Memo To: All The New Years Day Football Fans
HAPPY NEW YEARS!
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
motels in our planned reunion area.
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.
Some members have already started to alert us as to
their ability to attend.
Received a nice letter from X. Ray Hickey of N.E.
Washington State. He reported that the year 2007
has not been a good year in all ways.
His wife, Betty, passed away this past October after
about ten months of care by Hospice of Spokane.
Their assistance during this period of illness was
really outstanding he reported.
On his own health Ray reported that he had his second
knee joint replaced in March 2006 and his knees no
longer give him problems anymore. His running is
limited but his walking remains although at a slower
pace. With his walking ability he is still able to
get outside and cut wood for his winter burning.
He uses about six cords every winter and finished this
winters quota. He said that for someone 88 years
of age he did real good.
His local Marine Corps League although down in numbers
did enjoy a Marine Corps Birthday party. He was
the oldest Marine in attendance.
They received their first snow of the season so it
caused him to put the snow tires on his pick up.
With a temperature of about 20 degrees he didn’t work
too fast but spent some time in the house trying to say
His next schedule work was putting the snow plow on his
tractor so that he could keep his private road plowed
during the coming winter months.
He sends his regards to all and wished all “A Very Happy
John (Chico) and Raquel Duarte send a Merry Xmas To One
John Robinson sends his regards to all. All
remains well in Troup, TX, he reported.
Bill Barber says hello and greetings to all.
Ned Carmichael reported that he and Betty are in good health
and live a very full life. They have been to Hawaii to
attend a family reunion where saw all 22 of Ned’s family,
including five great grand children. He said “what a
They send their best to all.
Marie Timinskas sent us a joyous Christmas Season message.
Willis Roose sends his regards to all. He was happy to
hear that we had heard of the whereabouts of Arthur F.
Parker (a VMB 613 Corpsman) and will endeavor to contact him
when they visit his area. This trip is planned for a
week or two following Ground Hog Day.
Willis sent along a page full of events that he and his
family participated in during the year 2007. There
were twenty activities that all the Roose family members
participated in during the year 2007.
Willis said that he hasn’t mastered the E Mail system yet
and still uses the reliable SNAIL MAIL system.
Heard from Doc Protheroe who sends his best to all. He
and Jane have made it to Florida and are getting adjusted to
the weather patterns.
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.
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.
I spoke to James “Red” Nelson who says HI TO
EVERYBODY. Although now living at home he continues to
have walking problems. The pain has decreased
somewhat which indicates that the rehab treatments which
include special exercises are doing some good.
Major areas to improve continue to be his left leg,
ankle, foot, and arm which are still partially
He sounded outstanding considering his health problem.
Received an update on Stan Richardson from Peach
Richardson. Although the major infection that gave
him problems has been eliminated from his system he is
still bothered by pulmonary proboscis problems
Stan is still endeavoring to stay ahead of the main
health problem that has been bothering him, taking
special medication. 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