2016 Reunion Registration- Gettysburg PA.

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USS Franklin Reunion 2016 – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
June 23-24-25-26, 2016

Contact information:

Joyce Conklin – 724-825-3541 joyce.conklin@yahoo.com
Sheila Hartley – 304-662-6865 hartleysheila@yahoo.com

Hotel Accomodations:

1863 Inn of Gettysburg, 516 Baltimore St. Gettysburg, PA 17325 (717) 334-6211 – www.1863innofgettysburg.com Rooms will be held up to 45 days prior to the reunion and then they will open up to the public. The rooms WILL fill up and be released, so please make your room reservations asap! Double occupancy rooms $125 on Thursday $145 on Friday and Saturday. PARKING AND BREAKFAST INCLUDED!

Events:

Thursday, June 23 – check in and explore downtown Gettysburg

Friday, June 24
3 hour bus battlefield tour with a Licensed Battlefield Guide
Tour Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center Civil War Museum, Film – “A New Birth of Freedom” and the Gettysburg Cyclorama
Box lunch provided
Optional evening “Ghost Tour”

Saturday, June 25
Eisenhower National Historic Site Home and Farm Tour
Gettysburg Hall of Presidents and First Ladies Tour
Gettysburg National Cemetery – self guided tour
Evening banquet

Sunday, June 26 – Farewell Breakfast

Registration Fee:

$155 for Adults/$140 for children under 16 and under

 

Registration Form:

Please download the registration form, print it out and send your registration to Joyce Conklin.  Instructions are included on the registration form.  The PDF Registration form is available at the link below:

2016 USS Franklin Reunion Registration

USS Franklin Museum Association 2015 Board of Directors Election

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The ballots from the November 2015 Board of Directors election have been counted.
We congratulate the newly elected member, David Baruch and the three re-elected members: Ray Bailey, Sam Rhodes and Beth Conard Rowland.

2016 Directors include:

Prentice Baptiste
Ray Bailey
David Baruch
Roger Hall II
Darren Hamm
Sheila Hartley
Jeannette Haugk
Kenneth Homko
Kathleen Lyons
Louise Mast
Sam Rhodes
Beth Rowland
Kathy Uecker

Fall 2015 Newsletter

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Hello friends of the USS Franklin!

For those of you who have subscribed, thank you for subscribing to the electronic subscription to the USS Franklin Museum Association Newsletter!  If you have not yet subscribed, please click on the link at the top of the screen labeled Email Newsletter Signup.

This is an example of the email newsletter:

http://eepurl.com/bDpnUL

The last regular paper version of the newsletter will be mailing out next week.  This will be the last paper newsletter sent to the current mailing list via US Post Office.  If you know somebody that wished to continue to receive the paper newsletter via US Mail, the newsletter contains directions how to do so.

Thank you for your help in making this transition!

The pdf download for the paper newsletter is available at the link below:

USS Franklin Newsletter Fall 2015

Thanks,

Darren Hamm

Save the Date – June 23-24-25, 2016

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Save the Date – June 23-24-25, 2016

USS Franklin Reunion – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Nearest airports:

  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: 50 miles – Harrisburg International Airport (airport code: MDT)
  • Baltimore, Maryland: 60 miles – Baltimore International Airport (airport code: BWI)
  • Washington, DC: 87 miles – Ronald Regan International Airport (airport code:DCA) and 80 miles – Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD)
  • (Amtrak goes to Harrisburg, then there’s a bus to Gettysburg, but the train does not go to Gettysburg.)

 

Hotel Accomodations: 1863 Inn of Gettysburg, right in the heart of downtown Gettysburg!

  • 516 Baltimore St. Gettysburg, PA 17325 | (717) 334-6211 – rooms will be held up to 45 days prior to the reunion and then they will open up to the public and the rooms WILL fill up, so make your room reservations asap! $125 – Thursday $145 – Friday and Saturday double bed rooms PARKING AND BREAKFAST INCLUDED!

Events:

Thursday, June 23 – check in and explore downtown Gettysburg

Friday, June 24

  • 3 hour bus battlefield tour with a Licensed Battlefield Guide
  • Visit Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center Civil War Museum, Film – “A New Birth of Freedom” and the Gettysburg Cyclorama
  • Box lunch provided
  • Optional evening “Ghost Tour”

Saturday, June 25

  • Eisenhower National Historic Site with National Park Service Ranger
  • Hall of Presidents and First Ladies – self guided tour
  • Gettysburg National Cemetery – self guided tour
  • Evening banquet with some special guests!

