COMMENTS: I wanted to let you know that my dad, Edmond H. Hight Jr, died on May 20th 2013 in Abilene TX. He was a proud member of VMB-413, and loved to go to the reunions until he couldn't travel anymore. My husband David and I went to several of the reunions and enjoyed meeting the other veterans and their family members, and miss those reunions. If you have a story to tell about Eddie, or a remembrance, we'd love to hear it.
COMMENTS: What a great website. My father Albert G. Wehner was a radiogunner in 413. His is in the photo marked "radio" in the cruisebook. After WWII he served in the Korean War and stayed in the Marines to retire as an air traffic controller at MCAS El Toro in 1964. He passed away in 1999. I have seen a photo taken of him in the Pacific with two other Marines. One he was friends with until he died, the other was shot down the day after the photo was taken. I wished somebody had written the name of that man on the back. Semper Fi
Added: May 22, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Hank Bailey From: Athens, Ga E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Andrew Ainslie died on August 7, 2012 at the age of 88. He is loved by his wife, 5 kids, 9 grand children, and 20+ great grand children. My Grandfather is our hero and someone we fondly remember and miss. He never talked about his experiences much in WWII, but he was a proud Marine and we had the flag drape his coffin as he requested.
If any of you knew my Grandfather I would appreciate your contacting me to let me know how you remember him. Anything you could tell me of him. I would love to know more of his experience.
COMMENTS: My Dad,Andrew B. Galatian,Jr., was a 1936 Graduate of the Naval Academy and was a proud Marine Pilot for many years. He was a good man who loved his years as a Marine. He passed away in 1988 and is dearly missed.
Added: February 28, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Irwin Deutcher From: Washington, DC E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Just glanced at the web page today. Had my 89th birthday on Christmas eve and still going strong. I was a navigator bombardier in VMB 413. My log book shows fifteen months overseas with 49 missions-- mostly from Emirau. I still get a warm sentimental feeling whenever I look at a picture of a PBJ.
Added: February 1, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Larry Croll From: Doylestown PA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Joseph J. Guydish, 89, of Sheppton, passed away Sunday afternoon at his home, surrounded by his family.
Born in Sheppton, June 9, 1923, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary (Mehalick) Guydish. He resided for most of his life in Sheppton, however he did live for a few years in North Plainfield, NJ in the early 1960’s.
Joseph was a US Marine Corps Veteran of WWII, where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant, while serving in the Pacific Theater and was a member of American Legion, Knelly-Podany Post #616, Sheppton. Prior to his retirement in 1985 he had been employed as a foreman for PPL.
He was also a member of Tirolisi Alpini, and a past member of the former Sheppton Lions Club. He enjoyed home improvement projects, crossword puzzles, and spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by several brothers and sisters.
Surviving are his wife, the former Gloria Antonelli, to whom he would have been married 55 years on January 18th; three children, Diana Layton and her husband Blaine, Cape Coral, FL; Joseph M. and his wife Holly, Mountaintop; and Gloriajean Rossi and her husband David, Conyngham; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
His funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 am with a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph’s RC Church, 14 E. Oak St., Sheppton. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may call at the church Wednesday from 10:30 am until the time of the Mass.
Added: January 18, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Chris Henry From: Indianapolis, IN E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: One of my neighbors, friends, and heroes growing up as a kid was Charles Schimonsky. Does anyone know him, have any pics or memories of him. Thank you to all of the men of 413!
Added: December 20, 2012
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Kevin Canales From: Kansas city mo. E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My father was corporal Isidoro Canales. Listed as radio-gunner onvmb 413 roster. His flight log lists pilots that he flew with. bergstrom- conant-mendenhal-schrier-wilson-henry. Stories or questions. Also have pictures and order documents as well. Izzy is buried at fort levenworth just inside the gates. He used to say a marine would guard the gates of heaven.
Added: November 20, 2012
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Paul R. Edens From: Chicago, Il. E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My Grandfather was John N. Edens. He was a Leading Chief,Aviation with VMB-413 from it's inception until it's decommissioning. He was always very proud of saying that VMB-413 was the first Marine medium bomber unit. Sadly He passed away in 1997. I still have one of his dogtags and a canvas VMB-413 Jacket(i think) patch.
Added: November 13, 2012
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Augie Stark From: Wisconsin E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My Uncle, August L. Stark was a turret gunner in VMB 413. He was in a PBJ-1D with Maj. Cunningham as pilot.
His last entry in his log book was dated Feb. 26, 1945.
Does anyone remember him or could give me the circumstances of his death?