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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 November 2008

Memo To:   All the Relaxed Marines


Foster Cummings sends his regards to all.  All remains well with him and he is continuing his estate maintenance duties.  He hopes that the coming winter season will not result in too much deep snow.  Even steering the snow blower can become tiresome after a few minutes behind the controls.  Hence his desire for a limited depth of snow when ever it arrives.

Lloyd McDaniel sends his regards to all and says for all of us to hang in there.  They have their good days and their bad days, but he said that's life when you climb that ladder of age.

He sent along the Blue Star Salute.  This Blue Star Salute had its origins traced to World War I.  That was many years ago but the Blue Start Flag is still active and alive.

A Legion Post started a program three years ago to Salute our men and women in uniform, their families and the businesses who support them.  After the first year it was such a success this Legion Post invited all posts in the country to participate the second year.  It was such a success they had to move to a County Fair Grounds for the right size spot.  From the third year on new locations had to be located and now the O'Reilly Race Way Park was made available.

Now this Blue Star Salute has been expanded to all Legion Posts in Indiana.  A Blue Flag is present to the family, and also a certificate of appreciation is presented not only to the family, but also the person serving in the military.

Jim Garls sends his regards to all.  Jim said he had to maintain contact with his Doctor and tolerated an MRI when the Doctor that was examining his lower back and hips for the source of pain that limits his mobility.  In addition he was given a shot of cortisone in the right hip.  He is scheduled to some kind of shots in his lower back.  Hopefully they will give some needed relief to Jim.

I called Red Nelson who says hello to all hands.  He is still bed ridden and remains under the control of his Doctor.  This means he has to move about very slow so as not to disturb his over all system.

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 priority. 

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.

Here is a repeat request for info.  George Comer has suddenly become a fast mover and the mail can't keep up with him.  His address in Grandin, FL was suddenly changed to Oak Kill, WV 25901 but the letter with that address was returned to Grandin, FL.  If any member has a new address for George Comer please send it to us.

This is still a repeat from last months news letter.  I would appreciate it if members could pull a memory check on Warren D. Ritter and see if they can recall where he moved or relocated to.  He was living in the Manor House, Assisted Living, in Wilmington, N.C. and his last letter was returned, NOT DELIVERABLE AS ADDRESSED.

Received a letter from Charlie Cosbey who sends his best to all and many wishes for good health for all the members.

He mentioned that he had been in the hospital three different times in September being treated for diverticulosis.  They finally let him out after determining that he was on the road to recovery.  He hopes that the MD's were correct in this matter.

He mentioned that he did have a computer but it would not work properly for him when he endeavored to write this letter to us but he managed to get it to perform for him.

This past month our webmaster received an e mail from Brooke Ligon telling of a conversation she had recently with VMB 613 member, Sam Wolfe.  Sam was an aircraft crew chief and he recently discovered that VMB 613 had an Internet Presence.  Robert Yanacek called Sam and spoke with him for over an hour. 

Sam lives in Maryland and was a wealth of information regarding our aircraft and various squadron activities.  He was Wayne Youngren's crew chief.  Sam mentioned that Wayne Youngren's aircraft was MB-12 and was named "Fireball".  Sam indicated that at the end of the War, one PBJ was totally stripped of all armament, the paint was removed from all surfaces leaving the aircraft in a natural aluminum finish. 

Sam noted that missing from the squadron's history was the post-war move of the engineering, ordnance and electronic maintenance facilities from the lagoon side of the taxi strip into Quonset huts further to the north and on the ocean side of the runway.  He added that it was essentially done in one very hot afternoon with plenty of beer available.  This event gave rise to Lieutenant Colonel Nevil's supposed remark, "Give this squadron enough to drink and they can do anything."


Sandy Hudspeth remains in the hospital where they are taking good care of him.

He is looking good, good color continues to come back and he does feel a lot better.  He endeavors to get more physical activity to help regain his strength but at the same time he realizes that he can't over due this effort so he rations his physical activities.

