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
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
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:
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 2018 REUNION, NEW ORLEANS LA.
May 31st thru June 3rd 2018
Embassy Suites Hotel New Orleans Convention Center.
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
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:
RESERVE THE HOTEL TODAY!
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
The emailed version of the USS Franklin CV-13 Museum Association Newsletter has been sent out to all subscribers. In case you missed it, please click here: http://eepurl.com/cllzUL
We will be sending out the hard copies this week to those that have requested them.
See you in Boston!
The 2016 Gettysburg reunion is in full swing! The local Fox affiliate put together a nice piece at the link below.