August 9, 2002
February 1945 Learn Son Is Missing
Lt. Howard King, 36, has been reported missing in action, according
to a telegram received this morning by his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
C.C. King of Thermalito. Lt. King was squadron engineer in the lead
plane of a B-29 outfit in the Marianna Islands. King was graduated
from Oroville High School in 1936. Prior to his enlistment as an
aviation cadet in September, 1942, he worked as an electrical engineer
for the R G. & E. at Caribou. He graduated as an aviation engineer
from Yale University and was sent to Boeing Aircraft School at Seattle
for specialized B-29 training. Later he was sent for more advanced
training to Lowery Field in Denver. He arrived in the Mariannas
in September, 1944. Lt. King's younger brother, Clayton is in Arabia
engaged in an oil project.
Lt. Pyke Now Army Captain
Lt. Harry L. Pyke, former Oroville dentist, now in the U. S. Army
stationed at Spokane, Wash. has been promoted to the rank of captain,
it was learned here today by relatives and friends. Capt. Pike is
chief oral operator.
Howard Casagrandes Here For Few Weeks
Howard Casagrande of the U. S. Merchant Marine arrived in Oroville
Monday night after ten months sea duty. Casagrande was accompanied
here from San Francisco by his wife, the former Shirley Henry. The
couple are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Casagrande of
Robinson Street. Beginning sea duty after a fifteen weeks course
in the maritime commission at Catalina Island, Casagrande served
in the Panama Canal, Guadalcanal and Marshall Islands zones. He
will report in San Francisco for realignment.
Lt. And Mrs. Robert Wilbur Have A Son
Lt. And Mr. Robert Wilbur are the parents of a son born Jan. 16
at the Curran Hospital. Lt. Wilbur is with the U. S. Army stationed
in the southern part of the state. He attended officer candidate
school at Harvard University and was sent to a camp in Colorado
as an instructor before being sent to southern California. Both
he and his wife have spent many years in Oroville and attended Oroville
schools. He is a graduate of Chico State College and taught at the
Concow and Magalia schools before entering the service. Mrs. Wilbur
is the former Bessie Kogeones and was formerly head of the dress
department at the City of Paris. She has been making her home with
her parents for the past three months.
P. L. DAVIS GOES UP ONE RANK IN ARMY
Private P. L. Davis, son of Mr. Port Laraca Davis, Oroville, Calif.,
has been promoted to the rank of private first class at the Carlsbad
Army Air Field, Carlsbad, New Mexico, site of the largest bombardier
school in the world.