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September 17, 2004
Oroville Mercury Register May 16, 23 & 25 1945

Second Daughter Born To Glenn Wixoms
Navy 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 Betty Louise. Patricia Anne is her six -year old sister. Mrs. Wixom is the former Mildred Moseley, 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.

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.

Stram Faces Year In Naval Hospital
Lawrence Stram, 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.

National P.O.W./M.I.A. Recognition Day
1984 By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation 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.
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 at 6:30PM.