March 7, 2003
OROVILLE - MERCURY February 21, 1945
BOB HOLT WORKING ON THE RAILROAD SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE
According to an army bulletin, Pvt. Robert L Holt of Quincy
Road is somewhere in France with the 703rd Railway Grand Division.
This unit spent eight months in North Africa and ten more months
in Italy before hitting the beaches of France. There they attacked
the problem of rebuilding bridges, laying new track, clearing out
tunnels and reestablishing communications. It is reported allied
bombers in their "softening up" process and Nazi demolition squads
in their retreat had done tremendous damage to the railroads.
WALTER FRAZIER SERVING IN THE INFANTRY
Pvt. Walter H. Frazier of the U. S. Infantry, the son of Mrs. C.
W Simmons of B Street, enlisted September 4,1944. He was sent to
Camp Roberts for training and graduated there Dec. 30, winning a
sharp shooter's medal during that time. Frazier was home for a short
visit before being sent to Camp Meade, Maryland. He is thought to
be overseas now. While he was at Oroville High school he played
basketball and received his "Block O."
LT. WASHBURN MAKING A SATISFACTORY RECOVERY
Alvin Washburn has received word that his son, 1st Lt. Carlyle Washburn
is on 30-day leave at his home in LaGrange, 30 miles east of
Modesto. He hopes to visit in Oroville on his next leave. Lt. Washburn
was wounded somewhere in France recently and is making a satisfactory
recovery. He suffered from concussion more than from the bullets
that hit him. He is making the acquaintance of a young son, born
June 7 while he was fighting in Rome. Washburn is a member of the
Combat Engineers known as "The Black Devils." He joined the army
just before Pearl Harbor was bombed and saw action at Kiska in the
Aleutian Islands and in Italy and France. He graduated from Oroville
high school and specialized in mining and electrical engineering
in college. He was employed by the LaGrange Gold Dredging Co. at
the time of his enlistment.
AMBROSE GETS NAZI SNIPER WITH THE FIFTH ARMY ITALY
Pfc. Raymond D. Ambrose of Oroville, Calif., killed a German sniper
on his first day in combat on the Fifth Army front in Italy. Ambrose
who fights with Company G. 363rd Infantry Regiment of the 91st "Powder
River" Division had taken over the duties of an automatic rifleman
who had been wounded by a sniper. The German's bullets clipped his
entrenching tool from his belt as he picked up the rifle and took
cover. "From behind a rock I saw the sniper," said, Ambrose, "I
waited until I got him in my line of fire and then I let him have
it." Pfc. Ambrose, 36, is the son of Mrs. Iva Ambrose of Elgin St.
and the brother of Mrs. Jim S. Overstreet of C Street. He went into
the service from Tracy where he was employed in a vegetable packing
shed. Prior to that he worked at the Feather River Pine Mills and
for Omer Caughey. Ambrose is a native of Missouri.
Stu's Notes: I went to school with some of the Washburn boys,
I wonder if Carlyle was their father? A war hero that I didn't get
to know. Toward the end of the war the older men had to fight as
I see Pvt. Ambrose uses 3 years old and living in foxholes. I was
an Ironworker connector and they said 35 was old for that part of
the trade and I know it is not as hard as fighting in the war.