October 14, 2005
“Some Gave All”
Flatter Killed Serving U. S.
Dies in Plane Crash At Sea; His body Not Recovered
John M. Flatter of
Oroville, electrician’s mate first class, U. S. Naval Reserve, was
killed in an airplane crash at sea Saturday, his wife,
Myrtle, was notified
by the navy department yesterday. The crash presumably occurred
somewhere in the Atlantic. Flatter left for overseas duty
April 1, and notified his wife ten days later that he had arrived
safely at his destination. A member of the Seabees, he reported
for duty last October in San Francisco. Was In Army 7 Years
Flatter served in the first world war as an infantry sergeant.
He enlisted in the army in 1913 and was in the service seven years
he came to Oroville 21 years ago and had been employed by the P
G & E for 19 years before enlisting in the navy. He was a
native of Ohio. The family home is on West D Street.
The message from the navy department informed
Mrs. Flatter that
her husband was “killed in the performance of his duty in the service
of his country on May 1, 1943, as a result of a plane crash at sea.”
The message added that his body was not recovered. The telegram
said that details of the crash were not available. Flatter
is survived by his wife
Myrtle’s four sons,
George, who is an
apprentice seaman at Farragut, Ida.;
high school students, and
THIRD LOCAL MAN
Flatter was believed
to be the third Oroville district man to give his life in the war.
Howard Gould, chief
deputy in the county auditor’s office, went down with the Lexington
in the Battle of the Coral Sea, and
Alphie Worthy, 20,
of Chico Road, another navy man, was lost when a Japanese submarine
torpedoed an oil tanker off the Pacific coast last October.
Oroville Mercury Resister
June 12, 1944
Twenty five years
E. H. Haynes, formerly
of Jack’s Ranch, Berry Creek, last night returned to Oroville from
service overseas. Haynes went to France with the 40th Division.
He spent 38 days under fire in the Mouse-Argone salient….Frank
and Charles Taber and
Arthur Babb of Oroville
are to receive rides in government aeroplanes from this city to
Mather Field. The boys have enlisted with the aviation service
and will be the first recruits to be taken from this section to
their military duties by aeroplane.
Oroville Mercury Register
February 11, 1944
Butte Boys Meet Far
Two Butte County boys
met by chance in the South Pacific this week and “made a time of
it.” They were Burton
Goldstein, son of
J. Oscar Goldstein of Chico and
Dan Beebe Jr. of
Oroville. Their parents know it was this week because the
postmark on the letter disclosed it was only 3 days in transit.
They infer it was from the South Pacific because Goldstein is on
the staff of Admiral Halsey
as chief watch officer, lieutenant junior grade. Goldstein
said that Beebe was in good health, bronzed from the equatorial
John Flatter served
his country well, he didn’t need to go to war, he had already done
that and at his age with 4 children he most likely would not have
been drafted. But duty called and he went as so many brave
men and women have always done, since our country was born.
Committee Member Doug Krause
knew the family, I hope to contact them and hear more about their
father. Doug was a ball turret gunner in B-17’s over Europe
in 1943-44. Right after I talked to Doug,
Marv Hollener called
me about duck hunting and I found out he flew in 17’s out of Italy
in WWII. What a thrill to talk to two such men in just a few
minutes. I love this writing job. You couldn’t pay me
to do it. I wonder what happened to
Dan Beebe Jr.
I’m sure he was the Editor’s son, but this is all I’ve seen of him
in print. I wonder how far those 3 Oroville boys went in the
aeroplane. More on
Howard Gould and
Alphie Worthy later.
HELP THOSE WHO HELP YOU III, will
be this Saturday, October 15th from 1-4pm. We will have a
great talent show, emceed by
Mike Ramsey plus
a spaghetti lunch all for only $6.00. There will also be many
raffle and door prizes. You must be present to win.
Member Bill Fox has
arranged with Paul Sims
of Surplus City to have a shuttle cart on the levee east of the
Municipal Auditorium, driven by
You can park there and be taken down to the Memorial Hall basement
for our lunch and show.