To: 4th of July Celebrants
Sandy Hudspeth is still at the Nursing Home but is
getting back to normal. He is walking with the
help of a Walker following a set rehab program.
The Doctor wants him to continue with the Rehab routines
to assure that his system is returning to normal
George McDearmon says hello to all. They are well
and active, though traveling less. They had
friends from Stafford County who went to the Drill Team
and band performance along with attending the picnic at
the reunion site. Their friends son Lance
Corporal Lewis Skerry is preparing for Over Seas duty.
Tracy Bell called to say hello to all. He has to
move about with the aid of a walker a task which he
accomplishes by taking his time maneuvering.
Hopefully his problem will improve a little which will
allow him to endeavor to do a few more constructive
routines around the home.
He mentioned the PBJ Book a write up of its contents
which appeared in a Marine Corps periodical. The
write up of the book sounded interesting since it would
apply to all the Marine Corps PBJ Squadrons. He
was going to obtain a copy to see if the author covered
all the facets of the squadrons.
I would appreciate if members could pull a memory check
on Warren D. Ritter and see if they can recall where he
moved or relocated to. He was living in the Manor
House Assisted Living in Wilmington, N.C. and his last
letter was returned, NOT DELIVERABLE AS ADDRESSED.
Jim Garls says hello to all. He reported that he
is still being bothered by a painful hip which has
entailed Emergency Room treatments, taking special pills
to relieve pain and the like. This has limited his
movement to almost a crawl but he manages to move about.
Joe Yakawich sends his best to all the gang and reported
that all is well with him. He said that the month
of May was a busy time for him, he had three grand
children that graduated from high school and another one
who graduated from college.
He hasnít been able to get any fishing time due to the
fact that the water is too high plus the weather has
been raining and cool. He said that he might have
to forgo the river fishing and try the lake. The
increase in the price of gasoline will also contribute
to a few shorter fishing jaunts on the water ways.
His son Joseph, Lt Col U.S. Army, was awarded the Bronze
Star Medal for his actions as a Combat Advisor in
Afghanistan. The recently completed a 12 month
deployment leading a team of advisors to the Afghanistan
National Army (ANA). His team advised and trained
Afghan Army units in Kabul Province to include President
Hami Karzaiís own security forces.
LtCol Yakawich was recently selected as a Tactics Instructor
for the United States Armyís Command and General Staff
College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
The foregoing information was submitted for publication in
their local newspaper.
Heard from Jim and Buzz Patrick who say hello and regards to
all. Jim had to put some time in the hospital due to
an attack of Kwajitus. He has recovered from that
Robert Yanacek our webmaster said that he received a HELLO
call from Dave Arant. Dave Arant mentioned that he was
recalled for Korea and re-trained as a fighter pilot.
He flew F7F Tigercats (twin engine night fighter).
Dave Arant spoke to our webmaster for quite some time and he
recalled how he, Vern Beggs and two other pilots used to
play pinochle at Edenton when they were unable to fly due to
poor weather. Dave also mentioned that he and his
pinochle buddies all wore red baseball caps with their
flight gear as a display of camaraderie.
Dorothy Evans contacted our webmaster and sent along some
great photos of the recent VMB-613 reunion. These
photos will be available on our website shortly.
Robert Yanacek our webmaster prepared a VMB 613 Memorial
which is included as an attachment to this letter.
This Memorial Is entitled:
In Honored Memory
Officers & Men of VMB-613
Who Gave Their Lives
Defense of Our Country
In last months letter I mentioned a book written by
Raymond Perry (NAV-BOMBER), "The Bombers of MAGSZAN" which
contained a lot of history of VMB 611. The cost of
this book was shown as $235.00 rather than the correct cost
of $25.00. The shipping charges are undoubtedly extra.
Received a call from Jack Schwertfager who sends his best to
all. He continues to live an easy life and takes part
in tennis and golf routines to remain healthy.
He and Jane relocated to a Seniors Complex Residence several
months ago and they enjoy the change of pace. Now that
they are among the retired they have the opportunity to plan
for more trips and the like.
endeavoring to correct our record of VMB 613'ers who have passed
away it is possible that the following members status may not have
been passed on: Alfred Zachweija passed away in 2007 and Fred
Sabath passed away in 2004.
webmaster received a message from Dan Farnham and a fellow diver Hal
Parker. Both VMB 613 diver friends at Kwajalein. These
friends of 613 have taken some new photos of one of VMB-613's
aircraft in the lagoon. They got a shot of the corroded radome
on the wingtip and a good shot of the flight deck. In one
photo, the instrument panel, gunsight and throttles can be clearly
seen, although all the instruments had been removed. These
pictures will also be able to pulled down with the VMB613 WEB PAGE
in the near future.
