Marine Reunion Association
FALL 2005 NEWSLETTER
A reunion group of former Marines attached to the squadron from it inception in July 1943 to the active duty personnel of the squadron today.
Lynn Hagen, Chairman
Van McCarty, Executive
Jerry Rudd, Executive
November 2005 Newsletter
Our annual reunion was held at
the Spring Hills Suites on
The hotel was recently remodeled after hurricane Ivan, Dennis and Katrina. All of the hotel was rebuilt with all new furnishings. The hotel had a pool and hot tub located between the beach and the hotel. They are dredging the ocean floor several hundred feet offshore and pumping was by a large diameter pipe back onto the beach. The hurricane took the sand from the beach into the ocean. The hurricane also took the sand across the island and deposited it everywhere. There were piles of sand up to 8 feet tall, looking like snow drifts. Sand covered the majority of the lawns in the neighborhood. Some of the homes still had the blue plastic on the roofs and yet others were completely rebuilt.
palm trees appeared to be dead, as the people living there said the salt water
killed the trees, shrubs and lawns. Many
new small palm trees had been replanted. After the hurricane,
of the bad things that happened to all of us at
We started out with our annual meeting Friday morning with election of officers, old and new business, financial report, and discussion of where to hold the next reunion. The past officers were reelected to their positions.
At the banquet, Andy Moynihan, who was accompanied
at the reunion with his daughter Lisa, made an offer to have the next reunion
I have never seen Andy so happy as when we all agreed to come to his home town.
to cost restraints, this year we did not have a bus tour of the area. Friday after the business meeting, we
carpooled to the National Museum of Naval Aviation located at the Naval Air
There is a F9F Panther jet on display in the museum that was originally flown by pilots in VMF-115 and VMF-311. For those who have never been to the museum, it contains aircraft of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. As you tour the building, you feel the Marine Corps has more than their share of aircraft with Marine squadrons painted on the aircraft. Part of the museum is a wood floor made to resemble an aircraft carrier.
The hand craved wooden squadron plaques that were in the officers club at Cubi Point, Philippine Islands were moved to the museum when the base closed. This is now a lunch and rest area and squadron displays are hung on all walls, and ceilings. Again, the Marines seem to have more than their share on display. This could be due to the fact that the Marines have been continuously stationed in the West Pacific areas.
VMF (aw) and VMFA-115 have three different hand engraved plaques hanging in this room. There are plans to expand the museum for the fourth expansion phase. In the new expansion will be the Navy's largest twin engine piston powered airplane, the Martin P5m/SP-5B "Marlin".
Some of us went into the IMAX Theater to see one or two of the presentations of fighter pilots and the other about aviation starting with the Wright Brothers and ending with the Blue Angels.
Friday, Mrs. Peggy Jolly and Lisa Moynihan Hazeltine spent the day shopping and touring different restaurants in the area. They picked up menus for us to decide where to have an evening meal Friday evening. We decided to go to Flounders, a steak and seafood restaurant and each person ordered off the menu. We were given a private area and spent the evening getting reacquainted..
started off with breakfast courtesy of the hotel. Then everyone found something special to do
Saturday evening we did our
traditional banquet with a meal of sirloin steak and fish, sweet corn, boiled
potatoes, salad and tea catered by "Crabs", a
seafood and steak restaurant located near the hotel on
Lisa Moyihan Hazeltine had received several "gifts" from each of the businesses in the area and gave them out at the banquet.
Lisa gave a gift for the person who came the furthest, who drove the longest distance, was the oldest, the youngest, newest member and a few other similar things.
Our speakers for the banquet were
individuals who were part of the squadron during a certain era. Starting with WWII, Harry Rawlinson spoke on
joining the Marine Corps, at the age of 18 in September, 1942. Harry left with 12 others by train from
told of training at
told us the
March l945, VMF-115 was loaded on an LST to go to the
Gilbert Jolly added a few comments to Harry's about WWII events. Gilbert said that Joe Foss referred to his men as "My boys", and stated "that my boys are not going back to the South Pacific unless they are fully equipped." Joe Foss had asked some company for a saw mill and one was delivered and was on the dock when they departed for the West Pacific. When they arrived overseas, they found they needed a power supply for the mill. The Construction Battalion of the Navy, "Seabees" told Joe they could jack up a vehicle and use the rear wheel for power.
