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VMB-613 Squadron Insignia

Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen



45 Verano Loop

Santa Fe, NM 87508-3151

(505) 466-6549

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5 November 2007

Memo To: All The U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Party Participants

Again all will have the opportunity to participate in a local Marine Corps Birthday Celebration.  Foster Cummings will be hosting his annual Marine Corps party.  Hopefully Joe McDonald will be able to make the trip down from New Hampshire.  Other attendees will be coming from out of town just a few miles from the party. 

I am pretty sure that Foster will also be attending the Semper Fi, U.S. Marine Corps Birthday celebration in Boston.  This affair normally hosts around three thousand Marines.  It has become one of the most important annual events in the area and the tickets go fast once they are printed.


Bob Polakowski continues doing some research on a location for our next reunion and has tentatively selected The Cross Road Inn at Quantico.  This location is also close to the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

He will be in contact with a WWII Marine, who is handling arrangements for his own squadron, to get more information regarding administrative matters.  He has been told that a two bedroom goes for $59.00.  Another advantage of the location is that there is a lot to see without having to do much traveling.

It would be appreciated if members would let me know if they are interested in attending so that we would could discuss the logistic matters with The Cross Road Inn. Additional  responses from the prospective attendees would be appreciated so that plans, arrangements etc. could be started.

Some members have already started to alert us as to their ability to attend.


Heard from Doc Protheroe who sends his best to all.  Everything remains well at Hilton Head he reported. 

He sent along an article from the Potomac News that had a write up on the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center getting its 500,00th visitor.  People stood in line at the mezzanine and clapped for Don and Tammy Vick of Oklahoma City.  Tammy was the 500,000th visitor since it opened.

The National Museum management said that they had been anticipating 250,000 visitors for the first year and only being open for ten months they were at 500,000 visitors.

Tammy Vick received a bouquet of flowers and two commemorative coins for being in the right place at the right time.  Attendance figures are counted through a security counter that keeps track of people who come through the doors.

Heard from Jerry and Peggy Gutshall who said that they hadn't been anywhere or done anything exciting since the Marine Reunion last year and then they took a trip to Boise to visit their two granddaughters.  They were wined and dined in great style.  This was their first trip to the desert foothills, so the area and the scenery were all new to them.  They are of the opinion that Boise has to be one of the best kept secrets of the west.  Few people from their area go there, unless they have someone special to see or visit.  It's a lovely little city and they enjoyed themselves tremendously.

They both withstood the trip just fine even though it took them 10 hours each way, with flight time and making connections.  They flew from State College to Cincinnati, then Salt Lake City, then Boise.

Willis Roose sends his regards to all.  He read with interest in the last news letter of John Peterson's experience having his sister visit him at the pier where the troop transport the George W. Julian was tied up.  He added that there was a little more activity associated with the matter, they had to get to the Naval Hospital where John's sister the Lt J.G. Nurse was stationed.  This required them to make the detailed local vehicle arrangements for the personnel movement.  This was done very successfully as evidenced by the Lt's presence on the pier.  There was some minor interruptions as noted below.

Willis also mentioned that Jake Hodges had an appendicitis attack and had to undergo a blood test, results of which were reviewed by Dr. Scott who directed Willis and Waxie to get the patient to the hospital fast.  This was accomplished and then Willis and Waxie were able to get the Lt JG Nurse to the Pier.   A few weeks later after we were settled on Kwaj Jake arrived from the hospital, complete with scar and without an appendix!!

Received a call from Chuck Cannato and he sends his best to all.  We discussed several VMB 613 activities from the distant past and the current status of members that Chuck has been in contact with.  Chuck said that they have settled down after their move from Cape Cod back to their familiar area in Connecticut.

I called Nick Bozic to say hello and find out if he has been able to get out and run the 440 or some other such activity.  Unfortunately he said that he is still working from a walker and occasionally a cane.  Nick sent his regards to all and hopes that all are able to get up and out doors occasionally particularly if the weather holds up.

