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VMB-613 Squadron Insignia

Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen



45 Verano Loop

Santa Fe, NM 87508-3151

(505) 466-6549

Front View of PBJ

6 January 2009

Memo To: All Winter Marines


Received a Sick Bay report on Gerry Gutshall.  He is still in the recuperative stage and still has problems that limit his movements.  He was coming along pretty well, until cellutis set in above his right knee.  It has been very painful and he has had to go back to using the walker or cane.

Medicine wise he still has to be very careful that the drugs he does take don't interact in a negative way.  For sure he can't take anything with Aspirin or Aleve in it.

Spoke to Jim Garls who sends his regards to all.  He said that he is still having a walk problem and uses a special walker out of doors around the property and another walker for inside the house use.  In both instances he maintains patience to make sure that no sudden accidents will occur.

Jim did mention that our Reserves for special affairs are getting low.  It would be appreciated if members could make contributions to VMB 613 so that we can continue our efforts in making contributions to specific special affairs such as we have been doing for many years.  Forward contributions to me and I will coordinate with Jim on funds received.

He thanks Robert Yanacek for his efforts in putting VMB 613's history together.

Bob Polakowski's daughter, Joan, has been working on the plans for our 2009 Reunion but reported that she will have to fall back to the year 2010 due to demanding matters that take precedent. 

She is still definitely willing to head up the reunion and all her planning from now on will be for that year.  She will be very glad to receive any and all e-mails on members recommendations to make the re-union an outstanding event.

Enclosed with this letter is a resume and picture of LtGen Pedro Augusto del Valle USMC (Ret).  VMB 613 had one of his nephews, Raymond Castro, as a member.  Raymond was very eager to learn how to improve his ability to read, write and speak English like his uncle did.  Hence, Bob Geslain and myself spent several hours with him after normal shift hours endeavoring to teach him to speak English without any foreign voice influence, plus how to read and write in English and spell words correctly.

Raymond became a member of the Marine Air Reserves in New York after the war and had developed some limited advancement in the pronouncement of words in English.  His writing was still in the learning level though but he had enrolled in some local public school night classes to improve his ability.

Sam Wolfe sends his regards to all.  He is still fascinated by all the data that he has been reading about VMB 613 events since WWII.  Also the many documents about VMB 613 that happened during WWII while engaged in our tactical training, which went onto actual tactical sorties and special events at Kwajalein and other Pacific islands.

Sam also said that since his discovery of VMB 613 on the Internet he has been in contact with Brooke Ligon and Robert Yanacek.  He really appreciated their efforts in bringing him up to date on the squadron.

Sam also reported that he had a good telephonic reunion with his good buddy Nick Bozic.  In addition he has had the opportunity to get in touch with Foster Cummings and Donald Clay and had great conversations with both of them also.

He has enjoyed his contacts with Robert Yanacek our webmaster via phone and e-mail.  He remembers Robert's father and said that Robert reported that he had pictures of himself, Robert's father and a bunch of other squadron members in a truck at NAS Boca Chica.

He also enjoyed his recent conversation with Brook Ligon and mentioned that he went on many flights of various purposes with her father at the controls.

I sent Sam some pictures of one of the USO Tour groups that went through Kwaj and he said that he is looking forward to viewing them.  He remembers that USO Groups went through Kwaj but he was on extended duty with his plane crew and didn't get to see too many of the USO Groups.

Heard from Donald C. Clay (DC Clay) who reported that there wasn't much to report from his end of the world.  He is still above the sod and living with his aches and pains but is able to get around. 

They are still enjoying shirt sleeve weather in his area of the desert and he is able to get in a nine hole scramble every Wednesday.

He sends his regards to all VMB 613'ers and mentioned that he endeavors to keep in touch with Foster Cummings, Bob Polakowski, and RL Marx.

Heard from Norb and Betty Gibbs who send their regards to all.

Stan Inman sends his best to all the squadron members out there with the best of wishes for the holidays.

Heard from Deborah and Richard Kane who send their regards to all.

Clifford Willis called to say hello to all.  Things are moving well in his area.  He was in the process of moving and said that he should have most of the events completed quite quickly.

Bob Polakowski reported that Helen is doing fine considering what she has been going through.  Surgery is set up for January 15 to repair the tear in the artery caused by her attack.  The Doctors are very optimistic about the planned operation.

Foster Cummings says hello to all.  The weather remains a cold problem in his area of the world and he hopes that they don't get snowed under as the winter months continue. They did receive about 22 inches of snow around the middle of December.

Foster reported that snow hit 29 Palms (DC Clay report) yet the temperature moved back up to almost 60 degrees so it didn't do much to bother life in the area.

He has been in touch with DC Clay and Brooks Kaufman and he heard from Doc Protheroe who has made it to Florida for the winter weather.

In last months letter it was mentioned that our Reserve Funds for special contributions were getting low.  I wish to thank the members for remembering this fact.  Some members have dropped me notes saying that they had remembered to make their contributions.

We also received a map of Kwajalein Atoll from a member who was of the opinion that this one was of a superior quality.  The member thought that it that it would enhance members scrap books of Kwaj.  Hence it is an attachment to this Newsletter.


Emil Pittner, a former VMB 613 pilot who was transferred to VMB 433, died August 2008 at the age of 87.  After WW-II he transferred to the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Colonel.  After retirement he worked for GE, assigned to their Space Program.


Our webmaster, Robert Yanacek, received an e-mail from Cilla Rogers, daughter of Pilot Ted "Jolly" Rogers.  Cilla found our website on Christmas Day and enjoyed visiting and learning about some of her fathers exploits during WWII.

She sends her regards to all members.  Cilla also indicated that she will keep on the lookout for any photographs or items of interest in her father's collection and will pass them on for inclusion on our website.

Robert also received numerous e-mails from diver, Bill Remick.  Bill was the diver who identified our aircraft on the bottom of Kwajalein Lagoon a number of years ago.

Bill mentioned that he received various photographs in the past from Farley Lund and John Gavin.  He forwarded these photographs to Robert and they are now part of our website.  The photos included shots of the airstrip and flight line on Kwaj and a number which showed the squadron's PBJs being stripped of their engines and other components on Roi at the end of the war.

Remember that our new fiscal year started in January 2009.  If there isn't an (09) 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.  Many thanks to those members who have already paid their dues.

Note: (08) denotes 2008, (09) denotes 2009.  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.

Pewter finish logo hat pin - $4.50

Hand painted finish logo hat pin - $5.50

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.

These memorabilia items can be ordered from Charlie Knapp.

Here is a VMB 613 Special from McGrogan's Patch Design.  A cloth patch five inches in diameter which is the standard WWII size.  This is the VMB 613 squadron logo patch in color.  The cost to VMB 613 members is $3.50 per patch.  Order direct from the following address:

      McGrogran's Patch Design

PO Box 2254

Hayden, ID 83835


Please continue the notes or letters all of which help to make the monthly letter more interesting. 

This is all for now.  Stay healthy.

Semper Fi,

Signature of Charles Knapp



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