Memo To: All The Snow Shovelers
HAPPY NEW YEARS!
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 reunion area.
This person is a member of a WWII Marine Unit who has
been handling arrangements for his own squadron, and is
aware of the information that we need to know regarding
administrative matters and other important things.
He has told us that a two bedroom goes for $59.00.
Another advantage of the location is that there is a lot
to see without having to do much traveling.
Bob also informed me that he is commencing to get in
touch with management teams in the area to establish a
listing of potential stops for review prior to starting
the reunion activities.
Some members have already started to alert us as to
their ability to attend.
Here is the address for one of our Corpsmen that was
recently sent to us:
Arthur F. Parker
2278 Woods and Water Court
Sebring, Florida 33872
Foster Cummings sends his regards to all. He sent
along a picture taken at his Annual Marine Corps Party.
This picture had Foster Cummings, Bob Polakowski, and
Joe McDonald all of VMB 613 in attendance. In
addition two other Marines non VMB Members were shown.
Verl Scott says hello and regards to all 613'ers and
He reported that not too much excitement happens in his
part of Michigan but he does listen to a lot of
political talking on the TV. Now that they have
started to get their January thaw they are able to get
to their mail box again.
About a year ago he didn’t pass physical inspection.
They found an aneurism in the aorta just below the
kidneys so they opened the container and patched the
tubes. He he is strong and active but still on
pills, and is thankful for an extended stay.
Heard from Lou Ramsey who sends his best regards and
good health to all. He reported that he is in good
health and on the advice of his two children, both
pharmacists he has been taking one 81 mg aspirin daily.
He maintains member ship in several veterans
organizations to keep his mind active.
He reminded that his e mail address suddenly disappeared
from the monthly letter and that matter has been
Jim Brotherton sends his regards to all. He
reported that all is well with them except for some
health problems that keep popping up periodically.
He said he always thought that “War Was Hell” but poor
health is worse. Part of that expression is
kidding he added because in spite of various illnesses
and semi-major breakdowns he is doing pretty good.
He also added that Age 85 Ain’t Much Fun!. We have
to be thankful as long as we can get around on our own;
see petty well and feel pretty good most of the time.
George and Doris McDearmon say hello to all. They
are settled in a 55 and older condo community in
Cumming, GA. about 30 miles north of Atlantic. The
area is in the foot hills of the Appalachian Mountain
chain and Sawnee Mountain is within a couple of miles.
They took a trip to Parris Island in October to attend
the graduation of a yung Richmond friend and stayed two
days in the community of Beaufort. It was quite a
different area from what George remembered in 1944.
The recruits were very impressive, and they believe to
be our country’s best.
George and Doris still enjoy good health, with some
minor ailments. They are thankful that they can
still travel and enjoy the southland.
D. C. Clay says hello to all. Everything is
continuing well in his area although the weather has
been some what cooler early in t he morning for the past
Lloyd McDaniel says hello to all. He read with
interest the material on Tyrone Power that was in the
last Newsletter and it brought memories back to him.
Lloyd was in Platoon 122, February 1943 which was the
same time as Tyrone Power was at Parris Island. He
was ahead of Lloyd by a few weeks, but everyone knew he
was there with them.
Lloyd’s Platoon was just a few days short of going to the
Rifle Range and Tyrone’s had just returned. Lloyd’s
platoon was marched to the Mess Hall for breakfast one
morning and as they stood in line to go in. This other
platoon came up beside theirs. Tyrone and Lloyd stood
about four feet apart but they could not talk, all he could
do was eye Tyrone out of the corner of his eye.
The platoons finally entered the Mess Hall and went through
the Chow Line and Tyrone ended up sitting across the table
from Lloyd. Of course the No Talking Rule was in
effect, hence no talking between them.
Over the years Lloyd has told people that he had breakfast
with Tyrone Power.
John Keith passed away on December 29, 2007. He
was one of the first Marines of VMB 613 to try out the
Lt John Keith, Colonel Danser and another pilot (can’t
recall his name) went to Pautuxent and
familiarized themselves with the aircraft before they
were at Cherry Point. His tour of duty with VMB
613 ended in early 1945 when he was transferred to VMB
423 until the war was over.
I spoke to James “Red” Nelson who says HI TO
EVERYBODY. Although now living at home he continues to
have walking problems. The pain has decreased
somewhat which indicates that the rehab treatments which
include special exercises are doing some good.
Major areas to improve continue to be his left leg,
ankle, foot, and arm which are still partially
He sounded outstanding considering his health problem.
Received an update on Stan Richardson from Peach
Richardson. Although the major infection that gave
him problems has been eliminated from his system he is
still bothered by pulmonary proboscis problems
Stan is still endeavoring to stay ahead of the main
health problem that has been bothering him, taking
special medication. There hasn’t been any major change
in his health condition but Stan continues to improve
his breathing routine to overcome his shortness of
breath and is continuing to get more of his strength
back. Other wise he continues to be alert and
seems to be content.
Stan is still physically limited to how far he can walk
and really has to watch it because he doesn’t have the
strength to get up and move about in the manner that he
He would like to be able to walk for long periods but
his system won’t let him. He continues to feel
stronger and endeavors to try physical activity which he
is unable to do for an extended period. He also
takes daily treatment to improve his systems
He is still enthused over his two Marine Corps caps that he
has plus some other Marine Corps items. They change
the appearance of his hospital room. Plus he has a
choice of choosing one Marine Corps cap over the other for
Another Marine comes in and they share stories on the Corps
which makes the world go a little faster.
Stan continues to remain alert through all this though.
I am sure that he would like to hear from you folks, his
address is as follows:
Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation & Care Center
Clearwater, Florida 33761