Memo To: All The Santa Claus Participants
Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!
Foster Cummings says hello to all. He had his annual
Marine Corps celebration at his home on the 5th
of November with approximately 25 plus attending, several of
them Marines, Joe McDonald and Rita were there as were John
and Doris Siergewicz representing VMB 613.
On the 8th of November, Foster attended the
Semper Fi U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Celebration in Boston.
The Commandant of the Marine Corps was the guest speaker and
there were approximately 3500 Marines in attendance.
Foster has been in contact with Lester Robinson and said
that all is well with him. Lester is a baseball player
of great renown and Foster said that they exchanged quips
about the various major league baseball teams and which one
was superior to the other.
Foster had an opportunity to see some of The VMB 613
webpages and noticed a picture of Bernie Dowd in the Radio
compartment (or interior of plane) the person in the
background was identified as Foster but he couldn’t
recall the picture and wasn’t
sure if it was him. I printed the picture but couldn’t
recall who gave me the negative so if any one else sees the
picture try to determine who the Marine in the back ground
Jim and Mary Jane Lewis say Merry Christmas to all.
They have been busy with local events keeping them mentally
and physically alert. In addition planning for the
Christmas celebrations take up a lot of their spare time.
Ed Alling sends his seasons greetings. He is very
enthused over the VMB 613 website and said that he has sent
a message to Robert Yanacek extolling his efforts in
establishing a great site.
John Aymen says hello and regards to all. He is
continuing to feel better all the time but still has some
problems walking without the use of a cane or walker.
Hence he takes his time while walking and limits the walking
to short distances. This way he can maintain his
balance while trying to learn how to walk again. He is
still in the process of taking chemo treatments and has to
undergo testing for other potential problems.
Harlan Jason says hello and regards to all. He
continues to keep his physical problems under control but
realizes that he will never run the 220 for quite some time.
We spent time reminiscing about the closing hours at Kwaj
and the various assignments that squadron personnel were
given to close down the squadron. His memories were
very interesting and humorous. He remembered when our
utilities, shoes and socks just about disintegrated and no
replacements were available until the Sea Bees came up with
a great re-supply. These lasted until the Corps was
able to divert USMC personnel clothing to our unit.
When he was assigned to detail at the QM section after the
close of hostilities he became involved in the repacking of
Marine Corps utilities, socks and shoes for trans-shipment
to other organizations. He often wondered who ended up
He also repacked several dozen Thompson sub machine guns and
to this day he wonders whether they ended up in Kwajalein
Lagoon or some other elite body of water.
Bob Polakowski sends his Christmas Greetings to all.
He said that Foster Cummings had sent him a lot of Marine
Corps material to read and it is really great to receive it
and read it. He knows a few Marines who are not on any
list to receive up to date Marine Corps information so he
shares it with them, and it makes them very enthusiastic to
read it. They re-read several times just to make sure
that they didn’t
Gerry and Peg Gutshall let us know a short while ago that
they were going to sell their home and move and it happened.
They sold their house within three hours of listing which
meant that they really had to scramble to find a new place
to live and they found a two bedroom apartment where they
are now ensconced. They went on a Caribbean Cruise
last spring to celebrate her 80th
birthday. It was a better ship than the G.W. Julian
and they enjoyed the change of scenery. Gerry has had
two eye operations to have cataracts removed and is doing
well. He has stayed on his regimented six day a week
routine at the Health Club. Peg reported that she had
a slow heart rate and low blood pressure and this past
August had a pacemaker installed which regulated her entire
system and she is now feeling fine.
Nelson called to say hello and regards to all. He
commented that the weather has been great and he hopes it
continues for awhile longer. All continues well with
him as long as he doesn’t
try to do too much physical work.
Stan and Peach Richardson sent their regards to all.
They have been on the road visiting and are now back at
home. Stan has been having breathing problems and as a
result he has to be on
oxygen most of the time, which really means all of the time.
At their senior quarters he has become an avid bridge player
which keeps his mind working at a rapid speed at all times.
