VMB-433 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON FOUR THIRTY-THREE

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Charles J. O'Reilly U.S.M.C. and a proud member of squadron VMB-433, passed away on February 7th, 2014 at the age of 91. He loved to tell us stories of the B-25, island adventures of the south pacific, and many other great things about the Marines. Even now, all of us know and feel that the spirit of “The Corps” in our bones, it was impossible not to when you were with him. With that in mind, we shall always stay faithful to the U.S.M.C. and so honor him for generations to come. SEMPER FIDELIS.

Added: March 24, 2014
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Hello all: by chance does anyone happen to have a photo of my late Dad, William (Bill) R. Parks in his uniform from the Squadron? I want to nominate my Dad for a special set of baseball playing cards but they need a photo of Dad in his uniform in the day. If you have it, let me know asap?

(831) 475-0588


Added: March 10, 2014
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I have had such a special time looking through one of the Squadron's last Muster lists. Having attended reunions for 433 since the late 1980's and almost until the end, so many names sound familiar, so man wonderful stories and times shared.

As I read from the fellow "kids" of this Greatest Generation, I want you to know how much I share your pride in your Dads, your Grandpa's in this Sqaudron. I knew these members from the time they were in the 50's at the St. Lous reunion and got to know even 4th generations.

To the grandson of D. K. Crosswhite, I looked at the deceased list as posted on your July16, 2012 posting and Don Menhennet that I last heard is still alive. If you would like me to connect you with him, please let me know, my number is (831) 475-0588. Santa Cruz, CA time. The other Marines you listed are deceased according to the 10 November 2009 roster.

God bless you all. We not only share in our pride for this group but we are family.

Jane Parks-McKay, daughter of William R. Parks, San Jose, CA
died June 10, 2012.


Added: March 1, 2014
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hi my dad was eugene pollock radio gunner in vmb433 he passed years ago he never really talked about his years in the corp i was just wondering if anybody had pictures or stories about my dad who served with him. thanks his son scott pollock

Added: February 25, 2014
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My father, Sgt. Charles J. O'Reilly, passed away in Lansdale, PA on February 7, 2014. He was a father, a friend, and always a Marine - so proud of his service and the opportunity to serve with so many great men. He had countless stories of his time in Pacific and our family is forever rich for it.

Added: February 8, 2014
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My Father, Loyal Wachtman, was a PBJ pilot with VMB-433.
He passed away on 10/19/2008 at the age of 88. In a footlocker in the basement I found a PBJ flight manual, some aircraft recognition cards, and copies of orders where I learned his squadron number and some places he had been. I know he was proud to be a Marine, he had a PBJ picture on the wall and there was a dungeree jacket in a corner of the garage. He married my Mother, Lois Dozer, at Cherry Point in 1945 where she was a link trainer instructor. In her footlocker was a logbook showing she trained him as well as other VMB-433 pilots. Her uniform was still in her closet when she passed away in 2012. It all reminded me of the movie "Memorial Day". I hope to see the last remaining PBJ being restored in Camarillo,Ca. Thanks for the website.


Added: February 3, 2014
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I was named after my uncle Michael Keselik, USMC, who served in the Pacific during the war. He passed away Dec 7,2007. I found he was listed as a "Parachute Rigger" in the personnel roster. I would appreciate any information about his war duties as I know very little about his service. Thank you, Michael J. Keselik

Added: January 31, 2014
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My Uncle O.C.Walker served with this group of our Greatest Generation. While he was in the Pacific serving my father was flying B-29's in Europe. These two men have had a very large impact on who I am. Uncle Orville I love you and am so very proud of what you and Dad did for our country.

He is 92 and still going strong. Hopefully for a long time to come.


Added: January 21, 2014
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A THANK YOU TO ALL FOR FIGHTING FOR THIS COUNTRY. I HAVE A VERY SPECIAL "THANK YOU "FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR DAVE ARANT WHO I HAVE KNOWN FOR MOST OF MY 65 YEARS. HE IS IN HEAVEN NOW, WITH MANY OF HIS FRIENDS AND I KNOW HE SMILES DOWN UPON US ALL.

IT IS NOW A VERY SPECIAL DAY OF HONOR TO ALL OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SEARVED THIS COUNTRY!
11-11-2014 VETERANS DAY!


Added: November 11, 2013
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Dave Arant (Hugh David), who help start this website, died peacefully last Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. His obituary is in the Sunday, October 13, 2013 Dallas Morning News. The VMB433 Ready Room flag was with him continuously throughout his 7 day hospital/hospice stay.

The memorial service and celebration will be Monday, October 14, 2013 at Ridgewood Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas where he was a member since 1955.

He loved the Marine Corps and serving his country as a pilot during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was so proud to be part of the VMB433. Our family so enjoyed the annual reunions and Daddy help host the 1986 reunion in Dallas.

My mom Lannie is doing well for losing her husband of 69+ years. Although more frail in recent months, my dad’s mind was still sharp and he walked with only a cane and occasional walker. He hosted my mom’s birthday party for family and friends just three days before his hospitalization. Praise be to God!

To hear Daddy’s story and other World War II veterans’, please visit generationslestweforget website.

So thankful for the VMB433 website that honors our fathers and documents their story for future generations. Please consider a donation to the webmaster to help keep it going...

Semper Fi,
Barbara Arant Carleton


Added: October 13, 2013
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