SUBMITTED BY: Name: David Hartwell From: Bolton, MA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Son of Corporal David W. Hartwell. I had the pleasure of attending 2 reunions with my dad. One in Washington DC, and another in Charleston, SC years ago. What a wonderful group of guys. I will treasure these 2 events for ever. Thank you all for the sacrifices you made to keep America free. We owe a lot to our armed force men and women.
God Bless, David
Added: September 9, 2008
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Keith Frederick Farrar From: Atlanta, GA E-mail: Contact
I have many photos and other items to contribute. I can also enhance old photos for posting.
Thank you for this website.
Keith Farrar Son of: Staff Sgt. Frederick J. Farrar
Added: September 5, 2008
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Lt George W. "Bud" Barnett
COMMENTS: As a Pilot with VMB611 and the Photo Officer, I greatly appreciate the collection of records for our squadron. We were very fortunate to have a wonderful commanding officer in Colonel Sarles.
Added: August 28, 2008
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Lisa Fiacco From: Moorpark, CA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: As a child, I often wondered about the grandfather I had never known. I wondered what he would have looked like and if he was the same jovial guy he looked to be in the few photos I had seen of him. Most of all, I always wondered where on earth he got a name like Doit Fish. We didn't talk a lot about my grandpa, mostly because I think it was too painful for my dad. He had a very rough childhood, and I'm sure he spent a lot of time wondering what might have been. Fast forward 35 years and thanks to the internet, I know more about my grandfather than I thought possible. It's been great watching my dad embrace this journey he has been on, learning and sharing every new piece of information he comes across. For me, the best part is hearing stories from people who actually knew my grandpa. I'm convinced that Grandpa Doit would have been as jovial as he appeared to be. Keep up the great work you are doing on this website. This makes it possible for my kids to get to know their great-grandfather too. Dad, this is a good thing you're doing. It makes me happy to see you embrace the past rather than regret it.
I'm Lisa Fiacco, Dave Fish's daughter and Captain Doit Fish's grandaughter.
Added: August 5, 2008
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Lawrence Arthur Barrett From: Mllford, MA, now Redlands, CA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: At Zambo I was the NCO In Charge, MAG-32 Photo Lab, however, I flew a number of combat msns (vertical camera from amidship) w/611,w/Major Horne (of Philadelphia, PA), Geo (Bud) Barnett, & others. Also flew in the SBD's oblique. While on PBJ msns as cameraman was the tail gunner or waist gunner depending on my aircrew role. After Zambo went to Tsingtao, China & flew with sqds atched to MAG-32. My seabag with my flt record book never arrived at Miramar w/me in Apr46. Discharged as Staff Sergeant, at NTC Bainbridge, MD, 30May46. Enl USMCR, Boston, MA 29Aug46 for four years. Mobilized for Korea, however was USAF Aviation Cadet, multi-eng, single eng, jet & helicopter plt Went to Korea as Special Forces Heli Plt(Black Operations reporting to 5th Air Force Director of Intell. Flew some Rescue Msns, lots of night & Instrument Met Bud Barnett at 1st MARDIV Post Office, K-16 & then again at the Las Vegas Reunion. If anyone recalls having flown w/me at Zambo - please contact me. Was on the Moret ramp the day Joe E. Brown flew w/ LCol Sarles - that day I was flying w/Major Horne. Finished USAF as Colonel. As a civilian test pilot flew USMC Helos at Tustin, El Toro & Jacksonville, NC. Also flew USN, USCG & US Army helos & fixed wing acft. I was busy since Plt 948, Parris Island Dec43-Feb44 then aerial, ground & motion picture school at NAS Pensacola, Fla.
Semper Fidelis, L. A. Barrett
Added: July 22, 2008
SUBMITTED BY: Name: MAJ Ray Fish, USA, Ret From: Illinois E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Excellent. Keep adding to it.
P.S. I'm Capt Doit Fish's nephew, David Fish's cousin.
COMMENTS: Robert thank you for your effort regarding VMB-611. As a former Marine and member of '611 I want to wish you the best of luck with this project. Semper Fi!
Added: July 21, 2008
SUBMITTED BY: Name: David Fish From: Camarillo, CA E-mail: Contact
COMMENTS: Robert, this is great! At last, all the Marine Bombing Squadrons' history, contributions, and sacrifices during their short WWII existence can be documented. I look forward to contributing to VMB 611's history in memory of my father and all the members of the squadron.
In Their Honor, Semper Fi... Dave Fish Son of Capt. Doit L. Fish
Added: July 18, 2008
SUBMITTED BY: Name: Robert J. Yanacek From: Kill Devil Hills, NC
COMMENTS: Initial Logbook Entry - VMB-611 logbook opened this date.