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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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4 October 2004

Memo To: All The Baseball Fans

So far the only squadron member to report on the Florida hurricanes other than Doc Protheroe is Sandy Hudspeth. 

With no newspapers in operation Sandy was able to get some news from the Ledger Website which had reports on Hains City and Winter Haven. 

The reports covered both Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Charley.  These reports are what we in other parts of the United States were able to observe on TB and utter destruction was the word.

Sandy reported that he and Marie weathered the storm OK.  They lost power for several hours and fortunately even with all the super strong winds their only damage was to a fancy trim board from the front.  Nothing serious though he said.

Doc Protheroe reported that he and Jane have been waiting for a break in the hurricanes so that they could make a short trip to inspect their damaged condo in Punta Gorda.  They had been packed for over a week to leave when they reported in.  If they are able to sneak by Frances they will be in Punta Gorda for a week or ten days.

Robet Yanacek did some G2 and was able to get in touch with Leonard Delvicchio's niece and found out that their home had been destroyed by the hurricane.  They are currently living in their niece's home in Sarasota until such time that their home in Punta Gorda is rebuilt.  They are doing fine, but they lost pretty much everything.

Leonard Delviccio called and confirmed the info in the prior paragraph.  There was no personal suffering experienced.  He was fortunate to be able to reach his insurance agent before the masses of their clients called and they had an early review with insurance adjusters.

Their new edifice will be made much stronger per new state of Florida rules and hopefully they will not have such a hurricane in the near future.

John and Doris Siergiewicz send their best to all.  They received a letter from a Marine in Iraq who is on his second tour.  Johns' niece in St Charles, Mo. sent it to him and he wanted the 613'ers to see what a Marine in Iraq has to say.  It is an attachment to this letter.

Heard from Chuck Cannato who said best to all 613'ers.  He reported that all was well with them at Cape Cod.  He stopped his golf work this season to allow his bad knee to recuperate but still allows time for some golfing in his physical therapy program.

In looking through some pictures he came across some boxing pics when he was one of VMB 613's boxing team members.  The team went up to Roi-Namur to engage in matches with some Navy teams and based upon the scoring techniques the winner would receive a ten day liberty turn to at  Pearl Harbor.

In looking at the opponents he tried to visualize who he would be matched with and Dick Haley convinced him he would be properly matched and not to worry.  He looked around while names were being announced and figured out based on weight, etc who his opponent would be.  He missed in his computation and was matched with one of the biggest opponents at the event. 

Chuck weighed 145 and his opponent weighed 185.  His opponent he thought should be handled by Herb Siegert since their sizes were comparable.

Dick Haley who was in charge of the Boxing Team assured him that he could take the match, almost, it ended up in a draw and no trip to Pearl Harbor.

They are still planning on the move to Connecticut or New York.  The exact timing is contingent on the sale of their Cape Cod home which allows them to evaluate which state to choose for their new residence.

Chuck did say that he was going to call Herb Seigert and do some reminiscing about the boxing team and the squadron in general.

Frank Carthey sends his greetings to all the 613'ers.  They recently attended a concert by the Marine Forces Reserve Band.  They did a terrific job - very enjoyable.  They made him proud and he saw that they originally were from the 4th Wing which brought back memories to him.

For those interested the bands web site address is:

Health wise he isn't as well as he wants, back problem, but manages to get up and move around. 

Heard from Jim and Buzz Packard who send their regards to all.  They left for a trip or a month of so to Oregon and planned to return when the frost is on the pumpkin.

Foster Cummings sends his best to all.  He has spoken to Doc Protheroe who reported that the roof has been fixed on their Florida home.  He and Jane are waiting for a traffic report as to when they will be allowed back to Florida so that they can determine what the rest of the repairs will required.

Foster also said that he had head from Joe and Rita McDonald and that they are continuing to feel better.

John Chappell says hello to all.  He is managing to move around but not the way he used to.

Art Navarre says hello and regards to all.  He is doing well and continues to review some old 613 data that he has, which brings back memories.  At one time a visiting basketball team came through the area, they were members of a Navy ship temporarily in port, and they inquired about the chances of playing a game or two with a local team. 

Frank Robinson heard about it and discussed it with Art.  One of the requirements was a money routine for the winners.  After seeing the visiting "team" Art strongly voiced objection about playing them to Frank for fear that the visitors would make off with a lot of money.  Frank accepted his recommendations hence no game or loss of money.

Doc Protheroe and Jane stopped at Parris Island to partake of lunch.  While there he thought it would be a good time to do a little inspecting of the troops.  They traveled around the base and covered mainside, the huge new indoor training pool and then out to the range.  It was a warm day so he made his formal inspection while in the comfort of the air conditioned car.

He attached two photographs to his letter which showed the quality of the training.  Some of the recruits were so drained while doing the old jogging in place and then hitting the deck that some were struggling to get up when they should have been down while others were hitting the deck when they should have been up.  Talk about exhaustion, Doc said just look at their faces.  Some of the pictures are attached to his newsletter.

Doc and Jane send their regards to all.

Just received another message from Doc and Jane.  It appeared that there was a break in the hurricanes so they were going to try to sneak by France's flank and get to Punta Gorda for a week or so to check out the damage to their condo.

