From the Scrapbook of Maxine Gilbert:
1943 CORKIN ON THE HIGH SEAS AS PART OF MERCHANT MARINE
Somewhere on the high seas is Harold Corkin son of Mr. and Mrs.
Harry Corkin of American Farms. Corkin a member of the Merchant
Marine, alr4eady has one voyage- that one to a South American port.
Harold told his friends that many sailors prefer un-convoyed voyages
to the convoyed ones. Harold has a brother, Tom, in the air corps.
Corkin’s experience have resulted in interesting several of his
friends in the Merchant Marine.
PARADISE MAN NOW PILOT IN AIR CORPS
Lt. Henry S. Bille, Route 2, Paradise, was among the bomber and
fighter pilots graduated Feb. 16 from the Army Air Forces Gulf Coast
Training Center, with headquarters at Randolph Field, Tex. Bille
completed his advanced training at Aloe Field, Victoria, Tex. Hundreds
of pilots were turned out in the largest class ever to graduate
from the training center. The graduates were from nine advanced
flying training schools in Texas. All pilots received pilots’ wings.
Some were commissioned second lieutenants while others were appointed
to the recently created rank of flight officer.
BIGGS-Ensign Jack Carrico, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Carrico,
left April 17 for an Atlantic coast landing barge training station
following a leave at his home here. He recently completed his officers
training at Columbia University and received his commission.
TWO BIGGS SENIORS GO INTO SERVICE
Two high school seniors Tom Price and Evan Pryde, left Friday to
enter the service. Price reported at Farragut for navy training.
Pryde will train for the air corps at Santa Ana. Both boys were
honored with appropriate gifts from the Biggs school student body
DONALD R. LUND IN TRAINING AS ENSIGN
Donald R. Lund, who was given a leave of absence as principal of
Yreka high school to accept a commission as Ensign in the U. S.
naval reserve, is now taking a six-weeks indoctrination course at
the University of Arizona. He hopes to be assigned to duty as a
gunnery officer with the fleet. Ensign Lund is the son of Nelson
E. Lund of Villa Street. He was graduated from Oroville high school
in 1930. After graduation from the University of California he taught
at Westwood high school two years, then was a teacher at San Jose
high school, and was vice principal of Santa Rosa high school. Mrs.
Lund and the Lund’s two children, Dick and Linda, will live with
Mrs. Lund’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee M. Stubblefield of Westwood
while Ensign Lund is in the service.
MRS. TALLMAN’S SON COES BACK FOR MORE
A. P. “Bud” Henkell, son of Mrs. S. F. Tallman of Pomona Avenue,
and a sergeant in World War I, is now a member of the U. S. Airport
Service in World War II. Henkell formerly lived in Oroville. He
is a nephew of Frank Perry, who was believed to have operated the
first service station here. The 51 year old aviation machinist mate
2/c, enlisted in the navy fifteen months ago. Prior to his enlistment
he was employed in real estate in Oakland. His wife makes her home
there. Henkell has some interesting experiences to recall from the
1917-18 war. According to newspaper clippings, he left New York
for France on March 6, 1918, arriving overseas on March 18. He entered
the front line trenches at Amiens on May 16, amid a heavy artillery
bombardment. He said that during the first night he was in the trenches,
the Germans made repeated attempts to break the American lines,
but were unsuccessful. Later, when Henkell was attached to the American
Army in the Argonne sector, he wrote his mother a letter on the
perfumed stationery of the former German crown prince. He wrote
that he had had the unique experience of sleeping in the bed of
the crown prince at Chateau Thierry and helped to eat the fancy
food the Kaiser’s son had stored up for himself. Henkell recently
was on 30-day furlough and spent the weekend visiting here with
Stu’s Notes: When we did the memorial on Oroville Dam I received
word from a number of the relatives that lost loved ones. They were
so grateful that a small part of their life was remembered. One
Mother who lost her young son on the Dam so long ago, was so over
whelming grateful that we remembered him. She was 90 at the time,
6 years ago and I’ve lost track of her. John Ford, Rosemary, and
others are working on a new display at the D.W.R. visitor Center.
It will feature a mock up of the Trains that took the Dam material
up to the Dam. It will honor those that died. I think they will
display a booklet that Lynn and I put together for the Dedication
of the Memorial to those who lost their lives while building the
Oroville Dam. The booklet has a little story I found about each
and every man that died.