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.
COMMENTS: Came upon this site today while searching my last name and found my uncle's name Louis A. Weiskittel. This is a very nice site.
Added: May 28, 2010
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Carl Nelman From: Simi Valley, CA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: 24 MAY 2010
Very much enjoyed Dave Fish's article, "VMB 611: ON THEIR WAY TO WAR" .... especially the picture of the Zoella Lykes tied to the Port Hueneme pier in SEP 1944.
Mentioned in Dave's article is ACORN 34. My dad was in ACORN 34, and I would like to think he is somewhere in that picture as everyone got loaded aboard and made ready to sail.
Added: May 25, 2010
SUBMITTED BY: Name: James A."Jim" Henderson,Jr. From: Powhatan, VA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My father was Corporal James A. Henderson, Radio Mechanic with VMB 611. I just discovered your web site. My father passed away thirty years ago and seeing this site was just like talking with him again. I am interested in making contact, via reunions etc., with others that are interested in VMB 611. I can't thank you enough for this wonderful site, that is so full of information and memories of childhood talking with my Dad about his experiences during WWII. Thank You. Jim Henderson, Jr.
Added: March 20, 2010
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Robert Waters From: Babylon, NY E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Thanks so much for this site; my grandfather flew with VMB-611 as a photographer/gunner (his name was Bob Waters, he passed in 1987). It's nice to learn about some of his experiences, and to think of him. I would be interested in contacting Mr. Lawrence Arthur Barrett, who posted on the first page of this guestbook; he said he was also a photographer, and I wonder if he knew my grandfather.
Added: February 16, 2010
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Carl Samuels From: Texas E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Just a note.
Dave Hunt's comments on the plane shown "In Harms Way", I noticed the same thing, my brother pointed it out to me. That is a Marine B25. I am glad he got to see it. I enjoy this web site so much. I especially like the music. If this goes thru I will have more of a responce later. I see where there is a lot of participation, there are a few entries I would like to respond to; also I still have a few items that the Web-MAster may want to add, I will try to get those forwarded soon.
Great job, a real treasure. I remember when I was a kid, my mother communicated with many of the other officers wives (for the rest of their lives), I still have some of the long historic line of Christmas cards and letters.
I remember observing the early struggles of many who labored tirelessly to get the first reunion to become a reality. This site is a fantastic tribute. Thanks a plenty.
Added: January 3, 2010
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Frank Wiswall From: Bloomfield Hills, MI E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Greetings to all. I stumbled on your website while helping my son with his history homework, and this brought back some very dear memories. Major Richard E. Maulsby, one of VMB-611's pilots, was my stepfather. He died in March 2004 in Alpine, Texas, as some here may know, since he remained in touch with some squadron members and had attended at least one squadron reunion that I know of - although I don't remember which year he went. In any event, Dick and I didn't really talk much about his experiences in the war, and I suppose that I am asking now, in a way. I looked through your site, but only found one photo of him and no other mentions of him anywhere. I would appreciate any personal recollections or memories that any surviving members may have, or any stories involving him that anyone may recall. For anyone who does remember him, he was very proud not only of his service in the squadron but also of the fact that my sister was inspired to enlist in the Marine Corps, where she served with distinction from 1980 to 2002. Semper Fi to all.
Added: November 16, 2009
SUBMITTED BY: Name: David L Fish From: Camarillo, CA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Today I learned, from Florida resident Bob Berganís VMB-611 Marine Bombing Squadron Newsletter, of the recent passing of pilot First Lieutenant David Hoadley. Lt Hoadley was my fatherís wingman, and probably the last to see him alive, on that fateful afternoon of May 30, 1945 when Dad and his crew went MIA.
I met Lt Hoadley at the 2005 reunion and had hoped to have a conversation with him about that mission but was unsuccessful. Semper Fi to another VMB-611 Marine that we have lost.
David L Fish Son of Capt Doit L Fish
Added: November 14, 2009
SUBMITTED BY: Name: David Lamon From: Marysville. California E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My dad was MtSgt. Lonnie Grady Lamon. Although I knew he served in the Pacific, I did not know much more than that until I started some research from his log book, and came on this site. Thanks to the work done here, I know so much more about his time in the Marines. Turns out that on the mission where Lieutenant Colonel Sarles was lost, that my dad was on one of the two planes in the first wave. I believe the pilot was Horton.
I have some photos obviously from the time the unit was in the Pacific. I will dig them out and send them in.
COMMENTS: Thank you for the nice website. I recently found out during genealogy research that my husband's father (John "Jack" P. Foster)was in the Marines and was shot down during the war. There is an article titled "Impossible Escape..." by S/Sgt David C. Stephenson, USMC that describes what happened and how they survived. It also included a photo of 4 of the crew members. It would be a great addition to your site. Just wondering if there is an more information anyone could share with me about John "Jack" Foster. Thank you.