Memo To: All
The Smiling Irishmen
call the Reunion Reservations Desk at NAS Pensacola and place
your reservations for the year 2004 VMB 613 Reunion.
have already started to make reservations so please continue
asked, we are the Reunion Group I.D. No.
dates are listed below.
2004 - MEETING OF OLD FRIENDS
family members are welcome at the reunion. We have had a
good turnout of family members at prior reunions and would like
to see this trend continue.
area is bubbling with all the unique ingredients needed to make
a perfect site for our 2004 Reunion. It will be another
fun-filled time to meet and greet all our 613 friends.
evening banquet Colonel David L. Barraclough, Commanding
Officer, MATSG-21, NAS Pensacola will be the guest speaker.
also provide a color guard for posting of colors.
Museum is one of the biggest attractions in the country and all
attendees will really enjoy seeing the various aircraft on
display. A PBJ is still under “rebuild” and hopefully we
will be given the opportunity to make a walk by and take a few
pictures of it. Don’t know how many will be allowed to
enter the aircraft though. There are also several
interesting aviation memorabilia items on display that
all would really enjoy observing.
in mind that for the Raffle we would welcome any and all gifts
from members. In prior years we received many interesting
items and would like to see the trend continue.
has the Yakawich Fund whose primary purpose is to provide some
assistance to members in their attendance efforts at reunions.
Any and all requests are considered confidential.
CALENDARS FOR THE 2004 BIENNIAL
BOMBING SQUADRON VMB 613 will hold its 2004 BIENNIAL REUNION at
the Navy Lodge on Pensacola, Naval Air Station, Florida during
the period 5 May 2004 through 8 May 2004.
following important data close to your calendar appointment
have already started. Telephone number is toll free at
1-850-456-8676, identify yourself as a member of VMB 613 to
assure getting the special room rates.
me after making your reservations so that a list of attendees
can be quickly prepared.
information regarding the reunion becomes available all will be
information that has been sent to all in the newsletters in a
convenient place and make changes when notified. An update
of the Reunion Data will be mailed out periodically.
that some members have already made their Reunion Reservations.
These members are Vern and Anne Beggs, their son Rick and his
wife, their grandson Cory and his wife, D.C. Clay, Foster and
Doris Cummings, Dottie Evans, William and Marian Kehr, Rl and
Alice Marx, Don and Marge McCune, Robert and Diane Yanacek and
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
reports that he will be with us at the 2004 reunion in
Pensacola. He enjoyed reading the last news letter
particularly since it contained reference to the book “Flyboys”
by James Brady. He had just finished reading it when he
received the newsletter. He wanted to add his
recommendation to the one in the newsletter that all members
would find it fascinating reading.
Much of the
book concerned the treatment of U.S. flyers shot down by anti
aircraft fire over Chichi Jima. A heavily fortified island half
way between Iwo Jima and Tokyo.
that this should be of special interest to VMB 613 since planes
from our squadron operating out of Iwo Jima patrolled up to
Chichi Jima. The author told in graphic detail how
captured flyers had their heads chopped off and then their flesh
was eaten, washed down by Saki, at drunken orgies.
hello and best to all.
says hi to all. He is feeling good and is continuing with
the operation of his aircraft manufacturing operation. His
current customers are standing in line waiting to accept
delivery, these customers are his grandchildren.
Right now he
is producing Spitfires and the World War I Nieuport aircraft.
It takes him about fifteen hours per plane from start to
delivery. In addition to the aircraft activity he is still
spending time on his art, painting various western artworks.
has been real Montana winter so it limits his outside activities
such as fishing but does allow him to get cabin fever.
Joseph is a Major and is presently stationed at Ft Leavenworth,
KS and is a member of an U.S. Army Combined Arms Tactical
Training Command Inspection unit that makes trips all over the
world inspecting and evaluating Division and Corps Staff in War
Tactics to ascertain their operating efficiency.
Cummings sends regards from cold New England. He has
maintained his ability to run the snow blower due to the large
amount of snow that they have been receiving.
Foster and John Siergiewicz celebrated their enlistment in the
Marine Corps in January 1943. They and their wives got
together in New Hampshire for dinner to celebrate the event.
