October 22, 2004
Oroville Mercury Register, January 4, 1944
Doctor Wounded On Attu Will Tell His Story Here Tonight
Rotary Club Arranges Free Lecture Open To All; Go To Bird Street
School AT 8 P.M. The thrilling, gripping story of a Butte County
Doctor fighting for his life on Attu Island will be told tonight
at 8 o’clock at Bird Street School auditorium. The lecture will
be open to all, free of charge. What Americans face in Hand-to-hand
encounters at Pacific outposts with the savage Japs will be told
by Dr. Marvin Chernow, who was seriously wounded on Attu. The lecture
is under auspices of the Oroville Rotary Club. Dr. Chernow, former
Enloe hospital house physician, spoke Dec. 28 to the Chico Rotary
A REALISTIC STORY
Those who attended, among them, C. D. Records of Oroville, reported
that any complacency concerning the Pacific war is quickly dispelled
by Cherno’s vivid account. The physician is a testimony himself
to modern surgery being applied to Americans brought back from the
war fronts, it was said.
HIS GORY EXPERIENCE
In a front-line first aid tent at Attu, he lost his nose and was
pinned through a broken jaw to the ground with a Japanese dagger,
his talk revealed. He was one of two men of a group of eight in
a machine gun defended tent to survive the attack, He downed his
assailant with the butt of a gun. Returned to the United States,
Dr. Chernow was given plastic surgery by a famous Harvard-trained
doctor now serving the Armed forces. Dr. Chernow’s talk at Oroville,
originally planned for a later date, was arranged by the local Rotary
club when it was learned that the army physician will return to
duty tomorrow. Officiers of Oroville post of the Veterans of Foreign
Wars today urged all veterans and their wives to attend the talk.
Stu’s Notes: I thought I would do some stories on 1944. This
week there are so many stories to tell and so little space. Last
weeks story about Haddi Siggeirsson brought a call from his sister,
Inga, who has just moved back to Oroville. I knew her over forty
years ago. She was married to a good friend of mine. She is very
proud of her brother and was pleased to see the story in the Mercury.
She told me that Haddi is doing well. He recently moved from Oregon
to Las Vegas. Seems he wanted more sun. James Lenoff, Haddi’s friend
also wrote a nice article about him in the latest issue of the Butte
County Historical Society’s Diggin’s. James did a wonderful job
featuring many of Oroville’s Heroes. Join the Society and I guarantee
you will not be disappointed.
Nov. 11th Veterans Day Parade The Armistice
was signed on the 11th month, the 11th day
and the 11th hour and the 11th minute in 1918.
Oroville will have a parade from 5th Ave down Montgomery
Street passing the New Chamber of Commerce Office. To honor those
men who went to war so long ago. They did their best and many went
back to war along with their sons and daughters a short 20 some
years later. Now these men of WWI are almost all gone. I heard about
a year ago that only one lived in our north state and less that
3,000 were left in America. All would be over 100 years old now.
Jim Hollingsworth is the man to see about the Parade. The Grand
Marshall will be Mac McComus, who heads the Rescue Mission. It would
be hard to find a Veteran who served his country any better than
Mac. For many years he has been serving those down and out in the
“Help those who help you” Spaghetti and Show Saturday, October
23, 2004, Noon until 3:30pm.
The show is being organized by Patti Meyers and the Spaghetti
lunch/dinner is being pulled together by Committee member Bill Fox.
Thank you both for all of your hard work. This is a fundraiser for
the Veterans Memorial Park. There will be lots of door prizes and
raffle prizes. The Spaghetti and Show will be $6 for adults and
$3.00 for children. For tickets call me at 533-8147. Raffle tickets
are $1 each or 6 for $5, the raffle will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tickets
will also be sold at the door and by other committee members. Patti
has collected great raffle prizes!