Mr. Ron Williams and family have graciously volunteered to host the 2014 USS Franklin reunion next July in Norfolk Va. This is done in honor of their father, Franklin crew member Jim Lyons. We look forward to seeing everybody next July. Please check back to the website for more specific information.
The USS Franklin reunion in Charleston South Carolina has made the local and national news. NBC’s Brian Williams reports in the story below.
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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
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USS Franklin (CV-13) Original Documents 1943-1946
- Hardcover: 408 pages
- Publisher: Turner Publishing; Limited edition (March 26, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563111454
- ISBN-13: 978-1563111457
The USS Franklin museum association is selling its remaining stock. The cost of the book is $53 and all proceeds go to the USS Franklin Museum Association.
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Roy Delbert Henderson 1922 – 2013
Published: May 11, 2013
Roy Delbert Henderson, age 90, of Springdale, Ark., departed this life on May 8, 2013, in Springdale. He was born July 6, 1922, in Seminole County, Okla., the son of Melvin and Mae Alston Henderson.
He retired after 35 years of service as manager of Consumer Oil Company. Mr. Henderson served his country with the Merchant Marine and the United States Navy during World War II, and received the Purple Heart and numerous other medals and awards. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was preceded by his parents; one brother, Paul Henderson; and one sister, Opal Hixson.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Madge Green Henderson of the home; one son, Rick Henderson and his wife, Nancy, of Little Rock, Ark.; and his special friend, Sophie.
Graveside services will be Monday, May 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Fayetteville National Cemetery, with Chaplain Paul Woodhouse officiating, under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home. Military honors will be provided by Rogers VFW Post 3031.
Visitation will be Sunday, May 12, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, Springdale, AR.
Online condolences may be sent to www.memfuneral.com
William Joseph Jones
05/08/1921 – 04/16/2013
Jasper, GA- William Joseph Jones, age 91, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. He was born on May 8, 1921, to John & Mary Methvin Jones of Jeffersonville, GA. In 1942 he joined the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the U.S.S. Franklin. He served on the Franklin during World War II until he was honorably discharged in 1946. In fact, he was on that ship when it was bombed by the Japanese, killing many of his shipmates and sending him and others overboard into the sea, very near the coast of Japan..
In 1958 he married Billie Faulk Harrell, who preceded him in death in 2007. He worked for 24 years at Robins AFB as an aircraft mechanic. He is survived by his only son, Joseph H. Jones, and daughter-in-law, Lisa Breed Jones, and three granddaughters, Emily Grace Jones, Hannah Methvin Jones, and Maggie Anne Miller; two brothers, Cliff Jones and Claude Jones, and their children; two nieces, Ellen Nagy and Jan Beeland, and their spouses and children.
Because of Mr. Jones’ great love of children, his family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made either to the children’s ministry of Cowboy Church in Jerusalem, 9906 Henderson Mountain Rd., Fairmount, GA, or the children’s ministry at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1036 North Main Street, Jasper, GA 30143.
Visit www.reecefuneralhomeinc.com to sign the online registry.
Reece Funeral Home in Jeffersonville has charge of arrangements
Published in The Telegraph on April 18, 2013
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Norman A. Flamand, 88
NORTHBRIDGE – Norman A. Flamand, 88, died on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, Northbridge, after a long illness.
He leaves two sisters: Sister Jane Flamand, SASV, of Worcester and Sister Solange Flamand, SASV, of Marlborough; a brother, Joseph L. Flamand and his wife, Lorraine T. (Guilbeault) Flamand, of Northbridge; nine nephews and nieces and several grandnephews and grandnieces. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers: Edward J. Flamand of Northbridge and Charles Flamand of Pensacola, FL.
A son of the late Joseph and Eva (Desmarais) Flamand, Norman was born in Northbridge on November 23, 1924, and was a lifelong resident of the town. He was a graduate of Northbridge High School, Worcester Junior College, and Boston University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the Naval Air Station, Wildwood, NJ, and aboard the USS FRANKLIN (CV-13) “Big Ben”. While in Philadelphia, he earned a letter of commendation for serving as an interpreter for the Free French Navy ships under repair there.
Norman was an exporter for Whitin Machine Works, Whitinsville, where he worked for 30 years before he retired in 1982. He was a member of Saint Peter’s Catholic Parish, Northbridge, where he sang in the parish choir for many years. He was also a member of Oliver Ashton Post 343, American Legion, Northbridge, where he served as post chaplain for several years. He enjoyed golf and horse racing.
