All The Flag Day Celebrants
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.
A number of 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
Harlan Jason says hello to all. He is still at
the Minnesota Veterans Home and enjoys the stay. They
are kept very busy so there aren’t
any dull moments in the day and time flies along.
His telephone number while staying at the hospital is
612-724-9920. I am sure that he would like to hear
from members who have the time to call him.
Frank Noland responded to my note regarding the correct
phone number for him. The number we have is the
correct one, but due to his very poor hearing, even
with hearing aids, he never hears it ring. If he ever
does pick it up he can’t
make out the conversation so he recommends written
correspondence which he will respond to quickly.
He finished his note with the statement, he has lost his
hearing, part of his sight, feeble, bald but he can still
read the memo. He says hello and regards to all.
RL Marx called to say hello and report that they made it
back to Arizona from New Mexico via air.
He really enjoyed the New Mexico desert and mountain area
where they stayed and said it was on a par with Arizona
perhaps a little better. Now the plans are to get
ready and get back home.
Spoke to Foster Cummings who sends his best to all. At
the time we talked they were in the midst of a severe rain
storm which had been coming down for several days, 6 inches
of rain in 24 hours. In some areas not too far from
their home the major State and US Highways were closed.
In fact the morning after talking to Foster it was announced
that the area received 11 inches of rain and many local
roads were closed due to flooding.
Many of the home owners were pumping out but Foster’s
home only received a small amount of water run off in the
He has been in touch with Doc Protheroe who has returned to
Hilton Head, S.C. from Florida and all is well with he and
Foster also heard from Alex Ohlson who reported that they
had returned to Cape Cod for the summer golf season.
All remains well with them.
Jim and Mary Jane Lewis say hello and regards to all.
They are still in the process of getting re-acclimated to
their home town and in the process have noted the many
changes that nature is making, such as ice free lakes.
In addition the geese, ducks, swans and loons are getting
down to business. The deer are starting to show up on
the roads which makes driving a little more dangerous.
The trees are also starting to turn which means that spring
is really on the way in.
Heard from Darrell Alderman who sends his best to all.
All remains well with him. He said that he is busy
doing odd maintenance jobs around the property, as well as,
a certain amount of gardening preparation for the forth
coming summer season.
Cliff Willis called to say hello and regards to all.
He had been cleaning up some files and came across a picture
of some of the troops sleeping on cots on the deck of the
ship bringing us back to the states. He is going to
send me the picture and I will get it onto our WEB Master
for inclusion in the website.
He has been reviewing the VMB 613 book and said that it
really brought back memories. An outstanding job of
presentation of squadron history he said. He did
recognize several members even though he had only been in
the squadron for a short period.
He is still selling agricultural products and it was
really fascinating listening to the products and what they
can do for the agricultural organizations. It is a
matter of spraying one or more of his products, depending on
the product under cultivation, on the product under
cultivation, and adding certain quantities of water and then
get out of the way. The plants really take off and
give the grower a fantastic yield.
He has had to limit his physical efforts though due to a
severe back strain. If medications work out properly
he will be over that problem in the near future.
Doc Protheroe sends his regards to all. He sent along
two newspaper articles about the Loss of some Recruits in
April 1956 at Parris Island who were ordered to march into
swampy Ribbon Creek to install discipline into recruits who
One of the these articles told the story of the platoon
members actions in trying to get out of the water and their
efforts to save their fellow platoon members. Another
article described the survivors return and their
thoughts about the incident.
John Gavin sends his best to all. He said that he has
heard from Stan Inman and Carmine Nasta and all is well with
In watching the national news the other evening they were
expounding about the forest fires in the state of Florida.
This got me thinking about Sandy Hudspeth and whether he was
still far enough away from the danger so I sent him an
e-mail to verify his position.
He responded and said that they have not been effected by
the fire, it has been to the north and south of them.
Having a very dry spring has allowed the fires to spring up
and this one really had a field day, but so far no one has
He said that he and Marie are in good shape and surviving
Heard from Tracie Bell who says hello and regards to all.
All remains well with him in the beginning of the spring
season and he hopes that the heat doesn’t
get too high this summer.
Michael Jacus wishes all the troops a hello and to be hale
and hearty. He mentioned that the passing of Doc Scott
brought memories back to him.
Doc Scott had him admitted to the hospital at Kwaj with
pneumonia and he was there when the various burn
victims from the various raids on Okinawa were brought in.
Not only did the patients have a terrible time fighting
their pain but the Medics have a difficult time working with
the patients to ease the pains.
Mike has been visiting with his brothers, one in Boulder, CO
and the other in Palm Desert, CA. It has given him an
opportunity to get together with some of his brothers and
recollect events from years ago.
He also mentioned that the rebuilt B-25 article that
appeared in one of the earlier newsletters had the town of
Tinley Park taking rides in it. This plane was the
rebuild that Chuck Cherry, Joe Abraham and a couple of other
members went to see when it was in Aurora, IL some years
He found a follow up article on the aircraft which is
enclosed with this newsletter, and has since located another
article on this same plane. A local town was
endeavoring to find a sponsor to allow the B-25 to fly for a
Memorial Day B-25 Flyover when a local farmer (a Veteran)
made a donation to make this a possibility when the Town had
its annual fair. This article is also enclosed with
This farmer sold the family farm and felt he would like to
have the plane back in town. This was his way of
saying he liked having the B-25 ripping around for
Bob Litzau sends his best to all. He has given more
thought to the creator of the VMB 613 logo and still
is of the opinion that Lt Edmunds was the designer of it and
the person who painted it outside the Squadron
Administrative building.. Lt Edmunds also designed and
painted caricatures of various squadron officers on a wall
inside the O’Club.
Condolences from squadron members to the family of William
Kehr. Bill passed away on April 17, 2006 due to
injuries sustained in a fall at home. There were no
formal services and burial was performed at the new Veterans
Cemetery in North Atlanta, GA. His obituary is as
William Arthur Kehr of Marietta, 83, passed away April 17th
from complications due to a recent fall. Born in Erie,
Pennsylvania, he graduated from the Wharton School of
Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
He was a Marine Navigator in the Pacific during World War II
and was active in his veterans group. Most of his
career was as a sales executive in the business forms
He is survived by Marian, his wife of 59 years and his
children William J. Kehr, Carolyn Williams, Robert Kehr,
Nancy Bryant, Bruce Kehr and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Georgia National
Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations
can be made to either the American Heart Association of the
The family of John Siergiewicz sent along a grateful
acknowledgment of our kind expression of sympathy,
the flowers were really appreciated by all family
The family of Doctor J. Clifford Scott sent along a grateful
acknowledgment of our kind expression of sympathy.
This was greatly appreciated by all the family members.
Received a message that Stan Richardson’s
been too good for a few weeks. He had a bout with
pneumonia, and coupled with his problem of pulmonary fibrosis it
left him in a very weakened condition. He put some time in
the Rehabilitation and Care center where noticeable daily
improvement was observed in his regaining of strength.
Finally he was well enough to be sent home. Stan says
hello to everyone.
John Aymen sends his best to all. He continues to hold his
own and hopes that some minor medication will make him feel more
robust which in turn will allow him to start doing a few things
around their new domicile.