All The Tired Vacationers
Members have been letting me know that they have received the
initial release of information relative to the Year 2006 Reunion
which will be held in Chattanooga, TN at the Choo-Choo Holiday
Inn Complex from Wednesday, October 18, 2006 through Saturday
October 21, 2006 with Check Out on October 22, 2006.
Reservations should be made as early as possible. Be sure
to book for every night you will be there. Make
R\reservations by September 15, 2006 (the Inn will endeavor to
make reservations after this date on a space available basis).
Remember to call the Reunion Reservations Desk at:
1-800-872-2529 and identify yourself as a member of Marine
Bombing Squadron 613.
Unless you are there it will not be complete.
For those members who have access to the Internet, the Reunion
information is also available at:
All family members in addition to the squadron members are
welcome to attend the reunion.
We have already received Squadron Reunion Registration
affirmation from the following members:
Vern Beggs & Family
Charles F. Knapp
Randy & Roberta Clow
George & Doris McDearmon
Foster & Doris Cummings
Alan & Jane Protheroe
Robert & Helen Polakowski
RL and Alice Marx
Norbert and Betty Gibbs
Robert Klinke & Family
Calvin & Joyce Russell
Head count wise, we are up to 34 who will attend to date.
Let's keep the ball rolling!
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
Randy Clow sent along a note regarding a VMB 613 cap which
was interesting. At our second San Diego Reunion his
son, Steve, was wearing a VMB 613 cap when a veteran
of 613 said “I wish I had one of those hats.”
Steve took his off and gave it to him on the spot.
Randy just thought about it recently and decided to send a
replacement cap to his son Steve which has now been done.
Bill Barber sends his regards to all. He reported that he
continues to enjoy good general health for one of his age but he
is taking a long time to recover from a bad bicycle accident of
May 6th. On a group ride with other members of his
bike club he was hit broadside by a cyclist going 20
miles per hour. He hit the pavement hard, breaking the
right femur bone, also know as the thighbone. He was in
the hospital for a week and the doctors talked about a hip
For various reasons he objected to that, so they repaired
the femur by putting a metal rod through the length of it.
Following his discharge from the hospital he received
considerable outpatient therapy. He continues on
the road to recovery but with limited activities.
This limited activity means he decided not to attend the 2006
Reunion in Chattanooga which he had been planning to do.
Hopefully he will be in full swing for the next reunion.
Heard from Sandy Hudspeth who sends regards to all. He and
Marie are now back in Florida after an extended trip around the
North East section of the country. They also visited with
family members in the vicinity of Syracuse, N.Y. They had
a good visit and returned to Florida in good shape. They
experienced minor problems regarding what could be brought on
board the airplanes, but not too many.
Robert Yanacek said that he had a great conversation with Robert
Shock and what started out as a short chat turned out to
be a 1½ hour conversation. They had a great time talking
about the Ordnance personnel, by name, and one non-Ordnance guy,
Farley J. Sutphin (he was in Materiel).
Condolences from squadron members to the family of Michael
Jacus. Mike passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2006.
He had been diagnosed with lung cancer just three weeks prior,
but no medical procedures were able to give him any relief.
Mike was buried with full Military Honors and had a Marine
Detachment at the grave side. The sounding of Taps got to
all in attendance.
Mike’s daughter Jan and family sent along a message that
mentioned his great feelings for the squadron and the Marine
Corps and the fact that he had been planning to attend the
reunion. Mike's family thanked us for our attention and
the beautiful arrangement of flowers.
Condolences from squadron members to the family of Ken Leffman.
Ken passed away on September 3, 2006. Ken had been retired
for several years and he and his wife used to winter-over in
The family of Paul Yanacek sent along their thanks for our
sending the beautiful flowers to Paul’s funeral service.
"Thank you a million" they said.
John Aymen continues on his recovery program in the nursing
center. He is better than he was and he shows signs of
getting stronger. Although his progress continues at
a slow pace, he has been showing some sign of improvement
particularly since the nursing center staff has made a few
changes in his food eating routine. They are endeavoring
to have his system absorb some larger particles of food rather
than use tubes all the time. This has allowed him to make
an effort to determine what they are serving him. He has
been able to almost identify some of the food.
John sends his regards to all through his wife's telephone
conversation with me.
The VMB 613 "Semper Fidelis" Award has been presented to two
websites in recognition of their faithful contribution to the
Internet community. Robert Yanacek and JD Garls have been
evaluating sites and they came up with the recommended awards.
Those webmasters having received our award have demonstrated
fidelity and a high degree of excellence in the portrayal of
military and/or naval information.
The winning websites can be visited by clicking the following
The Commemorative Air Force is currently restoring a WWII
PBJ-1J. Supposedly this is the only actual PBJ airframe in
existence (excluding those at the bottom of Kwajalein Lagoon)
and it can be seen on the following address:
Dave Fish sent this information to our webmaster. Dave is
son of Lieutenant Doit Fish, a PBJ pilot assigned to VMB 611.
Dave's father's aircraft disappeared while on patrol in 1945
while searching for a downed VMB 611 aircraft piloted by Colonel
George Sarles, CO of VMB 611. The aircraft wreckage was
found sixteen years later in the Phillipines.
This aircraft, when completed, will display the markings MB-11