Memo To: All The Arm Chair Quarter Backs
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
Received a weather report from Jim Garls. I had
sent him an e mail after hearing a weather report that
part of Illinois was taking a beating from a snow storm
which also knocked out electric power in several areas.
Jim reported that they had received a heavy snow in his
home town of Pekin which created a lot of problems with
cars moving. The town was still working on
the side streets when he was writing, but the main roads
He had over one and one half feet of heavy snow between
his house and garage but was only able to open up
a few feet of space with his shovel. He received
help from his niece and then a neighbor came to his
rescue with a husky snow blower and cleared more space.
This was followed by more help from another niece who
also had a snow blower and made it possible for him to
open his garage door to get his car out if he had an
The snow was heavy enough to damage some of his plastic
covered shelters in the back yard but he said that he
will have to wait for the snow to melt before he can
determine how if any damage was done to the shelter
He was going to stay inside the house to get warm. Since
he did have some walking space around the property and
hope that the snow doesn’t return to refill any cleared
spaces he could now relax until the next snow fall.
Jack Schwertfager says hello and regards to all.
He reported that all was well with them and no storm
George McDearmon sends his best to all. They are
continuing in their efforts to get reorganized in the
new home. The unpacking and decorating tasks take
priority over everything at the present time.
Chico Duarte sends his regards to all. He said
that he still isn’t fully recovered from the problems
with his spine/back but the pain has let up some-what.
This has allowed him to return to his early A.M. job but
he now starts at 6:00 A.M. rather than 4 A.M.
With these new hours he doesn’t do any heavy lifting but
just sits in a special swivel chair to the rear of the
counter which allows him to greet customers and handle
sales transactions with limited effort.
He also gave a weather report which indicated that
winter is in the area with cold temperatures and dry
atmosphere. Hopefully the snow won’t arrive for a
while and if it does arrive it won’t be hit with too
Carmine Nasta says hello and regards to all. He
hasn’t been doing too much of anything just trying to go
outside when the weather is almost warm. Winter is
trying to creep in on Staten Island and he doesn’t want
to get caught outside if at all possible.
Carmine has been having some medical checks made just to
make sure that nothing will pop up to stop him from
shoveling snow this winter.
They have to keep their eyes open for possible hand bag
thieves. All of a sudden these thieves have
started to penetrate neighbor hoods where in the past
they stayed away from. Carmine said that they have
been fortunate with only minor confrontations but still
they had to do some G2 to locate a few items that
disappeared during a couple of problem periods on the
John Peterson sends his regards to all. He
reported that the area did receive a lot of rain, strong
wind, and high tide periods. Along with this most
of his area lost electrical power for hours to days.
Foster Cummings sends greetings to all. So far the
only problem area with him is the weather. Severe
cold weather with threat of snow from the weather
He has been in touch with Doc Protheroe who has made it
back to Florida for a few months and all remains well
with he and Jane.
Foster also heard from Joe McDonald and Rita who are
once again home resting after attending Foster’s Marine
Corps Birthday Celebration. They both enjoyed the
Jim “Red” Nelson says hello to all and Merry Xmas.
He has been busy performing required maintenance around
the property and hopes that the weather doesn’t get out
of hand while he he so engrossed.
RL Marx says hello to all. He is still fighting
his attack of Carpal Tunnel syndrome which is still
sore. He has been using two different pain
killers, one is a plain pain killer and the other is a
nerve pain killer, both of which should be giving some
assistance. So far the assistance has been
Alice received a surprise call from their
Hostess/Sponsor of the Kwajalein Reunion of 1994.
When Alice told them that they had just returned from a
Reunion at Chattanooga she was surprised and said she
would have gone their to meet with them had she known of
the event. She knows the area quite well.
RL has spoken to Buzz Packard who reported that all is
well with them. They did have an attack of the flu but
overcame it. All else continues well with them.
Dianne Hindy sent along a newspaper article regarding
the picture of the Iwo Jima Flag Raising that was found
on an interior window of an old El Toro ground equipment
maintenance building. This picture and an article
describing how it was located and saved is
included with this newsletter.
Dianne also included a newspaper picture of the
Veterans Day weekend display of 350 American flags
paralleling the road on the Sand Diego Freeway just
outside of Camp Pendleton. This will also be
included with this newsletter.
An e mail was received from Daniel Maglaras the son of
Charles Maglaras our Squadron Barber who recently heard
of our WEB page. He said that he has a copy of the
picture that appears on the WEB page. Charles
passed away in 1996. Several of our members
endeavored to locate him up in the New England area
years ago but didn’t have any success.
Daniel mentioned that his father was a tail gunner but
Barbering appeared to be his main occupation both at
Kwaj and before that, Cherry Point.
He said that he had some pictures of his Dad taken with
Fred Hargraves and a cook by the name of Kovack.
His son asked what crew he was with so this will be
researched, but if anyone can remember let me know.
Also I am going to research the cook by the name of
Kovack. It maybe a mispelling but again if anyone
remembers let me know.
Daniel said that he would be spending a lot of time on the
WEB site he is of the opinion that it is really outstanding.
Received an update on Stan Richardson who continues in rehab
due to his health problems. The latest update is that
he is doing pretty good, remains in real good spirits and is
holding his own.
He continues to feel stronger and endeavors to try physical
activity such as walking by himself. 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
Mary Jane Lewis reported that Jim is back in the Care Center
and being watched and cared for by the Staff. His
system is reacting very slowly to the efforts to get him up
and moving about. Different health problems associated
with the hip operation come to the surface which causes him
to remain weak and very, very immobile. He is eating
well which is very promising for aiding his body in its
efforts to get him up and running. Hopefully more
positive reports will be forthcoming on his recovery.
I was able to get in touch with John Aymen and he reported
that he reached the recovery point wherein he was able to be
released from the Nursing Center to his home. This was
about a week ago which would have been around the 3rd
He said he is starting to feel pretty good but still
requires some assistance from medical aides, such as Nurses
and therapists, in performing or trying to perform certain
Hopefully he will be able to get the proper movements
returned to his physical system so that he can do a lot more
of the physical activities on his own.
John sends his regards to all.