Memo To: All The Labor Day Celebrants
Heard from John Aymen who said
to all. John has been fighting a cancer which left him
very weak so it was necessary for him to spend some time in
the hospital to recuperate. After a months stay where
he picked up some energy he learned to get around in a wheel
chair and then reached the point where he could use a
walker. He is now home using the walker to help him
navigate. One thing for sure is that he is now down to
a playing weight of 166 lbs.
Heard from Jim Lewis and Mary Jane who send their best
regards to all. They have been plagued with very
unusual hot weather, in fact they are now calling it a heat
spell. This caused them to stay home and learn how to
play the air conditioner.
Several of the children planned a big surprise for Jim in
Minneapolis on his birthday and they finally made it up
there. They had to available for an early Saturday
A.M. trip and made that schedule.
They were picked up on Saturday A.M. at 0730 and off to the
Flying Cloud airport in Eden Prairie. They took a
shuttle bus and immediately fell into a mob of people and
throngs of planes. Signs were hanging that said that
this was one of the biggest air expos outside of Oshkosh,
They just followed their children who seemed to know what
they were going to do. They came to a B-17 which was
being checked out by various guys so they followed suit.
Walking on they came across a B-25J - Miss
Mitchell. Jim immediately took over and told the
children all about it. His son Bryan had disappeared
but came back with a clip board and paper attached. He
told his Dad that he would have to sign this paper because
take him up in the plane unless he signed. He looked
strangely at his son and suddenly it hit him, that he was
going to fly in the plane for his birthday. WOW!!!
He got in line and waited for
hour and was boarded, 5 passengers at a time. The boys
said that Jim scrambled up there like a 25 year old, he was
really pumped and away they went. While they were
airborne, the skies blackened so it looked like midnight and
every body was ushered into the Executive Hanger. They
had 50mph winds and lots of rain. When Miss Mitchell
landed a golf cart took them as passengers to the Executive
Hanger as well. Jim said that there were two things
different about the plane now, there was no P-Tube and the
50 caliber machine gun was a lot heavier than it used to be.
It was very noisy as well. He thoroughly enjoyed every
minute of the flight and relived a lot of memories.
The announcer said that this was one of the few places the
plane would be other than Oshkosh.
All of the Lewis family then went out for a great lunch and
a couple of cocktails. After another day of family
get-togethers Jim and Mary Jane left for the long drive home
- it was a super week end they both said.
Doc Protheroe sends his regards to all. He sent along
a newspaper clipping about the heat at Parris Island.
Twenty five recruits were treated for heat related health
issues as the temperatures approached 100 degrees with a
heat index reaching 119 degrees. The recruits were
sent to various medical facilities, both naval and civilian.
It was necessary for the Base to call for a
which halted all nonessential physical activities.
Cool Room schedules are in operation from the third Monday
in April through the third Monday in October and the hours
of operation are from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily.
He also sent along some information re: the U.S. Mint
unveiling a Marine Dollar to honor the 230th
anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps-the first
time the government has struck a commemorative coin to
salute a branch of the military. This new silver
dollar featured on one side the famous photograph of the
flag raising at Iwo Jima and on the other side the official
Marine Corps emblem of an eagle, globe and anchor and the
- Always Faithful.
It maybe still possible to place an order for one of these
silver dollars as follows: U.S. Mint 1-800-872-6468
or on line at:
Prices are: $35.00 for a proof silver dollar or $33.00 for a
un-circulated silver dollar, plus shipping and handling
charges of $4.95.
The front of the coin will be the raising of the flag on Iwo
Jima and back will have a Marine Corps emblem. Comes
in a small plastic case.
Foster Cummings says hello and regards to all. They
have been combating very bad weather, rain, humidity and the
like. He hopes that some thing changes soon so that it
is easier to go outside and check the plantation. They
had an opportunity to go up to New Hampshire and go out to
dinner with John and Doris Siergiewicz. All is well
them and John said that he really enjoyed the party that his
family had for them up on the farm.
Ed Alling says hello and regards to all. His weather
report for the area was extremely hot and humid for the past
several weeks which makes him look forward to September.
He limited his fishing expeditions this season which meant
that his small Boston Whaler wasn’t
getting much of a work out so he gave it to one of his boys.
He hopes that action didn’t
mean he was getting too old.
Walt Gravello sends his regards to all. All continues
well in Rhode Island. He attended the
VJ Ceremonies which is still being celebrated and is
something he has been doing for several years. He
noticed that the attendees are dwindling and it is
understandable since the age is creeping up on WWII
This year there was a tendency to refer to the event as
Victory Day, leaving out the
for some reason, possibly to limit the remembrance to the
actual events in the Pacific.
Nick Bozic sends his regards to all. He said that he
is still hanging in there and moving.
Randy and Roberta Clow send their best to all hands.
Both are in good health and enjoying it. Things are in good
shape and they are busy with improvements to their property.
a lot of work Randy said but rewarding.
Wayne and Quen Youngren send greetings to all and hope that
your summers have been great. They both
wish everyone a great summer and fall. Quen dislocated
her right shoulder and had to have rotator cuff surgery.
She is doing great now but still has to limit her physical
activities. Wayne is doing very well after some
medical problems and has received a clean bill of health now
George Bartlett sends his best to all. He reported
that he attended the EAA Flyin Air Show at Oshkosh spending
a week there with "Panchito" the B-25 aircraft. It is
a terrific air show and they estimated that this year 350,00
people were in attendance. It was a long week for him
but he did manage to see a lot of air planes. All one
could see when he looked any where around the airport was
airplanes. Then there were hundreds of acres with
parked cars also and people taking the shuttle to the show.
He said if you have not been there put it on your list to go
and if you have been there put it on your list to go back.
He did meet one Marine who had been in PBJ’S
and he wasn’t
sure where he had been or what he did. He was on
Emirau but did not know when.
George sent along a picture of "Panchito" with himself and
one of his ski friends from Aspen, John McFarland standing
Received a letter from a Vietnam era Marine (Eric
Sperger) who is interested in Marine PBJ squadrons. He
had just started to read
Drop In The Bucket”
by Robert F. Reed, M.D. In talking to Robert Reed he
found out that he was a M/Sgt and served in VMB 612 as a
Navigator. This book is 219 pages long with easy to
read large print and many photos some of which maybe
familiar to 613'ers. The book costs $15.80
including transportation/postage direct from the author who
will even sign it for you. The ordering address is
Robert F. Reed
Mishawaka, IN 46545
VMB 613 had the following message engraved on a brick at the
site of the National Museum of the Marine Corps:
IN MEMORY OF
THE PONAPE MISSION
This will be one of many bricks which will line the winding
pathways to rally points in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park,
overlooking the National Museum of the Marine Corps in
Members visiting the National Museum will have the
opportunity to view it along with taking a picture or two of
Many thanks to George Comer from the members of VMB 613 for
bringing this opportunity for a brick engraving to our
Robert Yanacek did some more research on PBJ’S
and found reference to the fact that during WWII the Navy
experimented with launching and recovering a PBJ1H from the
deck of a carrier. The Navy did one launch and 2
landings with a PBJ with an arresting hook aboard the USS
Shangri-La. Although this was successful the Navy
scrapped the idea. Below is a link to a model maker
who built an excellent model of what this looked like:
Received word that Robert Henry Werner passed away on July 6,
2005. He is survived by his wife (Irene) of 56 years and
five (5) children, seven (7) grandchildren and two (2) great
Condolences can be sent to Irene Werner and Family at 5688 Brent
Ave #125, Inver Grove Ht, MN 55076.