Adam Prusick also contacted our webmaster this past month. As
mentioned in the last newsletter, Adam is an aviation collector who
has assembled a complete set of gear worn by VMB 613 flight crews.
Adam mentioned that he would be going to a local air show and would
be seeing the B-25 Panchito. Robert advised Adam to keep a
lookout for VMB 613 member George Bartlett who frequently flies with
that aircraft during the summer on the air-show circuit.
Remember that our new fiscal year started in January 2008.
an (08) or higher two digit number appearing after your name on the
mailing label on your envelope you should mail a check to us made
out to VMB 613 in the amount of $20.00 for payment of dues.
Many thanks to those members who have already paid their dues.
Note: (07) denotes 2007, (08) denotes 2008, (09) denotes 2009.
Many thanks to the members who have already sent in their dues
THE LIMITED EDITION COLLECTORS ITEM,
squadron logo hat pin is still available for VMB 613 members and
friends. This pin is an inch in diameter and comes in a pewter
finish or gold plated with a hand painted finish. The colors
are similar to the colored logo that was mailed out several months
ago. Marine Corps Scarlet Red background, Gold Wings, Black Cannon
and Maces. Plus it is made in America.
Pewter finish logo hat pin - $4.50
Hand painted finish logo hat pin - $5.50
new item is the license plate frame. It is a
composition material (special plastic) with a red background and
gold lettering. The top of the frame has U.S. MARINES and the
VMB 613 WWII. The cost is $5.00 INCLUDING PACKING AND
Heat Transfer Kit. Has 6 large insignias and 6 small insignias.
Can use on caps, T shirts or any other cloth item. These kits are
still have the small VMB 613 number plate for the rear window at $5.00
each. These now can be ordered with either a WHITE or RED
regular size VMB 613 license plate complete with mounting hardware is
now available on special order for $20.00.
are out of stock on the Red VMB 613 caps. Efforts are in process
to find a qualified organization to supply us with a restock of the
memorabilia items can be ordered from Charlie Knapp.
is a VMB 613 Special from McGrogan's
A cloth patch five inches in diameter which is the standard WWII size.
This is the VMB 613 squadron logo patch in color. The cost to VMB
613 members is $3.50 per patch. Order direct from the following
PO Box 2254
Hayden, ID 83835
Please continue the notes or letters
all of which help to make the monthly letter more interesting.
all for now. Stay healthy.
For security reasons,
changes to the roster are not available on-line. Please contact
Charlie Knapp for address information.
VMB 613 E-MAIL DIRECTORY LISTING
directory of e-mail addresses for members is available on-line in a
password protected area of the site. Please contact our webmaster
to obtain your password.
Note: Please check your address on the listing and let me know of any
required corrections. Some messages have been returned with a
comment "unknown address."
WORLD WAR II MARINES TOOK ON MEDIUM BOMBER MISSION
Although the primary mission of todayís Marine Aviators is close-air
support, the Corps once had a medium bomber mission.
During many months of South Pacific fighting in World War II, Marine
Flyers were given a job that was unusual for them. Equipped with
the B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber, known in Naval jargon as a PBJ, the
aviators carried out long-range bombing missions that were identical to
those flown by the Army Air Forces.
particular, Marines flew a prolonged aerial campaign against the
Japanese bastions on several islands in the South Pacific regions of the
war. The Air Forces gave B-25s to the Navy, who in turn
transferred almost all of them to the Marines. The Marines used
them primarily for night missions over selected areas occupied by
plane became the primary long-range aircraft in a service that didnít
usually have long-range aircraft. Four Marine PBJ squadrons
operated to prevent by passed Japanese forces from impeding the Allied
island-hopping advance toward Japan. This total of four Marine
Squadrons was increased to include four more squadrons to continue
harassing tactics against the Japanese.
typical mission the PBJ could haul 1,000 pounds of bombs almost a 1000
miles and return. A typical PBJ crew carried a crew of six: pilot,
co-pilot, navigator and three gunners. The Corps lost 172 PBJ crew
members and 26 PBJs in both combat and non-combat related mishaps.