Those Veterans Who Have Kept the Flame of Liberty Burning Strong
Members have been letting me know that they have received the
initial release of information relative to the Year 2006 Reunion
which will be held in Chattanooga, TN at the Choo-Choo Holiday
Inn Complex from Wednesday, October 18, 2006 through Saturday
October 21, 2006 with Check Out on October 22, 2006.
For those members who have access to the Internet, the Reunion
information is also available at:
This information will be updated periodically as required.
All family members in addition to the squadron members are
welcome to attend the reunion.
Many members have indicated in e-mail messages that they will be
in attendance at the reunion.
We have already received Squadron Registration affirmation from
Calvin and Joyce Russell.
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
Mary Jane Lewis
who say hello and regards to all. Their big recent
excitement was the car acting up unexpectedly with the left
real wheel bearing and spinet let go. They were
fortunate enough to have it checked out and repaired (at a
large expenditure of cash) before they really ran into any
serious trouble, such as losing control and ending up in the
The change in the weather continues to hold them spell bound
particularly when it comes to observing the various birds on
the loose at the golf course. They also have had
family members coming over with the advent of the warmer
Jim had the opportunity go fishing with family members and
had a successful catch. He said that the fish were
practically jumping into the boat. Although this is a
fish story they did get
Cliff Dotson says regards to all. He has been in touch
with Frank Noland and said that they reminisced about the
VMB 613 baseball team of Kwaj fame.
He also had a great conversation with Harlan Jason who is at
the Minnesota Vets Home as we reported in the last letter.
Lloyd McDaniel sends his best to all. He sent along a
Tribute To The Memory of a Marine who passed away on April
15, 2006. This will be an enclosure to the Newsletter.
Heard from John Gavin who says hello and regards to all.
He sent me a Kwajalein Calendar all in color and said to
look at the Golf Course picture for the month of
There is a big difference between the 1945 area that we
knew and today’s
picture, which has a lot of towering coconut trees lining
John received the calendar from the young lady who found his
high school class ring in the lagoon. Over the
years she has sent John calendars and he thought I would
like to see more of Kwaj but this time in picture format.
Lew Amber dropped us a line and sends greetings to all.
He has been getting ready for the hurricane season (they
have had three in the last two years). His getting
ready meant putting a metal roof on the house in place of
shakes and adding cement fiber siding for extra strength.
He is hoping that these preventive measures will keep
the storms away or at least limit the damage they like to
Health wise he has been doing well, he did have a bout with
pneumonia though and defeated it.
Chuck Cannato says hello to all. He has revamped his
computer set up by installing a new computer which
now allows him to send and receive a few more messages than
he has been able to do for a few months. His new
e-mail address is again listed in the Newsletter.
Carmine Nasta says hello to all. All continues well on
Staten Island he said. After reading about Frank
Noland in the last news letter he sat down and wrote him a
letter. He now knows that a letter will get to him
quicker than a phone call.
He has been in touch with Ralph McClain and mentioned that
he had played in the first Gator Bowl game in Jacksonville.
That was quite an athletic honor.
Carmine also keeps in touch with Walt Mathesen. Walt
still has difficulty walking and must continually use a
walker around the house. He gets assistance from his
daughter in law and the Dominican Sisters. He
also has become an expert cook using the Micro wave oven.
Carmine brought up the subject of the VA files getting
stolen and expressed extreme dissatisfaction with the
matter. He was able to get in touch with the
appropriate office at the VA and establish some type of
counter offensive to protect his records.
He also has been in touch with Jack Virga and Ike Stern and
said that all was well with them.
Nick Dudo sends regards to all VMB 613'ers. He said
that he is as well as can be expected with his back
continuing to give him problems. Hopefully the pain
will really diminish if not he will have to give
consideration to a back operation.
Frank Acker sends regards to all. All is continuing
well in his area and he hopes that the weather man
cooperates and limits the number of damaging storms this
sent along some pictures taken at Kwaj for inclusion in the
WEB Page as deemed appropriate by the WEB Master. We
say many thanks for this.
Bob Polakowski says hello and best regards to all. He
has been able to get in a few rounds of golf and hopes that
this will keep his golf game going. They have been
having weather problems like elsewhere, extreme heat and
then some rain to keep the grass green. Keeping up
with the family has also been taking up a lot of his time.
D.C. Clay sends his regards to all. He has let his
golf game slip a bit due to the town raising the course fees
to an extravagant high figure, plus his hip has been giving
him some problems while walking the course.
Since he can still drive with no problems he will consider
other courses close by if he feels he needs the exercise.
Ed Alling says hello and regards to all. He received a
Day Gift from his youngest son. It is a soft cover book
Leatherneck Bombers-Marine Corps B-25/PBJ Mitchell Squadrons in
World War II.
The author is Alan C. Carey and the book is published by
of Atglen, PA.
It has many pictures and a wealth of information, and Ed is sure
that you will enjoy every page of it. Check with your
local book store or library to obtain a local source for the
Debbie Kane, daughter of Henry Shantyfelt, sent along many
thanks for our letting her borrow Doc Scott’s
video of his many colored movies taken at Kwaj.
Although she couldn’t
see her Dad in the video it sure gave her idea of how things
were like at Kwaj. She burned a copy onto a DVD to add it
to her Dad’s
Debbie came across a group photo of the Engineering Section
taken at Newport in October 1944 and sent in onto
our webmaster for inclusion into the VMB 613 website.
Our webmaster reported that there were four members of the
squadron whom he did not have any photo of. Obtaining this
picture which contained the four members of
made sure that they would never be lost to history.
For those members with instant access to the Internet use the
following address to pull down the picture:
While on the subject of Newport, the following addresses may
also be pulled down to see some more memories:
Received a message that Stan Richardson’s
been too good for a few weeks. He has started to send some
e mails so has to be on the road to recovery.
John Aymen sends his best to all. He continues to hold his
own and the use of a walker helps him to get around. By
getting a little more rest he feels that he will get more energy