SUBMITTED BY: Name: carl wachtman From: ellicott city, md E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My Father, Loyal Wachtman, was a PBJ pilot with VMB-433. He passed away on 10/19/2008 at the age of 88. In a footlocker in the basement I found a PBJ flight manual, some aircraft recognition cards, and copies of orders where I learned his squadron number and some places he had been. I know he was proud to be a Marine, he had a PBJ picture on the wall and there was a dungeree jacket in a corner of the garage. He married my Mother, Lois Dozer, at Cherry Point in 1945 where she was a link trainer instructor. In her footlocker was a logbook showing she trained him as well as other VMB-433 pilots. Her uniform was still in her closet when she passed away in 2012. It all reminded me of the movie "Memorial Day". I hope to see the last remaining PBJ being restored in Camarillo,Ca. Thanks for the website.
Added: February 3, 2014
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Michael J. Keselik From: Jacksonville,FL E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: I was named after my uncle Michael Keselik, USMC, who served in the Pacific during the war. He passed away Dec 7,2007. I found he was listed as a "Parachute Rigger" in the personnel roster. I would appreciate any information about his war duties as I know very little about his service. Thank you, Michael J. Keselik
Added: January 31, 2014
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Tom Walker From: Spokane, WA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My Uncle O.C.Walker served with this group of our Greatest Generation. While he was in the Pacific serving my father was flying B-29's in Europe. These two men have had a very large impact on who I am. Uncle Orville I love you and am so very proud of what you and Dad did for our country.
He is 92 and still going strong. Hopefully for a long time to come.
Added: January 21, 2014
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Jan Lee From: Scurry, Tx E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: A THANK YOU TO ALL FOR FIGHTING FOR THIS COUNTRY. I HAVE A VERY SPECIAL "THANK YOU "FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR DAVE ARANT WHO I HAVE KNOWN FOR MOST OF MY 65 YEARS. HE IS IN HEAVEN NOW, WITH MANY OF HIS FRIENDS AND I KNOW HE SMILES DOWN UPON US ALL.
IT IS NOW A VERY SPECIAL DAY OF HONOR TO ALL OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SEARVED THIS COUNTRY! 11-11-2014 VETERANS DAY!
COMMENTS: Dave Arant (Hugh David), who help start this website, died peacefully last Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. His obituary is in the Sunday, October 13, 2013 Dallas Morning News. The VMB433 Ready Room flag was with him continuously throughout his 7 day hospital/hospice stay.
The memorial service and celebration will be Monday, October 14, 2013 at Ridgewood Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas where he was a member since 1955.
He loved the Marine Corps and serving his country as a pilot during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was so proud to be part of the VMB433. Our family so enjoyed the annual reunions and Daddy help host the 1986 reunion in Dallas.
My mom Lannie is doing well for losing her husband of 69+ years. Although more frail in recent months, my dadís mind was still sharp and he walked with only a cane and occasional walker. He hosted my momís birthday party for family and friends just three days before his hospitalization. Praise be to God!
To hear Daddyís story and other World War II veteransí, please visit generationslestweforget website.
So thankful for the VMB433 website that honors our fathers and documents their story for future generations. Please consider a donation to the webmaster to help keep it going...
Semper Fi, Barbara Arant Carleton
Added: October 13, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: James E Dodson jr From: Vincennes,in E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Dad, James E Dodson,Sr is 92 and still doing well. He is proud to be a Marine.
Added: October 11, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Wilmer E. Stare, USAF, Ret From: TX E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: After more than a year of searching for my birth father, Ralph Adam Yessler, this web site provided a picture. My father died in 2011, in PA. I never met my father, and learned of him about this time last year, after his death. After much searching, I have gotten his medical military records, and those records have provided me with the unit he served with while in USMC. I am hoping to find more information about him, so I continue to search. Am hoping someday to find clearer picture of him. I want to thank you for a wonderful web site, helpful and historical. And if anyone out there remembers Ralph Adam Yessler, PFC, and can help in my search for information. I would greatly appreciated the help.
Added: September 27, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Jane Parks-McKay From: Santa Cruz, CA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Don Tatreau, Squadron member, was kind enough to let me know that some changes had been added and updates to the website. It is so good to hear from the other "kids" and please know that this Squadron was one of the nicest groups and reunions for many years that you could ever know. Many friendships have been formed and intergenerational at that. Often 4 generations would attend the reunions.
My Dad, Bill Parks, passed away a bit over a year ago, on June 10, 2012 from leukemia, he was able to be at home with caregivers until the last 1.5 days of his life. He was a bit over 90 years old and hung in there until the last. He kept on telling us "he was going to beat" it like a good Marine and by golly he did. He did it his way, we miss him very much and he loved his Marine friends but I am quite certain that he and so many of your Dad's and our loved ones are up there having many other great reunions. God bless you all, you are all so loved by this Marine kid.
Added: July 2, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Hans Sendlakowski From: Allegany, NY E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Thank you for this site. I wish my Dad George had been alive to see and visit this site with me, but he passed away in 1992. Never mentioned very much about his service or the 433rd squadron. Great to know something of where he served. I do have a couple pictures that were taken, will send them to site manager.
Added: March 14, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Paul Turlick From: Brooklyn, NY E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Hello and thanks for the great site. I just received my Father's records which led me to discovering this informative site. Did happen to uncover a photo of my Dad, Andrew L. Turlick, in a shot of the Metalsmiths. Just wanted to see if any of you may have any other information or places to potentially do some more research.
Dad passed on 9/17/88 and I never got many details from him about his service.