MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON SIX-THIRTEEN ASSOCIATION
45 Verano Loop
Santa Fe, NM 87508-3151
6 August 2007
Memo To: All The Island Travelers
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
The following information is repeated from last months news letter just as a reminder to check your photos of the Ponape region and see if you have any photos that can be used in Andrew's video documentary.
A message was received from a native of Ponape. He is doing a video documentary
on the repatriation of Ponape Island natives back to their home island from the island of Kusaie after the war ended. His name if Andrew Geminaro and he now lives in Hawaii but is originally from Ponape in the Carolines.
He had an uncle, a Ponape Islander that was enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Navy on the island of Kusaie during the war. He is one of only 9 surviving out of 179 men sent to Kusaie in 1943 to build a Naval Air Strip. He is now telling his story. He needs pictures of the war on these two islands.
If any members have pictures that they can identify to the islands during the War he would appreciate receiving copies of them for use in the story of what transpired on the islands during World War II. Send pictures to:
PO Box 151
Kunia, Hawaii 96759
Tel: 808 621 3676
Foster Cummings says hello to all. Things are going along well in the area but they still had to let the rain come down whenever it felt like doing so. A heat build up in the atmosphere accompanied the rain.
He said that the 4th of July celebration was good but they had to fight the weather problems to make sure that the fireworks would almost perform per spec.
Foster has been in touch with DC Clay and Doc Protheroe and all is well with them.
Heard from Joe Mc Donald who sends his regards to all. He reported that Rita manages to get around with the help of a walker and use of a wheel chair. He also keeps in touch with Foster Cummings who keeps him filled in with US Marine Corps data which is interesting reading.
Had a great chat with Nick Bozic who sends his regards to all. He is still in the recovery mode from his stroke but is able to get up and around with the help of his walker. He can't drive any more and his daughter or son take him around for sight seeing which includes shopping and the like. He just puts his walker in the back seat of the car and removes it for use when they arrive at the destination.
He brought up many 613 members names and we discussed their status which was all good data. Nick appreciated hearing about them and what was new with them.
Mike Pasachnik says hello and regards to all. He said that he is doing pretty good, one knee gives him a lot of trouble so he has to be super careful when he goes out for a slight stroll.
He makes sure that he has the proper accouterments with him when he does go out for a stroll. He takes a special walker along and at times a wheel chair for additional support.
Nick Dudo says hello to all. He continues to have spinal column problems wherein his sciatica nerve lets him know when he is moving about too fast. Hence he knows when to change his pace and move about at a slower pace.
He has been in touch with Carmine Nasta who reported that he can't navigate like he used to, he has to resort to walkers, canes and the like to move about.
Nick then brought up names of members to see if most of them were still able to move about. He did all the name references by memory, no hesitation in the memory routine at all. He even mentioned the towns or area of the particular state where they lived.
Charles Ringler dropped us a line and said thank you for including his picture, which was taken at Cherry Point Airbase in 1943, in the newsletter of June 4th.
He said that he enjoys reading the newsletter about Squadron 613 and learning about the member's past activities and what they are doing at the present time.
He sent along a program of the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Awards. This award program was founded by him in 1977. This year they celebrate their 30th Anniversary. The “black-tie dinner”, which is always held at the Fort Worth Club was attended by more than 600 people this past February.
This award is given annually to the nation's #1 college quarterback. He is also given a Rolex watch, and his school is given a $10,000 scholarship. Also, a $20,000 scholarship is given to the most outstanding Fort Worth-Dallas area high school student.
He further stated that he has enjoyed every year of participation in this worthy endeavor He was president of the Davey O'Brien Foundation and Dinner for many years and ever since his retirement has served as Chairman of the Board, Emitarius.
Doc Protheroe sends his regards to all. All continues well at Hilton Head. He had an opportunity to go over to Parris Island and went to the PX on a shopping tour. He purchased a US Marine Corps cap for Stan Richardson to wear during his stay at his nursing home.
Stan appreciated getting the hat which will give him the option of having a second USMC cap, the first option being his VMB 613 cap.
