VMB-611 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON SIX-ELEVEN

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November 16, 1956 marks the “unofficial” date in the “Identification of World War II Deceased,” Remains of Unknown X-6029 P.I. per correspondence from the Department of the Army, Office of the Quartermaster General.

MIA May 30, 1945, Mindanao, Philippine Islands

1st Lt Doit L Fish, pilot
1st Lt Donald C Sculati, co-pilot
SSgt Richard C Vorel, crewmember
Sgt Robert L Harrison, crewmember
Cpl Walter G Charboneau, crewmember
Cpl Chester D Luberda, crewmember
Cpl John D Rood, crewmember
1st Lt Sigurd J Simonson, passenger

In Their Memory and In Their Honor, Semper Fi

David L Fish
Son of Capt Doit L Fish


Added: November 16, 2010
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My brother, Craig Shotwell, summed it up as well as I ever could. I was also at my Grandmother's when the telegram arrived concerning my Uncle, John D. Rood.

Thank you.


Added: November 16, 2010
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Dear Mr. Fish, Because of you and your father I have learned more about my uncle Bobby in the past couple of hours than I had ever dreamed possible. My heart goes out to sir for your loss.
My uncle was First Lieutenant Robert A. Griffith who lost an engine to enemy fire and was forced to ditch in the sea on June 19, 1945.
I believe you wrote that all the aircraft are accounted for. Meaning my uncle's plane was found?
you've done an outstanding job here and elsewhere on the net.
God bless you and yours.


Added: November 14, 2010
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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
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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
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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.

Added: September 8, 2010
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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
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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
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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
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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
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