Obituary, Willie Kovalyk

Willie was born on November 14, 1927 and passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

Willie was a resident of Neffs, Ohio at the time of passing.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving on the USS Franklin during World War II and a life member of the Neffs Rod and Gun Club.

Obituary, Karl W. Kraft

Karl W. Kraft, age 99, of Batavia, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Brighton Gardens of St. Charles.

He was born June 23, 1920 in Batavia, the son of Albert J. and Annie W. (Johanson) Kraft. 

Karl was united in marriage to Violet “Vie” E. (Ogren) Kraft on April 22, 1950 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles.

He was a 1938 Batavia High School graduate and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the U.S.S. Franklin aircraft carrier.  Karl became an apprentice plumber in 1946 and started K.W. Kraft Plumbing in 1962. 

Karl was a member and past Master Mason of the Masonic Lodge, Batavia 1197; Royal Arch Masons of Illinois, Fox River Chapter #14; Montgomery V.F.W. Post #7452; Batavia American Legion Post #504; Loyal Order of Moose, Batavia Lodge #682, and a lifelong member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia.

He is survived by his three sons John (Andrea), Peter (Leslee) both of Batavia, and Robert (Carolyn) of Galena MO; seven grandchildren Kelly (Elias) Ford of Nebraska, Benjamin of Florida, Joseph of Chicago, Jaymes (Dori Stein) of Batavia and Chelsea of Geneva, and Samuel and Annie Kraft of Chicago; four great-grandchildren Ann, Eli, and Mathew Ford of Nebraska and Aria Kraft of Batavia; sisters-in-law Sara Murtaugh of Batavia and Sally Mayer of Mount Carroll; many nieces and nephews; and a neighborhood full of good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Everett W. (Elaine) Kraft; and his loving wife Violet who passed away in 2018.

Visitation will be held Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 9:00 am until the time of his funeral service at 11:00 am at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St, Batavia with Rev. Steven Ritter officiating.

Interment will follow at West Batavia Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln Street, Batavia, Illinois 60510 or Valley Sheltered Workshop, 325 Main Street, Batavia, Illinois 60510.

Arrangements handled by Malone Funeral Home in Geneva.  For information 630-232-8233 or visit http://www.malonefh.com.

2020 Reunion, March 19-22 Pensacola, FL.

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U.S.S. Franklin (CV-13)
2020 Reunion, March 19-22

Hosted by: April and Ken Homko
in memory of Ken’s father Harry Homko (K-Div)

We are so excited to be hosting another reunion!  Not just “another reunion” but the reunion on the 75th Anniversary of the attack on the Franklin. We will be bringing the reunion back to a great town we have visited before, Pensacola, FL.

Security is a lot tighter than when we stayed on base back in 2007.  So we will be staying at the historic Pensacola Grand Hotel located at 200 E. Gregory St. in downtown Pensacola.  They are giving us a great rate of $100/night for their standard room with 2 Queen Beds.  They will honor this room rate fom 3/17-3/24. (Please note that breakfast is not included in this rate.  There is a restaurant located in the hotel that is open for breakfast and dinner.  See the attached menu.  We will also provide some continental breakfast items in our hospitality room daily.) Currently we have 45 rooms blocked. These rooms will be held only until February 20th and then they will be released. So, please do not delay booking your room. To do so, call the hotel directly at 850-433-3336, ask for reservations and then provide the four letter code: C V 1 3.  Also, it has been mentioned that Pensacola does not have a very big airport with many flights.  So, if possible, do not wait too long to book your flights.

The Pensacola Grand does offer a complimentary airport shuttle from 6am-10pm and there is no charge for parking if you drive.  They are the top hotel in Pensacola for Military Reunions with a great location in the heart of Downtown Pensacola. It is minutes away from shopping, dining, and entertainment venues with Pensacola Beach only 8 miles away. Many of you know when planning a reunion there are many factors to consider to find the best possible hotel for our group.  So, although we do not have breakfast included, this hotel is the best choice to meet the majority of our needs.  They will definitely give us service and attention unmatched by any other hotel in the area.

The reunion will start Thursday, 3/19 with registration beginning at 4pm in our hospitality room. There will be a Board meeting beginning at 5pm.