We mentioned several members whose names were still in our active memory files and most of them have been heard from over the past few months.

Carmine Nasta sends his regards to all.  He had just relocated to an Assisted Living Home when we spoke.  He had been there for two or three days. This move was required because he had fallen, broke some ribs, injured his head, also his left arm which now has a cast on it. In addition he has hip problems which necessitates his using a walker to get around.  In effect he needs assistance quite a bit of time.

He said that Edith had to have a pace maker installed to give her help to get around.  She experienced several problems associated with her heart and this has given her the required aid to move about. 

We received a pleasant surprise in the mail.  Will N. Semple the son of S/Sgt William S. Semple sent along a letter in which he mentioned the passing of his Dad on July 21, 1996.  He mentioned that his Dad talked a lot about having served in the Marine Corps.  Will was endeavoring to get in touch with Charles Cannato who was a friend of his Dad's. 

I am pretty sure that he was able to get together with Charles Cannato via telephone, now I have to get Charles Cannato's correct e-mail address.

Frank Kos sends his regards to all.  He mentioned that he joined VMB 613 at Newport, and his first flight was in Hawaii.  His crew went out for cannon firing practice which included the loading of the cannon.  He had never loaded or been instructed on the procedure of cannon loading so he was a little confused as to procedure.  When he was given the command to load he made a decision and put the pointed end of the shell into the breech and it worked.


We received word from a friend of the squadron that Joseph G. Choma passed away in April  2001.  In addition to being a Marine Veteran of WWII he also served on active duty during the Korean War.  Joseph retired after working forty years as General Manager for the Ford Agency in Sheffield Lake, Ohio.

Received word from Will N. Semple that his father William S. Semple passed away on 21 July 1996.


I spoke to James "Red" Nelson who sends a "Howdy To All."  He continues to have walking problem and remains in the recuperating cycle both at the Hospital and Nursing Home where he continues to receive daily rehab to improve the problem with his left leg, ankle, foot and arm which are partially paralyzed.  He sounded outstanding considering his health problem.

Received an update on Stan Richardson from Peach Richardson.  He picked up a minor infection for which he received medication and was able to flush it out of his system.  He is still endeavoring to stay ahead of the main health problem that has been bothering him. There hasn't been any major change in his health condition but Stan continues to improve his breathing routine to overcome his shortness of breath and is continuing to get more of his strength back.  Other wise he continues to be alert and seems to be content. 

Stan is still physically limited to how far he can walk and really has to watch it because he doesn't have the strength to get up and move about in the manner that he likes to.

He would like to be able to walk for long periods but his system won't let him.  He continues to feel stronger and endeavors to try physical activity which he is unable to do for an extended period.  He also takes daily treatment to improve  his systems breathing.

He is still enthused over his two Marine Corps caps that he has plus some other Marine Corps items.  They change the appearance of his hospital room.  Plus he has a choice of choosing one Marine Corps cap over the other for daily wear. 

Another Marine comes in and they share stories on the Corps which makes the world go a little faster.

Stan continues to remain alert through all this though.  I am sure that he would like to hear from you folks, his address is as follows:

Stan Richardson

Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation & Care Center

Clearwater, Florida 33761



Robert Yanacek, our webmaster, received an e-mail from Shermie Wiehe of the Kwajalein Community Web Site wherein Shermie told Robert that someone sent him a copy of the 3 September 1945 edition of the Kwajalein Newspaper.  The link to the first page is below.  To read the other pages click on the links at the top or bottom of the page.

Hopefully I will be able to include the publication with this Newsletter which means those members who do not have direct access to a computer can have their memories brought back to the present immediately.

Remember that our new fiscal year started in January 2007.  If there isn't an (07) 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: (06) denotes 2006, (07) denotes 2007, (08) denotes 2008.  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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