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Spring 2017 Newsletter                

New Books Released about the USS Franklin CV-13 

Two new books have been released that feature the USS Franklin CV-13.

So Long for Now, A Sailor's Letters from the USS Franklin, by Jerry L. Rogers tells the story of the USS Franklin CV-13 through a collection of letters written between the author's brother, Seaman Second Class Elden Duane Rogers, his family and his girlfriend.  It is a reconstruction of the times, blending what was happening in the world with the personal story of this USS Franklin crew member and his family back home.  This book re-visits the journey of the USS Franklin CV-13 and its crew, not only reconstructing what life was like on the ship, but also reminding the reader of the service and sacrifices made by all of the crew on the USS Franklin CV-13.  Seaman Second Class Elden Rogers died on his birthday, March 19, 1945, he was 19 years old.  If you are interested in purchasing a copy of this book, it is available your local bookseller or at  

The Fleet At Flood Tide by James D. Hornfisher, tells the history of the Pacific naval battles 1944-1945 that led to American victory and the end of World War II.  This book is recommended by crew member and USS Franklin Museum Association board member, David Baruch, Maj. USAF Retired, who we have quoted below.

    "The Fleet At Flood Tide covers, in detail, the attack on the Franklin on March 19 and the aftermath. The book has been referred to as having significance mostly for military history buffs who are interested in the military details of how the United States, through its naval prowess, won the war.  For Franklin crew members like myself, it provides an opportunity to relive our experiences while we were part of Task Force 38 and 54."

The Fleet At Flood Tide is available on Amazon, as well as Barnes & Noble.


From the desk of the President

Hello to all crew members, family and friends,


  I hope this letter finds you all well.  On behalf of the board, I would like to offer our condolences to all the families that lost a crew member since our last 8 o'clock report.  As the years go by it is getting harder for many to travel across the country.  So, I would like to encourage everyone to join us this summer in Boston.  There is so much knowledge and history that our crew members can still share with us.  Boston is another great city for us to gather and celebrate the men of the Franklin.  We appreciate the Lyons family hosting another reunion.  I am sure it will be a weekend full of memories that we will cherish.  Finally, I would like to thank our board for all the work they do and their dedication to this association.  Until we see each other again I wish you all smooth sailing.

Ken Homko,
President, USS Franklin Museum Association

In Memoriam

8 o'clock report
Word was received that these crew members have been absent from muster since our last newsletter and have received orders from the Supreme Commander to be transferred to The Big Ship in the Sky.

    Richard R. Bartholomew

George Breden Jr.

Vernon L. Burton RM2/c K-Div.

John T. Costa AM1/c

John S. Hall

Richard Wayne Hendrix EM3c

John J. Link F1/c

John R. McKinney S1/c 2 nd Div.

Stephen Nowak Cpl. 7 th Div.

Ronald Frank O’Dell AMM3/c V-Div. AMM1/c Ret.

Caryl Raymond Pingrey Lt.(jg.) VB-13

William C. Schauer F1/c E-Div.

Robert L. Spriggs EM1/c E-Div.

William T. Vaughn AMM2/c V1-Div.

Nunzio Vocatura, Jr.

The Great Commander called them home
To sail the crystal sea,
Where they will steer with steady hand throughout eternity.
No longer will the high sea roll.
The skies will be clear and every day will be a day of happiness and cheer.
No storm shall cross their valiant prow and calm shall be the sea.
In that bright place where all is well and kindly is the breeze.
They are at peace with our Shipmates who have gone before.

Please send information on the death of a crew member to:
Louise Mast
38 Diggins Drive
Folsom, CA 95630


Click HERE for registration form

July 13 - 16, 2017


The Lyons family will be hosting the reunion this year in memory of James Lyons. The registration fee will be $165.00 per person and includes a trip to Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA and Memorial Service on Friday, Dinner/Dance on Saturday evening, and Sunday Farewell Breakfast.

There is no shuttle service from the airport, however, there is shuttle service from the airport to a connecting hotel shuttle service. Your hotel reservation includes a complimentary breakfast buffet Friday and Saturday mornings up to two persons per room. The hotel is offering $149.00 per night plus tax.

Please make your hotel reservations by May 15, 2017.
Visit the website at

  • Thursday, July 13: Registration will begin at 3 p.m. The Board of Directors meeting will be held in the afternoon.
  • Friday, July 14: Bus trip to Battleship Cove, a box lunch, and memorial service. Additional information including departure time will be available at registration.
  • Saturday, July 15: The general assembly meeting in the afternoon. Buffet dinner and dance in the evening. Additional information including time and menu will be available at registration.
  • Sunday July 20: The farewell breakfast buffet will begin at 8 a.m.  
USS Franklin hats available for purchase at Reunion
High quality, embroidered USS Franklin ballcaps will be available at the Reunion for only $15.00.  Don't forget to pick one up while in Boston! See Beth Rowland for details.

Board of Directors

Last October, a ballot was mailed with a listing of the candidates only to those who have paid their annual dues.  To pay your dues for this year, see the note below.  As of November, this is a listing of our current directors.  
Ray Bailey * Prentice Baptiste * David Baruch * Roger Hall II * Darren Hamm * Sheila Hartley
John Hensel * Kenneth Homko * Kathleen Lyons * Stephen Rausch
Sam Rhodes * Beth Rowland * Kathy Uecker * 

2017 Annual Dues $10

Become a member in good standing!  Make Check Payable to: USS Franklin Museum Association
Mail To:
Kenneth Homko, President
2210 Grey Hawk Drive
Plainfield, IL 60586

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We typically send out one newsletter in the spring, one in the fall and occasional reunion reminders.

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