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Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen

 

DEPLOYMENT TO THE PACIFIC: PAGE 2

Mission Printing House

MISSION PRINTING HOUSE: This building was built in 1823 of coral stone and was part of the missionary effort in the Hawaiian Islands.  Its sign declares that it was the first printing house west of the Rocky Mountains.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Diane Hindy)

Federal Office Building

FEDERAL OFFICE BUILDING: Built 1922, this building housed the Customs and Federal Government offices for the Hawaiian Territory.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Diane Hindy)

Honolulu Building

HONOLULU BUILDING: Although the name of the building in this photograph has not been determined, it may in fact be, based on its similar architectural style, the side of the Federal Office Building in the previous photograph.  A number of servicemen can be seen entering and departing.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Diane Hindy)

Honolulu Park

HONOLULU PARK: From a park in downtown, the beauty of Honolulu and the Hawaiian Islands is evident.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Diane Hindy)

Downtown Honolulu

DOWNTOWN HONOLULU: A view of downtown Honolulu's historic district as it appeared in December 1944.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Diane Hindy)

Honolulu Street

HONOLULU STREET: An unidentified location in Honolulu reveals an abundance of servicemen, very few automobiles and three establishments: Sidney's; Pete's Taxi, and; Coffee Dan's.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Diane Hindy)

Navigators Enjoy Hawaii

NAVIGATORS ENJOY HAWAII: These three VMB-613 navigators undoubtedly had a swell time visiting Honolulu.  The men are (L-R): Unidentified, Technical Sergeant William A. Kehr, and Technical Sergeant William A. Black, Jr.

Photograph: Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen (Courtesy of William A. Kehr)

Hawaiian Airstrips

HAWAIIAN AIRSTRIPS: Located on the western shore of Oahu are the airstrips of Naval Air Station Barber's Point (upper) and Marine Corps Air Station Ewa (lower).  It was from Ewa in December 1944 that the air echelon departed from, bound for Kwajalein.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps

Ewa Control Tower

EWA CONTROL TOWER: The control tower at Marine Corps Air Station Ewa.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps

Beach Party

BEACH PARTY: Taking a break from their training syllabus, a group of VMB-613 pilots relax and enjoy camaraderie on a beach in Hawaii.  While awaiting the arrival of the ground echelon, these men flew numerous training missions to refine their skills in gunnery and the use of aircraft rockets.

Photograph:  U.S. Marine Corps, David Snider Collection (Courtesy of the Manning Brothers)

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