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
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.