All The Santa Claus Helpers
MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Hope that all had an opportunity to attend a Marine
Corps Birthday event in your local area. We had an
evening banquet here in Santa Fe with about 65 Marines
present with guests.
Foster Cummings attended a Marine Corps Banquet in
Boston that had a large turnout. This event has
become a standard event for their area and attendance is
closely monitored to make sure that the dining facility
can accommodate all that want to attend.
Foster Cummings also had his annual Marine Corps event
at his home with a large attendance of Marines in
Bob Polakowski called to inform us that we should be hearing
from our contact for the reunion. This individual a
former WWII Marine has been instrumental in helping Marine
organizations get oriented with the motel(s) in our planned
This person is a member of a WWII Marine Unit who has been
handling arrangements for his own squadron, and is aware of
the information that we need to know regarding
administrative matters and other important things. He
has told us that a two bedroom goes for $59.00.
Another advantage of the location is that there is a lot to
see without having to do much traveling.
It would be appreciated if members would let me know if they
are interested in attending so that we would could discuss
the logistic matters with The Cross Road Inn. Additional
responses from the prospective attendees would be
appreciated so that plans, arrangements etc. could be
Some members have already started to alert us as to their
ability to attend.
Heard from Doc Protheroe who sends his best to all.
Everything remains well at Hilton Head he reported.
He and Jane were in the process of getting ready to
leave for Florida on the 14th.
Jane sent along a newspaper article of interest that
appeared in their local newspaper. This article
covered the awarding of a Bronze Star to a Marine Staff
Sergeant. He defused road side bombs saving lives
Their daughter Nancy, who lives in the Quanitco-Washington,
D.C. area sent them a section of The Patriot, her local
newspaper, which had several articles of interest on the
Jim Garls reports that all is well in Pekin and although
his mobility is limited, he feels fine. Not that
he is sick though, he has a very sore left knee and a
troublesome right hip that make walking very difficult
and dictate the use of a walker.
He is able to move short distances without the use of a
cane and can use an electric scooter when out of doors.
This he uses quite a bit to take Ossie for his daily
walk around the block. He can’t use the scooter in
the house though because he doesn’t have a ramp that
would allow him to ride it into the house.
He was able to renew his driver’s license and is no
longer dependant on his niece for special errands and
the like. He has been able to use the electric
carts at WalMart so he keeps his eyes open for the
parking spaces close to the Stores entrance.
He also reported that the green of the trees is being
replaced by all varieties of colors as autumn
progresses. He is now waiting for all the leaves
to fall off of his seven Maple trees so that he can make
but one major pick up of them for disposal. When
that is done than he can expect the first snow fall.
He hoped that no 613 Members were in the range of or
victims of the California forest fires.
Bob Grice sends his regards to all. He sent along
a newspaper article on the passing of a World War II
Army Air Force Major General. This General has
been given credit for pioneering “Skip Bombing” of
Japanese ships in the South Pacific during World War II.
He flew 219 missions while piloting the B-25 Mitchell
Homer Anderson sends his regards to all and hopes that
the squadron is hail and hardy. He reports that he
and Jane are doing OK for old folks and will be
celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary
Their City of Santee was spared from the big fire storm
but it did come within five miles of their locale.
They did get a lot of heavy smoke and ash-fall out
Randy Clow sends his regards to all. All is OK
with them and they are getting around very well.
Lloyd McDaniel sends his best to all. They are on
the most part OK, Edna, however, has her good days and
bad days. He sent along a sheet of Marine aviation
squadron emblems all printed in color which he found
stored in some old records. His copy had ink notes
close to some of the squadron insignias which indicated
the squadron numbers. The PBJ units were all
identified. This was printed in 1944 and I
remember it being sold at the Cherry Point PX or one
could purchase it through the Leatherneck Magazine.
