USS Franklin Muster Roll


USS Franklin Muster Roll H Selection 1/31/1944

For USS Franklin researchers, I have obtained a copy of the USS Franklin muster roll copied from microfilm records of the US Navy.  This muster roll contains records of the ships company as the sailors moved onto and off of the ship.  This is not a complete account of all the ships transfers.  Specifically, this does not include information on the Marine and Air groups on board the Franklin.  The file is very large- at 2GB in size and may take some time to download from google drive.  You must “Unzip” the file to reveal all of the individual pages in .jpg picture format.

This is very similar if not the same information available at


Obituary, Kenneth Newton Linder Sr.

Ken Linder and Corsair MCAS Santa Barbara while training with the Black Sheep sqdn.

LINDER, Sr., Kenneth Newton
Of Carpinteria, passed away Sept. 22, 2011 in Santa Barbara, his home for many years. Ken was most proud of his service to his country in the Marine Corps Black Sheep Squadron, VMF 214. “Lindy” got his wings in Corpus Christi, TX and was eventually stationed in Goleta at the Marine Air Corps Station. He was ordered to the USS Benjamin Franklin aircraft carrier in the Pacific and flew his beloved Corsair.
Ken was an early graduate of UCSB and was the first VP of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He was active for many years with the Elks Club and Kiwanis Club, where he was in charge of the First Fiesta Pancake Breakfast. He was an avid golfer and belonged to the La Cumbre Golf and Country Club. He and his wife, Mickie, were early members of the Los Fiesteros Dance Club. He helped raise the funds to build the YMCA on Hitchcock Ave. He was a board member and contributed to the Pierre Claeyssens Military Museum. After retiring from Dean Witter brokerage firm, he and his wife moved to Arizona. After 10 years they returned to Carpinteria, CA. His happiest times were when his children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren were around, which was often. After a short bout with pneumonia following a severe fall, he quietly slipped away. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mickie, his daughter Lori and her husband Terry Lowder, his son John and his wife Teri Kay, grandsons Kenneth III and wife Sarah, Robert, Justin, Sean, Toby Lowder and wife Sarah, Samuel, Noah and wife Alicia, granddaughters Joline and Jennifer Linder, great granddaughters Kianna and Mayda Linder, Mia Lowder and great grandsons Lucas Lowder and Miles Linder, all of whom adored him. “Papa, you taught me how to be a good man, thank you.” Love Kenneth N. Linder Ill. Memorial services are pending at a later date.

Obituary, Irwin Price

Irwin was born on July 26, 1923 and passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017.

Irwin was a resident of Franklin, North Carolina at the time of passing.

Irwin served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946 aboard the USS Block Island and USS Franklin.

There will be a memorial service at Walnut Creek Baptist Church, January 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm, with Rev. Mike Wilson presiding. Memorial Service at the Walnut Creek Baptist Church at 1:00 PM on January 7, 2018. Sunday January 7, 2018 1:00 PM Walnut Creek Baptist Church 184 Ledford Branch Road Franklin, NC 28734 Memorial Service at the Walnut Creek Baptist Church at 1:00 PM on January 7, 2018.

Because of his great love for animals, especially cats, in lieu of flowers please make donations to Appalachian Animal Shelter, 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or Walnut Creek Baptist Church, 184 Ledford Branch Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Obituary, Carl Robert Smith, Jr.

