January 9, 2004
This picture was taken in 1946, the young men in this picture all
attended school in Oroville and entered the service for their country
at different stages of the war, they were all good friends. Pictured
top left to right are: Don Sawtell, U. S. Army Air Force, Al Vasquez,
U. S. Navy, Gib White, U.S. Army, Art Wells, U.S. Army. Bottom left
to right; Troy Ambrose, U.S. Coast Guard, Harold Long, U. S. Merchant
Marine, Clyde Russel, U. S. Navy , Walt Frazier, U. S. Army, Earl
Higgins, U.S. Navy, John Higgins, U. S. Navy. Front on the right,
Ray Dabs, U. S. Army. They all served with honor in the South Pacific
and European Theater of War.
I recently received a letter from one of my readers (I hope more
will write). His name is Troy Ambrose, Oroville High class of 1945.
He skipped school and went into the Coast Guard and WWII, it seems
the coast guard got a long way from our coast. Like in my daughters
case the National Guard is serving in Iraq. Troy is going to write
some of his war stories for me. This picture is some of the many
of Oroville’s hero’s. I’ve known John Higgins, as I went to his
bar in Thermalito when we were building the Dam. John has his arm
in a sling in the picture. We had a long conversation with Debbie
this week on her satellite phone. It was jus like on CNN, with about
a five second delay, hard to know when to talk but so good to hear
her voice after about 5 months. She should be home for 2 weeks soon.
Maybe today as you read this.
December 31, 2000 I met Peter Maki at the Nature
Center and said, “Peter I will dedicate the Oroville Dam Memorial
in May. Let’s organize a committee and build a Veterans Memorial.”
He said yes, let’s go for it. Lynn said why so soon. But didn’t
say no. Three years later, we’ve come a long way.
These are the men and one woman from the Oroville area who lost
their lives during our times of War. Some died in accidents, but
most in Action while in the service of our country.
Arthur Heathorn, John Feliciano, J. S. Tolan, Lt. Charles Faul,
Pfc Gus Alm, Frank Lucas and Don Rowe.
Pvt. Elmer Ashley, Byrl Babcock, WAC, Emery B. Johnson, Pvt Emery
Ledger, Pvt. Vernon Capps, John Flatter, Daryl Porter, Leslie Bidwell,
Edwin Morgan, Francis Pulliam, Arlin Rhine, James Whitmark, 2nd
Lt. Walter Turk, Alphie Worthy, Cpl. William O’Kelly, Rudy Sorenson,
Donald Anderson, Lt. Richard vanWoer, John Forrest Sheehan, William
Evans Rush, Lt. Hubert L. Wiedman, Pfc. Wendell L. Turner KIA
Kernick Smith, Mr. Stauss, E.L. Harris, Lester Morgan, Robert Phelps,
John Casner, Lloyd E. Bailey, Carl C. Denny, Pvt. Jack B. Averrett,
Pfc. George Beard, Cpl., Fred Kabkee, Lt. Howard King, 1st
Lt. Earl Jacobes, Robert Gass, Lloyd Bachey, Lt. Don Waltrous, Lawrence
Gianella, Merchant Marine, Pfc, H. H. Juchtzer, John Barrett, William
Pinkston, Pfc.William R. Harris, Harold Strang, William R. Phillips,
Howard Gould, Roy McBride, Robert Tieck, Pfc.Donald L. Powell, Cpl.
Edward Rabe, Pfc. Carl M. Robertson, Ted Ingraham, Pfc. Lester “Bill”
Onyett, Everett L Morningstar, Pfc. Morris Tims, Melvin Rowe, 2nd
Lt. Gerald A Rutherford, Lt. Thomas Wigle, Medal of Honor, Harold
Wickman Civilian, died as POW, Sgt. David Shaw MIA, Walter W. Gerhart,
Civilian POW, Missing in Action, Lt. Robert F. Brown , and Bill
Don Raymond Bradish, U. S. Army, David Joe Dunham U. S. M.C., Richard
Jensen, Cotton Karr, S/Sgt. Roy E. Steed Jr., Jack Moseley, Robert
Harley Young, Medal of Honor, and Gene Slavick.
Lee Lawson, Capt. Leonard Campbell, Thomas Doyle and Cosie Steel.
Robert Chamberlain, David Christianson, Lanny Cummins, Michael David,
William “Steve” Illman, Dale Evan Hill, Billie Loomis, Michael Lucas,
Jerry Morgan, Jake Newberry, David Richards, Dale Sievers, Thomas
Van Campen, James H. Taylor, Barry Unfried, James E. Pscherer, David
Winters, Teddy Hart, Larry Liss, James Roy, Paul Smith, John Vorris,
John Robert Young, Jay Richards.
WAR ON TERROR AND IRAQ
Army Staff Sgt. David Perry.
We know this list is not complete if you know anything about
these men please call Stu at 533-8147.