All the Summer Leisure Types
Members have been letting me know that they have received the
initial release of information relative to the Year 2006 Reunion
which will be held in Chattanooga, TN at the Choo-Choo Holiday
Inn Complex from Wednesday, October 18, 2006 through Saturday
October 21, 2006 with Check Out on October 22, 2006.
Let's Mark Our Calendars so that reservations can be made
in time to attend the Reunion. Reservations should be
made as early as possible. Be sure to book for every night
you will be there. Make Reservations by September 15, 2006
(The Inn will endeavor to make Reservations after this date on a
space available basis).
Remember "unless you
are there it will not be complete."
For those members who have access to the Internet, the Reunion
information is also available at:
This information will be updated periodically as required.
All family members in addition to the squadron members are
welcome to attend the reunion.
Many members have indicated in e-mail messages that they will be
in attendance at the reunion.
We have already received Squadron Registration affirmation from
Calvin and Joyce Russell.
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
Chuck Cannato says hello to all. He has revamped his
computer set up by installing a new computer which
now allows him to send and receive a few more messages than
he has been able to do for a few months. His new
e-mail address which was mentioned in the last news letter
has been changed again. It is now available in
Membership E-Mail Directory.
Received a message from X-Ray Hickey who sends his greetings
to all the members of VMB 613. He enjoys reading the
monthly newsletter as it gives him input on what the other
members are doing and how their health is holding up.
Back in March he received his second knee total replacement
so that he now has a matched pair of knees. All went
well with this operation and he can now go up and down
stairs in a normal manner. He had very little pain and
had a little therapy to get the knee to straighten out and
bend enough to satisfy his orthopedic surgeon. He
highly recommends the surgery to any one in need.
X-Ray and Betty send their best to all.
Jim and Mary Jane Lewis say hello and regards to all.
They are standing off the early summer onset of deer flies
and deer ticks. Jim has been busy doing various
activities around the property and Mary Jane has been
continuing her activities with the local town events.
Chico Duarte called to say hello and regards to all.
He hasn’t been doing any thing too exciting but does
maintain a serious PE program. It requires him to
arise every morning at 2:00AM and go the newspaper store
where he gets it set up for the owner. Then he walks
for two hours and goes home and starts working in his garden
for several hours. Around 11:00AM he goes into the
house to relax and read the news paper and then ponders what
else he can do to make the day constructive.
Heard from Foster and Doris Cummings who reported that all
was well with them. The weather conditions improved in
their town, meaning their violent rain storms left for a
while. The grass continued to turn green and grow so
he had to go out and cut it a few times.
They heard from Jane Protheroe who said that all continues
well in Hilton Head. Doc is now the proud owner of
another boat. This will allow him to sail the shores
of Parris Island on good weather days.
Foster said that he would be going up to New Hampshire in
the near future to have dinner with Joe McDonald and Rita.
In watching CNN Mews one evening Foster saw some rising
flood waters in a section of Pennsylvania and thought that
it might be close to Brooks Kauffman’s Inn so he called to
check it out. Brooks reported that they were safe, the
flood waters didn’t advance any where close to their
Doc Protheroe says hello to all. He sent along a copy
of "The Boot" the Parris Island Base newspaper. They
had an article about the "USMC Airport Liaison" that meets
new Marines-to-be at the Savannah/Hilton Head International
Airport and makes the administrative arrangements for their
bus ride to Parris Island where they will officially become
Marine Corps Recruits.
At one time the rail road station at Yemassee, South
Carolina was the rendezvous spot for all Marines-to-be.
From there to the pier and board barges of some type for the
landing at Parris Island.
"The Boot" also had other interesting articles about the
Corps and its personnel.
Doc also sent along a copy of "The Jet Stream." the Marine
Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C. base newspaper. It
contained interesting articles about some of the active duty
squadrons stationed there, their combat training, special
weapons and the like. Pictures of aviation personnel
were shown undergoing special physical training to get them
ready for their deployment time in Iraq or other combat
areas in the world.
Many thanks to Doc for bringing us up to date on what is
going on at the two bases.
Swede Ohlson sends greetings to all from a very wet area -
Cape Cod. They had been having a lot of heavy rain
which is good for the grass and his “veggie” garden.
Soon it will be October and they head back to Venice, FL.
Despite the wet weather, golf on the Cape is good.
Jennifer is working five days a week at Woods Hole Golf Club
as the L.P.G.A. Professional and has been giving a lot of
Although Swede has retired from work he manages to get in a
lot of golf particularly in Florida where they belong to the
Jacaranda Country Club in Venice.
They have a nice home on the golf course - lots of room for
their VMB 613 friends - come on down they say.
Bob Polakowski sends his best regards to all. He
reported that Helen had a real great time on her European
trip. Her only regret was that she couldn’t stop off
at a couple of places that she would have enjoyed to visit
because of family ties. The tour schedule was too far
away and they couldn’t deviate.
Bob said that she had a lot to talk about and it would take
more time to make sure that she covered every interesting
aspect of the tour.
He has been getting in some golf but thought that the lack
of rain was improving his game because the golf balls didn’t
stop as though normally do in the green grass. They
just kept moving on in the dry brown grass. They do
need rain though he said.
Heard from Joe Yakawich who sends regards to all. They
also are experiencing a monstrous heat wave, he wishes he
had an air conditioner to use for a few hours every day.
He has been busy getting ready for his Art Show which will
be held for one whole week during the period 11-19 August,
2006. As we mentioned in an earlier Newsletter he has been
selected as the 1st Featured Artist for the
Montana State Fair in Billings.
He and his children and grandchildren have been collecting
his paintings and sculptures for the whole world to see.