Want to brush up on Gettysburg?

 

 

Milwaukee 2015 USS Franklin reunion in the news

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Hello,

I would like to thank the USS Franklin family for coming to and helping out with a successful USS Franklin Reunion in Milwaukee Wi.  We got some news coverage below.  Links to the Fox 6, WISN12, and TMJ4 articles are posted below as well as a compilation posted to the USS Franklin YouTube Channel.

http://www.wisn.com/news/milwaukee-hosts-uss-franklin-reunion/34225064

http://fox6now.com/2015/07/17/uss-franklin-survivors-reunite-more-than-70-years-after-deadly-attacks/

http://www.scrippsmedia.com/tmj4/shows/wisconsin-tonight/Reunion-held-to-honor-those-who-served-on-USS-Franklin-during-World-War-II-318033841.html

A special thank you to Ed Vesely and Jerry Scott for sharing the Commemorative Air Force SB2C Helldiver with the USS Franklin Veterans and their families.  Visit their website at http://www.sb2chelldiver.com/   to find out more about this remarkable plane.

Crew of the USS Franklin and SB2C Helldiver in Milwaukee Wisconsin 17 July 2015 at the annual reunion.  Left to Right  William SchauerF1/c E-Div. Bernard Groenwold AMM2/c V-2nd -Div. Ray C. Bailey S2/c 6th -Div. PH1/c Ret. Roy Malmquist Navy Veteran and Friend of Crew Harold E. Rausch PC3/c K-Div. Gilbert E. BacaS1/c K-Div. John C. (Jack) Hensel ARM3/c VT-5 Donald Conard F1/c B-Div.

Crew of the USS Franklin and SB2C Helldiver in Milwaukee Wisconsin 17 July 2015 at the annual reunion. From Left to Right-
William Schauer F1/c E-Div.
Bernard Groenwold AMM2/c V-2nd -Div.
Ray C. Bailey S2/c 6th -Div. PH1/c Ret.
Roy Malmquist Navy Veteran and Friend of Crew
Harold E. Rausch PC3/c K-Div.
Gilbert E. Baca S1/c K-Div.
John C. (Jack) Hensel ARM3/c VT-5
Donald Conard F1/c B-Div.

Front Row Left to Right Bernard Groenwold AMM2/c V-2nd -Div Ray C. Bailey S2/c 6th -Div. PH1/c Ret Harold E. Rausch PC3/c K-Div Michael Dacko S1/c 2nd -Div Gilbert E. BacaS1/c K-Div  Back Row Left to Right Roy Malmquist Navy Veteran and Friend of Crew Donald Conard F1/c B-Div Major David Baruch USAF Ret GM3/c 6th -Div William Schauer	F1/c E-Div. John C. (Jack) Hensel ARM3/c VT-5

Front Row Left to Right
Bernard Groenwold AMM2/c V-2nd -Div
Ray C. Bailey S2/c 6th -Div. PH1/c Ret
Harold E. Rausch PC3/c K-Div
Michael Dacko S1/c 2nd -Div
Gilbert E. Baca S1/c K-Div
Back Row Left to Right
Roy Malmquist Navy Veteran and Friend of Crew
Donald Conard F1/c B-Div
Major David Baruch USAF Ret GM3/c 6th -Div
William Schauer F1/c E-Div.
John C. (Jack) Hensel ARM3/c VT-5

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, Paul Appert

APPERT
Paul.
Husband, father, engineer, tinkerer, football fan, and all-around nice guy Paul “Doc” Appert passed away on December 9th at age 90. A life-long Ridgewood resident, Doc leaves behind his beloved wife of 64 years Teresa (Perry), and sons Paul (Albany, CA), Peter (Lafayette, CA), Chris (Midland Park) and Phil (Merrimack, NH).
The youngest of five siblings (Larry, Tom, Mary, and Edward), Doc grew up on Overbrook Road in Ridgewood, attended Mt. Carmel School, and graduated from RHS, class of ’43. As a youth he worked for his Uncle Arthur on the Appert Celery farm in Allendale.
Doc joined the Navy at 17, seeing action on the USS Franklin in the Pacific. Like many of the Greatest Generation, Doc rarely spoke of his wartime experiences.
After graduating from Stevens Institute of Technology Doc had a 40 year career as a mechanical engineer, retiring in 1990 to enjoy time at Spray Beach and visiting his kids, grandkids and great-grandson (Caitlin, Dan, Kyle, Grace, Jane, Caroline, Jonathan and Sammy).
We’ll miss Doc’s quiet wit, eclectic taste in music and devotion to his family.
Published in The Record on Dec. 18, 2015

– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/northjersey/obituary.aspx?n=paul-appert&pid=176937648&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.GEoZ7nlp.dpuf

Obituary, William Compton Kallbrier, Sr.

