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November 6, 2009

“Some Gave All”
June 1, 1944 Oroville Mercury Register
Many Attend Turk Funeral
Many friends and relatives of 2nd Lt. Walter M. Turk, killed when his fighting plane crashed near Ephrata, Wash., Saturday, attended his funeral at Hamilton and Riley’s this afternoon. Officiating was the Rev. Mr. W. S. Woodhull. Casket bearers’ were Lt. W. H. Lawn, who accompanied the body to Oroville: Robert Babb, Jack Holmes, Howard Wiedman, Lt. Richard Parker and Dean Price. Burial took place in the veterans plot in Memorial Park.

“Some Gave All”
Oroville Mercury Register Oct. 23, 1943
Paratrooper Lost
PVT. Warren Aldridge paratrooper, who has been reported missing in action since Sept 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Aldridge of Thermalito, he was unreported after the battle of Salerno, Italy. He took part in the North African campaign and in Casablanca, Tunis and Bizerte. He enlisted in the paratroopers in February, 1942, and had been overseas since a year ago last September. He visited in Oroville just before going overseas. Miss Faye Aldridge, his sister, is employed at the First National Bank here.

“Some Gave All”
Oroville Mercury Register April 6, 1944
Aldridge Death After Salerno Is Announced
Official notification that her son, Pvt. Warren S. Aldridge, 22, previously reported missing in action was killed September 15, 1943, at Avellino, Italy, shortly after the invasion at Salerno, has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Aldridge of Thermalito, his parents. He was a sheet metal worker in Berkeley at the time of his enlistment. He was a former student at Yuba City high school. Pvt. Aldridge has two sisters, Mrs. Jean McCullough of Richmond, and Miss Faye Aldridge of Thermalito. Mrs. Aldridge received the following letter from Major General J. A. Ulio, the Adjutant general, in Washington. “It is with regret that I am writing to confirm the recent telegram informing you of the death of your son, Private Warren S. Aldridge 19.082.765, infantry (paratroop). “Your son was reported missing in action in Italy on 15 September 1943. The war department has now received an official report which establishes the fact that your son was killed in action on 15 September 1943 in the vicinity of Avellino, Italy. I know the sorrow that this message has brought you and it is my hope that in time knowledge of the heroic service in defense of his country , even unto death, may be of sustaining comfort to you. I extend to you my deepest sympathy.”

“Some Gave All”
Enterprise Record July 20, 1944
George Buckman Dies in Japanese War Prison Camp
Taken by the enemy after the fall of Corregidor in 1941, George Buckman, former Chico student has died in a Japanese prison camp in Manila, according to word received here last night by his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Don Buckman. Buckman’s mother, Mrs. Lydia Buckman, who resides in Seattle, Washington, was notified by the War Department yesterday of her son’s death. The youth was reported taken by the Japanese 10 days after Corregidor fell. He was with an air corps crew and left the United Sates before the invasion of the Philippines for Nichols Field, Manila. He attended Chico High school during the 1939 and1940 term. From Chico he went to Seattle where he entered the army air corps. He was a member of Company “C” in Chico.

Stu’s notes: I recently met with Earl Baker Sr. Earl served his country well entering the Navy in 1942 when our Navy was taking many casualties in the war. Reports were in and they had not all been good our Navy was fighting the Japanese all over the South Pacific. The Japanese had a good Navy that had been training for a long time. The Japanese Navy was very good at night fighting, and the thought of submarines had to be on every Sailors mind, night and day. Yet young Earl left Oroville High at 17 years old and signed up. Thank you my friend Earl.

How many in Oroville have seen those big 4 engine , red and white, Coast Guard Planes go by Oroville. I have, they fly out of Sacramento and go on many missions up and down our Coast to rescue people, many who make thoughtless mistakes in our Pacific Ocean and need rescued. Well last Saturday one of these planes searching for a lost man collided with a search Helicopter and 9 brave people died, all Heroes for what they do. The Captain of the plane grew up in the Woodland area, just 60 miles south of here, Lt. Commander Che J. Barnes. Pvt. Warren’s name is in stone on the Sutter County Memorial. If he lived in Thermalito as his family did, we will also honor him here.