The spring 2019 newsletter can be found at this link here:
The spring 2019 newsletter can be found at this link here:
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.
Fredrick ‘Doug’ LaMear
July 27, 1925 – Jan. 7, 2019
Fredrick Douglas LaMear was born July 27, 1925 to Fred and Dorothy LaMear. He passed peacefully Jan. 7, 2019. Doug attended Benson High and Univ. of Portland. At the age of 16, he met Patty, the love of his life, while record shopping at Meier & Frank. Doug served on CV13 in the Pacific in WWII surviving a devastating enemy airstrike that killed 1100 shipmates. Doug returned home to marry Patty in 1945, they raised Douglas Michael and Diane Shannon. Doug chose his career after being interviewed on radio about his war experience. This led to an enviable career in radio and TV where Doug became known as the best on the air as KGW’s sports director. Doug’s love of sports and the outdoors was a natural outcome of his youth in a sports-minded family that embraced everything about Oregon’s outdoors. Doug was an excellent golfer, skater, water skier and fisherman. Both on and off the air, Doug traveled to all corners of the state creating lifelong friendships and admirers. Off air he fished and played cards with a close knit group of friends with card games lasting till the wee morning hours. And on LaMear’s Outdoors he cuddled purring cougar cubs and was up close with massive birds of prey. Doug was known as harmlessly gruff but never mean spirited. Those who knew him well also knew he had a heart of gold and was there for you in good times and bad.
Doug was preceded in death by Patty; and is survived by Douglas (Nancy), Diane (Britt); grandchildren, Michelle, Shannon, Colin, Kera; and six beautiful great-grandchildren.
Services have been held. The family suggests donations to Oregon Jr Golf.
Please sign the online guest book at http://www.oregonlive.com/obits
Published in The Oregonian from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2019
DAHLGREN, Harvey W. April 24, 1926 March 2, 2019 Harvey W. Dahlgren, founder of Epic Products International and printing industry visionary, passed away on March 2, 2019 at the age of 92. Dahlgren was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1926. He attended Murphy High School in Mobile and after graduating joined the U.S. Navy. He survived the bombing of the USS Franklin, which in 1945 nearly sunk off the Japanese coast. In 1951, he married Mary Hunter. He joined his brother, Harold at Dahlgren Manufacturing and subsequently founded Epic Products with his wife in 1977. In 2013, Harvey was honored with PIA MidAmerica’s Lifetime Achievement Award. A true innovator and adventurer, Harvey earned his pilot’s multi-engine instrument rating at age 76. He and his wife also explored the far corners of North and Central America in his RV. Harvey is survived by his sons, Tyler and Max, his daughter-in-laws Kimberly and Mary Barnes and two grandchildren Kathleen and Ben and scores of Epic Product employees, who are grateful to the positive impact he made upon their lives. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 3:30 to 6:00pm, Embassy Suites 13131 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75243.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 19, 2019
Billy J Callaway
BRANDON, MS — On Sunday December 23, 2018, the Lord called his son, CMSgt. Billy James Callaway, home to Heaven. He was born on December 20, 1926 in Simms (Bowie County), Texas to Violet Busic Callaway and Bill M. Callaway. When he was nine years old, his father left to join the East Texas Oil Boom, and Billy went with him to live in Longview, Texas. Billy graduated in 1944 from Pine Tree High School in Longview, Texas.
Upon graduation, he joined the United States Navy and served on the USS Franklin during World War II and served in the Korean War as well. He retired from the Navy and worked as a bank teller for a few years.
In 1947, he married the love of his life, Doris Jean Stanley. They were married for 68 years until her death in 2015. He joined the United States Air Force in 1952 and served during the Vietnam War. He spent 20 years in the Air Force, retiring in 1972 after assignments in Saudi Arabia, Thailand, South Korea, Illinois, Georgia, and Texas. His final assignment was serving as the US Air Force advisor to the Mississippi Air National Guard in Jackson, Ms.
