All Football Arm-Chair Quarterbacks
Year to all and many thanks for the many Holiday Greeting Cards.
call the Reunion Reservations Desk at NAS Pensacola and place
your reservations for the year 2004 VMB 613 Reunion.
Members can now make reservations immediately. Those
members on e-mail were notified of the change January 7, 2004.
Hopefully they have notified other members of the change.
When asked we
are the Reunion Group I.D. No. VMB-613.
dates are listed below.
2004 - MEETING OF OLD FRIENDS
family members are welcome at the reunion. We have had a
good turnout of family members at prior reunions and would like
to see this trend continue.
area is bubbling with all the unique ingredients needed to make
a perfect site for our 2004 Reunion. It will be another
fun-filled time to meet and greet all our 613 friends.
Museum is one of the biggest attractions in the country and all
attendees will really enjoy seeing the various aircraft on
display. A PBJ is still under “rebuild” and hopefully we
will be given the opportunity to make a walk by and take a few
pictures of it. Don’t know how many will be allowed to
enter the aircraft though. There are also several
interesting aviation memorabilia items on display that
all would really enjoy observing.
in mind that for the Raffle we would welcome any and all gifts
from members. In prior years we received many interesting
items and would like to see the trend continue.
has the Yakawich Fund whose primary purpose is to provide some
assistance to members in their attendance efforts at reunions.
Any and all requests are considered confidential.
YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 2004 BIENNIAL
BOMBING SQUADRON VMB 613 will hold its 2004 BIENNIAL REUNION
at the Navy Lodge on Pensacola, Naval Air Station, Florida
during the period 5 May 2004 through 8 May 2004.
following important data close to your calendar appointment
can start as of 7 January 2004. This is a major change.
number is toll free at 1-850-456-8676, identify yourself as a
member of VMB 613 to assure getting the special room rates.
me after making your reservations so that a list of attendees
can be quickly prepared.
information regarding the reunion becomes available all will be
information that has been sent to all in the newsletters in a
convenient place and make changes when notified. An update
of the Reunion Data will be mailed out periodically.
that some members have already made their Reunion Reservations.
These members are Vern and Anne Beggs, Their son Rick and his
wife, their grandson Cory and his wife, Foster and Doris
Cummings and Charlie Knapp.
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
from Norb and Betty Gibbs who say hello to all.
Everything is great with them, no sickness only some hectic
days at the store. The Thanksgiving and Xmas Holidays
bring the shoppers out and keep him busy. He continues
to keep his part time job of 40 hours a week vs. his old
schedule of 80 plus hours per week in his own business.
But he said, it is enjoyable keeping up with the customers
desires for specialty foods.
feels he maybe getting a little old since his first
grandchild will be getting married in August which will be
just a few months after his 80th birthday.
Schwertfager sends his best to all. He continues to
get his golf game in and is hoping that the snow holds off
around his area for a few more months.
Ligon called to say hello and let us know that he has
relocated. His new address is listed at the end of
this newsletter. Arky reported that his eyes are
giving him trouble and he is hopeful that the eye
specialists can put their finger on the problem and correct
it. Other than that things are okay.
says hello to all and reports that all is well with him in
Cummings sends his best to all. He had been waiting
for the weather to change to winter and it did. They
had the real McCoy weather of a lot of snow in his home
town. He made early plans to pre-flight his snow
blower and was able to use it constructively several times.
Polakowski says regards to all and sent along a belated
Happy Birthday. They attended a Veterans party at the
local Junior High which was interesting. The children
made some presentations regarding Veterans which were well
Helen read with interest the article in the October
newsletter regarding the passing of the Jesuit Priest Fr.
Hacker at Kwajalein Atoll.
their trip to Kwajalein in February 1994 they met Fr. Hacker
and had a great time chatting with him. The spelling
of his name was similar to Helen’s family name except for
the “T” on the end. Fr. Hacker said that he had heard
that some members of the family tree had changed the
spelling some time in the past and that Helen’s family was
undoubtedly related to his family and that they were no
Comer says hello to all. He was interested in the
comments in the last monthly letter regarding the Marine
Raiders who were killed by the Japanese at Kwajalein.
Doing a lot of Marine Corps research he recommended a book
by Web Griffin which is number 2 of a series on the Corps.
The author went into a lot of detail about the problems that
the Raiders had in endeavoring to land and also leaving
Makin. His write up pretty well covered the actual
tide problems associated with the invasion and its effect on
the boats and rafts used by the Raiders.
