Memo To: The 4th of July Celebrants
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
Mike Bennan sends his best to all. He said that he
is still having a hard time from the stroke he had back
in December 2005. He is able to get in a walk
every day for at least a half hour. Other problems
come up but he manages to handle them.
Jack Schwertfager called to say hello and regards to
all. He had just received the monthly newsletter
and had finished reading it. He said that seeing
all the names of members brought back a lot of memories.
All continues well with him but he has had to limit the
time he uses for exercising on the golf course and
tennis courts. He doesnít want to pull too many
tendons which will really make him limp for a few weeks
during the recovery cycle.
Cliff Dotson called and said hello and regards to all.
He was getting ready to attend an event in Alabama
wherein the Commandant of the Marine Corps will be in
attendance. This type of event occurs almost
annually and he is always invited to attend.
Wayne and Freda Noble send their regards to all.
They mentioned that they really like their new home
particularly the assisted living routine that goes along
Heard from John and Dorothea Roberson who send their
regards to all. They sent along a write up on
Johnís latest events and said it will give some of us a
laugh. One Friday in the recent past they spent a
lot of time in the Emergency Room.
First: John had an accident on the EZGO Cart at 11:30 AM
one day. He put his foot on the brake the foot
slipped off and hit the accelerator. That drove
him into the pasture gate. The force opened the
gate which has a very good latch and it was closed.
The gate looks a pretzel now. John went flying
over the right fender, and broke the steering column.
But the worst was that it scraped his arm above the
elbow, peeling the skin back about 2.5-3 inches and then
he landed on some fire ants.
The best of it was that he didnít get hurt anywhere but
that one spot. No break or other injuries thank
God! He is healing fine. Now I know why they
put those tough bumper guards on the front of the EZGO.
Think we will put a governor on it, seat belts and give
John a helmet. Plus he will learn how to brake
with his left foot.
Then about 2:30 PM while they were finishing with him.
Dorothea was just sitting there and almost fainted.
Her pressure and heart rate was very low and medically
she had no reason for the ordeal so they kept her there
for medical check ups. Everything checked Okay
except her pressure remains crazy.
They got out of the hospital at 7:30 P.M.
Foster Cummings says hello and regards to all. He
has been in touch with Joe McDonald and Rita and all is
well with them.
Foster is waiting for the 4th of July Fireworks
Celebration to commence firing over the lake towards his
property. They are almost a mile away from the
firing area and get a good look at all shots.
Our webmaster, Robert Yanacek received an e-mail from
Terry Manning the son of F.S. ďJerryĒ Manning who was a
Pilot in VMB 613. Terry was going through some of
his folks photos and albums and he found the Squadron
Book. He then did a search on Google and found our
Website. EXCELLENT Job! He stayed up until 3
AM reading through it.
Here is his address for those members who wish to get in
touch with him:
PO Box 1309
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Raymond (Ray) Hickey sends his best regards and
greetings to all the VMB-613'ers. He has been busy
cutting and splitting wood for his winter heating
requirements. Their seventeen acres back up to a
mountain (state-land) which gives them an excellent
source of fire wood. They burn about six full cords
At this time of life they limit their traveling to the
grocery store routine and the medical doctor routine.
He reported that the weather has been good. It
really warmed up in their area with the temperatures
hitting the 90's at its peak, but they still had some 70
degree days with a promise of some 60 degree weather on
the way to even things up a little.
The both have to watch their health and follow some
medical advice to make sure that things will proceed as
George McDearmon sends his regards to all. He
reported that he and Doris are still active but with
some signs of slowing down.
Jack Willadsen sends his best to all. He said that
his old typewriter finally gave out so he bought a new
one but it wonít cooperate with him and do what he
expects it to do, hence he still uses a pen or pencil to
He had a visitor from Denver a few weeks ago and this
person was a writer. He is writing a book on early
air plane crashes in the Rocky Mountain area. A
Mail Plane crashed on the north east end of their ranch
in 1935. They bought the ranch in 1947. At
that time there were still visible signs of the wreck,
but now it is all covered with pine needles.
Jack send along a picture of the aircraft and a copy of
the accident report both of which are interesting.
They are both part of this Newsletter.
A message was received from a native of Ponape. He
is doing a video documentary on the repatriation of
Ponape Island natives back to their home island from the
island of Kusaie after the war ended. His name if
Andrew Geminaro and he now lives in Hawaii but is
originally from Ponape in the Carolines.
He had an uncle, a Ponape Islander that was enslaved by the
Japanese Imperial Navy on the island of Kusaie during the
war. He is one of only 9 surviving out of 179 men sent
to Kusaie in 1943 to build a Naval Air Strip. He is
now telling his story. He needs pictures of the war on
these two islands.
If any members have pictures that they can identify to the
islands during the War he would appreciate receiving copies
of them for use in the story of what transpired on the
islands during World War II. Send pictures to:
PO Box 151
Kunia, Hawaii 96759
Tel: 808 621 3676
DC Clay said that in Bill Kehrís book on the History of VMB
613 there were a couple of photos of Kusaie and we are in
the process of getting copies made for transmittal to Andrew
DC says hello and regards to all. He gave a weather
report for his area of the desert and said it is mostly low
to mid 90's in the day time, cooling some what at night.
Their area is dryer than usual making them prone to the fire
hazards although there isnít too much danger in their
In last monthís news letter the verbiage under the picture
of Second Lieutenant Charles A. Ringler indicated that he
was transferred to Marine Air Group Sixty-Two (MAG62).
That transfer data should be enlarged to indicate that he
was subsequently transferred to MAG-61 and deployed to
Emirau with one of the 400 series Marine Bombing Squadrons.
Several weeks ago I received an e mail from a Middle School
Scholar, by the name of Kenny Johnson who was looking for
information relative to Iwo Jima. I forwarded a copy
of his e mail to Vern Beggs to see if he could help him out.
Vern contacted Kenny and said that he seemed like a very
intelligent and scholarly student who expressed an interest
in Iwo Jima. Vern sent him an e-mail synopsis of the
Squadron contingent that was sent to Iwo. This was
very much appreciated by Kenny Johnson.
Received a report that John Aymen passed away on the 16th of
May and was buried on the 21st of May.
John had been very ill for several months and had just
returned home, but still under the control of the hospital,
where he felt more relaxed. His health condition
didnít improve while staying at home and his system finally
succumbed to the illness that was affecting him.
Received a report that Wilda Alleen Young Chappell passed
away on the 9th of May and was buried on the 12th of May at
Oak Grove Cemetery, within sight of her home and the
mountains she loved.
Received an update on Stan Richardson from Peach
Richardson. 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
doesnít have the strength to get up and move about in
the manner that he likes to.
He would like to be able to walk for long periods but
his system wonít 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
To change the appearance of his hospital room he has a
Marine Corps cap hanging at the head of the bed and has a
couple of other items with Marine Corps insignia in the
area. When 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
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