Robert Klinke says hello and regards to all. He
also sent along the following message relative to Xmas
When you are making out your Christmas Card list this
year, please include the following address on your
A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20307-5001
Cliff Dotson says hello and regards to all. He
enjoyed reading the September 3, 1945 edition of the
Hourglass. To him it is a very historic document
and he printed several copies for his friends in
Birmingham and sent an e-mail copy to his brother in
Tuscaloosa who was in the thick of it as a machine
gunner in the 2nd Marine Division.
He reported that Patsy and he have no major health
problems, other then the usual aches and pains that go
along with age. This has slowed down his tennis
playing due to a shoulder injury which is getting better
each day. He was glad that it is only tendonitis
and not a rotor cuff situation requiring surgery.
For those who want to relive some of Kwaj events he sent
along information on “A Simple WIND-POWERED Washing
Machine That You Can Build”. This data contained
memories to those who served in the South Pacific
without wringer washers - let alone today’s automatic
wonders and the various energy sources to operate the
This accompanying diagram provides information with
measurements to allow all to build a simple wind powered
He reported that his area of the state has been in a
deep drought situation and restrictions are in effect
for watering lawns, this includes the specified days
that they can water.
Tom and Connie Lahart send their regards to all. They
had a beautiful summer and their leaves are still green.
They are still active and have been going on many day
trips plus a few over night ones. Their health has
Received a medical report on Herb Schwartz. He has
been hospitalized for kidney stones but is doing much better
now - especially since he is home. He still has some
follow up visits with the doctor and some more treatment
maybe needed. Other than that, all is well with him
Arthur W. Parker son of a former 613'er Arthur F. Parker
sent along a letter informing us that his folks went on a
trip to Washington, D.C. and then had a visit with them at
his home in PA. on their return trip home.
He had a great in length discussion re: VMB 613 and his
father’s time at Kwajalein. Arthur the son is making a
scrap book with all the great pictures from the VMB 613's
website. He is finishing off the book presentation
with a VMB 613 Hat Pin as a birthday present.
He reported that his Dad and Mom are both doing great and
have lived in Florida for the past 23 years. He
thanked us for the great pictures.
Alice Bernard sends her regards to all. She enjoys
getting the monthly newsletter. She is feeling quite
well and continues to live in an Assisted Living home which
is a little different than her own home, but it does give
her an opportunity to relax a little.
Received word from Gail King, daughter of Gilbert Thomas,
that her mother Martha D. Thomas passed away on October 17,
2007 at the Patty A. Clay Hospital in Richmond,
Our webmaster received a letter from Lorraine A. Raccuia,
the daughter of a squadron member by the name of
Alexander Mislow. She said that her Dad had passed
away 10 August 1956. Our webmaster reported that he
was an aircraft mechanic in the Engineering Department and
that his nickname was “Sonny”. If any members have a
picture(s) of him or any data that our webmaster can use to
add to our existing records please let me know.
I spoke to James “Red” Nelson who sends a HOWDY
TO All. He has been released from the hospital and
Nursing Home hence he is at home. He continues to
have walking problems
which means that he has to have rehab treatment wherein
it will give help to his efforts to practice walking,
and endeavor to get movement for his legs.
His major areas to improve continue to be his left leg,
ankle, foot, and arm which are still partially
paralyzed. He sounded outstanding considering his
Bob Longenberger sends his regards to all. He has
been in the hospital off and on for several months but
is now at home. Rose Marie though has been in and
out of the hospital 12 times in 2 years and is home
recovering from medical problems.
Received an update on Stan Richardson from Peach
Richardson. The minor infection that was giving
him problems had been eliminated from his system.
He is still bothered by pulmonary proboscis
He is still endeavoring to stay ahead of the main health
problem that has been bothering him. 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
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
He is still enthused over his two Marine Corps caps that he
has plus some other Marine Corps items. They change
the appearance of his hospital room. Plus he has a
choice of choosing one Marine Corps cap over the other for
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