NOTES FROM MEMBERS
a phone call from RL Marx who says greetings to all.
He and Alice were in the process of packing their sea bags
for a departure to Arizona. They are of the opinion
that the weather maybe a little warmer than Iowa for a few
months. Their planned take off is around the 12 of
intrigued by the book mentioned in the last newsletter that
two members had mentioned. That book title was put on
his obtain and read list. In turn he highly recommends
Delivered From Evil by Robert Leckie. This book covers
every campaign of the US Marine Corps during WWII starting
of course with the first campaign.
obtained a soft cover copy and is in the process of trying
to get a hard back copy for his library. I called the
Marine Corps Association Library to see if they had a hard
back copy but received negative results. They did
check the NET while I was on the line but didn’t have any
success in locating a supplier.
McCune sends his regards to all and wishes everyone a happy
and healthy New Year. He and Margaret are eagerly
waiting for the Reunion in May.
a great annual report on the events for Herb and Susanna
during the year 2003. They had already informed us of
their trip to Sweden in this report they mentioned all the
cities and towns that they visited. It was like taking
a course in ancient European History. They had a great
time visiting with relatives and friends returning home with
a lot of memories.
going on the trip Herb had to have surgery and on his return
more surgery. He survived both of them. They
also attended a lot of family get-togethers and then went to
Sue’s WWII Flight Nurse Convention with the Society of
Retired Air Force Nurses.
Dotson sends regards to all and says that he will be at the
reunion. His brother who served with 2nd
Marine Division as a machine gunner from Tarawa to Japan
will in attendance with him. He hopes that Tom Honan
will be able to make the reunion also. They were good
buddies in the VMB 613 days.
year has been a great one for Patsy and he as they continued
to be blessed with good health, friends, and being able to
continue their physical routine. For him this means
playing tennis early each weekday weather permitting and
then visits to their fitness center at least three times a
week plus yard work. He still gets call for consulting
jobs in metallurgical failure analysis which keep his brain
power on the go.
to the future they are giving consideration to building a
new home in the year 2004. This one will have fewer
steps to climb for entrance or exit and also they will give
up a lot of their gardening space to reduce the gardening
an e mail from Robert J. Yanacek son of Paul Yanacek (VMB
613 ORD). He had found our reunion notice in a
veterans magazine from the year 2002 and wanted to check out
and see if we were still up and running. He reported
that all continues well with his Dad.
retired from the Marine Corps as a Master Sergeant and is
now living in North Carolina. Over the years he has
been endeavoring to locate history items concerning VMB 613
several of which he has e mailed to me.
interim I loaned him my copy of VMB 613 History which he
received. He started reading it as soon as he arrived
home from work and was up till 3:00AM reading it. It
was well worth it though he said. He couldn’t believe
the amount of information and work that went into the book.
It is really a tribute to the Marines of VMB 613. He
plans to read it through again over the next few days.
also planning on setting up a website for 613 and we will be
hearing more of it as time goes on.
also sent me a new letterhead for our newsletter which has a
front view of the PBJ1H with props spinning and the radar
dome on the right wing tip.
Russell says hello and regards to all. Hopes to see
all at the reunion.
says hello and regards to all. All is well with
him except for some impaired eye sight and hearing loss.
He still drives but limits the driving to familiar roads.
He will be 98 years of age in August 2004.
stayed behind after we left for the states and he saw some
of our planes partially skidded down on the beach. In
looking through and around the debris he found a magnetic
compass which he salvaged and used for years on his boat in
Maine for several years. He proved that it could be used on
the sea as well as in the air. He then saw the remains
of the PBJs pushed into the ocean.
then transferred to Engebi where he was Chief Medical
Officer. Orders were then received to totally strip
the island which meant that he had to dump an entire
hospital into the lagoon.
embarked on the Anti-Aircraft Cruiser Oakland and shipped to
San Diego. While on the way back he had to perform an
operation - gangrenous appendix. The patient who was a
Marine had a full recovery.
Chrisman reports that all continue well in Arizona and he is
keeping the temperature turned up for RL and Alice Marx.
He sends his regards to all.
Nasta called and we had a great discussion over some VMB 613
pictures that one of his sons mailed to him. The
pictures were primarily of the Kwaj Squadron area most of
which were in the book that Lt Col O’Reilly had published
after we returned to the states.
interesting putting names to some of the faces Carmine
reported in the departmental pictures and even while talking
I was able to add a few more names to some of the
individuals in the pictures.
is going to send me the pictures so that I can bring them to
the reunion for all hands to look at.
sends his regards to all.
Longenberger reports that he is still alive and kicking but
not too high. His operation is OK and his back is
getting better but not as fast as he thinks it should.
As result he has to be do things in low gear for fear of
by Christmas without any snow which allowed the snow from
the beginning of the month to suffice for the season.
He and Rose Marie are getting along as good as can be
Milhousen reports that all is calm and quiet in Schaumberg.