His funeral will be Monday, April 29, from Turgeon Funeral Home, 80 School St., Northbridge, with a Funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M. in Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, 39 Church Ave. Burial with military honors will follow in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Whitinsville. A visiting hour will take place in the funeral home on Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M.
Norman’s family would like to thank the staffs at Whitney Place and Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center for the expert and loving care they gave him. Donations in his memory may be made to Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, 85 Beaumont Drive, P.O. Box 940, Northbridge, MA 01534.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from April 25 to April 26, 2013
Irving L. Kidwell, 87, died April 26 at the Mandrin House in Annapolis. Mr. Kidwell served in the Navy on the USS Franklin, CV 13, in World War II, where he was awarded an honorable discharge and Bronze Star Metal from the United States Navy. He served in the Lions Club, State Roads Commission and Chamber of Commerce. He was a banker, real estate broker and a general contractor. Mr. Kidwell is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ida May Kidwell; son, Leroy W. Kidwell and wife Karen; three daughters, Susan K. Kidwell, Laura F. Strickland and her husband Manning, Catherine L. Kidwell and her husband Mark Puleo; stepson, Charles Sellner and his wife, Barbara; stepdaughter, Blanche Radich; brother, Dellburt Kidwell and his wife Beverly; 15 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 29, at Beall Funeral Home, 6512 NW Crain Hwy. (Rt. 3, South), Bowie. Funeral Service will be held 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 30 at First Baptist Church, 7415 SW Crain Hwy, Upper Marlboro. Interment will be held at Lakemont Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Davidsonville with military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mr. Kidwell’s memory to the Building Fund at the First Baptist Church of Upper Marlboro. Please view and sign the family’s guestbook at: www.beallfuneral.com
Published in The Capital on April 28, 2013
Dunniway. Died September 8, 2002
U.S.S. Franklin CV13.
September 8, 2002. He had suffered with congestive heart failure for
10 years. After a very successful pacemaker implant surgery just two
days before, the family had renewed hope that he would be around for a
while longer. However, it wasn’t to be – time had run out for him.
Don was born in Redlands, California on October 28, 1922. The eldest son
of Harry and Martha (Thompson) Dunniway, a grocery store owner in
Redlands. Don eventually moved to Colton where he met Marjorie Louise Sharp.
They were married in 1943 and he enlisted in the Navy.
U.S.S. Franklin CV13. On March 19, 1945, off the coast of Japan, his ship
was hit by a 2 Japanese bombs dropped by a Judy Bomber. In the chaos that followed, over 724 men died. Don survived the Galley Deck radar room – which took a hard hit from one of the 500lb bombs going off directly under its deck.
After the war Don took up carpentry. In 1950, Don and Marjorie
divorced and Don married Phyllis Long. Don then joined the Colton Fire
Department in 1948 and was eventually promoted to Assistant Fire Chief. He
retired from this position in 1976. He enjoyed building things and spent
the last years of his life doing this.
As a nation we have been focused on the anniversary of 9/11 and speak of
it’s hero’s. Now let us remember this man, Don Dunniway. He is our
nation’s hero from a generation ago. This generation, as it has been
said, ‘when so many went forward to give us all of our today’s for all
of their tomorrow’s’. Well, another one has passed on from this
If you ever met Don Dunniway you would know he was a quiet man, a
leader, a Christian, an American. But above all of this, he was ’dad’.
The strengths he possessed are ‘his gifts and legacy’ to his three sons
and the generations to follow in his footsteps. He will be greatly
Donald will be buried in the Mt. View Cemetery in San Bernardino,
California, next to his wife Phyllis who passed away on January 17th of
Assistant Fire Chief, Donald Howard Dunniway, Colton, CA Fire Department. 1974
CAYTON, Hal 90, of St. Petersburg, passed away Feb. 27, 2013. He worked as an electrical engineer for over 30 years and was employed by Monsanto. Hal was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Cross. He proudly served our country in the Navy on the USS Franklin and was a wounded veteran. Some of Hal’s hobbies were ballroom dancing, fishing and building. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Wandalee; stepdaughters, Karin Welch of Valrico and Gerilee Carson of Missouri; as well as 6 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 5 pm Monday, March 18 at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 4545 Chancellor St. NE, St. Petersburg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project in Hal’s honor. Hal will be deeply missed by his family and friends, but will live on in their hearts and memories. Condolences for the family may be left at hillsboromemorial.com.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on March 18, 2013