December 26, 2003
I went to the Funeral of a young Chico Boy who died in Iraq.
SPC Arron R. Clark, it was a very moving service. He was
buried with full Military Honors. I thought this young man deserves
a spot in this column. Chico Enterprise Record and Orovile Mercury
Register, Thursday, December 18, 2003 Farewell to a Soldier by
Roger H. Aylworth. Overhead an American Flag, flying at half-staff,
snapped in the chill December breeze. Below it, Tamela “Lynn” Clark
sobbed quietly as an Army honor Guard folded another American flag
that had shrouded the casket of her son. Army Spc. Arron Ray Clark
had come home for the last time. Wednesday, about 250 people, including
uniformed contingents from the Chico Police Department and the Butte
County Sheriff’s Office, gathered in the cavernous sanctuary of
the Neighborhood Church to remember Clark, a 20-year old Chico native,
who was killed Dec. 5 when a radio-controlled bomb was detonated
as he drove by it in Baghdad, Iraq. Clark had been stationed in
Iraq since March and re-enlisted there, taking his reenlistment
oath in one of Saddam Hussein’s Palaces.
The Arron Clark Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund
has been established to provide money to help Chapmantown-area youngsters
pay the fees associated with youth sports. Anyone wishing to contribute
to the fund can send donations in care of Brusie Funeral Home, 626
Broadway, Chico. Those wishing to send notes or cards to the Clark
family can send them in care of the Chico Enterprise-Record, P.O.
Box 9, Chico 95927.
Oroville Mercury April 7, 1945
WIFE HEARS OF WILLIS GOSSARD
Word of serious injury to her husband, Willis Gossard,
has been received here by Mary Patte Gossard in a letter from him.
This was the first news of Gossard that his wife had had since March
8, except for a report by Tokyo radio that the Japanese navy, in
a surprise attack on a large American task force near Japan, had
damaged and probably sunk two aircraft carriers, one of which was
Gossard’s ship. Gossard, the son of Guy Gossard, Route 2 Oroville,
is a graduate of Oroville Union High and lived in Oroville all his
life before entering the service. A chief quartermaster in the navy,
Gossard at 25 is a veteran of eight years service and has seen action
in Iceland and in the invasion of Africa. Mrs. Gossard and their
two-year old son, Willis Steven, are natives of Providence, Rhode
Island. She is employed at the Agricultural Extension Office here.
Stu’s notes: Our Oroville Veterans Memorial is moving along.
It has been almost 3 years in the making. In January we should have
the results of the Feasibility Study being done by the county. Recently
I received information from Bob Jackson and James Lenoff about a
young man who died a hero in our Cold War. Lt. Thomas E. Doyle.
I had not heard of this brave young man until just this last week.
He died trying to get his crippled plane away from a German town
in the late 1980’s. As we know this was the case in Oroville when
the U-2 Plane went down. More on these brave men later. It’s so
sad about Spc. Arron R. Clark, as I read the stories of the
past I realized that the young men and women of Butte County do
and give so much to our country and many Gave All. No news
from Debbie for a long time, she did forward us a poem today, so
we know she is ok. She is probably on the road. Being single she
will probably get her two weeks off after the Holidays. We are very
proud that Time Magazine named her and about 1 million of our American
Soldiers, Person of the year. One of her dogs had a puppy that we
are keeping we have named it Soldier.