Memo To: All
The Baseball Fans
So far the
only squadron member to report on the Florida hurricanes other
than Doc Protheroe is Sandy Hudspeth.
newspapers in operation Sandy was able to get some news from the
Ledger Website which had reports on Hains City and Winter Haven.
covered both Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Charley.
These reports are what we in other parts of the United States
were able to observe on TB and utter destruction was the word.
reported that he and Marie weathered the storm OK. They
lost power for several hours and fortunately even with all the
super strong winds their only damage was to a fancy trim board
from the front. Nothing serious though he said.
reported that he and Jane have been waiting for a break in the
hurricanes so that they could make a short trip to inspect their
damaged condo in Punta Gorda. They had been packed for
over a week to leave when they reported in. If they are
able to sneak by Frances they will be in Punta Gorda for a week
or ten days.
did some G2 and was able to get in touch with Leonard
Delvicchio’s niece and found out that their home had been
destroyed by the hurricane. They are currently living in
their niece’s home in Sarasota until such time that their home
in Punta Gorda is rebuilt. They are doing fine, but they
lost pretty much everything.
Delviccio called and confirmed the info in the prior paragraph.
There was no personal suffering experienced. He was
fortunate to be able to reach his insurance agent before the
masses of their clients called and they had an early review with
edifice will be made much stronger per new state of Florida
rules and hopefully they will not have such a hurricane in the
Doris Siergiewicz send their best to all. They received a
letter from a Marine in Iraq who is on his second tour.
Johns’ niece in St Charles, Mo. sent it to him and he wanted the
613'ers to see what a Marine in Iraq has to say. It is an
attachment to this letter.
Chuck Cannato who said best to all 613'ers. He reported
that all was well with them at Cape Cod. He stopped his
golf work this season to allow his bad knee to recuperate but
still allows time for some golfing in his physical therapy
through some pictures he came across some boxing pics when he
was one of VMB 613's boxing team members. The team went up
to Roi-Namur to engage in matches with some Navy teams and based
upon the scoring techniques the winner would receive a ten day
liberty turn to at Pearl Harbor.
In looking at
the opponents he tried to visualize who he would be matched with
and Dick Haley convinced him he would be properly matched and
not to worry. He looked around while names were being
announced and figured out based on weight, etc who his opponent
would be. He missed in his computation and was matched
with one of the biggest opponents at the event.
145 and his opponent weighed 185. His opponent he thought
should be handled by Herb Siegert since their sizes were
who was in charge of the Boxing Team assured him that he could
take the match, almost, it ended up in a draw and no trip to
still planning on the move to Connecticut or New York. The
exact timing is contingent on the sale of their Cape Cod home
which allows them to evaluate which state to choose for their
Chuck did say
that he was going to call Herb Seigert and do some reminiscing
about the boxing team and the squadron in general.
sends his greetings to all the 613'ers. They recently
attended a concert by the Marine Forces Reserve Band. They
did a terrific job - very enjoyable. They made him proud
and he saw that they originally were from the 4th
Wing which brought back memories to him.
interested the bands web site address is:
he isn’t as well as he wants, back problem, but manages to get
up and move around.
Jim and Buzz Packard who send their regards to all. They
left for a trip or a month of so to Oregon and planned to return
when the frost is on the pumpkin.
Cummings sends his best to all. He has spoken to Doc
Protheroe who reported that the roof has been fixed on their
Florida home. He and Jane are waiting for a traffic report
as to when they will be allowed back to Florida so that they can
determine what the rest of the repairs will required.
said that he had head from Joe and Rita McDonald and that they
are continuing to feel better.
says hello to all. He is managing to move around but not
the way he used to.
says hello and regards to all. He is doing well and
continues to review some old 613 data that he has, which brings
back memories. At one time a visiting basketball team came
through the area, they were members of a Navy ship temporarily
in port, and they inquired about the chances of playing a game
or two with a local team.
Robinson heard about it and discussed it with Art. One of
the requirements was a money routine for the winners.
After seeing the visiting “team” Art strongly voiced objection
about playing them to Frank for fear that the visitors would
make off with a lot of money. Frank accepted his
recommendations hence no game or loss of money.
and Jane stopped at Parris Island to partake of lunch.
While there he thought it would be a good time to do a little
inspecting of the troops. They traveled around the base
and covered mainside, the huge new indoor training pool and then
out to the range. It was a warm day so he made his formal
inspection while in the comfort of the air conditioned car.
two photographs to his letter which showed the quality of the
training. Some of the recruits were so drained while doing
the old jogging in place and then hitting the deck that some
were struggling to get up when they should have been down while
others were hitting the deck when they should have been up.
Talk about exhaustion, Doc said just look at their faces.
Some of the pictures are attached to his newsletter.
