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May 1, 2009

Oroville Mercury Register (OMR) May 7, 1951
News from Oroville Men In The Service
Two Paradise seaman recruits, Hugh M. Jarred, USN, of route 2, and Earl S. Roberts, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Roberts of Route 2, recently completed recruit training at the Naval Training Center, San Diego, and are now available for assignment to a Fleet unit or to one of the Navy’s schools for specialized training. Leo Franklin McInturf, seaman recruit, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leander McInturf of route 5, Oroville, has completed recruit training at the Naval Training Center, San Diego, consisting of intensive drill in such subjects as signaling, navigation, basic ordinance and seamanship. He also was indoctrinated into the ways of the Navy and learned the customs of the service.

OMR September 8, 1952
News From Oroville Men In The Service
Ralph Doyle Ford, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Caldwell, Robinson street, is being sent to Denver, Colo., for enrollment in a U. S. Air Force technical gunnery course. He enlisted in the Air Force in June, and received basic training at Parks Air Force Base near Oakland. He was graduated from Oroville Union High School with the June class. The young airman was home recently on 10 days leave.

Howard D. Guthrie, EMSN, is serving aboard the U. S. S. Uivert M. Moore, a destroyer escort based at San Diego. He is the son of Mr. Lorean Saris, Woodleaf Star route. He was home on leave recently.

Pvt. Jerry J. Cowee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Scott, Quincy Road, Oroville, is serving with the 28th Infantry Division in Germany. The division – a Pennsylvania National Guard unit – is currently conducting training exercises in the rolling hills of Bavaria in Southern Germany. Private Cowee, who entered the Army last February arrived in Europe on July 31.

Serving aboard the Cargo Ship USS Alcor with the Atlantic Fleet Service Force out of Norfolk, Va., is Lt. James M. Keller Jr., USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Keller of Woodleaf Star Route, Oroville. The Alcor transports cargo to and from naval bases and ships.

Oroville Mercury Register April 23,2009
From the Obituary of Joseph Arnold Demello, Sr.
Became a resident of Oroville in 1985, and rapidly became involved in the Oroville and Palermo communities. He joined the Palermo Grange in 1986 and has since received his seventh degree. Working with the Pentagon, he was instrumental in organizing efforts to award MIA/POW medallions to deserving recipients within the community. He was proud to welcome the Army Bagpipe Band and Beale AFB’s U-2 to this event. Joe enjoyed activities such as ringing the bell for the Salvation Army Kettles, teaching the kids at Grange Family Camp to fish, calling bingo for several charitable groups, and sharing the fruits of his huge vegetable garden. As a veteran and selfless man, Joe loved his country. He began sending care packages to the troops over seas immediately following the start of the conflict with Iraq and continued to so until his death. He is survived by the love of his life, Marilyn Marcum of Oroville.

Stu’s Notes: I didn’t know Joseph Demello well but it was always a joy to talk to him. We met at many Grange events. Usually at the Thermalito Grange, he attended many of our events . He truly left the world a better place by what he accomplished in life. The above was just a small testament of that.

The Oroville Veterans Memorial Park Committee is putting on a Spaghetti Dinner and Dance on May 1, 2009. It will be at the Oroville Veterans Hall. All you can eat for $10 and the ticket will get you into the dance. Dance to the music of Jim Halsey’s Country Duo. The dinner will be served from 5pm to 8pm the dance will be from 8 to 10pm and a No Host Bar will be provided by American Legion Post 95. Come have fun, enjoy yourself. The proceeds got to help build the Veterans Memorial Park. For Tickets call 534-9889 or 532-0336 or they may be purchased at the door. Next event will be Memorial Day Ceremony at the Oroville Memorial Park Cemetery on Lincoln Street. Starting at 11AM on May 25, 2009. Followed by a ceremony on the Old Green Bridge at 1pm and a Barbeque lunch at the Veterans Memorial Hall on Montgomery St.. The cost will be $7 for Adults and $2 for children under 12. Offered by the American Legion Post 95. Vene Thompson, Chairman of this event Call Joan Lee 589-1058 for more information