SUBMITTED BY: Name: Scott Peters From: Mission Viejo, California E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Very good site. My dad is Allen T. Peters and although he is not listed on the roster, he has told me about his time at Emirau with VMB-433. My dad was a 1LT pilot when he got out of the Marines after the war. He went back in as a SGT in air trafic control and retired from El Toro in 1964. I grew up as a "Marine Corp Brat" mostly at Cherry Point. I noticed one old family friend, Roy Kibbee on the roster. My parents were lifelong friends with the Kibbees and I worked for Roy at his California Camper Mfg company when I returned from Viet Nam. My dad is now 86 and living in Mission Viejo. I would be more than happy to pass on a message from anyone who knew him in those days.
Added: March 11, 2009
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Bill Chambers From: Anaheim, CA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: I grew up next door to Ed Braze (Brazauskas) in Anaheim, CA. I put his name (it's also his son's name who went by Sonny) into my search engine and found out something I never knew about him. I wasn't aware that he was a Marine Pilot in WWII. I know the same story that Bill Berry wrote about his brother Vic and the VariEZ. I watched them build it from the beginning. I knew him as a mechanical draftsman, organ player, and neighbor. His wife Dorothy passed away a few days after my son was born in August of 1977.
I have very fond memories of him and his whole family.
Added: February 12, 2009
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Wendy Sage From: Mobile Alabama E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Elton Leix is my Uncle. He was in Squadron 433, Mag. 61 as part of the repair and maintenance crew. He didn't get his medals, which is a shame. He's written to Senator Mike Rogers of Michigan and got no help. But he's very proud to have served as a Marine in this squadron, but he doesn't have a computer and can't see this page. If anyone remembers him, please feel free to write. If anyone has any photographs (all respect to the Pilots) that contain photos of him or any of his crew members (other than pilots because we have those) I would love to hear from you.
Added: February 6, 2009
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Dan Dieringer From: Wenatchee, Washington E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Great web site. I really enjoyed reading about my Dad's squadron.
He started several stories about what he went through in the war, but could rarely finish them due to the tragic memories. As I learn more about what the squadron went though, I can now understand why. Sergeant Leroy Dieringer, radio/gunner.
Ironically, my Son now has essentially the same job on an AC130U.
Added: January 26, 2009
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Mike Miller From: Ft. Worth, TX E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: I met David Arant and he directed me to this site. It is a fantastic site, to help keep the memories of those who gave so much for our freedom.
Added: January 24, 2009
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Geoff Malloway From: Monterey, CA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: I am so pleased that this site was developed. My dad rarely shared stories about his service overseas so this has helped fill in some of the gaps. I am proud of my father and I am forever grateful to him and those who served our country during such a desperate time.
Added: January 22, 2009
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Scharden Eggertsen From: Ventura, CA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My Dad, Robert Malloway, was a corporal in the Marines in the 433. I don't know too much about his service, but he would be amazied at this site and I'm sure it would bring back lots of memories. I do have some letters he sent my Mom from his Marine days. He would be so proud and I wish he was alive to see this.
Added: January 19, 2009
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Mike Mosley From: Pasadena, TX E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My father was a radio gunner with VMB-433 on Emirau Island during the summer and fall of 1945. He related many stories of his service there. I wish I had been able to find this website while he was still living and show it to him. He would have loved it! Thank you for keeping the memory of these mens' service alive.
Added: December 30, 2008
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Joe S. Hyden From: Prestonburg, KY 41653 E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Thank you for the priceless website. My grandfather was First Lieutenant Joe T. Hyden who served with the VMB-433 as a ground defense officer. The memories of my grandfather are brief due to his passing when I was ten years old. My respect for my Grandfather and the United States Marine Corps is eternal. I would appreciate any other information in regards to my grandfathers service to this great nation.
Joe S. Hyden Prestonsburg, KY 41653 (606) 886-4265
COMMENTS: It took a long time for me to find this website. I arrived at Emirau in January 1945 and flew with Capt Dethier as a radio gunner.I guess most of the squadron is gone but if anyone remembers me send an E-Mail Charles Seifert