Obituary, Bruce Alan Guetzloe


Guetzloe, Bruce Alan

Guetzloe, Bruce Alan 89, of Clearwater, FL, died August 14, 2013, at Morton Plant Hospital. He was born January 22, 1924, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of the late R.P. and Mildred Guetzloe. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Carden Guetzloe; three children: Douglas, of Orlando, FL; Laura, of St. Petersburg, FL; and Peter, of Clearwater, FL; a sister: Mary Buck and her husband John, of Minneapolis, MN; a daughter-in-law: Stacey Lewis Guetzloe and three grandchildren: Alexander, Jefferson, and Madison Guetzloe, of Orlando, FL; and a brother-in-law: Arthur Carden of Virginia Beach, VA. Bruce was a World War II Marine Corps pilot, who flew the Vought Corsair and was carrier-based off the USS Franklin “Big Ben”, with Squadron VMF 452, in the Pacific Theater. He also flew both Corsairs and jet aircraft during the Korean conflict. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Bruce received his Teacher’s Certification from University of South Florida and his Master’s Degree from University of Florida. He taught high school sciences for many years in the Pinellas County School District, retiring in 1985. Bruce was an avid boatman and pilot, enjoying his days aboard his motorsailer, The Teragram, and in piloting ultralight aircraft. National Cremation Society is in charge of arrangements. There will be no local services. He will be inurned, with full military honors, later in the Fall, at Arlington National Cemetery. The family has requested that no flowers be sent. Donations may be made in Bruce’s name to Personal Enrichment Through Mental Health Services at PEMHS, 11254 58th St North, Pinellas Park, FL 33782.
Internment at Arlington National Cemetery on April 22, 2014 at 0100 hours.

Obituary, Robert C. Blanchard


Father Joseph O’Callahan, performs last rites for Robert Blanchard March, 19, 1945 on the fiery deck of the USS Franklin. Robert, overcome by smoke inhalation would live to 90 years old.

WWII Navy Veteran, Purple Heart recipient, Robert Charles Blanchard has gone home to be with the Lord on April 11, 2014.  He was born December 1, 1923 in Yonkers, NY, and lived in Ocean County for 20 years.  Robert is survived by the love of his life of 72 years, Violetta Elkins Blanchard; his children Violetta Kelly, Barbara and Larry Mason, Patricia Dangler, Robert and Gail Blanchard, Donna and Larry Gliddon, Tom and Karen Blanchard, Marion and Fred Humphries, Bill Blanchard, and Michaelle and John Gaul; seventeen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren; and two brothers, William Blanchard and James Blanchard.  Viewing at Maxwell Funeral Home, Manahawkin, NJ on Monday April 14, from 6 pm until 9 pm.  Services will be Tuesday April 15 at St Mary’s in Barnegat NJ at 10am.


2014 Norfolk VA. Reunion registration.


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


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:

2014 Reunion Hotel information


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!

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

Stay Tuned for more information!

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


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


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:

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



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


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 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


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

MSNBC story is here:

The local Charleston NBC news is here:

Local ABC Coverage:


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


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: 


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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:

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Obituary, Robert S. Crandall

