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January 23, 2004
Oroville Mercury April 16th, 19th 1945

Frank (Cope) Hogan, who recently let the home town folks know that in Honolulu he had seen Harry Bokmann, former local mail carrier, has more to say about Bokmann in a letter to Mrs. A. L. Richter and family of Thermalito. “I saw Harry in his barracks,” Hogan writes. “As you can probably imagine, we chewed up a sizable chunk of fat and repainted a lot of memories. Harry is getting along fine, is well thought of in his outfit and is a staff sergeant and crew chief bomber. The way Harry talks, he is still going to be a mail carrier when he gets back. I think travel hits Harry about the way it does me. The more I see of the world, the more I an convinced that the U. S. A. is better than anywhere else. Harry saw some pretty rugged duty south of Honolulu for about 11 months, so he knows all about the “be-oottiful” stinking rocks, they call the Paradise of the Pacific. There is one small thing that one might call good, that will come out of the war. There are going to be a lot of Joes come back that are going to appreciate the U. S. A. like they never did before, believe me.”

1st Lt. William S. Schauer, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Schauer, formerly of Oroville, has been reported missing in action in the European theatre. Mrs. Eva Noel was informed today by Lt. Schauer’s mother in Oakland that the young B-17 pilot failed to return from his third mission over occupied Germany and was reported missing March 17. Lt. Schauer, a veteran navigator of the Asiatic, Pacific and European theatres, enlisted in the Army Air Forces four years ago and served several months overseas as a navigator for the Ferry Command, before being sent to O. C. S. He was commissioned last August at Marfa Army Air Field, Texas, and went overseas in January. His wife Dorothy and five months-old son, Bill, live in Roswell, N. Mex. He is also survived by two sisters, Zadell and Lois.

May 29,1945
Lt. William S. Schauer, Known to his friends as Billie, is safe after having been released from a German prison camp. In a letter to his mother, Mr. Wm. A. Schauer, he said he had been in a camp near Munich and hoped to be flying home soon.)

Stu’s notes: It has been so good to have Debbie home. She has been catching up on things with her family, friends, dogs, and horses. She has especially enjoyed her best friend, Stacey. Debbie says I’ve been feeding the horses enough but I fed her dogs too much. She says they are fat! I guess I give them too many treats. Her friends have been very good to her, trimming her horses feet, bringing sacks of feed and sending her care packages. Thanks to everyone. Debbie leaves for Iraq on Sunday. She should be back in the states by May for good. Here is a picture of Debbie with her roping steer head in the grill, in front of her truck in Iraq.
I recently met Harry down town. He has lived in Oroville most of his life and can remember so much about Oroville years ago. He was a crew chief for the B-25’s . In the service when the plane was on the ground it was his; in the Air it was the pilot’s. One of his planes was shot down. He did go back to the post office after the war. I think he retired in 1977. I have been trying to get more of his stories, this one I found in the scrap book of Ona Couris.