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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 May 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.


Frank Noland sent us a message and said that he was the "Rembrandt" who painted the names on those B-25's.  He sent along a picture of one of his masterpieces.

While going through some old papers he found the picture of the Squadron Baseball Team.  On the back of the picture all the players were listed with their positions.  He also sent the picture of the team to me and both of which will be appearing on the website in the very near future.

The baseball team flew by C-47 to Majuro and defeated a Navy Seabee team.  It was some sort of island baseball playoffs.  After that win, they were disbanded due to the non availability of any teams to play.  Several of the players then started playing first pitch softball.

Frank sends his best wishes to all.

We received a telephone call from the daughter of J. Clifford Scott, M.D. who was our squadron Medical Officer, who said that her Dad passed away on March 26.  She also said that he was very enthused over 613 and had her bring up the Squadron website several times so that he could review all the material contained therein. 

With his failing eyesight she had to scan our newsletter for him to read everything in it.  He stayed alert and thinking despite his isolation she added.  She also added that all of us were very important to her Dad.  His time with 613 was every important to him, and he spoke of it so many, many times through the years.

Foster Cummings sends his regards to all.  They are waiting for the weather to make up its mind as to whether they will have a spring season or just jump over it into summer.  A lot of rain has been falling which he considers a little better than snow, no snow blower activity this way.

Bob Polakowski says "hi" To all.  He and Helen returned home from their southern trip and are endeavoring to get back into the swing of things.  Although it looks beautiful outside there is still a cold wind that limits any outside endeavors.

A friend of the family had to adjust a trip itinerary and was able to invite Helen to go on a trip to Holland with her.  We will have to wait for the European update after she returns.

Bob has been in touch with DC Clay and said that all is well with him.  He has to watch how fast he walks etc but it doesnt stop him from getting out on the golf course.  He endeavors to get in at least nine holes when he does get out there on his weekly exercise routine.

Bob also sent along a travel write up on Chattanooga which is very interesting.  It gives a great description of the area which included a before and after clean up routine of the environment and the effect of the clean up on the immediate area. 

This article also described the many fascinating sites for all to see and enjoy, such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Coolidge Park which contains a lot of river park with its carousel and the worlds longest pedestrian bridge and the hopscotch courts designed by a famous Chattanooga sculpture.  Also many museum are there for those folks who are interested in seeing history.

I received a telephone call from RL Marx who was visiting in Ruidosa, N.M..  He was really impressed with the extra warm temperature and the scenery and said that he would like to stay there for a longer period but could not do so at this time.  His schedule called for him to return to Arizona and than fly home.  He said hello and regards to all.                

Jim and Mary Jane Lewis recently home after their annual sojourn to Texas.  They got back with mixed emotions with the grey, gloomy skies and snow on the ground.  According to their newspapers MN had the fantastic winter weather until they got home. 

The one good thing about being back home is witnessing the animals coming out of hibernation including the trumpeter swans, geese and golden-eye ducks.  Even the bugs are starting to come back to life. 

On their way south to TX they got rear ended and the insurance company allowed them to wait until they got home for the repairs, hence they are now using a temp car which doesnt have the luxuries they are used to.

The Lewiss visited the Marine Military Museum and Iwo Jima Monument located near the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen several times over the years and they recently saw a news item in the Valley Morning Star newspaper in Texas which is disconcerting.  The building in which the museum exists is in danger of becoming a thing of the past.  It is beyond repair and needs to be replaced.  Volunteers are endeavoring to educate people about their past efforts and hope that they can get a fund raising effort going to erect a new building on site.

Our Artist in Residence in Montana, Joseph Yakawich, is again going to be honored this year for his artistic talent.  He will be the Featured Artist of the State Fair (2006).  He will be the First ever, featured artist for the Billings State Fair in August 2006.

He has been given 2 peg boards, 4'x 8', and also an Enclosed Glass Case with Key of 4' x 4', with shelves for miscellaneous art to display items that he has made.

Since this will probably be the only big showing that Joe will ever have all his children are accumulating his selected art works for the showing.

All 613'ers say Congratulations Joe.

Carmine Nasta says hello and regards to all.  He has been busy performing tasks as an expert plumber, with the assistance of another expert plumber.  They are of the opinion that the problem has been resolved.

I told him that we had heard from Debbie Kane the daughter of Henry Shaneyfelt and that information on her contact with us will be in this Newsletter.  He mentioned that he had been in touch with him and knew that he had joined the U.S. Army and had served in Korea but then their correspondence dropped off.  He was glad to get an update on him.

