USS Franklin Reunion June 8-11 2021 Registration

Hello Franklin Family,

We are pleased to be able to finally reschedule our Pensacola reunion.  Based on the responses from our survey most people were in favor of changing to Tuesday-Friday to hopefully see the Blue Angels.  They are scheduled to practice on June 9th.  

Finding a hotel in Pensacola to meet our needs at a reasonable price has been a huge challenge.  After much consideration we have switched to the newly renovated Holiday Inn located at 7813 N. Davis Highway.  It is 2 miles from the airport and has complimentary parking but no shuttle.  Our room rate is $129 which does include breakfast.  This rate will be honored for 2 days before the reunion.  The rate for Friday or Saturday (before or after the reunion) is $159.  To book your room please call the hotel at 850-472-1400.  Or you can click this link:

*The link will only book rooms for 6/6-6/11 at the $129 rate.  If you want to add any weekend nights please call LeAnn Collins at 850-382-8659.  Our block of 30 rooms will be held until May 8th and then the rooms will be released.  Please do not delay booking your room as it can always be cancelled.  

The reunion will begin Tuesday June 8th with Registration at 4pm.  There will be a 5pm Board meeting.

On June 9th we will board out trolleys (Big Thanks again to Tom at Beach Bum Trolley!!) and depart for the National Aviation Museum.  


At the museum we will have our Memorial Ceremony, watch an IMAX movie, see the Blue Angels practice, eat lunch at the Cubi Bar Cafe and tour the museum.  

That evening, join us in the hospitality room for some entertainment and refreshments.

On June 10th we will have the general meeting in the morning and the dinner dance in the evening.

June 11th we will have the 8 o’clock Report in the morning before saying our farewells.

The dinner entree selections for Saturday are as follows:

Beef   London Broil: marinated char grilled flank steak, thinly sliced topped with a mushroom and cabernet wine sauce.

Chicken   Chicken Riesling:  sauteed chicken breast with fresh mushrooms and a reisling wine sauce.

Fish   Shrimp Scampi: Jumbo shrimp sauteed in butter and garlic with mushrooms, tomato, parsley, scallions, lemon and white wine sauce.  Served over pasta with parmesan cheese.

Vegetarian:  Same as the fish entree but without the shrimp.

We decided to try something different with the registrations this year.  Instead of everyone mailing them in I created a Google Form.  So our preference is to have you fill out the form online and submit it back to us.  It is very easy!  We would also prefer if you could send the registration fee through Zelle, PayPal or Venmo.  

The reunion fee is $155.  Children 12 and under $120.

Please fill out the online registration at the link below or print it out and send it in:

For those of you that normally receive a paper Newsletter, we will send you a paper Registration.   

If you are unable to do the form or payment that way please print out the form and mail it to: 

April Homko

℅ Pensacola Reunion

2210 Gray Hawk Dr.

Plainfield, IL 60586-6565

*** If mailing a check please still make it out to:

USS Franklin Reunion 2020

That is the name on the bank account.  So, please use 2020!

Once I receive your registration and payment I will send you a confirmation email that it is complete!

Registration deadline is May 8th!

If you have any questions please text, call or email April at

815-685-9298 or

We hope to see you in June!

Obituary, Curtis J. Rushing

Curtis J. Rushing 1926 – 2021
Springfield, IL—Curtis J. Rushing, 94, of Springfield, died at 5:25 am, Sunday, January 10, 2021 at his home. He was born August 28, 1926 in West Frankfort, IL to Dolph Rushing and Zella (Crain) Rushing, and they preceded him in death. He married Joyce M. Baker on June 1, 1952, and she survives.
He is also survived by three sons: Brad (Robin) Rushing, James W. (Debbie) Rushing, Todd B. (Krista) Rushing, six grandchildren: Eric Rushing, Kelly Carter, Chad Rushing, Anna Rushing, Daniel Rushing, and Sophia Rushing, five great-grandchildren: Jack Rushing, Kate Rushing, Maggie Carter, Beth Carter, and Branko Rushing.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, son, Paul E. Rushing, two brothers, Kenneth Rushing and Richard Rushing, and one sister, Bonnie Gasperin.
Curtis served in World War II in the Navy on the USS Franklin Ship CV-13 and survived its bombing. He retired from Fiat-Allis and was an active member of Kumler United Methodist Church.
Private services will be held. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kumler Neighborhood Ministries.
CDC Protocol shall be followed.
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Obituary, John Reilly Tucker Jr

