Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen
October 1, 1943 - November 21, 1945
VMB-613 Insignia

RETURN STATESIDE

With the end of the War, work quickly began to close down operations, and to pack all personal belongings and gear for return to the United States. 

On October 25, 1945 the first group of squadron members, those with the highest number of discharge points, embarked aboard the USS Salamaua (CVE-96) for transportation to the United States.  Departing Kwajalein on the 25th, the USS Salamaua arrived at Eniwetok following day.  Leaving Eniwetok on October 27, the USS Salamaua set course for San Francisco via the northern route, arriving at Naval Base Treasure Island on November 7, 1945. 

Seven days following the departure of the USS Salamaua from Kwajalein, the remaining 346 members of VMB-613 boarded the USS Alnitah (AK-127) to return to the United States.  Following  stops at Roi and Majuro to load more passengers, the USS Alnitah proceeded to Pearl Harbor, arriving on November 12, 1945.  Following a brief stop there, she sailed for San Diego. 

At San Francisco the first group of squadron members boarded the USS Botetourt (APA-136) on November 15, 1945 for transportation to MCAD Miramar where they would await the arrival of the remainder of the squadron.  Arriving two days later, they did not have long to wait as the USS Alnitah arrived on November 21, 1945.  Immediately following the arrival of the USS Alnitah, VMB-613 was concurrently detached from MAG-94, attached to Fleet Marine Air, West Coast, MCAD Miramar, and unceremoniously decommissioned pursuant to CNO dispatch 271419 and Marine Corps dispatch 301660, both dated October 1945. 

As the Marines of VMB-613 departed MCAD Miramar, most looked forward to some hard-earned leave prior to their new assignments while awaiting separation from active duty.

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    VMB-613 Members Aboard the USS Salamaua Thumbnail Image

USS Salamaua

Headed Stateside

Aboard the Salamaua

    First Stateside Liberty Thumbnail Image

Fresh Air of the Pacific

USS Botetourt

Home Sweet Home

  Diamond Head Thumbnail Image  

USS Alnitah

Diamond Head

Pearl Harbor

Headed Home Aboard the USS Alnitah Thumbnail Image Newspaper Article Thumbnail Image USS Alnitah Launch Thumbnail Image

Aboard the USS Alnitah

Alnitah Advocator

Launch of USS Alnitah

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