COMMENTS: Thanks for the memories. My father was Bob Strange of Sumter, SC. He was with the vmb433 (page 3 photos) That officer met my mom (enlisted Marine), Shirley back in the States. He came back after the war and was killed as a test pilot for McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis in 1955. He was one of four pilots killed testing the Demon fighter aircrft. That was the first look at what was to be the Phantom. SF!
Added: February 21, 2012
SUBMITTED BY: Name: R. Lee Johnson III From: Spartanburg, SC E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Great site I found info here about my grandfather Weyman Carter Nav/Bombardier I had not known before. He passed in the early eighties when I was very young so I did not get to talk to him. I will get more info and post/send in to the webmaster as available. Thank you for a great site for some great Americans.
Added: February 11, 2012
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Anthony Graziano III From: Bay Shore, NY E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: So proud of my grandfather to have served his country the way he did all those years ago. We will never forget the sacrifices these men made to make America great and protect our freedom.
COMMENTS: the son of James Russell Taulbee ,gunner.If anyone is alive pleae contact .As a Taulbee a long list of fighters from europe that fough in all wars . I'm a viet Nam disabled vet......................
Added: November 15, 2011
SUBMITTED BY: Name: John Graziano From: SW Ohio E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Thanks to my Dad and all the other Veterans of VMB-433 for their service and sacrifice to our country on this Veterans Day 11-11-2011.
Added: November 11, 2011
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Jerry Brashier From: Cottage Grove, MN E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My Dad was C.W.O Gerald E. Brashier,former Engineering Officer for the VMB 433.
On this 4th of July weekend I can think of nothing more fitting than to remember Him and throw up a silent prayer for him and those he served with. This "Greatest Generation" gave everything to maintain the "Blessings of Liberty" for ourselves and those that came after.
Added: July 3, 2011
SUBMITTED BY: Name: LTC John Nichols, USA (Ret) From: Scottsdale, AZ 85259 E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: I am a friend of Malcolm Leland, a former member of VMB-433. He has told me many stories of your squadrons raids on Rabaul. He was known then as Lt Malcolm McGuchin, the VMB-433 Camouflage Officer, the fellow who designed your squadron logo. After the war, Malcolm worked in New York and later moved to California, where he became in order a potter and then sculptor. He is well known in the San Diego area as a Mid-Century Modern architectural sculptor, working with Richard Neutra, a world famous architect. Mr. Neutra, in 1977, was awarded posthumously the American Institute of Architecture Gold Medal. Mr. Neutra hired Malcolm in 1957. Malcolm settled in Potrero,California and about 4 years ago moved to Scottsdale.
I didn't fully appreciate the danger of the raids on Rabaul until I read the book "Fortress Rabaul" by Bruce Gamble.
Added: June 18, 2011
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Elaine Wieczorek From: Selkirk NY E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My mum recently came to live with me and I was going through some old photos and came across one for E.J. Madden, S.Sgt APU. I googled his name and came up with your site. My mum is from London and was formerly Jean Hiscox. She worked for the Americans in their London HQ's.
Added: June 16, 2011
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Francis James Morton From: Milwaukee Wisconsin E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Great website! I have always wanted to find out where and when my uncle, James R. Morton, served. I was given, by him, a display containing his 433 insignia, 2 pictures (one with the B-25 #302), service metals etc. If there is any of his air crew or anyone that knew him during his service, it would be great to hear about his time in the Pacific. Thank you for your service.
Added: June 3, 2011
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Whitman, Timothy C. SSG, USA From: Starksboro, VT E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: I am sorry have to report the passing of the late Frederick P. Crocker, Capt, USMCR, who passed last year on 2 May 2010. Grandpa Fred appeared to me as a humble man, who devoted every available minute to the welfare of his family. He also started the honorable tradition of every able-bodied male in the family volunteering for military service! If there is anyone that has any stories to relay, I'd love to hear them! V/R Tim