All The Santa Claus Participants
Christmas and Happy Holidays!
from Frank Robinson who extends his regards to all. He
still manages to get his daily walking in to maintain his
Cummings says hello to all. Along with Bob Polakowski,
Joe McDonald and John Siergiewicz they attended the Semper
Fi Marine Corps Birthday banquet in Boston on the Marine
Corps Birthday. The guest speaker was the Assistant
Commandant of the Marine Corps, General W.L. Nyland.
another outstanding event, packed with Marines, including
the guest of honor Marines. The total attendance was
estimated to be 1400.
On the 13th
of November, Foster had his annual Marine Corps Birthday
celebration at his home and had an overflowing crowd of
approximately 25 plus Marines in attendance.
Rita McDonald, Bob and Helen Polakowski and John and Doris
Siergiewicz were VMB 613 members in attendance. Other
attendees were from Wakefield and surrounding areas.
Again all had a great time.
Helene Polakowski say hello and regards to all. They
had a great time visiting with Foster and Doris. Bob
enjoyed gong to the Marine Corps Birthday Banquet. He
said that it appears to get better every year.
Marine Corps Birthday celebration at his home was again
fantastic he reported.
Jane Protheroe spent the entire day commemorating the 229th
Birthday of the Marine Corps at Parris Island. In the
morning the base had organized a big time 229th
Birthday celebration on the parade grounds with the Marine
Corps Band and every recruit on the base with the possible
exception of those in Sick Bay.
had the walking wounded in attendance with crutches and
wheel chairs. Most of the brass and DI’s were in
Blues...the scope of the event was really impressive.
afternoon they dined on steak and lobster in the
Headquarters Mess Hall. This was topped off with an
abundance of birthday cake. They digested the meal
sitting in the sun in the stands while watching six platoons
practicing for Fridays graduation.
platoons marched onto the field, Doc thought they were all
as sharp as could be. Surely he thought all the
families who will attend the graduation will hardly believe
their eyes. However, the Sergeant in charge saw it saw
it otherwise and had all platoons including all the DI’s on
and off the parade grounds four times before he was
satisfied. Often announcing..”We are not going any
where till we get it fight and that’s My right”.
attached three photos and other publications of the days
events which will be enclosures to this letter.
“Chico” Duarte called to say hello and regards to all.
His operation was successful and he is now home
recuperating. He just has to remember not try and do
severe physical work for a few weeks and he will be up and
McDaniel sends regards to all. He is now the proud
owner of another book on Marine PBJ’s, “PBJ Mitchell Units
of the Pacific War” which was sent to him through his son
and grandson from a William Ward of the Read Eagle Airshows,
Ward flies a MIG 17F in this show. Willard had met his
grandson who helped him one summer when they had an air show
in Battle Creek. Willard told his grandson he had seen
this book, but could not recall the entire title, and if he
ever ran into it again he would get it.
along a copy of the front and back covers and the inside
story on VMB 613. He did say that this book does not
cover as well as the other one he has on VMB 613.
Willis called and said greetings to all. He reported
that he still hasn’t fully recovered from his severe truck
accident but his work requirements necessitated that he
continue the march and keep his customers fully supplied
with their agricultural needs.
He gave a
very fascinating report on his agricultural products which
farmers in his state and other states close by claim are
outstanding. His products allow the farmers/ranchers
to get an outstanding yield on their plant growth. I just
wish that I could fully understand the total magnitude of
the products which he described.
joining VMB 613 Cliff was attached to the 4th MAW
Headquarters at Kwajalein. Recently he was looking
though his Marine Scrap Book and noticed that he had
duplicates of a picture or two and offered them to us.
I accepted his offer and will use them in a future letter to
bring back memories of another part of the island that we
undoubtedly passed many a time without realizing who unit
owned the tents.
and Mary Jason send their regards to all. They have
continued to remain busy in getting squared away in their
new quarters. Harlan reported that he is still hanging
Mary Jane Lewis reported in and send their regards to all.
Jim is starting to feel better and has even started to put
some weight on. He is going to be cautious though and
try to remain slim, he has grown to like the “slim” look.
has tried to become her old self in regards to traveling.
She realized that the seats at the airports were meant to be
used so she got in the habit of using them whenever she saw
an empty one.
Wilda Chappell send their best to all. Although things
continue well with them John still has to watch his
movements. He is very frail and gets along with a cane
while Wilda uses a walker.
Nasta says hello and regards to all. He is still around.
Edith reported that her fingers which were hit by the storm
door several months ago are almost on the mend. One
finger is still a little bothersome and hopefully it will
get around to being normal soon.
said his medical routine with the VA ended up with no
requirement for a pacemaker so he was enthused over that.
