2022 Spring Newsletter and Reunion Announcement

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Hello All, the Complete 2022 Spring Newsletter and Reunion Registration is available and can be found at this link:

https://mailchi.mp/18fc1b6cc808/spring-2022-uss-franklin-museum-association-newsletter-5417183

The following excerpt is the reunion announcement!

USS Franklin CV-13 Reunion
Fredericksburg, Texas
July 19th-22nd 2022

Kent and Amy Hathaway are proud to be hosting the 2022 Reunion.   The 2022 reunion will be hosted in the Lone Star State in the charming town of Fredericksburg, Texas!   Fredericksburg is located in the gorgeous Texas Hill Country!  Fredericksburg is known for its wineries, German heritage, Gillespie County peaches, amazing shops, fine dining, and the National Museum of the Pacific War– dedicated to connecting the people to the experiences of the Pacific War.  There are plenty of fun activities for families to enjoy in this quaint Texas town!  This year we will continue to open the reunion to crew members (and their families) of the USS O’Callahan FF-1051 and USS Gary FFG-51 as well as other ships involved in the USS Franklin legacy. If you or your family are in contact with any crew members from these ships, be sure to mention the reunion, this is a great way for these veterans to connect! 

HOTEL:  Inn on Barons Creek – 308 S. Washington, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

The rate for a room is $134 per night plus tax. Please make reservations by ​June 19th, 2022, to get the USS Franklin room rate. GROUP RATES NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE.  
PLEASE CALL the hotel at ​1-830-990-9202 and request a room from the USS Franklin Reunion block.  Please reserve your room as soon as possible to make sure discount rooms are available.  Rates will be extended for early arrival: Sunday July 17th and Monday, July 18th.    

 

AGENDA AND ACTIVITIES
Tuesday, July 19, 2022:
​Registration will begin at noon in the Walch Haus Conference Center, Admiral Chester W Nimitz Room, Inn on Barons Creek– the conference center is at the hotel – just a short walk across the parking lot from the hotel.  This will serve as our hospitality room for the week.

  • Board Meeting 4:00-6:00PM – Theatre Room, Inn on Barons Creek 
  • During the meeting time, Reunion goers are encouraged to socialize in the Walch Haus Conference Center, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Room (at the hotel)
  • Nightly Reception from 5:30PM-7:30PM in the Walch Haus Conference Center, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Room (at the hotel). Light refreshments provided. 

Wednesday, July 20th, 2022: ​
We will be touring the National Museum of the Pacific War – the tour and lunch are included in the registration fee.   Registration fee also includes a 2-day pass to the National Museum of Pacific War for both Wednesday and Thursday.  The museum is within walking distance of the hotel but may be a bit far for some. 

**There will be vehicles available to provide transportation to/from the museum for those who need it.**  

  • Complimentary Breakfast in the lobby from 6:00AM-10:00AM
  • 9:30AM- 11:30AM Memorial Program at – The National Museum of Pacific War, 311 E Austin St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 in the Admiral Nimitz Ballroom 
  • 11:30AM -12:30PM Box Lunch served at the Admiral Nimitz Ballroom, National Museum of Pacific War
  • 12:30PM Tour of Bush Gallery Museum, National Museum of Pacific War
  • Oral Histories – the National Museum of Pacific War/ Pacific War Study’s oral history program secures the stories of those who lived through WWII. Since beginning the program in 1988, dedicated volunteer oral historians have interviewed more than 5,000 veterans. A selection of the recordings and transcripts are available to the public at the Center for Pacific War Study’s new Digital Archive. Volunteers will continue to post interviews as they are transcribed and cataloged.  Please let us know if you are a survivor of the USS Franklin CV-13 and would like to schedule a time to record your oral history.  
  • Nightly reception from 5:30-7:30PM at the Walch Haus Conference Center / Admiral Chester W Nimitz Room (at the hotel).  Light refreshments provided. 

NOTE:  After lunch, (unless you are scheduled to give an oral history interview with the Museum) the remainder of the day Wednesday is scheduled to be a free day. Reunion goers can opt to stay at the hotel and socialize in the Walch Haus Conference Center /Admiral Chester W Nimitz Room, take a swim in the pool, schedule a time at the hotel spa, or explore Fredericksburg. 

Thursday, July 21, 2022:
Spend the day exploring Fredericksburg!  

