(Carmen Franceschelli with
his niece Helaine)
Within the pages of this diary you will get a heart-rending
view of what life was like on the Aircraft Carrier the U.S.S. Hornet
(CV-12), during WWII while in action in the Pacific Theater. This is
seen through the eyes of a very young nineteen-year-old sailor,
Aviation Machinist’s mate (1) third class, Carmen Franceschelli. Carmen
is the son of Italian immigrants, a quite reserved young man.
Carmen had never been away from home until he
enlisted in the Navy, June
Carmen begins the diary February
while docked at San
He wrote for exactly one full year ending on February
Wartime regulations prohibited diaries, but often these regulations
were ignored by both seamen and Admirals alike. Carmen would remember
all that happened during the day and only at night with a flashlight
and a blanket over his head would write in his bunk.
Aboard the USS HORNET (CV-12) in 1944
on text above to see MORE info about Carmen!)
Carmen stayed calm during all the action, and
there is plenty of that. He is a one man cheerleader for the ship,
singing praises with words and never complaining. He keeps repeating
how the ship holds the record for one day, shooting down 67 Jap planes.
He lost his innocence on September 23, when his best friend Shermie was
killed by the strafing of the ship by a Japanese plane. “It made me
sick inside to see Eddie’s body slide off the board and hit the water.
Hope, God will look after him and give him everlasting peace and rest.”
Zeavin will be speaking
and signing books at the Navy Memorial, "Blessing of the Fleet"
day...Saturday April 4, 2009
He would write how the weight of the world was on
the young brave pilots, who had to learn to fly off the small surface
of the Hornet in only a few days of trial runs. December
he says, “Today the 13,000th landing was made on
the Hornet.” On December 13, the Captain made a speech. He said, “Up
till today our carrier has traveled one hundred thousand miles. We
could have gone around the world four times.” Some of the destinations
of the Hornet were Majuro,
and the Philippines.
On two of the pages he writes about bloody Iwo
when the Marines were having such a hard time on the island. The Hornet
was one of the support carriers. During all the action in the Pacific
the men were facing kamikaze planes and endured a few typhoons. The
Hornet was the first carrier to make strikes on Tokyo.
Throughout the diary Carmen mentions the fleet of
ships supporting the Hornet. There was a special bond between the crews
in the task force. Carmen gives you a close up view of the daily
activities of all the sailors on the ship. You feel that you are right
there with them, living through the emotions they felt.
Once you read this diary, you will better
understand what made this generation of men so special. There was a
reason the diary fell into my hands and that was to share it with you.
God Bless all who served and God Bless America.
Carmen's sister Barbara Franceschelli (right) with
Naomi Sokol Zeavin
Read Barbara's &
Naomi's fascinating interview about Carmen HERE!
|Naomi Sokol Zeavin appeared in New
Britain, Connecticut on September 6, 2008 at
the release and signing of her book "Carmen's Secret Diary
on the USS Hornet (CV-12) in 1944". See new PHOTOS! |
book will be sold on www.Amazon.com
Contact Naomi Sokol Zeavin
for more info!
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