Rear Admiral Mark L. Tidd, Chief of Navy Chaplains remarks for USS Franklin 70th reunion. Delivered July 19, 2014 at the USS Franklin Reunion.

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140718-IG780-N-035 NORFOLK, Va. (July 18, 2014) - Rear Adm. Mark L. Tidd, Chief of Navy Chaplains, speaks at the Franklin Society's dinner and dance as part of the group's annual reunion. The annual meeting of the Franklin Society honors the men who served aboard aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV 13) during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shane A. Jackson/Released)

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NORFOLK, Va. (July 18, 2014) – Rear Adm. Mark L. Tidd, Chief of Navy Chaplains, speaks at the Franklin Society’s dinner and dance as part of the group’s annual reunion. The annual meeting of the Franklin Society honors the men who served aboard aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV 13) during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shane A. Jackson/Released)

Honoring the Legacy of the Franklin and her Crew 70 years Later

Good evening, Shipmates, Marines and family members. I am deeply honored to be with you at the 70th anniversary of the commissioning of the great aircraft carrier USS Franklin, affectionately nicknamed “Big Ben” a ship whose story is well known to our Nation and our Navy and is interwoven into the history of the Navy Chaplain Corps.

Each year, for the past 70 years you’ve gathered to honor service to our Nation- your own service and that of your loved ones and comrades at such a critical time during World War II. But in particular, you’ve gathered as a crew and family to reflect on the courageous actions taken before daybreak, March 19, 1945, in the waters of Kobe Harbor.

It was a harrowing day where more than 800 lives were lost and nearly 300 wounded, and yet many survived as they fought to save each other and to save Big Ben herself.

There is something powerful behind this ritual of coming together for fellowship and camaraderie, to remember and reflect, to share stories (some of which may be true!) and ultimately to show support to your Shipmates these many years later. Just as you did yesterday during a Memorial Service held aboard the USS Wisconsin. This gathering together is a profound testament to the power of our relationships. Relationships that bring joy and meaning to our lives, but also sustainment in the years following the wrenching experience of combat. For it is these very bonds which bring healing, healing to the body and the mind and finally the heart.

These bonds of Shipmates, forged in harm’s way, are inevitably deepened by the magnitude and intensity of combat experience. Those inseparable bonds have endured time and distance. They are strengthened by your shared devotion to your country, to your ship and to your Shipmates.

This tradition of gathering together also speaks to the personal connection we feel to our ship, our home. It’s almost part of our identity as Sailors- it’s in our DNA. And what a rich and historic legacy of service Big Ben has having served in several campaigns in the Pacific, earning four battle stars with her 3,500 crewmen and 100 aircraft.

So I am pleased to see with us tonight, multiple generations of family members who continue to honor their own family members’ legacy of service during such a critical time in our history.

Among the crew members of FRANKLIN were the ship’s two chaplains, Chaplain Joseph T. O’Callahan, known as “Father Joe” and Chaplain Grimes W. Gatlin, the Protestant chaplain. Both of them held services on the hangar deck the day before the attack, and they were preparing for a burial at sea that morning.

Chaplain O’Callahan and Chaplain Gatlin were spiritual leaders trusted by their people. They’d always been engaged in the lives and welfare of the crew. In their own ways, they brought a message of hope and most importantly, they brought the presence of God—a presence desperately needed on the terrible morning of March 19.
In the course of the attack, the ship was engulfed in flames fed by the five bombers, 14 torpedo bombers and 12 fighters on the flight and hangar decks that were carrying 36,000 gallons of gas and 30 tons of bombs and rockets between them.
Throughout the chaos, the crew remained calm and never gave up the ship. Chaplain O’Callahan manned a fire hose and organized fire fighters to lay water on the bombs so they would not explode. He worked with crew members throwing hot ammunition overboard to prevent a potentially fatal explosion. He sought to comfort the wounded and to administer last rights to the dying, while Chaplain Gatlin ministered to those badly burned in the attacks.
One of those Sailors to whom Father Joe O’Callahan gave last rites was Robert C. Blanchard who had been overcome by smoke inhalation. Many of you know well the iconic WWII photograph of Father Joe bending over Robert. What was not publicly known until recently was the fact that Robert went on to live to be 90 and passed away this past April.
FRANKLIN’S CO, Captain Leslie E. Gehres, said this about Chaplain O’Callahan’s actions to save the ship and care for the crew: “His courage was sustained, tested by time, enduring, faithful to the end.” These words applied to countless others present that morning.
While sustaining catastrophic damage, heroic damage control measures saved the ship. Thanks to that courageous and incredibly resilient spirit, you were able to save Big Ben. As you well know, no ship in history had ever suffered such losses and remained afloat.
As the Plan of the Day for March 21st put it so well after the attack and recovery efforts: “Big Ben Bombed, Battered, Bruised and Bent But Not Broken.” Those words reflect the valor and tenacity demonstrated that fateful day, and it speaks to your generation of Sailors and Marines who answered the call to serve our great Nation. That’s something for which all family members present tonight have reason to be justifiably proud.
This tenacious and resilient spirit carried you not only through the attack, but also through the 5-week, 12,000 mile cruise back home to New York Harbor. Once safely docked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 234 men received Letters of Commendation, nearly 300 of the wounded crew members were presented with Purple Hearts. 115 men were recipients of the Bronze Star. Chaplain Grimes W. Gatlin was among 22 of Franklin’s men to be awarded the Silver Star.
The Navy Cross went to 19 of Franklin’s men, including the captain.