ATHENS – As hundreds of World War II veterans leave this earth, one more fine sailor joined their ranks on Wednesday, Nov. 29.
Still probably able to wear his uniform, which unfortunately was destroyed in a house fire, along with his beloved hockey skates, Carl Robert Smith, Jr. calmly made his transition.
Always filled with a joke, a hilarious pun and even downright silliness, being in his presence was a gift. This was clear starting with his birth. As the third son born to Amelia Winters Smith, he is the one she wanted to name for his father. An avid student and athlete, he played running back (then known as halfback) for the Coatesville, Pennsylvania high school football team. Their claim to fame was that his class was the first from Coatesville to go All State (His nephew would bring home the same trophy years later as the basketball coach from the same high school).
Planning to study engineering, World War II intervened. Following his older brothers’ lead, he joined the Navy, as had his second brother. The eldest was at Tuskegee Institute as a Tuskegee airman. Curiously, the military was well represented even though half of their family were Quakers.
For Carl, the Navy was a life-changing experience. Bound and determined to make the world a better place, he spent his life doing just that. Beginning his naval career at Great Lakes in Illinois after leaving small town lovely Coatesville, Pennsylvania. He saw the bright lights of the city of Chicago and the bright lights in Mae’s eyes. After meeting Mable Parker Smith at a naval dance in Chicago, and following madly in love, they married. Moving to Astoria, Oregon, Carl fought forest fires. Shortly after that, he was called to duty in Alameda, California where the young marrieds enjoyed the beauty of California. Carl, then a munitions specialist, was home after training. He was with a childhood friend at lunch when the Fort Chicago disaster took place. Shortly after, his port of call became the beauteous Coronado Island in San Diego which his wife adored until her transition. In the midst of that beauty for her, he was sent to the Pacific rim on the USS Franklin. There one of his life’s proud moments occurred. He had shaken the hand of FDR as a child, had waved feverishly when the newly elected president FDR’s inaugural train passed slowly through Coatesville. He had witnessed the regattas at the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. None compared to the incident which occurred on the deck of the USS Franklin.
The sailors were told that the following day was for inspection. Carl, a particularly meticulous character, was frenetic all night and morning. He had to be perfect, not only because he was the lone black in the group but he was a Smith, and Carl at that. As the young sailors lined up for inspection, a dapper gentleman in naval dress whites approached each one. When he reached Carl, he looked, inspected, took one step ahead, paused, then took a step backward and turned to Carl and said, “a damn fine sailor.” As he continued his inspection, all the sailors realized that he was Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, a Carl hero to the end.
All on the Franklin did not remain so rosy. The glorious vessel was kamikazed twice. Easily viewed on YouTube, Carl was on board surviving both attacks. He only told his family of that event five years ago. He told the family that he just hadn’t wanted to discuss it.
After World War II, he and Mae headed back east. After continuing his studies of both machinery and engineering, he did a short stint in Pennsylvania’s steel mills, decided it was not for him, and headed to his wife’s hometown of Chicago. There he opened an auto body shop where he did the painting of mostly foreign cars. Among his customers were the Staple Singers, Ramsey Lewis, Jesse Jackson, Louis Robinson of Ebony, Johnny Mathis, and many other popular Chicagoans. When he first met Mathis at Caesars in Las Vegas, he told his friends that “Johnny was so gorgeous that, if he were gay, Mathis would be the one”.
A close friend of the early gender bending entertainer, Hi-Fi White, he always championed gay rights. He also was involved with civil rights coming from the very involved Quaker oriented Winters-Smith clan. Many young whites, Jewish and Hispanic males returning from Vietnam, alongside blacks, received training in his shop. Several became lifelong friends.
The family settled happily in Hyde Park, Chicago where they raised two children, Tanya and Sherine. Always fun-loving, Carl kept something both educational and amusing up his sleeve. This might range from spelling games with homonyms or naming the states license plates during regular trips to the cottage in Michigan or the long amazing road trips around the Americans which were never boring. With the convertible top down, he told his children to always wave to truckers, as they were the backbone of America.
Fiercely loyal to his country, he refused to take his then young children to Marquette Park where Martin Luther King marched for peace. Between his daughters tears, he explained that, although he was a peaceful man, if a Klansman hit him with an egg, peace was not what would follow. On that basis, he declined to attend as he did not wish to disappoint Dr. King.
Sharing a close connection with young people, he was the one teen males could talk to when they couldn’t talk to their parents. As permissive as he was, his children were always surprised by the number of parties he chaperoned, some on yachts in Lake Michigan. What tales could be told. Clearly that smile and charm had captured the parents.
An avid world traveler, one of his first dashes was to visit Pearl Harbor which he found quite sobering, but not as sobering as a subsequent trip to Hiroshima. He and his wife included many Japanese in their social circle, some of whom were concentration camp survivors. On a later trip to Hawaii, Carl, always the early riser, was thrilled to find the beach empty. As he dove into the clear surf, sirens blared. What he did not know was that storms were expected that clear and glorious day. Still after Australia, his favorite places were Switzerland and the Vatican. Not Rome, which he adored, but the Vatican which he loved. Attending Easter mass under Pope Paul was called one of his most moving experiences ever. There he marveled at the architecture of Vatican City saying he he’d never seen so much gold in one place in life, enough to solve world poverty.
Closing his business in Chicago, he came out of retirement five months later. Never one to sit still long, he began a new career at the local Ace Hardware store. An assistant manager, he became known as the key maker to the stars. The Ace was frequented by many Hyde Parkers including David Axelrod, whose mother was also a regular, and the then young senator from Illinois named Barack Obama. Some customers would not frequent Ace on the days Carl was off. His reputation having preceded him, Carl was still known for key making skills even as his vision failed. Finally, at 90, he retired, dividing his time between Chicago and Athens where he rekindled many old and cherished friendships.
To carry on his legacy of living, loving, giving, and liberty, he leaves his daughter Tanya (Dr. Harold C.) Thompson of Athens, his adopted grandson, Carl Robert Smith III, an OU alum, two grandsons: Brandon Clayton Dotson Thompson (Katherine) of Athens, Gavin Carl Pryor Thompson of Athens, great grandsons Carl Robert Smith IV of Chicago, Christian Smith of Chicago, and his first great-granddaughter Parker Thompson of Athens. He is also survived by his beloved sister-in-law, Blanche Olivia Cruz Smith (James), who dubbed him “the Mayor” of Coatesville, Pennsylvania. He leaves a host of devoted nieces and nephews and friends from California to Connecticut and beyond.
Whether you knew him as Daddy, Granddaddy, Carl, Smitty, grocery boy or the key man, he’s dancing like it’s 1999! Thank you to Dr. and Mrs. Glenn Doston and Cmdr. Jack Andrews for making this veteran day his best! A joyful celebration of his 92 1/2 years of life will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 9, at Jagers Funeral Home in Athens from 3-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the World War II honor fund, Paralyzed Vets of America and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online condolence available at
Ciao for now, fine sailor. April 17, 1925 – Nov. 29, 2017
Published in The Athens Messenger on Dec. 3, 2017

