Memo To: All The Late Season Snow Shovellers
Many thanks for the Holiday Greeting cards that were
received during the Christmas Season.
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
Doc Protheroe says hello to all. He gave Lester
"Robbie" Robinson a call in December and reported
that he sounded much improved compared to the time he
spoke with him several months ago. A year ago
January he had a two week stay in the hospital and then
two weeks of therapy. At present he is slow
getting around but much improved physically.
Doc also offered some data on the Parris Island platoon
photos. Many years ago countless recruit photos
were destroyed in a fire on the island. Although
he did check several times to confirm dates that were
missing he cannot at this time remember them. So
if anyone endeavors to get a platoon picture and they
tell you that they don't have it, the fire probably took
care of it.
Doc also mentioned that thanks to the good work of
Robert Yanacek, Bill Semple's son and daughter were able
to find a picture of their father's air crew which they
had never seen before. Will Semple, the son,
followed the photo back to our Web Site and he had the
thrill to find the squadron's history.
Bill Barber sends his Christmas Greetings to
all. All is going well with him and he sent along
his e mail address which has been added to our list that
appears in the newsletter.
Homer Anderson reports that all is well in the Anderson
household and he sent greetings to the gang.
Frank Carthey sends his best wishes for a great '07!
They had a Marine Corps Birthday event in his area which
was the first one they have had in many years.
They did have a decent turnout of 23 Marines but only
two of World War II vintage. Some of the attendees
were active duty Marines (3), plus two fathers whose
sons are fighting in Iraq.
The local Recruiters from a nearby town contributed a
box of favors, including t-shirts, lanyard and traveling
mugs all with the Marine Corps emblem.
The County Veteran's Service Officer gave them a list of
30 names of Marines that no one on the current committee
knew about. They will be invited to the affair
Frank said that a good time was had by all and plans are
to make sure that it develops into a yearly party.
Received a letter from Joel and Eric York who reported
that they had made the move to Salt Lake City.
This move allows them to be closer to their two sons.
They are now living in a Senior Citizen complex which
After living in their home in Napa, CA for over 47 seven
years they found that they had a lot of furniture plus
miscellaneous household and gardening items that they
had to dispose of. This took some time and they
were able to dispose of it by sale and outright gifts to
neighbors. Then they made their move. They
send their best regards to all.
Tom Honan sent a Happy New Year to all of the VMB
613'ers. He reported that all is well with the
Honan family. He said that he was sorry that he
was unable to attend the recent reunion but he hopes to
make the next one. Their oldest grandson got
married and they had to attend the ceremonies.
John and Dotti Roberson send their regards to all.
Bob Longenberger sends greetings to all 613'ers.
Things have been going well with him especially since
the weather has been in the 50/60 degree range, an early
spring for a few weeks anyway.
Rose Marie has been having some medical problems which
has caused a few hospital trips. She is again
starting to feel up beat so they hope that all that has
been bothering her system has been medically overcome.
Received a call from Carmine Nasta who sends his best to
all. He called because he heard that we had some
snow in my area and he wanted to know how much came
down. I gave him the varied depths in the
neighborhood which averaged out to be about 31 inches.
He said that he had just returned from making a blood
donation which he does on a scheduled basis on Staten
Island. He prefers that location rather than going
mainland into the city, less confusion.
His area of Staten Island is presently in a heat wave
which is really unusual for his area. So unusual
that wild turkeys have made it from the wilderness into
civilization. Not to be undone, deer,
raccoons and even black bears have made it into
civilization all looking for food.
He reported that he saw some animals that he never saw
before and was going to have check some animal books to
endeavor to identify them.
From the wild animals we went on to 613 members whose
names just came forth like a computer turned loose.
His memory was really outstanding as he recalled where
they worked and then meeting a lot of them at the
I received an e mail from my daughter in Rhode Island
and she was perplexed about the early summer they were
having, temperatures in the 70's, flowers blooming et
al. That reminded me of Doc Protheroe at the other
end of the east coast in Florida and his past weather
I called him to see how they were doing and if they
anticipated any severe weather problems this year.
He said that all was well with them and the weather
bureau hadn't come out with any hurricane predictions
for them to review.
Doc says hello and regards to all.
Foster Cummings sends his regards to all. He
contacted DC Clay after the reunion and found out he had
returned home safe and sound. DC did have some
automotive problems on the way home. He went to
the correct dealership and they fixed the problem only
to have it reoccur a few hundred miles later. The
second dealer determined that the first dealer didn't
complete the repair properly which necessitated the
second repair. The second repair was completed
properly and this dealer was going to bill the first
dealership for improperly repairing, left a part out, in
his haste to complete.
