VMB-443 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON FOUR FORTY-THREE

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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
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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
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I was just trying to find out more about my grandfather Sgt. Stamato. If anyone knows anything please email myself.

Added: June 12, 2012
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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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