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

Obituary, Charles J. Sakowicz

Charles J. Sakowicz

Chicopee, MA — Charles Joseph Sakowicz was born in Whately, MA on March 30, 1926 to Bertha (Wojick) and Joseph Sakowicz and died peacefully in Holyoke on July 10, 2021. He attended Deerfield Schools and enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 to fight in WW II. He was a true patriot and a gunner on the carrier USS Franklin which was attacked by Japanese bombers. Charlie was featured in the book “American Veterans.” After returning home, he married Florence (Whitaker) now deceased, in 1948 in Greenfield and together they raised three children: Gary (Geri), David (Shirley), Sandra Laude (Paul).

He worked in sales for the Millers Falls Tool Co. and retired from Erving Paper Mill. Charlie enjoyed swimming, woodworking, reading National Geographic magazines as well as watching old westerns on TV.

Charles was predeceased by his second wife Katherine (Sliva-Gates). He most recently resided in Chicopee with his latest wife Kathleen (Stoudenmeyer). Charles is survived by his three children, and a stepson John Gates. He leaves a legacy of eight grandchildren: Laura, Rebecca, Debby, Jennifer, Jeff, Taml, Christina, Michael and a step granddaughter Gail. Additionally, he leaves 21 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Charles will be on Friday (07/16/2021) at 12:00 noon at Wrisley Funeral Home, 90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, with Fr. Philippe Roux officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, South Deerfield. There will be a time of visitation with family preceding the service, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Expression of Sympathy available at www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com.

Published by The Recorder on Jul. 14, 2021.

Obituary, Walter A. Jordan Jr.

Vero Beach – Walter A. Jordan Jr. Born October 10, 1925 in Scarborough, Maine and died July 24, 2021 in Vero Beach, Florida. He was a resident of Vero Beach, Florida. He worked 17 years for Piper aircraft before retiring. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 17-years-old, and served three years in which he was a survivor of the USS Franklin which was bombed by Japanese planes on March 19, 1945.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Mary Alice Peters Jordan; a daughter, Gayle M. Quay of South Carolina; two sons, Walter A. Jordan III (Mick) of Georgia and Gregory Jordan (Greg) of Vero Beach; a step-daughter, S. Eloise Jenkins.

A Memorial Service will be held on August 12, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church, 7966 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32966. Officiant Rev. Bert C. Wilson, Senior Pastor.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walter’s memory to one of the following: Hospice House of Vero Beach, FL; Faith Baptist Church of Vero Beach, FL; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or .

Published by TC Palm from Aug. 6 to Aug. 10, 2021.

Obituary, Alexander “Allie” D. DiCamillo

Alexander “Allie” D. DiCamillo, 95, of Hopedale, and a former resident of Franklin, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 8, at Blaire House Assisted Living following an illness. Born on Oct. 19, 1925, Allie was the oldest child of the late Domenic and Irene (DAngelo) DiCamillo. Allie was born and raised in Franklin and was a graduate of Franklin High School. Shortly after graduation from high school, Allie entered the U.S. Navy and served in World War II aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin. He was recently honored for his military service by the Honor Flight Network in Washington, D.C., and at a Worcester Red Sox home game at Polar Park. After the war, Allie continued his work as a machinist. He had a post-retirement job as a courier for a local travel service where he amassed a wide and lasting network of friends. He loved to travel, dance, and play the guitar. He had his pilots license. He treasured good food and drink, and was well-respected for his eggplant parmesan. Allie made friends wherever he went: whether it was during golf, playing pitch, or even cardiac rehab. He had an infectious smile and laugh and was loved by all who crossed his path. He was predeceased by his brother Michael and his sister Anna, and was the husband of the late Nancy (Cutter) DiCamillo, who passed away in 1999. Allie is survived by his former wife, Nanella (Grassi) DiCamillo, and his two daughters, Sandra and her husband Alan Green of Milford and Kathleen and her husband Edward Turieo of Franklin. He is also survived by his four grandchildren: Melanie Turieo and her husband K.C. Marshall of Franklin; Kevin Fitzpatrick and his wife Anne Holoway of Somerville; Danny Fitzpatrick and his wife Melissa of Greenbrae, Calif.; and Christopher Turieo of Franklin. He is also survived by six great grandchildren: Wes and Hayes Fitzpatrick, Charlotte and Leo Fitzpatrick, and Calvin and Nathaniel Marshall. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Thursday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. from the Charles F. Oteri and Son Franklin Funeral Home followed by a funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Church, Franklin at 10 a.m. To view the Mass www.stmarysfranklin.org Interment with military honors will follow at Hopedale Village Cemetery, Mendon St., Hopedale, MA Calling hours are Wednesday, Aug. 11 from 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Compassionate Care Hospice of Milford, the Franklin Lodge of Elks Veteran’s programs, or the Franklin Municipal Veterans Assistance Fund. Guestbook/directions www.oterifuneralhome.com