For actions above and beyond the call of duty that day, Lt.j.g. Donald A. Gary was awareded the Congressional Medal of Honor, as as Chaplain Joseph O’Callahan, the 1st military chaplain to receive that award. He remains one of only two Navy chaplains to receive this award.

On that fateful day, more than 800 of your fellow Sailors and Marines gave their lives and nearly 300 were wounded from the attack, together accounting for 1/3 of your Shipmates.
In the Christian scriptures, John 15:13 reminds us that “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” his Shipmates.
Thank you for your invitation to join you here tonight as you gather to reflect on your service to our Nation, to our Navy, and to each other aboard the Franklin and to honor the tremendous sacrifices and legacy of your fellow crew members who perished that fateful day.
Regardless of the paths your lives have taken through the years since that day, you can always stand proud of your service to your ship and to your Shipmates.
May God continue to bless you and your families.

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Eleven of the remaining USS Franklin Crew at the 2014 Reunion Dinner Dance

Eleven of the remaining USS Franklin Crew at the 2014 Reunion Dinner Dance

Hello Friends.

We just wrapped up another successful USS Franklin Reunion and we must admit we were very sad to return to work after such a great weekend with the Franklin Family. We had a wonderful time with our extended family and got to know some crew members (and their wives) that we had not had the privilege of speaking with before now.

MC3 Shane Jackson, from Navy Public Affairs Support Element – East, has captured some of this experience in a very nice article about the reunion, particularly the relationships we’ve built over the years. Please take the time to read this article by clicking on the link below. Hoping all made it home safe and looking forward to next year’s reunion (any volunteers?)!

Yours,
Darren and Susan Hamm

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=82337

140718-IG780-N-080 NORFOLK, Va. (July 18, 2014) – Bill Albrecht, a surviving member of aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV 13), reads the names of the most recently deceased survivors of Franklin on board battleship USS Wisconsin (BB 64). The annual meeting of the Franklin Society honors the men who served aboard Franklin during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shane A. Jackson/Released)

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NORFOLK, Va. (July 18, 2014) – Bill Albrecht, a surviving member of aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV 13), reads the names of the most recently deceased survivors of Franklin on board battleship USS Wisconsin (BB 64). The annual meeting of the Franklin Society honors the men who served aboard Franklin during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shane A. Jackson/Released)

140718-IG780-N-073 NORFOLK, Va. (July 18, 2014) - Bernard Groenewald, left, a surviving member of aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV 13), and Ron Williams, sponsor of the 2014 Franklin Reunion, read the names of the most recently deceased survivors of Franklin on board battleship USS Wisconsin (BB 64). The annual meeting of the Franklin Society honors the men who served aboard Franklin during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shane A. Jackson/Released)

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NORFOLK, Va. (July 18, 2014) – Bernard Groenewald, left, a surviving member of aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV 13), and Ron Williams, sponsor of the 2014 Franklin Reunion, read the names of the most recently deceased survivors of Franklin on board battleship USS Wisconsin (BB 64). The annual meeting of the Franklin Society honors the men who served aboard Franklin during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shane A. Jackson/Released)

