A reunion group of former Marines attached to the squadron from its inception in July 1943 to the active duty Marine personnel of the squadron today.
Lynn Hagen, Chairman,
320 269-8925, email> firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Gill 1st
Van McCarty, Executive Committee,
Jerry Ruud, Executive Committee,
REUNION PLANNED FOR
We are in
the planning stages for the next reunion to be held at The Margate on
this year will be Andy Moynihan and his daughter, Lisa Hazeltine. They decided at the
The registration fee is $60.00 per person if mailed in by July 15. After August 1, 2006, the registration will be $70.00 per person. Take advantage of this early bird special! This will give us the opportunity to get the numbers early for planning purposes.
The registration fees need to be sent to Lynn Hagen 12000 First St. W. Watson, MN. 56295. Please make checks made out to the VMF/ VMFA-115 Marine Reunion Assn.
Again this year we will try to arrive Thursday or earlier, with our reunion starting Friday morning with the annual business meeting, then on to touring Friday and Saturday with a banquet Saturday evening.
Lisa is working on getting tours together, and this will depend on how many want to go on the tours and our overall attendance figures. (Lisa stated: “the two tours that have been set up are: Friday - Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Saturday - a 2 1/2 hour cruise on Lake Winnipesaukeee aboard the Steamship Mt Washington.”
B. “JACK” MASS, JR.,
Jack was a pilot in VMF-115 in 1952-53 and was our guest speaker at our Quantico Reunion in 2004. An obituary printed in the January 2006 issue of Leatherneck magazine stated he was 85 years old at the time of death.
The obituary stated that he was a graduate of the University
of Notre Dame, who later fought in the skies over
retiring from the Marine Corps, Jack was the manager at
JOE MCGOVERN, VMF-115, 1943-45
Joe passed away in January 2006 in
The information was passed on by Harry Rawlinson.
BRUCE ECK, USN/VMF-115, 1943-45
I received a call from Mrs. Bruce Eck
notifying us of his death January 26, 2006 at the age of 83. Bruce was a corpsman along with Bob White as corpsman
in the squadron in the Pacific. His obituary list is birthplace as
Does anyone have any information on Corpsman Bob White?
If I have forgotten to mail receipts for donations, please let me know. I seem to forget a lot lately. Also if you know someone who isn't receiving the newsletter, let me know.
THESE FORMER MARINES ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND THE RENION THIS YEAR IN
printing this as a guideline to let folks know who is planning/tentatively
planning to come to
Milton Casey, Radar shop –Atsugi, Japan, 1960/61, living in
John Cowley, Woods Hole, MA. > email@example.com
Don & Carole Bowen > firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW/UPDATED EMAIL ADDRESSES
William (Larry) Hazelrigs > email@example.com
Donald Schmick > ????????????????????????
Red Twomey, who is now 88
years old, is recovering from heart surgery.
The email states his condition as "good" on March 12,
2006. Red's email states he has had a
new heart valve. He is doing better, is driving and a little walking,
otherwise, just watches TV. Red is
planning to attend this year’s reunion in
Those who want to mail cards; the address is
"Beyond a Dream" is an
autobiography written by Clyde B.
Brummell who was an original member of VMF-115 starting at
decided to write his autobiography of his life starting in
went though the hardships of the depression moving and working their way though
the west and ending in
Capt. Chamberlin, a current Silver Eagle pilot who was looking for reunion alumni associations. I also got an email from his Commanding Officer, Lt. Col Nash, and I forwarded a copy of our roster to him.
Larry Grace /Laura Grace
dropped a note for her father, Larry, who was in the original squadron in
1943-45 as a parachute rigger. He is now 85 years old and a few medical
problems, but wants to come to the reunion this fall. His last reunion was at
L. Jones, served in 115 at Cherry Point in 1962-65 and again at
Milton Casey, was in 115 at
on active duty from 1969 to 1978. He
also list USMC/ USAR retired with his email.
Ron served with 115 at Iwakuni when they came to replace VMFA-334. He is
interested in coming to
Chick Flaig, Red Twomey, Frank Reynolds, Gilbert Jolly and Albert Brown have stayed in close touch with each other and have visited from time to time. Albert is now legally blind with macular degeneration. He says "it’s a new challenge.". He wrote an article, "What I Have Learned Since Going Blind" published in the September, 2005, issue of the American Legion magazine, and has received good press. Albert says it has helped others with similar or other health problems.
At the last
Marine Corps birthday party at the Marine Corps and Related Naval Personnel
Friendship League in his section of
Albert told the group he would agree to be the oldest only if guaranteed he could hold the position for at least 20 years.
