September 30, 2005
Looking Backward Twenty five years ago (July 19, 1919)
Barney Gilmore, local boy had arrived in this city from the Presidio
at San Francisco, where he received his discharge a few days ago
after serving 11 months in France. Gilmore served 11 days in the
Meuse-Argonne offensive…C. R. Clark of this city left recently for
Merrimac, where he has accepted a responsible position with the
Swayne Lumber Company…Thad Bolt of Gridley was a business visitor
in Oroville yesterday.
Oroville Boy Helped Take Saipan Isle
Corp. Richard R. Warmack of Oroville was in the third wave of U.
S. Marines that charged the tough Japanese defenses of Saipan, helped
crack that island’s “little Maginot line”, and won for the U. S.
the bloodiest battle so far of the Pacific war. Conquest of the
island a key in Japan’s inner defense line, is regarded by many
as a turning point in the war. Two letters from Corp. Warmack telling
a little about the Saipan engagements, were received here Tuesday
by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Randall Warmack. “The censors let up
a little, so I can tell you I’m on the island of Saipan,” wrote
the Oroville boy. “I landed in the third wave and believe me it
was plenty hot. Shells, mortars and bullets were whizzing in every
direction. ‘My outfit has done an excellent job – for that matter
I think every marine on the island has done his job, no matter how
tough the going was.” He said he was relaxing a little now and reading
the magazines sent to him.
Living in a Japanese house, Corp. Warmack said that he and his buddies
listen to the news beamed from San Francisco and from Tokio. Tokio
Rose, a girl reporter, furnished them with considerable entertainment,
he said. Warmack told, too, how he watched a marine anti-aircraft
gun crew bring down a Japanese bomber over Saipan with only five
shells fired. The local youth, who joined the marines in Jan. 1943
while he was a high school senior, had been six months in the Pacific
early this July. A first class private while he was in the Marshalls
engagement, he was promoted to corporal when his outfit took a breather
in a rest camp. He is serving in radio communications.
Bob Tieck Now 1st Lieutenant (Foothill)
Lt. Robert Tieck was promoted to first lieutenant June 27. Tieck
ws graduated from Oroville high school in 1936. He took up flying
in Palm Springs in 1937 and has continued his flying ever since.
Saturday he flew from Arizona to Sacramento and came to spend the
weekend at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Tieck. He
is now serving as a flight engineer officer. Tieck returned to Arizona
Stu’s Notes: Today, September 30th is my daughter Sgt. Debbie’s
Birthday. She is now attached to the Oroville National Guard for
the first time in her 23 years of military service. We are very
proud of her. Tokio, I have seen it spelled that way often in the
forty’s. Tokyo Rose was forgiven, I think she got off too easy.
I have written about Richard Warmack before. He had a long tour
of duty in the Pacific. I’ve enjoyed talking to him whenever we
meet. Don’t tell him but he is a Hero. I have written before of
Bob Tieck. He died May 1945 when his B-29 went down near Riverside,
CA. You can find these stories on our web site, thanks to Daryl
“HELP THOSE WHO HELP YOU III” is a fund raiser for the Oroville
Veterans Memorial Park. It will be on Saturday October 15th, starting
at 1:00PM. We will have a spaghetti lunch and a variety show. Adults
$6.00 and children $3.00.