VMB-423 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON FOUR TWENTY-THREE

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i am working on the retrieval of the marines lost in pbj 35083 apr 20, 1944. i am a member of vmb 423

i have gotten the casualty section of the usmc involved
hattie johnson, 1 800 847 1597
we will be looking for the next of kin in the future for the eventual day that the families can have closure. if you haven't given dna to the marine corps

please do so and give them your current mailing and e-mail address


Added: September 27, 2012
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I noticed one of the post on this site as I was doing some research of my grandfather. The post is from a Woody Dropla. Woody references that his father is Frank J. Dropla and based on comments on where he served I would like to try and verify if we might be related. My mother is Teresa Dropla.
Please advise how if I could possibly get Woody's email address.
Thank you,
Kent Warrum


Added: September 24, 2012
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Timothy Prahm: Looking for info re your father, Ernest Prahm -- that photo of "The Uninvited" helps. Stand by for more. by the way if you place your question in the "Reunion" website I'llbe better able to communicate with you. Ted Rundall

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I am so happy to finally find a picture of my father...Staff Sgt Ernest H. Prahm whowas a tail gunner ina B-25/PBJ called "The Uninvited" If anyone else out there has any stories or other information about my da ....please send them to tprahm1@optonline.net...THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

Added: September 20, 2012
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My grandfather, Elmer Mory was a VMB-423 Marine. He was a die hard Marine and lived life to its fullest. He attended several of the VMB-423 reunions over the years until he passed away on April 21, 2012. I will miss him forever.

Added: August 21, 2012
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Just showed the site to Sgt 'Will' or 'Bill' Davis. He can still remember many of the activities of 423. He now resides in a Facility near here.

Added: August 9, 2012
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i'm proud to know martin greenberg(and his wife)and thankful and grateful for his service and the squadron's service in protecting our freedom. God bless them all. i was not a Marine--in the Army-- but i agree- SEMPER FI!

Added: July 5, 2012
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REF PBJ 35083-In Sep 2011 I received a copy of my uncle's Marine Corp records (S/Sgt Clyde E. Yates-Marine Squad 423 Aircraft Group 11). The following info is from multiple loc in his records: "...failed to return from a night training flight on April 20, 1944. The plane crashed about 200 ft off the East Shore of Tutuba Island, Espirtu Santo, New Hebrides. Close exam of the wreckage and floating debris revieled portions of human bodies, none of which could be positively identified." Also the following directive "It is requested that when the above area has been searched for isolated burials...return a burial report if remains are located".
I wonder what every happened to the wreckage? If bodies/parts floated ashore, wouldn't locals have buried them?


Added: June 15, 2012
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I am interested in the plane, PBJ-35083, that was lost April 20, 1944. The crew was 1st Lt. Carlson, 2nd Lt. Benachowski, S/Sgt. Clyde Yates, Cpl. Reber Smith, Cpl. Raymond Yates, Cpl. John Gunn. Thanks.

Added: June 5, 2012
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My grandfather was Dewillis "Bill" Schwartz. I had never searched for information about my grandpa's time in the Marines before tonight. I'm very impressed by what I have found. Thank you for creating this website to honor the brave Marines of VMB 423. Semper Fi!

Added: May 3, 2012
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