Memo To: All The Island Explorers
Bob Polakowski says hello and regards to all. He has been
reading a lot of Marine Corps data that Foster Cummings sent to
him and said that it is real great stuff. The data on Iwo
Jima he devoured a couple of times because of the detailed
information that was contained within the article.
The maps showing different areas of attack was very fascinating
to him and he was able to pick out the names of the various
island sections which also brought back memories to him.
He also had the opportunity to speak with DC Clay who reported
that he still manages to get in some golf. While closing a
knife he accidentally cut a finger which bothers his golf game a
little, but with the proper first aid treatment he feels
that he will be back up to par in nothing flat.
Ned Carmichael says hello and regards to all from the land of
He was unable to give any data on the PBJ accident of 4-4-44 in
Washington, DC. Although he was in the squadron at that
time he just doesn't
recall hearing anything about it. He didn't
recognize the names of the pilots either.
He did remember an incident though just before he joined the
squadron when a PBJ exploded around New Bern but couldn't
recall what squadron it belonged to. He was in one of
613's PBJ on a NAV hop with either Major Nevils or Lt Hancock as
pilot at Pensacola when suddenly the whole plane was filled with
gasoline fumes as they came through the turbulence approaching
the landing pattern. Another
and another story but it did give a clue as to the New Bern
He and Betty are both well and he is enjoying his work for the
Lord. They do, however, expect to retire in 15 years.
He sent along a picture of both of them taken in April in front
of their riverside home just following the ANZAC Annual Parade.
Mike Brennan reports that he is doing pretty well health wise
but the weather upstate New York has been lousy for a couple of
months. He isn't
complaining because they haven't
had any forest fires, nor have they had any earthquakes,
hurricanes or tornadoes.
Mike sends his best regards to all and especially to D.C. and to
Bill Kehr says hello and regards to all. He and Marian
recently returned from a trip to the Seattle area. They
flew to save road time and rented a car there and spent about
two weeks driving around Vancouver Island, Main Land Vancouver
and also went up to Mt Rainier. They made the Mountain
road in time to get involved in the middle of a snow storm.
It added some excitement to the trip since it has been many
years from what could be considered a violent snow storm for
them. This trip also gave them the opportunity to board a
ferry for a portion of their trip.
Jim Garls sends his best regards to all. Although they
continue to have very high temperatures his air conditioning
system continues to perform per spec. Hence he doesn't
have any compelling reason to venture out of doors very often.
His area of Illinois is experiencing a drought and at the time
of his writing they were running a shortage of nine inches from
the average rainfall for the area. Since he waters his
tomato crop every other day it is doing well and in a few more
weeks he will be harvesting a large crop.
Doc Protheroe says hello and regards to all. After his
many trips to Florida he has been busy working on the house
fixing up things that have been deferred. Hopefully he
will have them all squared away prior to the start of the fall
season. All remains well with he and Jane.
McDaniel sent along a message and said that he and Edna are both
in good shape at the moment. Time can change with their
age. He said that he can relate to Frank Carthey in
respect to being interviewed by high school students regarding
WWII. This program was set up by Senator Lugar from Indiana and
would result in having reports of WW #2 on file in the D.C.
Mac was given a sheet of questions that he would be asked but
they did not ask any of the questions in fact the students new
very little about World War II. One of the students used a
screen to show pictures, etc. He was showing military
aircraft and got one of the planes shown upside down. Mac
pointed out that technical problem and the student said OH.
Although he was disappointed about the outcome he felt that the
program was a good one but should have been run by some one,
other than 10th graders in high school. Mac
hopes that some day they will again teach History in School.
Foster Cummings sends his greetings to all. He and Doris
had front row seats to watch the 4th of July
Fireworks Celebration in their home town. They sat out in
the back yard facing the lake and watched the myriad of colored
explosions. They also had the Boston Pops 4th
of July Program going on their TV set which was close by.
Foster and Doris went up to John Siergiewicz's
farm in New Hampshire for an outdoor celebration. His son
put on a 50th Anniversary Celebration Cook Out of
their buying a farm. They had horses pulling wagons
around, a disc jockey helping out on the entertainment and they
also enjoyed a fantastic cook out. All in attendance had a
John Kennedy reported that they had two hurricanes pass through
without damage. However, they still need people to fix
roofs, if I am in the mood he has something for me to do.
He reports that he is surviving with a bad back, root canals,
heart troubles and face cancers. He is still looking for
the golden year.
son Michael whom we met at the Pensacola Reunion (which is a
real disaster scene again this year) is the Veteran's
Agent in Williamston, MA and he paid honor to and saluted the
local veterans on Memorial Day. John sent along a
newspaper write up of the affair and his son did an outstanding
job of saluting the local veterans on Memorial Day, particularly
the World War II Veterans.
Michael made mention of the battle of Okinawa and said
should be recorded for what it was and what war is--an atrocity
to the human race."
Michael also mentioned many other battles both in the Pacific
Theater and the European Theater and included the many serious
injuries that the personnel received. He also said that it
was very unfortunate that many of the injured World War II
Veterans passed away due to their war injuries prior to
receiving their Veterans Administration awards. It is hard
to believe but the World War II Vets are disappearing fast.
John sends his best regards to all.
Bob Longenberger says hello and regards to all. Things
remain well with him with the exception of having to limit his
desire to complete a few major tasks every now and then.
He injured some vertebrae some time back and they just don't
want to heal up all the way. Hence, he thinks about the
work rather than getting it done. Their area of the world
has been getting a lot of rain and in tracking the hurricane
that is on the weather reports every hour on the hour they may
get a lot of rain from it, if and when it makes its way north
We found time to reminisce about the storm off of San Francisco
when we were aboard the troopship George W. Julian. The
water and wind really demonstrated that they were in charge.
