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

More information will follow in the fall newsletter.  We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

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, Ronald Currie Noyes

Ronald Currie Noyes
May 20, 1925 – September 17, 2017
Ronald’s Story

BANGOR – Ronald passed away on Sept. 17, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born on May 20, 1925 to Kenneth Bradford Noyes and Pauline Currie Noyes. Ronald graduated from Orono High School in 1947. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 33 years as a mail carrier. He was also a Scoutmaster for 11 years and filled in as a substitute teacher at Asa C. Adams School in Orono.
Ronald was active in Kiwanis, Barbershop singing, Church, Nature Club, and Orono Land Trust.
Ronald served during WWII on the USS Franklin “Big Ben” CV-13 and was on board when the ship was torpedoed and hit by a Kamikaze.
Ronald was predeceased by his parents, his brother Albert E. Noyes, sister Sandra Noyes Warner, and his beloved wife of 66 years Gladys Naumilket Noyes. He is survived by his sister Phyllis Scantlebury of Florida, his son Gary Noyes and his wife Michell of Orono, and his daughter Kim Noyes Megorden and her husband J. Michael of Hillsboro, Oregon, cousin John Warren Noyes of Madison, Maine. In addition he is survived by ten nieces, one nephew, twenty grand nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at The Gathering Place in the Church of Universal Fellowship, 86 Main St. Orono on Friday Oct. 6th from 5-7 p.m. A memorial service will be Saturday Oct. 7th at 2 p.m. at the Church of Universal Fellowship followed by a reception downstairs.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to a charity of your choice, Katahdin Area Council Boy Scouts P.O. Box 1867, Bangor, Me. 04401, Attn: Campership Fund, or the Animal Orphanage, P.O. Box 565, Orono, Me. 04473
Published on September 28, 2017

Obituary, Ralph J. Mears

Ralph J. Mears

Norfolk – Ralph J. Mears, 90, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 28, 2017, after a valiant battle with Cancer. Born in Saxis, VA, he was the son of the late Amy Mears-Kerrick and Paige S. Mears.

Ralph is survived in Life by his beloved wife, Sandra L. Mears; sisters, Sue Dagmans and Ann Brokke; son, Andrew Mears; daughter-In Law, Pattie Mears; grandchildren, Victoria Richardson and husband, Josh Richardson, Katherine Scherf and husband, Tylor Scherf, Joshua Mears; great grandchildren, Ava Richardson and Everly Scherf. He was preceded in life by his sister, Helen Jean Evers; brother, Edward Lloyd Mears; and his son, Ralph J. Mears Jr.

Ralph was a hardworking, honest man who served his country proudly and honorably in World War 2 as a United States Marine. He served aboard the USS Franklin as an Aircraft Gunner. He was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded on two separate occasions due to his ship being attacked by bombers during the war. After the war he worked in Brooklyn, N. Y. for a sheet metal plant. He moved back to Norfolk and started a career with the Norfolk Police Department, which he enjoyed serving his community for 33 years. His proudest moments were the 23 years he served as a Homicide Detective.

Upon his retirement in 1988, he spent most of his time at the American Legion Post 35 in the Ocean View section of Norfolk. Besides spending time at the Post he enjoyed sports and visiting with family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the American Legion Post 35, 850 W. Ocean View Ave Norfolk, Va. 23503 at 12:00 noon on Sat., Oct. 7th. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at www.hdoliver.com

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Oct. 1, 2017

Obituary, Robert Seton Ryan

Robert Seton Ryan

AGE: 93 • Madison

Robert Seton Ryan, 93, of Madison, died with his family by his side on November 7, 2017. Mr. Ryan was a lifelong resident of Madison and leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Margie Ryan, and four children: Mary Elizabeth, Robert Seton, Joseph Arthur and Kate Keefe. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Grace, Clare, Abby, Brent, William, Peter, Ben, Jack, Jim and Sophie.

Mr. Ryan was a decorated World War II Veteran who enlisted in the US Navy in 1942. He served aboard the USS Franklin (CV-13) and was a survivor of the March 29, 1945 attack on the ship where more than 800 crew were lost.

Following the War, he earned a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Tulsa University. His first job took him to the oilfields of Wyoming, where he met the love of his life, Margie Ann Riehl, at a church dinner. He worked at Stanolind Oil as a Petroleum Engineer, then joined First National City Bank in New York where he served as a Senior Credit Officer and Executive Vice-President. An enduring member of St. Vincent’s Parish in Madison, he was part of the extended clan of Ryans, including his Father and Mother, Francis J. and Ida May Keefe and The Reverends Msgrs. John R. and Leo P. Ryan. Robert was deeply loved by his family and friends who remain eternally grateful for his companionship, intellect and extraordinary love.

