VMB-443 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON FOUR FORTY-THREE

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Thank you true Patriots for your heroism and answering our nations call that allows my family and I to be here today. I have searched for my Uncle Angelo G. Aronis and can remember a few stories as a kid that he was a gunner in the USMC during WWII. Gus has long passed, but his memory and sacrifice still lives in all Aronis' - anyone who remembers Gus please feel free to contact me. To all Marines, as a retired Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officer I feel privileged to visit your site. Thank you.

Added: September 24, 2011
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My father was Sergeant Walter Leroy Pray, an armorer in the group. He died on Labor Day of 2000. I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who is still alive who knew my Dad.

Added: August 28, 2011
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For Roger Stewart. I knew your dad/granddad and he was a hell of a Marine. I flew with him once. His Navigator was Jack Broome whose address is PO Box 236, Tualatin, OR 97062. You should contact Jack for info on Roger. During the Korean War Roger was the Marine Liaison Officer in Tokyo meeting and greeting all the Marines who were coming through Haneda the main airport in Tokyo. I got off a plane and your dad met me and he let ne stay in Tokyo on liberty a couple of days before he arranged transportation back to Korea. I met your mother when we were all statiioned in Cherry Point in '46. You have a sister who married Gen. Walt's son at Quantico. When your dad retired I lost track of hinm. I know you all lived in Annondale, VA a couple of years. He was a wonderful thoughtful man. Hell of a pilot also. I am honord to have known him.

Added: April 19, 2011
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Hello and thank you to all the veterans of this unit for what you did during WW-2, it is very much appreciated, your are the "Greatest Generation ' !!!!!!!!!!
If anyone is looking for a leather Squadron patch , I make them I can be reached at my e mail for more info.


Added: April 5, 2011
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Sorry!! My dad's name is Clyde F. Stout from Salt Lake City, Utah.. CF Stout on the roster.

Added: April 1, 2011
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My dad was a photographer with this group. I just got back from Hawaii and it brought back memories of his pictures and the book. Thanks for the website. He passed away about 8 years ago after spending 10 years in the Ohio Veteran's Home in Sandusky, Ohio. Mom is still living and is 85. God bless those who served and those who continue to serve!!

Added: April 1, 2011
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My grandfather, Randall N. Christmas, was a First Lieutenant with the VMB 443(He is found in pictures which detail plane number 405). I never met him, nor did I ever here of any stories concerning events during his service time. He returned from the service to raise a family, and to graduate from the University of Miami. He went on to the legal profession, as well as into local politics in the Miami, Florida area. He continued to fly with the Marine Air Reserve, flying the Cougar 9F9, up till 1964, when he ended his service as a Major. He died July 27, 1969. I would love to correspond with anyone who either knew or knew of my grandfather.

Added: January 24, 2011
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I am a cousin of Lieutenant Richard Curtis Hudson who was a pilot with Squadron 443. I recently found some letters and pictures and was wondering if anyone remembers Dick?

best,

Read Koury


Added: November 15, 2010
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RE: DONALD WEATLEY(Pamela Weatley)
Hello Pamela, I'm hoping you see this sometime soon (I myself have not viewed the guestbook in sometime although I do visit the site often) your Father Donald and my Father Joseph Vieira were in the same aircrew together. Dad didn't say much about the war but he did speak of your Dad whenever I pressed him on it, he said he was a great guy and considered him his best friend while serving in the pacific. having flown in combat together along with the rest of their crew I'm sure they had a bond that we could never understand. we lost Dad in 2001 so he missed seeing the website as well however I'm glad to see you found it as its such a wonderful tribute to these veterns that were somtimes overlooked due to the magnitude of the war in which they fought.


Added: November 13, 2010
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Duane Yirka was my Father. I am the eldest daughter. My father Duane Mark Yirka and his eldest son Donald Yirka died on July 28, 1968 in a plane crash piloted by my father. They were laid to rest at Sunset Hills Memorial Home in Bellevue, Washington. I visit often to remember my father and brother. I was 17 when I lost them both.
My father was an amazing man who I loved very much. He had a smile and zest for life I have seldom seen in other men. He took good care and protected all of us his 8 children. I still miss them both greatly and am glad he was able to serve his country as my brother Douglas's statement acknowledges.


Added: October 19, 2010
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