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03 Jun 2001
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12 Jun 2001
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Joe Connors Jr. Email address: Joe.Connors@Gecapital.com

My father served on the USS Franklin when it was bombed. My father died this past winter. He was very proud of his navy service and did attend several reunions of his squardron. I was watching a program on Pearl Harbor tonight thinking about his and many other sacrifices during the war. I appreciate you building the site. It was great showing my son tonight the aircraft carrier his grandfather served on during the war and it's incredible history. Thank you for perserving this valuable history.


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17 Jun 2001
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Hi, my name is Michael Symons I live in Minneapolis, MN. My dad Jack R. Symons was on the Franklin that day, he was one of the lucky ones. Although he carried the pain of that and other experiences to his grave. I recall only two times his mentioning the Navy and both times we were in bars and he would cry. I believe the pain that the guys carried home from those terrible times and the way it was addressed by their families when they reached home caused endless life problems. My dad ended up an alcoholic and struggled through life. He did the best he could with what he had. I question why the US Navy has never really talked about the Franklin. Dad told me they did not want anyone to really know what had happened that day. Regards, Michael Symons mikesy@aol.com ps I have spoken and written back and forth with another Franklin survivor, Fred Masters from Oregon, he shared a great deal of information on the Franklin and emailed me a great deal of detailed accounts that happened that day.


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18 Jun 2001
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this site is informative and nicely done


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19 Jun 2001
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Thank you so much for this Web site. My Grandmother's brother, William P. Schweitzer, was killed on the USS Franklin. He was very young when he was killed, only 19, and his picture always hung in my Grandmother's house. It was a very painful subject for her and we never talked about it. Once or twice she told us the story of when the priest came to the house to let her know her baby brother had been killed and how she cried and cried. They were a family of orphans - both of their parents died very young - so all of the children in that family were very close. The small Indiana town where William was born, Schereville, will be installing a memorial to its war heros this month. He was one of eight from the town killed in either WWI, WWII, Vietnam, or Korea. Finally he will be remembered close to home. In his short life he experienced much pain and sorrow. I am so thankful that you have honored him with this wonderful Web site. Thank you again and God bless you.


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03 Jul 2001
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Thank you for this terribly sad but very inspiring tribute. I am looking for anyone who may have served with my father aboard the USS Franklin. His name is Howard Deem. He was a pilot who usually flew the Hellcat. He had only been aboard about a month, when the bomb was dropped. Anyone who knew him, please contact me. I give thanks every day for the sacrifices of our veterans and those serving. You have given so much for us. debbie deem


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12 Jul 2001
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as a sailor on a sister carrier {the uss yorktown cvs 10)i know how tough these ships were.while aboard i always thought what would happen if we had a accident or exploding ordnance ,and then when we had come from west pac we heard about the oriskanyand about her ordeal.i have read a lot of stories about the franklin and its true a ship has a soul ,and the men together with her brought her back .one great navy site .fair winds and following seas for all departed shipmates


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13 Jul 2001
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13 Jul 2001
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An outstanding historical presentation of an outstanding ship and her super crew. Yunchie @ webtv.net ( Ex DE Sailor)


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18 Jul 2001
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I VERY MUCH ENJOYED SEEIN THIS ACCOUNT..i WAS AN ORIGINAL CREW MEMBER IN THE "H" DIVISION {medical} AND SERVED ON HER TILL THE END OF THE WAR.... ROSS BRYAN PHM3/C


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18 Jul 2001
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18 Jul 2001
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ROSS BRYAN "H" dIVISION {MEDICAL] ORIGINAL CREW MEMBER AND SERVED ABOARD UNTIL END OF WAR.........rsb1336@aol.com Enjoy the homepage very much.... Just found it today....Regards the part pertaining Lt. Gary: There is a memorial sevice homoring him in Findlay Ohio where I live on this Sundau July22....USNavy Band will play and Navy brass and local and national politicians will be on the program. Hancock Historical Museum will have a permanent display honoring him ......Several survivors including Ray Bailey, Robert St. Peters myself and others will be present. It might be nice to mention the permanent display somewhere so others may visit it if they are in the area..Thanks


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19 Jul 2001
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Orville Duecker 8595339 I was blown off the fantail when a magazine expolded and manage to survive ater 7 hours in the sea.Was picked up by the USS TINGEY a DDS. Many good friends died that day.