They had a great time trying to remember all of their platoon
members and various events that occurred while they were at
was in conversation with Lester Robinson and all is well with
Jim and Mary Jane Lewis who reported that they had a another
month in Texas. The weather hasn’t been to their liking,
they wish that it would warm up to at least the 60's.
They heard that back home they have snow in their front yard and
the temperature is constantly in the zero range. While in
Texas they have been doing real touristy things including a
concert with Elvis impersonators. They send their best to
sent along message concerning Harlan Jason. She received a
message from Mary Jason who wanted all hands informed that
Harlan had suffered a severe diabetic attack. In addition
he tested positive for the flu bug. His sugar count was
vacillating up and down and he was confined to the hospital and
than was transferred to the Masonic Home.
and Mary were in the same hospital for several days and the
children were kept active running up and down between floors to
visit with them.
problem is will Mary be well enough to care for him when he is
supposed to be released. Mary had been in the hospital
with a lung infection when Harlan started to have his problems.
Although she is at home now it is a matter of wait and see who
will be able to do what.
this medical emergency activity was going on Harlan received a
summons to report for Jury Duty.
reported in and said that he and Margie had made their reunion
reservations and will see us at the reunion. Don passed on
some events that he participated in after the war when he served
on a US Government Naval/Military Tribunal. This
assignment took him back to Pohnepei where he was able to
see our downed aircraft and the monument the Japanese had
erected in honor of our lost personnel.
From there he
went onto a few other islands where the Japanese had captured
several U.S. military personnel. On one of the islands a
Japanese Admiral was being held prisoner and during his
interrogations by American personnel he had to have an
interpreter, Yet is was known that this Admiral was a graduate
of an American University in either California or Washington.
experiences were really exceptional and worthy of being written
up and donated to the US Marine Corps University Research
that he went through Boot Camp at San Diego and that Tyrone
Power was also their with him. The mention of Tyrone Power
reminded me that Art Navarre had told me that when he went
through Quantico for Officers Candidate Training Tyrone Power
was in his class. In turn that reminded me of an incident
at Cherry Point.
One day a
Sergeant requested that I assist him in moving shelves from one
building on the flight line to another building just across a
narrow walk that separated the buildings.
We moved the
shelves out of one building and stopped to figure out how to get
them into another building. Our stopping point blocked the
narrow walk and the Sergeant said take off and I will get back
to you. He looked to his right when he said that so I
looked to my left and coming up the narrow walk going toward the
flight line was Major Nevils with 2nd Lt Tyrone
Power. Needless to say I took off with the Sergeant and
returned later to complete the assignment.
absence, Major Nevils and 2ndLt Power managed to find another
passageway to get to the flight line.
Tyrone Power purchased a B-25 aircraft modified by Hughes
Aircraft into an executive aircraft.
Brotherton reports that all is well in Florida including the
very cool weather they have been having.
He and Trish
are very happy about their son Jim, Jr. who has been a golf pro
Club Professional for 30 years. He was just selected as
the P.G.A. Professional of the year (this was out of 25,000
members) in the U.S.A. Needless to say this award has made
them very proud.
best wishes and good health to all.
sends his best regards to all. Everything is continuing
well in Texas he reported.
says hello and regards to all. He sent along a newspaper
article about the city of San Clemente, CA that is Gung Ho for a
Marine Statue. The model for a larger than life monument
proposed for a bluff near the town’s pier is a live Marine.
This athletic Marine is from Buffalo, OK.
is to honor Marines past and present. The monument Marine
will be in Dress Blue uniform and will frozen in a salute
directed across a beach parking lot and toward American and
Marine Corps flags flying above a pier restaurant.
A non profit
group the Heritage of San Clemente has already raised $32,00
since November toward the projected $125,000 cost. The
monument will be unveiled November 2005 the Marine Corps 230th
image will be perhaps 6 ft 8 inches tall and will rest on a 3 ft
high pedestal surrounded by California native plants and a some
Robinson called and said hello to all from he and Betty, all
continues well with them. In discussing post war
activities in the Pacific he mentioned that he had the
opportunity to go over to Ponapei and see the monument
that the Japanese had erected in honor of our lost personnel.
