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February 6, 2009

Oroville Mercury Register (OMR)
October 7, 1952 from Looking Back 10 years ago (1942)
Game Warden Chester Ramsey will leave Wednesday for training with the Raiders, Commando unit of the U. S. Marines. The game warden will report in San Francisco then be assigned to San Diego for eight weeks of general training before going to a desert camp for the more intensive preparation given the Raiders. Ramsey applied for service with the Raiders. Of 21 applicants who asked to be assigned to Raiders units only two, including the Oroville game warden, met the physical requirements. Ramsey has been a game warden five years, serving first at Elk Grove. He has been game warden in Oroville for two years. He has been granted a military leave so he can return to Oroville district as game warden after the war…

Looking Back September 20, 1952
10 years ago (1942)
Private Jack Tuhey has left Camp Barkley, Texas, for an unknown destination, according to a card received by C. J. Tuhey, his father. Tuhey, who is in a medical battalion, was inducted last June. He was sent to Monterey, then to Camp Barkley. He wrote that in Texas he met Art Gould of Oroville, who also is in the service…

October 7, 1952
News From Oroville Men In The Service
Clark Air Force BASE- Robert C. Holt husband of the former Ina Mae Denny, Oroville, was promoted recently to airman first class in the U. S. Air Force at his station on Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. On his Philippine assignment for the past 10 months, A-1C Holt currently performs organizational supply specialist duties for the 24th Motor Vehicle Squadron, 24th Air Depot Wing. A graduate from Grant Union High School, Sacramento, he was employed at McClellan Air Force Base before enlisting for military service in May of 1951. Mrs. Holt, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Denney, of Oroville. The sergeant is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Holt, Del Paso Boulevard, North Sacramento.

With the Pacific Fleet- Joseph M. Kirkpatrick son of Mr. and Mrs.. Edwin L. Kirkpatrick of Oroville, was advanced to interior communications electrician third class, USN, while serving aboard the heavy cruiser USS Saint Paul. The advancement is a result of competitive examinations conducted this summer on all ships and naval establishments throughout the world.

Lewis Elkins, radar man on the USS Manatee, has returned from an eight-months tour of duty in Korean waters where he took part in two campaigns. The son of Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Elkins, of Bidwell Bar, Elkins enlisted in the Navy two years ago. Prior to that he was a student at Oroville Union High School. He will spend his 30 day leave here with his parents.

U. S. Naval Air Missile Test Center, Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, California- Robert W. Wassell, son of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Wassell of Canyon Highlands Drive, Oroville, and husband of the former Miss Janice Burnett of Mira Loma Circle, Oxnard, was recently advanced to radar man third class, USN. Since every Navy man has two jobs, his test was divided into military questions covering knowledge of seamanship, gunnery and military law, etc., and the professional part concerning his Navy trade

Stu’s Notes 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.
I have written before on marine Chet Ramsey. We talked once in a while briefly but never sat down to hear a story. I know he served his country well and every once in a while I find these little news clips. Maybe his son Mike can fill me in on where he went in WWII as the old marine has joined the majority of WWII men. At one time there were 16 million. Last Monday the over the hill gang, Jim Bruce, Bob Morehouse, Doug Krause, Jim Holton, Jack Brereton and I led by Bill Fox, mowed our memorial site. Our average age was 74 years old. I think we did a great job.