WEBMASTER AND HISTORIAN
My name is Robert J. Yanacek, the webmaster and historian for the Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen Association. I am the son of Paul J. Yanacek who served with Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen as an aviation ordnanceman from 1943 to 1945.
I was born in 1959 and raised along with my brother in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. My parents raised us as a tight-knit family with a strong sense of Christian faith and morality. By personal example they imparted upon us the virtues of honesty, initiative, good judgment, and work-ethic.
Upon graduation from high school I attended Cleveland State University for one year then decided to follow in my father's footsteps and enlist into the Marine Corps Reserve.
Following recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina, I continued my studies at Cleveland State University while serving as an infantryman in the local Marine Corps Reserve unit, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines. Upon being conferred a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1982, I was selected for assignment to active duty. My active service in the Marine Corps continued over the next twenty years with numerous personnel procurement assignments throughout the northeastern United States including: Data Systems Operator; Operations Assistant; Quality Control Manager; Processing Station Liaison; Operations Manager; Special Projects Officer, and; District Operations Manager. My personal military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation medal with two gold stars in lieu of the second and third awards, and the Navy Achievement medal with one gold star in lieu of a second award.
I retired from the Marine Corps as a Master Sergeant in 2001 and accepted a position at Ray Communications, Inc. where I am currently employed as the Operations & Business Manager. I reside in eastern North Carolina with my beautiful and patient wife of twenty-four years. We are the proud parents of seven wonderful children, and were recently blessed with a lovely granddaughter.
After my retirement from the Marine Corps, I began to research my father's experiences during World War II with Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen. To my disappointment, I discovered that very little information on the Squadron was available to the public. I became involved with the Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen Association in late 2003 following contact with Colonel Charlie Knapp, the Association's President and began work on this website in January of 2004. The resulting website is the product of a great deal of research, my personal desire to achieve excellence, and most importantly, the assistance and support of the many persons and organizations I have listed in the "Acknowledgements" on this site. I can honestly say that the efforts involved in this website have been the highlight of my post-Marine Corps career as I have had the privilege to meet and work with many outstanding individuals.
I am currently a member of the American Association of Webmasters, the Association for Positive Ethical Exchange, the HTML Writers Guild, the International Association of Webmasters & Designers, the International Webmasters Association, and the Web Standards Group. I may be contacted regarding any questions you may have at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is my sincere hope that you will enjoy your visit with us, and that this website can, in some small way, do justice to these great and distinguished gentlemen who served our Country during the Second World War with Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen.