Memo To: All The Santa Claus Helpers
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
Received a message from Cliff Dotson who mentioned that many
of our comrades during reunion conversation in the PBJ
Lounge tried to remember the band that first recorded the
"Sentimental Journey" late in 1945. As a result of his
memories of listening to that beautiful song just before the
Japanese surrender announcement on Al Rothenback's
short-wave radio he continued to think about it. (He refers
back to our Web Site, Personal Memories).
Some thought the band was the Glenn Miller Band, Bob
Polakowski researched the question and came up with the
answer that was Tommy Dorsey's orchestra. After the
reunion Cliff researched the question and found that the
correct answer to the query was Les Brown and his Band of
Renown. Les Brown and two others composed the lyrics.
Doris Day was the vocalist who is still living.
Cliff confirmed this information with Patsy's niece who was
a musical producer for CBS and later Readers Digest.
Doris Day produced an album of WWII songs in the early
sixties while she was still with CBS, including Sentimental
Journey that was included in her album.
Cliff said that he thought that the reunion was great
despite the fact that many of our comrades who could not
attend for various reasons are still out there. He
thinks of them frequently.
He further mentioned that although the time he spent in the
Marine was less than 4% of his life it has had a
disaportinuate impact on his life today as he reflects back
over the years including the opportunity to attend college
which he was certain he would not have been able to do.
"That is why I am always glad that I can, if I wanted to,
add USMC after my name."
We also heard from another VMB 613 members son. Will
N. Semple the son of Staff Sergeant William S. Semple.
He is extremely excited that he found a website that finally
connects the pieces that he has been looking for about his
fathers military service.
He has been very enthusiastic about WWII warbirds as long as
he can remember and he now works as an airframe power plant
mechanic for a major air line.
Also, he was sorry he found out about our association so
late because he would have loved to attend the reunion and
gotten to meet some of the people his father served with.
His Dad died on July 21, 1996 due to a massive stroke.
He thanks us for filling in all the things that his Dad just
never got around to telling him about the squadron. He
will be receiving some squadron history data in the very
near future that will really be of interest to him.
Will, in closing his letter says thank you guys again for
every thing and for serving this country with honor and
pride. It makes me feel good to know that my father
was a part of this.
I had informed Doc Protheroe of Will Semple getting touch
with us. Will's Dad was on Doc's crew and Doc sent him
a picture of the Crew which included his Dad's presence.
Doc was also going to give him some information relative to
pulling down more information from our WEB site.
Doc also sent along Brooke Ligon's WEB Site address for her
Dad, which is
It is tremendous site in memory of "Arkie" Ligon.
Doc sent his regards to all and said that they would be
leaving for Florida in a few days and would return the end
Attached to this letter are pictures of Yemassee, S.C. one
of which shows Doc Protheroe. The pictures were taken
back in 1995 by Jane but still bring back memories to those
of us who stopped off their for further transportation to
Parris Island. A newspaper article accompanies the
We also received correspondence from another member of the
VMB 613 family.
Bill Gaynor wrote that Robert Litzau is his wife's
grandfather. He is currently working on getting him a
flight jacket for his patch, his name tag and the memories.
He has talked to Robert Litzau many times and gets real
enthused about hearing of WWII from a person who was
In zooming around on our Website he found a picture of
Robert's plane called 8-ball. The name of Jack Barton
and the fact that he lived in Arizona was amazing to him
that Robert could still be in contact with his fellow
Marines from WWII. He said that he had to tell us
about his fascination for our WEB Site and how much he is
finding all of this information fascinating.
Received a message from Lloyd McDaniel who said that he was
sorry he could not get to the reunion. He had problems
getting various things squared away and then it was suddenly
too late to go. He also had to miss the 16th
Infantry Battalion reunion that was held in Indianapolis.
He has started to lay plans for the next one.
He is sure that everyone had a good time and again he can
only say that he wishes he was there and he did think of
everyone during the reunion.
Foster Cummings says hello and Happy Birthday to all.
He had his annual Marine Corps Birthday Celebration at his
home with a large turn out. Joe and Rita McDonald made
it down from New Hampshire and were the VMB 613 Reps's from
out of Town.
He also attended the large Marine Corps Birthday Celebration
in Boston and although he didn't have the exact head count
in attendance he multiplied the number of tables by the
number of seats at each and came up with a figure close to
Bob Polakowski sent Marine Corps Birthday greetings to all.