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26 Jul 2001
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20:33:55
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I am Robert L.(Bob) Bartlett of Columbia, SC. I lost "Yo'll" when you changed addresses but am so glad to see you again. My cousin was Lt.Jg Stanley S. Graham, Fire Marshall and a Damage Control Officer on the Franklin that fateful day. I am currently tring to learn more about the Franklin's Navigator, Cmdr. Stephen Jurika. So far I've learned he was USNA Class of 1933 and he may be written up in the 1933 Class review. I'll see when I get a copy. I also heard that there is a Stephen Jurika included in the list of US Naval Institute's oral histories but I haven't been able to access that list. Let me know if you can add any info.


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25 Sep 2002
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Very chilling and wonderful site. My uncle, Calvin R. Poff was aboard ship on March 19, 1945. He survived the attack, but lost several close friends. It is in his memory, that I viewed this site.


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27 Sep 2002
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Thank you again for getting my Dad Chief Petty Officer Earl G.Morey added to the Franklin Honor Role as he was ommitted as He too was killed that day on the Franklin CV 13. You have a great web site and liked the page where my dad photo is on,again many thanks


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06 Jul 2003
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Dear Mr. Smith, My name is Richard Long, the son of MM3 Henry Arthur Long, a former crewmember of the USS Franklin. Dad passed away in 1984 and I was able to show this website to my Mom prior to her recent death. I Thank you for this website as the data contained therein meant a great deal to our entire family. While Dad was always so very proud of his service aboard the Franklin, he seldom talked about it. When he did, it was always with the most reverent of tones, especially when mentioning his shipmates who made the ultimate sacrifice. Throughout our childhood, (my Sister and I,) Father O'Callahan's book was always prominently displayed in our home. (Dad is listed on page no. 148 of the hardcover version.) I wish the technology had existed so Dad could have seen this before he died...it would have meant so much to him. I still possess, (from Dad's Photo Album,) numerous photos of the Franklin taken by Combat Photographers and would be willing to share them with you and other interested individuals as e-mail attachments. I would also be interested in viewing photos that others may be willing to share. I would welcome contact from Dad's former shipmates. Thank You again for developing and maintaining this website. It has meant a great deal to us. My e-mail address is as follows: ral26929@msn.com PLEASE include "USS Franklin" in the subject line so I know who and why I am being contacted and do not delete the message for security. Sincerely, Dr. Richard A. Long


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30 May 2004
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My father served aboard the Franklin, he passed away about four years ago in Michigan. I very much enjoyed the web site. George Phillips g.phillips@charter.net


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03 Jun 2004
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I am the son of Emmitt J. Henegar from Mount Pleasent, TN who served on the USS Franklin. I wish he had been able to tell me about his personal experience that tragic day before he passed away in 1999, but he couldn't. I can tell you that what happened effected him and his family until the day he died. Thanks for giving me a more understanding of what he went through. Robert B. Henegar


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26 Nov 2004
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Chief Quartermaster Earl G.Morey was killed on the USS Franklin and was not on the Honor Role,however He was added to the list a year ago,but seeing the Honor Role agin,his name is missing. Please add his name again back on the list as you had done before.


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06 Dec 2004
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I enjoyed this site. Very informative. Emma S. Daughter of Otto Neidlinger Franklin Survivor


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26 Jan 2005
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My father, Howard Deem, was a new pilot aboard the Franklin on that terrible day. He still will not share what he and others went through,although I know it to be one of the greatest influences on his life, and therefore mine. He will occasionally share wonderful and funny memories about being a 'farm kid' from West Virginia all the way in the Pacific. One of the greatest things I have ever done was attend one of the reunions of these great men. Perhaps some day I can get my father to attend as well. I promise those that served on this ship and other soldiers, sailors and airmen as well, that I will do my best to make sure that your stories, your courage, hardships and your sacrifices for us are not forgotten. Thank you for this beautiful tribute, Mr. Smith. One question- are any of the pictures you have available anywhere? thanks debbie deem sassydog2@aol.com


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26 Feb 2005
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Good information,I am a survivor and was attached to VF-5 as a night fighter radar tech.Lost many friends. Don Pierce pierce.d.e@att.net


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19 Dec 2006
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24 Dec 2001
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Hi Walter: My name is Scott Duecker and my father Orville Raymond Duecker PhN 3RD class. was on the U.S.S. Franklin when it was hit on 3-19-45. If you have any other material about the Fraklin we would both enjoy looking at it. My E-mail address is scott_duecker@quakeroats.com. My father's E-mail is deek@insnet.net. You have done a great job on wrighting the history of the Franklin, my father was on the fan tail when he was blown off. was pickup by the U.S.S. Tingey after 7HRS. in the water. Thanks again for the fine job.