All the Wearers of the Green - Happy St
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
The reunion dates are May 14, 15, 16, 17 and leave on the
18th. It will be held at the Crossroads Inn in
Quantico VA. Rooms are $69.00 (no tax), and have
refrigerators, microwaves and coffee makers. There is
an outside swimming pool.
To make Reservations at the Inn, call: Jackie Holder, Mgr -
1-800-965-9511, and mention that this is a VMB 613
Reservation and the Group Number for VMB 613 Reservations is
Group No. 119
You fly into Reagan International Airport and there are
shuttles to the Inn.
Many plans are still being formed but we will have buses to
take us to special events. On Thursday we’ll visit
monuments, Friday H&I Headquarters, and attendees will see
the Marine Corps Band and Silent Drill Team.
Some members have already started to alert us as to their
ability to attend.
To maintain contact with Bob and let him know you are coming
here is his address and telephone number:
118 N Wilson
Kimberly, WI 54136
John Gavin says hello and regards to all. He was
endeavoring to determine if we had heard from one of our
members whom he hadn’t heard anything about for quite
some time. I am in the process of making contact
with that member and should have an answer for John in
the near future.
Jim Garls sends his best to all. He reported that
the Pekin, ILL area continues to stay in the cold belt -
well below zero temperatures.
Jim also sent along a newspaper column on one of VMB
613's athletes. This is Herb Siegert who graduated
from the University of Illinois and played on their
football team, playing in the 1947 Rose Bowl and then
had a three year career with the NFL’s Washington
Redskins. Read the newspaper column for more
details on Herb.
Dave Arant called our webmaster and reported that he
recently had a severe bout with pneumonia, but he has
fully recovered. He also mentioned that VMB 433
had a reunion in Quantico this past Autumn which he
attended and he really enjoyed seeing the Museum of the
Our webmaster received a log book entry from John J.
Spaulding son of Lt John A. Spaulding. He reported
that his Dad John A. Spaulding is 87 and in great
health. His Dad who now lives in Toms River, N.J.
has told him many stories abut his experience in the
He would enjoy talking to any one from VMB 613.
Received a message from Sandy Hudspeth who
reported that he had been suffering with a heart problem
for the past year. He finally spent 6 hours in the
heart of a Florida Hospital while they decided what to
The problem was that Sandy’s heart had developed a beat
of its own. It was necessary for the hospital
heart specialists to try various medical procedures and
they were able to stop the heart and restart it in a
consistent manner. He now has a regular heart
beat, no skipping or double beats.
It took several hours and a lot of work on the part of
the doctors. Sandy said that he has never felt
He thanks all of you for your prayers and well wishing!
Received an e mail from Vincent Cannato the son of
Charlie Cannato who has reported that his Dad,
Charles,no longer has an e mail address so adjust your
files. To contact Charles by e mail you can use
his son’s e mail address which is in the e-mail
directory on our website. His son will print any e
mails received and deliver them to Charles. His
snail mail address has not changed and remains:
926A Heritage Village
Southbury, Conn 06488
Vincent said his father is doing well and he is sure he
sends his regards to you all.
Our webmaster also received a message from a Marine who
is the son of Donald McCune Sr. Who was a member of VMB
613 as a 1st Lieutenant in Air Intelligence.
His father’s telephone number is 814-445-8939 and he
would love to hear from anyone in the unit.
He just turned 92 years of age and is in good health and
remembers the past in much better detail than even the
present. Unfortunately, he has some trouble
traveling now, but the VMB 613 reunions were always top
on his list over the years as a destination. I
again want to thank the author of this WEB SITE and say
I am of those who served in the war.
Bob Brueggestrass says hello to all and reported that
they are still surviving on the High Plains of Texas.
He has even learned to say Llano Estacado.
Cal Russell says hello to all and that things are still
going well in Florida.
Heard from Tom Honan who sends best regards to all
613'ers. He said that he and Joan are enjoying
good health and no major problems.
Nick Dudo sends his regards to all VMB 613 members .
He said that he is still going along with a bad back and
all the other little things that keep acting up.
Nick Bozic says hello and regards to all. He
reported that since his stroke he has problems moving
around so he has become an expert walker with the help
of a Walker and a Wheel Chair. He can’t take two
steps without using one of them.
In effect he is grounded, he can longer drive his
automobile so allows his grandsons to use it for their
local transportation needs.
He reported that this year his area has really been hit
with unusual winter weather. Unusual strong snow
storms with extremely cold weather, and very strong
winds which have blown trees over, as well as, telephone
poles. At the time we were talking they were
expecting major storm to hit their area which would
included snow and ice.
Heard from Joe Yakawich who reported that he is hanging
in there. He said that it was very wintry up in
Montana. He also sent his best to all.
Joe Jr, Lt Col US Army, is now back in the states and
his current assignment is teaching at Fort Leavenworth
Joe said that since he is officially retired he confines
his activity to art work and has already been noted as
the Artist of the Year in his area. This award has
already caused an increased demand for his paintings.
One of his sons has a store and Joe’s oil paintings and
model airplanes have a place of honor in the store for
all to observe. The paintings on one of the
walls make the store look like a museum.
When the weather gets warmer he is planning to visit
with his son in Florida probably around the 1st of
March. If I wrote down the data properly he has 22
grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
In last month's letter I mentioned that Lloyd McDaniel
was at Parris Island at the same time when Tyrone Power
was going through Boot Camp. The Parris Island was
in error it should have been reported that Lloyd
McDaniel was at San Diego Boot Camp.
Heard from "Red" Nelson who says HI TO EVERYBODY.
He said that he is improving daily and feeling better.
He continues with his rehab routine. This has
limited movements but has to be done. He uses a
walker daily but a health worker has to follow him so he
won’t fall and injure any part of his body.
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. His condition remains about the same but he
is sleeping more. When he is awake he watches TV.
The major infection that gave him problems has been
eliminated from his system. However, it has been
determined that he has to be treated for pulmonary
fibrosis which has affected his lungs.
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 breathing.
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