Allied Warships

USS Franklin (CV 13)

Aircraft Carrier of the Essex class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeAircraft Carrier
PennantCV 13 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down7 Dec 1942 
Launched14 Oct 1943 
Commissioned31 Jan 1944 
End service17 Feb 1947 

Decommissioned 17 February 1947.
Stricken 1 October 1964.
Sold in July 1966 to be broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Franklin (CV 13)

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1Capt. James Marshall Shoemaker, USN31 Jan 19447 Nov 1944
2T/Capt. Leslie Edward Gehres, USN7 Nov 194430 Jun 1945
3T/Cdr. Henry Henderson Hale, USN30 Jun 19458 Jun 1946

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Notable events involving Franklin include:

19 Mar 1945
Franklin is badly damaged off Samar island by Japanese Kamikaze aircraft. (1)

Media links

Battle of Surigao Strait

Anthony P. Tully

Lucky Lady

Jackson, Steve


  1. Personal communication

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