William Compton Kallbrier, Sr.

September 27, 2014
Kallbrier, William Compton, Sr., on Sat., Sept. 27, 2014.
Beloved husband of 55 years of the late Rose Kallbrier (nee Angelo).
Dear father of William C. (Susan) Kallbrier, Jr. and Jeanette (Jim) Scheve.
Proud grandfather of Eric, Jessica, Kelly and Matt.
Dear brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, Grandpa Bill and friend.
Bill was a retired tool and die maker. He lived in the St Louis area his entire life, living his last 15 years in St Charles , Missouri with his wife, and daughter and her family, where he could be close to his daughter and son-in-law, son and daughter-in-law and all four of his grandchildren and their events and games. His fondest activities were attending his grandchildren’s events, watching the History, Military or Discovery channels and enjoying a cup of coffee with sitting in the garage waving at the neighbors.
Funeral Sat., October 4 at 1:00 P.M. at the STYGAR MID RIVERS Funeral Home and Crematory, 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., St. Charles, MO.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials to the American Lung Association appreciated.
Visitation Fri., Oct. 3 from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M.

Obituary, John T. Shelley Sr.

John T. Shelley Sr. passed away on November 8, 2015, at Marlborough Hills Healthcare Center, at the age of 89. He leaves his devoted wife of 64 years, Grace M. (Nathercote) Shelley; his two sons, Christopher P. Shelley of Springfield and John T. Shelley Jr. His daughter Maureen Sanchez died in 2005. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Megan Shelley, Kristen and Bobby Sanchez, Bridget and Nicholas Shelley; a great-granddaughter Kelsie; nieces and nephews. Born in East Boston, he was the son of John and Elizabeth (OConnell) Shelley; Mr. Shelley graduated from Wilmington High School in 1943 and attended Wentworth Institute in Boston. A U.S. Navy veteran during WW II, he served aboard the U.S.S. Franklin. John owned and operated Twin Brook Industrial Cleaning Inc. in Waltham for 45 years retiring in 1995. Dedicated to his business, John was hardworking man with a solid work ethic. He enjoyed sailing and skiing. After living in Waltham for 35 years, John and Grace moved to Northborough in 1996. They became members of St. Bernadette Parish. Calling hours will be held Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 4-6 p.m. in Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St. Northborough. Johns Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Bernadette Church, 266 Main St. Northborough. Burial with military honors will follow in Howard St. Cemetery. To share a memory or to leave the family a condolence, please visit www.haysfuneral home.com.
Published in The Shrewsbury Chronicle from Nov. 9 to Nov. 20, 2015
– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/wickedlocal-shrewsbury/obituary.aspx?n=john-t-shelley&pid=176408145&fhid=3498&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.B8AcW5JM.dpuf

Obituary, Steven L. Loy

Steven L Loy USS FranklinSteven L. Loy July 26, 1925 – Dec 06, 2015
Steven Loy of Beaverton, died peacefully in his home.
Steven was born in Corvallis and grew up in the Enterprise/Joseph area.
Steven proudly served his country in the US Navy and after WW2 the Navy Reserve.
Steve married Betty Ball in 1953 and worked at Portland General Electric for 30 years in public relations.
He is survived by his children, Karen Cook, John Loy and Steven Loy;
A service to remember and celebrate the Life of Steven will be held Jan 9 in Beaverton OR