A wake will be held at Burroughs, Kohr and Dangler at 106 Main Street, Madison on Friday, November 10, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A funeral mass will be held at St. Vincent’s in Madison on Saturday, November 11, at 10 AM. Floral arrangements should be sent to Burroughs, Kohr and Dangler or St. Vincent’s Martyr.

Published in Daily Record from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2017

Obituary, Ronald M. Zeuren,

Zeuren, Ronald M.
Ronald M. Zeuren, of the Caldwells, New Jersey and The Villages, Lady Lake, Florida passed away at 1:35 a.m. on November 18, 2017 with his loving family by his side.
Ron, age 90, was born in Derby, Connecticut on October 27, 1927. He was the beloved husband for 66 years of Patricia (Frawley) Zeuren, and son of the late William and Nora (Monahan) Zeuren.
He served in the Navy from 1945 to 1948 and was assigned on the U.S.S. Franklin. He attended Shelton, Connecticut High School and Bridgeport University.
Ron was a Sales Representative for Sponge Rubber Products Company in Shelton, CT and then joined Sponge Cushion Company of Morris, IL as an Eastern Sales Manager.
He and his family moved to North Caldwell, NJ in 1959 and were involved in many community activities. Ron was a coach for the Viking Football Team, served on the Recreation Committee and the Skating Pond Committee, and was involved in the planning of the Liberty Field facilities.
Ron was a Eucharistic Minister at Notre Dame Church and was a volunteer at St. Augustine’s Church in Newark, NJ in their soup/food kitchen.
When retired, snowbirds Ron and “Patsy” lived for 15 years in The Villages, Fl. He was an avid golfer. He particularly loved vacationing on Long Beach Island with the family.
He was a member of the Caldwell Knights of Columbus, The Caldwell Old Guard, West Caldwell Seniors and was on the Board of Directors of the Long Island Flooring and Carpet Club.
Ronald leaves his beloved wife Patricia and cherished children, Debra Wefferling (Lawrence) of North Caldwell, NJ, Laura Andrighetti (Wayne) of North Haven, CT, and Amy Swendeman (Earl) of Vernon, NJ. Granddaughers Meghan Blackstock, Julia Wefferling, Kelly and Allison Swendeman. His sister, Jean Far of Shelton, CT and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family at Codey & Jones Funeral Home, 54 Roseland Avenue, Caldwell, New Jersey on Tuesday, November 21st from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Notre Dame Church, North Caldwell, NJ on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the family plot at Mount Saint Peter’s Cemetery, Derby, CT. To extend condolences or share a memory, please visit www.codeyjonesfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the West Essex First Aid Squad or the Gary Sinise and Wounded Warrior Project at garysinisefoundation.org.

Published in The New Haven Register on Nov. 19, 2017

Obituary, Krass, Charles R.

Krass, Charles R.

Charles R. Krass passed away peacefully on July 20, 2017, at the age of 92. He was born on June 7, 1925, to Marjorie and Frederick Krass. Charlie was born and raised in the Bronx. He married his childhood sweetheart, Helen, on July 23, 1944. She predeceased him in 2003.

Charlie was a proud WWII veteran, serving in the United States Navy aboard the USS Franklin and the USS Currituck in the Pacific Theatre. He was honorably discharged in 1945. Charlie was employed by the New York Central Railroad as a train conductor for 46 years, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. Charlie was, above all, a dedicated family man. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Charlie is survived by his 3 children, Charles Jr. (Carol), Virginia Wolf (Douglas), and Patricia Kilkelly (Joseph); as well as 7 grandchildren, Colleen, Jacquelyn, Thomas, Colette, K.C., Sean, and Ryan; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Charlie will be remembered for his love for his family, his love of his country, and his quick sense of humor. He leaves us with many funny stories that will keep us laughing for years.

A memorial visitation for Charlie will be held at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, 64 Ashford Ave, Dobbs Ferry on Monday, July, 24, 2017, from 3-8 pm. Inurnment will take place on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 10 am at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

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Published in the The Journal News from July 22 to July 23, 2017

Obituary, Dominick D. Pierro, Sr.

