Memo To: The Super Patriots
Remember to call the Reunion Reservations Desk at
NAS Pensacola and place your reservations for the
year 2004 VMB 613 Reunion. Members have
already started to make reservations so please
continue the march. Telephone number for
Reservations is 1-850-456-8676.
In a recent verification of reservations made with
the Manager of the Naval Lodge some members who have
reported that they had made reservations did not
appear on the Reserved List. Please verify that you
have called and confirmed the RESERVATION.
When asked we are the Reunion Group I.D. No.
Reservations will be accepted up to and including
the Reunion date.
2004 - MEETING OF OLD FRIENDS
Remember that family members are welcome at the
reunion. We have had a good turnout of family
members at prior reunions and would like to see this
The Pensacola area is bubbling with all the unique
ingredients needed to make a perfect site for our
2004 Reunion. It will be another fun-filled
time to meet and greet all our 613 friends.
For the evening banquet Colonel David L. Barraclough,
Commanding Officer, MATSG-21, NAS, Pensacola will be
the guest speaker.
MATSG-21 will also provide a color guard for posting
The Air Museum is one of the biggest attractions in
the country and all attendees will really enjoy
seeing the various aircraft on display. A PBJ
is still under “rebuild” and hopefully we will be
given the opportunity to make a walk by and take a
few pictures of it. Don’t know how many will
be allowed to enter the aircraft though.
There are also several interesting aviation
memorabilia items on display that all would
really enjoy observing.
Please keep in mind that for the Raffle we would
welcome any and all gifts from members. In
prior years we received many interesting items and
would like to see the trend continue.
We have already received some Raffle items from
members and a few more would be appreciated.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 2004 BIENNIAL
MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON VMB 613 will hold its 2004
BIENNIAL REUNION at the Navy Lodge on Pensacola,
Naval Air Station, Florida during the period 5 May
2004 through 8 May 2004.
Record the following important data close to your
calendar appointment schedules:
Reservations have already started. Telephone
number is toll free at 1-850-456-8676, identify
yourself as a member of VMB 613 to assure getting
the special room rates.
Please notify me after making your reservations so
that a list of attendees can be quickly updated.
REUNION REGISTRATION FEE: $45.00 per person.
This covers the PBJ Lounge and Banquet. To expedite
record keeping please forward payment by check, to
J.D. Garls, made payable to VMB 613. Payment
will also be accepted at the Reunion.
SCHEDULE OF REUNION ACTIVITIES: REVISED
1 MARCH 2004
Arrive and Register at the Navy Lodge,
Pensacola Naval Air Station
Register for VMB 613 Reunion
0830 Leave Lodge to walk to Air Museum tour
of the Air Museum - No Cost
0830 leave Navy Lodge for bus tour to
Mobile, AL and Foley, AL
COST: $27.00 per person - Includes bus
fare and Dinner at 1600 at Lambert’s
Lunch and Shopping at Outlet Mall
Trip back to Navy Lodge by Gulf Shores after
0900 Shuttle will pick up group at Navy
Lodge, leave for tour of Pensacola and Naval
Base. Cost: $8.00 per person
Bus. Meeting at the Navy Lodge at 1400
Bar Opens at CPO Club at 1900
Banquet at CPO Club at 2000
We will be provided a Color Guard
and speaker by the US Marine Corps
Detachment, Pensacola, FL
PBJ LOUNGE REOPENS - Sad Farewells for
another two years
WHO HAVE MADE REUNION RESERVATIONS OR SENT MESSAGE
THEY WILL BE THERE
Kehr, William & Marian
Dotson, Ray M.
Noble, Wayne & Freda
Alling, Ed & Jean
Ohlson, Alex & Jennie
Beggs, Rick & Katherine
Honan, Thomas & Margaret
Richardson, Stan & Peaches
Hudspeth, Sandy & Marie
McDearmon, George & Doris
Beggs, John & Laura
Garls, James D.
Beggs, Vernon and Anne
McDonald, Joseph & Rita
Gutshall, Jerry and Peggy
Coleman, Casey & Mary
Kennedy, John M. Sr.
Russell, Calvin & Joyce
Kennedy, John M. Jr.
Siergewicz, John & Doris
Knapp, Charles F.
Packard, Jim & Buzz
Lewis, James & Mary Jane
Polakowski, Bob & Helen
Beck, Jordan R.
