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We who had the privilege of serving in, and with, the "flat-tops" of our Navy have always known them to be fighting ships. The story of the Franklin is the story of one of these fighting ships; one that dealt out destruction from The Marianas to the home islands of Japan; one that veritably returned from the jaws of what seemed certain destruction; their stubborn will to win; the American tenacity and reluctance to give in no matter what the odds; these were the pulsating characteristics of our ships and men, characteristics that will always keep our way of life, our freedoms, inviolate. Our enemies who survived this past war will never forget the "flat-tops" of our powerful fleets. We who knew these graceful ships and knew the men who fought and lived them shall forever honor their bravery and achievements.

William F. Halsey, Fleet Admiral U.S. Navy

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United States Navy, World War 1939-1945, Regimental Histories, Franklin (Aircraft carrier : CV-13), "Big Ben", U.S.S. Franklin, Naval Operations


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Big Ben, the flat top: the story of the U.S.S. Franklin

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