Nightly News   |  May 17, 2013

WWII vets gather to honor USS Franklin

More than 800 sailors died in the catastrophic 1945 attack on the USS Franklin, leaving the ship listing in the water. The survivors kept the ship afloat, and made it back to port. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> final reunion of the surviving crew members from one of the most storied military vessels in all of world war ii . the great flat top franklin known as big ben , hit from the air near the japanese mainland, march of 1945 . 807 americans were killed. almost 500 wounded. today in charleston, a reunion of the men, 24 of them survive today. but because of their advanced age and dwindling numbers, today's event hosted on the deck of the retired u.s.s. yorktown was likely their last time together.