Joe decided to give the sawmill to the Seabees and they had personnel who knew how to saw lumber and operate the mill. This keep the squadron supplied with lumber, as there was plenty of mahogany and teakwood.
Joe Foss also brought an ice cream maker along to the Pacific.
They were looking for a barber for the squadron and Gilbert had been giving haircuts with an old hand clipper. He was made barber as a PFC and Joe had brought along a wonderful new pair of clippers for Gilbert. Joe told Gilbert he could charge so much and keep half the money for himself, and Gilbert sent home his share.
When Marines were getting haircuts, Gilbert asked them to put their names, home town addresses and other information in his little book. He had the names and addresses of over 200 of the Marines who were in the squadron and 47 years later was able to contact over 1/3 of the squadron.
Rawlinson and Gilbert decided there should be a reunion. They made copies of the book, keeping the
original himself, and started the process of contacting everyone. Clyde
Gilbert Jolly dropped out of high school to join the Marines, and just last year received his high school diploma.
Gilbert told us that Grumman Aircraft Co, the maker
of the F4F aircraft that Joe Foss flew at
Gill told us of the operation during the Korean War. In 1951 the squadron left Cherry Point to
Lynn Hagen and Joe Drasgow explained the Viet Nam era time for the squadron as they went in Vietnam in 1965 and stayed until the end of the war in Thailand at the Rose Garden, Nam Phong.
Drasgow explained the squadron leaving Cherry Point, going to
the squadron was at
The squadron then rotated to
squadron finished the Vietnam War operating from an airstrip with minimum
facilities at Nam Phong,
the history book of VMFA-115, the reason for the move to
The name Rose Garden came facetiously from a nickname which came from a Marine Corps recruiting slogan that itself had been taken from a popular song of the time. It carried the idea that the Marine Corps didn't promise a luxurious life style.
ROSE GARDEN NEWS
am the recipient of several emails from Marines who were at the Rose Garden in
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at the reunion were Dorothy Alton who has perfect attendance at the reunions. This
year her son-in-law accompanied her from
Gill's family were guests at the banquet. They live
close to the
Ann Egy, of
Carpenter and his wife from Port
Williams and his son, Timothy, along with another young friend came from
Terry told us about the
squadron's activities at the banquet, including deployment to
Reader drove from
and Robin McCarty came from
year we would like to see everyone come to the reunion in
Being with old friends can make a reunion very enjoyable and you will be meeting new Marine friends.
New and old members we have heard from lately:
Reed J. Vassar,
said the Air Force personnel were always trying to scrounge spare parts for
their J-57 engines for the U-2. Mike was
in the USMC for 10 years, enlisting during the Korean conflict. He returned stateside to be stationed at
Mike attends the USMC Ordnance Reunion at Cherry Point each year (this includes all ordnance personnel of the Marine Corps). The ordnance MOS was started in 1925, and April 30th of each year is the ordnance birthday celebrated by the Marine Corps, with a greeting each year from the commandant. USMC headquarters recognizes this reunion each year. > firstname.lastname@example.org. > email@example.com
Dave Miller spent 1˝ years with 115 at the
Rose Garden in 1972-73 and worked in intelligence, S-2. Dave joined 115 at
Iwakuni, then to Danang, then at Danang was assigned to Mag 15 level and joined
Mag 15 S-2 Intelligence unit. He joined
Mag 15 to stop the invasion as
Bruce Waite lives in
Bruce tells of Major Duffy who
was killed when his aircraft had a midair collision with a South Vietnamese
Observation aircraft. Major Duffy's
Kevin Simpson from
Darrel Spike from
Norm Croteau was originally in VMFA-314 at
Chu Lai in 1966-67. He then extended in
country and went on his 30 day leave. Upon returning to
Larry Carter, no information other than an email request for information on the reunion. > camelotlm@hotmail. com
Jim W Thompson was in VMF (aw) 115 from
December 1955 to May 1959. His MOS was
6441 and 6442, metal shop and hydraulics.