USS Franklin 2017 Fall newsletter


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Obituary, Ronald Currie Noyes

Ronald Currie Noyes
May 20, 1925 – September 17, 2017
Ronald’s Story

BANGOR – Ronald passed away on Sept. 17, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born on May 20, 1925 to Kenneth Bradford Noyes and Pauline Currie Noyes. Ronald graduated from Orono High School in 1947. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 33 years as a mail carrier. He was also a Scoutmaster for 11 years and filled in as a substitute teacher at Asa C. Adams School in Orono.
Ronald was active in Kiwanis, Barbershop singing, Church, Nature Club, and Orono Land Trust.
Ronald served during WWII on the USS Franklin “Big Ben” CV-13 and was on board when the ship was torpedoed and hit by a Kamikaze.
Ronald was predeceased by his parents, his brother Albert E. Noyes, sister Sandra Noyes Warner, and his beloved wife of 66 years Gladys Naumilket Noyes. He is survived by his sister Phyllis Scantlebury of Florida, his son Gary Noyes and his wife Michell of Orono, and his daughter Kim Noyes Megorden and her husband J. Michael of Hillsboro, Oregon, cousin John Warren Noyes of Madison, Maine. In addition he is survived by ten nieces, one nephew, twenty grand nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at The Gathering Place in the Church of Universal Fellowship, 86 Main St. Orono on Friday Oct. 6th from 5-7 p.m. A memorial service will be Saturday Oct. 7th at 2 p.m. at the Church of Universal Fellowship followed by a reception downstairs.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to a charity of your choice, Katahdin Area Council Boy Scouts P.O. Box 1867, Bangor, Me. 04401, Attn: Campership Fund, or the Animal Orphanage, P.O. Box 565, Orono, Me. 04473
Published on September 28, 2017

Obituary, Ralph J. Mears

Ralph J. Mears

Norfolk – Ralph J. Mears, 90, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 28, 2017, after a valiant battle with Cancer. Born in Saxis, VA, he was the son of the late Amy Mears-Kerrick and Paige S. Mears.

Ralph is survived in Life by his beloved wife, Sandra L. Mears; sisters, Sue Dagmans and Ann Brokke; son, Andrew Mears; daughter-In Law, Pattie Mears; grandchildren, Victoria Richardson and husband, Josh Richardson, Katherine Scherf and husband, Tylor Scherf, Joshua Mears; great grandchildren, Ava Richardson and Everly Scherf. He was preceded in life by his sister, Helen Jean Evers; brother, Edward Lloyd Mears; and his son, Ralph J. Mears Jr.

Ralph was a hardworking, honest man who served his country proudly and honorably in World War 2 as a United States Marine. He served aboard the USS Franklin as an Aircraft Gunner. He was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded on two separate occasions due to his ship being attacked by bombers during the war. After the war he worked in Brooklyn, N. Y. for a sheet metal plant. He moved back to Norfolk and started a career with the Norfolk Police Department, which he enjoyed serving his community for 33 years. His proudest moments were the 23 years he served as a Homicide Detective.

Upon his retirement in 1988, he spent most of his time at the American Legion Post 35 in the Ocean View section of Norfolk. Besides spending time at the Post he enjoyed sports and visiting with family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the American Legion Post 35, 850 W. Ocean View Ave Norfolk, Va. 23503 at 12:00 noon on Sat., Oct. 7th. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Oct. 1, 2017

Obituary, Robert Seton Ryan

Robert Seton Ryan

AGE: 93 • Madison

Robert Seton Ryan, 93, of Madison, died with his family by his side on November 7, 2017. Mr. Ryan was a lifelong resident of Madison and leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Margie Ryan, and four children: Mary Elizabeth, Robert Seton, Joseph Arthur and Kate Keefe. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Grace, Clare, Abby, Brent, William, Peter, Ben, Jack, Jim and Sophie.

