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November 5, 2004
Oroville Mercury Register. May 10, 1945

In The Fight
John M Aicega, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Aicega, on Veatch St., Oroville, received here recently the coveted Navy air-crewman wings, symbol of successful completion of flight combat training in Grumman Avenger torpedo bombing planes, the same planes making devastating strikes against the enemy in the far Pacific. Petty Officer Aicega, an aviation radioman, third class, also received instruction in aerial gunnery and flew in simulated combat. He is now fully qualified to take his place on one of the three-man-teams which fly and fight in the carrier-based planes. Aicega graduated from Oroville High School in 1940.

Pfc. Kennen C. Vaught is now at Torney General Hospital, Palm Springs for hospitalization after two years service in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. Pfc. Vaught was on duty with a general hospital and saw service in Australia and New Guinea. He wears the Asiatic-Pacific theater ribbon and the good conduct ribbon. Prior to going overseas, he trained at Fort Ord. Pfc. Vaught was a former employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad. His wife Treva Belle Vaught and their son, Gray Clem, live on Safford Street.

MIAMI, Fla-Three California G. I.’s, veterans of nearly two years to almost three in foreign service, flew into Miami Army Air Field aboard an Air Transport Command plan, bringing them from India, the African Gold Coast and Central Africa. Among them enroute to Oroville Calif., home on Wyandotte Ave and his wife, was Cpl. Lyle M. Dillon, back from 21 months on the Gold Coast.
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Stu’s notes: Thank you to Halftime Take and Bake Pizza, Round Table Pizza and Pizza Hut for their valuable consideration in support of our fund raising dinner.

Most have heard of the Four Chaplains that were lost at sea, 1943 when the troop ship U. S. S. Dorchester went down. They gave up their life vests and did the best to comfort the men as the ship went down. The Four, Rev. George Fox, a Methodist, Rabbi Alexander Good, The Rev. Clark Poling a Dutch Reformed pastor and Father John Washington. A documentary of their valor will show November 10th on cable TV’s Hallmark Channel.

The Sixth Annual, November 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 than 3,000 were left in America. All would be over 100 years old now. Jim Hollingsworth is the man to call about the Parade (533-3907). The dead line for entry is Monday, November 8th. The Grand Marshall will be Mac McComas