July 11, 2003
Oroville Mercury March 28,1945
DEVOL CITED FOR GALLANTRY
"For heroic performance of duty," Lt. Norman DeVol of Thermalito
renowned as captain of the navy's history-making Red Falcon motor
torpedo boat, has been cited by the Secretary of the Navy and authorized
to wear the Commendation Ribbon. The citation was issued in recognition
of DeVol's service during offensive operations in the Central Mediterranean
from July 1943, to August 1944. It commends the navy lieutenant
further as follows: "A strong and resourceful leader, Lt. DeVol
skillfully conducted numerous, extremely hazardous offensive patrols
in enemy waters and carried out highly important intelligence and
raiding missions in the face of severe hostile opposition prior
to and during tactical operations which resulted in the defeat of
the enemy in Tunisia and our subsequent invasion and occupation
of Sicily and the Italian mainland. "By his calm courage and efficiency
throughout this vital period, he contributed materially to the successful
attainment of our major objectives. "Lt. DeVol's expert seamanship
and valiant conduct were in keeping with the highest traditions
of the United States Naval Service."
GOOD RECORD HERE
DeVol is the son of Mr. and Mrs. N. E. DeVol of Thermalito. He is
a graduate of the local high school and of the University of Southern
California. Throughout his schooling he was outstanding as an athlete,
starring in football. Later he worked as a mining engineer in South
America and for a time he taught at Oroville High School. He holds
a civilian pilot's license. Stationed now at Newport, R. I., DeVol
is and executive officer at the Naval Training Center there.
EASTER BRIDE MISS JEANNIE LAMBROS, SGT. HUDGENS ENGAGED
The engagement of Miss Jennie Lambros, county road department
employee, to T/Sgt. Robert G. Hudgens of Camp Beale, was
announced Monday night at a dinner party given by Mr. and Mrs. George
Street at their home on Robinson Street. Miss Lambros is the daughter
of Mrs.William G. Karageris of Montgomery street and Sam Lambros.
She was graduated from the local high school in '42. She is a member
of the local Business and Professional Women's Club. Sgt. Hudgens
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Hudgens of Pine Street. He was
graduated from high school at Poplar Bluffs, Mo. And enlisted in
the army immediately after. He spent four years overseas. He wears
stars for four major battles including that of Guadalcanal. Dinner
was served at a table centered with a large decorated cake topped
with a miniature bride and groom and with the names of the engaged
couple inscribed around the figurines. Flower arrangements of hyacinths
and camellias decorated the room and table. The engaged couple will
be married Easter Sunday at the First Baptist Church. They plan
to make their home in Grass Valley. Their relatives and close friends
attended the dinner party.
HAROLD CROWDEN GRADUATES FROM TRAINING SCHOOL AWRILLO ARMY
AIR FIELD Amarillo, Texas - Harold L. Crowden son
of Joe O. Crowden of Rt. 2, Oroville, has completed his course of
studies as an aviation mechanic in this army air forces technical
training school. His graduation fits him for airplane maintenance.
He will be sent to an air base where he will assist in keeping America's
heavy bombers in the air for Allied Victory.
Stu’s notes: As an ironworker from Thermalito, I thought I did
a lot of daring things up on the high iron. I did, especially falling
so many times and walking away, except for the last time, when the
Helicopter took me away from my last job at the Monkey House at
the University of California Davis. None of what I did in life compares
to what many of our brave soldiers did. Especially men like Lt.
Norman De Vol. Thermalito should be proud. How many young 0roville
men said those camp Beale and Flyboys are taking all our girls.
Brigadier General Charles E Yeager's story in Oroville will come
soon; stay tuned