Obituary, Charles L. Shenck

Charles L. Shenck, 96, formerly of Lower Paxton Township, entered into God’s Grace on April 17, 2018 at the Middletown Home.
He was born October 26, 1921, in Bella Vista, PA, son of the late Raymond Franklin and Bertha B. Shenck. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Verna A. (Wagner) Shenck; parents; 1 grandson, Ryan Szoszorek; 1 granddaughter, Shayna Steinhauer; 6 brothers and 1 sister.
In 1942 he enlisted in the Navy to support the war effort. He served aboard the USS Franklin CV-13 and the USS Puget Sound CVE-113 aircraft carriers and achieved the title of First Class Aviation Boatson Mate in World War II. He was the recipient of the Victory, American Theater and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater medals. Chuck retired in 1981 from the Conrail Railroad, formerly the Pennsylvania Railroad, after 40 years of service. He was a member of the Railroad Retiree Club of PA, United Transportation Union and the American Legion 272 of Linglestown. He was also a member and former deacon of East Shore Baptist Church. He enjoyed bowling with the Golden Agers at ABC North and friends at ABC East.
His greatest joy was spending time with his beloved family and friends. Chuck was the devoted husband of his late wife and childhood sweetheart Verna A. (Wagner) Shenck whom he dearly missed. They were married on Nov. 13, 1946 and their love story lasted nearly 59 years until her death on Sept. 10, 2005.
He is survived by his daughters, Donna Lee and her husband, Gary Yanko of New Cumberland and Terry Lee and her husband, Thomas Gawlas of Hummelstown; a grandson, Shannon and his wife, Laurel Szoszorek; 3 great granddaughters, Katilyn Hamsher, Grace and Ella Steinhauer; 2 great grandsons, Zeke and Zane Szoszorek; a brother, Donald and many loving relatives and dear friends.
Chuck lived his life with unwavering faith, passion, love and dedication to his family.
Funeral Service will be Monday, April 23, 2018, 11 am, at East Shore Baptist Church, 6721 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112 with Pastor Brian Harrison officiating. Viewing 10-11 am at the church. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, beside his beloved wife Verna.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church ( or to the Middletown Home, Benevolent Fund, 999 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057.
The Family wishes to thank the Middletown Home staff for their unwavering care and kindness to our father.
Funeral Arrangements are provided by the Zimmerman-Auer Funeral Home, Inc., 4100 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109.
Published on and in The Patriot-News from Apr. 19 to Apr. 22, 2018

Obituary, Vernon Gayle Bowen

Gayle Bowen, 90, of Canyon passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Services will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Amarillo. Burial will follow at Dreamland Cemetery in Canyon. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Brooks Chapel.

Gayle was born on April 13, 1927 in Post, Texas to Mitchell and Nettie Bowen. He graduated with a degree in religious education from Hardin Simmons University and attended Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth.

In August of 1953, he married Janice King. Gayle was a WWII veteran. He served in the US Navy aboard the USS Franklin. He was a minister at various churches in Texas including Lubbock and Canyon. He retired from the First Baptist Church of Canyon. He was a member of the Panhandle Singing Men, the Kiwanis Club, and the First Baptist Church of Amarillo. He was asked often to share his experiences in the Navy with children at local schools. He loved music and his church. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Shirley Ownbey and a brother, Jerrald Bowen.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Janice Bowen; two daughters, Tricia Shears and husband, Charles of Lubbock, Tamara Castagnetta and husband, Larry of Canyon; son, Steve Bowen and wife, Stephanie, of Amarillo; grandchildren, Jeremiah Wassom, Jason Wassom, Danielle Shears, Brad Bowen and wife, Emily, Trey Bowen and wife, Ally, Parker Bowen, Ashley Pruitt and husband, Aaron, Jaci Castagnetta and Josh Castagnetta; seven great grandchildren; brother, Boyd Bowen and wife, Mary of Midland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

USS Franklin Museum Association Spring 2018 Newsletter


The Spring 2018 USS Franklin Museum Association Newsletter has been emailed.  A copy can be found here:

Printed paper copies will be sent shortly.

To sign up to receive the email version of the newsletter follow this link below:

Email Newsletter Sign Up

If you know somebody that would like to receive a paper copy of the newsletter please email me at or mail to Darren Hamm, USS Franklin Museum Association, 7749 County Road W, West Bend Wi. 53090

The newsletter is typically sent out in the Fall and Spring.


