Memo To: All The Island Travelers
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
The following information is repeated from last months
news letter just as a reminder to check
your photos of the Ponape region and see if you have any
photos that can be used in Andrew’s video documentary.
A message was received from a native of Ponape. He
is doing a video documentary
on the repatriation of Ponape Island natives back to
their home island from the island of Kusaie after the
war ended. His name if Andrew Geminaro and he now
lives in Hawaii but is originally from Ponape in the
He had an uncle, a Ponape Islander that was enslaved by
the Japanese Imperial Navy on the island of Kusaie
during the war. He is one of only 9 surviving out
of 179 men sent to Kusaie in 1943 to build a Naval Air
Strip. He is now telling his story. He needs
pictures of the war on these two islands.
If any members have pictures that they can identify to
the islands during the War he would appreciate receiving
copies of them for use in the story of what transpired
on the islands during World War II. Send pictures
PO Box 151
Kunia, Hawaii 96759
Tel: 808 621 3676
Foster Cummings says hello to all. Things are
going along well in the area but they still had to let
the rain come down whenever it felt like doing so. A
heat build up in the atmosphere accompanied the rain.
He said that the 4th of July celebration was good but
they had to fight the weather problems to make sure that
the fireworks would almost perform per spec.
Foster has been in touch with DC Clay and Doc Protheroe
and all is well with them.
Heard from Joe Mc Donald who sends his regards to all.
He reported that Rita manages to get around with the
help of a walker and use of a wheel chair. He also
keeps in touch with Foster Cummings who keeps him filled
in with US Marine Corps data which is interesting
Had a great chat with Nick Bozic who sends his regards
to all. He is still in the recovery mode from his
stroke but is able to get up and around with the help of
his walker. He can’t drive any more and his
daughter or son take him around for sight seeing which
includes shopping and the like. He just puts his
walker in the back seat of the car and removes it for
use when they arrive at the destination.
He brought up many 613 members names and we discussed
their status which was all good data. Nick
appreciated hearing about them and what was new with
Mike Pasachnik says hello and regards to all. He
said that he is doing pretty good, one knee gives him a
lot of trouble so he has to be super careful when he
goes out for a slight stroll.
He makes sure that he has the proper accouterments with
him when he does go out for a stroll. He takes a
special walker along and at times a wheel chair for
Nick Dudo says hello to all. He continues to have
spinal column problems wherein his sciatica nerve lets
him know when he is moving about too fast. Hence
he knows when to change his pace and move about at a
He has been in touch with Carmine Nasta who reported
that he can’t navigate like he used to, he has to resort
to walkers, canes and the like to move about.
Nick then brought up names of members to see if most of
them were still able to move about. He did all the
name references by memory, no hesitation in the memory
routine at all. He even mentioned the towns or
area of the particular state where they lived.
Charles Ringler dropped us a line and said thank you for
including his picture, which was taken at Cherry Point
Airbase in 1943, in the newsletter of June 4th.
He said that he enjoys reading the newsletter about
Squadron 613 and learning about the member’s past
activities and what they are doing at the present time.
He sent along a program of the Davey O’Brien National
Quarterback Awards. This award program was founded
by him in 1977. This year they celebrate their 30th
Anniversary. The “black-tie dinner”, which is
always held at the Fort Worth Club was attended by more
than 600 people this past February.
This award is given annually to the nation’s #1 college
quarterback. He is also given a Rolex watch, and
his school is given a $10,000 scholarship. Also, a
$20,000 scholarship is given to the most outstanding
Fort Worth-Dallas area high school student.
He further stated that he has enjoyed every year of
participation in this worthy endeavor He was president
of the Davey O’Brien Foundation and Dinner for many
years and ever since his retirement has served as
Chairman of the Board, Emitarius.
Doc Protheroe sends his regards to all. All
continues well at Hilton Head. He had an
opportunity to go over to Parris Island and went to the
PX on a shopping tour. He purchased a US Marine
Corps cap for Stan Richardson to wear during his stay at
his nursing home.
Stan appreciated getting the hat which will give him the
option of having a second USMC cap, the first option
being his VMB 613 cap.
Heard from John “Chico” Duarte who sends his regards to
all. He said that he is still working in the
“Newspaper Stand” early in the AM on a daily basis which
allows him to meet a lot of people.
