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Major David M. Danser.
Arsenic and old lace
Boris Karloff visits with VMB-613 during one of a number of USO tours that performed for the men on Kwajalein in 1945. Karloff and his troupe performed "Arsenic and Old Lace."
Horror movie actor Boris Karloff takes time to sign autographs for VMB-613 members following his performance.
Squadron turret mechanics at work in VMB-613's Turret Shop.
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...
Staff Sergeant Walter G. Shorey, Jr. working on overhead lines while standing on a telegraph pole.
In this view of the Officers' Club, VMB-613's squadron insignia can be clearly seen. The identity of the Marine that designed the insignia remained a mystery to most until his identity was discovered in...
Officers' Club interior
The Officers Club was located across Ocean Road from the VMB-613's compound. It was constructed by the squadron's officers with the main part, shown above, simply being a corrugated steel Quonset hut.
Officers' Club veranda
The VMB-613 Officers' Club was constructed overlooking the ocean and was across the road from the squadron compound.
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...
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.
Private First Class Richard G. Ryan Jr. at work in VMB-613's plumbing shop.
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...
Shipping lane patrol
A convoy near Eniwetok sailing with three VMB-613 crews watching. The patrol of the shipping lanes began on April 3, 1945 and continued through the end of the war.
Front Row (L-R) Staff Sergeant John F. O'Donnell, Private First Class Manuel Souza Jr., Technical Sergeant James A. Seison, Technical Sergeant George D. Hufford Jr., Staff Sergeant Robert W. Longenberger,...
Red Cross unit
A Red Cross unit provided squadron members with doughnuts and refreshments at least once a week. They were located across Ocean Road near VMB-613's Officers Club.
Recreation & welfare
(L-R)Sergeant Teddy E. Murzyn, First Lieutenant Richard D. Newton, Sergeant Richard J. Haley, and Sergeant William Kovalchuk.
Preparing a depth bomb
Under the supervision of Technical Sergeant Oscar L. Robinson, VMB-613 armorers install hydrostatic and contact fuzes onto a depth bomb prior to loading it onto an aircraft. The engine of the aircraft...
Marines hard at work in the squadron's Radio-Radar Shop ensuring that each aircraft's radars and communications equipment functioned properly.
Acting assistant quartermaster
First Lieutenant Joseph Lupinos (Seated), and Technical Sergeant Ezra M. Nadleman.
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