Inscribed bricks offered at the USS Franklin Memorial in Stuart Florida

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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:

http://www.vva1041.org/#!about2/c1et

 

Memorial Service, Sunday Morning 25 March 1945

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70 Years ago, on Sunday Morning 25 March 1945, in the aftermath of the USS Franklin Bombing, Protestant Chaplain G. Weldon Gatlin delivered the sermon below at a memorial service for the fallen crew aboard the USS Franklin.

Franklin Memorial Service Page 1

Franklin Memorial Service Page 1

Please click the image above to access the 4 page document. The PDF Document is approximately 5MB so it may take a minute to download.

November 1964 All Hands Magazine article “The Ship That Wouldnt Be Sunk”

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All Hands Magazine Nov 1964 (734x1024)
I would like to thank  Mr. John Simonetti, AMS3, V6 Division, ’61-62.  Mr. Simonetti served on the USS Intrepid (CV, CVA, CVS-11) and forwarded me the article found in the November 1964 All Hands magazine published by the Navy.  The article is posted on the Navys website here: http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/archpdf/ah196411.pdf
The pdf file is a little bit large at 25MB so It may take a bit to download.  The account of the Franklin bombing begins on page 54.  
Mr. Simonetti has published a website “in honor and in memory of my home-away-from-home and my fellow shipmates of the USS Intrepid (CV, CVA, CVS-11)”
His website can be found here: http://cv11texfcm.wix.com/intrepid-remembered.

Spring / Summer 2015 Newsletter and Milwaukee reunion registration

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Hello Franklin Friends!

The Spring / Summer 2015 USS Franklin Museum Association Newsletter has been sent to the paper printer and should reach everybody in a week or so.  I am also publishing the documents online for your immediate consumption!  Please click on the links below for the newsletter and registration documents.

Franklin Newsletter Spring 2015

USS Franklin Reunion 2015 Registration

Please forward a link to this webpage to your friends and family so they can access the documents as well.

http://www.ussfranklin.org/?p=889

The Fall 2015 newsletter will be the last paper newsletter distributed via the postal service in favor of email distribution like this.  We realize many of our readers are not on the web.  If you would like to continue to get a paper newsletter, please contact Louise Mast at louise.mast@ussfranklin.org.

Please join our email list if you would would like to be notified when the newsletter and other important updates are posted to www.ussfranklin.org.  You can join the Franklin email list at the link here http://www.ussfranklin.org/?page_id=809.

Best Wishes,
Darren Hamm
www.ussfranklin.org webmaster
USS Franklin Museum Association board member

Welcome to www.ussfranklin.org

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Welcome to www.ussfranklin.org.  I invite you to leave USS Franklin comments below. I am also looking for people interested in contributing to this site.  Please contact me at franklin@ussfranklin.org with any information you may have.

Update Feb 2013, I have set up a “Forum” tab as a more appropriate place to leave comments for everybody to see.

The forum is here: http://www.ussfranklin.org/?page_id=393

Thank You.

Obituary, Russel E. Cole

Russel E. “Bucket” Cole, 88, of Harmony Township, NJ passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Lopatcong Center in Lopatcong Township, NJ. Russel was born in Still Valley, Pohatcong Township, NJ on August 1, 1926 to the late Edgar and Addie Rush Shoemaker Cole. Russel was a self-employed Dairy Farmer for 25 years, retiring in 1976. He was a graduate of Phillipsburg High School, Class of 1944. Russel served in the US Navy on the Aircraft Carrier USS Franklin CV13, which was known as the ship that will not die, “Big Ben”. Russel enjoyed traveling the country for his ship’s reunions. Russel was a member of Stewartsville Presbyterian Church in Stewartsville, NJ. He was also a member of the American Legion Mecsey-Bishop Post #456 of Stewartsville, NJ; VFW Post #6701 of Washington, NJ; the Stewartsville Grange #121; Sunny Seniors of Phillipsburg; the Stewartsville Area Seniors; The Museum Association USS Franklin CV13;and the Pohatcong Valley Semi-Wild Club. Russel is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret Paff Cole; daughters, Donna Diehl and her husband, Larry of Phillipsburg, NJ and Debra Cole of Phillipsburg, NJ; a sister Ethel Bischoff of VA; grandchildren Chelsey and Jesse Diehl; a great-grandson; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Sarah Crouse; and half-brothers, Harry, Donald and Heston Shoemaker. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 10am at the Rupell Funeral Home, LLC; 465 Memorial Pkwy; Phillipsburg, NJ 08865. A visitation of family and friends will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Stewartsville (Presbyterian) Cemetery; Stewartsville, NJ. In Lieu of Flowers, memorials may be made to Stewartsville Presbyterian Church; 550 N. Main Street; Stewartsville, NJ 08886. Online condolences may be submitted at www.rupellfuneralhome.com. – See more at: http://obits.lehighvalleylive.com/obituaries/etpa/obituary.aspx?n=russel-e-cole-bucket&pid=175178281&fhid=21870&eid=sp_ommatch&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.DNfANALe.dpuf

