Shipmate Sam Rhodes stands in front of the monument that he has worked for tirelessly to memorialize the fallen crew of the USS Franklin.
The dedication of the plaques will take place on Veterans Day, November 11, 2013 at Memorial Park in Stuart Florida.
The local paper has written an article on Sam and his efforts in the following link: https://www.tcpalm.com/news/2013/mar/14/eve-samples-wwii-veteran-wants-public-memorial/
To donate to this memorial, please make check payable to “USS Franklin Memorial Plaques,” and send to Samuel Rhodes, 1867 N.E. Ridge Ave., Jensen Beach, FL 34957
I received some exciting news from Ron Williams this weekend. The 2014 USS Franklin Reunion venue has been selected! The 2014 reunion will be at:
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside 777 Waterside Drive Norfolk, VA 23510
The dates will be July 17-20. The room rate is $99/night single and double occupancy plus tax. The February mailing of the news letter will have more details.
In the mean time you can contact the even host, Ron Williams, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Ron and family are hosting the reunion in honor of their father, Franklin crew member Jim Lyons.
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.
Mark Morrison, Owner/Administrator of the USS Guam (CB-2) Website www.ussguam.info
reports that after having previously run the website www.ussguam.com many years ago, the website is now again in operation with the new name (.info).
The USS Guam accompanied the injured USS Franklin after the March 19, 1945 Attack.
March 19, 1945.
Guam’s battle debut continues with five kamikaze attacks on the carriers. During this attack and continued air attacks during that day, a suicide plane crashed into Intrepid’s aft flight deck, and then plunged into the sea. Enterprise suffered a bomb hit near the island superstructure. Despite the damage, both Intrepid and Enterterprise continued to operate. The aircraft carrier Franklin(CV-13) was victim to two bomb hits, and Wasp (CV-7) received bomb hits as well. Guam managed to destroy four of the enemy planes.Guam is assigned to Task Unit 58.2.9, a salvage unit ordered to escort the damaged Franklin from the combat area. This unit was composed of cruisers Guam, Alaska, Pittsburgh and Santa Fe (CL-60) and three destroyer divisions.
If you have any interesting USS Guam information, please feel free to forward it to Mark at email@example.com
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
Click the blue link to below for complete information and the official sign up sheet:
2013 Franklin Reunion sign up sheet PDF
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The USS Franklin Museum Association will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in Charleston South Carolina aboard the USS Yorktown. The reunion is scheduled for May 16-19, 2013.
Ask for the USS Franklin special rate $110.45 Taxes included, includes breakfast. More information will follow.
I have lived in Bremerton WA for the past 20 years. The last couple of years I have dedicated my off time preserving and refurbishing Historical Markers, memorials and their surrounding buildings and grounds.
To date, we have preserved Memorial plaques on the Bremerton Boardwalk in honor of the PSNS 100th Birthday, The Guns and anchor from the USS Bremerton, a flag raising and Plaques to honor the first telephone exchange in Bremeton, that was originally installed in 1982 in honor of the building from 1910.
Our next project was to honor the USS Franklin. Your Memorial Plaques are located on the side of the utility building at the entrance to our Boardwalk. It was a drab white building, without any reference to the Memorial on the side of it. I researched your plaques and found out that members from your ship had placed the plaques in the city, before the Boardwalk was even built. City officials said that they were planning on moving them to a different location. I approached the city that I had access to volunteers and equipment and would like to change the color of the building to Haze Grey and Deck grey in honor of your ship and to make it appear that it is a aircraft carrier superstructure. After 4 meetings with various Departments in the city approval was granted and 65 volunteers from the USS Ronald Reagan and NAVHOSP Bremerton joined me as we painted the building to go with your ships plaques. All paint was donated by the local Lowe’s Hardware.
We have just about completed the painting over the last 2 weekends and fell it is now a more fitting memorial to your ship. We will be painting the Hull Number of your ship on the side of it in the near future to complete the makeover.
If you come to Bremerton, a proud Navy city, please stop by your Memorial plaques that are now in a place of Honor as an Entrance to our Boardwalk. I have attached a few photos to be attached to this story.
Marion T. (Mick) Hersey
MSCS(AW) US Navy RET
Historical Marker Preservationist