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Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen

 

LIFE ON KWAJALEIN: PAGE 1

Kwajalein Island Airstrip

KWAJALEIN ISLAND AIRSTRIP: Taken from the radio-gunners compartment, the airstrip and various maintenance facilities on Kwajalein can be seen.  Many small boats can also be seen just off the docks for the maintenance work area.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of William A. Kehr)

Northern End of Kwajalein

NORTHERN END OF KWAJALEIN: An aerial view of the squadron area from the "Down Wind Leg" at the traffic pattern. Viewed from one of the squadron's aircraft, VMB-613's area on Kwajalein Island can be seen two blocks above and to the left of Nob Pier which extends into the lagoon on the right.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of William A. Kehr)

Oceanside

OCEANSIDE: Directly over the island and looking south, VMB-613's compound is seen from a different angle.  The buildings along the beach on the left were billets for the island commander and other senior officers.  VMB-613's Officers Club was located in this same area and can be seen by locating the only Quonset hut on the beach.

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

Squadron Compound

SQUADRON COMPOUND: An aerial view of the VMB-613's compound shows the layout of the area.  The compound is within the upper and lower roads and extends between Ocean Road on the left, to the area just  before the water towers on the right.  The H-shaped building in the lower-center of the compound is the galley and mess halls.  The Officers' Club was not located in the compound, but rather across Ocean Road on the beach area to the left.  See below map for a description of the various buildings and areas.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Charles F. Knapp)

Squadron Compound Map

MAP OF SQUADRON COMPOUND: Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen's compound is depicted with a white background.  The areas with a yellow background were other units that were located adjacent to VMB-613's area.  Note that in order to orient this map to the preceding photograph of the squadron area, North is at the bottom.

The numbered buildings and areas are:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

Senior NCO Quarters

Showers and Head

Commanding Officer's Quarters

Executive Officer's Quarters

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Intelligence and Operations

-

Officer's Quarters

Officer's Quarters

Machine Shop

Senior NCO Mess

Galley

Officer's Mess

14.

15.

16.

17.

18.

19.

20.

21.

22.

23.

24.

25.

26.

Squadron Office

Enlisted Men's Mess

Volleyball Court

Basketball Court

Guard Shack

Enlisted Men's Barracks

Enlisted Men's Barracks

Enlisted Men's Barracks

Enlisted Men's Barracks

Enlisted Men's Barracks

Enlisted Men's Barracks

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Enlisted Men's Recreation Hall

27.

28.

29.

30.

31.

32.

33.

34.

35.

36.

37.

38.

39.

Projection Booth

Fleet Marine Theatre

Movie Screen

Motor Pool

Senior NCO Club

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-

Transportation

Grease Rack

Head

Showers

Head

Storage

Map: Courtesy of James D. Garls

Front Area

FRONT AREA: The front area of VMB-613's compound.  Lieutenant Colonel Nevils and Major Danser's quarters were located in the building in the center of the photograph. 

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

Commanding and Executive Officer's Quarters

COMMANDING & EXECUTIVE OFFICER'S QUARTERS: The quarters for Lieutenant Colonel Nevils and Major Danser were located in the squadron's front area on the ocean road.

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

Senior NCO Barracks

SENIOR NCO BARRACKS: The building to the right of the tents served as quarters for VMB-613's senior NCOs while the remainder of the squadron area is to the right.  The top floor of these barracks served as quarters while laundry facilities were on the first floor.  Due to the hot climate, the barracks always had areas open to the weather.  This photograph was taken in the area where VMB-613's Officers Club was located. 

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

Barracks and Storage Building

BARRACKS AND STORAGE BUILDING: The two barracks on the center of the photograph served as billets for the Radio-Gunners, Navigators, and Mechanic-Gunners.  On the center-left, crates of supplies can be seen in front of one of the squadron's storage buildings. 

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

Barracks and Showers

BARRACKS AND SHOWERS: Looking towards the ocean, the barracks in the center of the photograph housed the Engineering Department.  To the front of these barracks, the showers (behind the water tanks) and the head (small building in the foreground) can been seen. 

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

Enlisted Men's Barracks

ENLISTED MEN'S BARRACKS: These barracks housed enlisted men and were located to the right of the barracks shown in the previous photograph. To the right of this photograph, the squadron's transportation area was located.

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

Transportation Area

TRANSPORTATION AREA: Vehicles operated by VMB-613 were maintained and serviced by the Transportation Department in the garage seen in the center of the photograph.  On the near end of the garage, a make-shift grease rack can be seen, complete with their drive-up ramps.  Behind the garage, a number of vehicles can be seen parked in the squadron motor-pool. 

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

Recreation Area

RECREATION AREA: Taken from one of the water towers in the Naval Construction Battalion Area, the Transportation Area, Motorpool, Senior NCO Club, Fleet Marine Theatre, and Recreation Hall can be seen. 

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

Northern End of Kwajalein

NORTHERN END OF KWAJALEIN: Looking south, a general view of the crowded northern section of Kwajalein Island shows the extent of building that had occurred since the capture of the island one year earlier.  The lagoon is located on the right, while the ocean can be seen in the background.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Frank E. Acker)

Island Headquarters

ISLAND HEADQUARTERS: This building served as the headquarters for the Island Commander on Kwajalein.  It was located south of VMB-613's area.  In the background on the left can be seen the Island Chapel, while in front of the flagpole and building sign a captured Japanese field gun is displayed.

Photograph: Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen (Courtesy of Charles F. Knapp)

Squadron Office

SQUADRON OFFICE: Technical Sergeant Francis M. Jordan,  Staff Sergeant Howard N. Odoms, First Lieutenant Arthur H. Navarre, Technical Sergeant George S. Tompkins, and Sergeant Major George H. Abrams at work in the Squadron Office.

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

Intelligence Briefing

INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING: Intelligence Officer, Captain Corwin R. Mocine, briefs his staff on recent intelligence reports and aerial photographs.

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

Communications Office

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE: The Squadron Communications Office.  Note the teletype machine and switchboard.  

Photograph:  U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Charles F. Knapp)

Communications Office

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE: Also located in the Communications Office were the ground radios that maintained contact with the aircraft and the flight line.

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

Police Shed

POLICE SHED: VMB-613's police shed doubled as a laundry.  Seen here, Sergeant Roy R. Emmerling and Corporal James E. Horton collect laundry from fellow squadron members. 

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

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