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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

1 March 2004

Memo To: All The Smiling Irishmen

Happy Saint Patrick's Day.

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.

When asked, we are the Reunion Group I.D. No. VMB 613.

These salient dates are listed below.


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.

The squadron has the Yakawich Fund whose primary purpose is to provide some assistance to members in their attendance efforts at reunions.  Any and all requests are considered confidential.


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 prepared.

As additional information regarding the reunion becomes available all will be notified.

Save the information that has been sent to all in the newsletters in a convenient place and make changes when notified.  An update of the Reunion Data will be mailed out periodically.

Received word that some members have already made their Reunion Reservations.  These members are Vern and Anne Beggs, their son Rick and his wife, their grandson Cory and his wife, D.C. Clay, Foster and Doris Cummings, Dottie Evans, William and Marian Kehr, RL and Alice Marx, Don and Marge McCune, Robert and Diane Yanacek and Charlie Knapp.


Bill Barber reports that he will be with us at the 2004 reunion in Pensacola.  He enjoyed reading the last news letter particularly since it contained reference to the book “Flyboys” by James Brady.  He had just finished reading it when he received the newsletter.  He wanted to add his recommendation to the one in the newsletter that all members would find it fascinating reading.

Much of the book concerned the treatment of U.S. flyers shot down by anti aircraft fire over Chichi Jima. A heavily fortified island half way between Iwo Jima and Tokyo.

Bill said that this should be of special interest to VMB 613 since planes from our squadron operating out of Iwo Jima patrolled up to Chichi Jima.  The author told in graphic detail how captured flyers had their heads chopped off and then their flesh was eaten, washed down by Saki, at drunken orgies.

Bill says hello and best to all.

Joe Yakawich says hi to all.  He is feeling good and is continuing with the operation of his aircraft manufacturing operation.  His current customers are standing in line waiting to accept delivery, these customers are his grandchildren.

Right now he is producing Spitfires and the World War I Nieuport aircraft.  It takes him about fifteen hours per plane from start to delivery.  In addition to the aircraft activity he is still spending time on his art, painting various western artworks. 

The weather has been real Montana winter so it limits his outside activities such as fishing but does allow him to get cabin fever.

His son Joseph is a Major and is presently stationed at Ft Leavenworth, KS and is a member of an U.S. Army Combined Arms Tactical Training Command Inspection unit that makes trips all over the world inspecting and evaluating Division and Corps Staff in War Tactics to ascertain their operating efficiency.

Foster Cummings sends regards from cold New England.  He has maintained his ability to run the snow blower due to the large amount of snow that they have been receiving.

In January Foster and John Siergiewicz celebrated their enlistment in the Marine Corps in January 1943.  They and their wives got together in New Hampshire for dinner to celebrate the event.  They had a great time trying to remember all of their platoon members and various events that occurred while they were at Parris Island.

Foster also was in conversation with Lester Robinson and all is well with him. 

Heard from Jim and Mary Jane Lewis who reported that they had a another month in Texas.  The weather hasn't been to their liking, they wish that it would warm up to at least the 60's.    They heard that back home they have snow in their front yard and the temperature is constantly in the zero range.  While in Texas they have been doing real touristy things including a concert with Elvis impersonators.  They send their best to all.

Mary Jane sent along message concerning Harlan Jason.  She received a message from Mary Jason who wanted all hands informed that Harlan had suffered a severe diabetic attack.  In addition he tested positive for the flu bug.  His sugar count was vacillating up and down and he was confined to the hospital and than was transferred to the Masonic Home.

Both Harlan and Mary were in the same hospital for several days and the children were kept active running up and down between floors to visit with them.

The big problem is will Mary be well enough to care for him when he is supposed to be released.  Mary had been in the hospital with a lung infection when Harlan started to have his problems.  Although she is at home now it is a matter of wait and see who will be able to do what.

While all this medical emergency activity was going on Harlan received a summons to report for Jury Duty.

Don McCune reported in and said that he and Margie had made their reunion reservations and will see us at the reunion.  Don passed on some events that he participated in after the war when he served on a US Government Naval/Military Tribunal.  This assignment took him back to Pohnepei  where he was able to see our downed aircraft and the monument the Japanese had erected in honor of our lost personnel.

From there he went onto a few other islands where the Japanese had captured several U.S. military personnel.  On one of the islands a Japanese Admiral was being held prisoner and during his interrogations by American personnel he had to have an interpreter, Yet is was known that this Admiral was a graduate of an American University in either California or Washington.

His experiences were really exceptional and worthy of being written up and donated to the US Marine Corps University Research Archives. 

Don mentioned that he went through Boot Camp at San Diego and that Tyrone Power was also their with him.  The mention of Tyrone Power reminded me that Art Navarre had told me that when he went through Quantico for Officers Candidate Training Tyrone Power was in his class.  In turn that reminded me of an incident at Cherry Point.

One day a Sergeant requested that I assist him in moving shelves from one building on the flight line to another building just across a narrow walk that separated the buildings. 

We moved the shelves out of one building and stopped to figure out how to get them into another building.  Our stopping point blocked the narrow walk and the Sergeant said take off and I will get back to you.  He looked to his right when he said that so I looked to my left and coming up the narrow walk going toward the flight line was Major Nevils with 2nd Lt Tyrone Power.  Needless to say I took off with the Sergeant and returned later to complete the assignment.

