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January 12, 2007
Oroville Mercury Register December 12, 1951

News From Oroville Men In The Service
DAN L. LONG, 18, apprentice seaman, USN, is at Camp Elliott, near San Diego, awaiting assignment to duty in Korean waters after a 15 day leave, spent in Oroville. Long, son of Mr. and Mrs. Trevor J. Long of 10th Street and Tehama Avenue, in Thermalito, come home on leave after completing boot camp training in San Diego. Formerly a student at Oroville High School, he was employed as a Western Pacific railroad clerk before enlisting in the Navy Aug. 6. While in Oroville, he was given a surprise party by friends at the home of his parents.

PFC. GEORGE SCOTT …stationed near home. Having completed a course in mechanical training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Tex., PFC George Scott, USAF, has been assigned to Travis Air Force Base near Fairfield as a mechanic. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Scott, of Feather Avenue, Thermalito. Before joining the Air Force he attended Oroville High School and Yuba Junior College, and was a member of the Oroville Olives baseball team. He expects to be home on leave next week, with the leave extending through Christmas.

WILLIAM W. LONG at storekeepers’ school William W. Long, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Trevor J. Long of 10th and Tehama, Thermalito, is in the Navy Air arm and is attending storekeeper’s school in Jacksonville, Fla. Long attended Oroville High School for three years before graduating from Portola High School, last May. He left May 25 to enter the service. He received his boot camp training in San Diego, leaving Sept. 3 for Jacksonville. There he completed apprentice airmen’s school and was assigned to storekeepers’ school.

Woman Marine PFC VIVIAN L. COLLINS,18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer H. Childers of Oroville, is enrolled in basic supply school at Camp LeJeune, N. C. While enrolled as supply student, the lady Leatherneck from California will receive instruction in the means, methods and materials connected with military supply problems. A 1951 graduate of Oroville Union High School, Vivian entered the Marines in August of this year. She completed “boot” training at Parris Island, S. C., before being transferred to Camp LeJeune for further schooling.

JAMES E. CANNON home from Korean action
James E. Cannon, yeoman apprentice, USN, was one of the 2350 man crew that arrived in Long Beach last week on the Battleship USS New Jersey after duty in the Korean was zone. He is spending a leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Cannon of Pine Street and will leave Dec. 26 for Norfolk, Va., where he will report for duty. He is a graduate of Oroville High School and has been in the Navy nearly four years. The New Jersey served as flagship of the U. S. Seventh Fleet, supporting UN action in Korea. She fired more than 3000 rounds of 16 inch and 3900 rounds of five inch ammunition in support of UN forces. In participating in round the clock naval bombardment of Communist shore installations, ground forces, and rail and supply targets, the battleship cruised more than 49,000 miles in Korean waters.

Stu’s Notes: The Long Brothers have two sisters that I know, Nancy, who I graduated Oroville High School with and knew since Grammar School (Thermalito, the only one in Thermalito at the time.) Mr. Rathbun was one of our teachers and later Principal and Superintendent in Thermalito, I still see him in town once in a while. Nancy is going to sculpt a Bugler Statue in Bronze for our Memorial. Her sister Mary is the incoming President of the Butte County Historical Society. Mary tells me that Dan Long lives in Roseville now and is retired from Bechtel Corp. and worked all over the world. Bill, who has passed on, worked for Georgia Pacific Lumber Mill in Feather Falls and was purchasing agent for Building the New mill in Oroville. I also worked on the New Mill as an Ironworker Connector. Another brother T. J. Long Jr. was in WWII as a Navy man. His story will come later. All 3 brothers worked for their father at his lumber mill above Feather Falls at Camp 18, when they were going to Oroville High School. Bill’s son, John, lives in Oroville.