Mr. Ryan was a decorated World War II Veteran who enlisted in the US Navy in 1942. He served aboard the USS Franklin (CV-13) and was a survivor of the March 29, 1945 attack on the ship where more than 800 crew were lost.

Following the War, he earned a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Tulsa University. His first job took him to the oilfields of Wyoming, where he met the love of his life, Margie Ann Riehl, at a church dinner. He worked at Stanolind Oil as a Petroleum Engineer, then joined First National City Bank in New York where he served as a Senior Credit Officer and Executive Vice-President. An enduring member of St. Vincent’s Parish in Madison, he was part of the extended clan of Ryans, including his Father and Mother, Francis J. and Ida May Keefe and The Reverends Msgrs. John R. and Leo P. Ryan. Robert was deeply loved by his family and friends who remain eternally grateful for his companionship, intellect and extraordinary love.

A wake will be held at Burroughs, Kohr and Dangler at 106 Main Street, Madison on Friday, November 10, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A funeral mass will be held at St. Vincent’s in Madison on Saturday, November 11, at 10 AM. Floral arrangements should be sent to Burroughs, Kohr and Dangler or St. Vincent’s Martyr.

Published in Daily Record from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2017

Obituary, Ronald M. Zeuren,

Zeuren, Ronald M.
Ronald M. Zeuren, of the Caldwells, New Jersey and The Villages, Lady Lake, Florida passed away at 1:35 a.m. on November 18, 2017 with his loving family by his side.
Ron, age 90, was born in Derby, Connecticut on October 27, 1927. He was the beloved husband for 66 years of Patricia (Frawley) Zeuren, and son of the late William and Nora (Monahan) Zeuren.
He served in the Navy from 1945 to 1948 and was assigned on the U.S.S. Franklin. He attended Shelton, Connecticut High School and Bridgeport University.
Ron was a Sales Representative for Sponge Rubber Products Company in Shelton, CT and then joined Sponge Cushion Company of Morris, IL as an Eastern Sales Manager.
He and his family moved to North Caldwell, NJ in 1959 and were involved in many community activities. Ron was a coach for the Viking Football Team, served on the Recreation Committee and the Skating Pond Committee, and was involved in the planning of the Liberty Field facilities.
Ron was a Eucharistic Minister at Notre Dame Church and was a volunteer at St. Augustine’s Church in Newark, NJ in their soup/food kitchen.
When retired, snowbirds Ron and “Patsy” lived for 15 years in The Villages, Fl. He was an avid golfer. He particularly loved vacationing on Long Beach Island with the family.
He was a member of the Caldwell Knights of Columbus, The Caldwell Old Guard, West Caldwell Seniors and was on the Board of Directors of the Long Island Flooring and Carpet Club.
Ronald leaves his beloved wife Patricia and cherished children, Debra Wefferling (Lawrence) of North Caldwell, NJ, Laura Andrighetti (Wayne) of North Haven, CT, and Amy Swendeman (Earl) of Vernon, NJ. Granddaughers Meghan Blackstock, Julia Wefferling, Kelly and Allison Swendeman. His sister, Jean Far of Shelton, CT and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family at Codey & Jones Funeral Home, 54 Roseland Avenue, Caldwell, New Jersey on Tuesday, November 21st from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Notre Dame Church, North Caldwell, NJ on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the family plot at Mount Saint Peter’s Cemetery, Derby, CT. To extend condolences or share a memory, please visit
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the West Essex First Aid Squad or the Gary Sinise and Wounded Warrior Project at

Published in The New Haven Register on Nov. 19, 2017

Obituary, Krass, Charles R.

Krass, Charles R.

Charles R. Krass passed away peacefully on July 20, 2017, at the age of 92. He was born on June 7, 1925, to Marjorie and Frederick Krass. Charlie was born and raised in the Bronx. He married his childhood sweetheart, Helen, on July 23, 1944. She predeceased him in 2003.

Charlie was a proud WWII veteran, serving in the United States Navy aboard the USS Franklin and the USS Currituck in the Pacific Theatre. He was honorably discharged in 1945. Charlie was employed by the New York Central Railroad as a train conductor for 46 years, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. Charlie was, above all, a dedicated family man. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Charlie is survived by his 3 children, Charles Jr. (Carol), Virginia Wolf (Douglas), and Patricia Kilkelly (Joseph); as well as 7 grandchildren, Colleen, Jacquelyn, Thomas, Colette, K.C., Sean, and Ryan; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Charlie will be remembered for his love for his family, his love of his country, and his quick sense of humor. He leaves us with many funny stories that will keep us laughing for years.

A memorial visitation for Charlie will be held at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, 64 Ashford Ave, Dobbs Ferry on Monday, July, 24, 2017, from 3-8 pm. Inurnment will take place on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 10 am at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Published in the The Journal News from July 22 to July 23, 2017