USS Franklin Reunion June 8-11 2021 Registration

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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: 
https://www.holidayinn.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=HI&localeCode=en&regionCode=1&hotelCode=pnsnd&_PMID=99801505&GPC=USF&cn=no&viewfullsite=true

*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.  

***EVERYONE 16 AND OLDER WILL NEED A VALID PICTURE ID TO ENTER THE 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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe2CvOewJtbgsp69_pZ0iYvTMKI3goXiOXdS7dlQZTlzFyEjg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0


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 aprilhomko@gmail.com

We hope to see you in June!

March 2020 Pensacola Reunion Postponed

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Hello again Franklin Family,

After much more consideration, and in light of recent developments, we must inform you that we have decided to postpone the reunion next week in Pensacola. We definitely plan to reschedule it there sometime this summer or fall. But we have to wait to see what happens before we can make any definite plans. Please be sure to cancel your hotel rooms and other travel plans. The Pensacola Grand Hotel phone number is 850-433-3336.  At this point we have made financial commitments and paid out money for deposits and pins & keychains. So we would like to hold on to the registration fees for the new dates. If this does not work for you please let us know. We are very sorry for the late notice. We really wanted to pull this off on the anniversary date but unfortunately it is just not possible. We hope everyone will be able to attend on the new dates. Again please contact April at aprilhomko@gmail.com or 815-685-9298 with any questions. Please stay healthy and safe.

2020 Reunion, March 19-22 Pensacola, FL.

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

NOTE- THIS REUNION HAS BEEN POSTPONED

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.

 

2019 Reunion, July 11- July 14 Nashville, TN.

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Hello USS Franklin crew, family & friends! We are pleased to announce the 2019 USS Franklin Reunion will be hosted in Nashville Tennessee! The reunion will be held Thursday July 11th through Sunday July 14th at the Embassy Suites Vanderbilt in Nashville.

We would like to extend an invitation to the veterans of the USS O’Callahan and USS Gary.  These two ships continued the legacy of the USS Franklin by virtue of their namesakes.  The USS O’Callahan was named after Chaplain Lieutenant Commander Joseph T. O’Callahan, and the USS Gary was named after Commander Donald A. Gary, both Medal of Honor recipients for their rescue of crewmen on the USS Franklin.

There are a limited number of rooms reserved at the USS Franklin rate of $199 per night plus tax.  To book your room for the reunion please contact the hotel directly as soon as possible.  

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.

Please tell the booking agent that you are with the USS Franklin reunion to get our group rate.

The registration PDF document can be found at the link below:

USS Franklin Reunion 2019 Registration

The hotel reservation deadline and the reunion reservation deadline are both May 31, 2019.

We look forward to seeing you all in July!
Sincerely your hosts the Hamm and Engelhard families.

 

USS Franklin Reunion 2018, New Orleans La.

USS FRANKLIN 2018 REUNION, NEW ORLEANS LA.

May 31st thru June 3rd 2018

Embassy Suites Hotel New Orleans Convention Center.

315 Julia Street New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 525-1993
www.embassyneworleans.com

The room rate is $140 for a room with a king bed and sleeper sofa and $150 for a room with 2 queens and a sleeper sofa.  If there are more than two adults, there is an additional charge of $20 per adult per night.  This charge is waived for children under 18.  The room rate above includes breakfast and a nightly reception with cocktails and appetizers.

Copy and paste the URL below into your browser to access the exclusive rates available for this group:

Booking Link: http://group.embassysuites.com/worldwariireunion

Group Name: WORLD WAR II REUNION

Please note, the entire URL must be copied and pasted for it to work properly.

Please share this link with anyone who needs to book WORLD WAR II REUNION rates. Guests may also call 800-EMBASSY (362-2779) and use the group codeWWR.

We will be visiting the WW2 National Museum which is only a few blocks from the hotel.   http://www.nationalww2museum.org

Click here to download the 2018 New Orleans Reunion registration form!

 

UPDATED 6/5/2017- REUNION TO BE HELD IN BOSTON, MA JULY 13-16, 2017


UPDATED JUNE 5th, 2017

MORE ROOMS HAVE BEEN ADDED.  CALL THE HOTEL AT 800-445-8667 TO BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM BEFORE JUNE 22nd!  

Please send in your reunion registration to Kathy Lyons by June 13th.  

Click the link below to print out the registration form:

FranklinReunionRegistration.2017.Boston

RESERVE THE HOTEL TODAY!
Hilton Boston/Woburn

2 Forbes Road
Woburn, MA 01801

Hosted by Kathy Lyons and family, daughter of James W. Lyons, EM1/c E-Div.
The hotel is blocking 40 rooms at $149.00 per night including breakfast on Friday and Saturday.

Please make your reservations as soon as possible so we can ask for more rooms if necessary. The reservation numbers are 781-932-0999 or toll free 800-445-8667.

The hotel is located 10 miles away from downtown Boston. Visit the website at bostonwoburn.hilton.com