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June 20, 2008

These articles are from the Scrapbook of Dorothy Uren Hazleton, Oroville Mercury Register In The Fight Florida Deflated By Private Vernon Uren
Florida may be heaven in the winter to easterners but Pfc. Vernon Uren, son of Mrs. R. E. Uren of Montgomery Street, still will take California as his choice. “Florida is swampy and damp,” he said. “The mosquitoes are plentiful and there are alligators running around. “Just before I came home a milk truck ran over one four feet long in front of the mess hall and killed it. It was only 50 yards from the barracks.” Uren is in the army signal corps stationed at Drew Field, Tampa, where he is a radar instructor. Uren was graduated from Oroville High School in 1941. He was a guard on the Oroville high school varsity basketball team for three years and played right field for the Oroville High school baseball team last year. Later he attended Chico State Teachers College. He was employed at Johnson and Openshaw’s and at Kilpatrick’s before going into the service April 1. His two brothers, Sergeants Jack Uren and Harold Uren also are in the army. Jack, an armorer in the army air corps, is in the Solomons. He was an elementary school teacher at Lincoln school in Yuba City before starting military service. Harald is in charge of the print shop at the Presidio of Monterey. The three brothers all worked as Mercury carriers during their school days here.

Also from Dorothy, from ‘The JEEP’, Reception Center Presidio of Monterey California, Saturday, March 24, 1944 Scores High as EM End Rifle Marksmanship During the two week period, 1 March-13 March 1944, 118 of the station complement’s ‘Remington Rangers’ received instruction and fired for record with the Springfield .30 calibre rifle. Under the very able tutelage of Lt. Earl R. Baragar, Battalion Training Officer, who was assisted by the two ‘deadeyes’ from the M. P.S. Sgt. Thornsberry and Sgt. Gates, 102 men of the 118 qualified as marksmen or better. The competition produced four experts, 23 sharpshooters, and 75 marksman. The experts were: Sgt. Uren (Post Hq.) 182, Pfc. Menard (C&A) 176, Pvt. Chassange (QM Det.) 174, and Pvt. Melluish (C & A) 172 out of a possible 195. Perhaps the outstanding performance was that of Sgt. Uren, who fired left-handed, and if you remember that Springfield bolt action, you know the gangling Sergeant had to reach the bolt handle- but rapidly. The majority of the boys felt they could have done better and it is hope that in the near future “Maggie’s Drawers” will again be the nemesis up on ye olde range.

Again from Dorothy’s scrapbook Pfc. Vernon F. Uren
Oroville, Calif. – Like most of the soldiers away from home. I like to dream of the good times that I had back home. Of course the one that is most vivid is when we can change the khaki for a blue serge or gray tweed and get back.

A letter from Dorothy Uren Hazleton
Harold Rodney Uren was born March 15, 1915 in Oroville CA, Occupation- Mercury Newspaper as a Printer. Belonged to the Oroville Volunteer Fire Department, Oroville Rifle and pistol club, and Oroville Order of DeMolay. He was inducted into the Army Presidio of Monterey in 1943 and served as a printer for The Army Newspaper. He was sent to Okinawa in Dec. 1944 and served (233rd Gen. Hosp) until discharged as Staff Sergeant. Discharged from Camp Beale, Feb. 13, 1946. He owned a farm in Sutter Co. Grew peaches and prunes, where he lived with his wife and son until he died April 21, 1974. He also was principal at a Sutter Co. School called Terribaina. He also won medals for expert rifle marksmanship while in Monterey.

Feather Falls Boy Writes From England
Somewhere in England Pfc. Robert D. Price, With the U. W. Engineers, has written his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Porter Price, at Feather Falls, that he has been trying to locate Robert Land, reported stationed near Price’s base. Price, who has been in Britain for 7 months, stated that he found the English very hospitable and the country to his liking. Entering the service on April 8, 1943, Price has not been home since his induction. Sent for training to Louisiana, he left for overseas in three months. The soldier is a former employee of the Feather River Pine Mills. Two years of work with that firm were preceded by attendance at the Oroville Union high school.

Stu’s Notes: Thank you so much Dorothy for letting us know a little about the life of an Oroville Hero, who served his country so well. Dorothy also had other news clippings of other Oroville heroes, some I did not have in my file. Such as Al McLain, Jerry Walker, Harry Meeker and Don Cassagrande, stay tuned.
The Jeep was a paper put out for the military personnel stationed at the Presidio. One thing about small towns USA, most of the boys grew up with guns and could shoot well. I grew up with guns around the house and we learned how to respect them and lucky, did survive, although I remember a few close calls in the field. I think Maggie’s Drawers means they missed the target.