Robert S. Crandall ScotiaIt is with sad regret that the family of Robert S. Crandall announces his death at age 90 on Monday, December 2nd at his home in Scotia, NY. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan Marshall Crandall and their children, R. Scott Crandall, MD of Bedford, NH and Cynthia A. McOsker of South Portland, ME. He is also survived by his brother and wife, Clif and Linda Crandall of Ashville, NC. Bob was predeceased recently by his sister, Betty Fowler, with whom he shared a lifelong special bond. Born August 5, 1923 in Glens Falls Hospital, he was the son of the late Beatrice S. and James N. Crandall of Fort Ann, NY. Bob spent his early childhood living with his extended family on a 750 acre dairy farm in Fort Ann where at times they milked more than 100 cows morning and night. Bob graduated from Fort Ann Central High School in 1941 and lettered for the Cardinals in both baseball and basketball before leaving his agrarian roots and enlisting in the Navy on November 19, 1942. His participation in sports required completion of his daily chores before school and at night after practice or games. After basic training at Sampson Naval Training Center, he trained as a radioman in Bedford Springs, PA and was assigned to the aircraft carrier the USS Franklin, CV-13. He was part of the original crew. At this time, the ship’s company and the air group together composed the most complex combat team in the world. While serving in the Asia-Pacific War, he was involved in many battles with the Japanese Kamikaze divebombers and torpedo planes and witnessed firsthand the ravages of death and suffering during battles in the Bonin and Mariana Islands, Guam and Rota Island, Palau, Iwo Jima, Leyete Island, Manila Bay, Saipan, Eniwetok, Chichi Jima and on the carrier deck during bombing raids to within 100 miles of the coast of Japan. He was proud of the four stars on the Pacific Ribbon he wore as radioman 2nd class indicating his involvement in four major battles in the Pacific Theater. He completed his service to his country on the heavy cruiser, the USS Bremerton, at the war’s end sweeping for bombs in the Yellow Sea. He was honorably discharged February 1, 1946. Bob served under two presidents, (Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman) and was proud of his military service to America and advancing the universal hope of freedom and liberty for all. He worked diligently during the final years of his life to chronicle his war experiences in a personal memoir entitled, Big Ben the Flat Top: The Story of the USS Franklin. After his Navy duty, he attended the Agricultural and Technical Institute in Canton, NY for one year prior to transferring to Michigan State University where he graduated in June 1951 with a bachelor of science degree in science and agriculture. He married his college sweetheart, Joan Louise Marshall, on July 8, 1951. Joan coauthored his life and remained his best friend and confidant until his death. She provided a lifetime of unconditional love and most recently, extraordinary support and remarkable caregiving during the last two years of his life as he bravely confronted Parkinson’s Disease, depression and the myriad challenges of chronic disease and aging. After graduation from college, both Bob and Joan entered the classroom as teachers in Manchester, Michigan. Bob realized that a career in teaching science and agriculture was not for him. After a short stint in sales and advertising with the Yellow Pages, he joined the State Farm Insurance Company as an agent in Johnstown, NY until he relocated with Joan and their twins to Niagara Falls, NY in 1957 to become an agency manger with the company. He loved his position managing 18 agents in Western New York and created lifelong relationships with both his agents as well as their families. He completed his final decade with the company as an agent on Hamburg Street in Schenectady, NY, with Joan serving as his office manager. He served SFI as both an agent and manager for 42 years. After retiring from the insurance industry and seeking a hobby, he enrolled in art classes. He seemed to have an aptitude for this and worked mostly with acrylics and oil. In addition to painting on a traditional canvas, he loved to be creative and experimented with art on shirts and socks. He loved his jungle room at home filled with wall mounted displays of animals painted on palm fronds. His interest in aviation started during the war and he earned his pilot’s license flying extensively in the New England states and Florida. He logged hundreds of hours volunteering on the Restoration Crew at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum. He loved the warm weather and wintering in Cocoa Beach, Florida for many years where he and Joan loved the beach, dancing at the Port in Cape Canaveral, as well as entertaining family and friends. He was a lifelong Spartan and remained an avid Big Ten and Michigan State University supporter until his death. He was a lifelong active and engaged member of Riverside Presbyterian Church in Niagara Falls, NY, as well as Union Presbyterian Church in Schenectady, NY, where he served in leadership roles and volunteered extensively. He loved to serve those in need through church programs and mission activities. He also volunteered at the Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, Proctors Theater and Habitat for Humanity. Bob loved gardening and landscaping on his property (especially working on his John Deere tractor), and maintained a small vegetable garden until his death. During his life, he also enjoyed boating, fishing and waterskiing with his family on the Niagara River from his Cayuga Island residence in Niagara Falls and later, the Mohawk River. Bob lived his life remembering that it is nice to be important, but more important to be nice and never asked anyone to do anything that he would not do, or had not already done himself. With faith as the foundation of his life, his behaviors and actions were characterized and framed by kindness, service to others and most importantly, love and devotion to his wife and their marriage. Care and concern for family, friends and community was always a priority. In addition to his two children, Scott and Cynthia and their spouses, (Judith T. Crandall of Bedford, NH and Thomas McOsker of South Portland, ME), he is survived by five grandchildren, Thomas McOsker of New York, NY, Ashley McOsker Picoraro (Jeff) of South Portland, ME, Bryce McOsker of Boston, MA, Lauren Crandall of Castleton, VT and Kevin Crandall of Henniker, NH. Calling hours will be held at Jones Funeral Home, 1503 Union Street (at McClellan St.), Schenectady, NY between 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2013. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at the First Reformed Church of Schenectady, 8 N Church Street, Schenectady, NY on Saturday, December 14 at 2 p.m. with light refreshments to follow the service. Burial with military honors will be held in the spring in Moss Street Cemetery, Hudson Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting consideration of a donation to the Wounded Warrrior Project in memory of all those who have served their country or the Thomas Corners Fire Department, 5 Airport Road, Scotia, NY 12302. 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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Dec. 6, 2013
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Obituary, Glenn Keith Davis

