All Super Patriots
By now all should have received the initial release of
information relative to the Year 2006 Reunion which will be held
in Chattanooga, TN at the
Choo-Choo Holiday Inn Complex from Wednesday, October 18,
2006 through Saturday October 21, 2006 with Check Out on October
For those members who have access to the Internet, the Reunion
information is also available at:
This information will be updated periodically as required.
All family members in addition to the squadron members are
welcome to attend the reunion.
In reviewing the Reunion web page several hits were observed
which indicates that members and guests are taking advantage of
the information contained therein.
Some members have already sent along words to the effect that
they will be there and we hope that many more will also follow.
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
Cliff Willis sends regards to all. He also remembered the
B-29's at Kwajalein and can to this day see the wings of the
Dauntless Dotty and another B-29 sticking out of the water
before they continued on into the ocean waters. Since
these accidents occurred after the re-paving of the main run way
he always has been of the opinion that the runway should have
been paved a little higher. The planes were not high
enough on take off and their wheels hit the water causing the
aircraft to crash.
We also discussed the movement of VMB 613 personnel to the
states via various ships. He mentioned that he was
transferred to Wing and when he did move back to the states he
went in style aboard an aircraft carrier.
Brooks Kaufman sends his best regards to all and for all to stay
healthy. He found several photographs of VMB 613 PBJ1C’S
that he took while on the way to Havana on March 19, 1944 and
sent them to me. I have forwarded them to the webmaster
for inclusion in our web page.
Vern Beggs sends regards to all. He was glad to get the
message regarding the reunion and passed it onto his son Rick.
Rick knows where the Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn complex
is located and he is making plans for Vern and Ann to get there.
He also plans to attend and possibly some other family members.
Herb and Sue Haroldson send their regards to all.
Bob Brueggestrass sends greetings from the Texas Pan Handle
where all is well. Then almost the next day after hearing
from him, I all read in the newspapers was big range fires out
of control in the Texas Pan Handle region. By now they
should be pretty well under control.
The son of Robert Klinke has been in touch with Lloyd McDaniel
who was his Dad’s
fellow Radio-Gunner. He has also checked out the page on
the reunion. Robert’s
e-mail address is in the logbook at
if any members who knew his Dad want to get in touch with him.
A friend of VMB 613, Eric Sperger (a Marine who is doing
research on VMB squadrons), found some additional names of our
aircraft and we are now up to ten of VMB-613's fifteen aircraft
as follows: 8-Ball, Betty-Lou, Bung-Ho!,
Green Weenie, Long Gone, Love Bug,
Miss-Carriage, and Pregnant Annie.
There is a possibility that one of our planes had the name "Ladders
Up" and this is being investigated. If it turns out to
be correct, we will be up to eleven names.
Eric Sperger also sent along a copy of a VMB 613 newspaper
article - Cherry Point 27 July 1944. This article will be
an attachment to this newsletter. It details some air crew
activity on a two hour flight on an H Model PBJ. This
article was written and published just prior to our move to
John Gavin sends his best to everyone. His weather report
was that it has been a great winter, warmest January in history
and at the time of writing the temperature was 58 degrees.
He has cut down on his woodworking projects and is now getting
into wood carving. Still has a lot to learn he said. He
received a letter from Stan Inman that contained a fantastic
ring story. John is keeping a collection of these stories
that Stan has been able to come across.
Nick Bozic says hello to all. He reported that he is just
struggling along and takes great care not to fall while walking.
As a safety precaution he brings along a walker in his car just
to have assistance for walking after getting out of the car to
walk some where, he will at times use a cane. Elevators
and ramps he caters to rather than stairs.
We had a great time reminiscing about the squadron and the
different events that occurred keeping the aircraft operational.
He came across his own Air Craft Log Book recently and it
brought back a lot of memories. In fact the aircraft name
was 8-Ball. He said that he kept track of all the
actual flight hours on the engines and kept meticulous notes on
various equipment packages, all to make sure that equipment
could be or would be changed per the manual.
Joe Yakawich says hello to all and reported that he is still
hanging in there. He is continuing to remain active with
his airplane production activities and is presently involved
with the production of a 40" scale P-38. He endeavors to
get in a little fishing when he is of the opinion that there are
some hungry fish out there waiting to be caught. His
weather report was that the area weather is clear and cool with
just a little snow. This has allowed him to get out of the
house to walk around and get his daily exercise. Since his
dog likes to get out he takes him on the walks.
Spoke to John
Duarte who reported that everything is going OK with the
exception of his hip acting up periodically. When this
happens it limits his mobility for awhile and then every thing
goes back to normal.
He continues to work part time at the general store doing the
required administrative work and getting things prepared for the
regular personnel to take over for the day after he leaves.
At home he received some good news from the bank when they
surprised him and told him that he had paid off his entire
mortgage so he is now a member of the landed gentry.
