie, his daughter Lori and her husband Terry Lowder, his son John and his wife Teri Kay, grandsons Kenneth III and wife Sarah, Robert, Justin, Sean, Toby Lowder and wife Sarah, Samuel, Noah and wife Alicia, granddaughters Joline and Jennifer Linder, great granddaughters Kianna and Mayda Linder, Mia Lowder and great grandsons Lucas Lowder and Miles Linder, all of whom adored him. “Papa, you taught me how to be a good man, thank you.” Love Kenneth N. Linder Ill. Memorial services are pending at a later date.