Heard from John “Chico” Duarte who sends his regards to all. He said that he is still working in the “Newspaper Stand” early in the AM on a daily basis which allows him to meet a lot of people.
He has been going to the VA for therapy on a weekly basis with three weeks remaining for his problem. They are endeavoring to remove an internal scar on the sciatic nerve and are using laser techniques in the procedure.
This year he has also returned to his back yard farming project. With the weather (temperature and humidity) at unusual figures he has had to become a scientific farmer. No more just turning on the sprinkling system, he has to limit the watering of plants to coincide with the area humidity and air temperature.
This also means he has to get down and check the plants to determine how much moisture they can be given without any of them shriveling up from excessive water or not enough water.
Bob Polakowski says hello and regards to all. He said he has been hanging in there.
Mandatory things such as getting busy doing house repairs some which have been long overdue were scheduled and some completed.
They were planning on doing some traveling this past spring but various projects interfered so they went through a rescheduling routine and possibly next year they maybe able to get some of the trip routes scheduled and actually go out on them.
Willis Roose says hello to all. He reported that he received a recorded message from Waxie Prankard. In this message Waxie reported that he was entering an “assisted living” facility. Willis said that in his recording Waxie sounded a little weak.
Cliff Willis sends his regards to all. He reported that the weather is very hot like 100 degrees and will probably be that way for awhile. He is still working in the agricultural support area which keeps him very busy, sometimes for more than eight hours a day.
Terry Manning says hello and regards to all. He and his brother are still looking at pictures that their Dad had in his collection. Several of the pictures are already in our webmaster's possession, and if they haven't appeared on the website yet they will show up soon.
Bill Barber sends his greetings to all. He has been continuing his exercise routine, wherein he has been riding his bike for fifteen miles at a time. Even with the heat up to 100 humid degrees. His oldest daughter who is a hospital lab supervisor and keeps up with health matters reminded him and admonished him, saying that he is no longer a youngster.
Some members have asked if we have any current address for Robert J. Kline, a VMB 613 pilot. My searches have not been successful. Please let me know if you find any address even if it is a few years old and I will endeavor to trace him from any information received.
Robert Klinke sent along an e-mail in which he let us know that he had booked a 30 minute flight in a B-25J on July 17, 2007 flying out of Eau Clair, WI.
He will be riding in front right behind the pilot and co-pilot and after they are airborne he will be allowed to climb down into the Nose Gunners Position.
He hopes to have video and photos of the flight for transmittal to us. He will also look to see if that particular model of the PBJ has a manufacturer's plate installed and its location.
Janet DeMint and her family sent along their thanks for the VMB 613 website. They said that it is a gold mine of information and will be fun for their entire family to see what their Dad did in the Marine Corps and see pictures of the many friends of the squadron that he mentioned over the years.
The family of Francis K. (AKA Ches or Frank) DeMint informed us that their Dad passed away on June 16, 2007 and was buried on June 25 at Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, CA.
In January of 2003 Ches was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, but miraculously after 18 moths of chemotherapy, he survived cancer-free, for three and one half years.
This year he began having mini-strokes (TIAs) and his condition deteriorated rapidly in early June and he died peacefully in his sleep.
Received an update on Stan Richardson from Peach Richardson. He is still endeavoring to stay ahead of the health problem. There hasn't been any major change in his health condition but Stan continues to improve his breathing routine to overcome his shortness of breath and is continuing to get more of his strength back. Other wise he continues to be alert and seems to be content. Stan is still physically limited to how far he can walk and really has to watch it because he doesn't have the strength to get up and move about in the manner that he likes to.
He would like to be able to walk for long periods but his system won't let him. He continues to feel stronger and endeavors to try physical activity which he is unable to do for an extended period. He also takes daily treatment to improve his systems breathing.
To change the appearance of his hospital room he has a Marine Corps cap hanging at the head of the bed, plus his new one a gift from Doc Protheroe, and has a couple of other items with Marine Corps insignia in the area.
