The Great Cider Makers
Bob Polakowski continues doing some research on a location
for our next reunion and has tentatively selected The Cross
Road Inn at Quantico. This location is also close to
the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
He will be in contact with a WWII Marine, who is handling
arrangements for his own squadron, to get more information
regarding administrative matters. He has been told
that a two bedroom goes for $59.00. Another advantage
of the location is that there is a lot to see without having
to do much traveling.
It would be appreciated if members would let me know if they
are interested in attending so that we would could discuss
the logistic matters with The Cross Road Inn. A
response prior to 31 October would be appreciated so that
plans, arrangements etc. could be started.
R.L. Marx sends his best to all. He said that
everything is going well with them in Sioux City.
He did receive some bad medical news from his Doctor.
The Doctor told him that he was going to live past 100
R L said that possibly he himself is sick in the head
though because he got on his tractor and mowed ten acres
around his condo. This has become an annual habit
of his for the past many years. He had been in
Arizona for three weeks in July waiting for another
grandchild and it was a boy.
The temperature in Arizona was 117 degrees in Arizona so
he was really glad to get back home to a colder climate
of 95 degrees.
Received a letter from South Australia. Ned and
Betty Carmichael send their best to all. They are
both well, but find the days too short for their
efforts. They are fully occupied in Christian
Ministry particularly since Ned is filling in for the
Pastor who hasn’t been well for the past three months.
Weather is also a factor in Australia and at the time of
his writing they were in the middle of a very dry
winter, when it should be wet. The residents feel
that it is the worst drought in the nation’s history,
except for the tropical fringe along the north coast.
All are praying for rain.
Ned’s remaining three children and their families will
be joining he and Betty in Hawaii in November for a two
week reunion. They had one before in Hawaii in
1993. Since the children live from Rhode Island to
California to Hawaii it isn’t too easy to get all
together at one time.
We received a picture of Robert Shock which will be part
of this letter.
There are three people in the picture, Robert Shock is
in the center, Robert's son-in-law, a Vietnam era
Marine, is on the right and a Colonel friend of Shock’s
son-in-lawis to the left.
We received some pictures of Stan Inman which he had
forwarded to the Veterans History Project via the
Google, Network procedure. There were 42 pages of
Stan’s Marine Corps memories, which included Parris
Island, the Hawaiian Islands, Kwajalein Island, various
islands in the Pacific, and ships of all sizes both
tactical and Merchant Marine types and VMB 613 personnel
and squadron area.
Mary Jane Lewis sent along her regards to all. She
mentioned the collapsed bridge in their area and hoped
that no family members were involved in it. She
finally received a call from family members that all was
She also mentioned various activities that have been
keeping her occupied which included a trip to the Boston
area to attend a convention.
John Peterson called and said hello and regards to all.
He said that they were in the process of getting ready
to attend a family wedding and that all members of the
family were very active. One of his grandsons is
the quarterback of his football team and he has made
some very important scheduling decisions so that he too
will be able to make the event.
brought up the name of George W. Julian and asked if I
remembered it to which I said yes. In fact I told
him that when I was living in New Jersey I passed a ship
wrecking yard while on the way to NAS Floyd Bennett
Field one Saturday and there was the George W. Julian
being “field stripped”.
He also mentioned that when we tied up at the Naval
Docks at Pearl Harbor some one was able to commandeer a
Jeep and they located his sister who was a Navy Nurse at
one of the local Naval Hospitals and they brought her to
the pier to visit with John. He was able to get
off the ship to visit with her but he couldn’t make it
off the pier.
His recall of getting off the George W. Julian brought
my memory into play. One day I went to Sick Call
and told Waxie Prankard that I had an impacted tooth
problem. He ran an inspection and said that I
indeed had a problem and that I would have to go to the
Dental Clinic up at the Island Hospital for treatment.
He had Doc Scott review the matter and he agreed.
Waxie had Doc signed the request for Dental Assistance
at the Island Hospital, sign a release form so that he
and I could get off the George W. Julian, another set of
forms so that we could leave the pier and then signed a
transportation form so that we could drive our assigned
government vehicle to the Base Hospital.
Where Waxie got the Jeep I never knew but it was parked
on the Pier near the G.W. Julian and we got into it and
took off. The trip through Honolulu was
outstanding. I think there were more U.S. Sailors
in Honolulu than elsewhere in the Pacific. We
visited practically every street in the city and then
progressed up to the Base Hospital. At the Dental
Clinic they had to schedule me for an appointment which
would be later in the week. Waxie explained that
if we didn’t show up it meant that our ship had been
alerted to take off for battle. That was no
problem to the Base Dental Clinic.
Waxie and I explored the Base Hospital and found the Mess
Hall which had just opened for lunch we were allowed to Sign
In and I think pay a modest sum for the meal. The meal
consisted of baked ham, sliced, plus applicable vegetables
and desert. I took two pieces of ham and the Sailor on
Duty went wild, only one piece of ham per serving.
Waxie explained that I was a former POW and that this was my
first meal since returning. The sailor on duty allowed
my to keep the two pieces of ham and I think I was able to
wrap one piece in some paper and bring it back to the ship
for others to enjoy.
After lunch we took another tour of the suburbs around the
Navy Hospital, proceeded to Honolulu and then back to the
pier where the G.W. Julian was tied up waiting for us.
Norb Gibbs ends his regards to all. He said that the
good news is that he feels great and has gone back to work.
The bad news is that he had a quadruple bypass, which was
done during the first week of June. He didn’t have a
heart attack, he just went in for some tests and they kept
him there for the medical procedures. He said that he
and Betty have both lost a lot of weight, they are both down
to 130 pounds. His weight loss is due to surgery but
Betty’s weight loss remains a history and she feels OK.
He now has eleven grand children, and five great grand
children. He believes that more greats will be coming
I spoke to James “Red” Nelson who sends a "howdy" to all.
He is still in the recuperating cycle both at the hospital
and nursing home where he continues to receive daily rehab
to improve the problem with his left leg, ankle and arm
which are paralyzed. He sounded outstanding
considering his health problem
Received an update on Stan Richardson from Peach Richardson.
He is still endeavoring to stay ahead of the health problem.
There hasn’t been any major change in his health condition
but Stan continues to improve his breathing routine to
overcome his shortness of breath and is continuing to get
more of his strength back. Otherwise, he continues to
be alert and seems to be content. Stan is still
physically limited to how far he can walk and really has to
watch it because he doesn’t have the strength to get up and
move about in the manner that he likes to.
He would like to be able to walk for long periods but his
system won’t let him. He continues to feel stronger
and endeavors to try physical activity which he is unable to
do for an extended period. He also takes daily
treatment to improve his systems breathing.
To change the appearance of his hospital room he has a
Marine Corps cap hanging at the head of the bed, plus his
new one a gift from Doc Protheroe, and has a couple of other
items with Marine Corps insignia in the area.
Another Marine comes in and they share stories on the Corps
which makes the world go a little faster.
Stan continues to remain alert through all this though.
I am sure that he would like to hear from you folks, his
address is as follows:
Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation & Care Center
Clearwater, Florida 33761