January 3, 2003
OROVILLE MERCURY REGISTER December 24,1942
SOME GAVE ALL VALLEY MAN JOINS SUBMARINE FLEET
Roy Julian McBride, who saw action with the navy in the Gilbert
and Marshall Islands raid and at Coral Sea, will soon see service
with the U. S. Submarine Fleet. McBride has completed training at
a Connecticut base and is ready for advanced duty aboard a submarine.
He is the son of Mrs. Marie Calogrea McBride of Sacramento, formerly
of Oroville and the grandson of Mrs. J. C. Etherton of Wyandotte.
McBride and his mother are well known in this district. He enlisted
in the Navy in 1936 and has served aboard destroyers and cruisers.
He is a second class motor machinist's mate.
From Jim Lague. "I went to school with
Roy at the Sacramento Junior College Technical Institute of
Aeronautics in 1935 and wish to update Roy's service record. In
1936 Roy McBride left school at SJCTIA and took a job in
Washington D C as a Motorcycle Messenger and
also joined the Naval Reserve and when WWII began he found himself
in the Navy. He served on the USS Chester in the areas mentioned
and then applied for training in submarine duty, which he
completed in 1942. He was sent back to the Pacific on the Submarine
Guardfish. Later he was transferred to the Submarine Bonefish. Lawrence
Edge was Skipper of the Bonefish and was given permission
to enter the shallow Toyama Bay in the Sea of Japan, where he sank
a big ship but Japanese forces soon delivered depth-charges which
fatally holed the famous Bonefish, and she was lost, with
all hands, June 18, 1945. It was the next to the last submarine
lost in the war. Roy McBride was single but had a girlfriend
in Washington D. C.
Oroville Mercury February 15, 1945
TWO OROVIILLE MEN HELP GET SUPPLIES TO WAR AREA
An army bulletin lists two Oroville men as members of the 759th
Railway Operating Battalion, Pfc. Raymond V. Wright, son
of Mrs. M. D. Davenport, and Pvt. Louis A. Stavas. This unit
operated in North Africa and Italy and played an important part
in Eastern France. The bridges and building sections, the signal
sections and track sections did much to reopen the railroads for
movement of essential supplies north and northeast of Lyons. Lt.
Gen. Devers wrote: "Supplies carried by your trains are now reaching
the forward areas. You have the thanks and appreciation of each
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.
Stu's notes: Roy Julian McBride was one of the Bravest
of the brave that walked the streets of 0roville. And I never even
heard his name until two weeks ago. The submarine service was voluntary.
What those men did underwater is unbelievable. We had about 152
submarines in WWII, 52 were lost most with all hands. Germany had
about 780 submarines, 90% of them were sunk by Allied Forces. Thank
you Jim Lague for this information on Roy. I hope we can
find more. Jim was in the navy in 1945.
Ted Grainger was in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Thank you
Oroville Mercury for letting me get the stories out. My readers
are responding wonderfully.