Back row: Frederick Buechmann (Ground Officer), Sheldon Hall, Gordon Hodde, William I. Coffeen, John Morgan, Milton Peck, Byron Leary, Gregory Weissenberger, Wade Britt, William Humberd, George Defabio, Robert Votaw, Theron Brown, Don Tate, Stirling Harrison (Intelligence Officer), and William Livingood (Flight Surgeon). VMF-213’s mascot, Doc Schnauzer, is between Cupp and Garison in the first row.
Dates 3 April – 12 May 1943
Tactical Organization (approximate)
Squadron arrived Guadalcanal from Espiritu Santos via SCAT. [FN#1.b]
Replaced VMF 124. (exception 2 pilots – Winnia & Thomas)
Boag - fever, severe retro orbial & bone aches. Symptomatic treatment 5 sick days
Tate - 5 days after accident, catapult into water when engine failed. Now having sl-productive cough. Fever 100-102. Sulfathiazole. [FN#2]
Started operations. – local patrols.
Tate – no improvement to MAG12 Hospital
Boag – unimproved, - to MAG12 Hospital.
Livingood – made Mess Officer.
Aerial battle – defense of Russels & Tulagi. [FN#3]
Spoede shot down one zero. Britt, Humberds’ divisions contact. [FN#4]
(Big day for 214 & 221 – Swett -> 7 planes) [FN#5]
DeFabio – ground loop landing, plane turned over, no injuries.
Boag – returned to duty well.
Tate – returned to duty. Had flight without exam., had diff. in landing. Checked à grounded sl. Fever. Rx – rest.
Examined for promotion 1. Hilton, 2. Eckart, 3. Harrison to 1st Lt.
Thomas – returned to squadron to duty. From Base III Hosp. Illness – Malaria, species, undetermined.
Jones – developing jaundice, slight.
Cloake joined squadron.
Britt killed in crash on before day break take-off. Mistook tail lights of parked planes for run-way lights(?). Crashed into two planes-all three burned. Apparently killed instantly and burned. Miller and Bernard (214) attempted to extricate but couldn’t. 2 mechs burned - 1 succumbed later. Burial in Army Navy & Marine Corps Cemetery (Row 42 – grave 2) (probably killed from explosion and force of collision - body burned and charred beyond recognition - fire extinguished on body - on removal from plane. Identified by operational roster & attendant circumstances - radio conversation.) Services by army chaplain.
3 divisions on mission over Choiseul & Kolombagara. [FN#6]
Coffeen missing in action – near So. Coast of Choiseul, last seen losing altitude rapidly with apparent engine trouble.
Examined for promotion 1. Johnson, 2. Garrison, to 1st Lt.
Weissenberger becomes C.O.
Peyton “ E.O.
Tate – returned to duty.
Thomas – vesicular, pustular eruption in left axilla. Rx calamine & sulfanilamide [FN#7] powder. No response until taken off atabrine.
Examined for promotion 1. Peyton 2. Leary to Major.
Jones – apparently acute infectious jaundice. Atabrine discontinued. High CHO diet. [FN#8] G.I. complaints, Sick days – 7.
Examined for promotion: 1. Shaw to 1st Lt.
Examined for promotion: 1. Boag to 1st Lt.
Hilton – Malaise, retro orbital pains, backaches, headaches for past 4 days. Sl. fever. Rx salicylates, High CHO diet.
Winnia – rejoined Squadron from Noumea. D.- Dengue Fever. [FN#9] To duty well.
Hodde – gastric disturbances, anorexia, back pain, sl. jaundice, brownish urine, atabrine discontinued. High CHO diet.
Brown – began Rx to remove callouse (sic) on foot (Menthiolate [FN#10] & Salicylic acid)
Jones – returned to duty.
Greg’s division strafed Vila & Munda.
DeFabio – lost 46 inches of rt. wing due to AA or trees. Able to return to base & made crash landing after dark 1845 on runway as rt. tire blew. Plane went on nose. No injuries.
April 25 (Easter Sunday)
Aerial battle over Vangunu. [FN#11] Peyton’s division on return from strafing mission intercepted 40 Jap planes (about 30 Zeros 10 bombers) apparently headed for Guadalcanal. Peyton shot down three zeros, received 78 holes in plane but returned to base. Puncture wound in left Deltoid and lateral side of left knee, (-?-) [FN#12] shrapnel present. Peck returned to base after shooting down 1 zero. Vedder and Eckart missing in action. Eckart seemed to be straggling in formation.
(Vedder – 3 days later reported in – shot down 2 zeros) [FN#13]
Treffer – nausea, vomiting, & other stomach disorders – no diagnostic findings – 4 sick days
Vedder - reported picked up by C.W. [FN#14] DeFabio - acute cat. Fever. [FN#15] Rx apc, [FN#16] Sulfathiazole gargles, bed. Sulf. later by mouth. 4 sick days
Tate - had diff. landing, stalled in from too high off runway. Nosed plane over with brakes. Examined = Shneider O., pulse rapid 130 and prolonged after exercise, T=99.6
Peck- acute cat. fever. Rx apc, Sulfathiazole gargle, ephedrine nose drops. Good results.
