Memo To: All The Happy Irishmen
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
One after noon I was reviewing our Roster and
stopped at Fox Hole Barnett’s name and began
wondered what happened to him. Then the phone
rang and it was Bob Chrisman calling. His
first question was, have we ever heard from Fox Hole
Barnett? I told him that I was just on the
same subject and couldn’t find any notes re: his
Bob gave me the name of a small town in Florida
where Foxhole used to go so I checked it out on the
Computer but didn’t have any success in locating
If any members have any mental notes on Foxhole let
us know so that we can try to locate him.
Cal Russell says hello and regards to all.
He hopes that the weather will return to its
former calm attitude not only in Florida but in
other parts of the country as well.
Tracie Bell sends his regards to all. Of
course the weather does give them some problems so
they have to watch it rather than try and do some
thing about it.
Arden Gehris sends his regards to all. He
reports that all is well in the desert country.
No hurricanes or ferocious rain storms have found
their area to harass the residents.
Bob Grice reports that so far the weather hasn’t
tried to spoil what remains of their winter season
and he hopes that it doesn’t try to. He says
hello and greetings to all.
Jim and Evelyn Nelson send their best to all.
So far this season they have been able to get out on
the range without any storms in the area.
Warren Ritter sends his regards to all.
Whenever I see Wilmington, NC in his return address
it reminds me of the many times I was at Camp
LeJeune and Cherry Point and never remembered that
Warren lived close by in Wilmington, N.C.
All I had to do was make a column left off of the
main state highway and probably would have
ended up on his farm.
Bob Akerman says hello to all. He reported
that his health is the best that he can remember. Of
course he did add that at this stage of the game he
could forget a lot.
Stan Inman sends his best to all the gyrenes from
VMB 613. He is still chugging along, no aches
John Gavin sends his best to all. He said that
he is living in the cold northeast where
temperatures have been very frigid, but no
appreciable snow, just a few 1-2 inch snow falls.
Vern Beggs says hello and regards to all. In
respect to the weather they did have a severe squall
line pass through their area one night no damage
from it though. They were fortunate that
several tornados which appeared far to the east of
them, 50, 60,70 miles East continued on their
planned route. Their outside air temp was 60
degrees and the air was calm.
Bob Brueggestrass sends his regards to all. He
did find an error in the E Mail Directory and it got
corrected. All is going well in the High
Plains of Texas he reported. He also said that
all seems well on the High Plains of Texas since
they have survived another year.
He also sent this quote from Andrew Greely, the
Priest author: “The ultimate in ego is a Marine from
Texas who has graduated from Notre Dame.”
Jack Barton sent a short note to let us know that
they were really suffering in Phoenix! First
freeze since 1979, and this is the coldest January
since 1937, the temp was down to 28 degrees, Casa
Grande was down to 17 degrees. Snow came down
a few miles north of town. Sky Harbor has only
had 3 inches of snow in the last 100 years.
He knows what the weather is like in Santa Fe and he
knew I would appreciate how tough this has been for
them this year.
Jim Brotherton says hello and best wishes to all.
He said that over the past five years he has been on
a health watch and has been fortunate to keep ahead
of the sick bay routine.
Carmine Nasta sends his best to all and hopes that
all are in good health. He equated their
weather pattern to New Mew Mexico’s and was happy
that they didn’t get the ice and snow. They
were just starting to get the cold part of winter.
A week previous the temperatures were in the 70's
but he had the premonition that since February and
March were still ahead of them they would have to
contend with their snow problems then.
Carmine did some mental history re: VMB 613 and said
that it has been 62 years since we were terminated
as a Combat War Squadron (1945-2007) and it also
reminded him of our dumping the aircraft into the
Lagoon on Kwajalein.
From that date on we went back to the states for
reassignment and discharge. Several members
left Kwajalein early and the remainder went back on
the George W. Julian.
Members were given their orders at Miramar for leave
and reassignment to various Marine Corps Bases.
After a few weeks and even months in some instances
most personnel were either discharged or transferred
to the Inactive Reserve.
Carmine’s daughter gave him a book entitle “Semper
Fi” The Definitive History of the Marine Corps.
It weighs a ton, has numerous pictures and history
of the Marine Corps.
It is a great book he said, outstanding pictures and
history of the Corps since John Paul Jones to the
present. He hopes that we can preserve out
stature as a world power.
Cliff Dotson sends Best Wishes to all who have
survived the sixty or so years since our Marine
Corps days. They have had a lot of rain, but
no snow or high winds.
During the holidays they were busy with family,
church and friends but they are now getting back to
a normal schedule which will allow him to get back
to his daily early morning tennis followed by
early morning work outs at the Fitness Center of
their club at least three week days.
He mentioned that former morning tennis players from
his group continue to show up. Although they
can no longer play they do manage to get together
for a Christmas Breakfast after tennis each year at
One of the members who attends is 97 and drove
himself to the event. Another who is 94
(former President of Tulane) also drove to the
event. He said that both of them are
physically in remarkable shape for their age and
Cliff said that his metallurgical consulting
activity is gradually diminishing although he still
is involved in several cases, both in his home area
and elsewhere, that he has worked on in recent
months and even years.
Jim Garls reports that the weather is also very
uncomfortable in Pekin, IL. In addition to the
cold they have about three inches of snow.
Hence the warm house remains as his defense against
Foster Cummings says hello and regards to all.
They are in the middle of a fierce winter season,
extreme cold, snow and rain, which makes for very
icy roads. This means that the roads are
covered with 4" of frozen slop. Very dangerous
Joe Yakawich sends his regards to all. As you
may recall Joe was the Featured Artist in the Year
2006 Montana Fair and he sent along a picture of
himself under the Banner of the 2006 Montana Fair.
It will be part of this newsletter for all to cut
out and frame.
He said that he has been doing a lot of Envelope
Painting for his new found fans that he got while in
Billings at their August 2006 Fair.
Their weather has turned pleasant again and for a
change no sub-zero temperatures which they had been
experiencing. He is waiting for the fishing
season to start and that is just around the corner.
He has to go to the VA next month (March)for a
cataract operation on the left eye.
His son the LtCol US Army has been assigned to an
overseas assignment for one year.
Joe sent along a picture of a home that his son Jim
was giving away providing the purchaser moved the
home from the property to make way for an addition
to the parking lot at his store.
A lot of interest was shown but no one could make a
firm decision so the home was demolished leaving a
bare brown lot. A lot of interest from across
the country in the various news services helped to
make the local geographic area known to the public.
Jim Yakawich is already seeking bids for a new
Norb Gibbs says hello to all and reports that
everything is OK with them right now.
Betty had a Pacemaker put in the first part of
December and has been 911'd twice since then.
She was OK before they put it in.
Their weather has been very spring like with plants
blooming very early. He is still working part
time and helping the kids do maintenance work around
Randy Clow sends his regards to all. They were
planning to go to the Southern California dessert for a
month or so visiting with family members and getting in
The Jason Family thanks the squadron members for their
Floral arrangement which was received for the services.
Received an update on Stan Richardson from Peach
Richardson . She said that he is still about the
same, being limited by his breathing problem which
limits his time to stay up and move about. Other
wise he is alert and seems to be content. Stan is
still physically limited to how far he can walk and
really has to watch it.
He continues to feel stronger and endeavors to try
physical activity such as walking by himself (again
paying close attention to the walking distance). A
guide remains in contact to assure that he doesn’t lose
his balance etc.
I am sure that he would like to hear from you folks, his
address is as follows: