COMMENTS: John D. Rood was my uncle, my mother's brother. I was with my grandmother in 1956 when she received the letter about finding the remains of MB11. I was 8 years old but I'll never forget that day as long as I live! I have always been proud of Uncle John and sad that I never got to know him! GOD BLESS VMB611!!!
Added: November 13, 2010
SUBMITTED BY: Name: David P. Chelgren From: Alamogordo, NM E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: To the surviving members, family and friends of VMB-611 I feel compelled to notify you that Patricia Ann Chelgren, wife of David O. Chelgren, passed away 18 September 2010, one week prior to her 89th birthday.
Both dad and mom had fond memories of their association with VMB 611 and the Corp.
She will be interned with dad in the National Cemetary in Phoenix at a date to be announced.
Added: October 1, 2010
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Conrad Drum From: Sequim, WA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: I'v been researching my father's service career during WW2. I have have his discharge papers (NAVPERS-553), and they list "ACORN 34" and "89th USNCB" under "Service (Vessels and Stations Served On)". Searching the internet for references of ACORN 34 has rought me to your site for VMB611, and the link betwen them and ACORN 34. I've read the tale of t wayward ship Zoella Lykes. Is it likely my father was on board? My dad died in 1957, when I was 5, and I've never heard this story. Can someone help me investigate this further. I'd love to be able to document this story for my kids about thier grandfather. Thanks.
COMMENTS: As a crew member on the restoration team on the last original PBJ-1J left it is a great honor to paint it in VMB-611 colors and to fly it in the squadron's honor. To all the personel in VMB-611 and to all the Marine Aviators of the pacific i am proud to be a part the crew. " SEMPER FI "
Added: September 1, 2010
SUBMITTED BY: Name: James C. Eastham From: Somerset, Kentucky E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My Dad is James A. Eastham. He is still living in Somerset, Kentucky, will be 87 soon, and is doing very well. He was a Staff Sergeant with VMB-611, is a proud American, and a Proud Marine. I have just finished printing a lot of stuff off this web-site and will take it to him later today. It will make him very happy. Thanks VMB-611, my hat is off to you.
Added: July 13, 2010
SUBMITTED BY: Name: robert h good From: new york E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My Great Uncle, Charles Good was apilot with VMB-611. His plane was shot down on a raid on a Jap airfield in the Phillipines. One crewman was lost. The rest were rescued by Pillipino guerillas. Charles currenly lives in Kansas.
Added: July 3, 2010
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Victoria Baldwin From: Beverly Hills, MI E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: I just googled Marine Bombing Squadron 611 after finding it mentioned in my dad's "important things" file. Imagine my amazement at finding a pic of my dad! My father, (First Lieutenant) William G. Butler was a B 25 pilot stationed in the Philippines from June of '45. He is 88 now but unfortunately critically ill. If anyone has any info on Bill or flew with him during WWII I'd appreciate hearing from you. Dad was a quiet man about his wartime experiences but even with his ever worsening alzhiemer's/dementia his pride in being a Marine made those memories the last to go.
Added: June 28, 2010
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Becky Davis From: Heiskell, TN E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Harold Gene Johnson, a member of squadron 611, was my uncle. I never had the pleasure of knowing him.
COMMENTS: The church referred to in one of the pictures of Zamboanga is in Barrio Sta. Maria. Our house is some 20 meters away. I came to know of James "Rip" Collins who remembered singing in the church, getting to know several residents of the barrio. My uncle used to do errands for the American service personnel in Moret field. His fondest memories is chucking Hershey bars and military rations.
Added: June 7, 2010
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Keith Johnson From: Woodland Park, Colorado E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: So glad to have found the web-site. My brother, Harold Gene Johnson, a member of Squadron 611, went down on Mindanao on May 2, 1945 and is now buried along with his other crew members in a common grave in Jefferson Memorial Cemetery in St. Louis. I was age 14 at the time of their B-25 crash. It was over 4 years later when the burial took place there. If anyone has any information or memories I would really appreciate hearing from you as little or no info was ever received from the government as to the location of the crash on Mindanao, the reason, or circumstances, if known, etc. As I remember, Harold was radioman/navigator/gunner with a wife and newborn baby girl back home in Wichita, Kansas.