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Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen

 

LIFE ON KWAJALEIN: PAGE 2

Radio-Radar Shop

RADIO-RADAR SHOP: Marines hard at work in the squadron's Radio-Radar Shop ensuring that each aircraft's radars and communications equipment functioned properly.

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

Water Supply

WATER SUPPLY: Private First Class Michael D. Daniello delivering water in the squadron area.  Since there was no source of freshwater on Kwajalein, it was necessary to desalinate seawater.  Once desalinated, water was then distributed to numerous Lister bags which were hung in various locations throughout the squadron area. 

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

Water Truck

WATER TRUCK: Fresh water had to be transported from the desalination facilities and distributed throughout the squadron area.  (L-R) Sergeant Charles N. Cannato and Sergeant Warren D. Ritter are seen with one of the squadron's water trucks.  

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

Electric Generator

ELECTRIC GENERATOR: Electricity throughout the squadron area was provided by a diesel-powered generator. 

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

Unidentified Building

UNIDENTIFIED BUILDING: This small building was located in VMB-613's compound, but its exact purpose is not known.  In the nearest bay, the front-end of tractor-like piece of equipment can be seen, while in the last bay there appears to be a generator with its vented exhaust.

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

Electrical Supply

ELECTRICAL SUPPLY: (L-R) Corporal Joseph A. Musuneggi and Private First Class Gene E. Bessler work to maintain power in the squadron's compound. 

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

Unidentified Building

UNIDENTIFIED BUILDING: The Marine and the purpose of this small building is not known.  It was most certainly located in VMB-613's compound and may be a the guard shack.

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

Carpenter Shop

CARPENTER SHOP: Marines at work in the squadron's carpenter shop.  These men are (L-R Standing) Corporal James W. Edwards, Unidentified, Sergeant Rudolph L. Hubert, and (Foreground) Staff Sergeant Robert J. Augustine. 

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

Turret Shop

TURRET SHOP: Squadron turret mechanics at work in VMB-613's Turret Shop. 

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

Plumbing Shop

PLUMBING SHOP: Private First Class Richard G. Ryan Jr. at work in VMB-613's plumbing shop. 

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

Machine Shop

MACHINE SHOP: (L-R) Corporal Robert O. Wechtler, and Private First Class Raymond P. Zebrowski. 

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

Garage

GARAGE: Located in the Transportation Area, the squadron's garage provided the facilities for the maintenance and repair of the various type of vehicles used by the squadron. 

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

Barracks Life

BARRACKS LIFE: Technical Sergeant William A. Kehr relaxes and reads a magazine in the barracks on Kwajalein.  Notice the clothing hanging from the overhead and the open area behind the "rack" that allowed for ventilation.  

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

Chow Hall Delivery

CHOW HALL DELIVERY: Squadron members unload supplies of food and remove empty boxes and crates from the area of the mess halls.  Note that the 2-ton truck used to transport the supplies belongs to the U.S. Army. 

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

Japanese Dory

JAPANESE DORY: Corporal Billy C. Tutt and two other unidentified members of VMB-613 return following a cruise in Kwajalein lagoon.  The boat is a Japanese dory that was salvaged, repaired and refitted.  It was used for fishing and for transportation between the many islands of the atoll.  VMB-613 used a number of salvaged Japanese boats in this manner.  One was even refitted as a sailboat!

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

Physical Examination

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION: Flight Surgeon, Lieutenant Commander James C. Scott performs a physical examination on a squadron member. 

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

Dental Examination

DENTAL EXAMINATION: Assisted by Hospital Apprentice First Class Willis A. Roose, Lieutenant George J. Biedermann performs a dental examination on one of the squadron's Marines. 

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

Parachute Maintenance

PARACHUTE MAINTENANCE: VMB-613 parachute riggers re-packing a parachute following inspection and repair in the parachute loft. 

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

Parachute Loft

PARACHUTE LOFT: Parachute riggers unpack and examine a parachute for defects and tears in the parachute loft prior to re-packing it.

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

Aircraft Materiel

AIRCRAFT MATERIEL: (L-R) Corporal John H. Neagle, Sergeant Farley "J" Sutphin, and Corporal Joseph Santillo take inventory of the squadron's aircraft supplies. 

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

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