Obituary, Arthur D. Gratnz

Grantz-ArthurArthur D. Gratnz, 90, of Jackson, passed away on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Sanford Jackson Medical Center. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 beginning at 2p.m. at the Osterberg Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Lance Isaacson officiating. Burial will take place immediately following the service at Riverside Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 4th, from 5-7pm at the Osterberg Funeral Home, and on Thursday, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arthur Duane Grantz, the son of George and Esther (Fisher) Grantz, was born on February 1, 1924 on the North Shore of Loon Lake in Middletown Township, Jackson County, Minnesota. In 1929 the family moved to Spirit Lake, Iowa before returning to Jackson in 1934. Art attended school in Spirit Lake and Jackson, later graduating from Jackson High School in June of 1943. On March 24, 1937, Art was baptized and confirmed at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson; he also survived a bout with lockjaw in the same year. On July 4, 1943 Art entered the US Navy and served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Franklin, until it was hit off the coast of Japan on March 19, 1945. After his honorable discharge on March 6, 1946, Art returned to Jackson and began working at the Farmers Exchange. On May 2, 1948 he was united in marriage to Beverly Ann Tweedt in Fairmont, Minnesota with the Reverend Walter Mondale, Sr. performing the marriage. After marriage Art became a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Art continued to work at the Farmers Exchange until 1952 when he joined the Jackson Police Department. He served three years as Deputy Sherriff before returning to the Jackson Police Department, where he enjoyed working with the School Patrol. He retired from the Police Department in 1972, at which point he went to work for The First National Bank, now Bank Midwest, until his retirement in 1985. He enjoyed sports, fishing and gardening in his spare time. Art passed away at the Sanford Jackson Medical Center on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the age of 90 years, 11 months and 30 days.

Art is survived by his wife of 66 years, Beverly, a sister Betty, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Art was preceded in death by his parents, his four brothers, a sister, and an infant son.

Blessed be the memory of Arthur Duane Grantz.

Obituary, Eugene P. Higgins

HIGGINS – Eugene P., of Bay Shore, LI, on October 20, 2015 at the age of 94. Beloved husband of the late Margaret. Cherished father of Gregory (Linda) Higgins, Susan Hickey, Capt. Paul (Mary Liz) Higgins, U.S.N. and Matthew (Beth) Higgins. Cherished grandfather of nine and great grandfather of six. Eugene attended Manhattan College and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942. He earned his wings at Pensicola and joined the Fighting Squadron VF-13. He flew fighters from the deck of the USS Franklin and participated in battles from Guam to the Phillipines. He returned to Long Island and worked in Newsday’s Advertising Department for 36 years retiring as Vice President and Advertsing Director. He was a tutor and Vice President with Nassau Literacy Volunteers. Reposing at The Fredrick J. Chapey & Sons West Islip Funeral Home, 1225 Montauk Hwy. (1/4 mile west of the Robert Moses Cswy.). Celebration of the Liturgy of Christian Burial Saturday 8:45 AM at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Bay Shore, LI. Cremation is private. Visiting Friday 2:00 PM until 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM until 9:30 PM.

Published in Newsday from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2015– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsday/obituary.aspx?n=eugene-p-higgins&pid=176174118&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.dI7S4rGw.dpuf

Obituary, George Harris

Geoorge was born on August 26, 1927 and passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

George was a resident of Parkersburg, West Virginia at the time of his passing.

He served two years in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Franklin Aircraft Carrier.

He was married to Jacqueline.

Funeral services will be conducted at the convenience of the family with burial in the Mount Calvary Cemetery near Morgantown WV.

In lieu of flowers please contribute to the charity of choice.

Obituary, John T. Shelley Sr.

John T. Shelley Sr. passed away on November 8, 2015, at Marlborough Hills Healthcare Center, at the age of 89. He leaves his devoted wife of 64 years, Grace M. (Nathercote) Shelley; his two sons, Christopher P. Shelley of Springfield and John T. Shelley Jr. His daughter Maureen Sanchez died in 2005. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Megan Shelley, Kristen and Bobby Sanchez, Bridget and Nicholas Shelley; a great-granddaughter Kelsie; nieces and nephews. Born in East Boston, he was the son of John and Elizabeth (OConnell) Shelley; Mr. Shelley graduated from Wilmington High School in 1943 and attended Wentworth Institute in Boston. A U.S. Navy veteran during WW II, he served aboard the U.S.S. Franklin. John owned and operated Twin Brook Industrial Cleaning Inc. in Waltham for 45 years retiring in 1995. Dedicated to his business, John was hardworking man with a solid work ethic. He enjoyed sailing and skiing. After living in Waltham for 35 years, John and Grace moved to Northborough in 1996. They became members of St. Bernadette Parish. Calling hours will be held Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 4-6 p.m. in Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St. Northborough. Johns Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Bernadette Church, 266 Main St. Northborough. Burial with military honors will follow in Howard St. Cemetery. To share a memory or to leave the family a condolence, please visit www.haysfuneral home.com.

Published in MetroWest Daily News on Nov. 10, 2015– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/metrowestdailynews/obituary.aspx?n=john-t-shelley&pid=176408159&fhid=3498&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.OcA02YNH.dpuf