Memo To: The 4th of July Celebrants
Received greetings from Cliff and Patsy Dotson and they are
both fine. They are still getting organized in their
new home with noticeable daily progress.
Memories of Kwaj brought him to interrupt their great spring
weather schedule and think about the relationship that
Albert Rothenbach had on everyone in 613. Albert had a
short wave radio which was enjoyed daily by those close by
in their barracks. Radio listening normally ended at
lights out, but on the night that the Japanese surrender was
to be announced he was allowed to keep his radio on so that
all in the area could hear the surrender announcement late
in the night.
Cliff woke up shortly before the surrender announcement with
the wonderful Kwaj breeze blowing through the barracks
quarters. He noted that many of the barracks buddies
were gathered around and sitting quietly around Albert’s
bunk listening to music that preceded the anticipated
announcement. The song that was being played when he
awoke was Sentimental Journey. Cliff has
cherished the memory totality of that moment for all these
years and expects to carry that memory to his grave thanks
He was wondering if other flight line mechanics, who were
billeted in the same barracks, recall the beauty of that
moment. This is how he will always remember with
gratitude, Albert Rothenback.
Received a message from Gil Peavey who sends his best wishes
and good will to all. He reported that weather wise it
has been terrible in Maine, they had rain for 33 days out of
the last 40. He has had a few medical problems over
the years, but is able to work and enjoy life.
In regards to the
he was the Crew Chief, A.J. Rothenbach was the 1st
Mech and Harlan Jason was the 2nd Mech. For
a short period Bill Coffey was also in the crew.
In regards to the plane crash in D.C. he reported that he
was sent to Anacostia Air Field, out side of D.C. to salvage
a plane that
(ran off end of runway) and it would have been a 613 plane.
Received greetings from Lloyd McDaniel. All is fine
with them, he has gotten by May and is working on June.
Mac sent along his memories of the accident of April 4, 1944
in Washington, D.C. He couldn’t
remember all the details but he and Al Klinke were both
scheduled for this flight. Due to a shuffling of
passengers he was pulled from the flight and Al Klinke was
left on the crew as the radioman. He was told that the
plane landed and hit a slick spot on the runway and crashed
into a small ditch at the end of the runway. Again if
he remembered correctly the plane split just back of the
Frank Carthey sends his wishes to all. He reported
that the Historical Society decided to interview and tape
the experiences of the remaining WWII vets while we are
still around. He was interviewed by two high school
boys who videotaped their questioning of him for the record.
Frank said that he was surprised by how little today’s
young people knew about WWII. Frank said that he was
keeping busy with volunteer work and doing New York cross
Vern Beggs sends his regards to all. They have been
involved in getting hurricane roof repairs completed and are
evaluating what else has to be touched up on the house.
In talking to Foster Cummings he mentioned that the June
2005 Leatherneck had a picture of the Cherry Point Base ball
team of 1950. He was wondering if Carmine Nasta was in
it and he said that if the picture had more clarity he would
know for sure.
I then called Carmine and he said no he wasn’t
in the 1950 picture but he was in the 1951 picture of the
team and played the entire season. They had a great
season playing all over the area close to Cherry Point and
at times even areas farther away. In addition to a
black and white picture of the 1951 team they had one in
He received the vote for the Outstanding Play Of The Season.
In one game played around Goldsboro, NC he jumped into the
air after a line drive, hit the ball, deflected it
upwards, tripped, landed on his back and the ball came down
over him and he caught it. The committee members who
were present voted his play of that line drive as the
outstanding play of the season and he received an award of a
trophy which he still has to this day.
Carmine reminisced about the Kwaj Lagoon and the presence of
sting rays and sharks when he decided to enter the water one
day. For sure he made it back to shore in a hurry.
He continues to remain in touch with Walt Matheson, Walt
Gravello and Gene Hansen.
Carmine sends his best to all.
Wayne Noble sends regards to all. Things are going
well in their area of Florida, limited hurricane damage from
last fall and this years hurricane didn’t
stay around too long but continued out to sea.
He mentioned that he wears his VMB 613 Red Shirt and
receives compliments from individuals who pay attention to
the Marine Corps Emblem and the Squadron VMB 613 above it.
Hopefully all members wear theirs not only to special events
but for practically every day wear.
Harlan Jason sends his regards to all. He said that he
is feeling pretty good and takes advantage of getting out to
attend some social events. The latest one that they
attended was the high school graduation of a grandson.
At the reception following graduation he had to walk an
it seemed, to get to the attendees area.
He made it and sat down to recuperate when the time came to
get up and return to the upper level he suddenly realized
that he didn’t
have the physical enthusiasm to make the return walk.
He did make it though but it took longer to get back than it
did to get there.
Mike Jacus sends his regards to VMB 613. Everything
continues well with them. They had a large family
members chicken dinner on Fathers Day which was enjoyed by
all and there might have been a birthday celebration
He has heard from John Peterson who recently returned from a
trip to the Lake Tahoe Casino where he visited with his son
who is a shift manager in one of the casinos in the area.
He also has heard from Willis Roose who is recuperating from
heart surgery. This has limited his physical
activities a little but he still has the energy to move
about with some caution.