Jim joined 115 after "A" school in
Garth (G.D. )
the late 50's he was at
had been in contact with his former CO, Lt. Col Harold "Hap"
Langstaff who was CO at
spent 20 years working in
Jimmye L Jones served four tours with 115. Jimmye was with the squadron at Cherry Point in 1962-65, then again at Atsugi, Japan in 1965-66, then Vietnam in 1966, and the again in Vietnam in 1969. Jimmye was in ordnance and is retired from USMC as GySgt.
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Mike A. Gianetti (plane captain 61-64) sent a nice note telling of his time in USMC. Mike got his boot camp platoon formed up
again and had a reunion 4 years ago. It was Platoon 182- Parris Island- 1960.
They are now planning the 4th reunion at MCB Quantico in August 2006. Mike joined the Marines in August, 1960, and
after ITR, Air Fam, he wound up in Mag 24 at Cherry Point. There he met Art
Larsen who was then an E-5 and 115 had just returned from Iwakuni and Mike and
several others were transferred to 115 from H&MS-24 in 1961. Mike stayed
with 115 until his separation in August 1964.
Mike still stays in touch with Art Larsen. Mike said that his time in
the Corps was a big part of his life, lots of beer, girls, buddies, tears, and
growing up. He made a Med
cruise, went to
John W. Creahan,
Ed Zechowski, 23712
Bruce Poley sent a note with his dues. He
was in 115 from September 1972 to August 1973 while the squadron was in Nam
Glen Whitney, an original member of 115 sent back a post card
sent along with his newsletter. Glenn lives at
WWII Harold Adams,
George L Wineries,
New additions to the roster from Mike Holland:
Casey, 3441 Foot Bridge CV,
Vic Deitz, 2529 E. Forest Drive, Newport, NC 28570 Squadron Ordnance Officer at Chu Lai 1968-69
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REUNION 2006 WILL BE IN
VMFA-115 on Marine Corps Association 2006 Calendar
The Marine Corps Association new calendar for 2006
has a VMFA-115 F-18 aircraft for the month of March. The F-18's and their plane
captains are shown on the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman awaiting
catapults during the time period of March 10, 2005. Anyone wanting a calendar should contact the
Marine Corps Assn. at
History of Marine Aviation taken from the newsletter of 1st MAW, Mag-24 WWII Bomber's Newsletter written by Tom Brown. The story is how fast Marine Corps aviation grew in WWII.
In June 1940 Congress had authorized the Navy's expansion to 10,000 planes with the Marine Aviation's allotment to expand to 1,167 planes. One June 30, 1941, the Marine Corps had 2 Marine Air Wings and 2 Marine Air Groups. One group in each wing, there was a total of 505 pilots, 453 commissioned and 52 enlisted pilots.
According to numbers reported in "History of Marine Aviation", the Marines reached their peak in June 1944 with 10,416 commissioned pilots and 41 enlisted pilots.
In maximum air personnel, the Marine Corps reached their peak in January, 1945 when the total reached 125,162. By the wars end there were 5 Marine Air Wings, 32 Marine Air Groups. When the war broke out there were 11 squadrons, none fully staffed, and at war’s peak on Sept. 30, 1944, there were 145 fully staffed squadrons.
the war’s end, the Japanese had 10,700 aircraft held in reserve in
The Japanese plan was to fly a wave of 300-400 kamikaze aircraft against the ships every hour. The prediction was they would sink 90 ships and damage 900.
next year in
are one of few VMFA squadrons from
Some Marines of this squadron have get togethers or reunions of a small group specially for where they were stationed together or a specific time slot.
I need to know if this organization wants to keep having reunions and if so, how to get more attendance.
Our reunion attendance wasn't very good. It didn't
help to have the governor of
on the west coast who would like to help with the reunion,
please let me know. We don't want to
see this organization die. We need
attendance. The WWII Marines started
this reunion and we should do our best to keep it alive with donations, dues of
$10 a year that are slow to come in, and offers of help setting up
Past experience tells us not to even think about Los Vegas, as that was attempted and scrapped due to the excessive cost involved.
A tentative date for the reunion is being planned for September 28-30, 2006 weekend. Lisa is working on getting the hotels and other reunion requirements at this time.
If you find out about a member of this organization being deceased, please let me know, and I will take their name off the mailing list and put a notice in the next issue.