Sandy endeavors to get some of the required exercise using a wheel chair but has to make sure that he doesn't get too involved doing so.  Too much exercise can turn him back to extra hours regaining his strength by getting bed rest.

The medical staff continue to give him required medical tests to assure that his overall system is performing properly.


Received a notice from JD Garls who read about the passing of Herb Siegert at the age of 84 on September 26, 2008 in his home.

A memorial service was held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 29 in the First United Methodist Church.  Visitation was held for one hour until time of service in the church. 

Herb served in the US Marines during World War II.  He was a graduate of the University of Illinois receiving a degree in engineer.  While at the University he played on the Winning Rose Bowl team of 1947, later Captaining the team.  He also played professional football for three years for the Washington Red Skins.

He was the former owner of Siegert-Lees Insurance in Pana, and member of First United Methodist Church, Pana Rotary Club, Pana Lodge No 226 AF & AM; Christian Shrine Club, Ansar Shine, Pana Sportsman's Club and Pana Country Club.

Herb had been a Pony League Coach and was active in community projects and fund raisers.  He was one of the first members of Pana Industrial Development Corporation, which encouraged industry in Pana.  He was also a member of several boards, including 45 years on the Board of First National Bank, serving as Chairman fo 20 years.

Surviving are his wife, five daughters and families, a brother and sister and their families (eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews).


Our webmaster,  Robert Yanacek, has reported that he has placed a brand-new VMB-613 Website on the Internet.  Using information from our old website, Robert designed a new website, then added and improved many features to make the experience more informative and enjoyable to all those who visit.

The improved features on our new website include:

  • Larger and better-quality photographs;

  • Aerial reconnaissance photographs of a number of Jap-held islands;

  • Hundreds of photographs including new photographs from the collections of Art Navarre and Jerry Manning;

  • A logbook for visitors to leave their comments;

  • A video player with a film clip taken by divers on Kwajalein of our PBJs in the lagoon;

  • More personal memories from squadron members;

  • A map of the squadron compound;

  • Archived VMB-613 Newsletters, going back to 2004;

  • Aircraft Action (Strike) Reports;

  • A "Website Search" that assists visitors in locating names and places on the website;

  • Documents relating to VMB-613 including Newspaper Articles, a Senior NCO Club Membership Card, the V-J Day Ceremony Program, Chow Passes, a Protestant Church Service Program, and even a drawing on how to construct your own wind-powered washing machine!

New features include:

  • An fully-interactive satellite map of our area of operations in the Pacific.  The map displays markers on our bases of operations, and the Jap-held islands that were frequent targets.  When a visitor selects a marker, a satellite image of the selected island appears with a short narrative describing the island.  Viewers can then zoom in to see what these areas look like today.

  • An audio player containing over one hour of songs from the 1943-1945 time frame.  To place our visitors in the right mood, the music can be listened to while viewing the remainder of the website.  All of these songs are performed by artists of the era including Bing Crosby, Doris Day and  Glenn Miller.  Our current play-list is as follows:

A String of Pearls - Glenn Miller
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive -Andrews Sisters
Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar - Andrews Sisters
Bless 'Em All - Bing Crosby
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Andrews Sisters
Chattanooga Choo-Choo - Glenn Miller and his Orchestra
Deep Purple - Artie Shaw
Don't Fence Me In - Bing Crosby
Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree - Andrews Sisters
I Don't Want To Walk Without You - Helen Forrest
I Left My Heart At The Stagedoor Canteen - Bob Crosby Orchestra
I'll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby
In The Mood - Glenn Miller
It's Been A Long, Long Time - Kitty Kallen with the Harry James Band
Long Ago (And Far Away) - Jo Stafford
Moonglow - Benny Goodman Quartet
Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller
Paper Doll - Mills Brothers
Sentimental Journey - Doris Day
Swinging On A Star - Bing Crosby
The White Cliffs Of Dover - Vera Lynn with the Mantovani Orchestra
We'll Meet Again - Peggy Lee
You Always Hurt The One You Love - Mills Brothers

Our new website can be located at the following address:  Of course, visitors just have to type "VMB 613" into a search engine such as Google to find our website.  Anyone that tries to access the old website will be automatically re-directed to the new one.