DC's family were happy to see him show up safe and sound
after a short delay on the way home.
Foster has also heard from Joe McDonald and Rita and
they are both moving about OK. Rita has been able
to get out which makes them extra happy.
Cliff Willis called and said regards to all. His
area of Iowa hasn't had any snow but a lot of severe
In the last news letter we had some pictures of El Toro
activities which brought memories to him. His
destination after we returned from Kwaj was El Toro
where he spent three months on special assignments.
One of the assignments was at the Link Trainer facility
where he had to monitor the activities of the students
to make sure that they properly performed the
assignments. He did find some deviations and had
to report them, but most of the students performed as
Heard from John Aymen who sends his regards to all.
He was recently released from the hospital again and is
endeavoring to regain a full recovery. At present
he has trouble walking so things go slowly. He is
fighting an infection that doesn't want to go away.
Joe Yakawich says hello and regards to all. He
said he is still hanging in there and has been out
walking the dog for some exercise.
He has deferred some of his winter ice fishing due to
slipping and falling and injuring his shoulder which is
another reason for walking the dog.
His art show is Billings, MT was a great success.
Visitors came from other states such as North Dakota and
Wyoming to review his works of art.
He has been to two of his grandsons weddings in fact he
had just returned from one when we talked.
New people who saw and liked his artwork, and requested
that he paint certain pictures for them which he now
does on a scheduled basis so as to maintain the required
quality they are looking for.
He also finds time to work on his model airplanes.
He has finished fourteen and still has plans to continue
on some new models that he hasn't made before.
The family is OK and doing well, but the weather isn't
cooperating. The temperature keeps falling and
they have been warned that it will be 15- 20 degrees
below zero the night of the day we spoke. This
means a higher gas bill he said. Other than that
every thing is fine.
Willie Roose send his best to all. He sent me a
picture of Waxie Prankard in full color and I will have
to get it touched up for reproduction to all hands in
Willie says that he remains in touch with John Peterson
as well as Waxie. An opportunity to go back a few
years on different events that they still remember.
Heard from Jim Packard who says hello and regards to
all. Jim remembered that I was looking for the
name of a squadron member and he finally remembered it
and sent it along. The name of the squadron member
was Horvath, a squadron Cook, who used to serve them
special delicacies (at least when on the island) when
they were assigned to the last Duty Shift of the day.
Just like eating up town he said.
Bob Litzau sends his regards to all. He has heard from
GI Feid and will be writing back to him real soon. He
sent me GI's mail address just to make sure that my records
were up to date.
The year 2006 was a very difficult and trying time for the
family. His daughter passed away the Saturday after
Thanksgiving after a fifteen month battle with leukemia.
He said that he would really miss her Marine Corps spirit
especially when she sang the Marine Corps Hymn. She
was proud to be the daughter of a Maine and during high
school she wore his wigs on her high school sweater.
One of his grandchildren found the VMB 613 Web Page and
became fascinated with it. They found his airplane and
have been bombarding him with questions about World War II.
He said that he really enjoyed responding to their questions
and they have continued to come up with real
interesting subjects to which he gave a lot of thought in
Heard from Bob Polakowski who says hello and regards to all.
Nothing too new in Wisconsin so far. The winter
weather has been slow in arriving and everyone is waiting
for the snow to arrive. Their temperatures have been
high though in comparison to normal winters. Everyone
is waiting for the usual minus zero temperatures to arrive.
To maintain his good health he has been going to the local
Mall and walking about a mile and one half a day. He
said that walking inside at this time of year is much better
than walking outside.
Vern Beggs sent me an interesting e mail regarding Kwajalein
today. Included therewith was some information regarding job
opportunities at Kwaj.
Pull down the following address and using your computer
knowledge you should be able to get to the listing of jobs
Condolences from squadron members:
To the family of James Lewis who died on Tuesday,
December 12, 2006. Jim had been recovering from
surgery for several months and appeared to be making
some headway in recovering but just couldn't hold on
long enough to make the complete recovery.
To the family of Harlan Jason who died on Thursday
January 4, 2007. Harlan had suffered from
different ailments during the last ten years, but he
spent a very happy last year at the MN Veterans Home in
Minneapolis where he passed away peacefully in his
Received an update on Stan Richardson who continues in
rehab due to his health problems. He is continuing
to hold his own and remains alert which means that he
doing pretty good.
Stan is still physically limited to how far he can walk
and really has to watch it so that he can maintain his
He continues to feel stronger and endeavors to try physical
activity such as walking by himself (again paying close
attention to the walking distance). A guide remains in
contact to assure that he doesn't lose his balance etc.
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