All Super Patriots
Bob Polakowski called to inform us that we should be hearing
from our contact for the reunion. This individual a
former WWII Marine has been instrumental in helping Marine
organizations get oriented with the motels in our planned
The reunion dates are May 14, 15, 16, 17 and leave on the
18th. It will be held at the Crossroads Inn in
Quantico VA. Rooms are $69.00 (no tax), and have
refrigerators, microwaves and coffee makers. There is
an outside swimming pool.
To make Reservations at the Inn, call: Jackie Holder, Mgr -
1-800-965-9511, and mention that this is a VMB 613
Reservation and the Group Number for VMB 613 Reservations is
Group No. 1197.
You fly into Reagan International Airport and there are
shuttles to the Inn.
Many plans are still being formed but we will have buses to
take us to special events. On Thursday we’ll visit
monuments, Friday H&I Headquarters, and attendees will see
the Marine Corps Band and Silent Drill Team.
Some members have already started to alert us as to their
ability to attend.
To maintain contact with Bob and let him know you are coming
here is his address and telephone number:
118 N Wilson
Kimberly, WI 54136
Bob telephoned the other day to say that the Motel is doing
everything possible to get room space for members who are
endeavoring to make the reunion. Space has become
available at other motels not too far from the Main Hotel
and when ever a room does become available at the Reunion
Motel the Staff endeavors to contact a squadron member to
make them aware of the opportunity for a room.
Heard from Joe Yakawich’s son, LtCol Joseph Yakawich,
U.S. Army, who had just returned rom Afghanistan a
couple of weeks ago. He had been talking to his
Dad whom he said was plowing through the Montana winter
just fine and is doing well. He told his Dad he
would pass on his regards to us.
Foster Cummings says hello and regards to all. We
discussed the amenities available at Quantico for the
Reunion and based upon past reunion events the facility
is able to accommodate our organization without any
space problems. He did mention that DC Clay is
endeavoring to drive to the reunion with his brother as
Heard from Peggy Gutshall who passed on the word that
Gerry had his other knee replacement completed. He
was at the Lutheran Home for PT after the operation.
There are high hopes he can go to Health South for PT
and if not there back to this convalescent home for a
few weeks of rehab, before he comes home.
All their spring and summer plans will hinge on how soon
he will be able to get around independently.
Heard from Jim Milhousen who says hello and regards to
all. He reported that he is having Macular
Degeneration problems and is getting shots monthly in an
effort to stabilize the matter.
Heard from Jack Barton who says hello and regards to
all. He reported that his health continues to hold
up very well. The Doctor told him he has another
fifteen 15 years - but who’s counting -
Jack hears from Bob Litzau every so often and all is
well with him. His biggest problem though is his
winter fuel bill for heating.
Heard from Randy Clow who says hello and regards to all.
He has been in touch with Red Nelson who reported that
he is working hard at Rehab.
Heard from Charlie Cosbey who says hello and regards to
all. He said that he remembers when he joined VMB
613 in Newport, Ark and the ride across Texas and the
Pacific Ocean to the beautiful island of Kwajalein.
It was quite an experience for him since he had never
been away from home before.
He added that he had good times in the Marine Corps and
most of them were in VMB 613.
Charlie added that his health is very good except for
arthritis, but he does get around with two canes.
For longer trips he is able to get around in a
conversion van that transports a Bruno electric four
wheel scooter with electric door and ramp. This
scooter allows him to move around the chopping centers
He and his son were able to get to Quantico to visit the
Marine Corps Museum and took two days to see everything.
This was on the Marine Corps Birthday on 10 November.
He recommends that all members take this Marine Corps
He was amazed to see that the Japanese rifles on display
at the Museum were different than the one he brought
home. He said that his gun came from the
assortment of rifles that our planes brought in from
Gil Peavey says hello and regards to all. All
continues well with him and he is waiting for the spring
and summer weather to arrive so that he can sit around
and take in the warmer weather along with some walking.
Lester Robinson says hello and regards to all. All
continues well with him.
Heard from Tracie Bell and he sent along a correction to his
e mail address which has been incorporated into our records.
He reported on their weather conditions which indicate that
winter doesn’t want to leave their section of the country.
They are all hoping that summer weather will emerge soon so
that they can get out and enjoy some good weather.
Heard from Carmine Nasta who says greetings to all. Due to
an accident wherein he broke his wrist, he also has a few
other aches and pains and has to use a walker to get around.
He has been giving consideration to going to a Nursing Home
or an Assisted Living Home.
Spoke to Red Nelson who sends his best to all. He
continues to have problems with his left arm wherein he
can’t use it properly, plus he has limited walking ability.
He is endeavoring to overcome this factor by slowly getting
his system to accept system commands to move about.
These physical problems are attributable to the stroke his
system experienced a few months ago.
He is also hoping that the medical establishment will be
able to come through with some recommended routines which
will alleviate the problem or problems.
Robert Yanacek recently spoke to Robert Shock and Herb
Schwartz of Ordnance. They are both doing fine.
The Shocks are currently living in Tennessee but are hoping
to sell their home and move to Ohio.
Robert Shock shared a number of stories of life on Kwajalein
with our Webmaster including an incident in which he was
caught speeding as a Duty Driver. When Lieutenant
Colonel Nevils found about it, he wanted to bust him , but
fortunately the wisdom and insistence of Sergeant Major
Abrams prevailed and Shock only received a good chewing out.
Robert sends best wishes to all VMB-613 members, especially
to Herb Schwartz and John Peterson his fellow ordnancemen.
Herb and Annette Schwartz are also doing well. A few
months ago Herb was suffering from a kidney problem,
however, with some medication he is back on track and doing
well. Herb also shared some memories with our
webmaster, specifically about the great time he had in
returning to Kwajalein and Ponape in 1994. Herb sends
his regards to all VMB-613 members and has contacted Bob
Polakowski about information regarding the upcoming reunion.
Stan Richardson passed away on February 24, 2008. A
Memorial service was held on February 28th at the Northwood
Presbyterian Church in Clearwater, FL and grave yard
services were held on March 4, 2008 in Salisbury, MD.
Stan fought a long hard battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.