November 15, 2003
OROVILLE MERCURY REGISTER March 26, 1945
LT. ENGLISH, OVER THE RHINE, IS HOPING IT WILL BE A BOY
Mrs. Burton E. English (formerly Miss Betty Cook) of Thermalito
was one of few American girls to know Saturday that her soldier
husband, a first lieutenant, was safe on the east side of the Rhine.
The favorable news came in the form of a news dispatch written by
a Reuter’s correspondent with the British Second Army, which had
crossed the Rhine. The correspondent, riding in a jeep with two
Americans, a Londoner and a Scot, struck up a conversation with
one of the Americans, Lt. English, and discovered that he wasn’t
so worried about the German shells bursting nearby as he was about
an impending happy event in Oroville. “I’m worrying for fear it
won’t be a boy,” said the lieutenant. The world was informed soon
after that the answer to the lieutenant’s worries couldn’t be given
yet, but might be “at any time.” English is a press censor on Gen.
Eisenhower’s staff. The last letter received from him on March 7
stated that he was “out on the job,” but expected to be back in
Paris after about thirty days. English told the correspondent that
his last letter from home was dated March 3.
DON VAUGHN SAVED OFF IWO
Word of the safety of their son, Seaman 1/C Donald Vaughn,
was received yesterday by Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Vaughan of Oroville,
Vaughan was a member of the crew of the Carrier Bismarck Sea, sunk
during the attack on Iwo Jima. A telegram from the Navy personnel
department in Washington informed the Vaughans that their son was
known to be a survivor and was expected to return to the United
States soon. This was the Vaughans first word of the whereabouts
of their son since the sinking of the carrier and came in answer
to a wire, which Mr. Vaughan sent to the Navy Personnel department
on Thursday morning.
SGT. DEBBIE SHANER, IN IRAQ
November 4, 2003 Hi, well it was blessedly quite last night. It
has been getting real cool here. Burrr.. But right now we are kind
of in a warm spell. We have access to a TV at the MWR (morale, welfare,
and recreation) tent, but I do not go there much. We have a company
TV with Sat but we don’t have a sat chip for US programming. We
get mostly European stations but I don’t know if they set it up
yet. It is not in our sleeping area and I try to stay away from
where HQ’s is staying. I miss all the reality TV shows! We finally
got AFN (Armed forces network) radio so that is how I try to keep
current on events. I can get on the computers at the computer lab
for $3.00 and hour and since they have added new computers it is
getting to easier sign up. Dennis at work NDFC is sending me a notebook
so I can do more stuff. I cannot download anything on this computer.
We are supposed to get Internet lines over at HQ’s soon, where I
will be able to use my new laptop there. I am going to try and do
all my Christmas shopping online. Any suggestions of what everyone
might like? Can you send me any catalogs I might have gotten. Did
I get the papers for my filly from Stonyford Ranch? I received a
box in the mail the other day THANKS!!! I asked Stacy to go over
and check the horses for me. I am sure they are in need of seeing
the Farrier to get their feet trimmed and maybe she can get them
their shots too. Thanks for everything Debbie.
Stu’s notes: Wow what a Veterans day Parade. Oroville Veterans
Memorial Park Committee had two floats (Thanks FRPD, Bob Sharkey,
Jack Brereton and crew. Thanks Bill Fox. All three are always there
when needed. Thanks to the Veterans who rode on our Floats. We owe
them so MUCH. The parade seems to be bigger every year. Army Specialist
Amber Dawn Hargrove Spencer, thanks to her grandmother and mother
who called me, rode in the second grand-marshal's car with two of
the WASP ladies, she earned her right to be there. She has been
serving in Iraq the past 8 months and has only 2 weeks in the states
then back. Her new husband also in the service will get to come
to Oroville for a few of those days. These young kids are carrying
on in the footsteps of so many brave soldiers through the years.
Thanks to John Bramlage and the Oroville Dam Cruisers for the cars.
Debbie’s dog here will soon have puppies. Anybody want to buy one.
They are Queensland and probably Rottwiler, as one got in the pen
two months ago. I took my friend Nick to Papacitos again they had
free meals for the Veterans. What a wonderful thing.