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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

3 July 2006

Memo To:  All Super Patriots

Members have been letting me know that they have received the initial release of information relative to the Year 2006 Reunion which will be held in Chattanooga, TN at the Choo-Choo Holiday Inn Complex from Wednesday, October 18, 2006 through Saturday October 21, 2006 with Check Out on October 22, 2006.

For those members who have access to the Internet, the Reunion information is also available on our website.

This information will be updated periodically as required.

All family members in addition to the squadron members are welcome to attend the reunion.

A number of members have indicated in e-mail messages that they will be in attendance at the reunion.

We have already received Squadron Registration affirmation from Calvin and Joyce Russell.


Jim and Mary Jane Lewis who say hello and regards to all.  Their big recent excitement was the car acting up unexpectedly with the left real wheel bearing and spinet let go.  They were fortunate enough to have it checked out and repaired (at a large expenditure of cash) before they really ran into any serious trouble, such as losing control and ending up in the ditch.

The change in the weather continues to hold them spell bound particularly when it comes to observing the various birds on the loose at the golf course.  They also have had family members coming over with the advent of the warmer weather. 

Jim had the opportunity go fishing with family members and had a successful catch.  He said that the fish were practically jumping into the boat.  Although this is a fish story they did get "tons" of "sunnies".

Cliff Dotson says regards to all.  He has been in touch with Frank Noland and said that they reminisced about the VMB 613 baseball team of Kwaj fame.

He also had a great conversation with Harlan Jason who is at the Minnesota Vets Home as we reported in the last letter.

Lloyd McDaniel sends his best to all.  He sent along a Tribute To The Memory of a Marine who passed away on April 15, 2006.  This will be an enclosure to the Newsletter.

Heard from John Gavin who says hello and regards to all.  He sent me a Kwajalein Calendar all in color and said to look at the Golf Course picture for the month of OctoberThere is a big difference between the 1945 area that we knew and today's picture, which has a lot of towering coconut trees lining the course. 

John received the calendar from the young lady who found his high school class ring in the lagoon.  Over the years she has sent John calendars and he thought I would like to see more of Kwaj but this time in picture format.

Lew Amber dropped us a line and sends greetings to all.  He has been getting ready for the hurricane season (they have had three in the last two years).  His getting ready meant putting a metal roof on the house in place of shakes and adding cement fiber siding for extra strength.  He is hoping that these preventive measures will keep the storms away or at least limit the damage they like to inflict.

Health wise he has been doing well, he did have a bout with pneumonia though and defeated it.

Chuck Cannato says hello to all.  He has revamped his computer set up by installing a new computer which now allows him to send and receive a few more messages than he has been able to do for a few months.  His new e-mail address is again listed in the Newsletter.

Carmine Nasta says hello to all.  All continues well on Staten Island he said.  After reading about Frank Noland in the last news letter he sat down and wrote him a letter.  He now knows that a letter will get to him quicker than a phone call.

He has been in touch with Ralph McClain and mentioned that he had played in the first Gator Bowl game in Jacksonville That was quite an athletic honor.

Carmine also keeps in touch with Walt Mathesen.  Walt still has difficulty walking and must continually use a walker around the house.  He gets assistance from his daughter in law and the Dominican SistersHe also has become an expert cook using the Micro wave oven.

Carmine brought up the subject of the VA files getting stolen and expressed extreme dissatisfaction with the matter.  He was able to get in touch with the appropriate office at the VA and establish some type of counter offensive to protect his records.

He also has been in touch with Jack Virga and Ike Stern and said that all was well with them.

Nick Dudo sends regards to all VMB 613'ers.  He said that he is as well as can be expected with his back continuing to give him problems.  Hopefully the pain will really diminish if not he will have to give consideration to a back operation.

Frank Acker sends regards to all.  All is continuing well in his area and he hopes that the weather man cooperates and limits the number of damaging storms this season.

Frank sent along some pictures taken at Kwaj for inclusion in the WEB Page as deemed appropriate by the webmaster.  We say many thanks for this.

Bob Polakowski says hello and best regards to all.  He has been able to get in a few rounds of golf and hopes that this will keep his golf game going.  They have been having weather problems like elsewhere, extreme heat and then some rain to keep the grass green.  Keeping up with the family has also been taking up a lot of his time.

D.C. Clay sends his regards to all.  He has let his golf game slip a bit due to the town raising the course fees to an extravagant high figure, plus his hip has been giving him some problems while walking the course. 

Since he can still drive with no problems he will consider other courses close by if he feels he needs the exercise.

Ed Alling says hello and regards to all.  He received a terrific Father's Day Gift from his youngest son.  It is a soft cover book entitled Leatherneck Bombers-Marine Corps B-25/PBJ Mitchell Squadrons in World War II.  The author is Alan C. Carey and the book is published by "Schiliffer Military History" of Atglen, PA.

It has many pictures and a wealth of information, and Ed is sure that you will enjoy every page of it.  Check with your local book store or library to obtain a local source for the book.

Debbie Kane, daughter of Henry Shantyfelt, sent along many thanks for our letting her borrow Doc Scott's video of his many colored movies taken at Kwaj.  Although she couldn't see her Dad in the video it sure gave her idea of how things were like at Kwaj.  She burned a copy onto a DVD to add it to her Dad's collection.

Debbie came across a group photo of the Engineering Section taken at Newport in October 1944 and sent in onto our webmaster for inclusion into the VMB 613 website.

Our webmaster reported that there were four members of the squadron whom he did not have any photo of.  Obtaining this picture which contained the four members of "no photo fame", made sure that they would never be lost to history. 


Received a message that Stan Richardson's health hasn't been too good for a few weeks.  He has started to send some e mails so has to be on the road to recovery.

John Aymen sends his best to all.  He continues to hold his own and the use of a walker helps him to get around.  By getting a little more rest he feels that he will get more energy back.

Don't forget our "MYSTERY PICTURE."  I am still waiting to hear from members who are reviewing the picture.

Thomas Stone Mystery Photograph


The VMB 613 webmaster reported that we received a trophy from the American Association of Webmasters in recognition of  The trophy is very impressive and is 14 inches in height.

The VMB 613 webmaster also received a picture of the Memorial Sign at the Newport Air Station.  A person who lived at MCAF Newport during the war as a boy sent the picture to us knowing that we all would like to see it.  It appears in this Newsletter.

The VMB 613 webmaster also reported that a computer war-gamer has resurrected VMB-613's PBJ'S to fly missions in the Pacific using flight simulator software.  A cyber-version of the "Love Bug" was "skinned" by Ralph Gimenez.  Ralph has also "skinned" a number of other VMB-613 aircraft and hopes soon to have all fifteen of the squadron's aircraft  back in the air.

Remember that our new fiscal year started in January 2006.  If there isn't an (06) 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: (05) denotes 2005, (06) denotes 2006.  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 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.

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



For security reasons, changes to the roster are not available on-line.  Please contact Charlie Knapp for address information.


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Note: Please check your address on the listing and let me know of any required corrections.  Some messages have been returned with a comment "unknown address."


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