Obituary, Leonard J. Sapienza

Leonard J. Sapienza, 93, of Vermilion, died Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at his home after a brief illness.
He was born February 23, 1925 in Lorain and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 30 years after moving from Henrietta Twp.
Leonard was a veteran of the US Navy serving on the USS Franklin during WWII. During his service, Leonard was injured by a Kamikaze aircraft.
He was a member of the Vermilion United Church of Christ Congregational, American Legion Post #397, and VFW Post #7576.
He had his private pilots license and enjoyed flying, golfing, boating, fishing and he was an avid woodworker.
Leonard retired from Timms Spring Co., Elyria where he had worked as a machinist for many years.
He is survived by his daughter, Gail (Gary Seawall) Sapienza; 9 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and his sister, Dolores Kendeigh of Amherst.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann (nee Kress) Sapienza in 2000; son, Guy Sapienza; parents, Thomas and Lillian (nee Teaman) Sapienza; brothers, Charles and Danny Sapienza; and sister, Jean Alten.
The family will receive friends on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1:30 p.m. at the Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South Street, Vermilion, Ohio
The Rev. David Zerby will officiate and the Vermilion Veterans Council will conduct Military Honors just prior to the 1:30 p.m. funeral service. Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Vermilion.
Online condolences may be made at
Published in on Feb. 28, 2018

Obituary, Stanley John Olander

Stanley John Olander, 96, of South Windsor, beloved husband of the late Carolyn (Reed) Olander died peacefully on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Manchester Manor, surrounded by his family. He was born on November 5, 1921 in Seymour, CT, son of the late Thomas and Katheren (Biatczak) Olander. Stanley grew up in Manchester and was a graduate of Cheney Tech. He went on to serve our country with the U.S. Navy during WWII. He served aboard the U.S.S. Franklin and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal when his ship was hit by Kamikaze fighters. Upon returning home after the war Stanley went to work for Colt Manufacturing in Hartford and later went to work for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, retiring in 1981 after 35 years of service. He was a resident of South Windsor since 1971. Stanley was a collector of artifacts and memorabilia. He was a New England Patriots fan, and enjoyed his Saturday trips to Foxwoods. He cherished his Manchester Mall meetings with his friend Eli and his coffee on Sundays with his friend Mike. Stanley was a man of simple pleasures and lived life his own way. He will be dearly missed. He leaves his son, Skip Olander, and his wife Tracy of Mansfield Center; his sister, Irene Welskop of Meriden; his grandchildren, Jaime Olander and her partner Kelsey, Ryan Olander, Tyler Olander, and Morgan Olander; and his two great grandchildren, Gram and Lila. He was predeceased by his siblings, Harry Olander, Stella Mozzer, Mary Limrick, and Edward Olander. His family will receive friends on Thursday, January 25, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor. A private burial at the request of his family with Military Honor will take place in Wapping Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: John Fidler Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Linda Malavasi, East Hampton High School, 15 North Maple St. (The John Fidler Way) East Hampton, CT 06424. Please visit us at for online condolences and guest book.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 24, 2018

Obituary, Roger F. Garland

Roger F. Garland, 92
WESTBROOK – Roger F. Garland, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. He was born Sept. 13, 1925, in North Conway, N.H., the son of Roy and Marion (Wade) Garland.
Roger grew up in North Conway and attended local schools. Following school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served his country during World War II on the aircraft carriers USS Franklin and USS Hancock. As a young adult, Roger settled his family in Westbrook and enjoyed a career in the dairy industry working for Blue Spruce and Oakhurst dairies. Roger enjoyed going to yard sales, and taking rides with his wife Blanche. He will be remembered for his good sense of humor, flower and vegetable gardens, and his love for raising rabbits, goats, and his dog Sandy.
In addition to his parents, Roger was predeceased by his loving wife of 64 years, Blanche (Barrow) Garland; and his sister, Barbara Hardy. He is survived by his son, Ron Garland, and his wife Brenda, of Westbrook; grandchildren, Scott, Eric, Melissa and her husband Brian, Michael, Jason and his wife Shernita, and Stacey; and great-grandchildren, Kendall, Taylor, Keagan, Ella, Austin, Callie, Delaney, MacKenzie, Andrew, Charlie, and Anaya.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at the Westbrook Chapel of Dolby, Blais & Segee, 35 Church St., Westbrook. To express a condolence or participate in Roger’s online guest book, please visit:

USS Franklin Muster Roll


USS Franklin Muster Roll H Selection 1/31/1944

For USS Franklin researchers, I have obtained a copy of the USS Franklin muster roll copied from microfilm records of the US Navy.  This muster roll contains records of the ships company as the sailors moved onto and off of the ship.  This is not a complete account of all the ships transfers.  Specifically, this does not include information on the Marine and Air groups on board the Franklin.  The file is very large- at 2GB in size and may take some time to download from google drive.  You must “Unzip” the file to reveal all of the individual pages in .jpg picture format.

This is very similar if not the same information available at