Oroville Mercury Register (OMR)
June 11, 1945
The Denny Brothers
Three sons of Mr. and Mrs.
J. W. Denny of El Noble street answered the call to service
for their country, Carl
Denny, 26, seaman 2/c has been missing since Aug. 8, 1942.
Pvt. Lee Denney,
23 , was in France the last time his parents heard from him, and
Pvt. Howard Denney,
18, is in the Philippines. Carl entered the service in December.
1941 and took his boot camp training at San Diego Naval Training
Base. Prior to his military service he was employed at the
Meadow Valley Lumber Company. Lee began his training at Camp
Roberts in December, 1942, and after further training at several
other camps was sent overseas last February. He was wounded
February 28, in Germany. At a hospital in England he was awarded
the Purple Heart. After convalescing he went back into the
fight. Howard entered the service from high school in 1944.
He trained at Camp Roberts and went overseas in February this year.
August 23, 1945
Carl Denney Reported Dead
The death of Carl Cleveland
Denney, 26, Seaman 2c, USNR, son of
Mr. and Mrs. John William
Denney, El Noble Avenue, has been officially announced by
the Office of War Information. Seaman Denney was previously
reported missing on Aug. 8, 1942. Denney entered the service
in December, 1941, and took his boot camp training at San
Diego Naval Training Base. Prior to his military service he
was employed at the Meadow Valley Lumber Company. He has two
brothers, also in the service,
Pvt. Lee Denney,
23, and Pvt. Howard Denney,
December 17, 1945
Files Petition In Lost Son’s Estate
A petition for letters of administration was filed today by John
W. Denny upon the estate of his son
Carl C. Denney.
Denney was lost while serving on the Destroyer Jarvis in the Coral
Sea battle in August, 1942. The destroyer was damaged by air
attacks off Guadalacanal and departed for Noumea, New Caledonia
for repairs but was declared missing with all hands when it failed
to arrive there. The estate consists of $1634. The petition
was filed through the firm of Clewe , Deahl and Glensor.
The Jack Sapp
Jack was born in Parma, Idaho, July 2, 1924. His father worked
for the Western Pacific Rail Road on the Pulga Section as Section
Foreman, so at 17 that is where Jack worked in 1942-43. Jack’s
job was to walk the tracks at night looking for slides blocking
the tracks. If he found one and there were many in those days,
he would look at his train schedule for which way the train was
coming (no radios then) and run down or up the track to put out
flares or “torpedos” a device that alerted the Engineers by a loud
bang and he would stop the train. Jacks dad would be alerted
and come out to blow up the rocks off the track. Jack made
friends with the guards at the tunnels. They were on guard
for possible German saboteurs. They were armed and Jack let
them know right off who he was. Jack would come into Oroville
for a movie at our State Theater and sometimes the line would stretch
to the Municipal Auditorium, there were lots of Soldiers in town.
Charlie’s was always packed. Soon Jack would be one of them.
To join he needed a birth certificate; having none, his mother had
a bible that she recorded his birth in. That was good enough.
There was a War on. Soon Jack was waiting in front of our
Veterans Memorial Hall on Montgomery for the Bus that would start
his journey for 6 days in Rome all expenses paid. Jack’s story
to be continued.
Stu’s Notes: I met Jack Sapp because my sister
Peggy is married
to his nephew Ron Schultz.
Cousin Johnny Lee
said Howard Denney
was grazed by a sniper and lay wounded on the field of battle.
The GI’s told a German prisoner he had to go out and drag Howard
in or they would shoot him. He did. Howard told Johnny
Lee when he woke up he couldn’t believe who was dragging him especially
to the American line. I went to school with another cousin
The Oroville Veterans Memorial Committee will be holding a Rummage
Sale on February 21st from 9am to 2pm at the Veterans
Memorial Hall 2374 Montgomery Street. Donations of usable
items will be appreciated and accepted, February 20th
in the afternoon at the Hall. Call Sam 589-4924 or Sherry
532-7948, proceeds are going for the Veterans Memorial Park.