SUBMITTED BY: Name: david montesanto From: new haven,ct E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: my father,albert j. montesanto, enlisted in the marines approx 1943. according to his brother george (who enlisted with him) my father spent some time at boca chica. (both are deceased). do you have any records of his presence there? thank you,david montesanto
Added: November 15, 2016
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Jack Smith From: Troup, TX E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you one of you has passed to the great beyond. John M. Roberson Sgt.Major USMCR Ret. passed on 30 Oct. 2016 at the age of 93. John was proud of his service in the USMC and to me from time to time about Kwajalein as I have been there myself in the 1980's. John was Sgt. John M. Roberson and was a Turret Mechanic while assigned to VMB 613.
John's family and friends are proud of his service to this nation and better for knowing him.
Kind Regards and Semper Fi to all of you.
Added: November 3, 2016
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Richard Beggs From: Johns Creek, Georgia, USA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: It is with great sadness that I report the passing of a VMB-613 member, Col. Vernon H. Beggs. He died on September 18th, 2016 at the age of 98. He and his family were always proud of his service during WW II and the years since. He was a fine man, good husband and father and loved by many.
Added: October 2, 2016
SUBMITTED BY: Name: kevin griggs From: Tampa Florida E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My father in law Salvadore "sam" Bordonali passed away Jan 1, 2015. We knew Sam served in the Marine Corps in WW2 but since he never discussed it we never knew and still don't know exactly what his wartime experiences were. About the only thing we knew was he spent months on "a slow boat to China". After the war Sam lived out The American Dream becoming a senior pilot at United Airlines for 33 years, growing a large family and becoming endeared to everyone he met. Sam was a proud Marine.
COMMENTS: I would like to inform fellow marines that my father William Randall "Randy" Clow passed away November 14, 2015. He was 91. He was one tough marine to make it through a lot in the last few years...but he did it with grace and fortitude. He will always be my hero. I will always hear his words of wisdom and call upon the values he instilled in me the rest of my life. So proud of you...proud to be your daughter. Thank you for being proud of me too.
COMMENTS: Thank you for this wonderful site. My father was Staff Sergeant Louie Brosius. He died in 1999. Yesterday was Veteran's day and for the first time I watched videos of his trip to Kwajalen to attend the 50th anniversary in 1994. I then searched and found this site and am so glad to be able to picture his time there and learn things that I never thought to ask.
COMMENTS: Thank you for sharing these photos. I'm from Pohnpei, Micronesia and thank you all that served.
Added: July 30, 2015
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Donna McQueen From: Ferndale California E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: I just found this website, and it is fascinating. There is one picture that includes my Dad (who died in 1997) It is mislabeled, he is on the far right in the picture labeled "intelligence". Does anyone remember Captain Mocine?
Added: May 3, 2015
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Laurie E. Folk From: Florida E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Wow tomorrow is the 28 year passing of my dad and found this site tonight. He was Staff Sgt. Herbert R. Folk, found several pictures of him and one that names him as uunidentified, well I can tell you it is him (LAST LIBERTY: Staff Sergeant Robert W. Shock, Staff Sergeant Paul J. Yanacek and an unidentified Marine (L-R) enjoy their last liberty in San Diego, California prior to VMB-613's heading to the Central Pacific in late-November, 1944. Photograph: Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen (Courtesy of Paul J. Yanacek) He is the U identified Marine.
Thanks for this site, it was a piece of his life missing, and to such a degree he did not even get a proper funeral as my relatives said they could not prove he was in the Marines. No service, no flag no marker. This must be rectified who do I contact?
Added: March 28, 2015
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Anne Clow From: Hillsboro Oregon E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: To Caroline Knapp: So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. My Dad (William "Randy" Clow) served with your Dad. I always appreciated all the work he did on maintaining this site. I am sitting here with my Dad and just shared the news of Charlie's passing. On this day (November 11, 2014...Veteran's Day) it is even more emotional. He wanted me to convey his condolences to you...and let you know he remembers your Dad fondly. I met your Dad once, at the San Diego CA reunion. My Dad turned 90 years old in May. He is doing pretty well, considering he has dialysis, spinal stenosis and a pacemaker. His kidney doctor told him "you are in good shape, for the shape you're in". In honor of your Dad...let me say "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE"...he is remembered still by at least one fellow marine! Love to you and your family.