Published by The Country Gazette – Bellingham from Aug. 10 to Aug. 13, 2021.

Obituary, Wesley Whiting

Bette Lou Whiting, 89, passed away on Sunday, August 15th in Lebanon. Her husband, Wesley Whiting, 93, passed away on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, also in Lebanon. Bette was born in December of 1931 to Raymond and Ava (Buffington) Sumstine in Eugene. Bette was born and raised in Eugene, and graduated from Willamette High school. Wesley was born in August of 1926 to Walter and Betty (Burnete) Whiting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He joined the United States Navy and served during WWII on the U.S.S. Franklin.

After the service Wesley made his way to Eugene where he met and married Bette. Together they lived in Eugene and then Junction City. While in Junction City Bette owned a fabric store called “Threads N’ Things.” Wesley worked for Pacific Northwest Bell, a telephone company, as their central office technician. After 40 years they then moved to Arizona. In 2007 they returned to Oregon where they resided until passing away.

Wesley was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters, Job’s Daughters, and was the telephone union president. Bette was also a member of the Independent Order of Foresters and Job’s Daughters as well as the Order of the Eastern Star.

They are survived by their two children, Michael (Janette) Whiting of Lebanon and Carole (Victoria) Whiting of Hudson, New Hampshire; and eight grandchildren. To leave your condolences for their family, please visit www.hustonjost.com.

Obituary, Heinz “Hank” Zeller

WWII Navy veteran, AT&T lineman and phone engineer Heinz “Hank” Zeller was born March 7, 1924 in Schorn Dorf, Germany. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on February 7, 2022. Hank was cared for by Staten Island University Hospice and his aide Gifty during his final months. He immigrated to the United States with his family when he was a toddler. He was a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School. Hank proudly served in the Navy as an electrician mate 3rd class during World War II. He was aboard the USS Franklin when it was attacked by the Japanese. He was one of a skeleton crew that sailed the Franklin back to port and received a letter of Commendation, the Asiatic Pacific medal, American Theatre medal and Victory medal for his effort. Hank spent his career of 42 years at AT&T as a lineman and phone engineer. He met his wife Dolores on the Staten Island Express bus. Their romance led to a happy marriage of 35 years. Hank and Dolores enjoyed trying new restaurants and considered themselves unofficial restaurant critics. Hank is survived by his wife Dolores (DeMarzio), sister-in-law Judith DeMarzio, and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his sister Eleanora Hellebrener. Visitation will be Saturday February 12, 2022 at the Harmon Funeral Home 571 Forest Ave from 3:00 to 8:00pm. Religious services will be held at the funeral home at 5:00pm Saturday. Harmon Funeral Home 571 Forest Avenue Staten Island, NY 10310 (718) 442-5056

Published by Staten Island Advance from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2022.

