All the Tired Vacationers
a call from Cliff Willis who said that he was in an auto
accident. He was driving his truck at a speed of 53
mph carrying a load of molasses when a truck going about 93
mph caught up with him and sent his truck flying. When
he came to a short while later he noticed that vehicles were
skidding all over the road slamming into any thing they
skidding was caused by his load of molasses being crushed by
the accident and other vehicles running over the containers
crushing them with resultant overflow of liquid. This
put a layer of slippery molasses over the road surface which
hindered other vehicles from stopping.
up with damaged ribs, a damaged rib cage, sore hip and some
time spent in the emergency room. Followed up by
having to maintain a supply of oxygen for his system usage.
At the time of talking he was off the oxygen. Despite
the pain he managed to squeeze in time to carry on with his
Siergiewicz says hello to all. John was interested in
the remarks about George Washington Julian that appeared in
one of our newsletters and he happened to be browsing a book
written by Carl Sanburg on Lincoln. George Julian was
mentioned therein and at one time was a member of the U.S.
House of Representatives from Indiana. The situation
then and now are still similar he reported.
from Jim and Mary Jane Lewis. They are both alive and
mostly well, are getting better and things are looking up.
went through a lot of misery while awaiting surgery which
included taking a lot of pain killers. After an
extended operation which included time to come out from the
anesthetic she awoke and there was no pain.
been walking without a walker or cane and not taking any
started to eat more food than usual which has helped him to
put on a little weight. He still has to walk
carefully, walking too fast causes him to come tumbling
down. So far no broken bones just bruises.
their recovery stages they had a lot of family members
present which really cheered up the abode.
Schwertfager says hello to all. They didn’t receive
any weather difficulty from the hurricane in their neck of
been able to continue playing golf and recently while
playing he hit a ball a little off center which landed
on an island in the middle of a creek. Without any
hesitation he waded out to the island and hit the ball
towards the fairway. Then he strode off into the water
to get back to the fairway and stepped on a rock that
swivelled under his weight and into the creek and mud he
endeavored to get rid of the mud and water but wasn’t too
successful. The players let him continue even though
the air wasn’t too sweet with the odor of mud and dirty
water. Even though that event was a couple of weeks
old he can still smell the effects of nature.
Anderson sends his best to all. He recently hit
another milestone in his career and his daughters gave him a
birthday party at home. He is now 80 years of age.
finally arrived home from the reunion and sends his regards
to all. He took his usual drive to visit with family
along the way which gave him a chance to RON in St Louis for
way back he really traveled with limited stops and made the
trip in about two and one half days. This required
alertness for twelve hours per day of driving.
desert temperature has remained high in Twenty Nine Palms
and it was 104 in the shade as he was writing.
from JD Garls who sends his regards to all. In going
through his Kwaj Album he came across a shot of the main
squadron area with the barracks, office buildings, outdoor
theater and the like.
picture is part of the newsletter and some of the building
will be identified so that one can quickly find and remember
which was his barracks, as well as, the mess hall, sick bay
and the like. We say thanks to JD for sending it along
for a mental revisit to the island.
reviewing the picture if any member can identify a building
or edifice that isn’t already identified send us a note with
the information so that the files can be updated.
from Harlan and Mary Jason who send their best to all.
They are all settled and living peaceable in their new
abode. They are fighting away to stay healthy.
Their sicknesses remain about the same which means they
continue to pour the pills into their system.
have a serious fall in the home which resulted in bruises to
the body and his hips have bothered him since the fall.
He maintains an extra careful approach now when he walks and
makes sure that his walker is at the ready at all times.
Noland says hello and regards and hopes that all are well.
He reported that he has lost most of his hearing and part of
his eye sight. This hasn’t stopped him from walking
two miles every day though.
Ramsey sends his best to all. He reported that he is
fully retired from the pharmacy and has been for several
years. To keep busy he belongs to several local civic
organizations and endeavors to take in some of their events.
mentioned some names of Radar personnel such as JD Garls,
Sam Summers, Edgerton, Max Cobby, Casey Coleman, Rabon A.
Hargrove, and Wilbur Watson just to mention a few.
These squadron members names brought back a lot of memories
Buzz Patrick send their best to all. They continue to
stay active in their warm beach climate atmosphere and go on
short trips to stay alert.
Protheroe reported that they had been at a hectic pace at
Hilton Head headquarters putting up storm panels in
anticipation of the hurricane Charlie possible hitting their
area. They had the help of two of their children and
one of their daughters arrived just prior to the airport
being shut down.
Fortunately for them the storm veered off and went up the
coast so their anticipated problems didn’t materialize.
Punta Gorda was another story. That is where they have
their winter home and all they heard on the TV and radio was
disasterville for the area. Than a neighbor of theirs
in the area called to say that their area was blasted with
145 mph winds and took many of the roofs off in the area of
condo apparently is still in one piece but they do have some
leaks. They were planning to get down there to inspect
and perform required maintenance.
heard from Leonard DelVecchio who lives in Punto Gordo.
Hopefully they haven’t been totally destroyed by the
hurricane/storm story from Florida. Sandy
Hudspeth reported that the weather reports were that the
hurricane would miss their area. Suddenly around 5 pm
on Thursday Charley arrived with 120 mph winds.
sent along seventeen photos of the wind damage in the area.
