SUBMITTED BY: Name: Mike Holmes From: Ira, Texas E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My Dad, Ralph W. Holmes Jr. (Bill) a very proud Marine and B-25 gunner passed away on December 26, 2010 at the age of 87. Dad had been very healthy until the last few years of his life. Our home was honored with Marine Corps memorabilia. Dad was always easy to buy for: if it had to do with the Marine Corps or B-25s, it was a keeper. Dad was the proud recipient of the Distingiished Cross and five Air Medels. I display a model of a B-25.in my office and proudly boast of my Dad's Marine Corps service. I served with the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam, but remain a proud Marine Corps family. Dad had the privilege of seeing one of his grandsons (my son) become a pilot before Dad's passing. Sempere Fi Dad!
Added: February 13, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Bill Izzo From: Spring City, PA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Just by chance I Googled my father, Andrew Charles Izzo, Marine, and found this website. I don't know that much about my father's military service and would like to find more out as to what he did and where he was. He passes away when I was 18 and I never had the opportunity to discuss any of these thing with him. BTW thanks to all the Veterans that served. They not only gave their all in the war but came home and made their communities better places to live.
Added: January 19, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Scott Peters From: Lake Forest, Ca E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My dad, 1st Lt Allen T. Peters, when he was with this great group of guys, has passed away on 11/14/12. Sad to see so many on the Honor Roll for this site but thank God they did so much for us in their lifetimes.
Added: January 7, 2013
SUBMITTED BY: Name: John Graziano From: Cincinnati, OH E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Thanks to my Dad Sgt. Anthony "Tony" Graziano and all the other Veterans of VMB-433 for their service and sacrifice to our country on this Veterans Day 11-11-2012.
Added: November 12, 2012
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Derek Tougas From: Warwick RI E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Hi, my name is Derek Tougas my Grandfather was first LT Alcide Tougas we don't know much about his wartime experiences would love to know more info on this matter he never spoke of it. please if anyone knew my grandfather please email me at my fathers email at the top. Also just to let you know my father alcides son followed in his fathers footsteps and became a U.S Air Force pilot retiring as a Lt. Col after serving 32 years as an Air Force pilot. Also briefly as a commercial pilot for EASTERN airlines and my brother Gary Jr is a retired Captain Marine pilot. I also am currently in the Air National Guard and was deployed to the middle east as a SSgt. now I am finishing my degree at RIC bach in sociology hoping to follow in my fathers footsteps as a Air Force Pilot. Please if you new my Grampa please email me at email@example.com. Also my mother served as the third female in the Rhode Island ANG and my older sister works in supply in the RI ANG.
COMMENTS: I have been doing research looking for information on my grandfather's military service and this is the first place I have been able to find online that lists him. My grandfather was CPL. D.K. Crosswhite. I can see from the crew and duty assignments he was on third team with:
COMMENTS: Thank you for the information and photos. My dad was Lt. Charles G. Irwin who died May 29, 1973. I've been doing some genealogy research on our family and learned from Dad's military records of his work as an Ordnance Officer with the Marine Bombing Squadron 433 based on Emirau Island. I will share the link to your site with my family.
Added: June 11, 2012
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Jane Parks-McKay From: Santa Cruz, CA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Hello all: it's great to see so many comments and what a great site!
For those of you who know my Dad, Bill Parks, from the Squadron, he has been seriously ill for some time now. He is weak and tired but if any of you would like to make a quick phone call to him, he'd love to hear from you, he's in San Jose, CA and his number is (408) 578-2658. Best times to call would be between 11-3 California time. He no longer does email and I am trying to reach as many of his friends as possible so they can say hello and Semper Fi!
Back to you, Jane Parks-McKay, Santa Cruz, CA
Added: April 19, 2012
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Michael Shea From: Longview, Wasington E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: My father is Frank V. Shea, great father, my sister is working w/ folks to develop a plague in his honor.
Added: March 6, 2012
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Chuck Burges From: La Jolla, CA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: As a Trustee of the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Assoc., I am a plaque designer for mounting on our walls on top of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla. Your Squadron has a very interesting history. I am currently working on a plaque for your former Pharmacist's Mate Second Frank Shea.
I was in Korea, on a little patrol frigate, taking part of preparing dead to be delivered to freezer vessels in Hungnam, the "Frozen Chosin" evacuation, December 1950. The evacuation that took on the saying "We're not retreating, we're just advancing in another direction!", or words to that effect. we have here in San Diego of the "FROZEN CHOSIN' organization. Congratulations to all of you for your success at Iwo and Okinawa, with Frank hopefully treating yours well. Semper Fi! Chuck