Friday, 3/20 we will board Trolleys and head to the National Naval Aviation Museum.  Everyone 16 and older will need a picture ID to enter the museum! At the museum will have our Memorial Ceremony, a guided tour of the museum, watch an IMAX Movie, enjoy lunch at the Cubi Bar Café and possibly a tour of the National Flight Academy. Trolleys will head back to the hotel at different times in the afternoon so everyone has enough time to enjoy the museum. Friday night join us in the hospitality room for some entertainment.

Saturday, 3/21 the general meeting will be in the morning and the dinner dance in the evening.

Sunday, 3/22 will be the 8 o’clock Report in the morning.

In closing I need to give a GIANT “Thank You” to Tom from Beach Bum Trolley for all his help with this reunion. If I hadn’t (by chance) gotten in touch with him I don’t think I would have volunteered to host!  You can check out this link on his website for our reunion itinerary and menu for the Friday lunch: http://beachbumtrolley.com/franklin.htm

 

CLICK THIS LINK TO DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION TO SEND IN TO KEN AND APRIL BY FEBRUARY 10, 2020.  

 

CLICK THIS LINK TO SEE THE HOTEL RESTAURANT MENU.

 

Obituary, Donald A. Caputo

Donald A. Caputo, 100, of Rome passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at Bethany Gardens. He was born in Schenectady, NY, on November 25, 1918, son of the late Anthony and Catherine Manna Caputo. Don served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, in the Pacific Theater, on the air craft carrier USS Franklin. On June 9, 1946 he married Antoinette Palleschi in St. Anthony’s Church, Schenectady, NY. She passed away on January 20, 2016. Don retired from General Electric in Schenectady, in 1975. He was a member of St. Paul’s Church and Knights of Columbus.

Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Dominick Tagliaferri, Rome, Christine and Robert Corredine, Webster, NY; five precious grandchildren, Tracy (Mark) Melone, Tara Tagliaferri, Robert Corredine, Sarah (Cory) Quinter, Kerry (Daniel) Lee; nine wonderful great-grandchildren, Giulia, Sofia and Elsia Melone, Sarah and Hunter Tagliaferri, Casey and Paige Corredine, Mason and Makayla and Mae Quinter. Also surviving are several cherished nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Antoinette; seven brothers, Joseph, Louis, Peter, Charles, Carl, James and Anthony Caputo; and three sisters, Christine Caputo, Lorretta Caputo and Minnie Bala.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of Bethany Gardens for the excellent care they provided for Donald.

Funeral services will be private. There are no calling hours. Burial will be in St. Cyril Cemetery, Schenectady, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Donald’s name to: Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., Rome, NY 13440.

Arrangements are by the Nicholas J. Bush Funeral Home, Inc., 7751 Merrick Rd.

To offer online condolences, please visit http://www.njbushfuneralhome.com

Obituary, Jameson (Jesse) Ireland James

Jameson (Jesse) Ireland James

Reno – Our dad, Jameson (Jesse) Ireland James passed gently into heaven on June 20th in Reno, NV surrounded by his loving family. He was born to Henry Peter and Nancy Belle James in Williamson, WV on October 23, 1927.

He led a very rich life. Moving to Chicago as a young boy, he attended Mt. Carmel High School and enlisted into the US Navy at 16. He served his country proudly during WWII upon the storied USS Franklin aircraft carrier in which he survived an air attack in 1945 off the coast of Kyushu, Japan where over 800 men were lost. Jesse was a member of the “Big Ben 704 Club” – a group of survivors who heroically sailed the heavily damaged ship back to New York harbor. After the war, he returned home to Chicago where he began his long career in banking. He met our mother Donna Joy Davis in 1954, and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary the day before his passing.

Our father was intrigued by all things Western. He wanted to move west and took a job offer in Reno in 1963 to work for First National Bank as a Loan Officer. He worked in the banking industry for many years until he decided upon a career change and accepted a position with his good friend Rob Allen.

He worked as the General Manager of Robson House Catering Company until he retired.

His years were spent lovingly raising two daughters and spending time with our mom and his four grandchildren. Our dad was extremely well read and was a great source of historical knowledge.