Since it was too early to start any gardening he has been busy
doing interior painting and hopes to have it finished before he
has to start tilling the soil and planting the crops. He had an
opportunity to get in touch with Gene Miller and had a great
conversation with him. Chico sends his regards to all.
Jim Garls sends regards to all. He sent along a weather
report for his section of the country which had a lot of serious
storm warnings advising of Tornado Watches and Severe
Thunderstorms but nothing serious developed. They did have
a bit of rain and high winds but not the supply of moisture that
they need. Without any rain they will have poor crops this
season. He gave me some technical advice to get my
electronic garage doors moving again and I was successful in
doing the trouble shooting. The garage doors now go up and
down electronically vs. only going up before the trouble
shooting was completed.
His area is all basketball now that the collegiate basketball
playoffs are in vogue. He hopes that his picks will
survive the series.
Jack Schwertfager sends regards to all. Things are well in
his area of North Carolina and the weather remains almost warm
enough for him to get some golf in.
Chuck Cannato says hello to all and that everything is OK, they
are enjoying life. They have been living in Conn. for a
few years which gives them the chance to be close to family and
is also close to Cape Cod which they left after several years of
retirement if they feel like visiting relatives and friends
there and seeing the ocean shore again.
have his computer hooked up to pull down the WEB page but a
grandson did pull it down and was enthused to read about VMB
Bob Longenberger sends his regards to all. He said that he
keeps moving, no heavy work, just enough to busy mentally and
stay healthy. He also remembers the tail of a B-29 that
stuck out of the ocean for quite a while prior to going under
and out of sight. We spent some time reminiscing about the
Motor Transport Yacht which was rehabbed from an old Japanese
Dory. They spent many an hour going around the lagoon
checking out the various islands and even going fishing from
Foster and Doris Cummings, and Joseph and Rita McDonald attended
the reviewing at the funeral directors and the funeral services
at church for John Siergiewicz following which they attended
the collation. At the church service the organist played
several religious hymns followed by the Marine Corps Hymn.
Foster and Joseph stood up during its rendition.
Afterwards they realized that they were probably the only ones
who did so.
Cliff Dotson passed on his regrets on the passing of John
Siergiewicz and said that he remembers him well and that they
shared a bond being First Mech’s
on their assigned aircraft.
Condolences from squadron members:
To the family of John Siergiewicz who died on March 4, 2006
after a lengthy battle with cancer.
John Aymen was able to return home from his stay at the Rehab
Center. He is continuing to have therapy treatments at
home and hopefully his strength will return. Right now he
is grounded and can’t
drive so he is endeavoring to get the necessary strength to be
able to drive.
His system has become dehydrated and that is the major item they
are working on to alleviate the problem.
Harlan Jason says hello to all and he is doing well. He
has been released from the Nursing Home where he was
recuperating from a severe fall that injured his shoulder and
limited his ability to move about. He does use a walker
occasionally but no chair support. He is now living in the
Old Soldiers Home at Fort Snelling, MN and reported that his
shoulder is feeling OK so his arm movement is no longer limited
which means he can use the arm well. The only drawback is
no more football. Various programs are available for the
veteran residents which keeps them mentally and physically
alert. He hopes to be able to get into the fishing routine
when they start the program for the new year and a few other
programs that are available to keep them moving.
I am still waiting to hear from members who are reviewing the
Family members of deceased Marines inquired of me where they could
write to get replacement medals.
Robert Yanacek sent along the following web addresses that members
can use for applying:
Robert Yanacek has been reviewing the muster rolls in his possession
and making corrections as required on the VMB 613 Personnel Rosters.
hits in the website have gone up significantly since VMB 613 was
added to the links pages of the National Museum of the Pacific War,
the Marine Corps Aviation Association and the Flying Leatherneck
Aviation Museum and Historical Foundation.
Air Force family members who are still involved in the search for
the Dauntless Dotty reported that they are making some progress in
preparing for their search. They notified us that they really
appreciate the efforts of the Marines of VMB 613 in forwarding their
information to them.
Remember that our new fiscal year started in January 2006.
an (06) or higher two digit number appearing after your name on the
mailing label on your envelope you should mail a check to us made
out to VMB 613 in the amount of $20.00 for payment of dues.
Note: (05) denotes 2005, (06) denotes 2006. Many thanks to the
members who have already sent in their dues checks.
THE LIMITED EDITION COLLECTORS ITEM,
squadron logo hat pin is still available for VMB 613 members and
friends. This pin is an inch in diameter and comes in a pewter
finish or gold plated with a hand painted finish. The colors
are similar to the colored logo that was mailed out several months
ago. Marine Corps Scarlet Red background, Gold Wings, Black Cannon
and Maces. Plus it is made in America.
Pewter finish logo hat pin - $4.50
Hand painted finish logo hat pin - $5.50
new item is the license plate frame. It is a
composition material (special plastic) with a red background and
gold lettering. The top of the frame has U.S. MARINES and the
VMB 613 WWII. The cost is $5.00 INCLUDING PACKING AND