VMB-613 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON SIX-THIRTEEN

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Robert,

I am the daughter of 1st Lt. Robert S. Ligon, a VMB-613 pilot.

Dad passed away on September 7th, 2004 and shortly after, I decided to create an Internet memorial as a tribute to his life.

In the process, I found your wonderful website.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate what you have done.

Like so many of his generation, my father never discussed his war experiences - at least not with me, anyway. I knew nothing about his service in WWII.

The amazingly detailed text and excellent photographs you have gathered on www.vmb-613.com gave me a better understanding of what he experienced as a young Marine aviator.

Thank you again for the tremendous amount of time, effort and the financial sacrifice you have made to preserve this valuable piece of history.

Sincerely,

Brooke Ligon


Added: November 13, 2005
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I had a great time surfing these pages, which are made with great pride and dedication. I invite you guys to check out the Dutch Marines and see how we are doing on our side of the world. QPO/SF Greetings. May all your LZ's have green smoke and welcome home. Wim van Wegen.

Added: October 19, 2005
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COMMENTS:
Nice testimony of a job well done. Good work!

Added: September 30, 2005
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Robert,

I have watched this site progress for several months now. Your skills as webmaster have continued to excel. The long, long hours you have put into creating this site are extremely visible, as is your heartfelt caring.

Your research and knowledge of VMB-613 will not be found elsewhere.

It is also extremely obvious that your goal of perfection is being met.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my tour of VMB-613, and look forward to future additions.

SEMPER FI, my friend!

Diane


Added: September 28, 2005
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COMMENTS:
Great site!! Just saw and am thrilled!! Lot's of memories of a bunch of great guys.



Added: May 18, 2005
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COMMENTS:
Hello. My grandfather is Bernard C. Simek and I was wondering if you could find a picture of him and put him in your website? Or if it is available, could you help me find it? You have a very wonderful site. Thank you!!!

Added: March 24, 2005
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Hello all. I am Frank Haddix's granddaughter. This site is very intersting, but there is something missing. Photos of all the aircrews are shown except my grandpa's. He was on William Love's crew, most of whom were KIA. My grandpa didn't go on that fateful flight, his spot was taken by the photographer. Does anyone have, or know the whereabouts of, a photo of this crew? Also does anyone know what crew my grandpa might have joined after his crew was killed? Are there photos of that? I would appreciate any information. Thanks again. I know my grandpa was proud to have served with all of you. Semper Fi, Marines.

Added: March 2, 2005
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I was a member of VMB 433, a PBJ squadron, during WW II. I was a replacement and did not arrive on Emirau until January 1945. I was a tail gunner.

I found your website very interesting. I wish VMB 433 had a similar web site.



Added: February 22, 2005
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If VMB 613 and 614 were the two squadrons that went to Newport, I had to have been in 614. I couldn't remember the squadron number until I came across this website. I was an ordnance/cannoneer/top turret gunner. When the squadron returned to Cherry Point, it was disbanded and most personnel became grunts, myself among them. I served with the 3rd Mar Div on Guam, Truk, 2nd Mar Div in Japan, 1st Mar Div in Korea, and finished my career in the Corps as aircrewman on AD's with VMC/VMCJ-2 at Cherry Point. Wish I could do it all again.

Semper Fi


Added: February 13, 2005
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COMMENTS:
I really enjoyed this website. Thanks for making available VMB-613's story online --presenting many of the daily details that often get overlooked. One can appreciate the work involved in merely keeping the planes aloft. My heartfelt thanks to the many Marines for their service!

Added: February 9, 2005
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