Another Marine comes in and they share stories on the Corps which makes the world go a little faster. Stan continues to remain alert through all this though.
I am sure that he would like to hear from you folks, his address is as follows:
Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation & Care Center
Clearwater, Florida 33761
Remember that our new fiscal year started in January 2007. If there isn't an (07) or higher two digit number appearing after your name on the mailing label on your envelope you should mail a check to us made out to VMB 613 in the amount of $20.00 for payment of dues.
Note: (06) denotes 2006, (07) denotes 2007, (08) denotes 2008. Many thanks to the members who have already sent in their dues checks.
Don't forget our "MYSTERY PICTURE." I finally heard from our members who searched for several months and found some information but nothing that we as a unit didn't know about.
The only identification of personnel in the picture were those of Tom Stone in the lower right hand corner and Gil Thomas in the lower left hand corner. The notes that the members found and reviewed didn't have any additional data that we didn't know about.
They remembered that the U.S. Navy had a training site or two on some islands not far from the main island and that is where they took Marines and other U.S. Military/Naval personnel for special jungle training.
Members of the Hawaiian special military training units were the specialists who endeavored to make the training sites as realistic as possible. The training personnel were outfitted with what was thought to be typical looking jungle apparel that the enemy forces would be wearing.
No one could find any reference to the island or islands in their notes where the actual training exercises took place.
As reported in the last newsletter our webmaster Robert Yanacek needs a picture of William M. Farley to complete his squadron files. If any member locates a picture of William in their albums or squadron picture files please forward it to Robert at the following address:
1718 Creek Street
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
A friend of VMB 613 out at Kwajalein is going to dive the aircraft off Mellu Island shortly to see if he can identify any of the aircraft. To do so he will have to read the manufacturer's plate which would have been attached onto the aircraft possibly in the cockpit. Do you have any idea where he would look?
The cockpits are small and covered with silt and coral, so he would need a fairly specific location. Any assistance that any member can provide would be appreciated.
One member whom I discussed this item with via e mail said that he had seen one that one of our members used to carry in his wallet. Hence if it hadn't been cut down to wallet size it probably started out as a 2 inch x 3 inch piece of metal affixed to the bulkhead in the cockpit area.
THE LIMITED EDITION COLLECTORS ITEM, the squadron logo hat pin is still available for VMB 613 members and friends. This pin is an inch in diameter and comes in a pewter finish or gold plated with a hand painted finish. The colors are similar to the colored logo that was mailed out several months ago. Marine Corps Scarlet Red background, Gold Wings, Black Cannon and Maces. Plus it is made in America.
A new item is the license plate frame. It is a composition material (special plastic) with a red background and gold lettering. The top of the frame has U.S. MARINES and the bottom VMB 613 WWII. The cost is $5.00 INCLUDING PACKING AND SHIPPING.
USMC Heat Transfer Kit. Has 6 large insignias and 6 small insignias. Can use on caps, T shirts or any other cloth item. These kits are $3.95 each.
We still have the small VMB 613 number plate for the rear window at $5.00 each. These now can be ordered with either a WHITE or RED background.
The regular size VMB 613 license plate complete with mounting hardware is now available on special order for $20.00.
We have a limited number of Red VMB 613 caps, the cost is $10.00 each and are being sold on a first-order, first-serve basis.
These memorabilia items can be ordered from Charlie Knapp.
Here is a VMB 613 Special from McGrogan's Patch Design. A cloth patch five inches in diameter which is the standard WWII size. This is the VMB 613 squadron logo patch in color. The cost to VMB 613 members is $3.50 per patch. Order direct from the following address:
McGrogran's Patch Design
PO Box 2254
Hayden, ID 83835
Please continue the notes or letters all of which help to make the monthly letter more interesting.
This is all for now. Stay healthy.
For security reasons, changes to the roster are not available on-line. Please contact Charlie Knapp for address information.
VMB 613 E-MAIL DIRECTORY LISTING
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Note: Please check your address on the listing and let me know of any required corrections. Some messages have been returned with a comment "unknown address."
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