SUBMITTED BY: Name: Matt O'Connor From: Healdsburg, CA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: I believe my father in law, Sgt. Trevor Jones, who served as a navigator-bombardier in Mitchell bombers in USMC South Pacific, was with 443. Can anyone out there confirm that he was a member of this unit? Was there a unit known as "Fighting 33"?
Added: February 11, 2009
SUBMITTED BY: Name: George Bartlett E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: This a great Web Page. I was in the Squadron and the WebMaster has done a wonderful job of depicting our activities. The pictures that have been scanned in are very typical of what it was like. This brought back many memories.
Added: January 7, 2009
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Tim Dumas From: Connecticut E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My Dad, Thomas J. Dumas, was a lineman in the Marines in VMB-443. He is still working his farm and is interested in contacting anyone from his old crew. Tim
Added: January 5, 2009
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Rob Gorman From: Archbald PA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Thanks so much to those responsible for this wonderful tribute to our fathers, uncles and brothers. My dad was Captain Harry Gorman. I have his squadron book and flight logbooks, so please feel free to contact me if I can help anyone with research. Mr. Yirka, it looks like our dads flew together.
COMMENTS: My father left his family while a young man in his 40s. He died piloting his own aircraft. He sure loved flying and was proud to have served his fellow mankind. All I have now are some pictures and a aviators log book telling the story of the missions he flew for freedom which was spent at the cost of so many lives. I can see the rewards of their labor and am grateful. A flight medal, pictures and logbook are what he did in Emirau. Im proud that he flew with the 443 and others like them. I can only be thankful to the good Lord for pilots like Alton D.Gould, who flew him to safety in June of 1945. I'm so very thankful for everyone in VMB 443.
Added: January 2, 2009
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Frank V. Gricus From: Pittsburgh, PA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Hello, My father, Staff Sergeant Frank S. Gricus (now deceased)served in VMB 443 MAG 61. As he would never talk about his war time service the information I have on his service in the South Pacific was gleaned from his service records. He shipped to New Hebrides on the M.S Brastagi on 18 May 1944 and returned from the Philipines to San Diego on 6 Nov 1945 on U.S.S. Jerauld. From what I can gather he was an armorer (Ordn 911). I would like to hear from anyone that knew my dad during his time in the Marines.
Added: October 10, 2008
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Edward Shoemaker From: Rayville, LA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: I am one of sons of Henry Houston Shoemaker. He is pictured on page 72, bottom picture, sitting fourth from the right with a hat in his lap in "The Seahorse." I would love to hear from anyone that served with my father during World War II. He is deceased. We have an original copy of the SeaHorse.
Added: August 3, 2008
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Darla Harry From: Riverton, Wy E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: I am the daughter of T/Sgt. D. W. Harry, Jr who was the top turret gunner of a PBJ Mitchell for bombing squadron VMB 443. Dad is still alive and well at the tender young age of 85 and we share an apartment here in Riverton. I know he would appreciate hearing from anyone who has knowledge of VMB 443 or any fellow Marine. Also, my son, Sgt. James R. Wood has recently returned home safe and sound after serving 8+ years in the Corps. Eager to hear from anyone... Semper Fi.... Darla Harry p.s., I will be suppling the "original" squadron book here on the site with the assistance of Robert Yanacek.
Added: July 31, 2008
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Robert J. Yanacek From: Kill Devil Hills, NC
COMMENTS: Initial Logbook Entry - VMB-443 logbook opened this date.