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June 8, 2007

Oroville Mercury Register February 15, 1944
“Some Gave All”

Lieutenant Dies Paradise
Mrs. Etta Larremore, Paradise, has received the news of the sudden death of her son, Lt. Elton Farrel Larremore, widely know youth in this district. He died at the Columbia Air Field in South Carolina after a brief illness.

Oroville Mercury Register July 19, 1944

Lieutenant Killed
Mr. and Mrs. Gus Voudouris of Magalia have been notified by the war department that their son, Lt. Theodore Voudouris, 24, was killed in action over Italy. Lt. Voudouris, was a first pilot of a Liberator bomber with the 15th Air Force. He had received numerous citations and decorations.

Oroville Mercury Register September 6, 1952

Paradise Marine Slain In Bunker Hill Fight
Corporal Merrill Irven Knox, 20, son of Mrs. Gertrude Knox, of Paradise, was killed in action in Korea on August 22, it was learned here today. He was a member of the U. S. Marine Corps and had been overseas since December 15, 1951 In his last letter to his mother dated August 10, Corporal Knox said that he was at Bunker Hill and it is believed that he lost his life in that battle. Previously he had been wounded twice, once by shrapnel last February and again in April. He had returned to action in June after being hospitalized for two months in Japan. In addition to his mother he is survived by a brother Edward of San Bernardino, two uncles and two nephews. The young marine was a graduate of Chico High School and had attended Yuba Junior College for one year before enlisting in March of 1951. While at school he was an outstanding athlete at both intuitions. Corporal Knox’s body will be returned to Paradise for burial, it was announced by the family.

Oroville Mercury Register January 22, 1944
“Some Gave All”

Butte Flier Dies In Crash
Sgt. Joseph N. Love, 20, of Stirling City, was one of 7 men killed when a B-24 Liberator bomber crashed in the desert near Blythe Army Air Base, Col., it was announced today. Love, engineer of the plane, was the son of Mrs. Leona N. Love. The heavy bomber was demolished when it spun in three miles west of the base limits shortly after 10 o’clock last night. It had been on a routine combat training flight. Two members of the 9-man crew escaped with injuries.

From the Scrap book of Mrs. Gilbert, 1943

Pvt. Leonard DaMassa Gets Signal Corps Training
Pvt. Leonard DaMassa, son of Mr. & Mrs. Paul DaMassa, is receiving training in the Signal Corps at Drew Field, Tampa, Florida. Prior to his induction into the army, DaMassa was employed at the Feather River Pine Mills. He received his basic training at Atlantic City New Jersey. He writes his parent that he likes army life.

Sgt. G. C. Crawford In Troop Carrier Wing
Sgt. Gordon Crawford, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Crawford of Fifth Avenue, who is with the signal corps attached to the army air force, is in one of the first troop carrier wings organized in the west. His unit was honored at a retreat ceremony recently at Camp Pinesdale, near Fresno. Crawford obtained a rating as marksman with a rifle, .45 calibre automatic pistol, Thompson submachine gun and .50 calibre machine gun. He was promoted Sept. 16 from corporal to sergeant. Crawford now is on duty at Ft. Bragg, N. C. He recently was in Washington D. C., on official business.

Stu’s Notes: A young brave Marine dies, he had strong ties to both Chico and Paradise. Oroville had soldiers that died that had strong ties to other places, now they can all be honored together here in the County Seat. It’s June 5, 2007 as I write this. I’m holding my grandson Gavin, Paula is dancing with her Aunts for a recital. Seven month old Gavin wants only me at the moment.

Sixty three years ago this day they landed at Normandy, by air, and by boat, about sunrise June 6th. I truly believe that if our brave men had not paid the ultimate sacrifice that day and before that day and after we could not have stopped Hitler. He would have ruled the world as he was close to have weapons of mass destruction and would have used them.

A babe in one arm a pen in another it amazes me how Lynn can type my stories let alone read them.