140718-IG780-N-035 NORFOLK, Va. (July 18, 2014) - Rear Adm. Mark L. Tidd, Chief of Navy Chaplains, speaks at the Franklin Society's dinner and dance as part of the group's annual reunion. The annual meeting of the Franklin Society honors the men who served aboard aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV 13) during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shane A. Jackson/Released)

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NORFOLK, Va. (July 18, 2014) – Rear Adm. Mark L. Tidd, Chief of Navy Chaplains, speaks at the Franklin Society’s dinner and dance as part of the group’s annual reunion. The annual meeting of the Franklin Society honors the men who served aboard aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV 13) during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shane A. Jackson/Released)

140718-IG780-N-032 NORFOLK, Va. (July 18, 2014) - Capt. James Denley, a Navy chaplain, speaks at the annual Franklin Society reunion on board battleship USS Wisconsin (BB 64). The Franklin Society annually honors the men who served aboard aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV 13) during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shane A. Jackson/Released)

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NORFOLK, Va. (July 18, 2014) – Capt. James Denley, a Navy chaplain, speaks at the annual Franklin Society reunion on board battleship USS Wisconsin (BB 64). The Franklin Society annually honors the men who served aboard aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV 13) during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shane A. Jackson/Released)

140718-IG780-N-023 NORFOLK, Va. (July 18, 2014) - The surviving members of aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV 13) pose for a group photo at their annual reunion on board battleship USS Wisconsin (BB 64). The annual meeting of the Franklin Society honors the men who served aboard Franklin during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shane A. Jackson/Released)

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NORFOLK, Va. (July 18, 2014) – The surviving members of aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV 13) pose for a group photo at their annual reunion on board battleship USS Wisconsin (BB 64). The annual meeting of the Franklin Society honors the men who served aboard Franklin during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shane A. Jackson/Released)

Reunion Speaker , Rear Admiral Mark L. Tidd, Chief of Chaplains United States Navy.

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The speaker for the 2014 USS Franklin Reunion Saturday night July 19th, will be Rear Admiral Mark L. Tidd, Chief of Chaplains for the United States Navy. Admiral Tidds biography can be found on the United States Navys website here: http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioID=523

I look forward to seeing everybody in Norfolk very soon!

Admiral Mark L Tidd

2014 Norfolk VA. Reunion registration.

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Hello Friends,

Those of you who are on the USS Franklin Museum Association News Letter mailing list should have received a yellow insert in the Spring and Summer 2014 edition.  I received mine in the mail last week.

You can download a copy at this link: 2014 Franklin Reunion Registration

Highlights of the reunion include:

Thursday, July 17- Registration

Friday, July 18- Riding Norfolk City Tour, MacArthur Memorial, and Naval Station Norfolk with lunch served on base.  A memorial service will be held on an aircraft carrier, if one is available.  Otherwise the memorial service will be held on the USS Wisconsin.

Saturday, July 19- Optional lunch cruise aboard the Spirit of Norfolk.  The General meeting will be held in the afternoon.  The dinner and dance will feature the Glen Boswick Sound of Swing Orchestra in the evening.

Sunday, July 20- Farewell Breakfast.

I hope to see you there.  Please mail in your registration my June 10th 2014.  It is suggested to make your room reservations by June 1st 2014.

Father O’Callahan to be honored March 18 the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester MA

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Father Joseph Timothy O'Callahan "Father Joe"

Father Joseph Timothy O’Callahan “Father Joe”

 

Hello Friends,

Jim Delehaunty, the chair of the O’Callahan Society sent the following message:

On March 18 the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester MA will observe the anniversary of the passing of Fr O’Callahan, professor of mathematics and philosophy, US Navy chaplain, Jesuit priest and Medal of Honor recipient for his heroism on board USS Franklin in March 1945.

More information is available at the Holy Cross website here:

http://news.holycross.edu/blog/2014/03/13/college-community-remembers-rev-joseph-t-ocallahan-s-j/

2014 Reunion Hotel information

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Mr. Ron Williams, sponsor of the 2014 USS Franklin Reunion forwarded the following link for those of you that want to get a head start on booking your hotel rooms in Norfolk!

https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/USSFRANK

Ron also reports that the Glen Boswick Sound of Swing Orchestra will be performing for the Saturday dinner dance.

http://www.glenboswick.com/

Stay Tuned for more information!

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

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Shipmate Sam Rhodes stands in front of the monument that he has worked for tirelessly to memorialize the fallen crew of the USS Franklin.

