June 20, 2003
Oroville Mercury Register March 20th & 27th, 1945
B. T. JOHNSON STRICKEN WHILE EN ROUTE ROME
Stricken with paralysis, Friday, while on his way home on his first
leave, Beriel Thomas Johnson of Wyandotte, gunner's mate
of the U. S. Navy, is seriously ill in an army hospital in Cheyenne,
Wyo. News of the Wyandotte man's illness was brought to his parents
Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Johnson and members of his family, by Edmond
Lague of Oroville, of the U. S. Navy, who also was en route
home on leave, and was traveling with Johnson. The men were coming
here by train from Camp Perry, Ohio, where
Johnson had completed boot camp training. The Johnsons had planned
a family reunion in honor of their son, and Mrs. W. H. Niemeyer.
LARRY DUNN RECEIVES DECORATION
The bronze star has been awarded to Master Sgt. Landon (Larry)
A. Dunn for meritorious service. He has been acting as supply
sergeant in France and Belgium with the 18th antiaircraft artillery
group and performed outstanding service in order to maintain the
status of supply and replacement at the highest level of efficiency.
Many trips were made while under enemy fire, and on many occasions
prevented the waste of critical supplies frequently he was on the
move without rest for continuous periods of 48 to 72 hours. The
citation also states that his devotion to duty was an inspiration
to his superiors and subordinates. A letter to his mother, Mrs.
Grace Vines of Gridley, tells of the pinning on of the award during
a formal formation. Two majors were decorated at the same time and
pictures were taken. Prior to entering the army, Dunn was employed
by the local Safeway Store for several years. He is a member of
the Oroville Elks Lodge and attended Chico College. He received
his initial training at Camp Wolters in Texas.
FRAISIER'S PART IN WAR EXPLAINED
AN EIGHTH AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE STATION, ENGLAND
Technical Sergeant Owen W. Fraiser, 23 of Oroville, is one
of the skilled technicians on the ground who makes it possible for
Eight Air Force planes to remain in the on their around the clock
missions over Germany. A crew Chief at this base, he has charge
of the maintenance and repairs on Mosquitoes, twin-engine craft
that fly alone over Europe to gather weather data and photographs
of German installations so that air and ground operations may go
forward. The son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Frasier, RFD No. 3, Oroville,
Frasier was born in Seminole, Oklahoma. A graduate of Wasco (California)
High School, he entered the Army in February 1941. He completed
the airplane mechanics' school at Glendale, California and has been
overseas since August 1942, having served in Iceland as a member
of a fighter squadron before coming to England. He has been awarded
the Good Conduct Ribbon and the European Theater of Operations Ribbon
with Bronze Star for participation of his unit in the aerial warfare
over Western Europe.
Stu's notes: Many young men became sick or even died before they
could go overseas. I hope B. T Johnson got well. This story ended
in the middle of a sentence. Maybe one of my readers knows more.
My friend Bill Pinkston's uncle died at boot camp. His name was
William Pinkston. He will be honored on our memorial. A couple of
weeks ago I wrote about a man who was awarded a Purple Heart. When
he went into the State Barber Shop my friend Jim, say's "Hi, heard
you got a Purple Heart in the war. " He was surprised that Jim knew.