Mike Jacus says hello and regards to all. He has been
busy around the house catching up on required maintenance
let him get too far away. One of his main efforts has
been the review of photos from VMB 613 Ordnance section and
endeavoring to put names with faces. Constant
reviewing and the thinking of events on the flight line and
in the Ordnance Compound does help in arriving at the
identity of the members. These will be on the website
in the near future for all to see.
Received an email via a friend of Howard W. Smith who said
that he was in VMB 613. He was inquiring about a
reunion of the squadron. I sent him an e mail of our
reunion questionnaire and requested that he complete it and
return it. I checked the roster in our webpage and it
listed a Howard W. Smith as an Armorer, Aircraft. He
signed the e-mail as Howard W. Smith, SGT USMC Retired.
Hope that this brings back memories to members of the
For several years I have had a repository for pieces of our
lost aircraft over Ponape and working with Fred Staren we
endeavored to locate personnel to forward selected items to
them. Recently, I sent a mechanical aircraft accessory
part to Susan (Stone) Clare. She responded that
airplane piece you sent - what a gift”.
Thank you very much. Like you I’m
not sure what to do with it, but I know I’m
glad that kept it all those years. I’m
glad to have it. Now what - wonder what a metal
sculptor or artist might create around it or with it?
It could become a piece within a piece or such - to display.
What a trearure.
Received word from a Marine (Eric Sperger) who has been
researching VMB squadrons as a hobby that the following book
Bound for Action in WWII by John Hughes. Cost
$13.00 including shipping. Request your copy at:
John O. Hughes Radar/Gunner VMB 614
18 Carrollton Court
Little Rock, AK 72211
Eric Sperger has spoken to the author and said that he is very
nice to talk to. He mentions his Boot Camp experience in
1942 and the various schools and technical training that he had
The VMB 613
- Hopefully you folks are busy studying the picture that
the Stone family sent us. Trying to identify the people in
the picture and the name of the island would be of great help to
fill out some of our squadron history. The picture had to
have been taken between the time our planes landed in December
1944 and early February 1945. Check your log books and/or
any other documents you may have on file and possibly find a
Wilda Chappell sent along a message wherein she conveyed the
appreciation of the family for the flowers and many expressions
Received word that Frank Robinson passed away on 4 November.
He had been in the hospital for a few weeks and passed away in
his sleep due to a diabetes problem.
Robert Yanacek our WEB Master has been able to increase the amount
of web site storage space to 200MB. With other technical
features available it is now possible to double the content.
has been devoting time to the transfer of the squadron’s
Aircraft Action Reports from one type of computer recording files to
another to another. This allows greater flexibility for
visitors to gather information contained in the reports. To
date he has retyped the original reports preserving the original
format, spellings, punctuations and grammar. He noticed that
whoever wrote them in 1945 used a number of British spellings on
Here are three of the transferred files for call up if anyone
desires to read them:
Robert is awaiting responses from members who are reviewing some
photos to endeavor to identify members.
Alan Carey, author of Leatherneck Bombers, had a page on his
website for VMB-613 and is posting some basic information regarding
the unit. The link to this information is below:
VMB 613 website has received two more awards which include the
Platinum Award from the Lagoon View Yacht Club and one from the
Royal Netherlands Marine Corps (Dutch Marines). These links
Remember that our new fiscal year started in January 2005.
an (04) or higher two digit number appearing after your name on the
mailing label on your envelope you should mail a check to us made
out to VMB 613 in the amount of $20.00 for payment of dues.
Note: (04) denotes 2004, (05) denotes 2005. Many thanks to the
members who have already sent in their dues checks.
THE LIMITED EDITION COLLECTORS ITEM,
squadron logo hat pin is still available for VMB 613 members and
friends. This pin is an inch in diameter and comes in a pewter
finish or gold plated with a hand painted finish. The colors
are similar to the colored logo that was mailed out several months
ago. Marine Corps Scarlet Red background, Gold Wings, Black Cannon
and Maces. Plus it is made in America.
Pewter finish logo hat pin - $4.50
Hand painted finish logo hat pin - $5.50
new item is the license plate frame. It is a
composition material (special plastic) with a red background and
gold lettering. The top of the frame has U.S. MARINES and the
VMB 613 WWII. The cost is $5.00 INCLUDING PACKING AND