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The dedication of the plaques will take place on Veterans Day, November 11, 2013 at Memorial Park in Stuart Florida.

The local paper has written an article on Sam and his efforts in the following link: https://www.tcpalm.com/news/2013/mar/14/eve-samples-wwii-veteran-wants-public-memorial/

To donate to this memorial, please make check payable to “USS Franklin Memorial Plaques,” and send to Samuel Rhodes, 1867 N.E. Ridge Ave., Jensen Beach, FL 34957

2014 Reunion Update- July 17 thru 20 2014

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Hello,

I received some exciting news from Ron Williams this weekend.  The 2014 USS Franklin Reunion venue has been selected!  The 2014 reunion will be at:

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside 777 Waterside Drive Norfolk, VA 23510

757-622-6664

http://www.sheratonnorfolkwaterside.com/

The dates will be July 17-20.  The room rate is $99/night single and double occupancy plus tax. The February mailing of the news letter will have more details.

In the mean time you can contact the even host, Ron Williams, at ron.williams@ussfranklin.org for more information. Ron and family are hosting the reunion in honor of their father, Franklin crew member Jim Lyons.

 

USS Franklin Reunion in the News! 5/17/2013

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The USS Franklin reunion in Charleston South Carolina has made the local and national news.  NBC’s Brian Williams reports in the story below.

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/51922643/

MSNBC story is here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/51922965/displaymode/1283/for/facebookvideo

The local Charleston NBC news is here:

http://www.counton2.com/story/22281164/vets-from-world-war-ii-carrier-hold-final-reunion?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8891626

Local ABC Coverage:

http://www.abcnews4.com/video?clipId=8892132&autostart=true

http://www.abcnews4.com/story/22278424/vets-from-world-war-ii-carrier-hold-final-reunion

http://www.abcnews4.com/video?clipId=8889422&autostart=true

 

UPDATE! 2013 USS Franklin Reunion in Charleston South Carolina, May 16-19.

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Jeannette Haugk confirms that the reunion activities will begin Friday, May 17 at 10am through May 19 at the Radisson Hotel Charleston Airport at 5991 Rivers Avenue Charleston, South Carolina 29406 1-843-744-2501

Click the blue link to below for complete information and the official sign up sheet:

2013 Franklin Reunion sign up sheet PDF

Adobe reader may be required to print out or view this document.  It is located here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/ 

 

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, Armard L. Swindle

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Armard L. “Al” Swindle, died January 25, 2014, at age 95.
He was born in Samantha, Alabama on May 22, 1918 to the late Will and Sally (Hagler) Swindle. He was known to many of his friends and relatives in Alabama as “Cotton.” In 1938, he joined the U.S. Navy and retired after 20 years as a Chief Petty Officer. While stationed at Pearl Harbor, he was aboard the USS New Orleans during the attack on December 7, 1941 that brought the U.S. into World War II. In 1942, he was in the Battle of Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, and was aboard the USS New Orleans when it was torpedoed in November of that year. He went on to serve on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin and was on board when it was bombed off the coast of Japan in March 1945. He left active military duty in 1958 and continued his service with the U. S. Navy as a civilian from 1959 to 1980 at Mayport Naval Station, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVeda Hill Swindle; his brother, Arnold L. Swindle; his stepdaughter, Carolyn DeLoach Avila; and great- nephew, Shane Swindle.
He is survived by his son, Rod (Jan); his daughter, Brenda Smith (Roy); stepdaughter, Jackie Dicks (Wesley), and nephews, A.L. Swindle (Neta) and Philip Swindle (Lisa); step granddaughter, Shannon Amundson; grandsons, Jedediah Smith, and Bridger Smith; step-grandchildren, Cynthia Velazquez (Frank), Sheryl Howell (David), Cary Dicks (Terrianne), Mitchell Dicks (Karen), Lisa Wallace (Michael), Lori Dutton, and many nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and step-great- grandchildren.
He was a long-time member of Parkwood Baptist Church. The family would like to thank the staff of the Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home for the outstanding care he received the last two and a half years of his life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home, 4650 State Road 16, St. Augustine, FL 30292.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, January 29, at Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 940 Cesery Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32211 from 5 to 7 p.m. A graveside ceremony with Military Honors will be at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32218 on today, January 30, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Friends and family are welcome to Westminster Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville for refreshments following the graveside service at 3:30.

