January 5, 2007
Jacoway, Oroville Soldier Sends Vivid Africa Portrayal
Medical Sergeant Writes Schuberts From Army Front Line
one feels under bombing and machine gun fire from the air is described
by Everett Jacoway,
former orderly at the county hospital, in a letter written from
North Africa before the Americans and the British cleaned up the
Rommel forces. Jacoway, now a sergeant in the medical corps,
in a letter to Mr. and Mrs.
Clarence Schubert of Oroville, gives the first personal account
of the North African campaign to reach Oroville. His letter
packed with interesting impressions, follows: (Continued from last
Cooties, Bigger, Worse
to tell you about the lice the boys are getting. I think they
are bigger and healthier than the specie of: ”cootie” our men had
in France. The troops get them out of the old straw trenches
and Arabic huts. We have a de-lousing procedure we put them
through, kerosene-soap baths and methyl-bromide bags for their clothes.
So far the treatments have been successfully used. It’s
no wonder they get them though, for at regular periods the boys
in the front don’t even have drinking water. We are more fortunate
and have one gallon a day for bathing, laundry and drinking purposes.
We eat British rations and are they ever good? They pack cigarettes,
chocolate and even toilet paper in the boxes. After all, they
should know the necessities of war since they have been in it for
almost four years. I enjoyed some good times in England and
the British are real entertainers. Far different people that
the Americans have them figured. I’m looking forward to the
day when the radio announces “Rommel’s Army” has surrendered.
Maybe then we will get to come back home, there’s a rumor about
it. Sure would do me good to see some one I know and have
a little peace and quiet for a change. Will close for now.
Wishing you the best of luck in everything.
Everett J. Jacoway,
This is a letter from Margaret
George H. Flatter
was born in Kirby, Ohio on May 28, 1905. He enlisted in the
U. S. Navy as a Fireman 3rd Class on Nov. 27, 1923.
The ratings he eventually held were F3c, F2c, F1c and Engineman
2c(AA). His recruiting station was Cincinnati, Ohio and Naval
Training Station, Hampton Roads, VA. He served sometime on
the USS Arizona and on the U.S.S. Pennsylvania. His rating
upon discharge on November 26, 1927 was Engineman 2nd
Class He was discharged from the U. S. Naval Reserve by reason
of expiration of assignment on Nov. 26, 1931.
family was living in Oroville, CA at the start of WWII. He
was at one time a telephone and telegraph lineman. At the
time of his enlistment into active service, March 27, 1944, he was
working as a security guard at the Ordinance Service Command in
East Oakland, CA. He moved our family back to Oroville, for
the duration of the war, before he left for duty aboard the USS
Lenawee. He contracted double pneumonia aboard ship and was
returned to the State for hospitalization. Then back
to the War. He was on inactive duty from Oct. 18, 1947 until
his Honorable discharge on Oct. 17, 1952. His service ribbons
in this war are: American Theatre Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon,
2 star, Good Conduct Ribbon and Philippine Liberation Ribbon.
I recall seeing a certificate and hearing him speak of being aboard
ship in the harbor the day the Japanese signed surrender papers.
Unfortunately the pneumonia left him with a weakened heart and at
age 43, I believe he suffered a major heart attack and 7 years later
a series of strokes from which he never recovered. He died
in Oroville on June 24,, 1957 at the age of 51. He is buried
at Oroville Memorial Park , in the Veterans Section. At the
time of his death he was the Custodian of Oroville Memorial Hall
and on active member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars. He
was married to Bernice Mae
Kemerley of Upper Sandusky, Ohio on May 2, 1927 and the father
of five children.
written to my cousin, Charles
Flatter in Idaho and enclosed the brochure on the Memorial
Park and passed along your request for any information he might
offer about his father John Flatter. John Flatter was my dads
brother who died in a plane crash very early in the war. He
was a member of the Sea Bees and I believe their plane went down
in the Atlantic. Hopefully he will get in touch with you with
information about John. Thanking all the committee for your
tireless effort to see this Memorial in place, I am, Margaret Waterman,
daughter of George H. Flatter.
Stu’s Notes: I’m a little puzzled by Sgt. Jacoway’s statement
about the “Cootie” our men had in France. This is 1943; our
men had not been at war in France yet, as Hitler controlled France
from 1940 until June 1944. Perhaps he meant WWI. George H.
Flatter was a very Patriotic, Brave man to join the Navy at 39.
Most of the Sailors serving with him were less than half his age.
At that age and with 5 children he never would have been drafted,
although with 5 kids, I raised 4, maybe the adventure of the high
seas sounded good, just kidding. I wrote about Flatters Oct.
14, 2005 and July 26, 2002. The latter article was my 3rd
one almost 5 years ago.