CSS Tabbed Menus Css3Menu.com

March 7, 2008

“Some Gave All”
Oroville Mercury Register April 4, 1942

Former Local Man Missing

Lt. Allan Jack Fisher, 25, U. S. N., of Ontario, former Oroville High school student , is missing in action in the Pacific, presumably in the battle of Java, and is feared dead, according to word received here from his parents by Mrs. Rose Spencer, high school teacher. Lt. Fisher’s parents, Mrs. And Mrs. Anthony Fisher of Ontario, were informed by the navy recently that he was lost in a sea action. He attended high school here in 1933, when he set a state track record, and was on the varsity track, football and basketball teams. The family, which came here from Bishop, lived on Hammon Avenue. Lt. Fisher was graduated from high school in Ontario in 1934, studied at University of California, where he attained a high scholastic record, was on the university boxing team and was active in the naval reserve officers training corps. Following graduation in 1939, he entered the navy, training at the naval supply school in Philadelphia. He was assigned to active duty after completing the course.

Fall of 2007
James Crow’s Story

provided by his Oroville nephew, Eric L. Zancanella, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Transportation Corps, U. S. Army Reserves

James Crow’s story continued:
Navy Hospital Corpsman James Crow, after serving in the Korean War, made the Navy a career. He married Ann Boyd, of Mill Valley, California, in 1953, and established his permanent home there. They had 50 wonderful years together, and raised two children, Mary-Grace, and Guy Gordon Crow. Corpsman Crow attended Navy career schools, served aboard several vessels, was stationed with his family on Midway Island (Hawaii), and filled several Navy billet assignments in the San Francisco Bay area. Towards the end of his twenty years in the Navy, and fourteen years after having served in Korea, James got to serve in his second war; Vietnam.

On 08 March 1965, the 3rd Marine Division waded ashore at Red Beach, Da Nang, the Republic of Vietnam, to set up shop for that war. Navy Seabees began building port and dock facilities on Da Nang Bay, and Da Nang base facilities further inland for the Naval Support Activity. The Naval Support Activity was a major command managing subordinate hospital, supply, and logistics units (activities) for the military complex at Da Nang.

Several months later, in June 1965, Chief Hospital Corpsman James Crow was assigned to Mobile Support Unit Three out of Pacific Fleet, Sasebo, Japan. He was there several months to prepare for the set up and staffing of a major hospital being built in Da Nang so they could “hit the decks a-running” when construction was completed. Chief Petty Officer Crow transferred from Japan to Vietnam September 1965 to help operate the new facility, Naval Support Activity, Hospital, Da Nang. Crow told a story that at one time he was quartered there with other senior Navy NCOs, and among those were Navy Seals. Crow, who was known to enjoy a good time, related that he thought the Seal folks were a little bit crazy.

Stu’s Notes: The job of being a good supervisor is very time consuming and a lot of boring meetings, I will say I think Curt Josiassen is very good at his job as my Supervisor. I am sad to hear of his retirement. I must say one of his legacies of accomplishments will be our Oroville Veterans Memorial honoring all of Butte County. Our Memorial progress had almost reached an impasse last summer. We voted to go County wide and honor the service men and women who “Gave All” from and in the whole county. Curt jumped in with both feet running. He looked me straight in the eyes and said “I promise you, the memorial will be built.” Soon all of the Butte County Supervisors, voted to take us in. As you know Oroville’s Supervisor Bill Connelly has been one of us since the very first meeting almost 7 years ago. I also want to thank Kim Yamaguchi, Maureen Kirk, and Jane Dolan for all their most wonderful support on this most long over due memorial. Mary Anne Houx, who voted with the rest of the Supervisors long ago to support our, then just Oroville project, has passed away, a big loss to our County that she worked so hard to keep running. The houses are empty, Bill Fox, Dick Ferguson and I recently walked through the one next to the Boss, it felt so good.

Lt. Allan Jack Fisher lost at sea, one of about 80,000 MIA in WWII, I just found this story this week. I do know that many survivors of the MIA’s never give up hope that they will come home someday. This story that you just read at the top of this page is all we have on Lt. Fisher. Hopefully we will find more. We will honor him and the other POW’s and MIA’s for the 5th year this coming September 19, 2008, hope you can come.

LATE BREAKING NEWS ; BILL CONNELLY JUST CALLED FROM WASHINGTON D.C., to tell me that the STATE JUST released our grant money. He called from somewhere on the Capital Mall looking for the Korean War Memorial.