VMB-613 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON SIX-THIRTEEN

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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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My Uncle Leroy A Savary served with VMB-614 MAG 62 in the Spring of 1944 at MCAS Cherry Point NC. His was a top turret gunner on a B-25H called "Zipper Strippin Mama". The aircraft was lost during a training exercise, with loss of all the crew. I have a letter (envelope) mailed May 22 of 44. He was killed soon after, before the group deployed. I would really like to find someone that knows where I might find more info. I'm retired Air Force myself, and I was named after this Marine. We are losing Veterans of the Greatest generation way too fast. God Bless these Veterans...Roy M Savary rmsavary@hotmail.com

Added: July 17, 2010
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My dad, Charles (Chuck) Rongstad, was part of this squadron. Once a Marine, always a Marine!! God Bless you all.

Added: June 25, 2010
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thanks for this history.as a young man ,LESTER ROBINSON-RADIO/RADAR/GUNNER,WOULD TELL ME STORIES ABOUT VMB613.I LATER BECAME AN AIRFORCE PILOT.I RETIRED FROM DELTA AIRLINES AND LIVE IN HARTSVILLE,S.C.LESTER LIVES IN HARTSVILLE AND I TALK TO HIM AT POST OFFICE LAST WEEK.I AM BUILDING A MODEL OF 613S PBJ. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU . BOOSTER WINDHAM

Added: June 15, 2010
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Thank you Marine Bombing Squadron 613 for your service and this most informational website.
I have found my uncle, Joseph Chundak and his photo here. He served his country proudly in Japan and now some 60 odd years later I am going to visit the marines also in Okinawa, only not as a soldier but as a comic. I am honored to do so in his memory.


Added: April 16, 2010
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I want to express my sincere thanks for all your heroic actions in WW-II and after. I am currently a Marine KC-130J pilot and I have dove several of these B-25s on trips to Roi-Namur. I have a deep appreciation of the actions that occurred in the Pacific and especially on Roi-Namur and the surrounding islets as I was in 4th Marine Division as a Corporal and my unit (Weapons Company, 1st Bn, 24th Marines) landed on the islet to the east of Roi and set up mortar positions there during the battle. I am currently stationed on Okinawa, Japan with VMGR-152, MAG-36, 1st MAW and deployed to Afghanistan. I hope to re-visit the B-25s of VMB-613 on my next trip. Thank you for all you have done in the preservation of the American way of life and the pursuit of liberty and freedom.

Semper Fidelis,

Josh Vance
Major, USMC
VMGR-152


Added: April 2, 2010
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