All the Cider Makers
Members 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.
Reservations should be made as early as possible. Be sure
to book for every night you will be there. Make
reservations by September 15, 2006 (the Inn will endeavor to
make reservations after this date on a space available basis).
Remember, unless you are there it will not be complete.
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.
Many members have indicated in e-mail messages that they will be
in attendance at the reunion.
already received Squadron Reunion Registration affirmation from
the following members:
Randy and Roberta Clow
Foster and Doris Cummings
Charles F. Knapp
Calvin and Joyce Russell
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
Robert Klinke, son of Alvin Klinke, sent us a picture of the
PBJ that crashed at National Airport in Washington DC in
April 1944. A picture of the crashed PBJ will be part
of this newsletter.
The words accompanying the picture attributed the problem to
the wings being weighted down with snow and ice and the fact
that the aircraft overshot a landing strip and rammed into
the side of a 20 foot gully. Five Marines and a member
of the Marine Corps Womens' Reserve escaped with only minor
injuries. A wing was crumpled and the fuselage
buckled. Slightly bruised in the accident were Corp.
M.F. Pasachnik and Pfc A.J. Klinke, members of VMB 613.
Robert Klinke also reported that he attended the Air Show at
Oshkosh, WI and ran into a friend of mine who said that he
was in VMB 613 for a short while. This friend was
George Bartlett. Robert said that he was honored to
meet him. George gave him an exclusive hands on tour
of their B-25 including letting him sit in the radio
gunner's seat and explaining what his Dad would have been
doing there. As a bonus, Robert was allowed into the
pilot or co-pilots seat. He was sorry that he couldn't
have spent more time talking to George.
When members of VMB 613 attended the Battle of Kwajalein
Ceremonies in 1994, they proceeded to Ponape for another
important event for 613--to see the site of our lost plane.
At the motel where we stayed on Ponape I walked by the
reception desk on the first evening and the phone was
ringing. A clerk picked up the phone and started
asking questions of the caller and he mentioned 613. I
went over and asked if I could help and he said yes.
The caller was from a Guam newspaper looking for a Willie
Cullom from VMB 613. I signaled Willie and he came
over and took the call. Then the clerk asked I was
from 613 also and I responded in the affirmative. Then
he asked if I had seen the book written by Gene Ashby who
lives on the island because on page 92 he mentions VMB 613.
That lead to several more words and he called Gene Ashby who
said he would see us in the AM.
Gene Ashby became an instant friend of VMB 613, and I'm
sorry to say he passed away on April 20, 2006. We were
sorry to get the news. Gene was a U.S. Marine, four
years active duty during the Korean War, and a professor at
the College of Micronesia. Working with Foster
Cummings he set up a VMB 613 Memorial Display area in the
College Library and covered it with many historic items of
VMB 613, many of which were donated by Foster
Some of the donations made by Foster consisted of the nylon
map that crew members wore on the back of their flight suits
and flight jackets, and a copy of the VMB 613 history.
Gene had this VMB 613 history circulated among the staff at
the college and had an acknowledgment written therein.
Foster and Doris Cummings went to Ponape a few more times
after our group left and they were always warmly welcomed by
Gene. A copy of his life activities is attached to
this newsletter. Condolences from all of VMB 613 have
been sent to his family and friends on Ponape.
Lloyd McDaniel says hello and regards to all. He read
with interest about the book Ed Alling received about Marine
Corps PBJs and was very happy when his son gave him a copy
of the book. For a catalogue of Osprey Publishing
titles contact Osprey Direct USA, c/o MBI Publishing, 729
Prospect Ave, PO Box 1, Osceola, WI 54020.
He made a copy of some of the pages in his book which
included a write up on VMB 613. He also found a
mistake in the book wherein they give the incorrect date for
the loss of our plane. The write up on VMB 613 will be
in the next newsletter. Lloyd did not have the cost of
the book, soft cover, but is of the opinion that anyone who
can get it would enjoy it.
Cliff Dotson sends his regards to all. He sent along a
summary of a talk that Tom Brokaw gave to the Class of 2006
at Stanford. Tom Brokaw told the class that they were
the children of privilege, fortunate to be attending one of
the finest educational institutions in the country, and
added a few more adjectives about their abilities and the
fact that their parents could afford to pay for their
education. At this the class was beaming and then
Brokaw reminded them that the liberties and freedoms they
enjoyed were being defended by young people their age who
did not have their advantages. He reminded them that
at this time thousands of men and women were fighting, dying
and suffering debilitating injury to ensure that the rest of
us could live the American dream. Following this there
was an uncomfortable shifting in the seats, followed by slow
growing applause from the audience. John Peterson, who
attended this graduation ceremony, had a grandson in the
class and heard all of Tom Brokaw's words.
Randy Clow says hello and regards to all. He said that
the local temperature was 103 degrees and thank goodness for
air conditioning. All remains well with them and
they are looking forward for the reunion coming up.
George McDearmon called to let us know that they have sold
their home in Virginia and are in the process of moving to
Georgia where they purchased a new home. At present,
they are staying with their son and he gave me a temporary
address to use until they get settled in their hew home.
He said hello to all.