glenndavisGlenn Keith Davis, 89, of Shawnee, Kan., passed away December 12, 2013. The visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Lenexa United Methodist Church, 9138 Caenen Lake Rd, Lenexa, Kan., followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. Graveside burial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kan. Procession will leave from Amos Funeral Home at 10 a.m. for those wishing to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Lenexa United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice . Glenn was born to Keith and Grace (Fann) Davis on May 4, 1924, in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from Manual High School in 1943 and received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Missouri in 1950. He was a Veteran of World War II serving as an aviation machinist mate 3rd class in the United States Navy aboard the USS Franklin. The story of his harrowing experience aboard the Franklin on March 19, 1945, appears in the book, The Inferno, by Joseph Springer. He married Wanda Jean Murray in 1946 and on Dec. 22, they would have celebrated their 67th anniversary. They have lived in Shawnee Mission, Kan., since 1959. He worked eight years at General Motors, followed by 25 years at Bendix, now Honeywell. After his retirement in Feb. 1983, Glenn worked extensively on genealogy. He also began oil painting still life, scenery and portraits of his children and grandchildren. He was an active member of the Lenexa United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the Shawnee VFW Post 10552. He volunteered several years with Junior Achievement during his tenure at Bendix. Glenn was preceded in death by two sisters, Margery Reiss and Mildred Murray; and two grandchildren, Joshua and Jennifer Conyers. He is survived by three children, Steve and his wife Lelah Davis of Columbus, Ohio, Nancy Wagner, and Judy and her husband Ken Hensley of Shawnee Mission. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, 10 great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews who will greatly miss him. Online condolences may be expressed at Arr.: Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee, (913) 631-5566. The Amos Family Funeral Home, Crematory, Chapels. 913-631-5566

Published in Kansas City Star on Dec. 15, 2013 – See more at:

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Obituary, Arvel D. Snow

Arvel Snow

LEWISVILLE —, 95, of Lewisville, went home to be with the Lord, Dec. 14, 2013 surrounded by his family. He was born in Surry County, N.C., the son of Byrd Winfield Snow and Ida Victoria Snow. Arvel served his country in World War II as a marine sergeant aboard the USS Franklin aircraft carrier taking heavy fire from the enemy. His passion was the Kingdom of God and he founded and supported several churches, taking joy in seeing others follow Christ. Arvel was known for his love of God and joy of living. He established Hanes Furniture in 1952 and enjoyed a successful career as a business owner, making many friends over the years. He was an astute business man who always cared for the less fortunate. His family looked to him for guidance and encouragement. He was an awesome bass fisherman. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Tim, and beloved brothers and sisters. Surviving are his loving wife of 70 years, Edith Snow; two sons, Wes Snow and wife, Mary Jane, and Dan Snow and wife, Diana; a daughter, Joy Beaver and husband, Bob; grandchildren, Shannon Langdon and husband, Jeff, Amy Hotchkiss and husband, Brian, Derek Snow, Leah Beaver, Brian Beaver; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Mason and Lilly Langdon; and brother, A.C. Snow and wife, Nancy, of Raleigh. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with the Rev. Earl Newton, the Rev. David Stetler and the Rev. Tomas Montenegro officiating. Interment will follow in Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in Dobson. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at the funeral home. The family expresses gratitude for the many prayers, visits and acts of kindness received. They are so grateful to the staff of Hospice, who made it possible for Arvel to come home. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27013. Online condolences may be made at For I am now ready to be offered and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. — II Timothy 4:6.