Robert wishes to acknowledge the following VMB-613 members who have contributed information, photographs, and documents for use on this website: Frank Acker; Edwin Alling; Homer Anderson; Hugh Arant, William Barber, Jack Barton, Herbert Baxter, Vernon Beggs, James Brotherton II, Robert Brueggestrass; Frank Carthey; Donald Clay; George Comer; Charles Cosbey; Foster Cummings; David Danser; Clifford Dotson; Nicholas Dudo;  James D. Garls; John Gavin; Norbert Gibbs; Rudolph Hubert; Eldridge Hudspeth; Stanford Inman; Michael Jacus Jr; Brooks Kaufman;  William Kehr; Charles Knapp;  Frank Kos; Robert Litzau; Robert Longenberger; Robert Marx; Lloyd McDaniel; Joseph McDonald; Oran W. Noble;  Frank Noland;  James Packard; Arthur Parker; John Peterson; Allen Protheroe; Charles Ringler; Isaac Richardson; Willis Roose; Calvin Russell; Herbert Schwartz; Robert Shock; Howard Smith; Fred Staren; Ivan Stern; Clifford Willis; Samuel Wolfe; Paul Yanacek, and; Wayne Youngren.

In addition, would also like to recognize the contributions of photographs, information and assistance provided by various family members of those who served with VMB-613: Harold Beal III, son of squadron member Harold F. Beal Jr; Larry Clare, son-in-law of squadron member Thomas Stone; Beth Cullom, daughter of James Cullom; Robert DeBoth, son of squadron member James DeBoth; Theresa Delvecchio, wife of squadron member Leonard Delvecchio; Chuck Duvall, son of squadron member Charles R. Duvall; Dorothy Evans, widow of squadron member Alva A. Evans Jr; Kim Haddix, granddaughter of squadron member Frank Haddix; Diane Hindy, daughter of squadron member Art Navarre; Debbie Kane, daughter of squadron member Henry O. Shaneyfelt; Robert Klinke, son of squadron member Alvin J. Klinke; Brooke Ligon, daughter of squadron member Robert S. Ligon; Larry, Terry, Frank Jr, and Paul Manning, sons of squadron member Francis S. Manning; John Martincevic, son of squadron member Matthew Martincevic; Christopher Pelletiere, grandson of squadron member Ross K. Bennett; Lorraine Raccuia, daughter of squadron member Alexander Mislow; Ostell Scarborough Jr., son of squadron member Ostell Scarborough; Andrew Yanacek, grandson of squadron member Paul Yanacek, and; Diane M. Yanacek, daughter-in-law of squadron member Paul J. Yanacek.

Lastly, he wanted to acknowledge following persons, who are not related to VMB-613 members, but have earned a special mention for their contributions of photographs, research, and assistance: Annette D. Amerman; Jonathan & Christine Bird; Ron Broadaway; Any Chappell; Diane C. Day; Richard H. Dickerson; Stephen A. Druzak; Dan Farnham; Dave Fortin; Brian French; Stan Gajda; Julie Grob; J. Michael Miller; Mark S. Miller; Linda Morgan; Harold Parker; Eric Sperger; Michael Starn; Scott Wallace, and; Richard D. Williams.

As a bonus to those VMB-613 members with e-mail addresses, Robert recently set up a video player with film clips taken from the Hollywood Canteen in 1944. 

Narrated by actress Dinah Shore, the film showed scenes from inside the Hollywood Canteen and many of the stars including Bette Davis, Lana Turner, Marlena Deitrich, Heddy Lamar and Red Skelton.  Those with connections to the Internet really enjoyed viewing it.

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



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


A directory of e-mail addresses for members is available on-line in a password protected area of the site.  Please contact our webmaster to obtain your password. 

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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