Dominick D. Pierro, Sr., 92, died July 22, 2017 to his children and grandchildren he was a modern day hero. A good and decent man whose integrity, honesty, intelligence, morality and love for his family, community and his profession were the foundation of the principles that guided him through each step along his journey through life. Dominick was born on May 24, 1926 at 138 Washington Street a family home known as the old Giunta/Bambace homestead. From these humble beginnings, he was taught many lessons from his Parents and Grandparents that would become the cornerstone of his belief system. He always espoused those expressions from his childhood to his children, “Do good and forget it….Do bad and think on it.” Another favorite of his was “It’s the little things you do for people that make you special”, a lesson he learned from his late father, Michael A. Pierro, Sr. Right out of high school like so many of his classmates from Port Chester Senior High he joined the Navy to serve his Country in World War II. Dominick served in the Pacific Theatre on the USS Pittsburgh and later on the USS Franklin. After the war Dominick graduated from New York University and later Fordham Law School and was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 1953. On September 11, 1949 he married Jennie Theresa Vitti (deceased) and together Dominick and Jennie had nine children, Michele Dumlao Bocchino, deceased (Sal), Donald A. Pierro, David M. Pierro, deceased (Dawn), Christopher J. Pierro, Patricia Pierro Carmody (Thom), Gina M. Pierro, Anita Pierro Killea (John), Dominick D. Pierro Jr. (Maria) Christina M. Pierro. They were further blessed with sixteen Grandchildren and three Great Grandchildren. Dominick said many times over the years that he loved the practice of law, serving his community his church and his clients who relied on his time, talents and advice. Dominick served his Village of Port Chester as a former Village Prosecutor, Corporation Counsel and Village Justice. Additionally, He served as Rye Town Attorney, and later in his career he represented Portchester, Rye Brook, Rye Neck and Town of Harrison as a member of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, 6th District.

Had we the Heavens’ embroidered cloths, we would spread them at your feet. But we, still mortals, promise only this: To live our lives, as best we can, with all honor and dignity with which you lived yours….Children of Dominick D. Pierro.

Visitation will be 4-8PM on Thursday July 27, 2017 at Craft Memorial Home, Inc. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30AM on Friday July 28, 2017 at Our Lady of Hope Church 8074 State Route 22 Copake Falls, NY. Interment to follow at St. Bridgets’ Cemetery

Craft Memorial Home, Inc.

40 Leicester St. Port Chester, NY

www.craftmemorialhome.com
Published in the The Journal News on July 25, 2017

Obituary, VanKleeck, Lionel B.

VanKleeck, Lionel B.

February 17, 1925 – August 10, 2017

Lionel Basil VanKleeck, always known as “Red”, age 92 years, 5 months and 24 days, passed into eternity on August 10, 2017 at home. Bereaved, his last years were lonely, yet spent in patient waiting for the Master’s call. He is now reunited with the love of his life, his wife Marie of 62 years, who passed away before him on February 27, 2009. Our beloved parents are together again. Together they had a son, Robert Lionel; and 2 daughters, Christine Marie and Karen Jean.

Lionel was born on the family farm, Brookside, in Dry Brook, Arkville, NY, February 17, 1925, the son of Basil Beal and Edith George VanKleeck. On July 21, 1946, he married the former Marie Berg at Lake Delaware, Delhi, NY.

As a young boy he packed brussel sprouts and cauliflower for his neighbor Nate Haynes. Red was a lifelong area resident. He attended Margaretville Central School and with the encouragement of his family earned his GED in 1973.

He proudly served his country from 1943-1945 in the US Navy during WW II. He was aboard the USS Franklin, CV13 (“The Ship That Wouldn’t Die”) as a gunner mate in the Pacific, receiving the Purple Heart and The Victory Medal. Following discharge from the Navy, he became a reservist in the Navy Reserve, US Air Force Reserve and then the Army National Guard from which he retired as Staff Sergeant. He loved this country and was honored to have served it.

Red was employed first at Crawford Brothers, following his discharge from the service. Red was a man of few words who let his hard work, high morals and strong values speak for themselves. He was an accomplished stone mason in his early years constructing many stone steps and fireplaces in the Walton and surrounding area. He also was a part-time patrolman for the Village of Walton. Red retired from New York State Water Supply as supervisor after 30 years of service. He was a longtime member for 70 years of the First United Methodist Church of Walton, serving as trustee, financial secretary, and head usher. He was a long time member of the Walton Fire Department Co. #3, serving as secretary and later as an honorary member. Red was a member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 270, serving as Commander and the Truman C. Toby Post 32 American Legion serving as Commander and Secretary. He was also a member of the Delhi Bird Club.

During his life, he was an avid hunter. Red was Cub Master for Boy Scout Troop #45. He loved to square dance with Marie and belonged to the Walton Swing Along and Putnam Prancers in Brewster. Red loved skiing with his family and playing cards and games with the grandchildren. After his retirement, he became involved in caning chairs for many people in the area.

