Obituary, Luther R. Tidwell

Luther R. Tidwell, 92, of Big Cove, a WWII Navy Veteran aboard the USS Franklin Aircraft Carrier, Died November 22, 2018. He was preceded by Beryl Broad Tidwell, his wife of 68 years. He is survived by 2 daughters, Kay Tidwell of Big Cove and Marco Shindlebower of Decatur and Cindy and John Romine of Big Cove, 1 Grandson Bo Riley Bass of Big Cove, 1 Granddaughter, Courtney and Jake Andrews of Big Cove. Visitation will be at the Hampton Cove Funeral Home, 6262 Hwy 431 So. In the Big Cove Community, Saturday November 24th, 9 am to 11 am. Graveside Service following Visitation will be at The Camp Ground Cemetery, Camp Ground Road, Big Cove, weather permitting. The Service will be at the Hampton Cove Funeral Home if raining. In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial Donations can be made to the Camp Ground Cemetery C/O Kay Tidwell, 730 Old Big Cove Road, Owens Cross Roads, Ala, 35763
Published in The Huntsville Times on Nov. 25, 2018

Raymond Bailey, Obituary

BAILEY, Raymond Collins of San Diego, CA, born August 31, 1927 in Urbana, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Preceded in death by beloved wife, Dorothy (Dot) Bailey (married 62 years). Devoted father of Roger (Wanda) Bailey (AZ) and Elaine (Ken) Young (IL). Cherished grandfather of Heather Cochrane (IL) and great grandfather of Devonte, Jordan, and Caroline Cochrane. He is also survived by his sister, Stephanie Purkey (IL). Mr. Bailey lived in Otay Mesa for over 58 years. During World War II, he served on the USS Franklin and is also a Korean War Veteran. Retired United States Navy First Class Photo Mate, a retiree from Rohr, and a professional photographer. Mr. Bailey will be interred at Glenn Abbey Mortuary in Bonita. Viewing will be Sunday, November 25, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be Monday, November 26 at 10 am. The family is asking for donations to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans in lieu of flowers.

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.

2019┬áReunion, July 11- July 14 Nashville, TN.

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Hello USS Franklin crew, family & friends! We are pleased to announce the 74th anniversary USS Franklin Reunion will be hosted in Nashville Tennessee! It will be held Thursday July 11th through Sunday July 14th at the Embassy Suites Vanderbilt in Nashville.

To book your room for the reunion please contact the hotel directly:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville at Vanderbilt
1811 Broadway Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Telephone: +1-615-320-8899

Or visit this site: https://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/B/BNAESES-USS-20190711/index.jhtml.

The rate for a room is $199 per night plus tax. More information will be forthcoming .

We look forward to seeing you all in July!
Sincerely your hosts Eric & Sarah Engelhard