SUBMITTED BY: Name: Jay Stump Jr. (Grandson of John R. Stump) From: Clarkston Michigan E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Grandpa Stump was a corporal, and turret gunner.
I have in front of me, Grandpa Stumps' Service Album, and his log book. His service album has in it, MANY images taken during his service. They span from training, on through to the end of the war. There are lots of images of buds, from training days, on through, and many were taken at camp, where he was stationed (Mindanao, I believe, most of the time) I would like to share these images with the site, or whomever would like some digital copies. (If you knew grandpa, or someone close to you did, give me a name, and I'll see what I've got. Many images have the last names of each guy, written on the border of the image. Also, if you have any stories that involve grandpa, I would love to hear them. Grandpa Stump is no longer with us. As some of you may know, he passed away in 1994. The last 413 re-union he made was in 93, the year before he passed. But grandma is still with us (Just turned 88, first of the year) and I know she would love to hear back from anyone who may have served with, and knew grandpa.)
To those who are still with us, Thank You!
Hope to hear back from somebody soon.
Added: March 2, 2015
SUBMITTED BY: Name: James R. Smythe From: LaGrange, GA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: I am the second of four sons of the late James A Smythe, SSG, who served with the VMB-413 since its activation. My dad was an armorer working in the ordinance group and served with this unit until it's deactivation in 1945. My dad never really talked about his time served during the war, except to say that he was constantly moving for island to island. I have a good, clear digital picture of him with 4 other NCOs taken on what is believed to be the island of Emirau, this crew picture includes several of his working buddies. Their names are Lawrence Blevins from Texas, Ronald Dunn from Mass, C.T. Ahern from NYC and George Lambrix from Buffalo, NY. I am eager to share this photo with any family members of the 413. Two of my father's sons went on to serve in the armed services, I served as an Infantry officer in the US Army and my younger brother served in the US Air Force in ordinance. A heart felt Salute goes out to the men who served in the VMB-413! Thanks for serving Honorably! A job well done!
Added: January 14, 2015
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Richard O Snelson From: Clinton, IL E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My half brother Robert E Snelson was a pilot with this squadron. At 78 years old I'm trying to learn more about the brother I never knew. Thank you, Flight Instructor Richard O. Snelson
COMMENTS: I'm writing on the long shot that anyone knew my grandfather, George Lambrix. He was a Sgt and worked as an Armorer/ordnance guy from what I can find. I don't have much to go on as he never spoke about the war to anyone after coming home. He died in Arlington, TX in 2002. He was an incredible man; a pillar in all of our lives. I miss him every day.
I was looking through old family photos recently, and found a commendation to squadron VMB 413 in with his stuff, along with a few pictures of him and his buddies. I would love to contribute them if someone would get in touch with me.
Added: December 1, 2014
SUBMITTED BY: Name: tom kane From: portland, oregon E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Son of LT. Harry kane. Just doing some research for my children and grandchildren about their grampa and great grampa. Would love to see a few pics of him with the crew or the bird...
COMMENTS: My father Carl Wyss was a tail gunner for VMB413 and speaks about the time he spent with the squadron with much pride. He turns 90 on the 5th of May and our family has planned a party. I was thinking how neat it would be to make contact on his behalf with any remaining buds from the 413. Anyone out there remember him? Looking forward to hopefully hearing from someone. I think he flew with Tommy Thomas???? Thanks for your time.
Added: April 23, 2014
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Iacono, J From: Tulare, CA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Howdy! My grandpa (Iacono, Jildo A.) was a radio gunner with 413 & speaks about his combat over a region known as "hospital ridge/rock" along with many of stories about dear friends he lost (a man named Greco) as well as stories of coming back after the bomber was rolled by AA while flying a mission...needless to say my grandpa is still tough as nails, 94 and still weighs the same as on his discharge papers! If anyone has any details, info or stories that even mention the name JILDO IACONO (eye-can-o), his friends OR ENEMIES (good or bad stories, he is wondering how many are left)! Thank you for your time!
Added: April 6, 2014
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Steve Kelley From: Carthage, MO E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: I found an old photo album that belonged to my stepdad, Eugene Harold Miller. It contains several pictures of people he served with. Some of the names on the backs of the pictures are "Capt W. Green & Crew - My Plane", "Chuck Mixan, Les Rose, Jess Ramsey", "Catholic Chapel on Emirau Isl", "Me & My PBJ". If anyone would like a copy of these photos, please let me know and I can email you copies of them.
Best Regards, Steve Kelley
Added: April 4, 2014
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Eric Sperger From: Saranac lake E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Its been a while since I last viewed your website. I just noticed today that there is a VMB-413 logbook for sale on ebay if anyone is interested which belonged to a Capt Roswell Burchard covering his pre VMB-413 days (1929-39). So says the ebay site. Thought it might be of interest to some of you. God bless you all!
Added: December 30, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Robert Shayne From: Jacksonville, Fl E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Just reading our local paper and came across a Mr. John A Berle who has passed away at the great old Marine age of 92. Noticed that he was a Marine Aviator in WWII. There was no mention of his unit or aircraft so, being a USMC Pilot myself, decided to find out a little more. Thanks to this very fine website, Mr Berle, lives on. And to that, I have learned just a little more about our band of brothers. Thank you and to those that have served. Semper Fi.