Peyton - 20th station hosp. advised against removal of shrapnel in Deltoid.Vedder returned to base by PBY. [FN#17] Story: shot down two planes then was shot down, parachuted out at 500 ft. Picked up by natives and cared for by C.W. One 20 mm hit sending shrapnel in several places into right leg. Numerous penetrating shrapnel wound, sl. Suppurating – had been dressed c sulfathiazole. Rx Sulfanilamide locally.
Hilton - no improvement. Tests: urinalysis & CBC negative. [FN#18]
Vedder - wounds healing, edema & redness resolved. Given ½ cc tetanus toxoid & polyvalent anti gas gangrene serum at MAG 12. X rays taken at 20th station hospital - entered in health record.
Hilton - developed acute rhinitis, also cough.
Tate - T=101, pain in left chest, coughed up very foul smelling chunk of sputum – probably Brochiectasis. X-Ray chest impression: Probable unresolved pneumonia process, left lower lobe. wbc 10,000[FN#19]
DeFabio- returned to duty well.
Evacuated to Base Hospital #2 via SCAT (later reports)
Hilton D.- Chronic bronchitis à chronic bronchitis
Tate D.- bronchriectasis à atypical pneumonia
Hodde D.- jaundice à jaundice & malaria
Peyton to duty
Livingood -relieved as Mess officer
Vedder – Mess officer
1st echelon left for Espiritu Santos. via SCAT
Leary & Halls & Treffer divisions
Vedder to duty
VMF 213 relieved by 124.
2nd echelon arrived at Espiritu Santos from Guadalcanal. Via SCAT
Greg’s, Peyton’s, Humberd’s divisions
END OF 1st Combat Tour
Footnotes to 1st Combat Tour Entries
[1.a]Events of the 1st Combat Tour start on page 81 of Doc Livingood’s Flight Surgeon Log and continue through page 89.
[1.b]AT means Southeast Combat Area Transport, the marine’s airborne transportation system.
 The handwriting is a bit unclear but “Sulfathiazole” is the best estimation.
 Tulagi is an island with a deep water harbor off the coast of Florida Island and was a primary target of the August 1942 Allied offensive.
 In the extreme left hand margin of the page a box with a “1” in it was place with this entry, apparently noting one plane shot down.
 1st Lieutenant James Swett of VMF-221 on his first combat mission shot down 7 enemy bombers and received a Medal of Honor. On this day, he flew a Grumman F4F Wildcat.
 The handwriting is a bit unclear but “Kolombagara” is the best estimation; it is a major island in the New Georgia Group between New Georgia and Vella Lavella. It is distinguished on maps with the Vila Airdrome.
 The handwriting is a bit unclear but “Sulfanilamide” is the best estimation.
 CHO has been found elsewhere to reference rice, wheat noodles, potatoes, bread, cereal, etc.
 Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses.
 The handwriting is a bit unclear but “Menthiolate” is the best estimation.
 Island in the New Georgia Group.
 Could not determine word; could be “several.”
 In the extreme left hand margin of the page a box with a “6” in it was place with this entry, apparently noting six planes shot down.
 Doc. Livingood said this probably meant Coast Watcher and is consistent with its use elsewhere.
 Catarrhal Fever.
 APC tablets contained aspirin, phenacetin, and caffeine, hence the name APC
 The PBY, also known as the Catalina, or "Cat", was one if not the most successful and famous flying boats ever in service and saw extensive service in the war, both in the Atlantic and Pacific, in Anti-Submarine Warfare, in search and rescue, in reconnaissance and attack, in freight and mail services, and even as tow plane for gliders.
 Complete blood count
 Doc Livingood said this meant “white blood cell count 10,000.”
- May 12.
- Humberd to Major
- May 13.
- Thomas to 1st Lt.
- Morgan “
- Jones “
- Votaw “
- Spoede “
- Winnia “
- Hodde to. Mar. Gun.
Examinations for Promotions June
- June 12.
- Cupp to Captain
- May 13.
- Vedder to 1st Lt.
- Peck “
Transferred at End of 1st Tour.
- - to CO of VMF 221 (6/1/43)
- - to Camp Commander Fighter #1, MAG 11. (6/1/43)
- -(6/17/43) -to States. – with VMTB 131. [FN#2]
- – (6-16-43) – went into spin in a division loop –
Operational – last of division, - failed to recover after 4 turns
at 18-20,000 ft., bailed out, left leg struck by tail piece.
(on outside of spin) – picked up by crash boat – simple fracture
of left femur – given 1st aid at MAG 11 – transferred
to Lion One Hospital. [FN#3]
- – had malaria in Sidney – due to cold – no smear –
Routine treatment – onset (5-22-43)
- – had malaria in Sydney – routine treatment.
- – tropical ulcer – rt. leg. – first mentioned
Has been present 1 month (6-8-43)
- Tate and Hodde
- returned to squadron June 10 after special
Sydney trip at conclusion of hospital stay.
Returned to duty.
Tate not examined for promotion due to over
30 days lapse since ( -?- ). [FN#4]
 Interim notes found on page 91 and 92 of Flight Surgeon’s Log.
 Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron.
 While the location of this hospital is not known, the term “Lion” was used to denote major base.
 Handwriting unclear; may be Navy term, looks like “De Nav.”