Obituary, Robert A. Gray

Robert A. Gray, 92, passed away Friday, June 19, 2015, at his home in Lakewood, Colo. Robert was born March 2, 1923, in Kansas City, Kan., to George and Adis Gray. He was a graduate of Wyandotte High School. Bob was a Veteran of WWII serving in the United States Navy. He was a member of Bomber Squadron VB 13 aboard the USS Franklin. He married Betty Jean (Ashmore) on June 14, 1941, in New Orleans, La., who preceded him in death after 68 years of marriage on Feb. 10, 2010. He was in the automotive industry most of his adult working life, retiring as an Auto Service manager for Dick Smith Ford in 1977. Bob was an avid aviation enthusiast, having obtained his pilot’s license at age 22, flying until he was 76 years old. He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen. In addition to aviation, he was involved in midget car racing in the Kansas City area in the 1950’s. He was a member of Victory Hills Baptist Church. He is survived by his daughter, Jeanne and her husband, Jay Dewey of Lakeood, Colo. In addition, he leaves two granddaughters, Kristen (Jeff) Sanders of Edmond, Okla., and Nicole (Pat) Dolezal of Wray, Colo. He is also survived by five great grandchildren, Tyler, Bryce and Sydney Sanders of Edmond, and Jessica and Jaden Mast of Wray. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 26, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 North 94th St., Kansas City, KS 66112. Condolences at: www.porterfuneralhome.com Arr.: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, Kan., (913) 438-6444. Porter Funeral Homes and Crematory
Published in Kansas City Star on June 24, 2015
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Obiutuary, Alfred E. Amos

AMOS. Alfred E. Amos, 93, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Hospice in Stockbridge, GA. He was the beloved husband of the late Shirley E. (Miller) Amos for 47 years and the late Ruth (Young) Amos for 21 years, Ruth passed January 27, 2015. Al was born February 18, 1922 in Hartford, the son of the late William A. and Alma (Vorhaven) Amos. He served his country during WWII on the USS Franklin and also in the Korean War. Upon returning from the service he worked for Underwood Typewriter then Remington Typewriter in their design departments. He was a longtime Masonic member. He leaves his son, William H. Amos of Locust Grove, GA; a daughter, Cheryl Morgan and her husband Michael of Windsor; a son Alfred Amos, Jr. of Groton; three grandsons; one granddaughter-in-law; three granddaughters; one grandson-in-law; four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Howard V. Amos; a daughter-in-law, Toni Amos. His family will receive friends Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 10-11 AM at Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807Bloomfield Ave., Windsor with a Masonic Service at 10:45 AM followed by a memorial service at 11 AM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Roberts Presbyterian Church, 2716 Highway 187 South, Anderson, SC 29626.

Published in The Hartford Courant on May 31, 2015 – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=alfred-amos&pid=174971135&fhid=4097&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.6lZrW6A0.dpuf

Pittsburg Post-Gazette USS Franklin headlines from 70 years ago this week

Seventy years ago this week, a front-page picture presented Post-Gazette readers with proof that the world was truly off kilter. Even today, the image remains a shocking reminder of the apocalyptic nature of a war that, by 1945, had enveloped the globe for more than five years.

Seventy years ago this week, a front-page picture presented Post-Gazette readers with proof that the world was truly off kilter. Even today, the image remains a shocking reminder of the apocalyptic nature of a war that, by 1945, had enveloped the globe for more than five years.