Published in Tuscaloosa News on Jan. 30, 2014

Obituary, Harry F. Haller

Haller, Harry F., of Westminster, passed away on February 22, 2014 at the age of 93 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. Beloved father and grandfather, he was born in Philadelphia in 1920, got married to his wife of 57 years (who predeceased him in 2007) at age 30 and moved to California. A Navy man, he was stationed at the Long Beach Naval Yard which brought them out to Westminster where they planted their roots and stayed.

Harry served in both the Korean War and well as WWII and was a survivor of an attack by the Japanese on the USS Franklin.

He was loved by everyone who met him and if he liked you he was the consummate jokester. So, you knew that if he didn’t kid around with you, he didn’t like you!

Harry was a founding member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Garden Grove and converted to the same religions as his wife, Catholicism in his later years.

Harry’s biggest love in life was his family. Along with building his life around them, he enjoyed woodworking, the beach, ice skating (he grew up in the East playing ice hockey) and staying active.

He is survived by his three children, Keith Haller, Jane Saeman, as well as David (Lisa) Haller and 8 grandchildren. In the last years of his life, he was lovingly taken care of by Javier Avalos at his home of 58 years.

A Rosary and viewing will take place on Thursday, February 27th at 10:30am with the Funeral Mass to follow at 11:30am at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Dana Point.

Published in Orange County Register on Feb. 26, 2014

Obituary, Charles William Stroeher

Charles William Stroeher
Dec. 12, 1922-Feb. 27, 2014
Resident Of Los Gatos
Charles (Charlie) William Stroeher passed away on Thursday, the 27th of February after energetically striving to regain his independence while recovering from a stroke. His positive attitude, bright smile and twinkling eye will be remembered and missed by many.
Charles was born in Mansfield, Ohio. His family moved to Colorado and then to Casper, Wyoming. He went to Grant Elementary school in Casper and graduated from Natrona County High School in 1939. He attended Billings Polytechnic College (Rocky Mountain College) where he was able to work for his room and board until entering the U.S. Navy. During his three years of naval service he took flight training at St. Mary’s College, Norman, OK and at Corpus Christie, Texas. He earned his Wings and his Commission in April 1944, qualified for carrier landings and piloted TBM torpedo bombers on the USS Franklin at the end of the war and survived the bombing of the Franklin. He met the love of his life, Beverly Jean. They were married in April of 1945. They were married for 59 years.
After WWII, Charles graduated from Northwestern University in 1948 with a B.S. in Business Administration. His jobs as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) took him from Illinois to Montana to California. He worked as a CPA/Financial Manager until retiring at the young age of 72.
Charles was always active. He was always interested in “goings on” of friends and family near and far. He loved gatherings with family and friends during the holidays and weekends throughout the year. He was an avid jogger and enjoyed bicycling until he was 90. He loved kayaking, church activities– treasurer, choir, etc. – playing bridge, travel – in the United States and abroad – and friends. He especially enjoyed his time with friends.
Charles is survived by his devoted daughter, Shelley Slingland (Ed) and his grandchildren Greg and Rebecca Slingland, by his sister Mary Lou Ayers of Meridian, ID and his brother, Glenn Stroeher of Evergreen, CO.
Friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 16548 Ferris Ave. in Los Gatos, CA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations made out to Faith Lutheran Church with “Charlie’s Memorial Fund” on the memo line. Donations will go to a charity designated by his family in accordance with his wishes.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 21, 2014

Obituary, Thomas Leo

Thomas “T.W.” Leo passed away peacefully April 20, 2014 after a brief illness. Tom was born November 29, 1926 in Youngstown, OH. He joined the Navy as soon as possible after the attack on Pearl Harbor and was one of the youngest crew members on the U.S.S. Franklin. He survived the attack on the Franklin in the Pacific, and proudly attended every reunion of the ship’s crew. Tom married Sara Margaret “Sally” Smith on June 8th, 1947. They settled in Mt. Prospect, IL where they raised their 4 children. Tom was successful as an independent businessman, selling industrial baking supplies. He and Sally retired to their dream home in Southern Pines, NC until returning to the Chicago area in 2006. After retirement Tom was able to devote time to painting, and he created many works of art reflecting his fascination with architectural details and patriotic themes. Tom is survived by his children and their spouses, Dana Leo (Jan Gollins), Scott Leo (Chris Leo), Denise Leo, and Keith Leo (Lynn Bidwell) and by grandchildren Kirsten Leo, Amy Gollins and Matt Leo, as well as many close friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Sally, brother Wally, and son-in-law Johnie Curtis. Services will be held Friday April 25th at 3 pm at the Summit of Uptown, Park Ridge, IL. Contributions in Tom’s memory may be made to the veteran’s group of choice.