He said that he would be calling Foster Cummings, RL Marx
and Doc and Jane Protheroe also. He hoped that he
would be able to contact Doc before he left for Florida.
Nick Bozic sends his best to all, and for all to have a
Merry Christmas. He was sorry that he couldn't attend
the reunion, problems walking, but he was sure that everyone
in attendance had a wonderful time.
He reported that in three weeks he will be 85 years old but
is still able to move around, even though slowly. He
is catching up on the election results and is waiting to see
if new partisan politics will come into play.
Received word that Jim Packard came down with pneumonia but
he is on the road to recovery. He sends his regards to
Jim "JD" Garls sends Marine Corps Birthday greetings to all.
He said that the temperature at the time of his writing was
in the high seventies in Pekin, IL.
The weatherman was predicting rain and cold weather for the
next day though.
Jim's monstrous shade trees were very productive this year
and he had helpers raking up the leaves. At the time
of writing they had filled over thirty or more 30
gallon sacks with leaves, and the job was not even close to
being done. He said OH for the good old days when they
raked them into a pile in the unpaved street and then set
them on fire.
CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER
Thirteen years ago Tracie Bell came up with a great idea to
help replenish the Yakawich Fund. This idea was to
have members contribute to the VMB 613 Yakawich Fund the
equivalent Postage and Christmas Card Costs associated with
their Xmas season mail outs to squadron members with the
names of the contributors and their individual message.
We have had excellent responses to this great idea over the
years. If the interest continues this season I will
make a mail out the last week of November. MARK YOUR
CALENDARS. For those interested please send your
greeting message and contributions and I will add you to the
Christmas Seasons Greeting List.
Stan Richardson continues in rehab due to his health problem
getting out of hand. He is feeling stronger and able
to walk a little by himself. He still has a guide at
his side to assist him in a wheel chair. There are
still physical movements that he isn't able to do by himself
but he does make an attempt to improve in that area.
The use of the wheel chair helps him in his physical
improvement. His wife said that he is very alert and
they take wheel chair strolls through the grounds on a daily
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
Mary Jane Lewis sent along a note and said that Jim is
progressing very slowly from his hip operation. His
physical therapy has now become limited which has caused him
to remain very, very, immobile. Hopefully more
positive reports will be forthcoming on his recovery.
John Aymen has reached a recovery point wherein it is
thought that he can leave the Nursing Center. He is
better than he was and he shows signs of getting stronger.
Although it was thought that he would be home by now his
release date from the Nursing Center hospital was extended a
few weeks. He should be home though by the time this
letter is received by All Hands.
It is anticipated that he will have a walking problem and
will have to endeavor to ward off infection attacks. A
wheel chair will be available for him to use when he feels
that he has to take a rest from endeavoring to walk.
Hopefully he will be able to get his appetite on the upward
swing on his return home.
John sends his regards to all through his wifes telecon with me.
Our Webmaster has been upgrading the quality of our website to
give it a more professional appearance. This upgrade
program is still in process and all members will be able to
notice the change in appearance.
The format of the entire website has been redesigned to give it
a more professional appearance. This was accomplished with
the initial assistance of a group of web developers in New
Zealand who offered their help. Using their concept on the
page layout a rather laborious process of re-doing each page of
the website was accomplished by using a new template.
Although this process is not yet complete, 75 percent has been
completed. The remained should be completed within a few
These changes will make the WEB Site more friendly to all
browser platforms. Our WEB Site is now one of the best web
sites throughout the world as it now conforms to the standards
of the World Wide Consortium (W3C) for Hyper-Text Markup
Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
Use this address
to locate new information and paragraphs and then depress the
"Recently Update Pages" link in the center of the page.
Reunion photographs from our 2006 Chattanooga Reunion maybe
viewed at the following links:
The pictures were provided by Robert Klinke and Doc Protheroe
and are excellent photographs and are greatly appreciated.
The final item that was added a few months ago was the
"VMB-613 Semper Fidelis Awards Program". This program
serves to recognize other web sites and their respective
webmasters for their outstanding efforts in presenting military
and/or naval subject matter in an outstanding manner.
Those deemed worthy receive a small VMB-613 graphic image for
display on their websites. J.D. Garls has been assisting
Robert Yanacek in the evaluation of each award application.
A number of new photographs will be added to the website in the
very near future. These pictures were submitted by Robert
Klinke and the Marines in the photographs were identified by Doc