Memo To: All the Happy Irishmen
Some of our members have contributed information to organizations
who were obtaining comments from World War II veterans regarding
their experiences. We recently heard from Rutgers University
on this same matter. They are interested in hearing from
veterans who would like to be interviewed. Although they are
interested in hearing from individuals who attended Rutgers
University and live within one hour or so of their New Jersey
location, it is possible they might be able to arrange for an
interview with veterans who live just a little beyond their stated
Contact points are as follows:
(or a member of her staff)
World War II - Korea
Department of History,
16 Seminary Place
Brunswick, NJ 08901-1108
Office: (732) 932-8190
Fax: (732) 932-6763
Shaun Illingworth, Assistant Director
World War II - Korea
Department of History,
16 Seminary Place
Brunswick, NJ 08901-1108
Office: (732) 932-8190
Fax: (732) 932-6763
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
received an e-mail from Robert Shock a VMB 613 member whom we haven’t
been in touch with for several years. He came across our web
page and sent a message to let us know where he now lives. Our
webmaster gave him instructions on how to sign on and visit the web
page so that he could see more of the squadron history than the
brief over view that he came across. His current home address
appears at the end of this letter.
Robert Shock did mention several members whom he had been
endeavoring to contact over the years and information was sent to
him regarding the members mentioned.
When I heard that Robert Shock had gotten in contact with Robert
Yanacek I mailed him a copy of our latest Newsletter which he read
He then sent a letter to Robert Yanacek in which he said that he was
on Guard Duty on the side of the island when the B-29 went down.
He sent along a sketch of the island where the accident occurred.
He remembers it today, very clearly, as when it happened.
Although he had mentioned the accident to several 613'ers he never
heard anything more about it until he read our Newsletter. He
was of the opinion that the Corporal of the Guard knew about it. He
said the aircraft never got over 8 or ten feet from the water, the
engines sounded OK, but it never gained altitude. He saw it
drop into the ocean.
Robert re-enlisted and went to China with VMF 218 (F4U Corsairs) and
John Glenn was one of their pilots. They spent a year out side
of Peking and then went down to Guam, NAS, Orote, Agana.
Foster Cummings reported that they had 15" of snow and he had been
operating his snow blower for several hours. Since the snow
was a fine powder not a wet snow it was pretty easy to move around.
He heard from DC Clay who called to let him know that the
temperature in his neighborhood was only 80 degrees, just right for
golf. Foster sends his regards to all.
Akerman sends his best to all. He reported that a year ago he
had a heart problem but it was fixed up nicely in the hospital.
Medicine has improved greatly in 15-20 years was his
reading of the Dauntless Dotty plane crash and the pending plane
search it brought back memories to him. He arrived at Kwaj in
early June of 1945 as a replacement. One morning he and a
buddy saw a large plane take off and drop into the ocean a short
distance from the shore. It was a fair distance from them and
see any activity around the plane at any time. They often
wondered what happened but never found out. He sent along a
sketch of where he was positioned when the aircraft went down and
where the aircraft went down. His information will be
forwarded to the potential Search Team members for review and
Warren Ritter sends his best regards to all. All continues
well with him in North Carolina.
Mike Brennan says hello and regards to all. He is in the process of
recovering from a stroke and has to undergo medical check ups
periodically, feels pretty well though.
Carmine Nasta says hello and regards to all. Staten Island was
in the process of recovering from the snow storm and waiting for a
cold spell to hit the area. This cold spell was supposed to
bring a tornado and some rain. While talking to him he said that the
temperature was 56 degrees. This helped to finish off the
snow. They didn’t
have any snow plows in operation during or after the snow storm,
just machines that melted the snow and supposedly let the melted
snow run into street drains.
has heard from several members, which included Ralph McClain, Jack
Virga, Frank Noland. Walter Gravello, and Les Robinson. All
was with them.
Ostell Scarborough, Jr. came across some pictures that his father
had left in an old box. There aren’t
any dates, names or locations. He was going to scan them into
his computer and e mail them onto Robert Yanacek. They will be
transferred to the WEB site when received.
Jack Barton says hello to all. While a lot of us are
experiencing weird weather temperatures he is basking in
Arizona spring weather - February 80 degrees. He is
still fortunate to be able to play golf but doesn’t
always keep the score - gets too depressing.
2001 he quite flying when he turned a certain age although his
license was still good. Now he lets others fly him around if
Wayne Noble says hello to all. Things are progressing well and
he is able to do the least he can. Time really flies when you
are having fun he said and hopefully no hurricanes to mar things.
James Milhousen reported that they have had a mild winter in
Schaumburg, IL. At the time of his writing they started
getting wind gust of 40 MPH. Outside of that everything in
Schaumburg is quiet. Regards to all.
son got in touch with us. He had been doing some research on
Kwajalein and came across our website. He told Robert Yanacek
that his father was in the Marines and stationed on Kwaj. He
found his father’s
name on the roster along with a photograph of him and Paul Yanacek.
reported that his Dad had passed away about five years ago. He
is a police officer for the Brookpark Police Department and wanted
to thank Robert for the great job he has done with the web site.
