Memo To: All The U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Party Participants
Again all will have the opportunity to participate in a local
Marine Corps Birthday Celebration.
Foster Cummings will be hosting his annual Marine Corps party.
Hopefully Joe McDonald will be able to make the trip down from
New Hampshire. Other attendees will be coming from out of
town just a few miles from the Party.
I am pretty sure that Foster will also be attending the Semper
Fi, U.S. Marine Corps Birthday celebration in Boston. This
affair normally hosts around three thousand Marines. It
has become one of the most important annual events in the area
and the tickets go fast once they are printed.
October 2006 Reunion Attendees
Vern Beggs & Family (8 members)
William R. & Roberta Clow
George & Doris McDearmon & Family (8 members)
Alan & Jane Protheroe
RL and Alice Marx
Robert Klinke & Family (4 members)
Calvin & Joyce Russell
Charles F. Knapp
Norbert and Betty Gibbs
Robert & Helen Polakowski
Foster & Doris Cummings
Gerald and Peggy Gutshall
We had 41 members and family members who attended the
The members and guests arrived based upon their planned
schedules. It was great to see all of them and to meet
the family members some of whom we had met at prior reunions
and the new family members who attended for their first
Time was well spent in greetings and talking about the past
activities that occurred during our over seas tour and the
present events at this reunion.
Several members went on trips into the wilderness area
adjacent to the reunion area. The main trip was a boat
trip up and down the river where the outstanding natural
stone formations were viewed.
Another outstanding site in the area was the Veterans
Cemetery which is the largest one in the U.S. and is
maintained in an outstanding manner, no sloppiness,
everything laid out in an exact order.
During the Business Meeting the following Officers were
Charles F. Knapp President
James D. Garls Treasurer
The elected position of Vice President was deleted by
The determination of the next reunion was deferred until
members who offered their services make an evaluation for
the appropriate site.
It was voted not to disburse funds indiscriminately but to have
a complete in depth study performed on the subject in the
On motion made, seconded and approved by the members, Robert
Yanacek, the Squadron's Historian and Web Master was made an
honorary member of VMB 613.
A motion was made, seconded and approved by the members to
contribute $613.00 to the Squadron Historian and Webmaster,
Robert Yanacek, for his out standing efforts in developing the
squadron's web site.
A study is to be performed regarding who can sign checks in the
case of officers presently authorized to do so, becoming
Prior to the start of the banquet a USMC Color Guard brought on
the colors and posted them.
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
Charlie Cosbey says hello and regards to all of VMB 613.
All continues well with him even in retirement.
He had the opportunity to go to his great granddaughters
birthday party and was looking at some pictures
of another grand daughters wedding. He keep seeing
pictures of a white haired old man whom he didn't recognize
so he finally asked his granddaughter who it was because he
thought he was the oldest one there.
She said Grandpa you are the oldest one there and that old
looking guy is you. He said that he just didn't feel like an
old man of 80 years but he guessed pictures wouldn't lie and
he is one of the lucky ones.
He remembers when he was 18 years old and the youngest one
in VMB 613, when all of us were at Kwaj. In
remembering the past he had to agree that time has passed
and he did get a lot of things even though he never thought
about them when he was younger.
The biggest and best job he had was to raise a family of
four boys and have them all turn out to be ones that he
could proud of.
Charlie Coleman says hello and regards to all. His
weather report was good for the day that he wrote, one could
go outside without roasting. The have had the hottest
summer in the history of Texas, but the weather has changed
to something beautiful temps of 80's and 90's.
Since then he called to say that he was unable to attend the
reunion due to problems at his home. They returned
from a trip and when they entered their driveway it was
awash with water. They had suffered an electrical
problem with their home transformer and that coupled with a
serious water leak flooded out their home.
The kitchen floor and another portion of the house had
cement floors but the remainder of the home had wooden
floors. He was busy ripping out the wooden floors,
trying to dry the ground and then hopefully get the new
wooden floors installed.
He said that it was going to be a long job to get the
plumbing repaired along with the task of installing new
He said that he still has the Marine love.
Heard from John and Dotti Roberson who send their best to
all. Their plan to attend the reunion had to be
changed due to their having to make plans for a move to
their new home plus John's health would not let him travel
any great distance at this time.
Chico Duarte sends his best to all. He was unable to make
this reunion even though he had planned for it due to great pain
and difficulty in getting around. This was caused by
arthritis in the lower spine.
Bob and Betty Shock sent along a message that they lost their
youngest son with cancer and a heart attack. They had to
make a fast trip to their son's home area. Their son was a
former Marine and a decorated one with a Purple Heart.
Squadron members send along their condolences to the Shock
Arky Ligon's daughter Brooke Ligon called to say hello and wish
us a happy reunion. She said that if her schedule could be
rearranged she would endeavor to show up. However, she didn't
appear so it is obvious she couldn't rearrange her schedule.
CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER
Thirteen years ago Tracie Bell came up with a great idea to help
replenish the Yakawich Fund. This idea was to have members
contribute to the VMB 613 Yakawich Fund the equivalent Postage
and Christmas Card Costs associated with their Xmas season mail
outs to squadron members with the names of the contributors and
their individual message.
We have had excellent responses to this great idea over the
years. If the interest continues this season I will make a
mail out the last week of November. MARK YOUR CALENDARS.
For those interested please send your greeting message and
contributions and I will add you to the Christmas Seasons
Condolences from squadron members:
To the family of Walter Matheson. Walter passed away on
October 18, 2006. He had been ill for several years due to
muscular difficulties which interfered with his over all health
capacity. This limited his ability to move and required
that he use a special medical wheel chair to get around.
Stan Richardson who has been in rehab for several months due
to his health problem getting out of hand continues to
require an extension of his stay.
He continues to endeavor to perform physical treatment
exercises but on a limited basis. His system won't let
him continue doing them for too long a period.
I am sure that he would like to hear from you folks, his
address is as follows:
Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation & Care Center
3301 McMullen Booth Road
Clearwater, Florida 33761
Mary Jane Lewis wrote that Jim fell and broke his hip and he
was rushed to a hospital. Than the MD played musical
hospitals and had Jim sent to a hospital in Minneapolis.
Jim decided on surgery rather than being in a wheelchair for
the rest of his life. The surgery was successful and
he looked great after the operation and he didn't have to
ask for any pain medication.
Jim was sent to a rehab center in his home area for the
rehab process. He was doing well and was doing a lot
of physical and occupational therapy and was about ready to
go home when his incision became infected. After
moving him back to the hospital they found a blood clot and
lots of infection. After medical treatment plus the
administering of antibiotics he was fitted with a catheter
which will be used for the next six weeks.
It was estimated that Jim would be in rehab for about a month.
I am sure that Jim would like to hear from you folks and his
address while in Rehab for those who wish to send him a few
Cuyuna Regional Care Center, Room 204
320 E Main
Crosby, MN 56441
John Aymen has reached a recovery point wherein it is thought
that he can leave the Nursing Center. He is better than he
was and he shows signs of getting stronger.
He will be returning home within the next week or so.
Although his health progress continues at a slow pace he has
been showing some sign of improvement, but still isn't in the
best of health.
It is anticipated that he will have a walking problem and will
have to endeavor to ward off infection attacks. A wheel
chair will be available for him to use when he feels that he has
to take a rest from endeavoring to walk.
Hopefully he will be able to get his appetite on the upward
swing on his return home.
John sends his regards to all through his wife's telecon with