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April 3, 2009

Conclusion of Jack Sapp’s Story
Well, we’ve read of Jack Sapp fighting for our country and after he came home he kept on traveling in between getting married and raising two kids. He had one son Mark and a daughter Debbie both graduates of OHS. After the war Jack worked for Western Pacific Rail Road for 12 years. Then a man was promoted over him, so Jack told W.P. good bye. Then 3 years in South America for U. S. Steel, Power Line in Oregon, a job in Singapore, two contract jobs in Vietnam. One in which he came pretty close to getting a third Purple Heart as lead was flying around his apt. and then the Alaska Pipe line. Now he is happy and home in Oroville with his wife Lucy. We can be very thankful for the Jack Sapp’s of our country. From his army discharge paper; Army of the United States Honorable Discharge This is to certify that Donald J. Sapp, Technician 5th Grade 11th Armored Infantry Battalion Army of the United States is hereby Honorably Discharged from the military service of the United States of America Given at Separation Center Camp Beale, Calif. Date 29 November, 1945. Military History Date of Induction 18 May 43 Date of Entry Into Active Service 18 May 43 Place of entry into service Sacramento Calif. Local S. S Board 16 County and State Butte Cal Military Occupational Specialty and No. Truck Driver Heavy 931 . Battles and campaigns Rome-Arco Po Valley North Appenninas Go 40 WD 45 Naples Foggia go 33 WD 45 Decorations and citations World War II Victory Medal TWX WD 23 Oct 45 Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster Go 45 Hq 1st AD 6 Jun 44 and Co 75 Hq 33d Gen Hosp 20 Oct 44 European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal Good Conduct Medal. Wounds received in Action Italy 31 May 44 and 15 Oct 44 Longevity for pay purposes 2 years 6 months 2 days Mustering Out Pay total $300 This Payment $100. This concludes Jack’s story. Thank you Jack for your story.

Oroville Mercury February 5, 1952
Invitation to Surrender - PFC. Glenn W. Rice serving in Korea with the counter fire platoon, Headquarters Company of the 179th Regimental Combat Team sent to his sister a surrender leaflet that he obtained near the front lines in Korea. The leaflet, one side of which is pictured above, urges the surrender of American troops and guarantees their safety. The leaflet also states the names and time of radio propaganda broadcasts over the Peking Radio. Private Rice’s sister is Mrs. M. R. Hancock of Siskiyou Street in Thermalito. Rice has been in Korea since July and in the combat line for five month with only three days away from duty. His company fight largely with automatic weapons. He was in the National Guard for two and a half years previous to his call to active duty 18 months ago. This is what the leaflet said; YOU HAVE ONLY ONE WAY BACK HOME. Get wise to yourself. The people who got you in this mess are making plenty on this deal. Do you want to die for their dividends? Here’s what to do….(use this as a safe conduct pass) When you see a Chinese soldier’ Put down your weapon and shout Tow Shong (surrender) Do your folks at home a good turn- they need you We guarantee you safe conduct and your return home as soon as possible The Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces.

Stu’s Notes: I want to thank Jack again for his story. I said this before if a soldier doesn’t tell his story, no matter how painful it may be, there is no one then to tell the story of those who didn’t come home.
At the end of the Surrender Leaflet it said “The Chinese Volunteer Forces”, I find it hard to believe that a million Chinese volunteered to fight in Korea, so ill equipped and to charge over and over into such overwhelming fire power pushing the Allies back by sheer numbers. How many men they lost is probably not know but we do know they lost over 700 MIG Fighters to 70 or so of ours. And our Airmen had to fight, you might say with one arm tied behind their back, as they could not go across the Chinese border. Well I’ve heard a few of our Pilots did sneak over, below the Radar. Speaking of Radar, he lives in Paradise.