VMB-433 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON FOUR THIRTY-THREE

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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.

Jerry Brashier


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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

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My father is Byford David Roberson, now deceased. He was so proud to have been a part of this unit. It was very nice to see him remembered here. Thank you.

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I just found your web site and how I wish Pop was here to see it. My dad is Jack H. Mackey, Master Technical Sgt. He passed away Dec. 26, 1994. He had planned on attending the 1993 reunion (even re-grew his handlebar moustache for the occasion) but poor health kept him away. He talked often about the good things that happened during the war - the "old man", Whiskey. Thank you for doing our Greatest Generation justice. Thank you to all that served.

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My father served with 433 as a mech/gunner. He passed away Novemeber 14, 2009 and was buried at Arlington in his Old Greens. He always remembered his days in the Pacific and I was proud to follow him into Marine Corps Aviation.

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I am Maj. Fredrick A. Murchall's son-in-law. I was pleased to locate this site as the family had no idea Fred flew bombers in WWII. We were well aware he flew Saber jets in Korea but his WWII history was long lost as he died very young (35) during the Korean conflict. If there is anyone out there who knew Fred the family would love to hear any memories. Thanks to all of you who served in WWII. You are truly the greatest generation.

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Great web tribute to my father's Marine Squadron !
I showed him the site and he loved it it !
My dad is Sgt. Anthony "Tony" Graziano and is still living in Long Island, N.Y. I have his Marine Log AOM book, the VMB-433 Squadron book and many pictures I am going to add to my site and will make available to this site.


Added: June 9, 2010
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