VMB-613 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON SIX-THIRTEEN

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I was born in Newport in 1962. While I grew up around MCAS Tustin and El Toro, I never knew that my birthplace was home USCMS bombing squadron. Thanks for a great website!

Added: December 11, 2010
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hello, all. just a note to say how much i enjoy your site (it now occupies a place in a "favorites" folder of mine), it is quite comprehensive.

i have no connection to the -613 but, have always considered the b-25/pbj-1 one of the most handsome of america's twin-engined bombers. i discovered this site while surfing the web, sort of an internet accidental tourist.

btw, as you may already know, wingscale (a new plastic, scale model molder from the netherlands) has a 3-model series of b-25s: a -j plexi-nose, a -j "strafer" with 12 fixed 50s forward, and a -h with four fixed 50s forward and the pappy gunn 75mm cannon modification (god, i LOVE that one). oh, yeah, they're all in 1/32nd scale! price has yet to be fully fixed but, expect something in the $135-$150 range.

and, if the above three aren't enough for you, i've seen test shots of their 1/32nd b-17!!! yikes! the house is going to need an addition.

again, congrats on the site. the period photos of the base, aircraft, et al are a huge factor in making the site a great source of info on the squadron, its members and the time & place they inhabited during the war. thanks so much for taking the time to share it all.

"bung ho!" and keep'em flying...at least virtually.

later,
-J


Added: December 8, 2010
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My grandfather was in Kwajalein during WWII... Name is Hollis V. Morgan. Around 1945... Was wanting to check if anyone has heard of him or remember him. It would be great to find some people he may remember. Please let me know so I can pass along info to him. Thanks

Added: November 24, 2010
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I was on Kwajalein from 1970-79 and 81-91... grew up there.. have a facebook page called KWAJ PODGE.. many friends and old timers on there. I came across your site and was blown away.. all the memories I have of the islands all born from your presence on our island.. PLEASE come to facebook and tell us stories of our island. We are most grateful for your sacrifices and for the freedom you all gave us.. but only us kwajamites understand Kwajalein and its island life.. we would LOVE to swap stories of what was and what is. Thank you sooo much for your site .. the photos blew me away..

Added: November 21, 2010
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Wow! What a wonderful organization ya'll are! I enjoy reading your recollections and seeing your photos. Thank for sharing and God Bless!

Added: November 20, 2010
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my 23rd reg 4th marine division took Roi the island was just a big jap air base.
semper fi


Added: October 29, 2010
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You guys have done a great job with this web site. Still hoping to identify one or more of the airplanes at Roi-Namur on my next rip.

Added: October 5, 2010
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I have a photograph album.It is without a doubt my most prized posession. The images it contains were seared into my memory since the first time I opened it,and it is opened next to me as I sit here now. My fathers' short captions below them are just as interesting as the pictures themselves,'T.Mihelich,M.Prock,& R.Shock,"Screwy Three".'[M-1s,fixed bayonets,outside a tar-papered structure while stationed at Newport,Ark.'T.Mihelich and Marty-telling someone to blow it out'.'Just a little bayonet practice',etc. Every picture seemed to tell a story.And since my sister discovered this website and told me about it,the story has become more fascinating than I could have imagined.Thanks,Dad. And thanks to all the guys in these old black & white photos for being in them, and literaly dropping a slice of WW-2 into my hands.Thank you for this truly awesome website on VMB613. Without it I would never have known.

Added: August 22, 2010
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I was a very good friend of Staff Sgt. Wiliam Semple. We grew up together in Greenwich Village, NY, NY and joined the Marine Corps at the same time. I would like to get ahold of his son Bill to speak about his father.

Added: August 3, 2010
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I was born and raised at Cherry Point, NC and currently reside in Jacksonville, FL, my father is retired Marine pilot LtCol Ted Boutwell. He is currently turning age 91 and will not be here much longer. He was very closed mouth about his work so I do not have much of his personal history. In the summer of 1989 he took me to a squardron reunion at Morehead City, NC. I was totally overwhelmed. He said he flew PBJ's during WWII and it was a reuion of a special flight. If any of you guys were involved please contact me at 904 626-1526 cell phone or a097461@allstate.com. The Marine children of Cherry Point have reuions there every 3 years but none of use really knew what our father's did for a living. There is one coming of the 1st weekend in October 2010, please come tell your stories!!!

Added: July 19, 2010
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