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August 3, 2007

From the Scrapbook of Maxine Gilbert:
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.

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 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 at farewells.

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.

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 his mother.

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.