May 2, 2003
OROVILLE MERCURY REGISTER March 6,1945
IN THE FIGHT
SERVICE FLAG WITH 12 STARS SHOULD HAVE TWO MORE ADDED
Many who drive down Bridge have noticed the silk service flag in
a window on Bridge Street. It bears 12 stars. One little lad looking
at it was heard to remark: "Oh, hell, they couldn't all be hers."
He was referring to Mrs. John McEvilly. Mr. and Mrs. McEvilly have
one son, Burke Nielson, in the service – he is on a rescue
ship, used to pick up fliers lost at sea. The other 11 stars are
grouped around this one and represent Mrs. McEvilly's nephews in
the service. Since the flag was made by a sister and sent to her
two other nephews have entered the service. Burke, who attended
high school here for a while and then graduated in Salt Lake, enlisted
in the navy. He is 21 and married.
ROBERT KRAUSE NOW IN MERCHANT MARINE SERVICE
Robert H. Krause is still baking bread only he is doing it
now for Uncle Sam and his kitchen is on board a Merchant Marine
Liberty ship. He lived in Oroville for a number of years where he
was employed by the Log Cabin Baking Co. Last September the family
moved to Chico and he helped his brother in the butcher shop. The
two children, a boy and girl and their mother are staying on in
their home there. Mrs. Krause is the former Nellie Brown. She is
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Brown of Ft. Wayne Street and
attended Oroville schools. Krause in the son of Mrs. A. Krause of
W. 7th Street, Chico.
CARL TUCKER VISITING MOTHER
Cpl. Carl Tucker, son of Mrs. Gertrude Clark of Thermalito
is home on leave for a few days for the first time since he entered
the army over a year ago. He is a radar mechanic in the Air Corps
and has been stationed at Boca Raton, Florida. On the way home,
he was able to fly as far as Kansas City but had to travel by train
the rest of the way. Tucker attended Oroville schools and graduated
from high school with the class of 1943. He expects to be sent overseas
soon after his return to duty.
CPL. COUNTRYMAN MAY BE FIGHTING ON IWO JIMA
Friends of Cpl. H. L. Countryman 34 are wondering whether
he has seen fighting on Iwo Jima. His most recent letter to his
mother, Mrs. Mamie Countryman, of Myers St., stated that he was
"expecting to see combat duty any time now." It was written about
Feb. 11, just before the invasion at Iwo. He has been in Saipan.
Mrs. Countryman said that her son liked the service wholeheartedly.
Countryman worked for Safeway here three years ago. He is married.
He and his wife worked in an airplane plant in Los Angeles prior
to his marine experience. He was a foreman there. Mrs. Countryman
has another son, Raymond, Jr., 21, who is an army air corps
cook and baker. He is in the Netherland East Indies. He has written
that the climate there is hot and sultry. He spent a recent furlough
in New Guinea. Mrs. Countryman writes to her sons twice a week.
SOME GAVE ALL
Oroville Mercury May 1, 1943
COUNTRYMAN BOY TO BE NAMED FOR FATHER
A son was born this morning at Oroville Curran hospital to Mrs.
Joseph D. Countryman. Mrs. Countryman said that the baby
will be named for his father, Joseph Delbert Countryman,
who was killed a short time ago in a tank accident at an Army Base.
Stu's notes: Who was Joseph Delbert Countryman? Was he from Oroville?
I was told he was a half brother to Cpl. H. L. Countryman. It was
Mrs. 0. Beever, who called after last week's article about Pvt.
Roy Eldon Steed. She was his Aunt and very glad that I wrote about
him. Also that he would be honored. So many names so many stories
but Lynn will put it altogether I just must strive to get my notes
to her. I will. The search goes on. I've read a lot of old paper.
The four letter word for a bad place is extremely rare. The Merchant
Marines lost more men percentage-wise than any other service and
it took a long time for them to get recognized as Veterans.