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webmaster, Robert Yanacek, has been very involved in
ascertaining the facts related to the loss of David Snider
at Ponape and why his remains were never located. He
has worked with the local airplane archeologists on Ponape
who swept the aircraft crash site area electronically with
no positive responses.
requesting further assistance from the U.S. Army Specialists
in Hawaii he sent off an inquiry to Headquarters, U.S.
Marine Corps. After a diligent search on their part he
received the following information from Headquarters, USMC
Sergeant Snider’s service number is 805866
His body was recovered and was identified on 28 September
1948. A memo stated that his remains were identified
by comparison of dental and physical characteristics.
His father requested remains be retired to Kirshcenbaum
Bros. Funeral Home, 345 Throop Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y.
for burial in Riverside Cemetery, Rochelle Park, N.J.
webmaster sent a request for assistance message to the
Riverside Cemetery as follows:
I am writing on behalf of Marine Bombing Squadron Six
Thirteen requesting your assistance in solving a 58 year old
mystery that you may have the answer to.
On February 6, 1945 one of our squadron’s aircraft was shot
down over Ponape, Caroline Islands.
On board was a Marine by the name of David Snider, Serial
Number 805866. Dave, along with the rest of the
crew was killed. After the war our graves registration
folks located the crash site and recovered the remains of
five men. Dave was not one of them. We have been
looking for answers for a very long time and have recently
located information that Dave’s body was recovered and
identified on September 28, 1948. Additionally we also
received information that, at his Dad’s request, Dave’s
remains were transported to Kirshcenbaum Brothers Funeral
Home, 345 Throop Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. for burial in
Riverside Cemetery, Rochelle Park, N.J.
Is it possible for you to confirm that our comrade is buried
at your cemetery? If so would it be possible to get a
photo of his grave?
In advance I thank you for whatever assistance you may be
able to provide.
of Dave’s grave was received and is on the next page, two
a message from Willis Roose who sends his regards to all.
He and Betty are in the process of getting ready for a trip
to Finland, Russia, and Estonia in October. While in
Helsinki he will check the telephone book to see if there
are any family members of VMB 613 personnel in the area.
says hello and regards to all. He reports that he is
moving more easily now with limited problems from his back,
arthritis and such.
heard from Lou Ramsey and that he is totally retired now.
Lou went on a bus tour to Washington, D.C. for the
dedication of the WWII Memorial.
from Herb Siegert who sends his best to all. He was
glad that 613 was still up and running and stated that all
the aircraft maintenance personnel did an outstanding job in
keeping the planes in the air.
Polakowski called and sends his best to all. He is
going in for heart surgery. An Aorta valve which has
been leaking for years under close monitoring finally
reached the point where it was considered mandatory to
perform some corrective surgery.
been in touch with Foster Cummings and mentioned that Foster
sent him a lot of Marine Corps reading material which will
keep him busy for weeks.
addition to the newspapers he has started to read Fly Boys
which is about the Marine Corps Aviation units in the
Pacific. Several members have already read it and
loudly acclaimed it.
from Doc Protheroe who says hello to all. He sent
along a true story of a Marine who wanted to be a Marine
cook. It is attached to this news letter for all to
read and enjoy.
Cummings says hello and regards to all. He and Doris
enjoyed watching the fireworks the evening of the 4th
of July. They passed up the parade which was held
earlier in the day just to stay away from the traffic.
received a call from Bill Kehr and reported that all was
well with he and Marian. They are getting ready to go
on a trip to visit with family in various parts of the
country. This will keep them busy for several weeks.
Nelson called to say hello and regards to all. All
continues well with him and he hopes that all members are
Yakawich says hello to all. The hot weather in Montana
(90 degrees plus) coupled with many thunderstorms has
limited his out doors activity for a few days this month.
He has still managed to get in some
fishing and actually made a few catches. He concluded
some of his winter activities which among other things
included making two model airplanes (44" long). This
included a P38 and a PBY Catalina. He was also able to
complete a few more Western Scene oil paintings.
reported that his grandchildren really show a lot of
interest in his models particularly when they are fully
completed. This also applies to his oil paintings
which they ask for so that they can brighten up their rooms.
to Fort Leavenworth to attend the promotion ceremony for his
son who was promoted to a Lt Col in the U.S. Army. Joe
brought along a set of Lt Col leaves which he pinned on his
Col has been assigned to a new tactics evaluation unit which
allows him to travel around the world and review operational
units in action, as well as, in training assignments.
Then he has to submit corrective action reports as required
to correct any obvious deficiencies.