Obituary, Joseph W. Trabucco

WILLIAMSBURG – Joseph W. Trabucco, 86, formerly of Endicott, NY, died on Monday, May 5 in Williamsburg, VA. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas and Raymond and sister, Marie. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jeanette Bellinger Trabucco, and children Mark (and wife Melissa Collins) of Owego, NY, David, of NY, NY, Linda (and husband Poe) Walker (of Williamsburg, VA) and Thomas (and wife Kimberly) of Franklin TN. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Casey Jordan Walker, and Margaret, Joseph, and Cassandra Trabucco. Mr. Trabucco grew up in Wappingers Falls, NY, and served aboard the USS Franklin (“Big Ben”) during the second World War. He later graduated from Syracuse University (where he met Jeanette). He had a long and distinguished career in the Automotive Industry, primarily in upstate New York. Joe loved to travel, and he and Jeanette visited all seven continents, and made many memories abroad. He enjoyed watching his four grandchildren grow up, and his greatest pleasure was having the family all together. A memorial service will be held May 11 at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 104 Norge Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23188 at twelve o’clock. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Olaf or the charity of your choice .
Published in Virginia Gazette on May 8, 2014

Obituary, Robert Wineman

Margaret D. Wineman, 92, and Robert J. Wineman, 94, of East Orleans, both died peacefully at home with family on April 26, 2014, and May 9, 2014, respectively. Margaret, Peg, was born on Aug. 7, 1921, in Casper, Wyo., and grew up in Braintree, Mass. After attending Thayer Academy, she went on to Wellesley College (B.A. in chemistry, class of 42) and American University (M.A.). Robert, Bob, was born on Sept. 11, 1919, in Chicago, Ill., and grew up in various parts of the country, graduating from Baltimore High School and Williams College (B.A. in chemistry, class of 41). Bob went on to obtain his M.S. from the University of Michigan and earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University. Peg and Bob met while working together as chemists at DuPont in Niagara Falls and married on May 6, 1944. While serving as aircraft electronics lieutenant in the Navy, Bob was awarded the Bronze Star medal for heroic action on the USS Franklin in the aftermath of a catastrophic bombing attack off Kobe, Japan, in May of 1945. Following the war, Bob and Peg were founding settlers of the progressive Conantum residential community in Concord, Mass., where Peg taught elementary school and Bob served ultimately as research director of Monsantos Boston Laboratory, in Everett. While in Concord, they raised five children and were active in the town, Conantum and Unitarian church communities. In 1971, they moved to Maryland where Bob became associate chief of the Artificial Kidney program with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. He later became director of the Chronic Renal Disease program. During this time, Peg worked in the special education field, including teaching the visually impaired for the Montgomery County school system. In 1982, they retired to East Orleans where they had enjoyed being summer residents since the early 1960s. Peg and Bob were devoted parents to their children and families, which include Janet and her husband Joe Brevard of Newton, Mass., Jean and her husband Terry Sargent of Ann Arbor, Mich., the late Barbara Wineman of Orleans, Marian and her husband John Rundall of Seattle, Wash., and Tom Wineman of Osterville, Mass. They were also special to the lives of their six grandchildren: Jesse and Nate Brevard, Lindsey, Kelsey and Maisie Sargent, and Alexi Rundall; and to their extended family: Jacquie Brevard and her husband Laye Thiam of Westfield, N.J., and their sons Condi and Amadi; and Jane Brevard of Philadelphia, Pa. Peg and Bob remained active in their support of programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Peg having served for over 10 years with the Arc of Cape Cod. During this period, they were instrumental in the formation of a group home in Orleans for people with disabilities where their daughter, Barbara, lived. In 1990, they helped organize a water quality lab for monitoring area towns estuaries and in 1997 they obtained an EPA grant for a Nutrient Monitoring program of the five Orleans salt ponds of Pleasant Bay, which they continued to monitor for many years. In 2003, they received the Good Citizenship Award from the town of Orleans where Bob served on the Board of Health for 15 years and more than 10 years on other water quality committees, and Peg served on water quality, wind energy and transportation committees. Peg and Bob also enjoyed traveling and even in their mid-80s traveled to Belize, Denmark for a tour of wind farms, and China. Throughout their lives, Bob and Peg enjoyed outdoor activities that included camping, hiking, sailing, swimming, fishing, skiing and gardening. They worked avidly on political and conservation action groups to protect the environment, prevent climate change, and support tolerance and world peace, and passed these values on to their children and grandchildren. They lived their lives with joy and enthusiasm and their warmth and spirit for life will be missed by all. Memorial gifts may be made to: The Orleans Pond Coalition (to protect the water quality of Pleasant Bay), P.O. Box 2485, Orleans, MA 02653-6485; or the Cape Cod Foundations Barbara Carol Wineman Fund (therapeutic horseback riding program for the disabled), 259 Willow St., Yarmouthport, MA 02675. Condolences may be sent to Wineman Family, P.O. Box 306, East Orleans, MA 02643.

