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July 3, 2009

Oroville Mercury Register
December 9, 1950
22-Year Army Vet In Service
Called back to active service after his retirement following 22 years and four months of service, M-Sgt. William R. Francis, Feather Falls Star Route completed a 12 day leave here this week. Francis retired on Dec. 1, 1947, but remained on enlisted reserve status. He was recalled to active duty last Oct. 1 and reported to Fort Ord for assignment. He is now stationed at Fort Riley, Kas., with the Quartermaster corps. The veteran soldier has seen service in two World Wars and is asking himself: “Will there be a third?” He was First Sergeant of an infantry company during World War I and was wounded twice.

Retreat Begins From Pyongyang
‘Undeclared War’ Exists-MacArthur
- (UP)- Gen. Douglas MacArthur accused Communist China Today of launching an undeclared war against the United Nations in Korea, but said he still hopes for a peaceful negotiated settlement. He said overwhelmingly outnumbered United Nations forces in Korea now face well-equipped Red armies totaling more that 600,000 men- 500,000 of them Chinese and 100,000 5o 150,000 North Korean being reorganized and rebuilt by the Chinese. But he said, he never has recommended or asked for authority to bomb Chinese territory north of the Yalu River frontier nor has he asked for authority to use the atomic bomb.. British, French Move to Warn US Against War

National Guard Vehicle Depot Would Serve Units In North California
Oroville may be the site of a vehicle maintenance depot to service all National Guard motorized units in northern California, according to word received here late yesterday. Notification was received here by Capt. A. G. Hooper, commander of the Oroville Guard unit, from Col. Carl H. Aulick of the Guard adjutant general’s office in Sacramento. Aulick said Guard officers will be here within two weeks to inspect city property with plans, if a satisfactory site is found, to construct a building to be used as a vehicle maintenance depot for all northern California Guard vehicles. The building would be constructed within six months to a year, and possibly sooner, Aulick noted. He said space would be left on the property for possible later construction of an armory, if and when federal funds are available. Earlier yesterday, Hooper had appeared before the noon luncheon-meeting of the Chamber of Commerce and reported that prospects for obtaining an armory and maintenance center were fairly bright. The Chamber, after listening to Hooper, decided to invite Guard officials here to inspect possible sites. Hooper said he hoped the city would deed a site at Veatch Street and Pomona Avenue to the State.

Stu’s Notes: Things looked pretty bad for us December 1950. Our Allies telling us to go easy with 600,000 Chinese and many North Koreans over running our fighting men. Gen Douglas MacArthur was relived of command by President Truman and 2 ½ years of truce talks began. Our Young men kept on fighting and dying but they did stop the enemy. Somewhere around the 38th parallel where we stand to this day. Let’s pray for peace, and that we still have brave fighting men like M/Sgt William R. Francis, who will go anywhere at a moments notice to fight where needed.

The Oroville Area National Guard men and women are coming home. One year ago Lynn and I went to March Air Base and saw them off to Indiana where they trained before they left for Iraq. While they were gone their home here, the Armory has been rebuilt. Oroville did the right thing back in 1950 to help them get that home. A lot of young men and women have started serving their Country right there. We will honor them. When I told Oroville Veterans Memorial Park Committee Member Bill Fox, they were coming home and we should do something , he ran all over town arranging for Bannors to hang around Oroville and marquees to welcome them back. Let’s hope others help, also we must remember many have come home from “over there” and Oroville has not done much since we had the rally after the first Gulf War. Let’s rally the town for a big welcome to All Service Men and Women returning home. I guess we need a leader, any Volunteers? I would like to thank John and Joyce Archabald for their work on the POW/MIA sign. A big thank you to Ken Godfrey of IMS Custom Sheet Metal, 1220 Meyers Street for the bracket he made for the sign. He does so much for the people of Oroville. Our annual recognition Day event is coming September 18th.

Everyone come to the 4th of July Veterans Memorial BBQ fund Raiser at the Riverbend Park – Salmon Pavilion, get the Patriotic Meal Deal from Noon to 5PM, $10 donation includes: 2 Hotdogs or 1 Hamburger plus Beans, Salad, Chips, and a Drink, Music by Jim Halsey “County Duo” Noon to 4PM. I hope to see you all there