The Chico Enterprise
May 1, 1944
Capt. Stanley Foster Killed In Bomber
Captain Stanley Foster, 22, of Paradise, husband
of Frances Gloria Foster, was killed when a four engined B-24 bomber
from Kirtland Field, Albuquerque, N. M., crashed Friday night in
the hills nine miles west of Merna, Neb., the field public relations
office announced, according to the Associated Press. Capt.
Foster was born May 18, 1921, in Kuman, Calif., where he attended
grammar school, before moving to Orland. He was president
of the Orland high school student body, graduating in 1937.
The same fall he attended Fresno State College, and was in his third
year of the engineering corps when he entered the service.
At first he was in the 185th infantry. He advanced
from a private to a sergeant in six months. Christmas Eve,
1941, he was transferred to the Air Corps and was commissioned a
first lieutenant in June 1942. Christmas Eve, 1942 he piloted
his first bomber in combat, when he participated in the raid on
Wake Island. Soon after, he was transferred to the South Pacific,
where he took part in over 60 combat missions. He was awarded
the air medal, three oak leaf clusters, and the Distinguished Flying
Cross with four oak leaf clusters. He came home last November
and was married in Fresno to the former Gloria Golden, from Wenatche,
Washington. He was an instructor at Albuquerque, N. M., in
the B-24 group. Surviving besides his wife, are his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Albert C. W. Foster, Paradise; his sisters, Mrs. Gilbert
Holmes, Clovis; Mrs. Milton Munger, Mrs. Ross Wood and Mrs. Mary
Jobe all of Berkeley; his brothers Sgt. Gordon P. Foster, Pacific
area and Glen Foster, Paradise. Sgt and Mrs. Harry Harder
are driving Mrs. Foster from New Mexico to Paradise, where the military
funeral is to be held. Nugents in Chico are in charge of funeral
The Chico Enterprise
May 14, 1945
S/Sgt. Foster of Paradise Killed On Okinawa
Paradise, May 14- Staff Sergeant Gordon P. Foster,
who would have been 22 years old tomorrow, was killed on Okinawa
April 21, the War Department today notified his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Albert G. W. Foster of Paradise. This is the second son
the Fosters have lost in this war. Sgt. Foster was born in
Kerman, Fresno county and graduated from Orland High school.
He entered the service with Company G National Guard, 184th
Infantry in 1941. His brother, Captain Stanley Foster was
killed one year ago in a bomber crash near Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Another Brother Glenn, is a student at Chico High School.
He is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. Gilbert Holmes of Clovis,
Mrs. Milton Munger of Berkeley, Mrs. Ross Wood of Oregon, and Mrs.
Marry Jobe of Berkeley.
Oroville Mercury Register
May 8, 1951
News From Oroville Men In The Service
Richard N. LaRose, fireman, USN, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Wallace L. LaRose of Elgin Street, Oroville is serving aboard
the net tender USS Elder operating in the Far East. A horn-bowed
ship, the Elder can lay and maintain anti-submarine nets for protection
of harbors and fleet anchorages. Before entering the Navy
June 15, 1949, he was graduated from Oroville Union High School.
Jesse F. Watson, Jr., seaman, USN, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Jesse F. Watson of Route 1, Paradise, is serving aboard
the Navy’s attack cargo ship USS Virgo, attached to Service Squadron
3, which is supplying United Nations warships in the Far East.
Stu’s Notes: When I read the accomplishments
of Young Captain Stanley Foster by the age of 22 years old I think
that man did more in those few years than many do in a lifetime.
It is extremely sad that his parents had to suffer the loss of another
son a year later while fighting in the last big Battle of WWII.
Had he been the only son left he probably could have come home when
his brother died, but then again he may have wanted to finish the
Two young heroes of Kerman, in Fresno County,
Orland, Paradise, America and the World were lost. We must
be thankful for having men like them, as my old friend Nick would
say, “We Saved The World” and they did.
Today, 60 years ago
the North Koreans fired across the border, June 25, 1950 before
sunrise. After WWII the Japanese lost Korea and the world
powers made two Korea’s North and South, divided by the 38th
Parallel. In the North Communist and the South a Republic.
Then the North Koreans swarmed across the border, and the Korean
War began. What did it mean to Oroville and Butte
County, a lot, soon our men were over there many never to return