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May 8, 2009

Oroville Mercury
September 8, 1952
A Paradise, helicopter pilot serving in Korea recently helped rescue more than two hundred UN artillerymen marooned by flood waters. Maj. Charles A. Johnson, was one of five U. S. Army pilots who made more than 200 trips to evacuate U. S. and Korean Service Corps personnel who were surrounded by eight feet of water. Only one man at a time could be moved by the small helicopters to a high position about a mile away. The ground force was stranded when a Korean river rose from less that four feet to 27-8 feet in late July at the height of the rainy season.

Oroville Mercury
June 12, 1942
USO Will Benefit Soldiers In Oroville
In conference with state officials of the USO in Oroville Wednesday Earl Ward, chairman of the USO campaign committee, secured an agreement by which 15 per cent of the funds collected in the present drive will be retained for work with soldiers in this community. These funds locally can be used for giving supplies to men on troop trains or for local events planned for the men stationed in this district. Jeff Hall, director of the campaign for northern California, expressed great satisfaction at the success of the Oroville organization and has asked that Oroville form a permanent committee to be known as the USO citizens’ committee to administer the fund and provide for local needs. The chairmen named by the various service and fraternal organizations in the present campaign will doubtless form the nucleus of this committee. “I sincerely trust that our people will see the need for this important work and will make a bit of a sacrifice in order that we may furnish our fighting men, who are sacrificing so much, with places where they can get wholesome recreation,” Ward said, ”The USO provides reading rooms, places to ,meet civilians like you and me to time over a lonesome hour.”Valley Briefs Marriages Boom Chico- The marriage license business is booming here since the Chico Army Flying School was opened, with ten army men applying or receiving licenses since May 6.

Many in service Chico
- Scores of Chico State College graduating seniors were in the service and unable to be present when graduation services were held in Chico State College Thursday.

Susanville Flier Reported Missing
Fletcher Hancock, 21, a member of the RAF eagle squadron of American volunteer fliers, today was reported missing in action June 5, according to a telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Hancock of Susanville. The telegram was received from London. Hancock had been flying from an English base.

Soldier Pay Bill Goes To White House
The Senate completes legislation: $50 to be base salary.
Washington –(UP)- The senate Thursday completed action on legislation to raise that base pay of buck privates and apprentice seamen to $50 a month. The bill will make American fighting men the highest paid in the world, effective as of June 1. The bill sponsored by Sen. Edwin C. Johnson (D., Colo.) received final approval after a lengthy conference between members of the house and senate to adjust conflicting versions of the pay scales. It now goes to the White House for President t Roosevelt’s signature.

An ad:
At the New El Medio community Club Hall West end of Elgin St. (West of Thode’s Store)
Good Music Admission: 50c till 9:30 – 75c after 9:30 Ladies Free, Service men admitted to dance and supper free. Phone 885.

Stu’s Notes: Oroville has a long history of supporting it’s Veterans. Hopefully more will come forward to finish a memorial to them that they rightfully deserve. Some people when I say we need money say, well Stu I thought you had enough. No we don’t. How about those Fly-Boys who came to our towns and took our girls away? I always want the rest of the Story. I wonder if young Fletcher Hancock made it home. Military pay? Did Roosevelt sign the Bill? A call to Oroville Veterans Memorial Park Committee Member and formerly Apprentice Seaman Bob Morehouse, yes Bob went in the Navy about 1944 at $50 a month and fought in the Pacific, thank you Bob. He could have very well have died in the Invasion that didn’t happen. Seamen were paid by the storekeeper on board ship in cash. Money orders could be sent home. Poker and dice games were to be found on board.

Remember Memorial Day, May 25th.