October 13, 2006
Welcome to all of the Oroville and Las Plumas
High Alumni, since ever, especially all those that served our country
so well in our armed forces. Thank you,
Carmen Biano, the
wonderful editor of our Oroville Mercury. She lets me do my
thing. Never edits my stories. I have had this column
in the Mercury for over four years now. It’s always about
the Veterans of the Oroville Area, almost always. As I write
these words I’m in the kitchen of my good friend,
Nick Krpan, who fought
in WWII, after which he came to Oroville in about 1947. He’s
91 now and we are buddies. Anyway, I’m devoting this column
to the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s Veterans, as many will be in Oroville
for our Party and went to school with the ones that gave the ultimate
sacrifice. Most of my columns are of the WWII boys, as their
stories need to be told before they’re all gone. Oroville
lost a lot of young men in these later years. I will write
about as many as space allows. Just the names and a brief
story If you know anything about them please call me at 533-8147.
Also all of these columns are on our web site.
Bewer, did he die in Vietnam?
lived in Chico, also maybe Oroville, listed on Sacramento Vietnam
Memorial as Oroville, Army Grenadier, awarded the Bronze Star.
Cecil M.Carter, died in a accident while in the service of
his country. The date I have is 1959.
Bradford died in a hit and run.
Chamberlin died in Texas while serving his country in 1974,
while in the US Air Force. His brother
Dick still lives
in Oroville , an OHS class of 1958 graduate.
Spec. 4 Combat Medic
KIA Vietnam. He would not carry a weapon but gave his life
helping his Buddies. David was a Seventh Day Adventist.
Cummins, KIA Vietnam, May 17, 1968, Graduated OHS 1960. He
was a Marine.
Michael Dennis David. KIA, June 15, 1968. He
graduated OHS and worked on the Oroville Dam for the DWR.
He was a member of the Oroville Demolay.
E. Doyle crashed his jet in Germany trying to avoid a town.
He could have bailed out and saved his own life.
Hart, KIA Vietnam, attended Central Middle School and Las
Plumas High School. His brother,
Guy lives in Oroville.
Teddy did for a while.
Hill, KIA Vietnam, died while saving others. His mother
Mary still lives in Oroville. He went to save his buddies
when no one would.
Hudgens, KIA Korea. He played baseball with the Oroville
Red Sox in 1948 and the Oroville Olives in 1951. Married to former
Oroville girl, Norva Dugger.
William Steven Illman, awarded a Bronze Star, Oroville Maidu,
KIA Vietnam. He graduated Las Plumas High in 1965. A Scholarship
is awarded each year at Las Plumas in his name.
Delbert Jensen, Navy pilot crashed in Korea.
“Cotton Karr, KIA Korea. Sister
Nancy still lives
W. Liss died form wounds in Vietnam. OHS Grad. 1967.
A very brave Marine.
Elsmere Lucas, KIA, Vietnam, October 6, 1969, Graduated Las
Plumas H. S. Joined the army October 1968, Member of the 82nd
Loomis of Palermo KIA, June 3, 1968.
J Mastelotto, West Point Cadet, died in a plane crash Jan.
1952. His family is still in Oroville,
Moseley, KIA Korea, behind enemy lines, Sept 2, 1951.
Morgan, we only have his name, Vietnam?
Newberry,”Casper”, was born Sept 12, 1946. Was a friend of
Earl Baker Jr.
He was in Earl’s High School Class. He died May 17, 1967.
D. Peterson, Air Force Cadet, died August 1951 in a
plane crash. He was the son of
Mr. & Mrs. Petrus Peterson
of Oroville, Brothers Willis,
Sgt Dwayne, James and Charles.
This is all we know about Howard .
Army Staff Sgt.
David Perry, native
of Oroville, National Guardsman. Died August. 2003 in Iraq.
A Pogue, KIA, Jan. 31, 1968, lived a while in Oroville. His
mother Gloria lives
E. Pscherer, U.S. Army, died in an accident at Fort Bliss
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Jay E. Richards Jr.
died in an accident in Thermalito while on leave from the U. S.
Richards, Vietnam? Died in an accident, not verified.
Robert Young died in a car accident coming home from Boot
Camp. He was a Las Plumas Graduate.
Air Force Staff Sgt.
Dean Witt, died at
Travis Air Force Base of a medical mistake, January 2004.
Winters, MIA Vietnam. Lived for a while in Oroville.
Unfried, OHS graduate of 1967, joined the Marines. KIA, May
Randy D. Roby died near Nelson Avenue in Thermalito, Aug.
7, 1996, in a U-2 crash.
James Harry Taylor,
Army Helicopter Pilot, Las Plumas Graduate of 1964, MIA Laos, Feb.
25, 1971. His helicopter blew up on a very hazardous mission.
Steel died in a military vehicle accident.
Paul Wesley Smith,
OHS graduate, 1949. He received the Silver Star along with
many other medals. KIA Vietnam, May 5, 1968, in a fire fight.
I knew his parents, Gus
and Ruth Smith of Thermalito.
Robert Sherman died in a B 52 crash, December 1, 1956, shortly
after take off from Castle Air Base.
Slavicek, Air Force, died Korea?
James Willie Roy
III, Las Plumas Graduate 1966. He was with the 101st
Airborn Infantry Division, KIA, Jan. 4, 1968. I met his sister
Betsy on Memorial
Day in 2003.
Van Campen, Vietnam. His sister Joan Lee is on our Veterans
Memorial Park Committee. Thomas went to St. Thomas Catholic
School and Graduated OHS 1962. MIA, June 24, 1965. He was
the first local man to be lost in Vietnam.
Vorris, Vietnam, not confirmed.
Sievers, died in Vietnam, September 1967. He
grew up in Orland. Graduated 1961. (He had ties to Oroville,
which I have forgotten. But, is it wrong to honor him here? I think
I talked to a lady,
Jerry Dodson, that
I met yesterday at the Retired Public Employees. She knew of a
Bill Austin, serving
in the Navy, who died in an accident. He was a Graduate of
Las Plumas High 1966. Does anyone know of this man?
died in Jeep Wreck?
Vorris OHS 1967. Died Vietnam?
Sorenson died in Germany, WWII, Maidu Native American?
shot down where?
As you see some we know so little,
or even if they existed.