September 26, 2003
Oroville Mercury December 17, 1952
CPL. PAUL W. SMITH, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Smith, of Thermalito
has returned to England from Germany where he was graduated from
a language school after six months of study. Smith was graduated
from Oroville, High School in 1949 and later attended San Jose State
College before enlisting in the Army in December, 1950. He has been
in Europe for the past 18 months.
We now know that Paul Smith was killed in Vietnam, May 5, 1968.
He has a brother in the Highway Patrol somewhere down south. He
was the son of Gus and Ruth Smith. They were good friends of my
grandmother, Betty Mills, my uncle Stanley Shanier, my parents and
myself. I fished with my uncle and Gus and I never knew his son
died in Vietnam until years- later. Why? Paul died in Vietnam while
I was working up in Reno and never heard. I guess nobody talked
about it much. I will try to find out more about this man from Thermalito
who "GAVE ALL " for his country.
WENDELL L. BROWN, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Brown of Robinson
street, Oroville, is spending a 30 day leave from the Navy with
his parents. Brown, who was formerly a Mercury carrier and who graduated
from Oroville High School in 1950, enlisted in the Navy in January
1951. For the past 19 months he has been stationed at Guam where
he was assigned to the Welfare and Recreation departments, as well
as in the personnel department. Upon completion of his leave he
will report to Treasure Island for future assignment. Serving aboard
the destroyer USS Lewis Hancock is James R. Henley, fireman,
USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Henley of Oroville. The Hancock,
a veteran of World War II, was returned to active service in May
1951, and has served both in the Atlantic and Pacific since re-commissioning.
Proceeding via the Panama Canal from its homeport of Newport, R.I.,
the Hancock recently joined the Seventh Fleet in support of UN action.
RICHARD E. PATTISON, Airman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.
S. Pattison of Madrone Avenue, Oroville, is serving at the U.S.
Naval Air Station, Alameda. Prior to entering the Navy in Feb.,
1952, Pattison attended Oroville Union High School.
Stu's notes: l want to thank everyone involved in our POW/MIA
Recognition Day. The ceremony went very well. To see the brothers
of David Winters holding their candies high in the sky in honor
of their lost brother really made the meaning of the day so important.
You could not be there without having a true feeling of their loss
and the loss of so many others. Hopefully this event will grow and
in a few years be held on our beautiful memorial grounds. It must
be remembered that this event would not have happened if it wasn't
for Joan Lee who asked if it would be possible to do a Missing Man
Table and Ceremony on this special day. Joan lost her brother in
Vietnam. Next year I hope there will be more of the black POW/MIA
flags flown around town. Maybe all week before the ceremony.
News from Sgt. Deborah Shaner, Iraq: "Hi, thanks,
the mayo is the most important. I can buy tuna when it is in stock
so I can make a tuna fish sandwich. I thought of a few other things
I needed anyway. I need some bungie cords and if you can find a
light weight small electric frying pan. I will be going on a mission
tomorrow. I believe that it is the railhead. We are providing gun
truck escorts of another unit. It's not too far away, it should
be a one-day trip. Yeah, chocolate does not travel well. Love Debbie