Springfield – John Reilly Tucker Jr age, 98 of Springfield (formerly St. Louis) passed peacefully December 23, 2020.

Jack graduated from the University of Kansas with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a WWII Veteran in the Navy and served on the USS Franklin. After the war, Jack started a 40-year career with ALCOA. Jack loved most all sports, especially golf. He always rooted for the underdog unless the Jayhawks were playing. He was a member of Sunset CC for 55 years. Jack was charming, had a dry sense of humor, and a quick wit. He was devoted to his family and friends and they loved him dearly. He will be sorely missed.

Jack is survived by his son John Reilly Tucker III (Terri), daughter Anne Tucker Wolf (Chip), his grandchildren, James Reilly Tucker, John Lester Tucker (Renee) and Dagny Anne Tucker, and five great grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of Jack’s life when the COVID crisis passes and it is safe to gather.

In lieu of flowers, if inclined, please make a memorial contribution to a charity, or cause of your choice. Online condolences may be made at

Obituary, Frank R Sepesy

Born: August 29, 1924

Died: June 15, 2009

Services: Services will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home and 11:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church both in Struthers.

Visitation: Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.

Poland – Frank R. Sepesy, 84, passed away Monday afternoon after a six week illness.
Frank was born on August 29, 1924 in Youngstown, Ohio, a son of Sandor and Anna Petrik Sepesy. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1943. He served in the Navy during WWII and Korea as a 2nd Class cook and was a survivor of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, that was bombed outside of Toyko. That bombing was the most destructive attack on a capital ship during the war. Upon returning home, he worked at the youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. in the seamless mill for 5 years and the rest of the 40 years in the machine shop before retiring in 1977; at the same time he was also a school bus driver for St. Nicholas School and Struthers School System for 50 years.
Frank was a member of St. Nicholas Church and it’s Holy Name Society, where he was known as the Egg Man, because he prepared the eggs at the Sunday breakfast. He was also a volunteer at the church’s yearly festival and he was member of the Salem Jubilee Barber Shop Chorus. He was a member of the Amvets Post #44 in Youngstown and volunteered at the Veteran’s Booth at the Canfield Fair every year. He also purchased a brick for the War Memorial in Struthers. Frank was a part of the group of retired mill workers that went to the Whats Cookin Restaurant on Wednesdays. He was an avid bowler and loved to sing, dance and play cards. He also enjoyed baking pies and hotcakes.
Frank married the former Catherine M. Grewe on September 12, 1953; she passed away on September 5, 1992.
He is survived by his two daughters, Ann (Joe) Rouzzo of Lowellville, OH, Frank (Ralph) White of Charlotte, North Carolina; three brothers, Steve Sepesy of Youngstown, OH, Alexander Sepesy of Struthers and Richard Sepesy of Youngstown, OH and five grandchildren Nicole and Dustin McMaster, Candace (Tim) Cauthen, Marie (Jeff) Howard and Doug (Rachel) White and two great-grandchildren Jacob and Lilly.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one son John Sepesy.

Memorials: Memorial contributions can be made to Amvets Post #44, Mahoning Veterans Memorial, Mahoning County Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 2512, Youngstown, Ohio 44507

Cemetery: St. John The Baptist Catholic Cemetery (Map)

Location: Clemente Funeral Home, Struthers (Map)

Church: Christ Our Savior Parish (St. Nicholas Church) (Map)