December 13, 2002
Well, I have more to the story about Jacqueline Awanda
Andes and her husband Carrol Paul Andes. Who recently were
killed in a car accident on Highway 99. Oroville Mercury-Register
November 23, 2002. 1 just had the pleasure of meeting this nice
lady several years ago at the Memorial in the Gridley Cemetery for
her brother Seaman 2nd Class Warren H. McCutcheon. "First to Fall"
WWII. She was very proud of her brother. It is so sad that she is
gone. I urge all my readers to visit this beautiful memorial, -built
by Gridley and Biggs VFW posts and public contributions. Young Warren
was killed December 7,1941 while serving on the USS Maryland. Killed
by strafing Japanese "Kate" torpedo bombers as he rushed to his
battle station a 50 Cal. Machine gun mount. The planes had just
dropped torpedoes that hit the USS Oklahoma that was berthed next
to the Maryland when Warren was hit, about 0755 Sunday morning.
He is buried beneath a huge Cedar of Lebanon tree in the front section
of the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery. Marked by a standard G. 1. Headstone.
Young Warren was 17 years old that fateful day. He was a towheaded
boy nicknamed 'Cotton" by his family and friends. He was born March
5, 1924 at Mayer, Arizona, to, William Herbert "Hub" McCutcheon
and Ada Alice McCutcheon. The baby of the family, Warren had 6 brothers
and sisters. Hub worked on the Feather River Gold Dredgers east
of Biggs, then in the Shipyards in the Bay area during the war.
Young Warren went to Biggs High, enlisting in the Navy March
2, 1941, days before his 17th birthday. In his short hard. scrapple
life he had already done well. Perfect attendance in the eighth
grade, school traffic safety patrol as a crosswalk guard, Boy Scout,
Future Farmers of America. He went to Sunday school, sang in the
church choir and could discuss the Bible with the adults. Such a
bright future for this young man, who is ready to see the world,
cut short by a cowardly attack. Every year December 7th the few
remaining survivors of Pearl Harbor, in this area, go to young Warrens
Memorial after the ceremonies at the Gridley Fairgrounds. After
they are gone, who will go? Hopefully someone.
Credits for this story. Butte County Historical Society Diggins
Fall edition 1996, Major Robert Millington USMC retired, Beverly
Bass Beers, Stu Shaner. Back issues of the Diggins can still be
purchased at the Butte County Historical Society Museum on Spencer
Street, Oroville, Ca., The hours are 11-3 every Saturday.
Oroville Mercury February 3, 1945
Lt. And Mrs. Robert H. Tieck were here from Albuquerque,
New Mexico. Tieck is flying the B-24. He is being sent to Lemoore,
Calif., where he will pick up his crew. They were visiting with
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Tieck.
Chief Mate James Kehlor of the Merchant Maine left last Monday
for San Francisco where he will receive shipping orders.
BIGGS SOLDIER AMONG RESCUED
Tech. Sgt. Melvin M. Johnson of Biggs was one of the American prisoners
released in Tuesday nights attack on Canbanatuan it was learned
here today through a release from Allied Headquarters in Luzon.
Johnson last saw his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ole Johnson of Biggs,
about six years ago. He was preparing to come home after several
years military service just before his capture during the fall of
Manilla. Johnson's brother, Sgt Paul Johnson, has just returned
to the states after three years’ service in the South Pacific.
Stu's notes: Although the end of 'he war is only six months away,
sadly, one of Oroville's finest, Lt. Robert H. Tieck will never
come home. On a lighter note, in last week's column, Robert Evans
didn't marry the Marge in that story, she was his sister. He married
a San Jose girl, June 1946, whom he met after the war. Her name
was Margaret Charlotte Larson, he called her Marge. Marge worked
for Butte County for 31 years. Bob and Marge were the parents of
Kathy Evans Mendenhall,