He also was able to visit a few other islands which were
interesting to view without any hostile action by the
Frank says he
will see us in Pensacola.
sends his regards to all 613'ers. They had been having a
mild winter until after Xmas then it turned bad – very cold and
lots of that fluffy “white rain” that’s typical in West
to be blessed with very movable body parts but he doesn’t move
them any more than necessary. He hopes that this is also
true for all the friends from service years.
says regards to all. He hopes that the weather patterns
allow some of the members to avoid a lot of snow and cold
weather. Based on his past experience with snow storms and
falling from ladders trying to push the snow off the front of
his garage he is using different techniques where in he can keep
two feet on the ground while he moves the snow.
recommends two books for those interested in military matters.
One is Semper Fi and contains stories of the United
States Marines from Boot Camp to battle. The author
prepared a compilation of short stories or excerpts from books
by various authors that together tell the story of the mystique
behind the esprit de corps and the brotherhood of Unites States
Marines, past and present.
realized that the individual stories didn’t do the Marines the
justice they deserve and he endeavored to do so in this book.
He endeavored to bring together the intangible something that
sets Marines apart form military members of the other United
States military services.
subjects of the stories are varied, the theme remains the same.
Marines are unique.
book recommended by Mike is The Tigers Way. This
book describes how Marines can defeat any adversary, from a
Moslim terrorist/guerilla to an Asian regular. This book
contains techniques and insights that when combined with a
Marines proven training methods will level the field for our
Some of the
new basics covered in the book are micro terrain appreciation,
harnessing the senses, night familiarity, non-detectable
movement, guarded communications, discreet force at close range,
combat deception, and one on one tactical decision making.
The author also
described what the Eastern soldier does: when told to hold, at a
listening post, with contact patrolling on point, about tracking an
intruder, while staling a quarry, to reconnoiter an enemy position,
in the rural assault, for attacking cities and during and urban
sends his greetings to all and will see us in Pensacola. If
everything goes according to their plans they will be visiting in
Florida for a few weeks and they hope that the temperature will be
warm while they are there.
DC Clay says
hello and regards to all. Weather and aches permitting he
continues to get in his required physical exercise by playing golf.
He will be seeing us at the Pensacola Reunion.
Spoke to George
and Doris McDearmon and they report that all is well with them.
They were in the Reservation mode for the Reunion and say that they
will see us all in Pensacola.
sends his regards to all. He has been able to stave off the
severe winter and hopes that some warm weather will arrive soon.
says hello and regards to all. He followed instructions and
got a flu shot and it worked, he came down with the flu and he was
out of for most of the month of December. He is now up and
around and feeling like his old self.
Dick Riggle says
hello to all. Things are going OK with him but the weather
continues to be a challenge. Hopefully it will return to what
is considered a regular winter.
Jurgelevich - Ruth Jurgelevich called to inform us that Bill passed
away on Monday 2 February 2004 at 10:00 AM. Bill hadn’t been
feeling too well for quite some time but he did set up a physical
training program for himself which he followed faithfully.
Although he did follow through on this physical training his over
all health conditions couldn’t overcome open heart surgery and the
many unanticipated shortness of breath attacks. He finally
succumbed to emphysema. This has been attributed to his
working as a youth in a plant with unsafe working conditions which
undoubtedly injured his lungs, smoking and excessive exercising.
Members of 613
offer their sympathy to the Jurgelevich family.
Alfred W. Dick -
Glen W. Dick, son of Alfred Dick, sent a message saying that his Dad
passed away on January 25, 2004 after a couple of rough months.
The good news was that he had 88 great years and one just OK before
these last few months.
Members of 613
offer their sympathy to the Dick family.
PLEASE CHECK YOUR MAILING LABELS AND SEND IN YOUR CHECKS SO THAT
THE FILES CAN BE UPDATED.
our new fiscal year started in January 2004.
If there isn’t an
(04) 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.
Note: (03) denotes
2003, (04) denotes 2004. Many thanks to the members who have
already sent in their dues checks.
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