VMB-443 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON FOUR FORTY-THREE

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My father was Frank Stimac. Records indicate that he was a Corporal and assigned to the Marine Bombing Squadron 443 in October 1943. Prior to that the records indicate that he was a Private First Class with Aircraft Engineering Squadron 21 stationed in San Diego. My father died January 29, 1977 (throat cancer). I was the third of his three daughters and he did not speak about his time in the military except for sporadic stories. He had a hatred for pineapples which was from that period? I am searching for any information that anyone could provide about that period.

Added: May 25, 2012
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I know that it has been a while since I have had contact with some of you. I have not made, but one of the reunions due to my military service. I will be moving to the DC Area in the Summer. If anyone plans on getting together, please let me know. i will be in a job that will give me some time off.
I also wrote the USMC Historical Society to obtain some additional information on the unit. I am pleased to announce that I have some people's offical war diaries from VMB 443 as well as some additional information. Please contact me if anyone is interested. I also have some original photos recently found inthe last year of Emireau.


Added: May 16, 2012
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My father, Januarius Molinari was a member of Squadron 443. I would love communication from anyone who remembers him.

Added: March 27, 2012
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Great website in honor of an outstanding Marine unit during the war. I have had the pleasure of knowing and even hearing some stories from one of the enlisted bomb navs named George Bartlett who retired as a BRIG GEN and still tries to ski like a seventeen year old. You guys need a few more stories on hitting Rabaul. You do very good work and Semper Fi to all the Marines who served and are still serving our great country.

Added: January 30, 2012
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Thank you for your site, I was searching for information on my grandfather 1st LT William O Larson who passed before i met him as my father has said below. we Know his pilot graduation class was 1c43-c(c)and we have his single engine license and his graduation photo book but we dont have anything else of his. if anyone knows who his flight crew was or any information on him at all please contact me. we think his crew is the 4th photo up from the last flight crew photo on the bottom left side. thank you so much again.

Added: January 9, 2012
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Is there a record of the missions, like a debrief record?

Added: January 9, 2012
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My father was in this Squadron, William Larson. He died in 1986. We had lost track of his Squadron until now. Thank you for the pictures and the history. This is a great site.

Added: January 9, 2012
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I thank you for a great source of information as I am tying together various strings of a disjointed family history and genealogy. I came across a mention for Charles Wallace Edwards, Son of Rev James Thomas Edwards who is a son of my Great Grand-father on my father's side of the family..thanks for adding a bit of history to an otherwise dry set of facts. John Edwards,Richmond, Virginia USA2

Added: December 30, 2011
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I just want to thank this message board. I recently recieved a e-mail from Mr Jan Vladar, who lives in Pilzen, Czech near the crash site of 1st Lt. Charles W. "Chuck" Edwards B-17G "Belle of the Brawl" 42-107202 563rd BS 388th BG. Chuck was the older brother of VMB-443 PBJ-1C and 1D pilot 1st LT. Calvin Coolidge "Cal" Edwards( who passed away in San Diego on Tuesday, 23 January 2007 at 83). They were my Fathers brothers-in law at the time, as my father was married to their sister Martha at the time. Dad always said "They were two of the best brothers-in-law a guy could ever hope for".
In a fitting tribute, Mr Vladar's e-mail reached me on Veterans Day Weekend.
Once again I thank You, for both Chuck and Cal. Even though I am a Navy Guy Like my Father,
Semper Fi!
Harold E. "Ted" Walther Jr.


Added: November 24, 2011
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Darla,

Could you check with your dad and see if he remembers a Charles/Charlie Geyer? He was a Technical Seargent assigned (we believe) as a replacement to the 443. All he told the family was that he worked on B-25s. We're trying to piece his service together and haven't had a whole lot of luck.

Thanks,

Doug


Added: November 14, 2011
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