Memo To: All The Arm Chair Quarterbacks
Many thanks to all for the phone calls, e mail messages, cards
and letters on the subject of New Years.
Heard from DC Clay who reported that he is now on the way to
recovery from a heart problem. He spent four days in the
hospital and they sent him home with a large box of pills to be
taken over a certain time span.
starting to feel better and is up and around at home, but he
doesn't try to do too much physical activity. He looked
out the window one morning and saw about six inches of snow on
the ground which he thought the sun should be able to handle.
The sun got involved and removed all of the snow. It was
the first snow he had seen out in Twenty-Nine Palms since about
starting to do his daily crossword puzzle one day and it
suddenly occurred to him that he couldn't determine where to
write the answers on the form. Other things in the room
looked strange so he made the decision to call for medical
assistance and they got him to the hospital.
He sends his
greetings to all.
Doc and Jane Protheroe who say hello and regards to all.
They will be staying in Hilton Head this Christmas due to the
damage done by the hurricane to their condo in Punta Gorda, FL.
Repairs are still in progress.
They hope to
get one trip in to Punta Gorda before Xmas just to see what
progress has been made in rehabilitating their condo.
says hello to all. He read with interest the newsletter he
received on October 28th wherein it mentioned that a VMB 613
model aircraft was on display at the aviation museum at
Lexington, KY. The builder may be the same man that met is
daughter several years ago while she was attending law school at
the University of Kentucky at Lexington.
wanted to build a model of a VMB 613 PBJ for the Lexington
airport display case. Using as an aid, pictures that Bill
sent his daughter, he was able to complete the model. His
daughter was able to obtain the model when it was completed, and
she gave it to Bill as a gift on her visit home. Bill took
some pictures of the model and sent two of them along to us.
He is of the
opinion that the model maker of his gift model is the same
person who built the model on display at the airport.
Cummings received a letter from a member of VMB 611 which
mentioned the Commemorative Air Force, Southern California Wing,
Camarillo, CA are undertaking a major project in restoring a
PBJ-1J aircraft, Bureau Number 35857 to honor those veterans
that served in VMB squadrons during WWII.
This team was
very enthusiastic about restoring this PBJ-1J as accurately as
possible, and they are anticipating using VMB 611 history as the
model to honor all VMB squadrons.
Heard fro Bob
and Helen Polakowski who send regards to all. He reported
that they had a great time at the Cummings' for the Birthday
over and back was as smooth as being in a PBJ. That was
his dream, not anyone else's. Actually he finished with --
it was very good.
that he is 90% recovered from his heart surgery of last July.
He was so confident of that fact, he shoveled 2 inches of heavy
wet snow off the walks and driveways of at least one-third of
the neighborhood. Great exercise, he said, coupled with
greater appreciation form the neighbors, especially from the
Joe and Dot
Waldowski send their best regards to all. They are doing
OK -- some minor problems, but nothing serious. They
remain active in their senior group and bowl once a week.
remembered seeing a picture of the B-25, Pacific Prowler, in one
of our newsletters. Recently, that B-25 was at an airport
near them so Joe went to see it and had a nice talk with the
crew, looked the plane over and it really looked great. He
also signed VMB 613 in the bomb bay. He also received a
nice letter from the Prowler Group in appreciation of his
interest and for being a crew member of a B-25.
Joe and Dot
also visited with Marie Timinskas, she is doing well, and spends
time doing things with her children.
Marian Kehr send their regards to all. Everything is going
along very well. They are still working on their
landscaping task around the house that they started months ago.
In a few days, they will be getting some professional
landscapers in to fully complete the tasks.
Doris McDearmon say hello and regards to all. The current
holiday plans for them means to spend Christmas with their
daughter in Miramar, FL. They will be driven both ways by
their grandson who is in college at Lynchburg, VA. They
are looking forward to some warmer weather.
Garls sends his regards to all. He is endeavoring to set
up a system wherein the snow will be easy to move around his
house this coming winter. Hopefully, he will only get
small amounts. When the weather gets too bad fro him to
navigate, he is able to fall back on his friendly relatives to
go out and do his required food shopping.
Schwertfager says hello and regards to all. Things remain
on the upswing in golf country, and hopefully he will be able to
swing the clubs during the holiday season.
sends his regards to all. He recently spent three weeks in
the hospital recuperating from a hip operation. This was
around Thanksgiving Day. He fell on the driveway at his
son's house and is now home recuperating. Unfortunately,
this is the leg where he had bone practically rubbing on bone,
so it isn't too easy trying to eliminate the pain. A
planned eye operation has been deferred until his system is up
Jim and Mary
Jane Lewis send their best to all. Mary Jane continues to
improve health wise and is on a non-supervised exercise routine
at home. Time will tell how successful she will be at this
sort of thing.
to be active in local events which really keeps them busy.
sends her best to all. She mentioned that Adam and Sarah,
who now live in Wichita, will be visiting. Adam attended
the San Diego reunion when he had just turned 16 and was
introduced to the Marines. Adam is now in the Marketing
Division of Learjet Sales, USA, a division of Bombardier
Aerospace. He really like his job which is is the backup
of the sales force throughout the country.