Published in The Cape Codder from June 11 to June 18, 2014

Obituary, Robert Walter Swanson

Robert Walter Swanson was born Oct. 31, 1919 to Swedish immigrant father John T. Swanson and his wife Ella (Anderson) in Mount Vernon, WA. He lived his entire life on a farm in the Nookachamps area, including time with his grandparents after his mother died when Bob was six. During his childhood he worked hard on the farm, producing crops and dairy cattle. His favorite childhood memories included fishing and swimming in Nookachamps creek and going to town to watch movies. He rode a horse and buggy to town to deliver lunch to his maternal grandfather, a craftsman who did impressive plastering at the Skagit County Courthouse and Lincoln Theatre. Bob started his education in a one-room school house and graduated from Mount Vernon Union High School in 1939. As a teen, he planted and sold strawberries and drove a Model T.

Bob joined the Navy in 1942, serving on the USS New York and the USS Franklin. On March 19, 1945, the Franklin was attacked for a second time. Trapped in a boiler room, Bob survived a horrific situation as bombs exploded and fire surrounded him and his shipmates. More than 800 men died that day and Bob was fortunate to be part of the crew that brought home the most heavily damaged ship to make it back to port on its own power. As with many members of the “greatest generation,” he never talked about his experience until later in life when he attended many ship reunions, where his family learned he was a hero!

He returned home after the war and worked first at Highland Pacific Dairy and then for many years at Darigold. Being a milk truck driver, Bob knew many people in Skagit County and was known by all as a very kind man.

While working at the downtown dairy, he met his first wife, Aletha (Kitty) Herzberg. They were married July 11, 1947, and raised six children. Bob kept the family together as a tight and loving group after Aletha died of cancer in 1969. During his years at Darigold, he continued to enjoy small farming, including cows, pigs and a raspberry patch that helped his children learn their parents’ values of faith, hard work, education and family fun.

In 1980, also while on his dairy route, he met Adrianna Hamm. His family doubled in size when he married Adrianna on Oct. 28, 1980.

In their retirement years, Bob and Adrianna enjoyed camping, growing and canning produce, traveling, holidays and family reunions, especially any time they could be with their grandchildren. Wonderful memories were created each spring camping with “Grandpa Bob” at Pearrygin Lake State Park. Bob raised dahlias and loved sharing them with family, friends and the couple’s church.

He was preceded in death by first wife Aletha, son Donald, brother John, and his USS Franklin shipmates.

He is survived by his wife Adrianna; his children, Marlene Hansen, Shirley Swanson (Sherry), Bob Swanson (Jennifer), Janis Swanson (Lester), Carol Donovan (Richard); daughter-in-law, Moira Frey; grandchildren, Stephen Hansen, Dane Swanson, Courtney Gonzales (Johnny), Timmy Swanson, Jessie Donovan, Alex Swanson, Gracie Donovan (Florin), Ethan Donovan; one great grandchild, Kitty Gonzales; special supporters Richard Sanchez and David Herzberg; and many nieces, nephews, stepchildren and their families, who are part of the blended family he shared with Adrianna.

The family thanks the caregivers at Skagit Valley Senior Village for their excellent care and compassion and their appreciation of Bob’s personality and sense of humor.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday June 2, at the First Christian Reform Church, 701 W. Blackburn Rd, Mount Vernon, WA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society .

Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company from June 29 to June 30, 2014