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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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9 September 2008

Memo To:   All the Island-Hoppers


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. 

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

Here is a new 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 month's newsletter.  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 Nick Bozic who sends his very best to all members of VMB 613.  He reported that he is still in a handicap position.  He has to make use of a wheel chair and walker.  He cannot take a step without the walker.  This problem is the effect of the stroke that he had.  Another problem that he has is his inability to drive an automobile.  His son and daughter take him round to many public places such as stores, shopping centers, etc. which gives him a chance to see what is happening in the outside world.

Foster Cummings sends his regards to all.  He hopes that the weather in their home town area will soon improve.  So far it has allowed an excessive mount of rain  to fall coupled with a lot of extremely hot days.

He has been going through this unusual weather routine a little too often this year, as a result he hasn't been able to get out to cut the lawn, hence he is getting a hay field around his home.

His hometown had their 4th of July Parade with fireworks in the evening.  This is a carry over 4th of July celebration for several years and has become an accepted regular activity for the residents on an annual basis.

Jim Garls says hello to all.  He reported that he is still being bothered by a painful hip which has entailed Emergency Room treatments, taking special pills to relieve pain and the like.  This has limited his movement to almost a crawl but he manages to move about.

Robert Klinke sends his regards to all.  He informs us that he and his wife spent a weekend at Kimberly, WI and visited with Bob Polakowski and his family and attended the local music festival with them.  The also had some discussion about a future reunion

Out of the blue Robert received an e-mail from Tracie Bell whom he had never met before, who advised he was sending some pictures of my dad to me.

Robert received them about a week later and two of the three pictures he had never seen before.  He just wished that this would happen more often.  If Tracie didn't get his thank you e-mail receiving a copy of the e-mail to me will cover it.  He says thank you again Tracie and keep in touch.

Wayne Noble sends his regards to all.  All continues well in Florida he reported.

Robert Yanacek our wembaster reported that he located Captain Robert C. Woten. He was VMB-613's first Commanding Officer from 1 October 1943 to 17 November 1943.  Command was then transferred to Major Baker on 18 November 1943.

Robert was able to accomplish this location by making contact with Janet Wells who is the daughter of Captain Woten. Janet was impressed with the information provided on our website.  She lives in Washington State and reported that her Dad is alive and doing well at the age of 93, living in Washington State.  He wound up going overseas with VMB 433.

Our webmaster's latest project is a listing of all 706 PBJ's that were assigned to the Marine Corps.  This listing is nearly complete and provides the Bureau Number of each aircraft, as well as the squadrons each served with and the final disposition.  Robert even located the one J-model PBJ that was assigned to VMB 613 for a short period of time.  Once completed, members will be able to view this listing on the Internet and compare it to their log books to see what happened to each aircraft they flew in.

Received a letter from Al Langlois who mentioned that he and Kathy were going through Bud Montgomery's Marine Keepsakes one night and they came to a conclusion.  They felt that his memorabilia (log books and pictures) belonged to the history of VMB-613 not stuck in a cabinet gathering dust and decided that it should be donated to our association.  They felt that it could enhance our already great website.

The mailing address of our webmaster was given to them so that they could start to transfer the memorabilia, which has been accomplished.

Heard from John and Naomi Kennedy who send their regards to all.  They changed their e mail address which is shown in the 613 E Mail Directory toward the end of this letter.

Peach Richardson says hello to all.  She is doing well health wise and is planning a trip to Ocean City, MD in September for a birthday party and a school reunion.

Mary Jane Lewis sends her regards to all.  All continues well with her.  She has been going to various functions in her home town which have been great to attend. 

She heard from Connie Lahart who reported that Tom had surgery on his face, centered on his nose and some skin grafts.  She said he is very colorful black, blue and red.  The bandages were due to come off in a few days.


Received a message from Sandy Corr the daughter of Jack Schwertfager who informed us that her Dad had passed away on July 26, 2008.

They had a lovely memorial service at Chapel of the Pines in Seven Lakes, N.C. attended by almost a hundred mourners.  A contingent of the Marine Corps League presented the flag to her mother, Jane, and a bugler played taps.  The organist played the Marine Corps Hymn and a reception followed at Seven Lakes Country Club.


Our webmaster, Robert Yanacek, reported that our website continues to be a popular attraction on the Internet.  Robert provided a world map showing the location of our visitors for an average 12-hour period.  It is quite impressive to see the locations of visitors to our website.

The map showed visitors from Hawaii, the United States, Canada, England, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, Iran, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines!

Robert recently spoke with JD Garls who sends his greetings to all.  JD continues to watch Chicago Cubs baseball with the hopes that 2008 will finally be the year for them to win the World Series.  Of course, he is not holding his breath.

Robert also created a home page that lists and provides links to all the PBJ squadrons.  This page can be found at

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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