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VMB-613 Squadron Insignia

Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen

 

OFFICERS AND MEN OF VMB-613: PAGE 4

Cook

COOK: Sergeant Matthew M. Martincevic (fourth from the left) is seen here with a number of buddies following his assignment as a cook with VMB-613.  The men are (L-R):  Arthur Lemaire, Roy Scott, Phillip Ryan, Sergeant Matthew M. Martincevic, and Perry Davis.  The man in the back row is unidentified.

Photograph:  Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen (Courtesy of John Martincevic)

Engineering

ENGINEERING: Front Row (L-R) Private First Class Arthur E. Pitts Jr., Sergeant Ivan D. Stern, and Private First Class Henry O. Shaneyfelt.  Middle Row (L-R) Sergeant Carmine G. Nasta, Technical Sergeant Joseph E. Kirkpatrick, Corporal Ralph F. McClain, and Corporal Robert W. Dorn.  Back Row (L-R) - Staff Sergeant Frank P. Noland, Corporal William E. Chastain, and Sergeant James A. Serenta.

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

Operations Officer

OPERATIONS OFFICER: Captain Harold F. Beal Jr. joined VMB-613 on Kwajalein in June of 1945.  Following Major O'Reilly's departure from VMB-613 at the end of July, Captain Beal assumed duties as the squadron operations officer.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Harold F. Beal III)

PILOT: First Lieutenant Francis K. Ross served as a pilot and as assistant ordnance officer with VMB-613 until he was reassigned and sent overseas as a replacement pilot for VMB-413.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Janet Hawkins)

NAVIGATOR-BOMBARDIER: Second Lieutenant Carroll O. Pappas served as a navigator-bombardier and as assistant navigation officer with VMB-613 from March through June 1944 when he was reassigned to NAS Dallas. 

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Mary Moon)

 

Aerial Photographer

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHER: Corporal Frederick C. Darlington served an aerial photographer for VMB-613 until he was detached from the squadron in September of 1944 and reassigned to VMB-463.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of  Terry Manning)

Aerial Photographer

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHER: Sergeant David Snider served as an aerial photographer and will killed in action when First Lieutenant William J. Love's aircraft was shot down over Ponape on February 6, 1945.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of  Terry Manning)

Navigator

NAVIGATOR: Private Farley served as a navigator on First Lieutenant Ernest L. Hunt's crew and was killed-in-action over Ponape by a piece of shrapnel on February 6, 1945.  He was buried on Japtan Island, Eniwetok Atoll with full military honors two days later.

Photograph: Courtesy of Frank J. Kos

Baker

BAKER: Corporal Norbert J. Gibbs served as VMB-613's baker until April 1945 when he was transferred to the 3rd Marine Air Wing.

Photograph: Courtesy of Norbert J. Gibbs

Cooks

COOKS: (L-R) Sergeant David J. Stewart and Corporal Charles L. Horvath both served in VMB-613 as cooks.

Photograph: Courtesy of Norbert J. Gibbs

Radio-Gunner

RADIO-GUNNER: Corporal Philip D. Payne Sr. served as a radio-gunner on First Lieutenant Smith's crew.  As a result of an accidental gunshot wound while on Kwajalein, he was sent back to the United States during April 1945 for medical care. 

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

Line Chief

LINE CHIEF: Master Technical Sergeant George M. Comer served as VMB-613 Leading Chief.  Master Technical Sergeant Comer was reassigned to VMF-441 in February of 1945.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of  Terry Manning)

Mechanic-Turret Gunner

MECHANIC-TURRET GUNNER: Corporal Leonard M. Dworsky served as a mechanic-turret gunner and was transferred from VMB-613 in July 1944.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of  Nicholas P. Dudo)

Metalsmith

METALSMITH: Corporal Ostell Scarborough served in the engineering as an aviation metalsmith until he was transferred in February of 1945.

Photograph: Courtesy of Ostell Scarborough Jr.