He was made NCOIC of a Clean Up Detail after the storm to clean
up the ship and had a twenty five man detail to do the work.
He learned a lot about the ships areas and where to look for
miscellaneous trash to heave over board.
Charlie Cosbey sends his best to all. He is feeling good
and continues to work two to three hours a day at his son's
shop. He continues to put up with pain in his hips and
knees and hopes that this will dissipate soon. His
excitement so far this year was when his Explorer tangled with a
U.S. Mail box which resulted in the front end of the Explorer
being destroyed. After a long period (four weeks) of
getting the body work corrected and the engine adjusted to
operate properly he was able to get out and travel around again
with his own vehicle. He had to use a rental during his
vehicle down time.
Jim and Buzz Packard say hello to all. They were in the
process of getting ready to go on a week long trip up to the
mountains when they sent their message.
Willis Roose says hello and regards to all. He reported
that he had a pacemaker installed in November of last year - no
big deal - his life style has been changed a little.
Heard from Jim and Mary Jane Lewis who send their best to all.
They reported that their area of MN received a lot of rain and
than more rain. At an outdoor wedding they attended the
sky opened just as the bride and groom came down the aisle to
meet the Minister. Needless to say the wedding took place
in the close by garage attended by all wearing rain sodden
clothes. They also experienced tornado warnings in the
vicinity of their home and fortunately no damage to their home.
This year the
were out in force in their neighborhood along with the
mosquitoes and they took a toll on those daring to venture out
into the outdoor atmosphere. They also attended the towns
art fair which was attended by all the locals and
Hearty regards to all from Doc Scott. He remembers his
good friends from Kwaj especially the Medical Corpsmen and he
has been in touch with Waxie Prankard and he sends his greetings
to Willis Roose. Doc reported that he is now legally blind
but he was still able to print his letter to us. He can't
see the center of his field of vision.
He still lives in his own small apartment in his retirement
community known as White Horse Village. There is still a
great deal of retirement activity and he can still do some
woodworking and play pool. His four daughters spoil him
pretty seriously he said.
Dorothy Evans sends along her best to all. Recently she
had the opportunity to hear a local author Thomas Flagel, at a
book signing of his hew book, The History Buff's
Guide to World War II. Knowing that we have a lot of book
readers she knew that they would enjoy reading this book.
He also has a previous book, The History Buff's
Guide to the Civil War, and another coming soon, The History
Guide to Gettysburg.
She has had a busy summer keeping occupied with volunteer jobs
and playing with her great grandson, Sammy, and playing with the
Iowa Accordion Club. Although she hasn't
played since she was eight years old she picked up the tempo
quite rapidly. Their group has been getting requests to
perform for a lot of organizations. She misses all the
members and is looking forward for the next reunion.
Mary Hall sends her regards to all and reported that she has
made the move back to Rochester, NY. Her new address is at
the end of the letter under Roster Addendum. Her home sold
in five days which accelerated the move to Rochester, plus she
sold the house with a lot of furniture still in it which made
the move easier.
Mike Jacus sent along some recommended military reading books
and I have listed a few of them here for your review and
Small Wars Manual, U.S. Marine Corps, 1940. A
practitioners guide, this book made almost every list. It
highlights lessons identified by Marines in the
of the early 20th century. From the
political/strategic level to tactical operations, it provides
shrewd guidance for those pitted against insurgents.
Despite the section on packing mules, it remains painfully
Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice, by David
Galula, 1964. Although now 40 years old, this remains one
of the most useful books on counterinsurgency every written.
A practitioner rather than an academic - he observed wars in
Greece, China and Algeria. Galula starts with the
understanding that insurgency and counterinsurgency can succeed.
Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph, by T.E. Lawrence,
1926. The Marine Corp's
Small Wars Center of Excellence praises this autobiographical
account of Lawrence of Arabia's
attempts to organize Arab nationalism during World War I.
It lauds it
insights into Arab culture and politics, with implications for
future developments in the
Although dated, Lawrence of Arabia's
elegant masterpiece was the second most recommended book on the
Inside the Pentagon"
reading list compiled from a survey of active-duty officers.
Another of Lawrence's
works, the bluntly practical Twenty Seven Articles (1917), is
also frequently quoted. In particular, practitioners have
come to value his caution, earned out of painful experience
spurring Arab troops to fight the Ottoman Empire.
not try to do much with you're
your own hands,"
the Arabs do it tolerably than that you do it perfectly.
It is their war, and you are to help them, not to win it for
Seven Articles is widely recommended as a kind of Cliff"s
Not es for conveying Insurgency and Terrorism: From Revolution
to Apocalypse, by Bard E. O'Neill,
second edition 2005. Col. H.R. McMaster of the 3d Armored
Cavalry, currently serving in Iraq, noted that
provides a framework for analyzing insurgency operations...a
good book to read first in insurgency studies."
Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam:
Learning to Eat Soup With a Knife, by John A. Nagel, 2002.
Another recommendation from McMaster, who wants his soldiers to
learn as they fight. In so doing they would be following
an old example.
McMaster told his troops,
military had an organization that allowed it to learn from its
mistakes and eventually defeat the communist guerrillas in
Iraq Insurgencies have everything to do with governance, and
good governance requires an understanding of local conditions
and cultures. Grasping the historical complexities of Iraq
is the challenge these books address.
The Modern History of Iraq, by Phebe Marr, revised
edition 2004. McMaster notes that this book, by a leading
on several important themes: The search for national identity in
a multi-ethnic, religious state; the struggle to achieve
economic development and modernity in a traditional society; and
the political dynamics that have led to the current dire
situation in Iraq.