Jim Garls sends his best to all.  Pekin his home town has an annual Marigold Festival which is in progress.  This year he did not keep track of the daily clues in the newspaper so he hesitated about entering.  He hopes that our friends in Florida did not suffer major injuries or property losses due to the hurricanes.

Willis Roose sends his regards to all.  He has become totally confused with the election hoopla so he has made his final decision. 

He plans to vote for Harold Stassen of Minnesota again.  If he is still alive he would be 109 years old with a new wig and a new wife to match.

Lloyd "Mac" Mc Daniel did some research on the picture of the PPJ in the last news letter, the one that said Rita's wagon. 

In the Leatherneck Bombers Book that he has there was a page and picture of a PBJ with the same lettering.  He is going to try and get a Xerox copy of the picture. The picture showed a crew from VMB 443.

There was another picture of a VMB 443 PBJ in the book which had just returned to Hawaii that had the crew members names - they were: John Hanks, co pilot, Al Sullivan, Pilot, Steve Stevermer, radio gunner, John Berardo, Navigator, Make Vakula, mechanic turret gunner and Hugh McCann tail gunner (picture was courtesy of Michael Vakula).

Mac added that the Leatherneck Bombers is a good book, but it had little about VMB 613.  Both the front and rear covers of the book however showed a VMB 613 PBJ-H on strikes over Ponape.  The PBJ-H on the front cover of the book was Lt Love's aircraft and PBJ-H on the rear cover was Lt Hunt's aircraft.

Although the intent to give recognition to VMB 613 was appreciated  some modifications that VMB 613 made to their aircraft at Kwaj didn't show up in the pictures.  Apparently this was an artist's conception of our aircraft.

Mac sends his best to all 613'ers.

Walt Mathesen wrote to say hello and regards to all.  He is still receiving assistance from the Dominican Nuns, he said that they are a blessing in disguise.  He said that his recliner is really getting a work out and he wouldn't be with out it..  The legs can't be counted on but the walker and cane take their place.

Here is some interesting Kwajalein news.  A high speed, multi-million dollar monorail is being built from Roi to Kwajalein.  The exact completion date was not available at the time of this report but it was estimated that the time of the trip will be 40 minutes.  As more information becomes available it will be passed on to all.

Our webmaster, Robert Yanacek, reported that world wide interest continues with our web site.  A visitor from Italy spent over an hour on the web and viewed over 50 different pages.  In addition our website was a discussion topic in an on-line forum for a magazine entitled Fine Scale Modeler.  Already Hasagawa, a model airplane company, released a 1/72 scale kit of a PBJ-1H.

Robert Yanacek was able to have VMB 613 linked to the Kwajalein Community Website.  Shermie Wiehe is their webmaster and was on Kwajalein from 1972-1997.  The address to the Kwaj Website is: 

After Shermie Wiehe notified his web-group of our website a Bruce Muench sent a message saying that he was at Kwaj when we were and left a few months after us getting discharged in June of 1946.

Robert Yanacek has been in contact with some of our members to names to go with the department pictures.

In talking to Norb Gibbs, squadron baker, Norb mentioned that while on the George W. Julian heading to Pearl Harbor there was a very bad storm.  While the storm was building up he was making chocolate pudding and let the mixture set for a few minutes while he went top side to get some fresh air. 

While top side the ship hit a big wave and dropped into the trough, when he returned to the galley the pudding mixture had flown out of the mixing bowl and landed on the bulk heads and overhead.  Hence no desert for that night.

Norb also mentioned that we had an ice cream machine on Kawj unfortunately no one new how they were supposed to make ice cream since they didn't nave a recipe.  He wrote to his mother and she sent one, only the ingredients were not available so it required improvising.

They used powdered milk and powdered eggs to make the ice cream then for flavoring he used strawberry jam to make it into strawberry ice cream.

Norb also remembered Doris Day's Sentimental Journey calling everyone to the squadron theater plus a USO show in which Dennis Day performed Schubert's Ava Maria.  He said it was a moving experience and as far as he could see there was not one dry eye at the Richardson Theater.

Bob Longenberger also informed him that the Transportation Department acquired a Jap boat, built a cabin on it and used it to  cruise the lagoon, going from island to island.

Charlie Cosby mentioned that the Ordnance Department borrowed some supplies periodically and was able to make a drinkable mixture called raisin juice.


Received word that Robert "Arkie" Ligon passed away on 7 September from natural causes, aided by heart disease and kidney failure.  Arkie was cremated per his request and will be buried in the family plot in his old home town of Arkadelphia, AR in October.  There was no funeral service as such but an open house was had at his oldest son's home on 10 September.


Eleven years ago Tracy Bell came up with a great idea to help replenish the Yakawich Fund.

This idea was to have the members contribute to the VMB 613 Yakawich Fund the equivalent Postage and Christmas Card costs associated with their Xmas season mail outs to squadron members.  In turn the squadron would make one mail out of season greetings to all the members with the names of the contributors and their individual message.  We have had excellent responses to this idea.  If the interest continues this season I will make a mail out the last week of November.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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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