Franklin Henry Alden CAPT US NAVY Ret.
May 8, 1924 – August 15, 2019
Captain Franklin Alden passed away peacefully on August 15th, 2019 in Palm Bay, Florida surrounded by his loving family. He will be missed.
Franklin Henry Alden was born in Elmira, NY on May 8, 1924 to Franklin and Bertha Warters Alden. He entered the Navy after graduation from high school.
Captain Franklin Alden entered the Naval Flight program in 1942 and was graduated in 1944. Upon graduation he was attached to various Fighter Squadrons. In 1944 he was attached to Admiral Mitchner's staff as a photo reconnaissance pilot. It was during this time he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and his first air Medal.
After World War II he returned to the University of Pennsylvania to complete his college education. He served during World War II, The Korean War and Viet Nam. Captain Alden made the US Navy his career and he enjoyed it, retiring in 1971.
Franklin was a graduate of Mansfield, PA High School, class of 1942. he was a master carver, teaching some carving classes in Coudersport, PA. He was also instumental in founding the Allegheny Mountain Carvers Club. A life member of the Bucktail Rod and Gun Club. He loved to build and fly model airplanes. He was a 53 year member of the Masons, a member of the NRA, the American Legion, VFW and several Navy sponsored organizations.
He is survived by his wife Patricia Frank Alden, one daughter Deborah Romanowski (Pete) of Barefoot Bay, FL, three grandchildren Amanda Jones (Joe), Benjamin Miller, and Rachel Brehm all of Emporium, PA, six great-grandchildren, four step children, Richard Frank (Carole) of Wellsboro, PA, Daniel Frank (Maria) of Wellsboro, PA, Cindy Frank of Barefoot Bay, FL and Tina Reese (Tom) of West Melbourne, FL, twelve step grandchildren and seven step great grandchildren, his brother Francis Alden of Decatur, GA.
Franklin is preceded in death by his first wife Beverly Jane Thompson Alden, his son Thomas Alden, his parents Franklin and Bertha Warters Alden, his sisters, Virginia Lindquist, Irene Coveny and his brother George Alden.
As he requested there will be no services. Burial will be at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery
- Inurnment Monday, September 9, 2019