USS Franklin Museum Association Spring 2018 Newsletter

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Hello,

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

https://mailchi.mp/146992ea344d/uss-franklin-fall-2017-newsletter-2578305

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 franklin@ussfranklin.org. 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.

Darren

USS Franklin Muster Roll

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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.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzBtohmaZ_nSbFVzM0ZRNHNoSTA

This is very similar if not the same information available at www.ancestry.com.

 

USS Franklin Reunion 2018, New Orleans La.

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USS FRANKLIN 2018 REUNION, NEW ORLEANS LA.

May 31st thru June 3rd 2018

Embassy Suites Hotel New Orleans Convention Center.

315 Julia Street New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 525-1993
www.embassyneworleans.com

The room rate is $140 for a room with a king bed and sleeper sofa and $150 for a room with 2 queens and a sleeper sofa.  If there are more than two adults, there is an additional charge of $20 per adult per night.  This charge is waived for children under 18.  The room rate above includes breakfast and a nightly reception with cocktails and appetizers.

Copy and paste the URL below into your browser to access the exclusive rates available for this group:

Booking Link: http://group.embassysuites.com/worldwariireunion

Group Name: WORLD WAR II REUNION

Please note, the entire URL must be copied and pasted for it to work properly.

Please share this link with anyone who needs to book WORLD WAR II REUNION rates. Guests may also call 800-EMBASSY (362-2779) and use the group codeWWR.

We will be visiting the WW2 National Museum which is only a few blocks from the hotel.   http://www.nationalww2museum.org

Click here to download the 2018 New Orleans Reunion registration form!

 

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

 

Obituary, Gilbert “Gib” E. Martin

Gilbert “Gib” E. Martin, 91, of Princeton passed away Friday, June 1, 2018, at the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle.

Gib was born Oct. 19, 1926, in Pueblo, Colo., to Cora Schenk Martin.

He graduated from Princeton High School and soon enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served our country from October 1944 to June 1946, and was most proud of his service on the USS Franklin. He was a survivor, along with the rest of the members of the 704 Club from the USS Franklin, which nearly sunk 50 miles from the main land of Japan in 1945.

He married Mary Stencel Aug. 19, 1979. Gib started his own carpet business, Martin Flooring Company in Princeton, and then sold real estate in the area until retiring.

He was a member of the 48+ Princeton Gun Club, the Princeton Moose Lodge, Princeton Elks Lodge, Ducks Unlimited, Princeton American Legion, CV13 704 Club of USS Aircraft Carrier Franklin “Big Ben” and the Relator’s Association.

Gib is survived by his wife, Mary Stencel Martin, as well as daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Visitation for Gib will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. Services will follow at 1 p.m. with Deacon John Murphy officiating. Internment will follow at at Oakland Cemetery in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that memorials be directed to the American Legion in Princeton or the donor’s choice.

Obituary, Joseph Warren Martin

Joseph Warren Martin peacefully entered the presence of his Savior and Lord at St. Franciscan Hospital in Enumclaw, Washington on June 11, 2018 after a brief bout with pneumonia.

He was born in Buckley, Washington on November 27, 1924 to parents John and Winnie ( Blessing ) Martin. Joe was the oldest of five siblings.

He graduated from Buckley High School in 1943 where he met the love of his life, Betty Lois Seidl. The two were married on December 3, 1944.

A short time later, Joe shipped out with the US Navy to serve in the Pacific theatre as a Radarman, first on Tarawa attached to the 3rd Marine Division and later on the USS Franklin, surviving a horrendous Japanese attack on March 1945.

After the war, Joe went to college graduating from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in Music and Library Science. Daughter Diane was born in 1945 in San Francisco. Son David was born in 1951 in Tacoma.

After college, Joe went to work as a service repairman for Interlake Steel Corporation traveling throughout the Northwest eventually retiring from that company. Joe was a gifted musician, playing his saxophone throughout his life as well as professionally every Friday and Saturday night at the Top of the Ocean Restaurant in Tacoma with the Louis Grenier Orchestra. He loved growing a huge garden which provided for family and friends.