Lionel will be remembered with love by his three children and their families, his daughter and constant companion since 2009, Christine VanKleeck of Walton, Robert (Karen) VanKleeck, of Chenango Bridge; and Karen (Erick) Van Wert, of Bethesda, MD; his grandchildren, Monica (Vincente) Martinez of Bethesda, MD, Michael VanKleeck (Staci Myers) of Binghamton, and Jennifer VanKleeck of Chenango Bridge; as well as his twin great-grandsons, Maximilian Basil and Erik Bartholomew Martinez, great-grandsons, Liam and Chase VanKleeck and great-granddaughter, Juliana Wayman. Also surviving is a special niece Carolyn Hayes and special nephew Mark Liddle and many other special nieces and nephews and sister-in-law, Adele Berg, Oneonta.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Marie, of 62 years; two sisters, Vida Robbins and Jean VanKleeck, brother, George VanKleeck, grandson, Justin VanWert, sisters in-law and husband Aasta and Floyd Liddle, Borghild and Joe Huska, brothers in-law and wife Sverre Berg and Helen, Paul Berg, Edwin Berg, Kaare Berg and John and Anne Berg.

“The Great Commander called him home to sail the crystal sea, Where he will steer with steady hand throughout eternity, No longer will the high sea roll, The skies will be clear and every day will be a day of happiness and cheer, No storm shall cross his valiant prow and calm will be the sea, In that bright place where all is well and kindly is the breeze, He is at peace with his shipmates who have gone before”

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Monday, August 14, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the First Methodist Church, 101 North Street, Walton, NY. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m., with the Pastor Kent Terchunian. Lionel will be laid to rest in the Walton Cemetery near the Fountain of Memories which he helped construct with his friend Bill Cranston with full military honors. Arrangements are under the direction of the Courtney Funeral Home, Walton.

Memorial contributions in Lionel’s memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Stained Glass Window Fund, 101 North Street, Walton, NY 13856, Walton Cemetery Fountain Plaque Fund, 55 Fancher Ave, P.O. Box 122 or the Walton Fire Department, 59 West Street.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting www.courtneyfh.com
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Aug. 13, 2017

Obituary, Clapp, Jr., Rollin Lee

Clapp, Jr., Rollin Lee
Aug 14, 2017
GIBSONVILLE Rollin Lee Clapp, Jr. was a self- taught man of many talents with a wonderful sense of humor and a spontaneous personality. He loved life and kept it interesting and fun. He was 92 when he died on August 11, 2017, at the North Carolina State Veterans’ Home in Salisbury. A graveside service with military honors will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 16 at Lakeview Memorial Park with Reverend Jack Glen Flintom officiating. Rollin was one of nine children born in Guilford County to the late Rollin Lee and Lily Mae Ward Clapp Sr. He served in the US Navy during WWII aboard USS LST-10 and USS Franklin CV-13 stationed primarily in Naples and Sicily. He married Jewel Owen Clapp who preceded him in death in 1984. Rollin possessed a grand sense of adventure and didn’t hesitate to explore something new. Being the self reliant man that he was he became quite competent in many fields. He taught himself to fly an airplane, build a house, play guitar and piano, paint, and farm. The latter was his favorite and first, he started raising pigs and then moved on to cows and always had a crop growing. He also loved to hunt and fish. Rollin and Jewel loved to dance and he could hardly listen to music without wanting to dance. He had a strong faith in God and was raised in Buffalo Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his sister and her husband, Nancy and Garland Coble of Greensboro; nieces, Jill Bittle, Suzanne Hicks, Melaney Jack, Reena Strickland, and Tammy Coble; nephew, Rev. Jack Glenn Flintom; cousins, Tom Isley, John, David, and Marvin Clapp; and special friend, Ardree Parrish. His siblings Harold, Rachel, Rebecca, Henrietta, Ada Marie and two infant siblings preceded Rollin in death. Rollin’s family is especially grateful to CNAs Linda Bumgarner and Karen Quinonez for their loving care, friend Dr. Kenneth Karb and his two bird dogs for their visits that always cheered Rollin up, neighbor and friends L.Q. and Carolyn Tickle and Reena’s husband, Tommy Oakley who were a constant source of strength for Rollin and Nancy through his illness. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Peacehaven Farm, 1458 NC-61, Whitsett, NC 27377 or Habitat for Humanity, 603-B N. Elm Street Greensboro, NC 27401. Online condolences may be offered at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com. Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Chapel is assisting the family.

Obituary, Austin Scandiber

Austin Scandiber

Austin Scandiber, 92, of Charlotte, N.C., passed away Wednesday.

He was born April 3, 1925, in Saint Clair, and resided for most of his life in Orwigsburg.

World War II Navy veteran, Austin served on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin CV13.

He was also a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, where he was the quarterback for the football team and earned his master’s degree. Throughout his life, Austin was an educator. He spent more than 30 years teaching, coaching and being the principal of Blue Mountain Area High School. After retiring from education, Austin spent 13 years as the mayor of Orwigsburg. He was also a member of the American Legion.

Austin is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Ann Machusky Scandiber; daughters, Cynthia Ann Wishire, Sandra Scandiber and Kathy Crow. He also leaves behind two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Austin’s remains will be inured at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.heritagecares.com.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Aug. 25, 2017