MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON SIX-THIRTEEN ASSOCIATION
45 Verano Loop
Santa Fe, NM 87508-3151
1 October 2007
Memo To: The Great Cider Makers
Bob Polakowski continues doing some research on a location for our next reunion and has tentatively selected The Cross Road Inn at Quantico. This location is also close to the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
He will be in contact with a WWII Marine, who is handling arrangements for his own squadron, to get more information regarding administrative matters. He has been told that a two bedroom goes for $59.00. Another advantage of the location is that there is a lot to see without having to do much traveling.
It would be appreciated if members would let me know if they are interested in attending so that we would could discuss the logistic matters with The Cross Road Inn. A response prior to 31 October would be appreciated so that plans, arrangements etc. could be started.
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
R.L. Marx sends his best to all. He said that everything is going well with them in Sioux City. He did receive some bad medical news from his Doctor. The Doctor told him that he was going to live past 100 years.
R L said that possibly he himself is sick in the head though because he got on his tractor and mowed ten acres around his condo. This has become an annual habit of his for the past many years. He had been in Arizona for three weeks in July waiting for another grandchild and it was a boy.
The temperature in Arizona was 117 degrees in Arizona so he was really glad to get back home to a colder climate of 95 degrees.
Received a letter from South Australia. Ned and Betty Carmichael send their best to all. They are both well, but find the days too short for their efforts. They are fully occupied in Christian Ministry particularly since Ned is filling in for the Pastor who hasn't been well for the past three months.
Weather is also a factor in Australia and at the time of his writing they were in the middle of a very dry winter, when it should be wet. The residents feel that it is the worst drought in the nation's history, except for the tropical fringe along the north coast. All are praying for rain.
Ned's remaining three children and their families will be joining he and Betty in Hawaii in November for a two week reunion. They had one before in Hawaii in 1993. Since the children live from Rhode Island to California to Hawaii it isn't too easy to get all together at one time.
We received a picture of Robert Shock which will be part of this letter.
There are three people in the picture, Robert Shock is in the center, Robert's son-in-law, a Vietnam era Marine, is on the right and a Colonel friend of Shock's son-in-lawis to the left.
We received some pictures of Stan Inman which he had forwarded to the Veterans History Project via the Google, Network procedure. There were 42 pages of Stan's Marine Corps memories, which included Parris Island, the Hawaiian Islands, Kwajalein Island, various islands in the Pacific, and ships of all sizes both tactical and Merchant Marine types and VMB 613 personnel and squadron area.
Mary Jane Lewis sent along her regards to all. She mentioned the collapsed bridge in their area and hoped that no family members were involved in it. She finally received a call from family members that all was OK.
She also mentioned various activities that have been keeping her occupied which included a trip to the Boston area to attend a convention.
John Peterson called and said hello and regards to all. He said that they were in the process of getting ready to attend a family wedding and that all members of the family were very active. One of his grandsons is the quarterback of his football team and he has made some very important scheduling decisions so that he too will be able to make the event.
John brought up the name of George W. Julian and asked if I remembered it to which I said yes. In fact I told him that when I was living in New Jersey I passed a ship wrecking yard while on the way to NAS Floyd Bennett Field one Saturday and there was the George W. Julian being “field stripped”.
He also mentioned that when we tied up at the Naval Docks at Pearl Harbor some one was able to commandeer a Jeep and they located his sister who was a Navy Nurse at one of the local Naval Hospitals and they brought her to the pier to visit with John. He was able to get off the ship to visit with her but he couldn't make it off the pier.
His recall of getting off the George W. Julian brought my memory into play. One day I went to Sick Call and told Waxie Prankard that I had an impacted tooth problem. He ran an inspection and said that I indeed had a problem and that I would have to go to the Dental Clinic up at the Island Hospital for treatment. He had Doc Scott review the matter and he agreed. Waxie had Doc signed the request for Dental Assistance at the Island Hospital, sign a release form so that he and I could get off the George W. Julian, another set of forms so that we could leave the pier and then signed a transportation form so that we could drive our assigned government vehicle to the Base Hospital.
Where Waxie got the Jeep I never knew but it was parked on the Pier near the G.W. Julian and we got into it and took off. The trip through Honolulu was outstanding. I think there were more U.S. Sailors in Honolulu than elsewhere in the Pacific. We visited practically every street in the city and then progressed up to the Base Hospital. At the Dental Clinic they had to schedule me for an appointment which would be later in the week. Waxie explained that if we didn't show up it meant that our ship had been alerted to take off for battle. That was no problem to the Base Dental Clinic.
Waxie and I explored the Base Hospital and found the Mess Hall which had just opened for lunch we were allowed to Sign In and I think pay a modest sum for the meal. The meal consisted of baked ham, sliced, plus applicable vegetables and desert. I took two pieces of ham and the Sailor on Duty went wild, only one piece of ham per serving. Waxie explained that I was a former POW and that this was my first meal since returning. The sailor on duty allowed my to keep the two pieces of ham and I think I was able to wrap one piece in some paper and bring it back to the ship for others to enjoy.
After lunch we took another tour of the suburbs around the Navy Hospital, proceeded to Honolulu and then back to the pier where the G.W. Julian was tied up waiting for us.
Norb Gibbs ends his regards to all. He said that the good news is that he feels great and has gone back to work. The bad news is that he had a quadruple bypass, which was done during the first week of June. He didn't have a heart attack, he just went in for some tests and they kept him there for the medical procedures. He said that he and Betty have both lost a lot of weight, they are both down to 130 pounds. His weight loss is due to surgery but Betty's weight loss remains a history and she feels OK.
He now has eleven grand children, and five great grand children. He believes that more greats will be coming along.
I spoke to James “Red” Nelson who sends a "howdy" to all. He is still in the recuperating cycle both at the hospital and nursing home where he continues to receive daily rehab to improve the problem with his left leg, ankle and arm which are paralyzed. He sounded outstanding considering his health problem
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. Otherwise, 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
The public response and interest in our squadron via the Internet continues to increase by leaps and bounds. Our webmaster was pleased to report that as of July 18, 2007 our website had received its four-millionth hit.
Our webmaster continues to add photographs to our website, most recently photographs provided by Terry Manning and Nicholas Dudo. Robert was even lucky enough to finally come up with a photograph taken of George Comer at Newport. Many thanks to Terry, Nicholas, and everyone else for sharing their various photographs.
Robert asked me to remind members that our VMB-613 newsletters are available on website. Viewing them via the website makes it very easy for members to visit the links that are often provided in the newsletters. That is because all the links provided in the newsletters can be easily viewed by simply clicking on the appropriate link. Newsletters can be found on our website.
Speaking of links, Robert thought that those with Internet access might find it interesting to see how the various locations that VMB-613 visited looked today.
These include bases of operations, as well as, some of the not-so-friendly Japanese held islands. Below is a list of the various locations. You will be able to zoom in and out and will be amazed by the details in these images.
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.
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.
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