He has been going to the VA for therapy on a weekly
basis with three weeks remaining for his problem.
They are endeavoring to remove an internal scar on the
sciatic nerve and are using laser techniques in the
This year he has also returned to his back yard farming
project. With the weather (temperature and
humidity) at unusual figures he has had to become a
scientific farmer. No more just turning on the
sprinkling system, he has to limit the watering of
plants to coincide with the area humidity and air
This also means he has to get down and check the plants to
determine how much moisture they can be given without any of
them shriveling up from excessive water or not enough water.
Bob Polakowski says hello and regards to all. He said
he has been hanging in there.
Mandatory things such as getting busy doing house repairs
some which have been long overdue were scheduled and some
They were planning on doing some traveling this past spring
but various projects interfered so they went through a
rescheduling routine and possibly next year they maybe able
to get some of the trip routes scheduled and actually go out
Willis Roose says hello to all. He reported that he
received a recorded message from Waxie Prankard. In
this message Waxie reported that he was entering an
“assisted living” facility. Willis said that in his
recording Waxie sounded a little weak.
Cliff Willis sends his regards to all. He reported
that the weather is very hot like 100 degrees and will
probably be that way for awhile. He is still working
in the agricultural support area which keeps him very busy,
sometimes for more than eight hours a day.
Terry Manning says hello and regards to all. He and
his brother are still looking at pictures that their Dad had
in his collection. Several of the pictures are already
in our WEB Masters possession and if they haven’t appeared
on the WEB Page yet they will show up soon.
Bill Barber sends his greetings to all. He has been
continuing his exercise routine, wherein he has been riding
his bike for fifteen miles at a time. Even with the
heat up to 100 humid degrees. His oldest daughter who is a
hospital lab supervisor and keeps up with health matters
reminded him and admonished him, saying that he is no longer
Some members have asked if we have any current address for
Robert J. Kline a VMB 613 pilot. My searches have not
been successful. Please let me know if you find any
address even if it is a few years old and I will endeavor to
trace him from any information received.
Robert Klinke sent along an e mail in which he let us know
that he had booked a 30 minute flight in a B-25J on July 17,
2007 flying out of Eau Clair, WI.
He will be riding in front right behind the pilot and
co-pilot and after they are airborne he will be allowed to
climb down into the Nose Gunners Position.
He hopes to have video and photos of the flight for
transmittal to us. He will also look to see if that
particular model of the PBJ has a manufacturer’s plate
installed and its location.
Janet DeMint and her family sent along their thanks for the
VMB 613 website. They said that it is a gold mine of
information and will be fun for their entire family to see
what their Dad did in the Marine Corps and see pictures of
the many friends of the squadron that he mentioned over the
The family of Francis K. (AKA Ches or Frank) DeMint informed
us that their Dad passed away on June 16, 2007 and was
buried on June 25 at Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, CA.
In January of 2003 Ches was diagnosed with advanced lung
cancer, but miraculously after 18 moths of chemotherapy, he
survived cancer-free, for three and one half years.
This year he began having mini-strokes (TIA’S) and his
condition deteriorated rapidly in early June and he died
peacefully in his sleep.
Received an update on Stan Richardson from Peach
Richardson. He is still endeavoring to stay ahead of the
health problem. There hasn’t been any major change in his
health condition but Stan continues to improve his breathing
routine to overcome his shortness of breath and is
continuing to get more of his strength back. Other wise he
continues to be alert and seems to be content. Stan is
still physically limited to how far he can walk and really
has to watch it because he doesn’t have the strength to get
up and move about in the manner that he likes to.
He would like to be able to walk for long periods but his
system won’t let him. He continues to feel stronger and
endeavors to try physical activity which he is unable to do
for an extended period. He also takes daily treatment to
improve his systems breathing.
To change the appearance of his hospital room he has a
Marine Corps cap hanging at the head of the bed, plus his
new one a gift from Doc Protheeroe, and has a couple of
other items with Marine Corps insignia in the area.
Another Marine comes in and they share stories on the Corps
which makes the world go a little faster. Stan
continues to remain alert through all this though.
I am sure that he would like to hear from you folks, his
address is as follows:
Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation & Care Center
Clearwater, Florida 33761