All the U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Party Participants
Hundred and Twenty Nine Years!
will have the opportunity participate in a local Marine
Corps Birthday Celebration. Several members will have
the opportunity to attend formal affairs at their local
Marine Corps League Detachments. These events bring
together Marines from the local area, as well as, former
residents who return just for the affair.
Cummings will be hosting his annual Marine Corps party on 7
November and will have several 613'ers in attendance.
They will be coming from out of town, some from quite a
distance and others just a few miles north from New
Sue Haroldson send their best to all. Sue is
recovering from eye surgery and is having trouble reading
off the computer. When e- mail is sent to her please
use large font sizes. They also have a new computer
address which is located in the membership e-mail directory
on the website.
poor telephone connections I have had to wait for members to
try their luck and inform us of what happened in their
sections of Florida.
Noble reported that he and his wife Freda are fine and have
not had any damage to their property. At the time of
the telecon they were waiting for Hurricane Jean to show up
off Florida and hopefully miss their living quarters.
from Vern Beggs and he reported that in their section of
Florida thee was damage. They received some roofing
damage which his son repaired. It will take him a few
more weeks to get a roofer to get over and make the repair
Charlie missed them in Inverness, but Frances came closer.
They were without power for twenty three hours. The
eye of Jean came through the SW corner of their county -
also visited by Hurricane Ivan which came close to them but
no further damage.
gusty winds much stronger than the other hurricanes with a
lot more rain but no more damage or power outages.
Their yard was littered with trees after every storm and all
are waiting for the big piles of debris to be picked up the
county for burning.
brother Hugh Bothwell whom we met at the Peoria reunion
passed away. He was a retired Naval Chief Warrant Officer
and had an interesting war career. He was on the
Cruiser Nashville that escorted the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders
and was in the European Theater serving on the battleship
Texas during the Normandy invasion. He got a dud
German artillery shell in his stateroom during that battle.
That dud is on display on the deck of the U.S.S. Texas which
is permanently located in Galveston, Texas.
Anne went to Illinois to attend the funeral and burial.
Peaches Richardson send their regards to all. They
reported that they were evacuated four times due to the
hurricanes. Their home did not suffer any damage but
the trees in t he area took a beating and a lot of trash
came on the scene. They are still in the process of
picking up the trash.
Quen Youngren send their hellos and regards. They wish
everyone good health and a great holiday season. They
are doing really well up in the Northland - they have had a
good year and now with the fall they are getting pretty fall
flowers rather than an early snow.
reported that the officers had several members in attendance
at their reunion in Pasco, WA not as many as they had
thought would show up but they had a great time. The
weather was great and Carl and Dorothy Klingeman did a great
job in setting up and event.
sends his best to all. He is still taking things easy
due to some past physical problems but hopes that time will
help to alleviate all.
from Ed Alling who reports that all is well in Maryland and
regards to all. They have had good luck in missing the
storms this season in Maryland. Future storms may turn
in their direction but he hopes that they don’t.
along a picture of a hurricane showing its eye. His
son who lives in Sacramento, CA. E-mailed it to him. If
possible I will try to get it into this letter as an
Hudspeth sends his regards to all. He sent along more
pictures of the hurricane damage in Florida. If space
permitted they would make an excellent addendum to the
of the pictures were from around the area of NAS Pensacola
where 613 held their reunion in May of this year. The
super highways were twisted, distorted and plain wrecked by
the winds and the rain. The same could be said of the
many buildings that were damaged or submerged in
several feet of water. He also included pictures of
areas in Alabama which took a similar beating by the
received a copy of a written report issued by the staff of
the Commanding Officer of NAS Pensacola. It is much
too long for publication at this time, but the description
of the damage means a lot of funds will have to be allocated
to get the base brought up to some type of living standards
for all personnel. In addition road and bridge repairs
will also be a priority.
the hurricanes have had their day in the sun and will stop
harassing the public. The wind doesn’t show any let up
regardless of how it shifts in its movements.
Gutshall says hello and regards to all. Things are
progressing for him slowly but surely he reports.
Cummings sends his regards to all. All continues well
with he and Doris and they have only had to contend with
some rain storms from the Florida hurricanes.
to D.C. Clay and reported that all was well with him.
Marian Kehr were on a western trip to Colorado and on their
return to Georgia they drove down to Santa Fe. We were
able to get together for dinner one evening and had a great
time. My daughter was also visiting me and she enjoyed
the visit with them.
that they had traveled over 4000 miles on the trip and had
around 3000 to go on the rest of the trip to get home.