Doc and Jane
send their regards to all.
another message from Doc and Jane. It appeared that there
was a break in the hurricanes so they were going to try to sneak
by France’s flank and get to Punta Gorda for a week or so to
check out the damage to their condo.
sends his best to all. Pekin his home town has an annual
Marigold Festival which is in progress. This year he did
not keep track of the daily clues in the newspaper so he
hesitated about entering. He hopes that our friends in
Florida did not suffer major injuries or property losses due to
sends his regards to all. He has become totally confused
with the election hoopla so he has made his final decision.
He plans to
vote for Harold Stassen of Minnesota again. If he is still
alive he would be 109 years old with a new wig and a new wife to
Mc Daniel did some research on the picture of the PPJ in the
last news letter, the one that said Rita’s wagon.
Leatherneck Bombers Book that he has there was a page and
picture of a PBJ with the same lettering. He is going to
try and get a Zerox copy of the picture. The picture showed a
crew from VMB 443.
another picture of a VMB 443 PBJ in the book which had just
returned to Hawaii that had the crew members names - they were:
John Hanks, co pilot, Al Sullivan, Pilot, Steve Stevermer, radio
gunner, John Berardo, Navigator, Make Vakula, mechanic turret
gunner and Hugh McCann tail gunner (picture was courtesy of
that the Leatherneck Bombers is a good book, but it had
little about VMB 613. Both the front and rear covers of
the book however showed a VMB 613 PBJ-H on strikes over Ponape.
The PBJ-H on the front cover of the book was Lt Love’s aircraft
and PBJ-H on the rear cover was Lt Hunt’s aircraft.
intent to give recognition to VMB 613 was appreciated some
modifications that VMB 613 made to their aircraft at Kwaj didn’t
show up in the pictures. Apparently this was an artist’s
conception of our aircraft.
Mac sends his
best to all 613'ers.
wrote to say hello and regards to all. He is still
receiving assistance from the Dominican Nuns, he said that they
are a blessing in disguise. He said that his recliner is
really getting a work out and he wouldn’t be with out it..
The legs can’t be counted on but the walker and cane take their
Here is some
interesting Kwajalein news. A high speed, multi-million
dollar monorail is being built from Roi to Kwajalein. The
exact completion date was not available at the time of this
report but it was estimated that the time of the trip will be 40
minutes. As more information becomes available it will be
passed on to all.
webmaster, Robert Yanacek, reported that world wide interest
continues with our web site. A visitor from Italy spent
over an hour on the web and viewed over 50 different pages.
In addition our website was a discussion topic in an on-line
forum for a magazine entitled Fine Scale Modeler. Already
Hasagawa, a model airplane company, released a 1/72 scale kit of
Yanacek was able to have VMB 613 linked to the Kwajalein
Community Website. Shermie Wiehe is their webmaster and
was on Kwajalein from 1972-1997. The address to the Kwaj
Wiehe notified his web-group of our website a Bruce Muench sent a
message saying that he was at Kwaj when we were and left a few
months after us getting discharged in June of 1946.
has been in contact with some of our members to names to go with the
In talking to
Norb Gibbs, squadron baker, Norb mentioned that while on the George
W. Julian heading to Pearl Harbor there was a very bad storm.
While the storm was building up he was making chocolate pudding and
let the mixture set for a few minutes while he went top side to get
some fresh air.
While top side
the ship hit a big wave and dropped into the trough, when he
returned to the galley the pudding mixture had flown out of the
mixing bowl and landed on the bulk heads and overhead. Hence
no desert for that night.
mentioned that we had an ice cream machine on Kawj unfortunately no
one new how they were supposed to make ice cream since they didn’t
nave a recipe. He wrote to his mother and she sent one, only
the ingredients were not available so it required improvising.
powdered milk and powdered eggs to make the ice cream then for
flavoring he used strawberry jam to make it into strawberry ice
remembered Doris Day’s Sentimental Journey calling everyone
to the squadron theater plus a USO show in which Dennis Day
performed Schubert’s Ava Maria. He said it was a moving
experience and as far as he could see there was not one dry eye at
the Richardson Theater.
also informed him that the Transportation Department acquired a Jap
boat, built a cabin on it and used it to cruise the lagoon,
going from island to island.
mentioned that the Ordnance Department borrowed some supplies
periodically and was able to make a drinkable mixture called raisin
that Robert “Arkie” Ligon passed away on 7 September from natural
causes, aided by heart disease and kidney failure. Arkie was
cremated per his request and will be buried in the family plot in
his old home town of Arkadelphia, AR in October. There was no
funeral service as such but an open house was had at his oldest
son’s home on 10 September.
CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER
Eleven years ago
Tracy Bell came up with a great idea to help replenish the Yakawich
This idea was to
have the 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. In turn the
squadron would make one mail out of season greetings to all the
members with the names of the contributors and their individual
message. We have had excellent responses to this idea.
If the interest continues this season I will make a mail out the
last week of November. MARK YOUR CALENDARS
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.
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