June 30, 2006
Oroville Mercury Register February 1, 1943
THIS MAN INSISTED ON GETTING INTO THE ARMY
John K. Doering, 28, son of Mrs. Barbara Doering of Gridley, was
one of the first men called into the service from Butte county.
At the time of his induction, he received special mention in the
Mercury because he was a Canadian citizen but applied for his first
naturalization papers so that he could do his share for the United
States. After training at Fort Leonard Wood, he refused a chance
to stay and help train others in order to go overseas with his unit
last January. He has been in New Guinea since October and his letters
to his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Raynor of Thermalito
say that he is not sorry to have gone. He also tells them that he
finds the days very long and so much alike that the men forget what
day it is. “The country is not much for scenery except for the beautiful
sunsets.” Mrs. Raynor has been sending the Mercury to her brother
and he writes that after reading them, “with folks like that at
home we can’t miss out here.” Doering’s people are very proud of
his and want his friends to know that the boys at the front appreciate
what is being done at home to help win. Doering was employed by
the Western Pacific Railroad here prior to his entry into the service.
GAYLORD WEARS MARINE UNIFORM; DOESN’T LIKE SAN DIEGO
Wm. H. Gaylord, a member of the field marine corps, located at San
Diego, flies in the face of those who consider that city has the
best climate. In a letter to the Rotary Club Gaylord says: “The
weather here is the worst of my experience. You rest during the
day and freeze at night.” Gaylord is a Navy man in the medical corps
but is wearing a Marine uniform, having been transferred to the
Fleet Marine Force battalion. The Marines don’t have their own medical
corps, he explains. “San Diego is too crowded for comfort,” he writes.
CORP. PHILLIPS VISITS PARENT IN OROVILLE
Neuce Phillips, a corporal in the signal corps of the Army Air Force,
stationed in Orlando, Fla., arrived home last week on a furlough
to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Phillips of D Street. Corporal
Phillips entered the service Nov. 5, 1941. Two brothers are in the
army. Private Donald Phillips in radio intelligence in the signal
corps stationed in San Francisco. The other brother, Lloyd, is with
an engineering unit, and believed to have arrived in Africa recently.
WALDREN TO ATTEND DIESEL SCHOOL, DAN DIEGO
Leonard Waldren has finished “boot camp” in San Diego and is now
rated as seaman second class, having had the good fortune to receive
an assignment to a diesel school, also in Dan Diego. Waldren is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Waldren, Twelfth street, Thermalito.
He graduated from Oroville high school last June.
Stu’s Notes: I have know John K. Doering’s Nephew, Jim Doering
ever since the first grade at Thermalito Grammar School. During
WWII Americans and Canadians even fought in each other’s Armies.
Now I know that his uncle was a hero. I have written about Wm. H.
Gaylord twice before, he served his country well. Last year I met
his son William Jr. quite by chance. We were leaving the Aircraft
Carrier Hornet, which is open to the public in Alameda, close to
Jack London Square. He was a docent there. Since then he has purchased
a tile in our Memorial. Our Memorial tiles will be made of polished
granite 6’’X 12’’, they are for sale at $60 each. They are to honor
all American veterans, from the Revolutionary war to the present
and the future, living or dead, having served in war time or peace
time, from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska. Each tile can have up to
four lines of information, all caps, 16 letters per line, no punctuation,
any information you choose. To get order forms call or write me
or a committee member. Soon 7,000 of these tile forms will be mailed
to Las Plumas and Oroville High School Graduates, going to way back
when. This will be for the Oroville High School District All Class
Reunion, October 13th and 14th, 2006