On the way home they drove into some severe rainstorms,
remnants of the hurricane weather from Florida. This
caused them to go north for several hundred miles and
then south to Georgia.
to say hello and regards to all.
from John “Chico” Duarte who sends his best to all. He
was scheduled to go into surgery on the 21st of October.
Hopefully the operation will not be too complex and he will
be home as soon as the medical schedules allow it.
Jennie Ohlson send their regards to all. They left for
Florida on the 9th of October via Ohio to visit
with Alex’s sick sister. From there onto Venice, FL.
They will be there until Mid May and then back to Cape Cod.
retired from the South Port Golf Club as their P.G.A.
Professional and Jennie will be returning to the Woods Hole
Golf Club as the L.P.G.A. Professional in May.
would both appreciate receiving visitors in Venice, Florida
and their Florida address is listed under Roster Addendum at
the end of this letter.
“Mac” McDaniel says hello to all 613'ers. He and Edna
received tickets to the President’s Own, The United States
Marine Band in Concert which they attended on October 7 at
the Ben Davis High School, which is located on the west side
of Indianapolis, IN. They were of the opinion that the
event was greatly enjoyed by all attendees.
had some of the pictures from The Leatherneck Bombers WWII
reproduced and sent them along. They came out very
well and will be distributed in the coming months so that
all can see them.
from Willis Roose who sends his regards to all. He
enjoyed reading about the VMB 613 boxing talent and reminded
us of Bo Bohannon of Titusville, FL. Bo had many pro
fights prior to his joining the Corps. He was on the
card when VMB 613 visited Burton Island (Ebeye) facing a
well respected opponent and Willis reported that a vicious
blow to the body of “Nat The King” ended the bout. At
that time King was the light heavy weight champion of the
and Betty left on 1 October for a trip to Finland, Russia,
Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. They should have a
great trip since it is still fall season with little or no
snow to hinder their moving around the various countries.
Akerman says hello and regards to all. In his state of
New Hampshire politics continues to be on the menu at all
times. He hopes that the election will arrive as
scheduled and put an end to the chatter.
an e-mail from Ross Bennett’s grandson-in-law who said that
he was fascinated by Ross’s experiences in the Pacific.
Particularly when he found out that Ross flew the Mitchell
with the Howitzer. He was entranced and decided to
build a model of the PBJ-1H that is accurate to the type he
would have flown. He wanted to correspond with a
squadron representative to learn more about the aircraft and
Robert Yanacek to assist him in his endeavor. Robert
sent along a lot of information regarding the aircraft and
the grandson is satisfied that he has adequate information
to complete his task.
moving a stack of papers I came across a letter from the 12th
Defense Battalion Reunion Association written in May 1993.
This letter was in answer to my query regarding the address
of George Richard “Dick” Long.
letter was interesting and I have included it as an
attachment to this news letter.
association member was also, under separate cover, able to
get me the Florida address of Stan Richardson at the time of
the letter writing.
webmaster, Robert Yanacek, reports that interest continues from
the outside world on the VMB 613 website. One interested
person from Anchorage, Alaska looked for hours and may still be
looking. When this was reported to me he had looked at
over 80 pages and still had another 240 pages to go. He
showed an interest in the names of squadron members and then
went on to see them in their department picture. Don’t
know if this is a missing VMB 613'er or just a curious world
Yanacek also reported that he had been contacted by a free lance
journalist from New York who is working on an article for a
British modeling magazine. His article is about
constructing a model of VMB 613 PBJ1C or a PBJ1D that was used
for training stateside.
Dunlap’s father in law asked if we could give him the interior
colors of the PBJ’s so that he could make a model to the proper
paint schemes. Several members sent along their
remembrance of the interior colors. Robert Yanacek while
searching the WEB came across an article published in Sweden
covering camouflage & markings - interior colors of US aircraft,
1941-45. (This included the B-25)
used were raw zinc chromate, bronze green, unpainted aluminum,
zinc chromate yellow, green zinc chromate, black decking,
aluminum lacquer, bronze, dull dark green, natural metal,
aluminum lacquer, and interior green. These colours were
used in various sections of the aircraft.
a gentleman from Lexington, Kentucky indicated to Robert Yanacek
that a model of a VMB-613 aircraft is currently on display in
Lexington at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. This museum
is dedicated to the Doolittle Raiders.
Yanacek has also added a “Log Book” to our website so that our
visitors can leave their comments. I haven’t taken the
time yet to go to the WEB page and check it out but will be
doing so in the very near future.