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LIFE ON KWAJALEIN: PAGE 4

Squadron Sign

SQUADRON SIGN: A close-up of the VMB-613's squadron insignia that hung outside the Officers' Club in the squadron area on Kwajalein.  The squadron insignia on the sign was designed by the squadron Utilities Officer, First Lieutenant James R. Edmunds III.  

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

Officer's Club

OFFICER'S CLUB: In this view of the Officers' Club, VMB-613's squadron insignia can be clearly seen.  The identity of the Marine that designed the insignia remained a mystery to most until his identity was discovered in 2006.

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

Officer's Club Veranda

OFFICER'S CLUB VERANDA: The VMB-613 Officers' Club was constructed overlooking the ocean and was across the road from the squadron compound.  

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

Officer's Club Interior

OFFICERS CLUB INTERIOR: The Officers Club was located across Ocean Road from the VMB-613's compound.  It was constructed by the squadron's officers with the main part, shown above, simply being a corrugated steel Quonset hut. 

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

The Bar

THE BAR: The bar in VMB-613 Officer's Club was simple, yet well-stocked with "medical supplies."  Behind the bar is the squadron, insignia, a photograph of a PBJ and caricatures of some of the squadron's officers.  

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

Interior of the Officer's Club Veranda

INTERIOR OF OFFICERS CLUB VERANDA: Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the veranda at the Officers Club provided a relaxing relief from the tropical sun. 

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Clell Q. Thorpe Collection (Courtesy of the University of Houston Libraries)

Officer's Club Maintenance

OFFICER'S CLUB MAINTENANCE: First Lieutenant Ross K. Bennett applies a coat of paint to what is believed to be the verandah of VMB-613's Officers Club.  As the Officers' Club was strictly off-limits to enlisted men, the squadron officers provided all the labor to construct and maintain the facility.

Photograph: Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen (Courtesy of Christopher Pelletiere)

Island Softball Champions

ISLAND SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS: The 613 Trojans won the 1945 Island Softball Championship.  Pictured (L-R) are: Private First Class Frank J. Vanek, Corporal Leo H. Rivers, Corporal Andrew Stepen, Staff Sergeant Frank P. Noland, Corporal Ralph F. McClain, Private First Class John S. Chappell, Sergeant Eugene N. Hansen, Sergeant Lester Robinson, Sergeant James A. Serenta, Sergeant Richard J. Haley, Sergeant Carmine G. Nasta, Staff Sergeant John F. O'Donnell, Sergeant Teddy E. Murzyn, and Sergeant Carl R. Ellison. 

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

613 Trojans

613 TROJANS: Another view of the 1945 Kwajalein softball championship team. 

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

VMB-613 Basketball Team

VMB-613 BASKETBALL TEAM: Front Row (L-R) Staff Sergeant Howard N. Odoms, Technical Sergeant Frank E. Robinson, First Lieutenant Arthur H. Navarre (Coach), Technical Sergeant Francis M. Jordan, and Technical Sergeant George S. Tompkins.  Back Row (L-R) Unidentified, Sergeant Harry L. Jordan, Corporal Isaac S. Richardson, Unidentified, Staff Sergeant John M. Kennedy, and Staff Sergeant Frederick R. Slinkard. 

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

Basketball Game

BASKETBALL GAME: Squadron recreational activities included basketball which was played in the Recreation Area near the Fleet Marine Theatre.  In a brisk game between Navarres' Stars and the Flyers, seen above, Technical Sergeant Francis M. Jordan takes a shot. 

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

Baseball Team

BASEBALL TEAM: Coached by First Lieutenant William R. Hancock, "Nevils' Devils"  placed second during the 1945 Island Baseball Championship.  Front Row (L-R) Corporal Stanley V. Burek, Corporal Andrew Stepen, Technical Sergeant William R. Hudson, Lieutenant Colonel George W. Nevils, Major David M. Danser, and Sergeant Richard J. Haley.  Middle Row (L-R) Sergeant Carmine G. Nasta, Sergeant Clarence L. Mode, Private First Class Manuel Souza Jr., Technical Sergeant Donald W. White, Technical Sergeant Robert J. Lochner, and Staff Sergeant Edward J. Kreig.  Back Row (L-R) Sergeant Carl R. Ellison, Staff Sergeant Frank P. Noland, Staff Sergeant Frank J. Lukasek Jr., Sergeant Alfred W. Dick, Sergeant Theodore H. Pyrch, and Corporal Herbert E. Schwartz.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Frank P. Noland)

Horizontal Bar

HORIZONTAL BAR: Staff Sergeant Norman A. Crotty works out on the horizontal bar while another squadron member, in the background, takes a turn at the rings.

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

Squadron League Volleyball

SQUADRON LEAGUE VOLLEYBALL: Squadron members enjoy a brisk game of volleyball during off-duty hours.  Athletics such as these helped to break the monotony of life on Kwajalein and served to boost morale. 

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

Forest Rangers

FOREST RANGERS: Made up of members of various units based on Kwajalein, the Forest Rangers performed on the island's radio station, WXLG.

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

Red Cross Unit

RED CROSS UNIT: A Red Cross unit provided squadron members with doughnuts and refreshments at least once a week.  They were located across Ocean Road near VMB-613's Officers Club. 

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

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE: Boris Karloff visits with VMB-613 during one of a number of USO tours that performed for the men on Kwajalein in 1945.  Karloff and his troupe performed "Arsenic and Old Lace."

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

BORIS KARLOFF: Horror movie actor Boris Karloff takes time to sign autographs for VMB-613 members following his performance.

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

Refreshments in the Recreation Hall

REFRESHMENTS: Following the performance of Arsenic and Old Lace, cast members served sandwiches and soft drinks to squadron members.

Photograph: U.S, Marine Corps (Courtesy of Kim Haddix)

Introducing Chili Williams

INTRODUCING CHILI WILLIAMS: Known as "The Polka Dot Girl" of pinups, Chili Williams and her USO troupe visited the Marines of VMB-613 on Kwajalein.  Here, Chili gets introduced to the "boys" by actor, Jack Carson.

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

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