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Name: Robert F. Dorr
From: Oakton, Virginia
E-mail: robert.f.dorr@cox.net

How often did the crew of a PBJ Mitchell have occasion to fire their guns at a Japanese fighter?

I'm interested in interviewing a PBJ gunner for a history article aimed at young readers that will appear in Marine Corps Times newspaper. The material used in the article may also contribute to a segment of a book in the future. The purpose is to share a little history with a new generation that hasn't previously been exposed to it.

I want to write about what like was like for a PBJ crew member. The purpose is not to glorify anyone, or even to focus on combat, but in order for the article to be consistent with other material I've published, I would like to find someone who actually fired guns in combat.

I'm grateful to be invited to the VMB-433 reunion in Memphis in October. This time, I hope to make it. However, I would like to write this gunner story sometime in the next very few weeks.

Can you suggest someone who would like to help me write about the life of a crew member on a PBJ?

Best wishes,

Bob

Robert F. Dorr
3411 Valewood Drive
Oakton, Virginia 22124
(703) 264-8950
robert.f.dorr@cox.net
(Author of "Marine Air: The History of the Flying Leathernecks in Words and Pictures")

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0425207250/002-5958343-4396835?v=glance&n=283155
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Name: Robert Klinke
From: Greenwood WI
E-mail: rklinke@tds.net
Great Website. Wish my father was alive to see it. Would like to hear from anybody with stories or pictures of my dad (Alvin Klinke) of the Robert Love Crew.
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Name: Susan Monaghan
From: Springfield, IL
E-mail: vmd154.reunion.assn@insightbb.com
Thank you for the personal invitation to visit your beautiful website. You have truly done a professional job in documenting VMB-613. Thank you for helping to preserve Marine Corps heritage.

I also appreciate the link you included to my VMD-154 page. It will be an honor to return the favor and include a link to this website.
Semper Fidelis!
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Name: Roy F. Gehris
From: Berks County, PA
E-mail: robar39@ptd.net
Hello Marine,
Great site to remember your father's service and those of other Marines in this squadron. I am the webmaster of the Gray Ghost Squadron site. I have dedicated this to my fellow Marines and former members of VMF-531/VMF(AW)-531/VMFA-531 squadrons. I'll place a Link on my site to your site. Semper Fi!
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Name: Rev. Johannes Myors
From: USA
E-mail: pprayers@yahoo.com
Shalom from a fellow winner of the "Gold Crown Award" from Roland Haley. I just wanted to stop by to say hello. You have a very interesting and nice looking website. If you haven't already yet done so in your internet travels, would you please consider this message as an open invitation to visit my website. Take care in Y'SHUA the MESSIAH.
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Name: Deborah L. Sibert
From: Tacoma, WA USA
E-mail: award_program@northwest-equipment.com
Thank you for the opportunity to view this incredible historical journal. What a marvelous job has been done to preserve this piece of history.
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Name: Jason French
From: England
E-mail: smallwars_2000@yahoo.com
Thank-you for allowing me to review your site for a Per Ardua award.
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Name: Jim Brotherton
From: VMB 613
E-mail: politicalcjm@hotmail.com (grandaughter)
This is a great website and it is great to refresh memories and see all of the great pictures. At the present time I am living in Daytona Beach, Florida with my wife Trish. Please feel free to contact me at anytime.
Sincerely,
Jim
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Name: Sheva
E-mail: sss@mail.ru
One can appreciate the work involved in merely keeping the planes aloft. My heartfelt thanks to the many Marines for their service!
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Brooke Ligon
From: Fort Worth, Texas
E-mail: brooke1956@yahoo.com
Robert,

I am the daughter of 1st Lt. Robert S. Ligon, a VMB-613 pilot.

Dad passed away on September 7th, 2004 and shortly after, I decided to create an Internet memorial as a tribute to his life.

In the process, I found your wonderful website.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate what you have done.

Like so many of his generation, my father never discussed his war experiences - at least not with me, anyway. I knew nothing about his service in WWII.

The amazingly detailed text and excellent photographs you have gathered on www.vmb-613.com gave me a better understanding of what he experienced as a young Marine aviator.

Thank you again for the tremendous amount of time, effort and the financial sacrifice you have made to preserve this valuable piece of history.

Sincerely,

Brooke Ligon

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