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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
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.
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.
You can also get a brick application at the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041 website here:
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.
Please forward a link to this webpage to your friends and family so they can access the documents as well.
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 email@example.com.
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.
USS Franklin Museum Association board member
The link to his story published March 19, 2015 on the Elwood City Ledger is here:
The Statesman Journal has just posted a story about Franklin Crewmember Albert Cole of Salem Oregon.
The link is here:
Update 25 MARCH 2015- a followup story is posted here:
The pins have arrived!
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.
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!