Published in Mount Airy Newspapers from Dec. 16 to Dec. 17, 2013

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Obituary, Arthur Dorsey Lapole, Sr.

Arthur Dorsey LaPole, 85, of West Ocean City passed away on 8 July 2012 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. Arthur was born in Catonsville, and is the son of Charles LaPole and Irene Burall. He was preceeded in death by his wife and lifelong partner Esther. Arthur was a hardworking, simple and honest man and will be remembered by many with endearing nicknames including Reds, Art, Mr. Dorsey, Dorse, and Pike. Arthur’s satisfaction and contentment came from within; often with small anonymous and selfless deeds.

Arthur is survived by his three children and their families: JoAnn and Herb Butler, Arthur Jr., and Mark; his five grandchildren: Bradley, Todd, Amanda, Trae and Candace; and four great grandchildren: Lily, Luke, Kyle, and Zoe. Arthur is also survived by his brothers Charles and Thomas.

Arthur served in WWII aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin. Art was never one to complain about surviving the violent attack and near sinking of his ship, but clearly his approach to work, family and life were forever altered. During the war and throughout her life, he supported his single hardworking mother.

Arthur married Esther Connor in 1946, began his family and his long career in machinery design, production and servicing. He held positions at the Poole Foundry, Elicott Machine Company, and in the US federal government. Art’s passions included boating, fishing, woodworking, and teaching for the US Coast Guard.

Obituary, Karl Hausen Braddick

Karl Hausen BraddickBraddick, Karl Hausen Karl Hausen Braddick was born in Big Spring, Texas on Feb 1, 1919, the first of 12 children to Karl and Egla Louzelle Braddick. Karl grew up in Northwest Houston during the depression. The family lived on the original 10 acres settled by Karl’s grandfather, where they grew their own food, bartered, and hunted to put food on the table. Karl quit High School to work for the WPA with his father to help feed the family, and he later completed his GED to receive his High School Diploma. His aunt Hazel paid for him to attend and receive a two year degree in accounting. His first job was working in the mail room for Superior Oil in Houston. On July 11, 1941 Karl married Martha Jane Holland, his first kiss and the love of his life. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Karl enlisted in the Navy and became an optical range finder operator. In the war, he became a plank owner on two ships: The USS Saufley DDS 465 and the USS Franklin CV 13. Karl was in seven major battles and many skirmishes earning one silver and two bronze stars. On March 1945, The USS Franklin was hit with two 500 lb bombs hitting the stored ammo and blowing the ship apart killing over 800 men. After the war, Karl went back to his job with Superior Oil where he moved up accepting positions in Midland, Texas, Los Angeles, California, Caracas, Venezuela, New York, New York, and Dallas, Texas. He retired with Exxon Mobil in 1985. Karl and Jane moved to Canyon Lake where they purchased property and built a home that people would want to visit. Karl loved to have fun and share with friends. Karl died peacefully at home being cared for by Tom and Maria Braddick. Karl is survived by Sons: Karl Braddick, Tom and Maria Braddick, Wayne and Suzanne Braddick. Grandchildren: Lori Johnson, Jonathan Braddick, Michael Braddick, Omar Braddick, Ricardo Braddick, and Claire Braddick. Great Grandchildren: Mundo Braddick, Isaiah Braddick, Noah Braddick, and Christian Braddick. The Services will be held at: Brookside Memorial Park, 13401 Eastex Freeway, Houston, Tx. 77039. 281-449-2526. Visitation will be on Tuesday January 7th 5 to 8PM and the Funeral service will be Wednesday January 8th at 11AM.


Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 5, 2014
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