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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

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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
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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

USS Franklin CV-13 Reunion in Milwaukee Wisconsin July 16-19, 2015.

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USS Franklin CV-13 Reunion in Milwaukee Wisconsin July 16-19, 2015.
Surviving Crew and Family members of the storied WW2 Navy Aircraft Carrier USS Franklin CV-13 (www.ussfranklin.org) will be converging on the Milwaukee Sheraton Brookfield Hotel, 375 S Moorland Road in Brookfield Wisconsin for a weekend of fun, fellowship, and memorial.

Registration will be Thursday July 16th from noon until 10PM in the Wisconsin room. For USS Franklin Museum Association Board members, the annual meeting will be held at 4PM Thursday.

At 10AM Friday July 17th, the press and public is invited to join the USS Franklin Reunion for a public memorial at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202 (414) 273-5533. The guest speaker for the memorial ceremony will be Capt. (Ret.) Gary Schnurrpusch USN CO. USS O’Callahan and USS Gary and USS Franklin Honorary Survivor.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Darren Hamm at 262-305-6979 or email at darren@ussfranklin.org.

Pittsburg Post-Gazette USS Franklin headlines from 70 years ago this week

Seventy years ago this week, a front-page picture presented Post-Gazette readers with proof that the world was truly off kilter. Even today, the image remains a shocking reminder of the apocalyptic nature of a war that, by 1945, had enveloped the globe for more than five years.

Seventy years ago this week, a front-page picture presented Post-Gazette readers with proof that the world was truly off kilter. Even today, the image remains a shocking reminder of the apocalyptic nature of a war that, by 1945, had enveloped the globe for more than five years.

 

The link to the full article is here:

http://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/thedigs/2015/05/20/the-roar-of-the-fire-was-like-thunder-and-on-the-flight-deck-and-hangar-decks-were-the-dead/

USS Franklin Connection found at South Carolina Duncan Park Memorial

 

University of South Carolina Upstate Library Dean Frieda Davison has written a book about all of the men listed on the Duncan Park memorial. Davison, who spent eight years of research to tell the story of every single veteran for the book, stands at the Veteran’s Pointe Memorial Park war memorial at Duncan Park in Spartanburg on Friday.

University of South Carolina Upstate Library Dean Frieda Davison has written a book about all of the men listed on the Duncan Park memorial. Davison, who spent eight years of research to tell the story of every single veteran for the book, stands at the Veteran’s Pointe Memorial Park war memorial at Duncan Park in Spartanburg on Friday.

The link to the article is here:

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20150523/ARTICLES/150529879?p=1&tc=pg

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

 

Spring / Summer 2015 Newsletter and Milwaukee reunion registration

Hello Franklin Friends!

The Spring / Summer 2015 USS Franklin Museum Association Newsletter has been sent to the paper printer and should reach everybody in a week or so.  I am also publishing the documents online for your immediate consumption!  Please click on the links below for the newsletter and registration documents.

Franklin Newsletter Spring 2015

USS Franklin Reunion 2015 Registration

Please forward a link to this webpage to your friends and family so they can access the documents as well.

http://www.ussfranklin.org/?p=889

The Fall 2015 newsletter will be the last paper newsletter distributed via the postal service in favor of email distribution like this.  We realize many of our readers are not on the web.  If you would like to continue to get a paper newsletter, please contact Louise Mast at louise.mast@ussfranklin.org.

Please join our email list if you would would like to be notified when the newsletter and other important updates are posted to www.ussfranklin.org.  You can join the Franklin email list at the link here http://www.ussfranklin.org/?page_id=809.

Best Wishes,
Darren Hamm
www.ussfranklin.org webmaster
USS Franklin Museum Association board member

Salem man recalls escape from flaming USS Franklin

The Statesman Journal has just posted a story about Franklin Crewmember Albert Cole of Salem Oregon.

The link is here:

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/opinion/columnists/capi-lynn/2015/03/07/salem-man-recalls-escaping-flaming-uss-franklin/24571377/

Update 25 MARCH 2015- a followup story is posted here:

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/opinion/columnists/capi-lynn/2015/03/25/wwii-vets-reunited-years/70414010/

Milwaukee 2015 Reunion Update!

The pins have arrived!

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In the  Franklin Newsletter Fall 2014 we announced that the 2015 Franklin Reunion will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 16-19.  I see that some of you have already made reservations at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel (262) 364-1100  Make sure you mention the “USS Franklin Room Block” to get the special $109.00/ night room rate.  You can also reserve a room by following the link: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/ussfranklin

Weekend activities include exploring the Milwaukee lake shore.

Milwaukee Art Museum and War memorial

We will be mailing out the registration form in the spring newsletter.  We will also be posting it to this site so check back often.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in July!