Upon his retirement, he was employed by Becknell Construction as Job Site Manager at Packard Electric in Clinton, Ms. Mr. H. A. Becknell and his family became close friends with Billy and Doris. You could find them together at horse shows and other equine events in Mississippi. He also worked for Nickles and Wells Construction Company at Packard Electric Jobs in Clinton and Brookhaven. He served as their warehouse and fleet manager which included outfitting each job from start to finish. It was during his employment at Nickles and Wells that he made lifelong friends with Charles Nickles (who knew him as “Sarge”) and Gene Adams. These men had a great impact in his life.
Other than his family and the Lord, Billy enjoyed his horses and his service to his country. Although he never showed horses in competition, he loved raising American Quarter horses and enjoyed the friendships he made in the horse industry, including Tommy Kennedy of Brandon. Billy enjoyed his time at his barn caring for his horses and attending some of the major shows such as the Dixie National Quarter Horse Show, Quarter Horse Congress, AQHA World Show, and the National Cutting Horse Futurity with his wife, Doris. In his eyes, watching a good horse work was a thing of beauty.
Billy was a charter member of Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon where he formed his friendship with his best buddy, Gerald Adams, who spent many hours listening to Billy’s war stories and visiting faithfully after his wife’s death. Billy was also a Master Mason since 1953 with membership at the Harlandale Lodge # 1213 in San Antonio, Texas.
Billy was preceded in death by his infant daughter (Cathi Jane Callaway), mother (Violet Busic Callaway Smart), his father (Bill M. Callaway), step-mother (Evelyn Perdue Callaway), step-father (Ross Smart), brother (Van Callaway), sister (Doris White), and grandson (Kevin James White).
He is survived by his daughters, Patti Wilson (Ray) of Puckett, MS, and Jamie White (Ronnie) of Brandon, Ms. He is also survived by three grandchildren; Chris White, Brandon, Ms., Scott Wilson, Puckett, Ms., Sara Wilson, Mize, Ms. and four great grandchildren, SPC Chance White, Cash White, Lou Ellen Grace Wilson, and Steely Ray Jordan. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends, who he loved dearly.
A special thank you to Dean Floyd, who cared for him daily until his death. Also a special thank you to Linda Logan and staff at Assisting Angels, Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, Ms. and all the healthcare providers who cared for him throughout his life.
Visitation will be Sunday, December 30th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon, Ms and Monday, December 31st from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Service will be Monday December 31st at 10:00 am at Ott and Lee – Brandon, Ms, with graveside service to follow at Brandon Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Crossgates Baptist Church, 8 Crosswoods Dr., Brandon, Ms. 39042 and Harlandale Lodge # 113, P. O. Box 190095, San Antonio, Texas 78220.
Published Dec. 28, 2018
Hello, The fall 2018 Newsletter can be found at the link below. Thank You!
Luther R. Tidwell, 92, of Big Cove, a WWII Navy Veteran aboard the USS Franklin Aircraft Carrier, Died November 22, 2018. He was preceded by Beryl Broad Tidwell, his wife of 68 years. He is survived by 2 daughters, Kay Tidwell of Big Cove and Marco Shindlebower of Decatur and Cindy and John Romine of Big Cove, 1 Grandson Bo Riley Bass of Big Cove, 1 Granddaughter, Courtney and Jake Andrews of Big Cove. Visitation will be at the Hampton Cove Funeral Home, 6262 Hwy 431 So. In the Big Cove Community, Saturday November 24th, 9 am to 11 am. Graveside Service following Visitation will be at The Camp Ground Cemetery, Camp Ground Road, Big Cove, weather permitting. The Service will be at the Hampton Cove Funeral Home if raining. In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial Donations can be made to the Camp Ground Cemetery C/O Kay Tidwell, 730 Old Big Cove Road, Owens Cross Roads, Ala, 35763
Published in The Huntsville Times on Nov. 25, 2018