Obituary, Roland Young

Roland “Swede” Young left this world on March 7th, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loved ones. His children; Perry, Kathy, Rae, Becky, Linda, and his special friend, Ruth were at his side when he passed away. He was 96 years old. He was born May 27th, 1925 on the family farm in Russell, Kansas, to Daniel and Addie Young. He was the youngest child born to a family with five brothers and three sisters. He spent his childhood living and working on the family farm. At the age of 17, with special permission, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy to join his brothers in the war effort. During World War II he served from 1942 to 1946 in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. He was Gunner Mate that served on several merchant ships before being transferred to the Aircraft Carrier the USS Franklin. He was serving on the USS Franklin on March 19th, 1945 when it was hit off the coast of Japan. He was rescued after spending 5 1/2 hours in the Pacific. His story is featured in the documentary “USS Franklin Honor Restored”. After being discharged at the end of the war, he went to work in the oil industry, which became his lifetime career. Swede worked for over 50 years in drilling and production. He was respected and admired and was a mentor to several generations in the industry. He was known to be an honest, hardworking, loyal, and dedicated individual to both his work and family. He combined this with a fun-loving, mischievous sense of humor and wit. He worked and raised his family in Louisiana, Kansas, and Nebraska, before moving in 1976 to Colorado. With his wife, Joan (married May 12, 1954) he made a home in Fort Morgan until her passing in 1998. Swede enjoyed travel, camping, fishing with his family, and a set of lifelong friends. He was active with the Elks and the VFW, and always ready for a game of cribbage, especially with his granddaughter Pamela. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a source of great comfort and pride to him, in his final years. Roland “Swede” is survived and missed by his special friend; Ruth McReynolds of Ft. Morgan, CO. His children: Perry W Young (Peggy) of Abita Springs, LA; Kathy Young of Firestone, CO; Rae “Jeannie” Young of Firestone, CO; Rebecca “Becky” Rowland (Ed) of Ft. Morgan, CO; Linda Young (Michael) of Ft. Morgan, CO. He will be loved and remembered by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Perry Young (Cindy) with Emma and Elise; Amanda Young of Louisiana. Roland “RJ” Young (Tabatha) with Savannah, Tristin, and Brayden; Pamela Rowland of Colorado. He was preceded in death by His wife, Joan, and his daughter, Addie Young. Services will be at the First Christian Church in Fort Morgan, Saturday, March 12th at 10:30 AM with military services at the cemetery followed by lunch at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation of time and service to a US veteran.
Published by The Fort Morgan Times on Mar. 11, 2022.

Obituary, Charles R. Dunn

DUNN Charles R. “Dynamite” Dunn, age 81, passed away Sunday, August 8, 2004. He was born in Nashville, TN, but has resided in Jacksonville all of his life. He was proud to serve in the U. S. Navy during WW II, having served on the U.S.S. Core (CVE-13), U.S.S. Franklin (CV-13), U.S.S. Essex (CV-9), and the U.S.S. Wasp (CV-7). Mr. Dunn retired from JEA after 32 1Ú2 years of service as a T&D Foreman. He was a longtime Christian and most recently a member of Murray Hill United Methodist Church. He also was a member of the Ezra Masonic Lodge #67. Survivors include his wife of almost 29 years, Edith Dunn; 3 sons, Dale Dunn (wife, Chris), Dan Dunn (wife, Nancy), Don Dunn (wife, Gail); step-son, David Smith (wife, Janice), step-daughter, Pam Rogers (husband, Gary); 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 5 step great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Russell Dunn, Thomas Dunn, Raymond Dunn; 3 sisters, Cathryn Burner (husband, Clarence), Jeannette Wolfe (husban d, Larry), Lovedine Stoy (husband, Otto). He was preceded in death by a sister, Nellie Gill. Funeral services will be held 2 PM Thursday, August 12, 2004 in Murray Hill United Methodist Church, 4101 College St. with Dr. Nate Boles officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery (Gate #2). The family will receive friends from 7-9 PM Wednesday evening at HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 729 S. Edgewood Ave. For those who prefer, donations may be made to Murray Hill United Methodist Church, 4101 College St., Jax., FL 32205. Please sign the Guestbook at Jacksonville.com

Obituary, David M. Baruch

David M. Baruch, age 95, beloved husband of Barbara (d. 2011), devoted father of Lisa (Robert Johnson) Baruch and Rachel (Michael) Yackley; cherished grandfather of Yosef and Aisha Johnson, and Rebecca Yackley; treasured great-grandfather of Liam Delarme and Barbara Johnson; dear companion of Margaret Seres; also survived by many loving family and friends. David was a psychiatric social worker who spent 30 years as the Administrator of the Loretto Hospital Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, as well as 10 years with the Illinois Dept. of Mental Health in state clinics and hospitals. After he retired, David enjoyed many travels around the world, especially to Barcelona, Spain, where he was born. David was a proud Navy veteran who survived the bombing of the USS Franklin aircraft carrier at the end of WWII. He and Barbara were founding members of Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County, and active, lifelong members. Memorial service Friday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. Congregation Etz Chaim, 1710 S. Highland Ave., Lombard, 60148. Private burial. Donations may be made to Etz Chaim’s Barbara Baruch Religious School Fund. Info: Chesed v’Emet, Rudy Lerner, Funeral Director, 847-577-0856, www.chesedvemet.com.