All Super Patriots
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.
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.
A number of 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
Noland sent us a
message and said that he was the "Rembrandt" who painted the
names on those B-25's. He sent along a picture of one
of his masterpieces.
While going through some old papers he found the picture of
the Squadron Baseball Team. On the back of the picture
all the players were listed with their positions. He
also sent the picture of the team to me and both of which
will be appearing on the website in the very near future.
The baseball team flew by C-47 to Majuro and defeated a Navy
Seabee team. It was some sort of island baseball
playoffs. After that win, they were disbanded due to
the non availability of any teams to play. Several of
the players then started playing first pitch softball.
Frank sends his best wishes to all.
We received a telephone call from the daughter of J.
Clifford Scott, M.D. who was our squadron Medical Officer,
who said that her Dad passed away on March 26. She
also said that he was very enthused over 613 and had her
bring up the Squadron website several times so that he could
review all the material contained therein.
With his failing eyesight she had to scan our newsletter for
him to read everything in it. He stayed alert and
thinking despite his isolation she added. She also
added that all of us were very important to her Dad.
His time with 613 was every important to him, and he spoke
of it so many, many times through the years.
Foster Cummings sends his regards to all. They are
waiting for the weather to make up its mind as to whether
they will have a spring season or just jump over it into
summer. A lot of rain has been falling which he
considers a little better than snow, no snow blower activity
Bob Polakowski says "hi" To all. He and Helen returned
home from their southern trip and are endeavoring to get
back into the swing of things. Although it looks
beautiful outside there is still a cold wind that limits any
A friend of the family had to adjust a trip itinerary and
was able to invite Helen to go on a trip to Holland with
her. We will have to wait for the European update
after she returns.
Bob has been in touch with DC Clay and said that all is well
with him. He has to watch how fast he walks etc but it
stop him from getting out on the golf course. He
endeavors to get in at least nine holes when he does get out
there on his weekly exercise routine.
Bob also sent along a travel write up on Chattanooga which
is very interesting. It gives a great description of
the area which included a before and after clean up routine
of the environment and the effect of the clean up on the
This article also described the many fascinating sites for
all to see and enjoy, such as the Tennessee Aquarium,
Coolidge Park which contains a lot of river park with its
carousel and the world’s
longest pedestrian bridge and the hopscotch courts designed
by a famous Chattanooga sculpture. Also many museum
are there for those folks who are interested in seeing
I received a telephone call from RL Marx who was visiting in
Ruidosa, N.M.. He was really impressed with the extra
warm temperature and the scenery and said that he would like
to stay there for a longer period but could not do so at
this time. His schedule called for him to return to
Arizona and than fly home. He said hello and regards
Jim and Mary Jane Lewis recently home after their annual
sojourn to Texas. They got back with mixed emotions
with the grey, gloomy skies and snow on the ground.
According to their newspapers MN had the fantastic winter
weather until they got home.
The one good thing about being back home is witnessing the
animals coming out of hibernation including the trumpeter
swans, geese and golden-eye ducks. Even the bugs are
starting to come back to life.
On their way south to TX they got rear ended and the
insurance company allowed them to wait until they got home
for the repairs, hence they are now using a
car which doesn’t
have the luxuries they are used to.
visited the Marine Military Museum and Iwo Jima Monument
located near the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen
several times over the years and they recently saw a news
item in the Valley Morning Star newspaper in Texas which is
disconcerting. The building in which the museum exists
is in danger of becoming a thing of the past. It is
beyond repair and needs to be replaced. Volunteers are
endeavoring to educate people about their past efforts and
hope that they can get a fund raising effort going to erect
a new building on site.
Our Artist in Residence in Montana, Joseph Yakawich, is
again going to be honored this year for his artistic talent.
He will be the Featured Artist of the State Fair (2006).
He will be the First ever, featured artist for the Billings
State Fair in August 2006.
He has been given 2 peg boards, 4'x 8', and also an Enclosed
Glass Case with Key of 4' x 4', with shelves for
miscellaneous art to display items that he has made.
Since this will probably be the only big showing that Joe
will ever have all his children are accumulating his
selected art works for the showing.
All 613'ers say Congratulations Joe.
Carmine Nasta says hello and regards to all. He has
been busy performing tasks as an expert plumber, with the
assistance of another expert plumber. They are of the
opinion that the problem has been resolved.
I told him that we had heard from Debbie Kane the daughter
of Henry Shaneyfelt and that information on her contact with
us will be in this Newsletter. He mentioned that he
had been in touch with him and knew that he had joined the
U.S. Army and had served in Korea but then their
correspondence dropped off. He was glad to get an
update on him.
He continues to maintain contact with various 613'ers from
the Engineering organization.
Jim Nelson sends his regards to all. All is continuing
well with them, he just hopes that the weatherman forgets about
them and lets the storms go around them.
Frank Carthey sends his regards to all the 613'ers. He has
some medical problems which he has to keep under control.
Randy Clow says hello to all and reported that all is OK with
We recently received a letter from Debbie Kane, the daughter of
Henry O. Shaneyfelt (Engineering). She reported that her
Dad passed away in February 2005. Recently she received a
box of his Kwajalein Memorabilia and spent time reviewing all
the items and other materials contained therein. It was
about this time that she tried the Internet to see if they had
anything on VMB 613 and was amazed at being able to find data
about the squadron.
The site was a huge help to her in identifying many photos and
other items. Debbie said that she was really awed by our
site and was wondering if we would like a copy of some of the
things she had scanned into her computer. Since I told her
that we would be interested she sent along a program from a Kwaj
baseball game, a flyer from a Kwaj boxing smoker, and a program
from a Kwaj church service.
Using our website she was able to identify that all the tiny
pictures were taken on Kwajalein - the Church, Richardson
Theater, and a basketball game. In addition she was able
to identify pictures from Newport, Cherry Point and even a
newspaper printed on-board the USS Alnitah.
Debbie also sent along two newspaper articles, one told about a
Jeep disappearing on Kwaj and the other about the Army Air Field
at Newport now used By Marines. Both are enclosures to
Based on information on our website, she is going to get
information on his military service so that she can complete her
collection on her Dad’s
Debbie told me via a phone call that her Dad started college
after the war and joined the U.S. Army Reserves and was recalled
to active duty during the Korean War. In this assignment
he suffered terrible horrors serving as an Army Infantry Forward
He also re-enlisted in the Marine Corps for another two years
after the Korean War.
After release from active duty he re-entered college, graduated,
and spent over twenty five years working for the Veterans
Administration as an Recreation Therapist.
I mailed a copy of the Kwajalein Return Trip VCR to Debbie and
she was really enthused about seeing it. She thought that
the scenes of VMB 613 Marching in the Parade were outstanding.
I recently received information that another new book is now in
print relative to Marine PBJ Squadrons.
The title of the book is Marine Air - The History of the
Flying Leathernecks in Words and Photos. The author is
Robert F. Dorr. The book can be ordered through the Marine
Corps Aviation Book Store in Quantico. Their toll free
telephone number is 1-888-237-7683.
The author Robert F. Dorr has been in touch with Robert Yanacek
about some of VMB 613's flight activities and hopefully he has
included the information he was able to obtain from Robert.
Robert contacted several squadron members who reviewed their
flight log books and personal recollections, as well as,
official squadron records to obtain flight statistics.
Condolences from squadron members to the family of Dr. J.
Clifford Scott and the family of Henry O. Shaneyfelt.
John Aymen sends his best to all. He is still undergoing
medical analysis in an effort to isolate his problem so that it
can be properly treated.