Marx, R.L. & Alice
Protheroe, Alan & Jane
Cummings, Foster & Doris
McCune, Don & Margie
Robinson, Frank & Betty
Delviccio, Leonard & Teresa
REMINDER: Since the Air Station is an active duty
Naval Base all squadron military retirees should
remember to bring along their Military I.D. cards to
show to the S.P.,s at the Main Gate when they enter.
will submit a listing of all non military personnel
to the Station Police Chief so that it can be used
to allow quick processing of other reunion
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
Bob Polakowski called to report that he and Helen
returned from their extended stay in Florida. They
enjoyed the warm weather. Now that they are
back home they are in planning stages for the
reunion. The round trip mileage of over 4400 miles
was recorded on the car has caused them to think
about flying to the reunion. Time will tell
though which is the way to go.
Bob wore his VMB 613 cap while on the trip and while
at a get together with friends from Wisconsin one of
the youngsters in the group kept looking at his cap
and finally said to some one he was with, it says
613 on his cap. With that one of the adults
came over and spoke to Bob and mentioned that he was
in VMB 611. He had attended gunnery school in
Jacksonville. Neither of them could remember
any names of Marines who had attended class during
their time spans there.
Another person came over when he saw the cap and
said that he was in MAG 61 Quartermaster. Bob
couldn’t remember his name except for a first name
while we were talking and after hanging up I checked
a MAG 61 Roster and was able to finalize on a John
Manning. In talking to Bob again he said that
was the person particularly when I said that if he
was an FBI agent he was the person. Bob said
that he was the man.
Bob and Helen say hello to all and will see all at
John Gavin says best of luck and regards to all.
He is unable to make the reunion this year but is
sending us some underwater videos of Kwaj.
These will be available for the raffle program.
He also sent along three copies of The Kwajalein
Hour Glass. These papers contain articles
about the Missing Raiders, Kwajalein’s salutes to
service members, and Kwajalein remembers.
will have these copies at the reunion.
John has also read Fly Boys by James Bradley
and is of the opinion that all should read this
book, especially anyone who was ever connected with
Naval or Marine aviation.
Vern Beggs says hello and regards to all. He
and Anne and the family members are looking forward
for the Pensacola Reunion.
Doc Protheroe and Jane send their regards to all.
They were in process of packing to return to Hilton
Head on March 9 when he wrote. Received word
that they had made it back to Hilton Head and were
now considering how to make it back to Pensacola.
He has had the opportunity to speak to Robbie
Robinson, DC Clay, Foster and Doris Cummings and
Swede and Jennie Ohlson. All was well them.
They will be visiting with Swede and Jennie prior to
their departure for Hilton Head.
Doc said that they had a nice luncheon visit with
Bob and Helen Polakowski along with their daughter
Nancy and husband Jerry.
One morning he thought he was back on the flight
line of 613 when he heard the familiar sounds of PBJ
aircraft engines. A B-25 had pulled into the
local county airport along with a B-24. Both
aircraft were there for a week end aircraft event.
Cliff Dotson says hello and regards to all.
His weather report for the area wasn’t too good, not
the greatest one particularly for their section of
the country. He and Patsy sre still busy
reviewing house plans and making critical decisions
on the required details to make their efforts come
about the way they want them to be.
He and his brother Ray are looking forward to
meeting with all at the reunion.
John and Carol Butler send their best to all.
They have been endeavoring to rearrange their work
schedules so that they could attend the reunion but
were not too successful. As a result they will
have to change their plans and stay at home, they
would have much preferred to make the reunion.
Both had a great time at the last one and express
their regrets at having to miss this one. They wish
everyone a wonderful time and that the days be
filled with camaraderie and memories. Their
thought and prayers will be with each and everyone
during their travels to and from. They will be
with us in spirit if not in person.
John as a veteran sends his respect and admiration
to all of us.
Stan and Peach Richardson send their regards to all.
They are both feeling fine and hope to remain that
way. Their weather is warming up and has
actually hit the seventies.
They will see all of us at the reunion.
Cal Russell and Joyce say hello and regards to all.
They will see all of us at the reunion.
