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Hilton Boston/Woburn

2 Forbes Road
Woburn, MA 01801

Hosted 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

More information to follow regarding registration for the reunion.

Inscribed bricks offered at the USS Franklin Memorial in Stuart Florida


You may recall the USS Franklin’s own Sam Rhodes efforts to establish a USS Franklin Memorial in Stuart Florida published in an article on this site in November 2013.  See the article below.

USS Franklin plaques to be dedicated in Memorial Park in Stuart Florida on Veterans Day.

Mr. Ed Maxwell of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041 in Stuart Florida reports that their Memorial Brick Program is open to any and all veterans and is installing customized bricks in the Stuart Veterans Memorial Park.  Bricks can be customized for $25 and $75 dollars.  Make sure you mention your USS Franklin connection so the bricks can be located accordingly in the park.  Click the image of the brick below for an application.

Harry Smeltzer Brick USS Franklin Memorial Stuart Florida


You can also get a brick application at the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041 website here:!about2/c1et


Obituary, Carlyle H. Kefauver

KEFAUVER, Carlyle H., 94, widower of Mary W. Kefauver, died August 23, 2016. He is survived by two sons, C. Haden Kefauver Jr. and his wife, Linda W. Kefauver and E. Paul Kefauver; three grandchildren, Sherry H. Dobb, Tammy S. Kefauver and Michael H. Kefauver and his wife, Margaret; and 8 great-grandchildren. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, having served on the U.S.S. Franklin. Mr. Kefauver was a 75-year member of IBEW Local 666. He was an avid fisherman and he loved the Chesapeake Bay. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 3215 Cutshaw Ave., where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 26. Interment will follow in Hollywood Cemetery.

Obituary, Harrison Neal

Harrison Neal, age 91, passed away Thursday morning, July 21, 2016 at his home with his beloved poodle sidekick, Joey, and his family at his side.

Mr. Neal was born on October 3, 1924 in the community of Sharer in Butler County Kentucky to the late William Harrison Neal and Verda Minor Neal. He was raised and attended school in Franklin, Kentucky, the son of a Presbyterian minister. He met the love of his life, Mary Louise Armstrong, in Indianapolis, Indiana and they were married on August 11, 1946. They were married for sixty years.

Mr. Neal served in the United States Navy and was assigned in 1944 to the newly commissioned Essex class aircraft carrier the USS Franklin. The Franklin was bombed by enemy planes in March of 1945 near the Marianas and the crew of about 3400 was reduced to 704 survivors. The crew kept the ship afloat and ultimately it limped back into port in Brooklyn, New York. The Franklin became known as “the ship that wouldn’t sink.” He was proud of his service to our country and was honorably discharged.

Mr. Neal graduated from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana and planned on attending medical school. While this was in the works, he heard God’s call to the ministry and after moving his family back to Kentucky he began studies at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville. While attending seminary he commuted to their home in Butler County, Kentucky where he served as supply minister for four small rural churches, the same churches that his father had faithfully served before him. The weekdays brought studies at the seminary and the weekends he served the small country churches. He was ordained into the ministry of the Presbyterian (USA) church in 1956.

He served as the first chaplain of the Marion County Indiana Sheriff’s Department and also for a time served the Indianapolis Police Department as their chaplain. This was a very important time in his ministry and he is credited with serving the inmates and their families, the department’s officers and families, and putting into place several programs that continue today. He was instrumental in establishing relations between law enforcement and the community during the Indianapolis race riots of the ’60s. After his retirement from the Sheriff’s Department he served as pastor for Hopewell Presbyterian Church near Franklin, Indiana — a church he thoroughly enjoyed and dearly loved.

Mr. Neal was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a son Mark Allen Neal. A sister, Narcellus Wilkenson and a brother, William Neal also preceded him in death.

He is survived by a son, Harrison (Carl) Neal II and his wife Marni of Cave Spring, Georgia and son, Steven Neal and his wife, Loretta of Indianapolis, Indiana. Three grandchildren, Lyle Neal (Jennifer) of Crown Point, Indiana, Sarah Osborn (Kevin) of Cedartown and Mark Neal (Rebekah) of Rome, Georgia also survive. His great-grandchildren are Gavin Farr and Zander Carver of Rome, Georgia and Andrew Neal and Angelynn Neal of Crown Point, Indiana.

His grandchildren were the light of his life. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service for friends and family to remember and celebrate his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Rome. The sheriff’s department of Marion County Indiana will also hold a memorial service at the Fraternal Order of Police Hall in Indianapolis on Wednesday, August 24.

The family owes great gratitude to Heyman Hospice, Dr. Lee O’Neal and other physicians who provided excellent care for him in recent years and through the end of his life.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to Covenant Presbyterian Church of Rome, GA; Silver Creek Presbyterian Church of Silver Creek, GA or the Salvation Army.

Obituary, Randall Maurer

Randall Maurer

Naples, FL

Randall Maurer, 91, of Naples formerly of Springfield, NJ died Saturday, July 30, 2016.

