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June 11, 2010

Oroville Mercury Register
Some Gave All
Lt. Robert Rivet Missing In Action

Lt. Robert Rivet of the U. S. Army, formerly of Oroville, is missing in action in Korea, his wife, Ernestine, of Chico, has been informed by the Department of Defense; Rivet, who was with the second division, has been missing since Nov. 28, his wife said… Mrs. Rivet is the former Ernestine Graves of Oroville. The Rivets have a son, Robert. 9, Rivet’s mother, Mrs. Walter Padgett, also lives in Chico. Rivet attended Oroville High School. After graduation he worked for the Shell Oil Company in Chico and in Marysville. Later he was employed for seven years by the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, working in Portola and in Oroville. He served with the Army of Occupation in Germany for three years during World War II and reentered the army in 1945. He is a brother of Ralph Rivet of Los Angles, former managing editor of the Chico Record, and the step-brother of Paul Thompson former city editor of the Record.

Mercury-Register Oroville
September 18, 1945
Service Corner
SC 1/C Byron Maudlin Spent Weekend Here
SC2/C Byron J. Maudlin surprised his aunt, Juanita Weaver, M. T. at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Friday evening when he arrived in Oroville for his first visit with her in six years. Today is his birthday and the occasion was celebrated last Saturday night with a party at the Weaver home on Chico road to which 45 guests were invited. This was Maudlin’s first visit to California and Sunday they drove to Buck’s Lake- his first ride on mountain roads. Maudlin, who is attached to Battery 9 at Camp Shoemaker, has just returned from submarine duty in the Atlantic. He left Monday to resume his duties with the navy.

Mercury-Register Oroville
September 18, 1945
Service Corner
Moak Promoted To Sergeant Rank
Fresno-Leo A. Moak, husband of Mrs. Ruth Moak of Nelson, was recently promoted to the grade of Sergeant by order of Colonel John O. Neal, commanding officer of Hammer Field, a Fourth Air Force training base. Sergeant Moak entered the Hammer Field Jan. 21, 1944, where he is serving as radio mechanic. Before entering the army he was employed by the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. He is the son of Mrs. W. D. Comstock, Richvale, and has a brother, Pfc. Mervin S. Moak, serving in the Marines.

Stu’s Notes: Our County
Wide List has Robert Rivet listed as KIA. Daryl will move him to the Oroville List.

Last Sunday, June 6
th was D-Day the famous D. Day, the most talked about one. The long waited invasion of Europe, at the Normandy Beaches. The D was used on many other invasions where Americans fought just as well, just as hard. Think Iwo Jima, Saipan, Guadalcanal, Anzio, etc. But, the invasion of France that long ago day was the most talked about. It was probably the biggest sea invasion onto land ever. So, I thought of my friend Tim Timmons and his wife Leona, whom I’ve written about before. I will not use the hero word as he does not want me to. But as an Army Staff Sgt. In the 501 Parachute Infantry Regiment activated in Toecas, GA in 1942, he served his country well. Training his boy’s (Tim was the “old man” at 22 years old), for the jump behind enemy lines, that was their job. Completely surrounded from the moment they hit the ground. Can you imagine knowingly doing that, neither can I. What was General Eisenhower thinking? Well he thought long and hard but he knew the sacrifices’ it would take and that many would die but it would shorten the War and save tens of thousands of lives. What these men and others did in WWII I am convinced saved the world from unbelievable evil for a long, long time. So Tim and his men jumped into the dark night. Not knowing what they would land on. Bullets and confusion everywhere, Tim was hurt, as he hit the ground. “I lay in a hedge row, Germans all around me, I had a Thompson Machine gun in my hand, I planned on taking some of them with me if found. Later one of the guys who jumped with me found me and as that area was somewhat secured, took me to a farm house, a lot of wounded were there. They placed us on a wagon to take us to a safer place but a shell hit and killed the horse, so they took us to another farm house where they splinted my leg with a M 1 Rifle. Then when the 101st Airborne linked up with the Invasion forces coming from the beaches of Normandy, they laid me on the Beach where we were strafed by a ME-109, our Anti Aircraft fire got him and he bailed out, to a very unhappy bunch of men on the beach. I was taken to a Destroyer, which got me back to England and a hospital and a body cast. Later I got to fly home via Glasgow, New York, Topeka, Kansas, Salt Lake, to Santa Barbara, CA. Home. On all those long flights we were cared for by a bunch of wonderful Nurses.” Tim said. Tim tells me to mention the men of the 501 he trained, they went on to fight until the end of the War, many were lost in Battle, his Commander Colonel Howard (Jumpy) Johnson was killed Oct. 8, 1944. Tim is very proud of those Men. He is now the only one left of the 501 I Company. Heroes all, oops, sorry Tim.