To All Those Who Served With Honor
Bob Polakowski reported that 35 squadron members and family
members had informed him that they would be attending the
reunion and based upon contact with other members it is
possible that a total of approximately 45 could be in
Several members have called me and informed me that they
were actively looking into the possibility of attending and
would be contacting the appropriate persons regarding rooms.
Bob also indicated that we could be still hearing from our
contact for the reunion. This individual a former WWII
Marine has been instrumental in helping Marine organizations
get oriented with the motels in our planned reunion area.
The reunion dates are May 14, 15, 16,17 and leave on the
18th. It will be held at the Crossroads Inn in
Quantico VA. Rooms are $64.00 (no tax), and have
refrigerators, microwaves and coffee makers. There is
an outside swimming pool.
To make Reservations at the Inn, call: Jackie Holder, Mgr -
1-800-965-9511, and mention that this is a VMB 613
Reservation and that the Group Number for VMB 613
Reservations is 1197.
You fly into Reagan International Airport and there are
shuttles to the Inn.
Many plans are still being formed but we will have buses to
take us to special events. On Thursday we’ll visit
monuments, Friday 8th&I Headquarters, and attendees will see
the Marine Corps Band and Silent Drill Team.
To maintain contact with Bob and let him know you are coming
here is his address and telephone number:
118 N Wilson
Kimberly, WI 54136
Bob telephoned the other day to say that the Motel is doing
everything possible to get room space for members who are
endeavoring to make the reunion. Space has become
available at other motels not too far from the Main Hotel
and when ever a room does become available at the Reunion
Motel the Staff endeavors to contact a squadron member to
make them aware of the opportunity for a room.
Heard from John Kennedy who says hello and regards to
all members. They are waiting for the real Florida
weather to return to their area of the country.
Joe Yakawich sent along a few lines to let all of us
know that all is well with him and the family. He
says Hi to the gang and hopes that all are OK.
He reported that he had just completed a painting of a
48 inch Display of a Consolidated B-24D Liberator
aircraft. Now that this one is complete his is
starting on a painting of a 36 inch DC-3 Military
He sent along pictures, drawings and parts lists to show
what was required if one wanted to be non original and
make one from a kit as opposed to using their own
mentality to measure, cut and glue etc.
Heard from Jim and Buzz Packard who send their regards
to all hands. All continues well with them and
with the weather almost on schedule for better days they
are getting outside more often.
Doc and Jane Protheroe planned to leave Florida for home
around the 27th of March. They send
their best regards to all.
Their weather has been real windy and cold during the
month of March and they are hoping that the weather will
warm up just a little. If this happens it will
allow the fishermen to go out and endeavor to catch some
Heard from Red Nelson’s daughter Sharon, who reported
that all is well with the folks, Jim (Red) and Evelyn
and they are getting ready to move into a new mobile
home which will be on Sharon’s property so they will be
close by to them at all times. They have a new
address which is:
2503 Maurice Road
Odessa, TX 79763
Mike Brennan says hello and best regards to D.C. Clay
and Chico and all the rest of the outfit. He
reported that the winter of 2008 has been tough on him.
They have had snow since the start of January and this
has made it difficult for him to get out and walk.
He has started into Yoga to see if their relaxation and
breathing techniques will help to relieve the affects of
the stroke he had on his whole right side.
He said he doesn’t want to complain about their weather
after seeing what the rest of the country has been
suffering from, in the way of fire, floods, tornadoes,
drought and everything else.
Ed Alling sends his greetings to all. Everything
is going OK with him and he hopes that this is the same
for all members.
Chuck Cannato sends his regards to the “Olde Crew” and
for all to "stay healthy."
Received a message from Joe Waldowski who sends his best
to all. He gave a report on matters that have
slowed he and Dottie down a little.
On January 2 Dot had her right knee replaced and had to
spend two weeks in the hospital for themo-therapy three
times a week. Now that she is at home and
following the doctor's orders doing home themo-therapy
and other related medical items.
They remain active in their Senior group and endeavor to
bowl once a week - of course Dot can’t bowl but she can
watch and cheer.
Since neither of them are at a 100% operating efficiency
level they limit their trips to the Casino’s or a show.
Bob Akerman sends his regards to all. All remains well
with them. He asked if I remembered what year a big
tropical storm hit Majuro and washed away a policeman who
was directing traffic and a bunch of houses at an
intersection. I went to the Internet and endeavored to
find reference to such a tropical storm but haven’t been
able to find an exact date. I will continue to check
the various references going back to a period of 12-15 years
ago and see if a tropical storm name surfaces on the matter.
Heard from Bob Grice who reported that all was well with him
and he sends his regards to all. He asked me to check
my memory regarding whether there was an island in our Kwaj
area that personnel could use for R&R. I said that
there was such an island but I couldn’t remember for sure
which side of the lagoon it was on that was used for R&R
purposes by squadron personnel.
In checking with our webmaster, he said that the island was
Bennett Island in the vicinity of Kwaj and it was used by
our squadron personnel for R&R purposes.
Heard from Bob Brueggestrass who says hello to all. He
reported that he underwent a procedure to place a pacemaker
in his body. This was done based upon the opinions of
several Texas Tech cardiologists. They attributed his
extremely low pulse rate as a detriment to his health and
well being and as nothing else seemed to work this was
considered the best approach to correct the medical problem.
He was discharged from the hospital and is at home and
sleeping with numerous constraints and starting feel well.
He has regained enough strength to handle communications via
Vern Beggs sends his regards to all. He reported
that Al Varner and Marlys stopped by for a short visit and
that he mentioned the VMB 613 website to them. Vern
mentioned the quality of it and the Varner’s are going to
visit it when they get home to South Bend.
Vern also sent long some “Island Memories”, a write up on
Ponape from the May 1982 issue of Travel Holiday Magazine
and a copy of Chuck Cherry’s advertisement of the Marine
Bombing Squadron VMB 613 40th Anniversary Aircrew Revolver.
These will also appear with this News Letter.