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July 2, 2010

"Some Gave All"
Oroville Mercury
December 23, 1950
Chico Captain Lost On Ill-Fated Plane
Capt. Richard H. Hunt of East 9th Street, Chico, was the pilot of the ill-fated C-54 transport plane that crashed into a mountain top Dec. 19 in the Philippines. He is one of the 37 listed as missing in the crash, United Press said today. The plane was enroute from Okinawa to Clark Field, the Philippines, when it hit the mountain on the Island of Luzon.

“Some Gave All”

Oroville Mercury
December 23, 1950
Six Guardsmen Perish In Armory Explosion
Booneville, Miss. U.P.
- Six National guardsmen cleaning rifles in preparation for recall to national service were fatal victims today of an explosion that set off a flash fire in a National Guard armory. Two guardsmen were instantly killed last night. Four others died this morning at Northeast Mississippi Hospital.

Oroville Mercury
November 8, 1950
Entertainer Of Wounded Servicemen says ‘This Is Where I Came In’
by Elizabeth Toomey
New York -(U.P.) - Seven years and some 1000 shows ago Sara Sandorf started playing the piano in wards and auditoriums of veterans’ hospitals. First she blinked back the tears when boys wounded in World War II asked her to play “I’ll Walk Alone.” Then she learned different ways to play “Begin the Beguine,” the second most frequent requested, “so that the tempo of the music suited the mood of the boys.” Now Miss Sandorf, a diminutive redhead who married one of the wounded veterans she met at a ward entertainment at Halloran General Hospital on Staten Island, finds herself playing for young veterans of the Korean war on the three night a week she goes to veteran’s hospitals.“Sometimes I have the feeling that this is where I came in,” she said. She appears with volunteer entertainers sent out by the American Theater Wing, the only group which sends out professional entertainers on a volunteer basis at present. “Even after all these years I never know quite what to expect when we go into a ward,: she said. “You have to be able to sense the mood of the boys. Sometimes I make last minute switches in the music I’d planned to play. I’ll see a boy who looks Italian in one of the beds and play ‘Oh, Marie,’ or ‘Sorento,’ and he perks right up. Or I’ll play an Irish song. That’s always safe.“The men that are the easiest to entertain are the ones just waiting for bones to heal before they go back to normal. The boys in paraplegic wards seem the hardest to cheer up.” Her own husband, Allen Buttrick has recovered sufficiently from serious wounds he received with the infantry on Saipan to hold down a civil service job. “We just moved into our first real home. A two room apartment in Forest Hills,” She explained “And the first thing I’ve promised myself is a grand piano.” Her husband agrees with this and with her absence from home three nights a week too. He remembers how much music meant to him when he was recovering,: she said with a smile. “He insists that when he came out from under the either after one of his operations there was a theater wing quartet singing beside his bed.”

Oroville Mercury Register
November 24, 1950
WAF Hitch-Hikes Home By Air For Holiday

Home for the Thanksgiving holiday after hitch-hiking her way by air across the United States is Pfc. Janet Wagner, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wagner of Route 5. Miss Wagner left the Roslyn Air Force base in New York on Nov. 12 and caught a flight to Chanute Field Ill. From there she hitch-hiked separate flights to Oklahoma City, El Paso, Tucson, Los Angeles and finally arrived at Fairfield Nov. 17 where she was met by her father, who drove her the rest of the way home. Miss Wagner was graduated from Oroville High School last June 9, celebrated her 19th birthday, June 10 and entered the Woman’s Air Force June 19. She took basic training at Lakeland Air Force base in Texas and was transferred to New York after completing her preliminary training on Aug. 14. She is in communications.

Stu’s Notes: I don’t know the rest of the story about Capt. Richard H. Hunt. Hopefully he was found alive. I ran the story of Sara Sandorf because America is blessed to have people like her; lately in America’s big financial collapse it seems that there is so much greed in our country. Well we still have lots of Sara Sandorfs, we just need to hear more stories like hers. My daughter Debbie did what Pfc. Janet Wagner did in her many Military travels. Once she came home in a refueling Air Force Tanker and got to watch how it was done. Many think the National Guard never goes to war but they did and still do big time.