 

The link to the full article is here:

http://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/thedigs/2015/05/20/the-roar-of-the-fire-was-like-thunder-and-on-the-flight-deck-and-hangar-decks-were-the-dead/

Obituary, Robert Stiffler Waddington

Robert Stiffler Waddington
age 89, of New Philadelphia died Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Union Hospital at Dover. A son of the late William E. and Erma (Stiffler) Waddington, Bob was born in the family home at New Philadelphia on Nov. 14, 1925. He attended New Philadelphia High School until his Junior Year when his family relocated to Washington D.C. and became a 1943 graduate of Roosevelt Senior High School. Following graduation, Bob entered into the United Marine Corps and proudly served aboard the USS Franklin during World War II. In March 1945, Bob was on board ship at the time The Franklin was bombed and 800 Marines and Sailors lost their lives. An ever proud Marine, Bob enjoyed being a part of the Marine Corps League and loved traveling to their various functions throughout the United States. Professionally, Bob worked for the United States Postal Service for 34 years having served in the D.C, Dayton and Williamsburg, Pennsylvania offices. Following his retirement, he began traveling to Yellowstone National Park, where for 14 summers he enjoyed working in one of the stores near the Old Faithful Geyser. Bob was a member of the Goshen Community Nazarene Church and also found joy in reading and watching television.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann whom he married on July 7, 2007; his children, Glenn (Gwen) Waddington, Sandra (Peter) Waldren all of Shelter Island, N.Y., Katrina (Robert) Pennell of Raleigh, N.C., Ward (Cathy) Waddington of Williamsburg, Pa.; his grandchildren, Morgan, who is currently serving in the USMC, Christopher, Alexandra, Rachel, Eddie, Trisha, Jacob, Amyjo and Arianne as well as numerous great-grandchildren. Completing the family are his step-children, Mary (James) Davis of Apple Creek, and Sherry (fiancé, Rodney Lohr) Depinet of Mansfield; step-grandchildren, Nicole, Amanda, Morgan and Matthew and four step-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Waddington and his daughter, Kris LaFerney.
The family will greet guests one hour prior to services on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 1-2 p.m. in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia where Pastor Lee Randolph will lead a service celebrating Bob’s life at 2 p.m. in the funeral home’s chapel. Burial, with military honors, will follow in the East Avenue Cemetery at New Philadelphia. Memorial contributions in Bob’s memory may be directed to Goshen Community Church of the Nazarene, 2501 Davis Road SE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.
Those wishing to do so may send the family a personal condolence and light a candle in remembrance of Bob by visiting the funeral home’s website at www.GeibCares.com
– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesreporter/obituary.aspx?n=robert-stiffler-waddington&pid=174924619&fhid=22449&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.PuBZFCOC.dpuf

USS Franklin Connection found at South Carolina Duncan Park Memorial

 

University of South Carolina Upstate Library Dean Frieda Davison has written a book about all of the men listed on the Duncan Park memorial. Davison, who spent eight years of research to tell the story of every single veteran for the book, stands at the Veteran’s Pointe Memorial Park war memorial at Duncan Park in Spartanburg on Friday.

University of South Carolina Upstate Library Dean Frieda Davison has written a book about all of the men listed on the Duncan Park memorial. Davison, who spent eight years of research to tell the story of every single veteran for the book, stands at the Veteran’s Pointe Memorial Park war memorial at Duncan Park in Spartanburg on Friday.

The link to the article is here:

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20150523/ARTICLES/150529879?p=1&tc=pg

Obituary, Billy Lee Jones

Shelmerdine –Billy Lee Jones, 88, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015 at his home. A graveside service will be conducted Monday at 2pm in Mack Smith Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the cemetery where there will also be a viewing.
Billy, born July 28, 1926 to the late Roy and Mayme Jones in Bomarton, TX, was raised in Keystone, OK. He joined the US Navy during World War II, serving on the USS Franklin, also known as “Big Ben,” in the Pacific Theater. He moved to North Carolina in 1948 and met and married Reba Haddock on November 10, 1948. He worked as a farmer and a butcher before becoming a carpenter, working for Daniels Construction and Eastern Omni before retiring in 1991. He loved to hunt, fish, watch baseball and basketball games with his grandsons, and gardening, but spending time with his family always came first.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Reba Haddock Jones; son, Billy Wayne Jones; grandson, Brian Gray; sister, Lily Jones; father and mother-in-law, Spencer and Mertie Haddock; and in-laws, Amyle Peterman, Joyce Jones, George Meigs, Wilbur and Gracie Haddock, Lyman and Lucille Haddock, Jessie Haddock, Estelle Ham, and Roy Lee Fillingame.
Billy is survived by his children, JoAnn Jones Gray and husband, William of Independence, LA and Randy Jones and wife, Joy Cannon Jones; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Jones Williams and husband, Ernie, all of Shelmerdine; grandchildren, Tonya Cabaniss and husband, Jeff, Justin and William Gray, Roxanna Ford, Alan Jones and wife, Jennifer, Casey, Jason, Michael, and Cody Jones; great grandchildren, Joseph Puckett, Brianna, Edith, Mary, and Jacob Gray, Rachel and Jesse Ford, and Zachary and Matthew Jones; brother, Ray Jones and wife, Betty; sisters, Wanda Peterman and Shirley Bunyard; sisters-in-law, Rena Mae Haddock and Betty Jo Fillingame; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Obituary, Teofilo Guerrero