The weather has been warm for this time of year, no real
snow as of the time of writing.
in condition he bowls three times a week. Even though
he has been doing this routinely his average has fallen off
a good ten points. Jim sends his best regards to all.
Litzau sends his regards to all. He said that his
memory never fails him particularly during the Thanksgiving
and Christmas periods when he thinks of the George W. Julian
and the excitement when we should have been paid submarine
duty for the few alerts that we had to undergo.
still involved in reading the history of Marine Aviation in
WWII in the Pacific and includes the activities of 613 in
all of his thoughts.
that recommends to all are (1) Early Birds by G.J.
Halpern ISBN-0-525-93134-1, and (2) Spirits In The Sky
- Classic aircraft of World War II ISBN 0-86101-578-9.
sent along the following quiz of Sea Lore for the Sea Going
French language of the sea “Maidez” Help Me Became
Place on deck of old warships where crew could talk
without being heard by Officers -or- Butt Barrel was
fresh drinking water storage. The opening was
called the Scuttle - the Sailors passed gossip as
they drank thus became scuttlebutt.
Sailor shrewd enough to grab a SLACK SHEET.
While some one else sweats lines to haul and raise
Crew relieves themselves from the bowsprit shroud
near the boom figurehead.
News directly from Captain as he stands above crew
on Poop Deck.
Pull Your Own Weight
Pulling yourself up the shrouds.
Three Sheets To Te Wind
Something wrong with the rigging: Square Rigger can
be only two sheets - so the sail must have been
rigged by a drunk.
Navarre says hello and regards to all. He is feeling
well but doesn’t dare try to run the 220. He sent
along some newspaper clippings about some WWII Veterans
Reunions held in his area and also articles about the Marine
families coping with the deployment of family members to
Iraq and a few other places in the far off lands.
Additional articles were of the Commanding Generals
informing the troops of the need to be sensitive to the
natives of the lands that they are going to enter.
addition there was an article about the Marines tactics
being different from the U.S. Army tactics. The Marine
tactics will be laser precise with a maximum effort to avoid
endangering or humiliating civilians. They Marines
will be working with the Iraq police and will train and
equip an Iraqi force to take on insurgents.
Comer says hello to all and to remember that A Good Time
Will Be Had By All at the reunion.
Peterson sends his regards to all from the snow covered area
of Washington state. He said that they just got
through a brutal snow storm followed by a very brutal ice
storm. It was so bad they had to close the VFW Bar.
If all goes well he and Jane will be able to make it to the
McClain sends his regards to all and reports that all is
well in Godfrey.
wishes all the 613'ers a very healthy and Happy New Year.
He repots that he and Dot are fine, Dot has some problems
nothing really serious but just a little worrisome. They
are continuing to stay active with their Senior group plus
bowling along with their casino trips to Atlantic City to keep
the larder filled up.
sent along best wishes to all for a long, healthy, and happy
life. At their local Marine Corps League Marine Corps
Birthday Celebration they had a total of 45 Marines, wives, and
guests that attended. He was the oldest Marine with the
youngest at age 22.
At age 84 he
still remains quite active cutting up a few cords of fire word.
He made it a little easier this year by using a gasoline log
He went out
and got a knee replacement which has proven to be a great
improvement in his walking and moving around. He
experience very little pain and had a fast recovery. His
surgeon told him that it would last the rest of his life, but
didn’t clarify how long that might be.
reminisced about his early enlistment in February 1942 (Serial
Number 354334) when the pay was only $21.00 a month. His
first pay was for two months and that left him with $15.00 and
after paying for the bucket of necessities. Shortly after
that they got a tremendous pay raise up to a total of $50.00.
mentioned that he wasn’t in 613 when they were in the process of
disposing planes and equipment. He was at Kwaj but in a
fighter squadron and they were directed to strip the planes and
ship all the equipment to Roi and the rest of their planes were
pushed into the ocean over the reefs on the windward side of the
island into the deep six of the Pacific.
nice letter from the Butlers, John and Carol who send their best
wishes to all 613'ers for wondrous holiday season and safe New
Year. They will see all of us at the Reunion in May.
annual Seasonal missal they reported on the many doings of the
family during the year. All were very busy on family
get-togethers, trips and attendance at various sports events.
They even had the opportunity to go out on the USS Theodore
Roosevelt when it pulled in to Norfolk with Carol’s nephew on
his return from the Gulf.
This one day
trip on USS Theodore Roosevelt was great since the ship put on
an air operations demonstration. This added to the
excitement of being aboard the ship.
Jim and Mary
Jane Lewis send their regards to all. May Jane was able to
recover from her knee operation quicker than anticipated which
allowed them the go to Texas for their annual winter vacation.
They should be back home in March.
called and sends his best regards to all. All the
residents of his area are excited because they had their first
rain fall of the season which amounted to one inch. The
ground let it sink in very slowly so all are now hoping that it
will continue to arrive so they don’t run out of water during
the warm weather months.