He had a love for dogs, Disneyland, and the outdoors. He loved working with his hands and built our family cabin near Graeagle, CA from the ground up. Spending time there all together was certainly amongst our family’s most cherished memories. He spent many years worshipping with his church family at South Reno Baptist Church. Our dad loved the Reno community and took pride in cooking for the annual Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed to benefit the Boys & Girls Club for over 25 years.

Jesse is survived by our mother Donna and his sister Polly Schwickrath of Tucson, AZ, daughters Linda Anderson and husband John; Diane Prendergast and husband Tom, grandchildren Kimberly Steffen, Jonathan Anderson, and Megan Mortimore Hand, and four great-grandchildren. Jesse will now be joined together with his brother Peter Henry and his grandson Andrew Mortimore.

A family graveside service was held at Mountain View Cemetery.

Our heartfelt gratitude to our dad’s nurse Joan and the entire Renown Hospice team for the care of our dad over the past year. Words cannot express our sincere thanks for your care and compassion
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on June 30, 2019

USS Franklin Reunion Press Release July 4, 2019

PDF Document is located here:  USS Franklin Reunion Press Release JULY 4, 2019

USS FRANKLIN CV-13 REUNION IN NASHVILLE TENNESSEE
JULY 11-14, 2019.
Reunion of The Ship That Wouldn’t Die.

Nashville, TN, July 11-14, 2019 – 6 surviving crew of the storied WWII Navy Aircraft Carrier, USS Franklin CV-13 (www.ussfranklin.org), along with 62 friends and family members will be converging on the Embassy Suites by Hilton at Vanderbilt, Nashville for a weekend of fun, fellowship, and memorial.

The public and press are invited to join the USS Franklin Reunion for a Memorial Friday July 12th 10:30AM – 12:00PM at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville at Vanderbilt, 1811 Broadway, Nashville, TN, 37203, where USS Franklin Crew member David Baruch GM3/c 6th.-Div. Maj. USAF Ret. will be our guest speaker. Mr. Baruch regularly speaks to school children and to community groups about his experiences on board the USS Franklin.

The USS Franklin, named after founding father Benjamin Franklin, is often also attributed to the Civil War Battle of Franklin, TN.

About the March 19, 1945 bombing

“Before dawn on 19 March 1945 the U.S.S. Franklin, who had maneuvered closer to the Japanese mainland than had any other U.S. carrier during the war, launched a fighter sweep against Honshu and later a strike against shipping in Kobe Harbor. Suddenly, a single enemy plane pierced the cloud cover and made a low-level run on the gallant ship to drop two semi-armor piercing bombs. One struck the flight deck centerline, penetrating to the hangar deck, effecting destruction and igniting fires through the second and third decks, and knocking out the combat information center and airplot. The second hit aft, tearing through two decks and fanning fires, which triggered ammunition, bombs and rockets. The Franklin, within 50 miles of the Japanese mainland, lay dead in the water, took a 13° starboard list, lost all radio communications, and broiled under the heat from enveloping fires. Many of the crew were blown overboard, driven off by fire, killed or wounded, but the 106 officers and 604 enlisted who voluntarily remained saved their ship through sheer valor and tenacity. The casualties totaled 724 killed and 265 wounded and would have far exceeded this number except for the heroic work of many survivors. Among these were Medal of Honor winners, Lieutenant Commander Joseph T. O’Callahan, S. J., USNR, the ship’s chaplain, who administered the last rites, organized and directed firefighting and rescue parties, and led men below to wet down magazines that threatened to explode, and Lieutenant (junior grade) Donald Gary who discovered 300 men trapped in a blackened mess compartment, and finding an exit, returned repeatedly to lead groups to safety. The U.S.S. Santa Fe (CL-60) similarly rendered vital assistance in rescuing crewmen from the sea and closing the Franklin to take off the numerous wounded.
The Franklin was taken in tow by the U.S.S. Pittsburgh until she managed to churn up speed to 14 knots and proceed to Pearl Harbor where a cleanup job permitted her to sail under her own power to Brooklyn, N.Y., arriving on 28 April. Following the end of the war, the Franklin was opened to the public, for Navy Day celebrations, and on 17 February 1947 was placed out of commission at Bayonne, N.J. On 15 May 1959 she was reclassified AVT 8.

The U.S.S. Franklin received four battle stars for World War II service.”
From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. II, 1977, pp. 443-444
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