Oroville Mercury August 9, 1943
JOE CLINE STATIONED NOW AT HERINGTON, KANS.
AA dispatcher in the army air force, Pfc. Joseph F. Cline has been
stationed at Herington Kans., with the 46th airdrome
squadron. Cline was a truck driver for the Berkeley Olive when he
entered the service Jan. 8. He attended Oroville grammar school
and Oroville High School He is the son of Mrs. De Etta Cline, of
Robinson Street, Oroville.
STRAWBERRY VALLEY BOY STUDIES WITH NAVY
Transferred from Fort Faragut, Ida., where he received his basic
training George Crane of Strawberry Valley is now attending the
U. S. Navy’s rangefinders school at San Diego. Seaman Crane enlisted
in March, 1943. He previously had graduated from Strawberry Valley
grammar school and Oroville high school. He is the foster son of
Mr. and Mrs. V. J. Bean of Napa.
Stu’s Notes: The rest of the story has always intrigued me. I
want it. Well two weeks ago you read here Seaman Richard LaRose
was lost at Sea. Well we have found his brother Lester living here
in Oroville and this is what he remembered. Most of the Crew abandened
ship as it was burned up and helpless their life raft’s (I’m thinking
those big floating rings they had that looked like our “O”, I saw
one at Boy Scout Camp on the lake at Butte Meadows), anyway their
feet were in the water and the jelly fish stung them quite a bit.
Sharks swam close by but did not bite; I’m sure they prayed a lot.
They were rescued over a week later, 300 miles from their ship.
All survived. Robert came home to Oroville and worked here as a
mechanic for Oroville Truck Parts, then moved to Hawaii and worked
as a mechanic on a dredge in Pearl Harbor. He died of a heart attack
there in 1977, 46 years old and is buried in the Punch Bowl Cemetery.
He left his mother Veva Sine, brothers Robert and Lester , sister
Karen and a son Brian Richard who is a jet mechanic in Wisconsin.
At our meeting May 21, 2007, the Oroville Veterans Memorial Park
Committee voted to make our Memorial County wide. As we are the
county seat it should be. This was done in Yuba and Sutter Counties.
We can do it, it just will require a little more research. I have
been saving stories of Butte County’s Soldiers for some time now
and Daryl is doing the same. Hopefully the other town’s will help
add to this list. This doe not preclude that the Men and Women who
gave their lives wouldn’t be Honored in the other towns they lived
. In my way of thinking you cannot honor our heroes in too many
places. Some on our list already have ties to other towns in our
County. Our guide lines are simple, our main Memorial will Honor
any American Service man or woman who lost their lives while in
the service of our country, having lived at some point in Oroville
area, now Butte County. We also will honor those who died in our
county by accident etc. One example of this is Captain Randy Roby
the U-2 pilot who gave his life trying to get his plane away from
Oroville. Also, Pvt. Morris Tims, a young Tennessee Soldier from
Camp Beale who died on the streets of Oroville (Montgomery and Myers)
when the Union Hotel was burned down in 1944. He died far from home
ready to go to war for us and was forgotten here. We have just found
that Medal of Honor recipient Robert Harley Young, born in Oroville
in 1929, killed in Korea, went to school in Chico.
This memorial will be a shinning star in Oroville and Butte County,
a true lasting Memorial to those who gave so much. Now I beg, pray,
and ask everyone involved in this project to just all get together
and do it.
Let’s have a big turnout at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the
Memorial Park Cemetery on Lincoln, Monday morning at 11:00AM, May
28th. After the Ceremony please come to the First United
Methodist church at 45 Acacia Ave and enjoy a fund raising barbecued
rib barbeque from 12;15 until 1;15pm. Cost is $7 adults and $3.50
for children. A percentage of the profit is to be donated to the
Oroville Veteran’s Memorial Park. Call Randy 533-5921 or Cynthia
There are plans to throw a Wreath off our Upper Bridge on Monday.
This is an Old Oroville Tradition. You can call me for the time
or watch the paper for details. 533-8147.