During our absence, Major Nevils and 2ndLt Power managed to find another passageway to get to the flight line.

In 1946 Tyrone Power purchased a B-25 aircraft modified by Hughes Aircraft into an executive aircraft.

Jim Brotherton reports that all is well in Florida including the very cool weather they have been having.

He and Trish are very happy about their son Jim, Jr. who has been a golf pro Club Professional for 30 years.  He was just selected as the P.G.A. Professional of the year (this was out of 25,000 members) in the U.S.A.  Needless to say this award has made them very proud.

They send best wishes and good health to all.

John Keith sends his best regards to all.  Everything is continuing well in Texas he reported.

Art Navarre says hello and regards to all.  He sent along a newspaper article about the city of San Clemente, CA that is Gung Ho for a Marine Statue.  The model for a larger than life monument proposed for a bluff near the town's pier is a live Marine.  This athletic Marine is from Buffalo, OK. 

This monument is to honor Marines past and present.  The monument Marine will be in Dress Blue uniform and will frozen in a salute directed across a beach parking lot and toward American and Marine Corps flags flying above a pier restaurant.

A non profit group the Heritage of San Clemente has already raised $32,00 since November toward the projected $125,000 cost.  The monument will be unveiled November 2005 the Marine Corps 230th Birthday.

This bronze image will be perhaps 6 ft 8 inches tall and will rest on a 3 ft high pedestal surrounded by California native plants and a some benches.

Frank Robinson called and said hello to all from he and Betty, all continues well with them.  In discussing post war activities in the Pacific he mentioned that he had the opportunity to go  over to Ponapei and see the monument that the Japanese had erected in honor of our lost personnel.  He also was able to visit a few other islands which were interesting to view without any hostile action by the inhabitants.

Frank says he will see us in Pensacola.

Verl Scott sends his regards to all 613'ers.  They had been having a mild winter until after Xmas then it turned bad – very cold and lots of that fluffy “white rain” that's typical in West Michigan.

He continues to be blessed with very movable body parts but he doesn't move them any more than necessary.  He hopes that this is also true for all the friends from service years.

Mike Jacus says regards to all.  He hopes that the weather patterns allow some of the members to avoid a lot of snow and cold weather.  Based on his past experience with snow storms and falling from ladders trying to push the snow off the front of his garage he is using different techniques where in he can keep two feet on the ground while he moves the snow.

Mike recommends two books for those interested in military matters.  One is Semper Fi and contains stories of the United States Marines from Boot Camp to battle.  The author prepared a compilation of short stories or excerpts from books by various authors that together tell the story of the mystique behind the esprit de corps and the brotherhood of Unites States Marines, past and present.

The author realized that the individual stories didn't do the Marines the justice they deserve and he endeavored to do so in this book.  He endeavored to bring together the intangible something that sets Marines apart form military members of the other United States military services.

Although the subjects of the stories are varied, the theme remains the same.  Marines are unique.

The other book recommended by Mike is The Tigers Way.  This book describes how Marines can defeat any adversary, from a Moslem terrorist/guerilla to an Asian regular.  This book contains techniques and insights that when combined with a Marines proven training methods will level the field for our riflemen.

Some of the new basics covered in the book are micro terrain appreciation, harnessing the senses, night familiarity, non-detectable movement, guarded communications, discreet force at close range, combat deception, and one on one tactical decision making.

The author also described what the Eastern soldier does: when told to hold, at a listening post, with contact patrolling on point, about tracking an intruder, while staling a quarry, to reconnoiter an enemy position, in the rural assault, for attacking cities and during and urban defense.

Bob Polakowski sends his greetings to all and will see us in Pensacola.  If everything goes according to their plans they will be visiting in Florida for a few weeks and they hope that the temperature will be warm while they are there.

DC Clay says hello and regards to all.  Weather and aches permitting he continues to get in his required physical exercise by playing golf.  He will be seeing us at the Pensacola Reunion.

Spoke to George and Doris McDearmon and they report that all is well with them.  They were in the Reservation mode for the Reunion and say that they will see us all in Pensacola.

Bill Whitefleet sends his regards to all.  He has been able to stave off the severe winter and hopes that some warm weather will arrive soon.

Warren Ritter says hello and regards to all.  He followed instructions and got a flu shot and it worked, he came down with the flu and he was out of for most of the month of December.  He is now up and around and feeling like his old self.

Dick Riggle says hello to all.  Things are going OK with him but the weather continues to be a challenge.  Hopefully it will return to what is considered a regular winter.


William Jurgelevich - Ruth Jurgelevich called to inform us that Bill passed away on Monday 2 February 2004 at 10:00 AM.  Bill hadn't been feeling too well for quite some time but he did set up a physical training program for himself which he followed faithfully.  Although he did follow through on this physical training his over all health conditions couldn't overcome open heart surgery and the many unanticipated shortness of breath attacks.  He finally succumbed to emphysema.  This has been attributed to his working as a youth in a plant with unsafe working conditions which undoubtedly injured his lungs, smoking and excessive exercising.

Members of 613 offer their sympathy to the Jurgelevich family.

Alfred W. Dick - Glen W. Dick, son of Alfred Dick, sent a message saying that his Dad passed away on January 25, 2004 after a couple of rough months.  The good news was that he had 88 great years and one just OK before these last few months.

Members of 613 offer their sympathy to the Dick family.


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.

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.

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.

Semper Fi,

Signature of Charles Knapp



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