September 13, 2002
January 9, 1945
TABER TRAINING AT MISSISSIPPI BOMBER BASE
GULFPORT ARMY AIR FIELD, GULFPORT, MISS.- Pfc.
Harold L. Taber, son of Harold W. Taber, Oroville, Calif., has reported
at this Third Air Force bomber base for an intensive training course
as a lower ball gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress. Selected for this
important assignment after stringent examinations, Taber will be
a member of a ten-man crew who will live and work together under
simulated battle conditions. Upon completion of training the crew
will be ready for duty on the fighting fronts. Taber entered the
service at Monterey, Calif. in June 1944. He is a graduate of Oroville
Union High School 1943. (The lower Ball Turret gunner was said to
be the worst place to be on a B-17).
RETURNS FROM EMBARKATION LEAVE
J.W. Driver, Seaman I/C, left recently for New York after an
eighteen day leave spent with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R.
Driver of Thermalito. This was his first leave in fifteen months
since entering the navy in September 1943. He has been training
in Long Island, New York and Norfork, Va., in diesel engineering.
LOCAL AMERICAL INFANTRYMAN WINS MANY COMBAT MEDALS
For services rendered in the Fiji Islands and Bougainville, Pfc.
Andrew D. Drumb of Palermo has been awarded the Combat Infantryman
Badge, The Bronze Star, (and several other medals, but the paper
had a hole in it). Drumb is the son of C. C. Drumb. He entered the
army on April 6, 1943 and has completed 13 months overseas. He is
now in a combat zone and has also served in New Caledonia. His army
job is Browning Automatic rifleman in a veteran infantry regiment
of the Americal Division somewhere in the Southwest Pacific.
SEES SERVICE IN THE ISLANDS
Marine Pvt. Walter Henry Schurr, 24, is now stationed in the Hawaiian
Islands. Schurr entered the Marine Corps in March, 1944 and received
his training in diesel engineering at Camp Pendelton, San Diego.
He was formerly employed as a fireman on the Western Pacific Railroad.
He is the son of Mrs. Ethel Schurr and brother of Morris Schurr
and Mrs. Freda Corkin of Oroville; Mrs. Gladys Perkins of Esparto
and Johnny Schurr of Woodland.
FORMER LOCAL MAN IS KILLED
John W. Barrett, former Western Pacific round house employee, was
killed in action recently in Germany, according to information received
here by W. I. Ruckman of Oroville, a friend. Barrett worked at the
round house in 1942 and then worked at Camp Beale from where he
was inducted into the army. He was with the engineers. Barrett was
a nephew of A. J. Crabtree of Oroville. Ruckman said he received
word of the death from Barrett's wife who lives in Lane, Kansas.
(As told to Stu by Jim Crabtree, local resident and cousin of
John. John had many brothers and sisters, Nancy, Rosesella, Kathy,
James and Harley and a daughter Jerry who was about 8 years old
when he died. John was as strong as a bull. He loved to hunt
and fish with his Uncle A. J. Crabtree who was like a second father
to him. At boot camp he would sneak out to go fish a couple
of days, when found he spent a few days in the brig and came out
a Sergeant. Independent thinkers made our Army so great they could
take the initiative when other officers were killed. His daughter
and her husband were stationed at Camp Beale years after her father