February 25, 2005
Mercury Register March
CPL. CLIFFORD ARLIN RHINE
who died in the courageous capture of Jap stronghold.
Cpl. Rhine had expressed
his satisfaction that his long training period was over and now
“at last I can do something worthwhile.” He enlisted in the
Marine Corps April 10, 1943, while still in his freshman year at
the University of California at Berkeley, and went overseas in September,
1944. Cpl Rhine was graduated from the local high school in
1942. While a student there he was prominent in all student body
affairs. He won his letters in tennis, basketball and football.
With Walter Mitchell, now a private in the army, he organized the
high school Royal Tigers Orchestra. At the university he was
pledged to the Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity and was also a member
of the freshman basketball and football teams.
MENTIONED IN LETTERS
While training at Camp
Pendleton and while based at Hilo, Hawaiian Islands, he played in
the marine regimental bands. In San Diego he was graduated
Honor man from Radio Operators School, having made the highest marks
in his class. Cpl. Rhine's” parents had received no word from
his since his landing on Iwo Jima after the invasion. Their
first news that he was there came through military dispatches that
the Fifth Division had landed on the island and through letters
from two of his comrades, formerly his classmates at school, telling
that the had seen Cpl. Rhine. Besides his parents his survivors
in Oroville include a sister, Pamela; his grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Morganthaler;
his great-grandfather, C. A. Coykendall;
and an aunt and uncle Mr. and Mrs.
C. E. Grafe.
60 years ago Iwo Jima. Oroville lost a lot on that small Island.
At least 3 of our finest. More were wounded from here.
As you read it was a terrible place to be. I have read about
a radio man on Iwo, he said you made a tempting target, as the antena
stuck up, revealing your position. The road on our levee is
called Arlin Rhine Drive, it should read Arlin Rhine Memorial Drive.
Most people don’t know what it represents. Many other streets
in Oroville are named after those who died in WWII. I have
talked to people living on these streets and they do not know why
they are named. Maybe we could place a Gold Star on the street
Our Memorial Park Plans show that Arlin Rhine Drive will go down
the levee and come out on Montgomery, creating about 60 new parking
spaces in the area. This will help the Monday Club, The Pioneer
Museum, which I hope will be expanded some day, then they could
have more room for the History of our Veterans. Today there
is some in the basement. I urge all to see what they have.
We had more attend our Memorial meeting last Monday then ever.
Our project is slowly moving forward. Let’s hope we can dedicate
our memorial next year, as we will be celebrating Oroville
We will also be celebrating the 100 year Reunion of Oroville High
and Las Plumas High Schools. Everyone from all these classes will
be invited to a Big Party in October 2006.
Thank you Thank you Oroville Veterans Honor Guard, Stan Rinehart
our Secretary and committee member from the start, presented us
with a $1000.00, check Monday night. Stan is one of the men
to see if you need a Veterans Honor Guard, they do a beautiful respectful
service for our veterans when they pass on. I have been to
some of these services. This money comes from donations to
their group from the families. I also wish to thank them.
If you see a Veteran or Active Service man or woman, say THANK YOU,
we owe them so much.