February 27, 2004
Oroville Mercury Register April 21, 1945
ENGAGEMENT OF JACK ONYETT AND LA GIRL
Mrs. C. S. Lothrop has received word of the engagement of her nephew,
Lt. Jack E. Onyett to Miss Patsy Elizabeth Curtis of Los Angeles.
Lt. Onyett is the son of Floyd E. (Bun) Onyett, a former coach at
Oroville High School. After graduating from College of the Pacific
in Stockton, he joined the Marines and has been an instructor at
St. Simon’s Island, Ga. His cousin, William C. Lothrop,
is serving with the Navy in the South Pacific.
MRS. JACK NOBLE HOME FROM VISIT
Mrs. Jack Noble returned to Oroville yesterday after nearly five
weeks in Baltimore, where her husband, Lt. J. H. Noble, was
stationed at Fort George Meade, prior to being sent overseas. Their
daughter, Suzan, remained here with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Todd McGinnis, while her mother was in the east. While in Maryland,
Mrs. Noble visited at the home of Mrs. Fred Noyes, the former Marjorie
Kister of Oroville, and learned that Mrs. Noyes is planning to return
to Oroville shortly, as Lt. Noyes was sent overseas the early
part of this month.
LT. KING SAVES SHIP, DECORATED
With fire raging among burst and burning depth charges as a result
of Japanese attacks, Lt. Emmett T. King, husband of Mrs.
Kathryn King of Oroville, unhesitatingly risked his life to save
his ship from internal explosion. For his heroic action, Lt. King
has been awarded the Navy Cross. A citation accompanying the award
discloses that the navy man, assistant damage control officer of
the ship distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in successfully
fighting the menacing blaze. “At great risk to himself and with
total disregard of personal danger,” the citation reads, “he obtained
a fire hose from an adjacent bulkhead and directed a stream of water
on the burning depth charges. His prompt, courageous action may
well have spared the ship from internal explosion.” Lt. King’s wife
makes her home with her sister, Mrs. C. H. Coggins, who lives here
in Oroville. Mrs. Coggins’ husband is a navy commander on duty in
Stu’s Notes: I learned a little more about Oroville’s Tuskegee
Airman, Dorothy Bauer called and said she went to Yuba College with
Samuel L. Broadnax in 1947 and 48. He wore a leather jacket, probably
his Flight Jacket and that he was studying Journalism and he was
a very nice young man. She talked to him about 20 years ago and
he had been working for KSFO Radio in San Francisco. He was living
on a boat north of the city. He was divorced and said his wife didn’t
like living on a boat. I think he would be about 78 years old now.
I have asked people if they have heard of the Tuskegee Airman. Many
said no. So I feel I should say that during WWII the Armed Services
were segregated and it took a lot of convincing to get the Generals
to admit African Americans into Flight School. Finally they agreed
to an all African American group and the Tuskegee Airmen were formed
in 1943. They flew the P51 Mustang, probably the best built single
engine fighter in the War. The P38 had two engines. I think they
flew out of Italy and North Africa. They served with great distinction
and many honors. It is sad to say when they came home they didn’t
receive a welcome everywhere, especially in many southern states.
There is a movie about their heroics.
We have a Pfc. Lester William Onyett who died while fighting in
the Pacific. He worked at Onyett’s Dairy somewhere in Oroville.
Could he be related to Lt. Jack E. Onyett. Some people might not
call me about stories not wanting their name in the paper. If you
ask, I will not use your name. Please call me at 533-8147 if you
can add to the stories of our Heroes.