Bill Barber sends regards to all. Things are well in Indiana
and he is waiting for warmer weather to arrive so that he can start
up his bike riding routine.
George Comer reports that he has serious back problems from an old
accident which makes travel very difficult and uncomfortable.
He is hoping that this condition will improve with the warmer months
coming up. Regards to all he says.
Garls says hello and regards to all. All is well in Pekin he
just wished that Spring would speed up its arrival, and that Global
warming is welcome.
Calvin Russell sends his regards to all. His weather is
holding up well and so far no hurricane weather appears to be in
sight for them.
Cliff Willis says hello to all. Winter is still running
rampart in his section of Iowa. Hopefully it will remember to
move on and let spring arrive as scheduled.
Norb Gibbs says hello to all. He and Betty have had good health, no
Last year he purchased a snow blower and was able to use it once.
This winter they have had six inches of snow and the snow blower
would not start. At the time of writing they had about an inch
of snow, covering the ice the he still couldn’t
use the snow blower, it wouldn’t
cooperate and start up.
is still working part time, 4 ten hour days. He needs the
other three days to meet the demands for repair for his
grandchildren. They now have been blessed with two great grand
daughters this year.
was happy to read that Doc Scott was still up and running. He
remembers Doc Scott insisting that they go to Sick Bay even with the
smallest cut or burn.
until he had a lump in his arm pit. Doc Scott scared the
living day lights out of him when he said
should cut your arm off”
but if I can get the Corpsmen to sit up with you and soak your arm
in Bi-chloride of Mercury, we will try to save it.”
Corpsmen and the Cooks had a thing going while working on him.
To quench their thirst they had grapefruit juice with an additive,
but none for him since he was the patient.
Cliff Dotson sends his best 2006 wishes to all of us that remain to
enjoy the pleasures of life each day and the memories we have of all
of modern history’s
greatest effort to preserve our country.
and Patsy continue to be blessed by leading an active life.
Their main physical activities continue to be tennis,
fitness workouts and the usual activities that go along with
independent living in their own home. They try to enjoy each
day - day by day. Although he continues to carry on his
consulting activities associated with metallurgical failure
analysis, it is done to a lesser extent than in the past.
Protheroe says hello to all. He and Jane have gone to Punta
Gorda for a few weeks and will return to Hilton Head around the end
of March. They brought their computer with them so that they
could keep in touch with the outside world.
Robert Deboth, son of James DeBoth has sent three pictures to us for
inclusion in our website. One for sure is of the Havana
Liberty Run and the other two could be shots at Boca Chica or Cherry
Bill Kehr located two more names of our aircraft. We are now
up to eight names as follows: 8-Ball; Betty-Lou; Flaming Fury;
Green Weenie; Long Gone; Love Bug; and Miss-Carriage. Check
you memories, notes and pictures and see if you can add to the list.
Heard from Dave Danser and he can’t
recall any pertinent facts regarding the location of the picture or
of any of the other individuals in the picture.
any flight crew personnel still have their flight log books could
you check them and see if there are any flights recorded to any
islands during the period of 14 December 1944 through 31 January
1945 that would have allowed for landings.
Condolences from squadron members:
the family of James
Montgomery. James passed away on January 15, 2006.
Marines were well represented at his funeral. A Marine
Chaplain conducted the services and the Marine Honor Guard performed
a flag folding ceremony and the playing of taps.
the family of Hunter Bernard. Hunter passed away on February
4, 2006. He had been in the hospital recovering from a stroke,
cerebral hemorrhage, and had been on life support. A memorial
service was held on 18 February at the First Christian Church,
John Aymen had to return to the hospital for special treatment.
He suddenly felt very weak and had problems digesting food and the
like so a hospital check up period was required. His system
improved to the extent that he was able to be assigned to a Rehab
Center. He is showing a daily improvement, able to move about
slowly but surely.
Robert Yanacek came across the following website addresses which
should be of interest to members:
collection of photos that document the history of Micronesia.
The link is to the Campaign for the Marshall Islands is:
Other collections which include the Japanese Occupation, Transition
to Peace, etc can be found at:
Three more organizations have added VMB 613's website by placing us
on their link pages:
National Museum of the Pacific War;
Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation, and;
Marine Corps Aviation Association.
Pull up this link which contains a song written out of gratitude to
the veterans of World War II. The author was motivated to let
all of you know how many people feel about what you did for future
generations and how much we appreciate it. It is very moving.
It may take some time to download, but it is well worth it. It
is a new song entitled
by someone named
Remember that our new fiscal year started in January 2006.
an (06) 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: (05) denotes 2005, (06) denotes 2006. 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
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.
a limited number of Red VMB 613 caps, the cost is $10.00 each and
are being sold on a first-order, first-serve basis.
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."