December 30, 2005
Oroville Mercury February 22, 1944, June 21, 1945
COURIS-In Oroville, Feb. 21, 1944, born to the wife of Corporal
Theafanus (Tom) Couris of the U. S. Army, a son.
Home from Wars Major Henry Stapp,
former Oroville Western Pacific train master who arrived recently
in New York after nearly a year overseas. Stapp wears the Middle
Eastern Theatre ribbon centered with the battle star for the Sicilian
campaign. As head of the 10th Port of Embarkation, his job has been
the moving of troops and supplies. In a telephone call from New
York, Stapp told his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Stapp, that he
hoped to be in Oroville soon.
“Some Gave All”
Returned Mail Gives Word of Son’s Death
MARYSVILLE- News of the death in action of their son, Lt.
Harry A. Skinner, Jr., army air force pilot, came the hard way to
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Skinner of Marysville. Earlier in the
day Mrs. Skinner had received in the mail letters addressed to her
son on Luzon and returned marked “deceased.” An immediate wire to
the adjutant general’s office in Washington brought the first official
word of the tragedy. (Lt. Harry A. Skinner, Jr., is honored on a
Yuba County Memorial)
Oroville Mercury June 21, 1945
Local colonel Awarded Medal
ARMY AIR FORCES, PACIFIC HEADQUARTERS- Colonel William J. Clinch
of Oroville, Calif., director of personnel and administrative services
for the AAF in the Pacific Ocean areas, has been awarded the Bronze
Star Medal for meritorious service in connection with military operations
against the enemy. A citation accompanying the award reads, in part:…”From
August, 1944 to April 15, 1945, Colonel Clinch performed his task
with outstanding initiative, energy and efficiency in an area of
great distances and various headquarters.”
Stu’s Notes: Five years ago tomorrow, December 31, 2000, I ran
into Peter Maki at the Nature Center, he was picking up garbage.
I said, “Hi Peter, let’s build a Veterans Memorial” His reply “Let’s
do it”. I had talked to him and other people that year that showed
an interest in doing just that. Ron Scharbor said he could get some
American Legion men involved. Peter and I knew Veterans from our
Methodist Church that we could get on board. I just about had the
Memorial to those who died while building the Oroville Dam, finished.
We parted that last day of December with an idea set in motion.
I was feeling very optimistic, as I knew Peter and what he could
do. He had agreed to be my co-chairmen. We’ve come a long way in
those five years. In a way I’m glad it is taking so long, as we
are still finding Heroes that “Gave All” for our country.
I talked to Marie Beebe, Dan Beebe Jr.’s wife. She didn’t remember
a lot about Dan’s service to his country, but said she was proud
of him. He wanted to serve his country but had bad eyesight so went
into the Merchant Marines (now recognized as a branch of the service
in WWII) Although they didn’t have to serve and got paid more, and
could quit anytime (I think) thousands stuck with the job and they
suffered a big percentage of the causalities in WWII. Marie said
Dan was sea sick all the time but he stayed the course. Oroville
can be proud of him.
I would like to thank Bud Strang again for paying the annual
fee for our Logo that is on the Oroville Host Lions Welcome to Oroville
I just talked to an old Classmate of mine, Nancy Long Gardner,
OHS class of ’58. She is a well known sculptor in bronze. She is
very excited to hear of our plans and that we want to have a Bronze
Bugle Boy statue as part of our memorial.