He continues to maintain contact with various 613'ers from the Engineering organization.

Jim Nelson sends his regards to all.  All is continuing well with them, he just hopes that the weatherman forgets about them and lets the storms go around them.

Frank Carthey sends his regards to all the 613'ers.  He has some medical problems which he has to keep under control.

Randy Clow says hello to all and reported that all is OK with him.

We recently received a letter from Debbie Kane, the daughter of Henry O. Shaneyfelt (Engineering).  She reported that her Dad passed away in February 2005.  Recently she received a box of his Kwajalein Memorabilia and spent time reviewing all the items and other materials contained therein.  It was about this time that she tried the Internet to see if they had anything on VMB 613 and was amazed at being able to find data about the squadron.

The site was a huge help to her in identifying many photos and other items.  Debbie said that she was really awed by our site and was wondering if we would like a copy of some of the things she had scanned into her computer.  Since I told her that we would be interested she sent along a program from a Kwaj baseball game, a flyer from a Kwaj boxing smoker, and a program from a Kwaj church service. 

Using our website she was able to identify that all the tiny pictures were taken on Kwajalein - the Church, Richardson Theater, and a basketball game.  In addition she was able to identify  pictures from Newport, Cherry Point and even a newspaper printed on-board the USS Alnitah.

Debbie also sent along two newspaper articles, one told about a Jeep disappearing on Kwaj and the other about the Army Air Field at Newport now used By Marines.  Both are enclosures to this newsletter.

Based on information on our website, she is going to get information on his military service so that she can complete her collection on her Dads military experience.

Debbie told me via a phone call that her Dad started college after the war and joined the U.S. Army Reserves and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.  In this assignment he suffered terrible horrors serving as an Army Infantry Forward Observer.

He also re-enlisted in the Marine Corps for another two years after the Korean War. 

After release from active duty he re-entered college, graduated, and spent over twenty five  years working for the Veterans Administration as an Recreation Therapist.

I mailed a copy of the Kwajalein Return Trip VCR to Debbie and she was really enthused about seeing it.  She thought that the scenes of VMB 613 Marching in the Parade were outstanding.

I recently received information that another new book is now in print relative to Marine PBJ Squadrons. 

The title of the book is Marine Air - The History of the Flying Leathernecks in Words and Photos.  The author is Robert F. Dorr.  The book can be ordered through the Marine Corps Aviation Book Store in Quantico.  Their toll free telephone number is 1-888-237-7683.

The author Robert F. Dorr has been in touch with Robert Yanacek about some of VMB 613's flight activities and hopefully he has included the information he was able to obtain from Robert.

Robert contacted several squadron members who reviewed their flight log books and personal recollections, as well as, official squadron records to obtain flight statistics.


Condolences from squadron members to the family of Dr. J. Clifford Scott and the family of Henry O. Shaneyfelt.


John Aymen sends his best to all.  He is still undergoing medical analysis in an effort to isolate his problem so that it can be properly treated.

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

Thomas Stone Mystery Photograph


Steve Druzak our friend at the U.S. Embassy on Ponape just wrote and said that he and his wife were at the crash site recently.  Nothing much has changed although the engine is getting overgrown with vines.

Robert Shock sent a picture of his Ordnance School Class which included a number of VMB 613'ers.  The members include John Sintich, Fred Spoon, Marty Prock and Joe Choma plus Robert Shock. 

A number of family members of deceased Marines inquired of me where they could write to get replacement medals.  Robert Yanacek sent along the following web addresses that can use for applying:

Two new items of interest have been added to the website.  One is a photo of Lieutenant Brooks Kaufmans Crew that served in VMB 613 and was transferred to VMB 433.  The second item is a newspaper article published about VMB-613.  The article was written as training was being completed at Cherry Point in July 1944, just prior to the squadron moving to Newport.  Permission was received from United Press International to use this article on the VMB 613 website without restrictions.  This newspaper article appeared as an enclosure to our last news letter.

For those who want to lower their electric or gas bills, Robert Yanacek sent along a blue print of "A Simple Wind-Powered Washing Machine That You Can Build."  He found it while surfing on the Internet.  It will be an enclosure to the next Newsletter.

Robert Yanacek has been reviewing the muster rolls in his possession and making corrections as required on the VMB 613 personnel rosters.

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



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