Robinson sends his regards to all. Everything is good all
the time, which makes for an easy way to get things
accomplished, including his exercise schedule. Hence, it
keeps him young.
says hello. She said that her home in Florida wasn't in
the path of the hurricane. She is giving serious
consideration to selling her Florida home and returning to live
in her condo in Rochester. In January, her daughter and
son-in-law will be going to Florida to help her pack up for the
move up north.
the daughter of Bob "Arky" Ligon, called to let us know that her
family had the burial ceremony for her Dad. She thanked us
for the Squadron's remembrance.
preparing a webpage in honor of her Dad and asked about his
activities other than flying. We discussed his off duty
assignments which he undertook on his own initiative, such as
running the roller around the squadron headquarters area to
smooth down the coral after excavation work. In addition
to the headquarters area, he also went to the flight line and
was able to make the work areas there a little safer for the
line personnel to move about by running the roller over the
short message from Willis Roose who says hello to all. He
received a message from Waxie Prankard that was enclosed with
his Xmas card. In the message, Waxie said that during '04
he turned 80 and got married.
belated congratulations to Waxie from VMB 613 members.
We need some
help from members who may have a lot of VMB 613 aircraft info in
their photo albums. Michael Smith, the son-in-law of
aircraft mechanic Harold Dunlap, is building an "H" model of a
PBJ and is making it as realistic as possible. One thing
he still needs is the MB number of the airplane that Harold
Dunlap worked on. If he can get this number, he will have
more than completed his task correctly. Please send me
your data on the MB number after you research your photo albums.
says hello to all. He and Patsy made their decision to
build a new home and the pick and shovel work for the foundation
is well underway with the house now 75% complete. They
hope to be able to move in sometime in February. A great
challenge Cliff said, but also an interesting experience.
They have a sales contract for their present home which removes
any and all pressures on that matter.
says regards to all. All is continuing well with them.
He still manages to find things to do to occupy his time, none
of which is ever idle. He was happy to contribute to the
identification of ordnance personnel in one of the group
pictures. It brought his memory out of retirement.
sent along some newspaper articles about the discovery of WWII
aircraft on Lake Michigan. Now there is an administrative
tug-of-war going on with the various government organizations as
to how, when and where to display the planes, should they be
recovered from the lake's depths. More information on
these aircraft will be made available in future newsletters.
a message from the daughter of John Aymen who reports that John
was diagnosed with cancer in a lymph node by his kidney.
After extensive testing they found that the cancer originated in
the upper intestinal tract.
John has been
set up surgically for intravenous chemotherapy which will be
given on Wednesday and Thursday every other week for the next
eight to ten months. The treatments were scheduled to
start on December 15th.
spirits remain high and he is open to discussion on the matter.
They are a family that believes in prayer and will appreciate
any that others can spare.
Herb Baxter after several years of silence. He has been
recuperating from a serious illness and is slowly recovering.
I was able to get our website address properly transmitted to
his wife, who in turn gave it to their son.
Robert, brought him over to his home and pulled up the VMB 613
website. Robert said that just viewing the site brought
his Dad back to being much younger again and has given him a new
Holiday attitude. He was able to identify several of the
communications personnel, including himself, which really made
him feel great.
wondering if we had any 613 material that he could review to
bring back more memories. Our webmaster is endeavoring to
get some data e-mailed to him so that he can really go back in
time for memories.
members of VMB 613 went to Kwajalein for the 50th anniversary of
the capture of the island. While there, the acquaintance
of Richard Sorenson, Medal of Honor recipient, was made.
Over the years, Richard kept in contact with Foster Cummings and
used to visit with him on his trips to the northeast. Word
was received that Richard passed away on October 9, 2004.
It was also
learned that at the Veterans Day ceremonies held on Kwajalein, a
model of the "Private Richard K. Sorenson" catamaran was
christened by his wife, Mildred Sorenson. Richard's
children were also in attendance at the ceremony. Some
pictures from the Kwajalein Hourglass covering the
aforementioned ceremonies are attached to this newsletter.
Jerry and Peggy Gutshall who say things are going very well for
them health wise, and they send their Happy Holidays to all.
They plan to go to Kansas City for the holidays to visit with
their daughter and family.
Dave are happily living in State College and are able to take in
all the football games, basketball games, and all the cultural
entertainment that the town offers. Sandy is doing
part-time Christian counseling, and Dave manages a series of
condos and apartments which they own.
son is moving up the ranks in the Army and has been promoted to
commander of "A" Company of the 302nd and is stationed at Fort
Peggy are looking forward to the next reunion in 2006.