Joel York send their best to all. Eric mentioned that
severe back problems limited his ability to move about for
several weeks. Things improved for him and then Joel
came down with the same back condition. This prevented
them from attending the reunion. Joel still has
boys and families are doing fine, and their grand daughters
graduated from high school and it is off to college in
September for them.
their back problems limited their traveling particularly to
any distant areas which has meant an unusual way to spend
the summer months.
still maintains his mental dexterity with his fabulous stamp
collection. He mentioned that he has fourteen albums
(world wide) that are about four inches thick, each one.
Gavin says hello to all. He has been nursing a sore
elbow which he damaged in a fall and it is responding very
slowly to medical assistance. Additional meetings with
the MD are in order to endeavor to get the elbow to
straighten up and behave properly.
across a book entitled God and Ronald Reagan and
decided to review it. He said that he was really surprised
at how interesting it was. Instead of a fast review he
has made it into a good book to read and digest the
Jacus says hello to all. He has been limping somewhat
due to the torn achilles tendon but he continues to make
progress. Progress is down time and he reported that
he is good at that.
along some pertinent newspaper information which is of
interest to VMB 613 Marines.
It is a
picture of a B-25 that has been flying around the mid west
making stop at various air ports and taking passengers up
for a rides. A lot of older Vets said that they stood
in line for three days to go for the rides at $300 for a ½
saw an Iwo Jima flag raising float from the Kenosha, WI
Marine’s that has been in operation for over forty years.
Peterson says hello and regards to all. He remains
semi busy but he and Jane did have an opportunity to go on a
trip after attending a graduation ceremony of one their
grandson’s. The grandson was honored with being
selected as the Class Valedictorian.
Navarre sends his regards to all. He continues to feel
well but still has to watch his physical activity just to
make sure that he doesn’t lose his coordination.
Freda Noble send their regards to all. Freda was the
winner of Joseph Yakawich’s Western Oil Painting during the
Reunion Raffle which turned out to be two paintings.
Freda said that she has received them from Joe and that they
were outstanding works of western art. She was very pleased
“Arky” Ligon called to say hello and give his regards to
all. He has been recuperating from one illness or
another for a few months and finally had a pace maker
installed. This was really a great assist for his
system and has made him feel a lot better, more energy.
He did have some other problems when a conflict between a
couple of medicines developed. This was overcome and
again he knew that he was improving health wise.
sorry that he couldn’t make the Pensacola Reunion but just
wasn’t sure that his whole system would be able to stand up
for the travel and other niceties of the reunion.
Robinson says hello and regards to all. He states that
all is well with him and that he maintains a physical
education routine by walking around the grounds of his
special property to get in his daily mile or two of
July he will be celebrating his 81st birthday and
is planning a small celebration for the event.
continues to read the VMB 613 Squadron History book.
Again he said “I am really impressed with the history of the
squadron as it is presented in the bound volume. He
commends Bill Kehr for his effort in taking the time to put
Haddix, granddaughter of Frank Haddix had an opportunity to
attend the World War II Memorial on June 11 and 12.
She sated that the Memorial is truly incredible and awe
inspiring. It is divided into two pavilions, one for
each Theater of War, Pacific and Atlantic.
attaching her letter which contains all the many outstanding
background effects which makes the Memorial so outstanding.
to the members who sent Reunion 2004 pictures to the WEB Master
for inclusion in the squadron’s web page. Don’t be
hesitant if you have some photos you would like to share send
them to either of the following addresses:
This is a
reminder for the for the George W. Julian passengers. A
few years ago I mentioned in one of the news letters that George
W. Julian was the Surveyor - General of the Territory of New
Mexico. This was a Presidential Appointment.
the local newspaper made reference to the Santa Fe Ring and it
mentioned George Washington Julian was an honest
surveyor-general. He had been sent to Santa Fe by
President Grover Cleveland to clean up the mess of the Santa Fe
Ring. He reported that the ring had hovered over the
territory like a pestilence, and that they dominated governors,
judges, district attorneys, legislators and surveyors-general,
that they subordinated everything for land.
you might be interested in some more info on George Washington
in VMB 613's website continues. Website utilization
through the first week of July was 1,974 hits/day. Since
the establishment of the Website the number of hits has been
are from all over the world and came from over seventeen
Correspondence received from the Ponape aircraft archeologists,
Stan Gajda and Dick Williams, indicates that some more
photographs of aircraft artifacts at the crash site are
available and that they will be sent on once the computer
monitor gets rolling again.
mention that they are convinced that there were people on Ponape
who knew that Sergeant Snider’s remains had been recovered.
It was explained that people living on Ponape would not
volunteer this information though unless specifically asked,
since it is their custom “not to offer knowledge without it
being asked as it is considered impolite to embellish.”
Here are some
links to pull up: