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Friday, June 29, 2007

Over 800 dead on USS Franklin

Late in WW2 the USS Franklin took two bomb hits in the waters off Japan. Over 800 sailors died. An iconic photo of one dying sailor made headlines and is often featured in historical documentaries about the Pacific War. one problem, Bob Blanchard, the dying sailor, did not die. Well, it was not a problem for him. It is good to be alive. And he tells his story and the story of two Medal of Honor recipients who touched his life that day. A NJ resident, Blanchard was recently featured in a story about the Franklin in the USS New Jersey newsletter.

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