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December 24, 2010

Oroville Mercury Register
January 22, 1944
“Some Gave All”
Butte Flier Dies In Crash
Sgt. Joseph N. Love, was one of 7 men killed when a B-24 Liberator bomber crashed in the desert near Blythe Army Air Base, Co. it was announced today. Love, engineer of the plane, was the son of Mrs. Leona N. Love. The heavy bomber was demolished when it spun in three miles west of the base limits shortly after 10 o’clock last night. It has been on a routine combat training flight. Two members of the 9-man crew escaped with injuries.

Oroville Mercury Register
January 22, 1944
In The Fight

(Please get pictures. The “in the fight” pictures file is overcrowded. Will the owners of service men’s’ and women’s’ pictures left at the Mercury please call for them, if the pictures have already appeared in the column.)

Sharpshooter Of The Sky is Meeker’s New Title
Harry F. Meeker, son of Mrs. Ina P. Meeker of Center Street, was recently graduated from the aerial gunnery school of the Army Air Force at Harlingten Army Air Field. Along with his diploma, he received a pair of aerial gunner’s wing’s and a promotion in grade. After a delay en route t o visit relatives, he will join an aerial combat, team, unless retained at Harlingten to serve as a gunnery instructor.

Williams Finishes His Basic Training
Cadet Charles F Williams of Route 3, Oroville, was graduated recently from the basic flying training course at Marana Army Air Field, Tucson, Ariz. He was ordered sent to an advanced flying school to complete the last phase of his cadet training. He is the son of Mrs. J. H. Coggan of Oroville. He attended Oroville high school. Before entering the air corps he was employed in engineering work in Marysville.

Hurlburt Has Birthday, Visits Kin While Here
George E. Hurlburt of the U. S. Navy recently spent a 15-day furlough visiting here with his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Hurlburt, and his brothers of Rt. 3 Oroville. While here, Hurlburt celebrated his 19th birthday. He returned Jan. 17, to his station in a naval hospital. On the day of Hurlburt’s return Cpl. George Nall of the U. S. Army, uncle of the navy man, arrived home on furlough. The two had a visit, the first in two years. While here, Hurlburt also saw another uncle, Newton Rabedew of the U. S. Merchant Marine, who was on leave here.

Oroville Mercury Register January 22, 1944
$100,000 Mark In Bonds Hit
The first $100,000 was attained today in Oroville’s war fund drive. While it represented less than a seventh of the city’s quota, workers’ regarded it an appreciable start in the campaign to realize the city’s goal of $788,300. An $8000 purchase by Montgomery Ward and Co. and the purchase of $200 worth of bonds by the State theatre boosted Friday’s total sales, which amounted to $24,318.

Stu’s Notes: May 7, 2010, I used a story I found in the Oroville Mercury dated September 8, 1944 about Harry Meeker hitch hiking home after escaping from enemy territory in France. In less than 8 months he went to war, instead of being an instructor and got shot down and hitched hiked home to Oroville. Things happen fast in times of war. This is about all we know about Staff Sgt. Meeker and I always hope to find more.

I’m always looking for help finding the rest of these Hero’s stories, so call me if you can help. I also really need to have some one research the Chico Register or Enterprise, two separate papers back then. The papers I need are from June 1950 to 1954 for the Korea War, we know so little about the Chico Men and Women who died in that war. It is easy to go to the Library and look at the microfiche and copy what you found. This research is so important for our Memorial. We have other gaps that we need to look in to. Call me please if you can help, Stu 533-8147.

There are still many “Forgotten” Heroes out there and soon actual real, live dirt moving and building should start on our Memorial. I know I’ve been saying this for years, but by golly the time is near. The other men listed above, all we know is what you just read. This is the first I‘ve found in the Old Mercury’s of the loss of Sgt. Joseph N. Love of Stirling
City. Surly he had more in his family, although 65 years has gone by and most of the parents of our young heroes that died in WWII have past on, probably Uncles and Aunts also even brother’s and sister’s would be in there 70’s or 80’s. We do hear from some of them. But most WWII soldiers I write about, there little stories we find is all we find about them. Most are just a faint memory. So tuck these stories away somewhere so future generations can read what you’re reading.

Thanks again to my Webmaster Daryl Autrey as all these stories are forever floating around the World Wide Web. When Daryl and I are gone, I’m sure, some one will carry on and keep the site going.

Oroville Supported the Bond Drives well.