SUBMITTED BY: Name: Al Raddi From: Southeastern Michigan E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My nephew, Sgt. Matt Cowell, is the grandson of Capt. William E. Booth. He just picked up a cigarette holder on eBay that has the Marine insignia and reads "USMCAS Officers' Mess Cherry Point, NC". Does anyone recognize this item?
Added: December 17, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: GySgt Stone, Stephen F. From: Camp Bastion/Leatherneck, Afghanistan E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Hello, My Grandfather was a pilot in VMB-443, 2ndLt Stone, Edgar J. I am very grateful for this website to commemorate all the sacrifices these brave Marines made. My grandfather eventually retired from the Marine Corps Reserves having obtained the rank of Colonel. I Proudly carry on their sacrifices through my service today here in Afghanistan. I am serving currently with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462. I am on my second deployment to Afghanistan and have previously deployed twice to Iraq in 2004 and 2005-06. I also deployed to Okinawa from July of 2002 to July of 2003, and as a crew chief, I got to see a lot of the islands throughout the south Pacific where these Marines flew over. Thank You again for the website.
Added: September 10, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Susan Oldfather From: Wichita, Kansas E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Hello, My dad Frank C. Oldfather was a navigator bombardier with the 443 flying bobcats. Does anyone have information about his or others missions. We lost Daddy in 99 , he never really spoke of time in the South Pacific but know that he was so proud to be a marine. well done 443. Susan Oldfather
Added: July 5, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Eric T. Slater From: Encinitas, Ca. 92024 E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Thank you for this site. My father, Robert T. Slater served with VMB-443 as a SSgt. armorer but I think he may have been in radar also. He and my mother met in El Centro where she was stationed as a Women Marine. They got together at Mira Mar MCAS after VJ day and both left the Corp. A bit later, I came along and Dad went back in to the Marines. Dad went on to serve China, Korea,and Vietnam and retired as a WO-3 in the late 60's. They are both gone now but I remain so very proud of their part in serving and defending our country. I have a copy of "Leatherneck Bombers" but I could not find SSgt. Slater in any of the photos. Any help in this search would be appreciated
Added: May 7, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: W. Steven Pray From: Weatherford, Oklahoma E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My father, Sergeant First Class Walter LeRoy Pray, is listed on the roster of Marine Bombing Squadron 443 as an Aircraft Armorer. I understand that in the air he served as a toggleer. He was proud of his service to our country, but reluctant to take the credit he deserved for his contributions. In this sense, he was typical of so many of you who, although just a bunch of kids, undertook jobs that were demanding and exposed you to mortal danger. You did what you were asked to do, then came home and resumed your interrupted lives. You started the families you wanted so badly, struggled to find jobs, and quietly and courageously met the demands of peacetime.
What most impresses me is that you seldom reminded us what you had accomplished. We rebellious youth saw you, our fathers, as the old folks we would replace. We learned too late that your generation would be impossible to replace.
I salute every one of you and sincerely hope your families fully appreciate the sacrifices you made so long ago. I will do my best to make sure my children and grandchildren understand what you did.
My beloved father died in 2000, and I have dreams in which I take his head in my hands, look into his eyes, and ask him, “Do you know how much I love you?” You outstanding men of the MAG 61 knew my father. You worked alongside him. If you get to heaven before me, please tell him how much we all loved him.
Added: March 21, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Mark Matthews From: St. Petersburg, Florida E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My father was George F. Matthews III. He was a gunner and mechanic in Squadron 443. After the war he became a Navy pilot. He flew Grumman Bearcats and A/D Sky Raiders. His Sky Raider Squadron was Composite Squadron 33. I think they were stationed in New Jersey for anti-submarine patrol. My father died in 1959 at the age of 34 of Hodgins disease. I was only 5 but I have some good memories of him. I really appreciate your website.
Added: March 18, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Charles McDerment From: United States E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My uncle, George McDerment, served with the 433. I wish I had the URL to this site a few years back. A so-called military expert tried to convince me the Marines never had a bomber group. I new better but was unable to prove it to him. Thank you for posting all the info about these wonderful people who served.
Added: January 7, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Al Raddi From: Milford, MI E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My wife, Julie A. Booth, is the younger daughter of William E. Booth. Bill died a few years back, but his wife Dorothy Booth, is still living and we see her regularly. If anyone knew Dottie and would like to send her a message, please send it to me and I'll see that she gets it.
Added: August 31, 2012
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Michael Lee Kezerian From: Murray, Utah E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: One of my boyhood hero was my uncle, Paul N Kezerian. He is always remembered with great fondness and respect along with all the men and women who served the United States in World War II. Paul's nickname was the Hawk. He loved his fellow Marines and we hope to get to the island in the South Pacific where he lost his life. We had in our possession his insignia, flight jacket and other photos of his experience and squadron. Thank you for documenting his squadron and fellow marines. I have taken extra care to find and see the aircraft he flew in airshows around the world. The PBF Avenger, the Dauntless Dive Bomber, the Corsair and the PBJ-1. We honor these great men and their magnificient machines and cherish our freedoms. God bless these young men who served in the Pacific and may God bless America.
Added: July 12, 2012
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Alexander Stamato From: New Jersey E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: I was just trying to find out more about my grandfather Sgt. Stamato. If anyone knows anything please email myself.