Mr. Maurer was a World War II Veteran serving with the

U. S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin “Big Ben” which was seriously damaged by a Japanese dive bomber on Monday, March 19, 1945 where 724 sailors perished and more than 265 were injured. Following the war, Randall became a self- employed restaurateur owning many businesses on Long Beach Island, NJ.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean (Kieffer) Maurer and his daughter Barbara (Lawrence) Johnson of Colorado. He is preceded in death by his daughter Deborah Whitenack, his son in-law, Bill Whitenack and his sister Ruth McCoach.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 11 AM in the Fuller Funeral Home, 1625 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. A visitation will be Weds. From 9 AM until the time of the service.

Entombment with military honors will follow in Palm Royale Cemetery, Naples.

Online condolences may be made by

Published in Naples Daily News on Aug. 2, 2016

Obituary, Nunzio Vocatura, Jr.

Nunzio Vocatura, Jr., of Westerly, passed away at The Westerly Hospital on Monday, June 27, 2016. He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Nancy (Delmonte) Vocatura, who passed away on Feb. 5, 2014.
He was a son of the late Margaret and Nunziato Vocatura, Sr.
Nunzio is survived by two stepsons, Michael Rosso (Jaime) and Robert Rosso (Zallee); five grandchildren, Robin Panciera (Danny), Thyra Fusaro, Tyrisha Rosso, Michael Rosso (Lisa) and Brian Rosso (Talia); as well as four great-grandchildren. He also leaves a sister, Virginia (Vocatura) Smith, of Westerly; a brother, Fred Vocatura, of Westerly and Deerfield Beach, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Joe and Peter Paul Vocatura; and a half-sister, Jane Gabrielle, all formerly of Westerly.
Honorably discharged from service on the USS Franklin in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he then attended a trade school for carpentry under the GI Bill in Peoria, Ill. After graduation he worked various construction jobs. “Nuns” retired from the Barney Construction Co. at the Pfizer facility in Groton, Conn.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, June 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly. Relatives and friends are also invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated on Friday, July 1, at 10 a.m. in St. Pius X Church, 44 Elm St., Westerly. Interment with full military honors will follow at St. Sebastian Cemetery, Westerly. For online condolences please visit

Published in The Westerly Sun from June 29 to July 27, 2016

Obituary, Walter L. Lamoureux, Jr.

Walter L. Lamoureux, Jr., 92, of Glastonbury, formerly of Naples, FL and East Hartford, beloved and faithful husband of 65 years to Concetta “Connie” (Federico) Lamoureux, died Friday June 10, 2016 at Hartford Hospital. Born November 26, 1923 in Hartford, son of the late Walter L., Sr. and Hildur (Johnson) Lamoureux he had lived in Glastonbury for the past three years. Prior to his retirement he owned and operated the Modern TV service company in Manchester. Walter was a past member of the Army-Navy Club in Manchester and had served in the US Navy during World War II. He was stationed on the USS Franklin aircraft carrier as radio man and gunner in Torpedo Squadron 13 and Bomber Group 13 and proudly fought for his country in many major battles in the South Pacific earning him the Air Medal and various other awards and citations. Besides his devoted wife who was always at his side taking care of him during his illness, he is survived by his three sons, John P. Lamoureux of Westfield, MA, Paul D. Lamoureux and his significant other Sandra Bouchard of Hartford, and Walter D. Lamoureux and his wife Carolyn of Glastonbury. He adored his two grandchildren David M. Lamoureux and Corrine A. Bikakis, her husband George and their daughter Evangelia A. Bikakis and many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. For online condolences please visit

Published in The Hartford Courant on June 12, 2016 – See more at:

Obituary, Francis Leo Sabourin

Sabourin, Francis Leo, 88, of Plantation passed away Monday, May 24, 2010. He is survived by 3 children; Dottie Henry, Kathleen Goos, (Richard), Bruce Sabourin, (Susan), 1 brother, James Sabourin, (Rita), 9 grandchildren, & 15 great grandchildren.
Sabourin, Francis Leo 88 of Plantation passed away Monday. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island and retired from Bell South. He is predeceased by his wife Adline and his son Alan Sabourin. He is survived by his daughters Dottie Henry and Kathy Goos and son Bruce Sabourin, 9 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services are private at the family’s request. Future internment will be at South Florida National Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Boyd Panciera.

Obituary, Orson A. Boyce

Orson A. Boyce 1918 ~ 2005 EPHRAIM: Orson A. Boyce died peacefully at home July 4, 2005. Born Nov. 19, 1918 in Lewisville, ID to William H. and Jessie Hoggan Boyce. World War II Navy pilot. Married Nola Bauer Feb. 5, 1947, Idaho LDS Temple. LDS missions: New England and Tulsa, OK with wife. Attended BYU and Cornell. Survivors wife, Nola and children, Sharyl Morgado, Karen (Russell) Anderson, Earl (Debby), John (Pam), Mel (LaVonne), Maureen (Lewis) Clark, Nolan, Aaron (Leslie), 52 grandchildren, nine great-grand-children. Funeral Thurs., July 7, 2005, 1:00 p.m. at Ephraim 1st Ward (10 S. Main). Viewing Wed. 6-8 p.m. and Thurs. 11:30-12:30 at church.

Published in Deseret News on July 6, 2005 – See more at: