MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON SIX-THIRTEEN ASSOCIATION
45 Verano Loop
Santa Fe, NM 87508-3151
1 April 2004
Memo To: The Super Patriots
Remember to call the Reunion Reservations Desk at NAS Pensacola and place your reservations for the year 2004 VMB 613 Reunion. Members have already started to make reservations so please continue the march. Telephone number for Reservations is 1-850-456-8676.
In a recent verification of reservations made with the Manager of the Naval Lodge some members who have reported that they had made reservations did not appear on the Reserved List. Please verify that you have called and confirmed the RESERVATION.
When asked we are the Reunion Group I.D. No. VMB 613
Reservations will be accepted up to and including the Reunion date.
REUNION 2004 - MEETING OF OLD FRIENDS
Remember that family members are welcome at the reunion. We have had a good turnout of family members at prior reunions and would like to see this trend continue.
The Pensacola area is bubbling with all the unique ingredients needed to make a perfect site for our 2004 Reunion. It will be another fun-filled time to meet and greet all our 613 friends.
For the evening banquet Colonel David L. Barraclough, Commanding Officer, MATSG-21, NAS, Pensacola will be the guest speaker.
MATSG-21 will also provide a color guard for posting of colors.
The Air Museum is one of the biggest attractions in the country and all attendees will really enjoy seeing the various aircraft on display. A PBJ is still under “rebuild” and hopefully we will be given the opportunity to make a walk by and take a few pictures of it. Don't know how many will be allowed to enter the aircraft though.
There are also several interesting aviation memorabilia items on display that all would really enjoy observing.
Please keep in mind that for the Raffle we would welcome any and all gifts from members. In prior years we received many interesting items and would like to see the trend continue.
We have already received some Raffle items from members and a few more would be appreciated.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 2004 BIENNIAL REUNION
MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON VMB 613 will hold its 2004 BIENNIAL REUNION at the Navy Lodge on Pensacola, Naval Air Station, Florida during the period 5 May 2004 through 8 May 2004.
Record the following important data close to your calendar appointment schedules:
Reservations have already started. Telephone number is toll free at 1-850-456-8676, identify yourself as a member of VMB 613 to assure getting the special room rates.
Please notify me after making your reservations so that a list of attendees can be quickly updated.
REUNION REGISTRATION FEE: $45.00 per person. This covers the PBJ Lounge and Banquet. To expedite record keeping please forward payment by check, to J.D. Garls, made payable to VMB 613. Payment will also be accepted at the Reunion.
SCHEDULE OF REUNION ACTIVITIES: REVISED 1 MARCH 2004
REMINDER: Since the Air Station is an active duty Naval Base all squadron military retirees should remember to bring along their Military I.D. cards to show to the S.P.,s at the Main Gate when they enter.
I will submit a listing of all non military personnel to the Station Police Chief so that it can be used to allow quick processing of other reunion attendees.
NOTES FROM MEMBERS
Bob Polakowski called to report that he and Helen returned from their extended stay in Florida. They enjoyed the warm weather. Now that they are back home they are in planning stages for the reunion. The round trip mileage of over 4400 miles was recorded on the car has caused them to think about flying to the reunion. Time will tell though which is the way to go.
Bob wore his VMB 613 cap while on the trip and while at a get together with friends from Wisconsin one of the youngsters in the group kept looking at his cap and finally said to some one he was with, it says 613 on his cap. With that one of the adults came over and spoke to Bob and mentioned that he was in VMB 611. He had attended gunnery school in Jacksonville. Neither of them could remember any names of Marines who had attended class during their time spans there.
Another person came over when he saw the cap and said that he was in MAG 61 Quartermaster. Bob couldn't remember his name except for a first name while we were talking and after hanging up I checked a MAG 61 Roster and was able to finalize on a John Manning. In talking to Bob again he said that was the person particularly when I said that if he was an FBI agent he was the person. Bob said that he was the man.
Bob and Helen say hello to all and will see all at Pensacola.
John Gavin says best of luck and regards to all. He is unable to make the reunion this year but is sending us some underwater videos of Kwaj. These will be available for the raffle program.
He also sent along three copies of The Kwajalein Hour Glass. These papers contain articles about the Missing Raiders, Kwajalein's salutes to service members, and Kwajalein remembers.
I will have these copies at the reunion.
John has also read Fly Boys by James Bradley and is of the opinion that all should read this book, especially anyone who was ever connected with Naval or Marine aviation.
Vern Beggs says hello and regards to all. He and Anne and the family members are looking forward for the Pensacola Reunion.
Doc Protheroe and Jane send their regards to all. They were in process of packing to return to Hilton Head on March 9 when he wrote. Received word that they had made it back to Hilton Head and were now considering how to make it back to Pensacola.
He has had the opportunity to speak to Robbie Robinson, DC Clay, Foster and Doris Cummings and Swede and Jennie Ohlson. All was well them.
They will be visiting with Swede and Jennie prior to their departure for Hilton Head.
Doc said that they had a nice luncheon visit with Bob and Helen Polakowski along with their daughter Nancy and husband Jerry.
One morning he thought he was back on the flight line of 613 when he heard the familiar sounds of PBJ aircraft engines. A B-25 had pulled into the local county airport along with a B-24. Both aircraft were there for a week end aircraft event.
Cliff Dotson says hello and regards to all. His weather report for the area wasn't too good, not the greatest one particularly for their section of the country. He and Patsy sre still busy reviewing house plans and making critical decisions on the required details to make their efforts come about the way they want them to be.
He and his brother Ray are looking forward to meeting with all at the reunion.
John and Carol Butler send their best to all. They have been endeavoring to rearrange their work schedules so that they could attend the reunion but were not too successful. As a result they will have to change their plans and stay at home, they would have much preferred to make the reunion.
Both had a great time at the last one and express their regrets at having to miss this one. They wish everyone a wonderful time and that the days be filled with camaraderie and memories. Their thought and prayers will be with each and everyone during their travels to and from. They will be with us in spirit if not in person.
John as a veteran sends his respect and admiration to all of us.
Stan and Peach Richardson send their regards to all. They are both feeling fine and hope to remain that way. Their weather is warming up and has actually hit the seventies.
They will see all of us at the reunion.
Cal Russell and Joyce say hello and regards to all. They will see all of us at the reunion.
Cal sent along a letter from an Army veteran who is in the process of pursuing a historic legal battle against some of former President Bill Clinton's acts one which was to authorize the United States to participate in the UN'S International Criminal Court (ICC).
I will bring this document to the reunion for all to read.
Walt and Avis Gravello report that they are both doing better this year. They are sorry that they can't make this reunion but they wish all a great time.
For several months we have been out of touch with Gene Miller and my efforts to contact him via telephone wee not too successful. I called upon John “Chico” Duarte to try his luck and he was successful in getting in touch with Gene's daughter.
Gene had informed us quite a ways back that Carmina had a severe stroke and was in the process of recovery, They were in the process then of determining a location for her continued rehabilitation be it Puerto Rico or Miami, Fl.
Chico reached Gene via telephone in Miami and had a great conversation with him.
Gene and Carmina are now living in an Assisted Senior Citizens complex in Miami and Carmina is doing real well.
Their new address is listed under Roster Addendums at the close of this news letter.
Spoke to Nick Bozic who says hello and regards to all. He is feeling well but his leg continues to bother him and as such he has to be careful walking around, particularly when he encounters stairs. Then he has to watch his weight shifting to accommodate the change in body direction.
He inquired about Herb Siegert and was wondering if he was still OK. I informed him that as of the last time I spoke to his son in law he was OK, but had to use a wheel chair to move about which made it a little inconvenient for him.
Nick said that when he made coal mine inspections for his coal company he was able to go by Pana, IL, Herb's home town and get together with him for a short visit.
Jack Barton sends regards to all, He has heard from and been in touch with his aircraft crew and to this day is of the opinion that they did a great job in maintaining the planes. The fact that the squadron had such a good record bringing them home was due to the efforts of these mechanics. He made reference in particular to Cliff Dotson, Nick Bozic, and Erwin Cameron whom he had a lot of contact with.
Jim Garls says hello and regards to all. He has been busy diverting rain water running amuck on his property so that it will soak into his large lawn. Hopefully it will give him some green grass this coming spring and summer as opposed to a brown hay field look.
In reading the latest Leatherneck they made mention to the fact that for years the newspapers and probably the American public make reference to the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Leatherneck said that is incorrect. The nation's highest military award is “THE MEDAL OF HONOR” and referring to it as the Congressional Medal of Honor is incorrect. I was always of the opinion that either expression was correct so I thank Jim from bringing this correction to our attention.
Heard from Carmine Nasta who sends his best regards to all. The icy weather wasn't too good for him. One day while walking on the sidewalk he slipped on the ice and went flying through the air and when he landed one leg was under the knee of the other leg and he was in agony. He finally made it up with great difficulty. Then he noticed tht his ankles took a beating and started swelling. After some medical treatments he has been able to move around slowly using a cane.
A day or so later Edith opened the front door of the house and than the storm door. The wind came roaring up ripped the storm door out of her hands but as she was still holding onto the door handle she was blown off her feet and knocked down the steps. Edith broke her glasses, suffered multiple bruises to her head, face and some broken fingers on her hands. Needless to say she also had medical treatments but still isn't fully recovered.
Carmine wishes all a Happy Reunion. He won't be a in a position to take an extended trip for quite some time.
He maintains contact with Walt Matheson. Walt is still limited in his moving around and has been fortunate to get assistance from his daughter and representatives from an Order of Nuns.
The Nuns take him out shopping and give him some support in the apartment to make sure that he is able to get his food prepared.
Carmine also was in touch with Jack Varga. Jack who is a retired automotive design engineer from Chrysler is rebuilding ye olde automobiles. It is very challenging because a lot of the parts he has to make himself.
John Peterson says hello and regards to all. In October he took a fall while attending a football game. The fall resulted in severe bone bruises in the pelvis area. The skin was
severely lacerated and left him bleeding. A rush delivery by the Para Medics to a local hospital resulted in many tests which indicated that he was alive and breathing. Broken bones couldn't be found but the skin contusions and the like made the medical staff believe that he was in worse condition than he thought.
Finally he was able to talk the medical staff into allowing his son to drive him to his son's home in Idaho. Since then he has been recuperating slowly but surely.
In addition to the medical routine he has been reactivated by the Rotary Club to assist in one of their annual events. This has taken up what is left of his free time.
Remember that our new fiscal year started in January 2004. If there isn't an (04) or higher two digit number appearing after your name on the mailing label on your envelope you should mail a check to us made out to VMB 613 in the amount of $20.00 for payment of dues.
Note: (03) denotes 2003, (04) denotes 2004. Many thanks to the members who have already sent in their dues checks.
THE LIMITED EDITION COLLECTORS ITEM, the squadron logo hat pin is still available for VMB 613 members and friends. This pin is an inch in diameter and comes in a pewter finish or gold plated with a hand painted finish. The colors are similar to the colored logo that was mailed out several months ago. Marine Corps Scarlet Red background, Gold Wings, Black Cannon and Maces. Plus it is made in America.
A new item is the license plate frame. It is a composition material (special plastic) with a red background and gold lettering. The top of the frame has U.S. MARINES and the bottom VMB 613 WWII. The cost is $5.00 INCLUDING PACKING AND SHIPPING.
USMC Heat Transfer Kit. Has 6 large insignias and 6 small insignias. Can use on caps, T shirts or any other cloth item. These kits are $3.95 each.
We still have the small VMB 613 number plate for the rear window at $5.00 each. These now can be ordered with either a WHITE or RED background.
The regular size VMB 613 license plate complete with mounting hardware is now available on special order for $20.00.
We are out of stock on the Red VMB 613 caps. Efforts are in process to find a qualified organization to supply us with a restock of the caps.
We have a limited number of Red VMB 613 caps, the cost is $10.00 each and are being sold on a first-order, first-serve basis.
These memorabilia items can be ordered from Charlie Knapp.
Please continue the notes or letters all of which help to make the monthly letter more interesting.
This is all for now. Stay healthy.
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