All The Fourth Of July Celebrants
word from John Siergiewicz who said that he and Doris had a
great time at the reunion even though they were there only a
short time. They drove a total of 4500 miles on their
trip which included getting down to Pensacola and back home.
They send their best to all.
and Doris Cummings send their regards to all. On their
way home they stopped by Quantico and ran an inspection to
determine what things had been changed since their prior
visit. They arrived home without any problems.
waiting for the 4th of July to arrive so that
they can take in the fireworks display in the evening over
the lake which is to the rear of their estate.
Protheroe sends his regards to all. He sent along an
article about the Commanding General of Parris Island being
transferred to Iraq after spending five years at the most
famous base in the Marine Corps. In addition he sent
along an article about retired Marines revisiting Parris
Island. They went through some recruit greetings and
were able to ask questions about today’s Corps. These
articles will be attachments to this newsletter.
Joyce Russell send their regards to all. They said
that the reunion was a smashing success and they really
enjoyed meeting all hands in attendance.
Mary Jane Lewis say hello to all. They both had a lot
of medical appointments scheduled and it wasn’t considered
prudent to endeavor to get them rescheduled hence they had
to miss the reunion.
appears to have passed all his exams with flying colors and
is under a scheduling routine for eating and swallowing
has to have some back surgery to repair a slipped spine.
After the operation she will have to undergo therapy.
Chappell says hello to all. The severe weather has
kept him indoors for weeks. Too slippery for him to try and
go out to walk. The inactivity caused him to lose some
strength which he hopes to regain so that he can walk
without losing his balance and falling down.
Peach Richardson say hello to all. They had a great
time at the reunion and on their drive back home they went
by the way of New Orleans for a night and then over to
Biloxi. They didn’t make any money at the Casino but
did have a lot of fun. They arrived home tired and
have been catching up on rest and some work around the
Adkins says hello to all. All continue well with him.
from Bob Geslain who says hello to all. He recently
went on line and has been keeping up with the VMB 613 Web
Page. The material in their astounded him, he thought
that he had remembered a lot of the squadron doings but was
amazed at what he didn’t remember or know about the various
tactical events carried on by the flight crews.
sends his regards to all. His plans to attend the
reunion went astray and he was glad to hear the many great
things about the reunion.
local Memorial Service at his retirement community he wore
his red 613 pull over shirt which identified him as a
Marine. He met another resident who was also in the
Corps and they had a great time going over Marine Corps
very impressed with the VMB 613 website and reviews it
frequently each time coming across something else he had
forgotten about or didn’t know occurred.
from Jim and Buzz Patrick who say regards to all. They
reported that they almost made it to the reunion but it took
a little longer than they anticipated to complete some
McDearmon says hello to all. Doris is undergoing
therapy on her knee and he has had some heart work done to
remove blockages. Things are looking good for both of
grandson was planning to take him to the World War II
Memorial in Washington, D.C. and George was going to wear
his 613 red pullover shirt for the event. I saw a lot
of television shots on the activity and looked for George.
I saw several Red Hats with the Marine Corps emblem but
failed to recognize George.
says hello and regards to all. He had some ankle
problems while at the reunion which slowed his movements
down a little but things have improved. He is able to
move about a little faster and less dependancy with his
a public release in his newspaper from the Veterans
Administration about public access to VA records re: family
history and war records. This data is as follows:
has put on the web, 3.2 million records for veterans buried
at 120 National Cemeteries since the Civil War. The
site address is
www.cem.va.gov. This makes it easier and
faster for the public to get answers as to where their
veteran relatives are buried.
Grave Site Navigator includes names, dates of birth and
death, military service dates, service branch and rank if
known, cemetery information and grave location in the
several years military personnel who served in the Pacific
were told that the 8-inch guns that were seen on captured
Japanese islands were transplanted from British colonies
such as Singapore and Hong Kong. Robert Yanacek came
across an article that dispels that theory.
8-inch guns on the Japanese islands were British Guns
alright but they were purchased by the Japanese from the
British and Italy in the years before WWI. The same
goes for the 7-inch guns at Wake Island.
companies manufactured the guns for ships built on foreign
contracts in the United Kingdom, as well as, in overseas
factories where they held a share. These were in such
countries as Italy and Japan.
at Tarawa fell into the same category.
the serial numbers on these coastal guns at the British
armament manufacturers plants (which were really ship guns
remounted as shore coastal defense guns) allowed the myth of
the guns being moved from the British Possessions to be
Japanese improved the design of their ships they also
changed the weapon size. Some of the design changes
were due to the Washington Treaty of Naval Limitations of
Nasta sends his regards to all. He has been continuing
his sojourns with the VA who are endeavoring to isolate some
of his health problems. Hopefully they will be able to
tell him why he feels tired a lot of the time. This
causes him to move around a lot slower than he is accustomed
was talking to Walt Matheson. Walt reported that he
had to go to the hospital for a short spell due to his legs
giving out on him. That was followed by a short stay
in a nursing home so that he could regain his strength.
He is moving about now at home and gets assistance from some
Nuns in order to go out shopping and getting a few things
squared away in the home.
also reported that Gene Hansen is still in there pitching or
rather ushering for the Baltimore Orioles. He hasn’t
missed a home gain so far this season.
Gravello was also in touch with Carmine and said that he was
still moving around and doing maintenance on his home.
Chico Duarte reported in and sends his regards to all.
On their return home they went by the way of some casinos
and using his system he more than paid for the cost of the
reunion. However, he was feeling tired and sluggish
all the time on the way home. He went to the doctor
and found out that he had lost 28 pounds since he left for
the reunion. In addition he had a very high sugar
few weeks that he has been home he has picked up some
energy, put on four pounds and seen his sugar blood count go
down. Slowly but surely he says that he is getting
back to normal and will endeavor to relax more.
Jacus sends his regards to all. Things are going well with
him except for a problem with one of his ankles. A
winter or two ago he fell off a ladder and injured an ankle.
This ankle never healed properly so he has had to be
careful in walking. Recently he was picking up
branches and leaves and carefully adjusted his weight on the
ankles. He didn’t shift the weight properly and
damaged the Achilles Tendon in his good ankle. The
doctors do not recommend an operation at this time but have
told him to treat it with respect and refrain from putting
too much pressure on the calf.
been in touch with John Peterson who reported that his eye
problem has improved slightly. He has been allowed to
go on a vacation with some limited medical caution.
Navarre sends his greetings to all. He said that he is
still able to get up and around but is limited in his
driving ability so he has to schedule that activity with his
Litzau says hello to all. He was unable to make the
reunion but was wondering who he would remember if he had
made it. Hopefully in a future one he will be able to
make it and meet up with all the members he can remember.
webmaster, Robert Yanacek, reported that he has received
some pictures of the reunions from members. If any
more pictures our out there send them to one of the
the squadron pictures on the website may not have any names
denoting the individuals in the pictures. If any of
the individuals in the pictures are recognizable to the
viewer please send the name(s) to Robert Yanacek so that he
can update the picture.
utilization has been on the increase and the hits are
averaging 873 hits/day. The total number of hits since
the establishment of the website is 203,212. So far
during the month of June the Site has had visitors from: US
Commercial, Network, Finland, Unites States, Poland, US
Military, Australia, Spain, and Mexico.