Joe himself has also had to give consideration to the
uniform of the day for the event and he has finally decided
upon western attire which will include a 10 Gallon Cowboy
By getting up early enough in the AM he has been able to
fight the heat by going fishing by 6:00 AM and this year he
has been able to catch the legal limit in no time at all and
than back home for breakfast.
Mike Jacus says hello and regards to all the troops.
He returned from Palm Springs Desert at the end of June, he
took his grand daughter Allison with him on the trip to
visit with his brother Ray who has lived in the area for the
past seven plus years.
They took in all the points of interest while there - one of
which was the Palm Springs Air Museum. It was a great
collection of operating planes. He had his
granddaughter take a picture of him standing in front of an
old Army B-25. This will be an enclosure to this
They also took in a trip to the Santa Rosa Mountains, and
attended a play at the local college. They were in the
dark about the local students wearing T shirts with the
on them. His brother explained that the students
wearing them were students at “College of the Desert” not
“Cash on Delivery”.
Mike sent along a newspaper clip that he saved from a
February newspaper about aging combat Marines and a handful
of Japanese soldiers from Iwo Jima. This occasion was
to make the 60th anniversary of one of the
bloodiest and most symbolic battles of World War II - the
Battle of Iwo Jima.
About 50 U.S Marines, veterans of the battle, many dressed
in their uniforms, gathered with hundreds of family members
at a Japanese military base on the island. A handful
of Japanese survivors - only about a dozen are still alive -
joined in the “honor reunion” during which the offered
prayers and wreaths for the dead.
John Peterson sends his regards to all. He has been
busy around the house but did manage to get away to attend a
graduation of one of his grandchildren at Stanford
University. Normally when he went to Stanford it was
to play football so this time he had the opportunity to see
the campus including the various administrative buildings.
John also mentioned hearing from Mike Jacus who described
his trip to California to visit with his brother and taking
his granddaughter along to see the views of the California
Received an e mail from Ostell Scarborough Jr. who says
hello and regards to all. He would like to hear from
members who knew his Dad so that he could receive
information about his experiences in the Pacific. His
home address for your response is below.
Ostell Scarborough Jr
1519 Evans Pond Road
Greenwood, South Carolina 29649
He also sent along a picture of his Dad taken in 1945 which
hopefully will be an enclosure to this newsletter providing I
can get it adjusted to size. Otherwise it will appear in another
Newsletter. This picture must have been taken at a
commercial tailor’s shop outside the base when he went to have
his chevrons sewn on. I base this on the fact that he
actually isn’t “in uniform” and probably someone with him
snapped the picture.
Robert Yanacek our webmaster received some new pictures from
Frank Acker and has been identifying them. One of the
pictures he identified was “8 Ball” or MB 8. He identified
a faint name on the nose of the aircraft, analyzed the paint
removal pattern from the nose against a known photo of 8-Ball
and it matched.
Here is the address to see the MB-8 in flight:
This address should be ready for public viewing real soon.
George Bartlett sends his regards to all. He was going on
a trip to an air show in Michigan and from there onto Oshkosh
for another week, returning on the 31st of July.
The B-25 will be featured as one of the main planes this which
he says will be fun to take in.
Robert Yanacek is looking to put together an audio program for
the Web Site and he is taking music requests. If any one
has any favorite songs that they remember from WWII let him know
and he will do his best to come up with them.
Condolences from squadron members to the family of Wayne
Youngren. Wayne passed away on Wednesday June 21, 2006
after a long battle with cancer. Burial services were held
on Saturday 24 June at 2PM at the Asbury United Methodist
Church. Burial was with complete Military Honors accorded
by the Duluth Combined Honor Guard at Oneota Cemetery.
Queneth Youngren sent a card of thanks to VMB 613 for the
flowers for Wayne.
Paul Yanacek has been fighting an attack of pneumonia which
required him to have two visits to the hospital for continued
treatment. He was also confined to a senior care center
due to weakness wherein he couldn’t move about too well.
He is beginning to look better again and will be home soon to
Stan Richardson sends his regards to all. They are getting
ready for another hurricane season and hope that they will not
have any real hurricanes. Stan continues to fight off his
illness and has to limit his physical activities in so doing, he
stays on oxygen 24 hours a day seven days a week.
John Aymen sends his best to all. He has been fighting
some new medical problems and had to go back to the hospital for
an operation. He is hoping that this operation combined
with new medication will help his system to settle down.
VMB-613 Traffic - Last July our website received its 1-millionth
“hit.” That was great for the first 19 months that the
site was on the Internet. On June 23 our site received its
2 millionth “hit.” As traffic to the site has
increased, it took only months to get our second million.
To view the stats (bottom, right column):
Robert Yanacek received a photograph from a friend in Newport
which was of the restored rail road depot. This is the
station that the VMB 613 ground echelon used when it departed
Newport in October 1944.
To see it on our website pull up
For aircrew members who went on snooper flights to Ocean Island
from Tarawa (300 miles due west of Tarawa) here is an
opportunity to read up on some of its history. Today it is
again known as Banaba, and the following address will give the
viewer a lot of written information about its history including
Robert Yanacek is also engaged in putting Doc Scott’s Kwajalein
video on the web page for all to see. It is a compound
complex procedure requiring several conversions to different
acceptable computer formats. In the next newsletter he
will have Doc Scott’s video identified for all to access and
Robert also received some pictures of PBJs from Kwaj some of
which showed the radio-gunners compartment. Still visible
are the racks for the radio and radar gear. The fish which
were in the area when the pictures were taken added some color
to the scenes.
The photographer reported that they would be going back to
Roi-Namur when the winds and water aren’t so rough. Some
of these pictures have been uploaded to our website and can be
The balance of the pictures will be up loaded in the very near