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Robert Hamm - World War II

Robert Hamm served as an engineer on the U.S.S. Franklin, an Essex class aircraft carrier, during World War II. He was involved in the battles of Saipan, Tinian, Guam, and Iwo Jima. Later, during the battle of the Philippine Sea, his hangar deck was hit by a kamikaze plane. After his ship was repaired, he continued to fight the Japanese.

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Robert Hamm in a group photo at the US Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, Illinois on March 16, 1943.

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Great Lakes, Illinois

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March 16, 1943

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Robert Hamm at the ship’s dance at the Roosevelt Hotel on May 1, 1945.

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May 1, 1945

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Franklin, right and USS Belleau Wood afire after being hit by kamikazes off the Philippines on October 30, 1944.

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Philippine Islands

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October 30, 1944

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Franklin burning after kamikaze hit off the Philippines on October 30, 1944.

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Philippine Islands

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October 30, 1944

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Narrator's photo

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The damaged USS Franklin smoking after the battle of March 19, 1945. The ship was hit by 2,500 pound bombs dropped by a Japanese plane.

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Unknown

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March 19, 1945

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A crewmember walks through the remains of the hanger deck of the USS Franklin, damaged by the attack on March 19, 1945.

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Unknown

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March 19, 1945

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Narrator's photo



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