December 28, 1950
Military Career Planned By Biggs Serviceman
Sgt. Delbert McClure, son of Mrs. Ida McClure, of Biggs, is now
stationed at an air field near Fairbanks, Alaska. He was graduated
from high school in Chico, and joined the Army in April, 1942. He
served in the infantry in Okinawa, the East Indies and New Guinea.
He was wounded in New Guinea and was sent to a hospital in Australia
where he stayed for three months. He was discharged at that time,
and re-enlisted again after being out of the service for about a
year. He then was stationed in New Jersey where he studied cooking.
He now has been a chef in Alaska about 10 months. He plans to make
the Army his career.
Oroville Mercury July 5, 1951
(Picture caption)New Officers - Being presented their gold
bars commemorating their graduation as second lieutenants in the
California National Guard at Camp Cooke last week are John R. Brown
and Gerald G. Davis Brown, 21 of Wilcox avenue, and Davis, 22 of
Old Quincy road are seen being congratulated by Col. James K. Bullock
of Sacramento, commander of the 184th Infantry regiment,
to which Oroville is attached. (California National Guard photo;
December 28, 1950
South Korea City Given Up To Reds
Yanks withdraw to Imjin River; Air Force Hammers Reinforced Foe
By Earnest Hoberecht
TOKYO (Friday)-(UP)- The main body of U. S. 8th Army
forces completed its withdrawal behind the Imjin river line 21 miles
northwest of Seoul Thursday while Allied warplanes hit back at the
Chinese Reds. The United Nations withdrawal abandoned the major
South Korean border stronghold of Kaesong, and 8th Army
spokesman announced. Kaesong is two miles south of the 38 parallel
and 10 mile northwest of the Imjin.
December 28, 1950
Auto Industry Fast Converting To War Work
Detroit – (UP) – More and more auto workers are becoming
war workers as the motor industry hurried today to tool up for mounting
war production orders. Two new war orders, including the largest
ever issued for the spunky jeep of World War II, swelled to seven
the number of automotive manufacturing firms working on war material.
An eight automaker was negotiating to build cargo planes for the
Air Force. One new order went to Willys-Overland Motors for the
$63,000,000 worth of jeeps capable of operating under water. The
improved version of the famed little vehicle of the last war will
be produced in Toledo, O., where Willys- Overland already has handled
smaller military contracts since the Korean War. Oldsmobile division
of General Motors Corporation said it would produce 3.5-inch rockets
for the Army’s new super-bazooka. They will be manufactured at an
engine parts plant in Lansing, Mich. The Auto Industry’s military
pulse quickened Tuesday when General Motors disclosed it was converting
its Kansas City, Kan., assembly plant to production of F-84 Thunderjet
fighter planes for the Air Force. Previously rush orders had gone
out to Ford for B-26 engines, Cadillac for Light tanks, Chrysler
for heavier armored vehicles, Buick for tank drives, and to Reo
for Heavy trucks which can be operated under water. Chrysler intensified
planning on its new tank plant at Newark, Del., yesterday by naming
the works manager of its famed World War II tank arsenal at Detroit
to operate it. He is Robert T. Keller son of Chrysler’s board chairman
Keller will be general manager of the new arsenal.
November 13, 1951
In Air Force
Miss Janet Wagner left the past week end for Tucson, Ariz.,
where she will be stationed with the Air Force, following a three-week
visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wagner of Wyandotte.
Miss Wagner, a private first class, joined the Air Force June 19,
1950, and had been stationed at Roslyn, N. Y., following her basic
training at San Antonio, Tex. She is a 1950 graduate of Oroville
Union High School. At Roslyn she was a teletype and publications
Stu’s Notes: You really have to admire a man who fought one war,
is wounded and joins the army shortly before another war.
You might think you have a WWII Jeep, better check it might be a
Korea War jeep. I wonder how long the car companies produced those
tanks and planes as we know unlike WWII they still made cars, I
had a 51 Ford and a 53 Chevy both made during the Korean War.
You have to Admire young girls joining the armed forces, true women
served in different ways back to the revolutionary war but it was
not as common as today. I remember when my daughter Debbie was at
boot camp some marines were training near by she said those crazy
marines not only train in the mud, they sleep in it.
A big thanks to Emmie Parks, Eagles state mother, JoAnn Grover State
Madam President of the Eagles they raised 1,410.00 for the Veterans
Memorial as JoAnn’s state project. A couple hundred more ladies
like them and we can finish the project.