September 17, 2004
Oroville Mercury Register May 16, 23 & 25 1945
Second Daughter Born To Glenn Wixoms
Petty Officer and Mrs. Glenn
Wixom are the parents of
a second daughter born May 11 in Oroville Curran hospital.
The baby has been named
Patricia Anne is
her six -year old sister. Mrs. Wixom is the former
daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Manton Moseley of Thermalito.
Mr. and Mrs. Ira Wixom
are the baby’s grandparents and
Mrs. H. Sanders is
her great grandmother. Wixom is stationed in the fleet post
office in San Francisco.
LOCAL BOYS PROUD OF THEIR OUTFIT
Oroville boys who are with the 12th
Armored Division on the western front, which spearheaded General
Patton’s thrust into Germany, feel that their outfit hasn’t been
given the publicity due it. This division was known as the
mystery division, since it was one of the few units taking part
in the gigantic push that could not be mentioned by name for security
reasons. Among the Oroville boys know to be with it are
Sgt. Douglas Post,
Pfc. Jerry Huntington
and Sgt. George Barnett.
They have written to friends sending a description of the 12th’s
activities. Borrowed from the Seventh Army to augment Patton’s
thrust into Germany, the 12th Armored Division led the
Third Army drive to the Rhine cities of Ludwigshafen, Speyer and
Germersheim, under the command of
Maj. Gen. Roderick R.
Allen. The Hellcat Division, as it is called, during
the week of March 18 to 25, took dozens of towns, captured approximately
6000 prisoners and disarmed half as many more. In one day, March
19, the Hellcats captured 2500 prisoners, three ammunition dumps,
a regimental supply train 400 horses and 700 trucks and wagons,
and an enemy hospital with patients and equipment still intact.
Faces Year In Naval Hospital
20, pharmacist’s mate third class in the navy is
recovering at Mare Island Naval Hospital following an operation
performed last week on the nerves in his right arm. Stram,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Milo
Stram of Vallejo, formerly of Oroville, was wounded when
a Japanese sniper’s bullet struck his arm while he administered
blood plasma to a wounded marine on Iwo Jima March 8. He was
transferred to a hospital in the Marianas by plane, and later was
treated at naval hospitals in Honolulu and San Diego before being
moved to Mare Island three weeks ago. Doctors anticipate he
will recover full use of his arm, but he is expected to be hospitalized
for a year.
1984 By the President of the United
States of America
Ever since the Revolutionary War, America’s men and women have heroically
served their country in times of conflict. In each of America’s
wars our prisoners of war have been required to make special sacrifices,
serving their country under conditions of hardship. Their
burden greatly increased when they were treated in violation of
the fundamental standards of morality and international codes of
conduct for the treatment of prisoners of war. Our POW’s and
MIA’s have earned a very special place in the hearts of all Americans
because of their selfness devotion to duty and unflinching courage.
We must not forget or fail to honor those who have served their
country so faithfully. By Senate Joint Resolution 171,
the Congress has designated July 20, 1984, as “National P.O.W./M.I.A.
Recognition Day.”…..Now. Therefore. I, Ronald Reagan, President
of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Friday, July
20, 1984, as National P.O.W/M.I.A. Recognition Day. I call
on all Americans to join in honoring all former American prisoners
of war, those still missing, and their families who endured the
uncommon sacrifices on behalf of this country. I also call
upon the State and local officials and private organizations to
observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 9th
day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-four,
and of the Independence of the United States of America the two
hundred and eight.
(signed) Ronald Reagan
Stu’s notes: The day has been changed to
the third Friday in September. Oroville will celebrate with a candle
light service on the steps of the Veteran’s Memorial hall tonight