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When Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen arrived on Kwajalein they were assigned an area that had been vacated by the U.S. Army. Seen above is a number of the wooden buildings in the rear area after the...
The front area of VMB-613's compound. Lieutenant Colonel Nevils and Major Danser's quarters were located in the building in the center of the photograph.
Taken from one of the water towers in the Naval Construction Battalion Area, the Transportation Area, Motorpool, Senior NCO Club, Fleet Marine Theatre, and Recreation Hall can be seen.
Senior nco barracks
The building to the right of the tents served as quarters for VMB-613's senior NCOs while the remainder of the squadron area is to the right. The top floor of these barracks served as quarters while laundry...
Private First Class Michael D. Daniello delivering water in the squadron area. Since there was no source of freshwater on Kwajalein, it was necessary to desalinate seawater. Once desalinated, water was...
Vehicles operated by VMB-613 were maintained and serviced by the Transportation Department in the garage seen in the center of the photograph. On the near end of the garage, a make-shift grease rack can...
Enlisted men's barracks
These barracks housed enlisted men and were located to the right of the barracks shown in the previous photograph. To the right of this photograph, the squadron's transportation area was located.
Located in the Transportation Area, the squadron's garage provided the facilities for the maintenance and repair of the various type of vehicles used by the squadron.
VMB-613's Galley is the area that all food for the squadron members was prepared. The squadron Galley was located between, and connected with, the Officers' and Senior NCO's Mess on one side, and the Enlisted...
Electricity throughout the squadron area was provided by a diesel-powered generator.
Commanding & executive officer's quarters
The quarters for Lieutenant Colonel Nevils and Major Danser were located in the squadron's front area on the ocean road.
Squadron recreational activities included basketball which was played in the Recreation Area near the Fleet Marine Theatre. In a brisk game between Navarres' Stars and the Flyers, seen above, Technical...
The squadron's "Beergarden" was a tented area located next to the Recreation Hall. It served as the location for enlisted men to drink beer in their off-duty time. Despite its fancy name, Marines commonly...
A close-up of the VMB-613's squadron insignia that hung outside the Officers' Club in the squadron area on Kwajalein. The squadron insignia on the sign was designed by the squadron Utilities Officer, First...
Fleet Marine Theatre
As dusk approached, the Marines of VMB-613 would be called to the Fleet Marine Theatre in the squadron's recreation area with strains of Doris Day singing Sentimental Journey. The Fleet Marine Theatre...
Barracks and storage building
The two barracks on the center of the photograph served as billets for the Radio-Gunners, Navigators, and Mechanic-Gunners. On the center-left, crates of supplies can be seen in front of one of the squadron's...
Located in the squadron's recreation area near the Fleet Marine Theatre, the Recreation Hall proved to be very popular among squadron members. The tented structure to the right of the Recreation Hall was...
Barracks and showers
Looking towards the ocean, the barracks in the center of the photograph housed the Engineering Department. To the front of these barracks, the showers (behind the water tanks) and the head (small building...
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