John Cowley, > Jcowley@gruwoodshole.uscg.mil
still volunteering full time at the Coast Guard Group Woods Hole,
Jim was in the squadron from October, 1965 to September 1966. He was attached to the squadron when they broke 1000 sorties for the month. (Editors note- this is when the squadron received the Presidential Unit Citation during this period). Jim was a friend of 2nd Lt James Pitts who the maintenance control officer who passed away in Dining in November 1966. They both had served in VMF-251 and had made a Med cruise together and countless deployments. Jim said that his tour in VMFA-115 was the best tour he had in the Marine Corps, only he didn't know it then.
Louis Weller, who
was in VMF-115 in
Born in Fowler, MI on January 3,
1925, his mother and her five children moved to the farming community of
22, 1944, they arrived at MCRD,
1944 the squadron received six Hellcat fight aircraft and in March 1945, the
squadron was transferred to the USMC Auxiliary Air Facility in
boarded the USS Pitt in
The base was just a clearing in the jungle where he remembers seeing spiders and green snakes. Bathing was in a stream nearby where they washed their clothes at the same time.
8, 1945, Louis was flown back to Zamboanga to join VMF-115, Mag 12. They were
flying F4U Corsairs and were being readied to go to North China to repatriate
the Japanese that had occupied
25, 1945, the forward echelon of 26 officers, 19 enlisted men and 22 aircraft
arrived at West Field approximately 5 miles from
Because of the shallowness of the harbor and the changing tide water conditions, the ships had to be unloaded to Landing Craft Mediums (LCM) and haul their cargo's to Taku. Louis and several other truck drivers were taken by Higgins boats to Taku to help unload cargo.
In Taku, Louis saw his first Japanese man. He still wore a Japanese soldier’s uniform and was possibly 30 to 40 years old, but of course, he had no weapon. He was evidently stationed at Taku Landing to aid the American forces. Chinese children frequented the landing area and the soldiers would tell them to leave as it could be dangerous with all the trucks moving cargo. The children responded by turning their thumbs down and shouting: boo how, boo how" which meant in Chinese is "no good".
was assembled to take trucks, cargo and equipment to West Field,
had stopped was ground where nothing could grow and it appeared to have been an
old burial site as there were several mounds and some had, over the years, had
the dirt washed away which exposed several burial boxes. Finally, after 5 to 6
hours, the officer and mechanic returned. The mechanic found a loose ignition
wire, reattached it, started the truck and Louis followed the jeep back to Taku
Landing. Another convoy left the next morning, made it to Tientsin where, upon
exiting the town, a military tank of the 1st Marine Division
escorted them to the entrance of
to be about in the middle of
They were billeted and told where the mess hall was. They were hungry as they hadn't had a cooked or warm meal since Tuesday morning and this was Thursday evening.
The meat they were served could not be identified. It could not be chewed and it resembled chitterlings or tripe. They left hungry still hungry and hoped that breakfast would be better.
of the motor pool at West Field was Sgt George Thompson with whom Louis had
served in Marine Photo Squadron 154. At that time there were no driving jobs so
Louis went to work doing odd jobs around the garage such as repairing flat
tires and replacing tires as necessary using tire irons and sledge hammers. A
slip in the garage resulted in a sprained left wrist requiring a sling for
about a week. When Louis returned to the motor pool, another man had the tire
repair/ replacing job and he was back to driving a new 6 X 6. Louis went to the
diesel shop of HQ squadron, Mag 12. They had bulldozers, small cranes on
Caterpillars (cherry pickers) and Insley cranes. They also acquired an
Allis-Chalmers bulldozer, an Adams road grader, a mobile
Most of the men in the diesel shop had visited
The next day local Chinese had contacted the base commander complaining that the boat had disturbed their fishing nets. An order was therefore given that the boat could not leave the base again.
On April 1st,
1946, VMF-115 was assigned to Mag-24 and the squadron moved from West Field to
South Field (Nan Yuan), about six miles south of
On July 4,
1946, the interesting tour of duty in
This story is one that Louis presents to students of the local schools on Student/ Veterans Day each year.
The latest catalog of Sgt.
Grit, which is a catalog of only Marine Corps related items, has the 115 patch
available as a "new" item. This patch is identical to the
patch used in the late 60's in
EMAIL FROM THE CURRENT COMMANDING OFFICER OF VMFA-115 AT BEAUFORT.
Randy A. Nash sent an email inquiring
about the reunion. He has had Marines contact him for information. He also forwarded some names to add to the
roster. He states the squadron will be in
Due to our bylaws we are to have reunions in each section of
For those of you who run across articles about VMFA-115 that is printed in your local newspaper, Yellow Jacket, or a magazine, would you please forward a copy to me so that we can print it in the newsletter? Many Marines like to keep up on the news of the squadron and other Marine aviation activities.
We are still in the primary planning stages at this time. As time progresses we will let you know about
menu selection, tours we are planning, etc.
I have been told this reunion site is about one and half hours drive
Anyone who went to boot camp at
Thanks- hope to see everyone in