If he could figure out how to walk and move around without
using a cane he would really be happier.
still able to drive but has to use caution to prevent any
mishaps on the road. This allows him some freedom from
house confinement but he still limits the length of his
mentioned that his area of Staten Island has been getting
some 40 mph winds. Hopefully it won’t turn into a
and Avis Gravello say hello and regards to all. They
have a good year health wise and reported that they now have
two more great granddaughters.
Longenberger says hello and regards to all. He is
still kicking, able to get up and go but he doesn’t go far
just to make sure that he can get back.
Brown sends his best to all and reports that all continues
well with him.
Pasachnik says hi to all. He is doing pretty good and
hopes that he can do even better in the future. His
wife has been having health problems and appears to be on
the road to recovery.
Bozic says hello and regards to all. He is feeling
fairly decent and has to accommodate the idiosyncrasy of his
legs failing to respond to certain commands when moving.
Going up or down a step or trying to maintain his balance on
uneven ground requires the use of a cane. He is
scheduled for a cataract operation which will give him more
confidence in reading or watching TV.
Frank Robinson who says that he is feeling pretty good and
sends his best to all. He endeavors to get some
exercise with walking on the grounds.
Riggle says hello and regards to all. Every thing is
continuing well with him.
Jacus says hello and best wishes to all and that all is OK
with him. Alice has been fighting some health problems
but it appears that they will be disappearing soon.
heard from John Peterson who reported that all is well with
him but Jane isn’t doing too well and needs our support in
the way of prayers.
granddaughter went on line and pulled up the VMB 613 Website
and she ran off a lot of pages for him. He said “Way
along some articles one on the Warbirds who have a B-25D
(flying) and one other is about a resurrected SBD.
Cosbey says hello and best regards to all. He is still
working in his son’s shop for three or four hours a day and
than goes home to recuperate. Arthritis is starting to
plague his legs which slows him down when walking, however,
he can still drive the car without any problems.
received a roster of the Motor Transport Section from Robert
Yanacek which brought back a lot of memories when he saw the
names and was able to identify them with some pictures. He
was able to come up with his MOS from reading the roster.
He didn’t know what he was numerically until he reviewed the
Beggs says hello and regards to all. He is still
waiting for a roofer to show up and make permanent repairs
to his roof damage. Shingles are scarce and roofers
are very busy. He and Anne are thankful that the rains
are few and the light so far.
Yanacek our webMaster reported that VMB 613's website
received another compliment when a person from New Britain,
CT who is active in The Library of Congress Oral History
Projects pulled it down and fully reviewed it.
site provided this person with a wealth of information about
the unit and the compliment was “what a terrific web site”.
This person was conducting interviews with veterans and was
able to video tape an interview with a member of VMB 613.
webmaster, Robert Yanacek, found the following website which
is full of information on the World War II Marine Corps.
The webmaster, Mark Flowers, a former Navy corpsman.
This link also contains other great Marine Corps web sites.
Robert is going to request that VMB 613 be given a link on
his website. Here is the link:
corresponding with Mark “Doc” Flowers of the aforementioned
website he was told that Doc had lived on Ponape during the
1990's and saw the excellent work done by the squadron.
lived in Pohnpei in 1996-1997 while she was working on the
Federated States of Micronesia Cultural Museum (which later
got wrecked in a typhoon). While there she went up to
the old Japanese AA positions outside of Kolonia, the
Capital. Although his wife is no military expert she
sure knew those things were blown all to heck. He said
that he bets VMB 613 did some of the shooting at them.
613 website will have a link on the Marine Corps Legacy
Museum Web Site in Harrison, Arkansas which is about 150
miles from Newport, Arkansas.
Yanacek has also written to the author of the book entitled
Leatherneck Bombers and outlined errors on the cover
illustration of his book regarding our PBJ-1H aircraft.
His comments were acknowledged by the author Alan Carey.
is hitting our website with a Google Search looking for
Oscar C. Allifie who was a armorer-turret gunner with VMB
613. He transferred out prior to Newport. If any
one can recall where he lived perhaps we can get in touch
with him and let him know that someone is trying to reach
years ago a member of VMB 613 who was in the video recording
business was able to copy Doc Scott’s colored 8mm movie
films taken at Kwaj onto a video tape. Members were
invited to purchase them and I was one of them.
recently loaned it to Robert Yanacek for possible inclusion
of some shots in our WEB page and he was able to make copies
of it with some of his equipment. He said that it was
an outstanding video.
member desires to purchase a copy the price is $6.25.
Please forward your payment to Robert Yanacek at:
Point, NC 27966-9601