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December 12, 2003
There will be a design workshop on Tuesday, December 16th from 6:00PM – 7:30PM at the Oroville Veteran’s Memorial Hall located at 2374 Montgomery Street, Oroville. Butte County is conducting a study to determine the feasibility of developing 3 parcels located adjacent to the existing Veterans’ Memorial Hall on Montgomery Street in downtown Oroville. The development would include a Veterans’ Memorial Park and construction of additional parking to serve both the existing Veterans’ Hall facility and the downtown commercial area. The following items will be discussed at the December 16th meeting: Information regarding land acquisition, goals, objectives and prioritized project elements for the Veteran’s Memorial Park, additional parking, project costs and phasing. Input from all interested persons will be appreciated. Please, Readers, if you can, come and support our Oroville Veterans Memorial Park. There will be cookies and coffee!

Oroville Mercury April 2, 1945

Seaman 2/c Walter Vote Pine, 19 of the navy, veteran of the Leyte invasion, Luzon and Linguayan, had Christmas in March when the presents sent to him by his family finally caught up with him. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Al G. Pine of Robinson Street, Pine attended the local high school and enlisted in the service while still in his junior year there. He took his boot training in San Diego and later trained at several other stations. He embarked from San Pedro in August 1944. Prior to his military service he worked in the supply department at McClellan Field. In letters home he writes that more than anything else he appreciates the letters he gets back. Pfc. Vernon Pine, 23, uncle of Walter, took part in the All-American track and field meet held recently in Calcutta. He placed in the half-mile race and pole vault events. He wrote that his relay team placed fifth out of more than 20 teams entered. Pine represented the Burma-Chino-India Theatre in the meet. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Pine of Palo Alto. While in Oroville he made his home with his brother, Al Pine. He is also a brother of Mrs. Walter Oster of Robinson Street. While a student at the local high school, Pine was active in sports, particularly football. He was also noted for his work in art. Following school, he was engaged in radio work at McCellan Field. He enlisted in the Air Corps in 1942 and is now stationed in Agra, India.

Stu’s notes: The Old Warriors gathered around the flagpole in Gridley in honor of those who lost their lives on that fateful December Day. About 9 or 10 Pearl Survivors in all, 3 or 4 of the media, wives and I and my buddy Nick Krpan, who fought in the European part of the war were there. Only 30 of us were there on a surprisingly warm, clear December day. The Gridley City Administrator spoke for the Mayor and a speaker from Congressman Wally Herger’s Office spoke to those gathered. Prayers were said and the Flag was left at half-staff, as it should be on this day. December 8th must also be remembered as many Americans died on other Pacific Islands that day. This was the start of the war that took 400,000 of our finest men and women, about 60 from Oroville. Oh, by the way Art’s book about the Ducks that I spelled last week duwks the correct spelling is Dukws. Two of the Dukws were used in Oroville to get across Lake Oroville before the Bidwell Bar Bridge was completed. We have not heard from Debbie since November 19th. She is probably on the road with no access to E-mail. I told the Pearl harbor survivors that I know what their mothers and fathers went through. Although back then word from the troops took months to get home. I hope to see you all at the Light Parade tomorrow night, Saturday, December 13th.