August 26, 2005
Oroville Mercury June 11, 1946
Lt. Cmdr. DeVol Is Released From U. S. Navy
Lt. Commander Norman De Vol of Oroville, has been discharged from
the United States Navy at the personnel center in San Francisco
according to word received here by mail from the Naval Center in
Chicago. De Vol was commander of the famous Red Falcon motor torpedo
boat during the Mediterranean campaign and was cited in 1945 by
the Secretary of the Navy for heroic performance of duty. The citation
called him a strong resourceful leader in numerous, extremely hazardous
undertakings such as raiding parties and defensive patrols. De Vol
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. N.E. De Vol of Thermalito. He was graduated
from Oroville Union High School and from the University of Southern
California. Prior to the war De Vol taught at the high school here
and at one time, worked as a mining engineer in South America. He
holds a civilian pilot’s license but was assigned to the PT boats
after excelling in athletics at basic training camp. The Red Falcon
and one other PT boat captured an Italian held island single handed.
The two high powered and heavily armed boats bore down on the island,
and the Italian soldiers capitulated immediately. His future plans
have not been announced.
Oroville Mercury September 1945
Atomic Bomb Surrender Factor says Premier
San Francisco-U.P. Premier Gen. Prince Uhiko Higashi-Kuni told his
cabinet and members of the lower house of the Japanese diet Monday
that it was the atomic bomb, and the emperor’s “love of the people,”
that made Japan surrender. The statement was made at the roundtable
conference in the premier’s residence, Domel news agency said in
a dispatch recorded by the FCC. Tomorrow Higashi-Kuni is scheduled
to hold a similar conference with members of the house of peers.
Higashi-Kuni declared that one purpose for convening the diet on
Sept. 4 was to “clarify frankly” the reasons for Japan’s capitulation.
At the same time the Japanese press bluntly warned Tokyo’s people
that the time has come to realize that they lost a fight for survival,
and that they must repent their bullying ways.
(from James Lenhoff).
SFC JAMES HALCHISHICK, a 1990 graduate of Oroville High School,
enlisted in the Army during Desert Storm in 1991. He has served
for 14 years is married with 2 children. He has served 1 tour of
duty in Korea with the 1/503 Infantry, one tour in Bosnia in 2003
with the 2/3 Avn. One tour in Iraq with the 101st Airborne and is
leaving for Iraq at the end of this summer. Currently he is assigned
Dco 6/101st Avn, Ft. Campbell, KY. His service includes Battalion
Production Control NCO, managed all aspects of aviation maintenance
on 23 UH-60 Blackhawk and 14 CH-47 Chinook Helicopters.
Last spring I talked to James and then I lost his story. I must
say what our young heroes are doing all over the world is not getting
enough coverage in the news. On Bosnia he said that the people were
glad we came. We should have come sooner, before so many died. James
said, “I crossed the Kuwait border March 19, 2003. Our unit did
find chemical weapons evidence. We are doing good there, I don’t
care what they say (media). We are building Hospitals and schools
etc.” James has been awarded the Bronze Star for service to his
country also The Air Medal and Good Conduct Medals. He had the honor
to reenlist on the USS Arizona, (Pearl Harbor), three years later
on the Battle Ship Missouri.
None of my readers seem to know what the future brought for
Oroville Hero Norman De Vol. I hope it was a happy ever after story.
Such a hero from the streets of Thermalito. Maybe I’ll build a road
out back and call it De Vol Drive.
Sixty years ago two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan. The
war ended soon after. Over 120,000 Japanese perished more died later
that is a well know fact. How many lives on both sides a quick end
of the war saved is not known. But estimates are from 200,000 or
more of our young men who would have died on the beaches of Japan.
Ten’s of thousand more on the ships off shore, estimates are 500,000
to a million Japanese, men, women and children would have died,
as they were trained to fight to the death.
Jim Lenoff talked to a Japanese family that was there. They
said the bomb saved lives. They moved here after the war and said,
as a young girl her family had been taught to commit suicide if
their shores were invaded. WWII Veterans I’ve talked to about this
said they were the one’s that would have died on those shores. Ten’s
of thousands of their children never born. The week set for the
invasion, Japan had the worst Typhoon ever. How many of our ships
would have been lost? Nobody knows, what if.