May 30, 2003
Oroville Mercury March 19th & 20th, 1945
GERALD TABER WRITES OF WOUND
Word has been received that Pfc.,Gerald K. Taber was wounded
in action in Germany the first part of the month. He is in a hospital
in France and has been awarded the Purple Heart. A letter written
by him to his wife gives the impression his wounds are not serious.
He said he expects to be back with his outfit in about a month.
Taber was in the 87th Infantry with Patton's 3rd Army and fought
through France, Belgium and into Germany. He has been in combat
since the first of the year. His initial training was at Camp Hood
Texas. Prior to entering the army last July, he was employed as
a brakeman by the Western Pacific. Mrs. Taber and their two daughters
are living in Thermalito. He was the leader of the Boys' 4H Club
there. An uncle, H. W. Taber, lives on Downer Street.
SGT. FLOYD BALL LIBERATED, HIS MOTHER LEARNS
Mrs. Alice Ball of Downer Street has received a telegram in forming
her that Sgt. Floyd Ball, her son, is among the prisoners
of war recently liberated. He was first reported missing in action
but it was later learned through the Red Cross that he was a prisoner
in Germany. He served with the 32nd Armored Regiment, tank division,
and was in France when he was captured. He has been overseas nearly
two years. He was stationed in England for about a year before going
to France. Mrs. Ball has two other sons in the Army, S/Sgt. Cecil
Ball in serving somewhere in the Pacific and Cpl. Byron Ball is
fighting in Italy.
WHEELER -TEGTMEYER CEREMONY OBSERVED
Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Wheeler of Quincy Road are announcing the marriage
of their daughter, Melba Lorraine, to Clifford Eugene Tegtmeyer,
Yeoman 2/C of the US Navy. They were married in Reno March 14.
After a few days spent honeymooning in Nevada, they will visit at
the home of the bride's parents until the groom reports back for
duty at Treasure Island in about a week. He will be reassigned there
for overseas service. Mrs. Tegtmeyer graduated from Oroville high
school and later attended at school of cosmetology in San Francisco.
Her husband, the son of Mrs. G. I. Tegtmeyer, is from New Rochelle,
N. Y., where he attended high school. He entered the Navy about
five years ago and has been serving in the Pacific area. They were
recently honored at a shower and buffet supper at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. R. E. Miller of Quincy Road. The spacious rooms were decorated
in a red, white and blue theme, using flowers and crepe paper streamers.
A feature of the buffet table was the beautiful wedding cake topped
with a miniature sailor and his bride. Games and Dancing were included
in the evening's entertainment. The guests were Mr. and Mrs. W.
E. Taber, Mr.and Mrs. Bemis Howell, Mrs. and Mrs. Jack Dudley, Mr.
and Mrs. Cliff Busseau, Mrs. Lottie Fulk, Mrs. Elwood Danforth,
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Stresser, Mr. and Mrs. Zopf, Mrs. 0. Raffaelli
and Mrs. Wheeler.
Stu's notes: March 20, 1945 the war in Europe will soon be over,
as the Allies marched through Germany they were now liberating our
boys from the prison camps. If Floyd was in a tank when captured,
he was very lucky. I've been told our Sherman Tank when hit went
up liked Ronson Lighter. Although the German tanks were better then
ours, we had more. I've also been told our young men would keep
their tanks running better, as many grew up tinkering with their
cars. Something most Germans didn't have. I would like to hear from
any Army Tank men out there that will tell me their stories. The
war brought many soldiers to the West Coast; some took away our
young high school girls, some young men stayed here after the war
like my friend Ray Heath In last week’s article we left off the
Marines who also helped in the rescue of the P.0.Ws. Darby is worried
that the Marines might be mad at him.