VMB-613 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON SIX-THIRTEEN

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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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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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Thanks for the great web site, and to all members of VMB-613 who served, thank you for your service and sacrafice. As a model aircraft builder, sites like these provide a great source of information and inspiration. People ask why I spend the amount of time I do building model airplanes. I show them sites like this and explain it is a way to experience history that isn't really covered in conventional ways (movies, documentaries). Somehow it makes me connect with the men and women of a bygone era who stood up and did what they had to in order to preserve and perpetuate the life they knew and I know today.

I'm currently building a 1/48 scale VMB-613 PBJ-1H, and I must say this has been one of the most enjoyable projects I have ever done. I hope the finished product is a fitting tribute to the men of VMB-613.



Added: February 9, 2005
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Hello Robert! Thanks for the email. Got a great site here for sure! I've seen a lot of Marine Corps sites that don't come close to your comprehensive historical knowledge. Job Well Done! Semper Fi!

Added: February 7, 2005
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My father, 1st Lt Doit L Fish, served in fellow Marine Bomber Squadron VMB 611 as a PBJ-1 Pilot under command of Lt Col George Sarles, Zamboanga, PI. My father and his 7-member crew became MIA on 30 May 1945 during a strike at Kibawe Trail near Davao, Mindanao, PI. On that same day, Lt Col Sarles and 3 crew members were KIA on the same strike. My father and crew's wreckage and remains were discovered 16 November 1956 with group burial on 15 July 1957 at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO.

I am doing research on my Dad and VMB 611 and found VMB 613's and VMB 423's websites; both are excellent! I wish VMB 611 had one. I have made contact with Stu Allen of MAG 61, Alan Carey, "Leatherneck Bombers" and several VMB 611 Vets. I would like contact with VMB 613 Vets about early days of all VMB training at Cherry Point, Parris Island and Boca Chica or any other history you would like to share about WWII.

I am also a member of the Camarillo, CA Wing of the CAF. We are restoring the only current PBJ-1J (BuNo 35857) in existence to honor all VMB squadrons. As I am collecting VMB history for this project, please feel free to contact me.


Added: February 7, 2005
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After going through this site, I wish each of the Marine Squadrons had a similar site. It's full of great information and priceless photos. I congratulate you on making this such an enjoyable visit.

Added: January 21, 2005
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I have really enjoyed your website. I have found it captivating as I do all stories and photos from the the folks that lived through the war. My own mother's first husband joined the Marines on December 9, 1941. He would later fight at Tarawa and Iwo Jima. I have nothing but undying respect and admiration for these folks. I have studied this era in American and aviation history all my life. My great uncle was a designer for Lockheed and worked primarily on the Constellation. I have a passion for the B-25 Marine and Army gunships and the couragous crews and the ground personnel that kept them going. You have my heartfelt thanks for sharing this wonderful website.

Added: January 13, 2005
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