Engineering

ENGINEERING: Corporal Alexander Mislow served with VMB-613 as an aircraft mechanic from February through April of 1945.  Previously, Corporal Mislow had served with VMF-441, MAG-31, 4thMAW, FMF.

Photograph: Courtesy of Lorraine Raccuia

Engineering

ENGINEERING: Sergeant Herbert F. Siegert served in VMB-613's engineering department as an aircraft mechanic.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of  Nicholas P. Dudo)

 

Engineering

ENGINEERING: Staff Sergeant Robert J. Sebulsky served as an aircraft mechanic with VMB-613's engineering department.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of  Nicholas P. Dudo)

Engineering

ENGINEERING: Corporal Elwood C. Haines served as an aircraft mechanic with VMB-613's engineering department.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of  Nicholas P. Dudo)

Engineering

ENGINEERING: (L-R) Sergeant Michael F. Pasachnik and Staff Sergeant Fred J. Staren both served as aircraft mechanics.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of  Nicholas P. Dudo)

Medical

MEDICAL: Pharmacist Mate Second Class Homer L. Mentzer served as a Corpsman with VMB-613 from July 1944 to May 1945.

Photograph: Courtesy of  Charles F. Knapp

Coproral George E. Tisdale

ARMORER-TURRET GUNNER: Corporal George E. Tisdale served as an Armorer-Turret Gunner while VMB-613 was training at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina.  In March of 1944 he was transferred to MAG-62 and served the remainder of the war as a member of VMB-622.

Photograph: Courtesy of  George E. Tisdale

Armorer-Turret Gunner

ARMORER-TURRET GUNNER: Corporal Frank R. Lacy Jr. served as an Armorer-Turret Gunner with VMB-613 until he was transferred to VMB-443 as a replacement during May 1944.  While overseas, he was then  reassigned to VMB-433 and was killed on February 27, 1945 when his aircraft collided in mid-air with another PBJ from VMB-413 while forming up for a bombing mission.  As the crash occurred over deep water, his body was never recovered. 

Photograph: Courtesy of  Paul J. Yanacek

Ordnance

ORDNANCE: Private First Class John D. Sintich served as an aircraft armorer.  He was killed at Cherry Point on January 23, 1944 when he was struck by the propeller of a taxiing single-engine aircraft.  Sintich was buried on January 28, 1944 at Saint Mary's Cemetery, Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Robert W. Shock)

Ordnance

ORDNANCE: Staff Sergeant James J. DeBoth served with VMB-613 as an aircraft armorer until he was transferred to MAG-62 in April of 1944, ending up overseas in the Southwest Pacific with VMB-423.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of  Paul J. Yanacek)

Ordnance

ORDNANCE: Private First Class Jack S. Lowder stands guard outside of VMB-614's Radio Maintenance building.  Private First Class Lowder served with VMB-613 as an aircraft armorer until he was transferred in April of 1945.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of  Paul J. Yanacek)

Ordnance

ORDNANCE: Sergeant Howard W. Smith served with VMB-613 as an aircraft armorer during the squadron's last months overseas.  Prior to his assignment with VMB-613 he had served with VMSB-342 and VMSB-243.

Photograph: Courtesy of  Howard W. Smith

Ordnance Mascot

SQUADRON MASCOT: "Foxhole" served as squadron mascot and companion to the men of the squadron.  Foxhole's owner, Technical Sergeant Samuel A. Wolfe, found him on Eniwetok and brought him to Kwajalein via a PBJ.  Foxhole was an obedient and spirited dog that eagerly participated in the day-to-day activities of the squadron and became well known to everyone on Kwajalein.

Photograph: Courtesy of  Paul J. Yanacek

Radio-Gunner's Mascot

RADIO-GUNNER'S MASCOT: Seen here with Sergeant Alvin J. Klinke is the radio-gunner's friend, a dog named "Dog-ski-dog."

Photograph: Courtesy of  Robert Klinke

Squadron Mascot

SQUADRON MASCOT: Another spirited canine companion of VMB-613 was a dog named "Yokohama."

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

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