Above all, he loved serving the Lord as an elder and teacher and was an active member of Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church in Troutdale, Oregon, Country Bible Church in Enumclaw, WA and the Buckley Presbyterian Church.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Betty, father and mother and sister Jean ( Bride ). He is survived by daughter Diane McKenny of Kent, WA; son and daughter-in-law, David and Nancy Martin of Peshastin, WA; sister Laureen and Bob Conner; sister Joyanne and Lloyd Livernash; and sister Rowena and Dayton Hubbard, all of Buckley, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at Community Presbyterian Church, Buckley, WA on Saturday June 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM.

Obituary, Richard (Dick) Harding

Richard (Dick) Harding from Lexington, MA died at age 99 on May 20, 2018 after a brief illness. He was an avid sportsman participating in baseball, ice hockey and golf throughout his years at Lexington High School and Bowdoin College. He was a member of the first LHS hockey team in 1936 and was captain of the hockey and baseball teams at Bowdoin. His love of golf never ended throughout his 88 years as a member of the Lexington Golf Club where he was Club Champion 7 times, and was one of the founding members of the Lexington Ski Club finally hanging up his skis at 91! Dick continued his education at Harvard University completing his MBA after WWII where his was a decorated Navy pilot on this USS Franklin awarded with 6 air medals and the Silver Star for the Battle of Leyete Gulf. He began and ended his career as a sales represent ative and National Sales Manager for Merckens Chocolate Company, now a division of Kraft/Heinz. Dick was predeceased by this wife of 60 years, Barbara (Del), his sister and her husband Barbara (aged 100) and E. Gordon Kakas. He is survived by his children and spouses; Richard and Debra Harding, Janice and Peter Cronstrom of Dunstable, MA and James and Andrea Harding of Lexington, MA; grandchildren Christine, Ricky and wife Tracey, Jeff and wife Manjola, Kristen and husband Tri, Kelley and Matthew and 5 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his niece Sallyann Kakas and her children RK, Elise and Christian Quebec. As a close friend recently stated, He was an officer and a humble gentleman, and will leave a big hole in a lot of lives. Private services will be held later this summer on Marthas Vineyard Island where his family has resided for 11 generations. He will be buried in the family plot with his wife and parents in Vineyard Haven. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund at the Lexington Golf Club.
Published in The Lexington Minuteman from May 30 to June 14, 2018

Obituary, James Roy Hancock

James Roy Hancock

Tallahassee – James Roy Hancock was born in Metcalf, Georgia on November 12th 1926. After attending Leon High School he enlisted with the U.S. Navy during WW II aboard the USS Franklin. After his service in the military, Roy went on to work at Tallahassee Ford Motor Company where he remained for 50 years before his retirement. After retirement he spent much of his free time working on “wood working projects” that he gifted to his children, grandchildren and friends. Roy, long time member of Thomasville Road Baptist Church and Seminole Boosters, loved life, family, woodworking and the outdoors.

Pops lived a full, noble, happy life and passed peacefully on June 12, 2018 at age 91.

Roy is preceded in death by his first wife: Mattie Lue Hancock; a brother: Dee Hancock and sister: Kathy Scott. He is survived by his second wife whom he has been married to for 20 years: Jackie Barrineau Hancock; sons: Donald Ray (Jeanne) Hancock, Richard Keith (Margaret) Hancock, Randy (Michelle) Barrineau; daughters: Angie Barrineau (Tom) NyKamp, Georgie Barrineau (Carlos) Barrett; brother: Bobby (Joyce) Hancock; sisters: Dorothy (Wendell) Barrineau, Janice Mobley; sister-sin-law: Beth Hancock; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He will be remembered for this kindness, sense of humor, his lingering words of wisdom and his thoughtfulness. Roy, will be deeply missed by his wife, Jackie, his children and the rest of his family.

Services will be Saturday (6/16) at 2:00 PM in the Thomasville Road Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the church, Saturday from 1:00 PM until time of service on Saturday. Interment will follow in MeadowWood Memorial Park.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on June 14, 2018
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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 (www.eastshorebaptist.org) 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.
www.pennlive.com/obits
Published on Pennlive.com 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.

https://www.brooksfuneral.com/notices/Gayle-Bowen

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 www.riddlefuneralhome.com
Published in www.morningjournal.com 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 www.carmonfuneralhome.com 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: www.DolbyBlaisSegee.com.