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USS San Francisco Memorial Foundation
C/O Art Curtis
P.O. Box 318063
San Francisco, CA 94131-8063
Art Curtis:



Hello, Mr Killmer-John Garvey-(Web-Master Sandy
Taylor) and J Stevens, First friends, may we observe,
the very interesting number again (13) the USS
Franklin CV-13 (a very good luck number)

Mr. Killmer, I was serving on board the heavy cruiser
the USS San Francisco CA-38,I remember this date,
I have many times talked about the sight that I
witnessed on this day, 19-March 1945
The USS San Francisco with several US destroyers
were doing escort duties when this Japanese air attack
occurred,-On this clear beautifully day we cruised in
step together, suddenly, The Franklin was under attack,
burning with hugues bellows of smoke. I see this sight
today, every day, it was awesome-62 years
ago, horrible, I see our air-planes lined up in a
landing circle with some touching the deck landing
thur smoke while others are exciting the flight deck
with a full load of fuel and amo-a sight that we could
only watch but can-not give support or help, and it
became even more stunning - enemy air craft appeared
from he clouds t share in the kill, like
vultures from the sky. A dog fight ensued right 
above this great wounded carrier (Remember-13-V13)

USS San Francisco gentleman, we should add these facts
to our Web Site under ships links -etc.
Now little more information. As I boarded the San
Francisco in Pearl Harbor in March 1941,a friendly
shipmate welcomed me into his division, "Chief Baca"
a career sailor, and a highly respected boxer.
Some months later (Chief Baca) was transferred to new
ship construction and some how he was assigned to the
USS Benjamin Franklin CV 13 (see number 13 again), Baca
we learned later, was killed during this engagement of
19 March 1945. Sad and do the peace marchers today
understand the price that men like Chief Baca paid for
their right to march and scream FREEDOM its free ?????

Johnny and all,

Thanks.  memories, memories. Shipmate Baca. Yes, I remember him.  He
was indeed a boxer. One of the best. And one of the Frisco's finest
crewmen.  I did not know he was killed while later serving aboard the Franklin.
What we all learned back then is that truly Freedom is not Free.
Trouble in the streets. Trouble on our borders. Trouble overseas. All
on the verge of getting out of control. This generation of doers and shakers
better wake up, else all of the crazies will soon be in the driver's seat and will have a barroom brawl on their hands.
By the way, I'm moving back to Dixon. Too many memories there.  More
about that later. I'm fine, still sitting up and taking nourishment, as the
saying goes, and hope all of you are too.

My best,  Heber

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