August 19, 2005
Oroville Mercury August 11, 1943
DRIVE ON THE ENLIST FULL GUARD UNIT
need for a militarily equipped and well-disciplined organization
to serve southern Butte county in a possible local emergency may
be answered in a two weeks recruiting campaign now being conducted
by the Oroville unit of the California State Guard. With 28
members already enrolled, the local company has divided into two
teams to obtain a total of 145 men by August 23. On that date
the runner-up group in the enlistment canvass will serve dinner
to the winners at the Elks club.
Bert Green to Act
the contesting squads are Sgt. Jack Pank and Corp. Ray Schull.
Commander of the company is Lt. James C. Nisbet, principal
of Oroville Union high school. Part of the required
46 men is to be represented by a Feather Falls platoon headed by
Bert Green. Green served as a lieutenant in the former Oroville
state guard unit. Another platoon is being sought at Palermo.
At Gridley, formation of a separate company will include Gridley
and Biggs platoons. Recruits comprise men 18 to 65 years of
age. Each company when completed will have a commissioned
personnel of a captain and three lieutenants. Nisbet is the
only commissioned officer here to date.
FOR DISASTER WORK
with defense authorities the state guard unit would be assigned
to definite posts should disaster or other disturbance occur.
Shotguns and sub-machine guns with ammunition are to be supplied
under the new state organization. In addition the state would
furnish ammunition for individually owned sporting rifles.
Uniforms also will be requisitioned from the guard’s state quarter-masters.
Meetings are held each Monday night at the Oroville civic auditorium.
No meeting is scheduled for August 16.
Oroville Mercury April 30, 1952
CALIFORNIA GUARD UNIT FORMED IN OROVILLE
--The possibility that all or part of the State may be left relatively
unprotected in the event of a military or natural emergency is the
reluctant rallying point for a small group of unarmed patriots banded
together as the California Guard. In the Armories of 40 northern
California communities, a thousand men and officers are meeting
one night each week to keep up with their Division’s motto, “Ready”.
They serve without pay, except during occasional special schools
and so far have received no uniforms or weapons. The Volunteer
militiamen, formed as the 2nd Division of the Guard make up a military
unit which is standing by in case the 49th Division of the National
Guard is called into Federal service. Their counterparts,
the 1st division of southern California, are now on active State
duty while the 40th National Guard Division helps fight a war in
Korea. The civilian soldier force was created on paper by
an act of the far seeing 1949 State Legislature. It was activated
by Governor Earl Warren after the Korean crisis in the summer of
1950. Responsible for “second line” protection of northern
California’s 50 county empire is Major General Richard. E. Mittelstaedt,
war-time commander of the 40th Division, three-time Adjutant General
of California, and long-time National Guardsman. A guard group,
similar to Army regiments, is headquartered in Sacramento.
Battalion headquarters are located in Chico and Yuba City, and a
company has been activated in Oroville.
Oroville National Guard has been here a long time, seems like after
WWII it must have been disbanded, then stated up again in the spring
of 1952. It is still here protecting us 24-7. A lot
of Butte County Men and Women have served over the years.
In the early ‘50’s, Oroville’s well known artist, Fred Daley, served.
I have known him since we worked on the Oroville Dam. I heard
of his talent while in High school as a great car detailer.
He told me during the Korean war his group was set to go, but the
40th went instead. Fred says many were killed. Fred
was talked into going to Officers Training by Bill Mattley.
But Fred, as many know, travels to the beat of a differed drum,
and worked hard to get out which he did and later left the guard
as Sgt. Fred Daley. Recently the Oroville Guard had an open
house. They had rides for kids and other favors. I took
my brother, (Oroville Guard 1955-1958). My daughter Sgt. Deborah
Shaner took us for a ride in a Hum-vee. (Pictured) Larry
fought the Oroville flood of 1955, Sgt. Shal Thomas
and Debbie each spent a year in Iraq. Their Headquarters
is now on Pomona and 3rd. The Armory will be 50 years old
this coming fall.