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September 26, 2008

Oroville Mercury September 4.1943
Joel Woodworth Report Is Untrue
Joel Woodworth, formerly of Wyandotte, did not die in a burning tank in north Africa. His mother, Mrs. Belle Woodworth of Los Angeles, wrote friends at Oroville this week to advise them that two letters, dated as late as Aug.,12, had been received from her son overseas. Her message was in response to condolences sent her following word of mouth report of the boy’s death as the result of a radio broadcast listing a casualty of the same or similar name. The Woodworth’s resided in Wyandotte until the death of her father, Lucius Woodworth, about two years ago. They had lived in that section for approximately eight years. Besides Joel, there are two other sons in the service. The youngest Woodworth son, Charles, recently became an infantile paralysis victim but is recovering, Mrs. Woodworth wrote to her local friends.

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In The Fight
Three sons of State Forest Ranger E. P. Biggs and Mrs. Biggs are in their country’s service. Walter Biggs 24, latest to join the armed forces enlisted as an airplane mechanic in the naval reserve, August 18. He reported at Sacramento naval recruiting headquarters and was assigned to the San Diego Naval Training Station. He was a senior civilian mechanic at McClellan Field. He had been making his home in North Sacramento. His twin brother, Robert, enlisted in the civilian pilot training program last December and was waiting to be called when the program was abolished. He made application immediately for assignment to the Army Air Corps and was inducted August 14. He was sent to Monterey and expected to be assigned to Camp Kearns, Utah, for preliminary training as a flying cadet. His wife, Lorraine, lives with Mr. and Mrs. Biggs in Thermalito. Robert was a student at University of Idaho at Moscow, Ida., when he enrolled in the CPT. Glenn Biggs, 20, the third son who married Patricia Alt of Dobbins, enlisted as a flying cadet. He left Oroville August 13 for training, and was sent to Sheppard Field, near Wichita Falls, Tex., for pre-flight training. He also enlisted in the civilian pilot training program…..

Pfc. Bruno Giovannoni now helps keep U. S. fighting planes in shape in South Carolina. He is an aircraft metal technician. Prior to joining active service in November, 1942, Giovannoni was employed as a sheet metal worker at the Sacramento air depot. He was inducted at Monterey. He has been located at camps in California, Florida, Georgia and elsewhere. An accordion artist, the soldier played in the Oroville Union high school band and in the street parade when the city had its fiesta. He graduated in 1940. Private Giovannoni’s wife lives at Loomis, Calif. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C Giovannoni, Feather River highway, Oroville.

Marine Charles Buresh shot 305 out of a possible 340 at San Diego’s U. W. Marine base to win a sharpshooter’s badge. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. H. Buresh of Wyandotte, the marine is only 17 years old and is serving in a machine gun battalion. A graduate of Wyandotte school, he attended Oroville Union high school for two years before going to work as a ranch hand for his father and neighbors. He entered the Marine Corps June 22, 1943. Private Buresh reported for duty at San Francisco on Aug. 28 after a 10 days leave to visit home.

Stu’s Notes: Well the 6th annual POW/MIA Recognition Day Candlelight ceremony went well. There were about 80 people as usual in attendance. There were a few new people, hopefully more next year. I felt a lot better when Joan Lee (Van Campen) told Lynn that she really enjoyed the Ceremony and to me that’s all that really matters. The Roundabout people kept the big trucks away. The sight of the Candles held high at the end was a most wonderful meaningful moment.

Bill Connelly read a proclamation from the Governor here is part of it:

”For centuries, the men and women of our armed forces have fought for freedom at home and abroad. Their victories have come at great personal sacrifice, and today, Californians join together to honor past and present prisoners of war and those who are missing in action. The strength and resiliency demonstrated by these courageous troops are an inspiration to all Californians. Only they know the depths of the suffering they endured for the sake of our nation and allies, and they and their loved ones who suffered with them have our deepest gratitude. Their indescribable dedication to our country speaks loudly of their character, valor and patriotism. Today, I encourage all Californians to pay their utmost respects to these incredible men and women and to continue in prayer and action until all those unaccounted for are brought home. Now, therefore, I, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim September 19, 2008, as “POW/MIA Recognition Day.”. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 12
th day of September 2008.”