  • Complimentary Breakfast in the lobby from 6:00M-10:00AM
  • Day to Explore Fredericksburg – wineries, shopping, Enchanted Rock, horseback riding. Click HERE for ideas!
  • General Meeting – TBD 
  • Oral Histories will also be available on Thursday – the National Museum of Pacific War Museum / Pacific War Study’s oral history program secures the stories of those who lived through WWII. Since beginning the program in 1988, dedicated volunteer oral historians have interviewed more than 5,000 veterans. A selection of the recordings and transcripts are available to the public at the Center for Pacific War Study’s new Digital Archive. Volunteers will continue to post interviews as they are transcribed and cataloged.  Please let us know if you are a survivor of the USS Franklin CV-13 and would like to schedule a time to record your oral history.  
  • Crew Photos at 5:30 PM Admiral Chester W Nimitz Room (at the hotel) 
  • Dinner at 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
  • Band/Entertainment from 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM.
  • Dinner will be a buffet offering a beef, chicken, fish, and vegetarian options.  

Friday, July 22, 2022:

  • Complimentary Breakfast in the lobby from 6:00M-10:00AM
  • 8:00 AM – 8 O’Clock Report in the Walch Haus Conference Center / Admiral Chester W Nimitz Room (at the hotel) 
  • 9:30 AM at the Pacific Combat Zone, The Pacific War Museum- Living History Show – TBD (may move to Wednesday)

Registration Fee: $170.00 per adult, $120.00 for children 4 – 11, and no cost for children 3 & under. 
Registration Deadline – June 19, 2022

Option 1
Mail registration and check payable to USS Franklin Reunion:

Amy Hathaway c/o Fredericksburg Reunion
29603 Terra Bella
Boerne, Texas 78015

Or 

Option 2
Email the registration form to amyahathaway1@gmail.com 

Send payment electronically through:

  •  Venmo: User id: @Amyhathaway1 
  •  ZELLE: 210-701-5550 Once we receive your registration and payment, we will send you a confirmation email that it is complete!

 A PDF Registration Form Can be downloaded by clicking HERE

Fredericksburg is located approximately 70 miles from the San Antonio International Airport. 
If you need transportation to/from the Airport & Fredericksburg, please complete the section on the registration and contact:

Kent at 469-865-3373
Amy at 210-701-5550

to assist in arranging transportation. 

If you have any questions, please text, call Amy (number above) or email amyahathaway1@gmail.com 

  • The National Museum of Pacific War would love to interview any Survivors of the USS Franklin Please let us know if you are a survivor of the USS Franklin CV-13 and would like to schedule a time to record your oral history.  

We are looking forward to seeing our USS Franklin CV-13 family this year in Fredericksburg and as well as any friends and family from the other ships. ​Please see the website http://www.ussfranklin.org​ for up-to-date detailed reunion information. 

As we say in Texas, Hope to see y’all soon! 

 

Obituary, John Harry Furrow

Obituary of John Harry Furrow

John Harry Furrow, 95, of Winston-Salem, NC passed away peacefully Sunday, March 27, 2022.

A native of Roanoke, VA, John was the husband of 72 years to Barbara Spencer Furrow and the son of Harry Furrow and Elizabeth Mayo Furrow, both deceased. John was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving on the USS Franklin during WWII.

John was a devout follower of Christ, setting an example for all to follow. His greatest contentment in life was found in service to others and to his country, and commitment to his faith and God. After retiring, John pioneered a charity program to feed the hungry in Roanoke, he helped with disaster relief efforts in North Carolina and West Virginia, and he raised money for a women’s domestic violence shelter, just to name a few. John will always be remembered for being a loving husband, a father who always made time for his children, and a “paw paw” who taught his grandchildren the many lessons of life.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; daughters, Connie Powell and husband, Mark, and Tammy Kish and husband, Scott; son, Mike Furrow; five grandchildren, Matthew Walters and wife, Sarah, Christopher Walters and wife, Stacy, Daniel Walters and wife, Trisha, Kyle Kish, and Sydney Kish; numerous great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and two sisters, Judith Marshall, and Jane Jessee.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by three sisters, Virginia Swann, Marguerite Charles, and Georgia Belangia; and one brother, Hayden Furrow.

Funeral services celebrating his life will be held 2:00PM Monday, April 4, 2022 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel with Rev. Skip Furrow officiating. Following the service, the family will receive friends at Reynolda Church Kernersville, 367 W. Bodenhamer Street, Kernersville, NC 27284. Interment with military honors will be held 9:00AM Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, NC.

Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at http://www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Next Step Ministries, 955 NC 66, Kernersville, NC 27284 http://www.nextstepdv.org