Cal sent along a letter from an Army veteran who is
in the process of pursuing a historic legal battle
against some of former President Bill Clinton’s acts
one which was to authorize the United States to
participate in the UN’S International Criminal Court
will bring this document to the reunion for all to
Walt and Avis Gravello report that they are both
doing better this year. They are sorry that
they can’t make this reunion but they wish all a
For several months we have been out of touch with
Gene Miller and my efforts to contact him via
telephone wee not too successful. I called
upon John “Chico” Duarte to try his luck and he was
successful in getting in touch with Gene’s daughter.
Gene had informed us quite a ways back that Carmina
had a severe stroke and was in the process of
recovery, They were in the process then of
determining a location for her continued
rehabilitation be it Puerto Rico or Miami, Fl.
Chico reached Gene via telephone in Miami and had a
great conversation with him.
Gene and Carmina are now living in an Assisted
Senior Citizens complex in Miami and Carmina is
doing real well.
Their new address is listed under Roster Addendums
at the close of this news letter.
Spoke to Nick Bozic who says hello and regards to
all. He is feeling well but his leg continues
to bother him and as such he has to be careful
walking around, particularly when he encounters
stairs. Then he has to watch his weight
shifting to accommodate the change in body
inquired about Herb Siegert and was wondering if he was
still OK. I informed him that as of the last time
I spoke to his son in law he was OK, but had to use a
wheel chair to move about which made it a little
inconvenient for him.
said that when he made coal mine inspections for his
coal company he was able to go by Pana, IL, Herb’s home
town and get together with him for a short visit.
Barton sends regards to all, He has heard from and been
in touch with his aircraft crew and to this day is of
the opinion that they did a great job in maintaining the
planes. The fact that the squadron had such a good
record bringing them home was due to the efforts of
these mechanics. He made reference in particular
to Cliff Dotson, Nick Bozic, and Erwin Cameron whom he
had a lot of contact with.
Garls says hello and regards to all. He has been
busy diverting rain water running amuck on his property
so that it will soak into his large lawn.
Hopefully it will give him some green grass this coming
spring and summer as opposed to a brown hay field look.
reading the latest Leatherneck they made mention
to the fact that for years the newspapers and probably
the American public make reference to the Congressional
Medal of Honor.
Leatherneck said that is incorrect. The
nation’s highest military award is “THE MEDAL OF HONOR”
and referring to it as the Congressional Medal of Honor
is incorrect. I was always of the opinion that
either expression was correct so I thank Jim from
bringing this correction to our attention.
from Carmine Nasta who sends his best regards to all.
The icy weather wasn’t too good for him. One day
while walking on the sidewalk he slipped on the ice and
went flying through the air and when he landed one leg
was under the knee of the other leg and he was in agony.
He finally made it up with great difficulty. Then he
noticed tht his ankles took a beating and started
swelling. After some medical treatments he has
been able to move around slowly using a cane.
or so later Edith opened the front door of the house and
than the storm door. The wind came roaring up
ripped the storm door out of her hands but as she was
still holding onto the door handle she was blown off her
feet and knocked down the steps. Edith broke her
glasses, suffered multiple bruises to her head, face and
some broken fingers on her hands. Needless to say
she also had medical treatments but still isn’t fully
Carmine wishes all a Happy Reunion. He won’t be a
in a position to take an extended trip for quite some
maintains contact with Walt Matheson. Walt is
still limited in his moving around and has been
fortunate to get assistance from his daughter and
representatives from an Order of Nuns.
Nuns take him out shopping and give him some support in
the apartment to make sure that he is able to get his
Carmine also was in touch with Jack Varga. Jack
who is a retired automotive design engineer from
Chrysler is rebuilding ye olde automobiles. It is
very challenging because a lot of the parts he has to
Peterson says hello and regards to all. In October
he took a fall while attending a football game.
The fall resulted in severe bone bruises in the pelvis
area. The skin was
severely lacerated and left him bleeding. A rush
delivery by the Para Medics to a local hospital resulted
in many tests which indicated that he was alive and
breathing. Broken bones couldn’t be found but the
skin contusions and the like made the medical staff
believe that he was in worse condition than he thought.
Finally he was able to talk the medical staff into
allowing his son to drive him to his son’s home in
Idaho. Since then he has been recuperating slowly
addition to the medical routine he has been reactivated
by the Rotary Club to assist in one of their annual
events. This has taken up what is left of his free