On April 4th, 2015, Teofilo Guerrero or DOD (Dear Old Dad) as his baby girl, Cecilia called him, left his earthly confines for a world without pain, hate, or remorse. DOD was born in Miami, Arizona in 1924. He served his country during WWII aboard the U.S.S. Franklin as a member of the United States Navy. Determined to learn the English language, he taught himself one word every day. DOD joined the Navy Reserve and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 as a member of the Seabee’s. At the age of 48, he picked up the High School Equivalency book, studied it for a month, and passed with flying colors. Later, he became a Deacon serving the El Paso Diocese where he ministered to the inmates at the El Paso County Detention Facility, the ill, and anyone that needed a “spiritual” lift. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Concepcion, his brother, Manuel “Poli,” his sisters Nicolasa, Elvira, and his late wife, Belen Escobedo-Guerrero. He is survived by his wife, Filomena Guerrero, his sisters Aurelia, Amparo, Corina and brother, Daniel. His children, John (Lori), Leticia (Robert), Irma (Ignacio), David (Esther), and Cecilia. His grandchildren: Nicole, Adreanne, Roseleen, Kristen, Robert, Paul, Eric, Rene, Adrian, Eddie, Joseph, Jonathan, and fifteen great grandchildren. Visitation 4 to 9 on Perches Alameda on Sunday, Rosary 7 pm Perches Alameda, Mass 11:30 AM Monday at St. Francis Xavier. Burial at Ft. Bliss. Pallbearers: David, Eddie, Eric, Rene, Joseph, and Jonathan. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to any U.S. Veteran organization or to the Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home, 9650 Kenworthy St., El Paso, TX 79924. 915-751-0967. Thanks to Cuidado Casero Hospice and to Lily and Gaby for taking excellent care of D.O.D.
Published in El Paso Times from Apr. 10 to Apr. 17, 2015
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Obituary, William James Nott

William James Nott (LCDR U.S.Navy Retired), 91, of Portsmouth RI, died Friday, April 10, 2015, surrounded by his loving family at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, MA.
Mr. Nott was born April 8, 1924 in Groton, CT.

He is the son of the late William Edward and the late Mildred (Harris) Nott.

He was married to Marie Christina (Santangelo ) Nott for 61 years.

William enlisted in the Navy after high school and served during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. During his time in the Navy, he worked his way up through ranks and eventually became a commissioned officer, also known as a “Mustang” and retired as a Lieutenant Commander. He served aboard the U.S.S Franklin (CV-13), of which he was very proud.
After retiring from the Navy, William went to work for Roger Williams University in the facilities management department, and became the director of that department for over twenty years.
He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother, and loved spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Christina (Santangelo) Nott, his four sons, Michael Nott and his wife Shanon of Portsmouth, RI, James Nott and his wife Linda of Portsmouth, RI, Paul Nott and his wife Kim of Savannah, GA, and Thomas Nott of Portsmouth, RI.and his daughter Patricia Maggiacomo and her husband Michael. He is also survived by his brothers, Donald Nott, Raymond Nott and Richard Nott, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his greatgranddaughter Jayla Hudson.

A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday April 16, 2015 from 6-8pm in the Connors Funeral Home 55 West Main Road in Portsmouth, RI, friends and family are invited to attend.

Burial with military honors will be on Friday April 17, 2015 at 10am in Portsmouth Cemetery, Bristol Ferry Road in Portsmouth.

 

Additional information at www.memorialfuneralhome.com