VMB-423 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON FOUR TWENTY-THREE

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FALVAIN "FRENCHY" DEBOISSIERE DIED YESTERDAY, 15 FEBRUARY 2015. IF ANYONE HAS ANY CONTACT INFORMATION FOR RELATIVES OR FRIENDS PLEASE ADVISE ASAP, AT EMAIL ABOVE, OR AT TEL#845 633-2044.

THANK YOU AND SEMPER FIDELIS!

ANDY ROSENZWEIG


Added: February 16, 2015
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Well, this is fun. I see that Tony saw my post and I can see his, but neither of us knows how to get directly in touch. Wonderful to hear that someone is out there who remembers Tom and Doyle, my dad. I think that they were pretty much joined at the hip as pilot and copilot. The strange part is that they were best of friends before going into the service and they worked side by side in our family business for fifty years after that. Quite a story. Tony, if you or Prahm or anyone else who wants to get in touch for some of the pictures and documents I have, feel free to give me a phone call. 425 766-3696... Is that allowed? I hope so.

Added: January 23, 2015
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I am a VMB 423 member (aircraft mechanic) and would like to get in touch with Harold Fowler to get copies of the scanned historical materials that he offers. I also don't know how to get the administrative password to contact him through the web site. I of course knew Doyle Fowler and his good friend Tom Taylor. I also have scanned some VMB 423 materials.

Added: January 19, 2015
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I am the son of Doyle Fowler who was a pilot in VMB 423 and I am also our family keeper of all of his WII memorabilia. I would be happy to pass along copies of the "Cruise Book" (kind of a high school yearbook produced for the entire duration of VMB 423) as well as copies of the squadron clerk's daily journals. I also happen to have over one hundred letters from Dad which he wrote home as well as all our family letters which were sent to him. All of these are scanned and can be emailed if anyone is interested.
I see a few names in the log book for which I have pictures but I don't know how to log in and contact them. A great picture of Ernest Prahm with his crew mates in Hawaii before they got to Green is special... Let me know if anyone is interested.


Added: January 16, 2015
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I have visited here before on behalf of my father Technical Sgt. Ernest H. Prahm........He once told me, that if it were not for the unfortunate loss of Private First Class Willie T. Philips on Dec. 23rd 1944, that I would not be here today, as it would have been my Dad instead. As I remember this fact, I now drink a toast to Willie Philips every year on my birthday. On 2/27/1960 I was born because Willie gave his life in my fathers place. God Bless and Keep You Willie and thank you for my life with such a wonderful man.....my Dad.

Added: December 3, 2014
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Assigned to Squadron 423 on 24 December 1944, replacing tail gunner Willie T Phillips, killed on 23 December 1944 I completed 47 missions with Corp. Richard Hansen whose name never made in the VMB-423 Seahorse Marine history book published at end of war.

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My grandfather is Cpl. Fred B. Kegley Jr. I have never taken the opportunity to really speak with him in-depth about his service and this site was very enlightening. he is still living and resides in Jacksonville, FL. I really hope to get him to let me record his experience. I appreciate the work put in to make this site. Kudos!

Added: June 6, 2014
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My husband John T.Crine, along with thousands voluntarily joined the Marines in WWII to serve his country. He was an airplance mechanic stationed on Green Island in the South Pacific.
John never spoke much of his experiences, after all he with many others was only 18 yrs old.
John was originally from Philadelphia; he passed in 2011, his ashes scattered with Military Honors at the GA National Cemetery in Canton, GA.


Added: May 30, 2014
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A friend of mine rented a house in Rome and when she moved we came across a box of photos, newspaper clippings, a purple heart and two other medals belong to Sgt. Roy H. Morrison. I have done research and tried to find surviving family members and have been unable to do so. There was a letter in the box from a W.L. Landers, Jr who enlisted into the A.A.F.C. Maxwell Field, Ala. prior to Sgt. Morrison joining the Marines. My research has shown both died in WWII. I have a couple of photos of him, but cannot tell what he did and do not recognize him in the cruise book. Can anyone tell me who he is in the photos and if I can obtain a copy of the cruisebook to donate with these medals to our Rome Area History Museum. He died on 6/29/44.

Thank you so much for your help in researching this young man.


Added: May 19, 2014
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My great-uncle was Charles (Chuck) Schwieman, one of the men in the plane crash with Lt. McCullough. I know nothing about him except he was my grandfather's brother. I have never found out exactly what happened and would like to hear anything about him, the crash, the date it took place, what kind of person he was, etc. ANYTHING you can tell me for family history. I have many in my family that all wonder about Uncle Chuck and I would love to be able to tell them anything I can. My son was born in 1983 40 years to the day Uncle Chuck's plane crashed...November 1, 1943! Please write me with any information you would like to share...also, if you can identify him in any of the photos here on this website, PLEASE DO! I would appreciate anything!

Added: March 12, 2014
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