"Pilots, Man Your Planes!"   
                                         WWII U.S. Naval Aviation Collector's Guide                                                                              
On March 19, 1945, the U.S.S. Franklin, cruising 50 miles off the Japanese coast, was struck by two 550 lbs. bombs, dropped by a low-flying intruder. As a result of the ensuing conflagration, 807 members of her crew and embarked Carrier Air Group 5 perished. 487 others were wounded. Despite these grievous losses and the terrible devastation wrought throughout the ship, she was saved by her gallant crew. For their actions, the Navy awarded 2 Medals of Honor, 20 Navy Crosses, 23 Silver Stars, 104 Bronze Stars and over 1,100 Purple Hearts, making them the most decorated crew in United States naval history.
Memorial Day 2014
Remember the high cost of freedom