Jim Garls says hello to all. He reported that weather
remains the big thing in his area--from the extreme heat to
the excessive rain storms. To stay away from them he
stays inside the house most of the time only venturing out
to obtain required supplies.
Bob Polakowski says hello to all. Even though they
have been having hot weather off and on over the past few
weeks he has been out doing pick and shovel work. He
decided they needed to replace their existing driveway so he
did the majority of digging and removing of material.
After some more thinking he decided on go blacktop and is
now in the contractor selectee mode. He has been able
to maintain some golf activity and with their fairly decent
weather rain hasn't been a problem to hold him back.
On a visit with his children in Illinois they had an
opportunity pull down the VMB 613 website and take a look at
all the data available. He was amazed at the number of
contacts that have been made to our site and yet we have
such a short time being on the Internet. He has been
in touch with Doc Protheroe and said that all was well with
Doc Protheroe called to say hello and regards to all.
He has been reviewing pictures that Al Klinke's
son sent to the webmaster. He has identified
practically all and is still checking on one or two members.
It took him a while to identify Foster but he managed to do
Wayne Noble says hello to all. All continues well in
Florida and he hopes that the hurricanes come up with a
different game plan this year if they decided to hit the air
Mike Pasachnik says hello to all. He is feeling
pretty good but is still recuperating from a surprise stroke
of over 13 years ago. The ability to take nourishment
keeps him moving on his wheel chair and also allows him to
use the walker. Since he thinks positively he
continues to have his car outside the house to use in an
emergency. However, he may have to take things a
little less serious about being able to drive it and put it
up for retirement.
Stan Inman sends his best to all. Since he is our
aircraft history mentor I mailed to him an article on the
Pacific Clipper just in case he hadn't seen or read it.
He enjoyed reading it particularly when he hadn't seen it
Stan says he is in good health and is still doing his
volunteer job at the Hartford Hospital. He has been
doing this for 16 years and has put in pretty close to 5000
Heard from Stan Richardson who sends his best to all.
He continues to have problems with his breathing and is
required to keep the oxygen tank going at all times. I
limited the conversation because he started to have problems
with his breathing and talking. Hopefully he will be
able to improve.
Heard from Harlan Jason who sends his best to all. He was
out of the Veterans Home for awhile when he started to have
internal bleeding problems and had to return to the VA hospital
for some transfusions. He is doing well and is back to the
Veterans Home now. They have got him doing some gardening,
working on a model train and going to the Legion or the VFW for
luncheons. Great things to keep the mind and physical body
Heard from Nick Bozic who sends his best to all. He is
feeling great but still has to watch his walking due to his hip
problem. He uses a walker to go on short walks and stays
away from steps. He is fortunate to have an elevator in
his building that he uses all the time as a safety factor usage.
I can't recall the name of the youth baseball tournament that is
to be played in Washington, PA but teams from all over the world
will be in the area to participate. Nick's son is trying
to get him to plan to attend. Nick says planning is OK but
he has to be sure that he can maneuver around with his walker
before he commits himself to attend.
We had a great time reminiscing about 613 and other aspects of
the Corps. The next time he visits with his daughter he is
going to call up our web page to refresh his memory on a lot of
Nick Dudo says hello and regards to all. He said that his
hip replacements have worked out to be OK, no problems walking
or maintaining balance. However, he has started to have
back problems wherein his spinal cord is acting up. The
vertebra hole in the vicinity of L4 and L5 has a calcium buildup
which rubs against the nerve and causes extreme pain. The
pain becomes unbearable so he has to limit his walking to a
distance of 50', stop, and then straighten up. He waits
for awhile and then is able to continue the same routine.
He did mention the medical term for his problem which if I read
my notes properly is spinal meningitis. Hopefully he will
be able to fight off an operation, but in lieu of that he does
take some pain killers to help reduce the pain.
Heard from Bob Longenberger who sends his best to all. All
continues well with him but Rose Marie has been having health
problems and at the time of our talking she had been in the
hospital for three weeks. She had a real serious operation
and is still recuperating.
Had a chance to speak to Charlie Cosbey who says hello to all.
He said that he is doing great and since his son sold his
business, where he worked on a part time basis, he is now
To keep busy since retiring he has been working around the house
doing repairs that were really required to make the house look
Condolences from squadron members to the family of Paul Yanacek.
Paul passed away on Wednesday, August 02, 2006 at 7:30 AM.
Just before he stopped breathing family members softly sang to
him all three verses of the Marines Hymn so he would know that
we were with him.
Paul had been ill for quite some time, battling pneumonia and
had a very rough time endeavoring to adjust to recovery cycles.
The Yanacek family thanks members of VMB 613 for their thoughts
in respect to the passing of Paul Yanacek. They said that
there were beautiful flowers at the funeral from VMB 613.
Paul was buried with full military honors and his sons and all
of his grandchildren participated in the various tasks at the
Mass and burial. Robert Yanacek said that his brother
delivered a wonderful eulogy as a testimony to their Dad's
Josephine Prock, Marty Prock's
widow, also came to the funeral home and offered condolences to
John Aymen continues on his recovery program and is presently in
a nursing home. His progress continues at a slow pace and
the medical personnel hope that his recovery will move out at a
faster pace real soon. He sends his regards to all through
his wifes telecon with me.