January 7, 2005
Oroville Mercury Register
May 22, 1945
Leonard Campbell Becomes
Leonard N. Campbell recently
received his promotion to the rank of major in the air corps.
He has been acting as operations officer at Westover Field in Springfield,
Mass. Enlisting in the army in July 1941, he went through
cadet training and was sent to the Pacific area as a pilot.
While in New Guinea, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross.
His wife and young son, Steven, are living in Springfield.
Major Campbell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Neal Campbell of Spencer
Sgt. Bew Home For
Sgt. M. C. Bew, former local
salesman for Globe Flour Company, arrived home last night on a ten
day furlough from North Camp Wood, Tex. Bew’s wife,
Rachel, deputy county clerk,
and the couple’ s daughter will spend a vacation at their mountain
Gaylord Back With
Local Funeral Home
William H. Gaylord, former
chief pharmacist’s mate in the U. S. Navy, has resumed the management
of the W. M. Thomas Funeral Home. Gaylord was honorable discharged
from the navy May 10.
GIVEN HIS OUTFIT
“5 May 1945, Italy
Dear Editor: I’m writing to thank you for the grand articles your
paper has printed about my outfit and myself. It gives one
such a warm and glorious feeling to know the people at home have
kept you in their memories. For people, such as we have in
Oroville, it makes an old veteran realize what we are fighting for,
and the burden so much easier to bear. Thanking you again,
I remain, 1st/Sgt. F.
Mrs. Mitchell To Go
To Meet Husband
Cpl. Raymond Mitchell
is back in the United States after 28 months in the South Pacific.
His wife, Kathryn, received a surprise telephone call from him Monday
night from San Francisco. Mrs. Mitchell, a deputy in the county
recorder’s office, plans to leave Thursday to join her husband for
the return to Oroville.
Bill Providing F.
R. Medal Passed
The house passed and sent to the Senate today a bill to authorize
President Truman to award
a special medal of honor to the late
I talked to Dr. Peter Hudson-Gibson
who grew up in Oroville. He is still here after a long career
serving our country. (see more about Peter in my November 19,2004
story.) He saw the exact spot that the plane crashed (in 1943)
and said they used to pick up small pieces. It was to the
left of Nelson Road, right after you cross the bridge (which wasn’t
there then) Right left of where Nelson Road starts up, to
go over, the Campbell Hills. If an army airforce man died
there he should and will be honored in our little town. I
grew up it Thermalito and played all over those hills and never
heard this story. Peter also remembers fishing in Ruddy Creek,
which was a live stream through Thermalito. It died when the
Forebay cut off it’s headwaters. But that’s another story.
New Years at the Eagles I met a man named Paul, who said the VFW
Hall on Elgin 1747, needs a new oven so they can resume putting
on dinners etc. They do a lot of benefits out there and are
very much in need of an updated kitchen to continue. So if
anyone can help it would be much appreciated. By the way as
I wrote a few weeks ago the Ladies Auxiliary 1747 donated $2,500
to out Memorial. I’m sure some of that money came from meals
prepared on their worn out oven.
On the special Medal
of Honor for Franklin D. Roosevelt, I think he really deserved this
medal. To my eyes he went ABOVE AND BEYOND for his country
and died while commander in chief of all armed forces. This
column has carried a couple articles of
1st Sgt. F. G.
McFerrin in the past.