Japanese command was pretty vicious in their treatment of
the Marine prisoners after they were transferred to Kwaj
this included their execution. After the war the
War Tribunals were able to convict the high ranking Japanese
officers of their misdeeds and they were hanged.
also mentioned his experience with the hangar at LTA (Marine
Corps Air Facility at Tustin). The Marine Corps was
able to keep all the helos from MAG 16 and MAG 31 lined up
inside the hangar. There were two rows of aircraft on
each side of the hangar and this was the full aircraft
complement of four squadrons.
has it that the hangar was so large that they had indoor
rain and the rafters were the home for hundreds if not
thousands of pigeons. The timber in the hangars was red
wood, laminated beams, and it took a lot of special
equipment to get them installed properly.
the Korean Armistice talks the United States built up their
Korean on site troop strength and MAG 36 was one of the
Corps units that was suddenly transferred there to be on
site prior to any signing of documents. George was one
of Marines who made the trip.
from Jim Lewis and he and Mary Jane send their regards to
all. Jim reports that Mary Jane is progressing from
her knee surgery operation. She has progressed from
the walker assist and cane routine to walking unaided.
She still limps but has reduced her requirement for pain
killers to evening hours only.
nature still provides interesting scenes for them on their
lake. They look out the windows and see hundreds of
geese and black trumpeter swans on a daily basis. In
addition their sightings of deers continues to increase
annually. So far this season there has been an
increase in the number of hunters who have been getting
their licenses and all residents hope that the size of the
herd will be reduced thus saving their vegetation.
Ruth Jurgelevich report that all is well in Main but
starting to get cold. They send their regards to all.
Janette Anderson report that all is well with them and they
say hello and regards to all.
Cosbey sends his regards to all. In addition te
bringing his memory into play regarding three of our planes
that were disposed at Kwaj he also reported that he is doing
well and continues to go to his son’s shop every day for
three or four hours a day. It keeps him out of
Dot Waldowski send their regards to all. They have
been taking rides to scenic spots on the shore while the
weather holds up. They are still active in their
senior group which gives them the opportunity to go on a lot
of day trips which include shows and lunch.
Jason says hello to everyone. He reported that he is
surviving and can get about with some difficulty. Has
difficulty in walking, has to watch his diet, take pills
three times a day to keep his heart performing properly plus
a few other physical problems. All in all though he
sounds great. He is convincing himself that all will
turn out well in the long run.
get to the Pensacola Air Museum Jason said to look for some
aircraft skis that can be used on a PV or Box Car. He
made them when he was working for a large aircraft equipment
supplier. I assured him that we would look for them
and verify the manufacturer’s name tag.
Peach Richardson send their best to all. They went on
a trip for most of te month of October which gave them a
chance to see some fall colors up the coast.
visited with relatives in New Jersey and Maryland.
They spent more time in Maryland visiting with family
members and than returned home stopping to take in sights
that they never had a chance to see on prior trips.
They are looking forward for the reunion and hope that many
members remind us that we have just five months to register
ourselves or others we know as World War II Vets for the
WWII Memorial. The web address is
heard from two Marines regarding a new book on the market.
It is entitled Fly Boys by James Bradley. They
recommend it for anyone who was in the Pacific during WW-II.
good insight on why the Japs behaved like they did and what
a rotten bunch of individuals they were. One Marine
said it’s amazing the turnaround they seem to have made
since the War’s end.
month’s letter I mentioned receiving an e-mail from one Bob
Haney a government employee working at Kwajalein Lagoon.
He was researching the use of Marine PBJs and an interesting
part of this lead him to believe that most of VMB 613's PBJs
are located on the bottom of a lagoon at Kwajalein Atoll.
found at least three fairly intact PBJ1-H’s with many more
(up to 12) possibly there. The photographs he saw
showed the Marine radar unit on the wing tips confirming
that these were PBJs.
interested in knowing if any members of VMB 613 could recall
details of the squadron’s aircraft being left behind at the
atoll or if anyone was actually there when the aircraft were
I sent his
copy of the e-mail to all 613 members on the E Mail List and
several responded with their facts to Bob Haney.
Ed Smith also
sent along some memories of the aircraft. He said that he
knows of some of the birds being towed to the dump where the
wheels were pulled and then a dozer pushed them to an area for
further disposition. Ed said that he helped on the wheels.
responded that he had heard from some of the members and that
their inputs assisted him in affirming that they had physically
accounted for all of VMB 613's PBJs which was in accord with the
government’s records. “It is amazing to think almost all
of VMB 613's PBJs are sitting there. No other B-25 or PBJ
squadron can account for so many of their actual aircraft still
being in existence.”
squadron members have any memories of our aircraft being
transferred to Roi Namur send me the info and I will put it
together in a volume.
called and passed word that Bill Black passed away on November
14. He had been fighting cancer for several years and it
appeared that he had defeated it. Unfortunately he had a
re-occurrence that couldn’t be brought under control. His
obituary is contained later in this newsletter.