Charley left a lot of unhappy people. Sandy and Marie
did not receive any damage. They send their best to
Clow says regards to all. He has been talking to
Jerry Gutshall and said that he was feeling pretty good.
Recuperating from his medical problems and continuing to
move about with little or no problems. He also has
been in touch with Jim “Red” Nelson who is doing well except
for his continued eye problem.
McDaniel sends his best to all. He was recently given
a book entitled Leatherneck Bombers (Alan C. Carey author)
and reported that it was a good book with a great deal of
information including photographs of PBJ’s. The front
cover of the book and rear cover had VMB 613 aircraft
in the book show MB-5, Bu No 35725. The book also
shows Lt Love’s aircraft and Lt Hunt’s and their run on the
airfield which is visible below the aircraft, bombs being
released are also visible. Lt Love’s aircraft was hit
and crashed before he reached the airfield and prior to
releasing any bombs.
Nasta sends his regards to all. He has been
recuperating form surgery wherein he had to have a pace
maker installed. He was glad to get home primarily because
the hospital’s air conditioning system was freezing him.
The operation was a success and his blood pressure has gone
down along with that of his pulse rate. Everything is
back to normal except that he has to use a cane to move
effects of the hurricane were very slight in his area.
Mostly a heavy rain fall but no winds to create problems.
Beggs reported that Inverness was in the projected hurricane
path early on. After passing Key West it made a slight
veer to the East, coming ashore near Ft Meyers and than went
over Punta Gordo. From there it was projected to go
out into the Atlantic.
followed the directions from the Advisors and stocked up
with water, food, flashlights, radios etc. Reports
that some residents in the actual path of the hurricane lost
everything were distressful.
Trish Brotherton send their best wishes and warm regards to
all 613 personnel.
stated that he really enjoyed the letter written by Colonel
Jack Fessender about the ACLU criticizing the Marines for
praying for their fellow Marines - “The Letter Is A
Litzau says hello and regards to all. Although he
doesn’t have a computer he will be visiting with his
daughter and son in law who do have a computer and will take
in the VMB 613 WEB Page.
he had reason to reflect on the Kwaj sun exposure - he
remembers many of the line maintenance personnel and their
browned bodies. He had to have minor surgery to remove
a “lump” and skin cancer surfaces from his back shoulder.
With the medical treatments, anti- biotics, pain killers and
a considerable projected recovery time which will destroy
what is left of the summer will leave him moving slowly but
will not destroy his sanity.
along a newspaper write up “Reflections on War”. Tom
Clancy, AUTHOR OF SEVERAL WAR ACTION NOVELS and Anthony C.
Zinni, General USMC (RET) were the focus of the article
Reflections on War which criticized the Iraq War. I
will endeavor to get this article enclosed to this
newsletter so that all can read what some considered experts
in this field have to say. There will also be a couple
of pages from the book.
sent along a picture of a PBJ which might have been a G or H
model. His comment was I would like to know where this
picture originated not on Kwaj. Hopefully I can get
this into the newsletter also.
picture also brought back a memory to him in regards to the
canon. The only time that he flew with Jim Cunningham
over Ponape they tried to lob a shell at a target of
opportunity and the shell jammed in the breech. They
didn’t try to make a second attempt just in case it would be
Navarre says hello to all. Things are continuing at
the same pace for him which means limited track time to run
the 220. He can move about but a pace slower than he
appreciates hopefully he says things will improve. The
weather has remained good in their area and also no forest
fires, hence no smoke or neighborhood confusion.
moving some boxes around that he hadn’t touched for quite a
spell and opened one of them. He was astounded when he
saw that they contained pictures of the San Diego Reunion
and to make things even better he had written the names of
the people in the pictures on the back. This helped in
the memory check to remember who the individuals were.
Susana Haroldson send their best to all. They were in Gig
Harbor, Washington visiting with their daughter during the
month of May. They had a slight change in the weather
while there a little chilly compared to the hot summer
now looking forward to the VMB 613 Reunion in Eastern
Washington next month. Smiley Klingeman is the Host
for their reunion. A great setting in the tri cities
area and along the Columbia River.
enclosed two articles, one entitled FREEDOM IS NOT FREE
which will be in one of our future news letters.
article covered facts on American history which included the
fourth of July and some tips on saluting the flag. It
was interesting to read that saluting the flag should only
be done when one is in uniform.
article will also appear in one of our future newsletters.
article covered facts on American history which included the
Fourth of July and some tips on saluting the flag.
Yanacek reported that they were in the path of Hurricane
Alex but that it stopped about 60 miles south of them.
They survived but did get wind gusts of 90 mph with a
sustained wind velocity of 35 mph.
damage came after the hurricane when he slipped on one of
his children’s skateboard and suffered a twisted ankle and
bruised ribs. Then along came Hurricane Charley which
at first report appeared to be heading toward them and then
it degraded to a tropical storm. They had a lot of
rain and some wind gusts to about 40 mph with no apparent
damage. It became Pizza Run time so he and the wife
went out on the pizza run and while driving through the
parking lot on the way home a truck turned the corner in
front of them. Robert was able to stop in time to
avoid a collision but the truck kept going until it
ripped the bumper off his van. No injuries just metal
and plastic damage.
from the outside continues with the VMB 613 Web Site and the
visitors are from all over the world.
interest from members continues as well.