SUBMITTED BY: Name: Davita Edmundson From: California E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: 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.
Added: January 7, 2011
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Kathleen Kane From: Colorado E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: 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.
Added: January 1, 2011
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Bob Burns From: San Diego, CA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: 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.
Added: December 27, 2010
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Carl Carter From: La Quinta, Ca. E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: 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.
Added: December 23, 2010
SUBMITTED BY: Name: John Graziano From: SW Ohio E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: 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
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Brendan Bunts From: Endwell, NY E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My great uncle, Leo Stanley Pralat, was with this unit. I'm currently in Manila and going to visit his marker tomorrow, I stumbled across this site while looking for where his marker was. It's a great site for squadron history, if anyone has any memories or pictures of Leo I'd love to know, he went down on 9/11/44 and remains MIA.
Brendan Bunts email@example.com
Added: June 1, 2010
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Randy Snook From: SW Ohio E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My father flew with the squadron from the beginning. His name was J.R. Snook. He was a Top Turret Gunner. He flew with Major Adams and Lt. Greens crew. If anybody has any info or stories on him please let me know. He passed in 1982 and I miss him. I had a chance to fly in a B25D just last week and it was the event of a lifetime!
Thanks Randy Snook f3ls1986 at yahoo dot com
Added: April 21, 2010
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Richard Vance From: Carlsbad, CA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: What a great tribute to our "boys" (as my grandmother used to call them) from VMB-433. I am the grandson of LCDR James T. Vance, the squadron's flight surgeon. He passed away of a heart attack in 1947, however stories of Emirau were told to me by his widow, my grandmother, over the years. I was passed down his copy of the cruise book, where many of this website's photos come from. Recently, my father, myself and my 12 year old son, 3 generations of Doc Vance's descendants paid for a flight on the Barbie III, a B-25 (same as PBJ), the last one still flying. Worth every cent for a thrilling ride. We really felt the connection to my grandpa and appreciated "our boys" from VMB-433. You can find out about the aircraft through warbirdsunlimited.org. Thank you so much for this website!
COMMENTS: I'm sending this on behalf of my father, Gerard Dethier, Sr. It is ironic that I was looking through some of his documents and saw that he was with VMB 433 so I did the google thing and discovered this site. My father passed away 18 March 2010 at the age of 91. He would of appreciated this site but passed away a couple of days after I had brought it to his attention. My father retired out of El Toro in 1962 and stayed close with his USMC buddies in the area. My father was very proud to be a Marine and I'm very proud of him. God Bless America. v/r Gerard Dethier,Jr., LTC US Army, Retired