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February 23, 2009

Oroville Mercury
September 1, 1950
Pointing to power tubes, Capt. Charles Yeager, of Oroville first man to fly faster than speed of sound, describes X-1 Bell supersonic research plane to Paul Garber, director of National Air Museum, Washington, to which Gen. Vandenberg, air force chief, presented record-breaking craft. (International.) (This was a caption under their picture.)

July 7, 1951
News From Oroville Men In The Service
Ralph W. Dunham, 22, is undergoing preliminary training at Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, Tex., following his enlistment in the Air Force, and his brother, David J. Dunham, 19, is in boot camp training with the Marines, at San Diego. The brothers are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd L. Dunham of Quincy Road. Ralph enlisted in the Air Force June 6, and has passed all tests to start preliminary training as an air force cadet. He graduated from Oroville high school in 1947 and attended Chico State for two years. For two years before his enlistment he was an engineering student at the University of California He was a member of the varsity football team at Oroville high school in 1947. David attended Oroville high school for three years and Yuba college for one year, before his enlistment.

Edgar W. Northcote, airman apprentice, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Northcote of Route 4, Box 4084, Paradise, is with Air Transport Squadron 8 based at Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, T. H. Squadron 8 gained world-wide recognition for the part it played in the Berlin Airlift. Now it has been awarded the flying safety trophy, Pacific Division, of the Military Air Transport Service, for the third consecutive time. The trophy is awarded to the squadron that flies the most accident-free hours in a three-month period. Squadron 8 was commanded by Rear Admiral John M. Hoskins, USN, for the evacuation of 20,000 Combat casualties, 6000 evacuation patients, 86,000 personnel transported to the Far East and 28,000 tons of cargo flown during the same period.

Bobby Gene Yocum, son of Mr and Mrs. Cleo Yocum, D Street, is stationed at the Alameda Naval Air school after completing recruit training at San Diego. Yocum visited his home here for two weeks prior to reporting for duty at Alameda.

Earl A. Anderson, seaman apprentice, USN, of Route 2, has returned to San Diego, Calif., aboard the attack transport USS Bayfield after nine months’ combat duty in Korean waters. The Bayfield left San Diego September 1, last year for duty in the Far East. The ship, which was flagship of Transport Squadron One, participated in the amphibious assault landing at Inchon in September, and at Wonsan a month later. She also took part in the redeployment of United Nations troops from Chinnampo and Hungnam.

Harold G. Mayfield, seaman apprentice, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Mayfield of Ft. Wayne, is serving aboard the attack cargo ship USS Skagit operating in the Far East with units of the Amphibious Force. The Skagit helped move supplies and equipment ashore at Inchon during the recent Communist offensive. Her crew is now enjoying a brief respite and liberty in a Japanese port.

July 7, 1951
Clarence W. Brines, seaman, USN met movie actress Jennifer Jones n the U. S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan, when the star visited Korean war veterans in the Far East. Brines is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence. S. Brines of Durham, and husband of Mrs. Doris J. Brines of Chico.

Stu’s Notes: We have written of, now, General Charles Yeager before, and I finally got to meet him when he and his wife came to Oroville last May. He came to the reenactment of the Memorial Day event done here in Oroville years ago on our 101 year old Green Bridge. The above article claimed the Capt. As Oroville’s own, well he did live in Oroville a short while and married an Oroville High School girl, Glennis Dickhouse, but I think he belongs to all of America, as one of our True Heroes. We do need to find out more about his 357th Fighter Group, 364th Fighter squadron that trained here in Oroville 1942-45 and fought all over the world, 4 of those brave young men died flying out of our Army Air Base. They will “Not be Forgotten”. I have written before of the Dunham brothers, but not this article. Cpl Joe David Dunham was killed in action in Korea the summer of 1952. If you type in Dunham on our web site you will find their stories.