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October 14, 2011

Oroville Mercury Register
April 6, 1951

Oroville Host To DAV
Disabled American Veterans from as far south as San Diego and as far north as Yreka will be in Oroville Saturday and Sunday to formally establish the new 12th district of the D.A.V.More than 200 reservations have been received for the two-day meeting. D.A.V. chapters from Redding, Red Bluff, Chico, Marysville, Oroville, Grass Valley and Woodland will form the new district. Guests at the ceremonies will include top ranking officers of the state organization. Institution of the new district will take place in Memorial hall on Sunday with the nomination and election of officers starting at 11 a.m. Dinner will be served at 12:30, with the installation of the new officers to follow. A ladies auxiliary of the new district will also be formed during the conclave and institution ceremonies for that group will be included in the program. Roy Bonds, Richmond, senior vice commander of the state order will be the instituting officer while the installation of officers will be conducted by Arlo Melville of Los Angeles, state commander. Installation of new officers for the new auxiliary will be conducted by Mrs. Rose Wentworth, San Francisco, past state commander of the California Auxiliary, who is now the personal representative of Auxiliary National Commander Henrietta Mills. The two day meeting will get under way formally Saturday at 7:30 PM when a dinner will be served at Memorial Hall to the National Order of Trench Rats and their ladies, Following the dinner there will be a program of entertainment.

Walter J. Higgins 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Hamilton of Ft. Wayne Avenue, has returned to active duty following a ten-day furlough at the home of his parents. Higgins enlisted in the Navy February 14 and was sent to San Diego for this boot training. He is now at Treasure Island awaiting further assignment. The youth attended Oroville high school before enlisting in the service.

Orval E. Roberson is spending a 10-day leave with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. O.A. Robertson on Route 5. before reporting back to the Marine Corps Air station at Santa Ana, where he is receiving advanced schooling as an aircraft machinist. Robertson, son of W.O. Robertson of San Francisco, was senior at Oroville Union High School before enlisting in the Marines in January. He completed his high school training through the Marine Corps institute, and has received his diploma. Following his enlistment, he was sent for basic training at San Diego, before being transferred to Santa Ana April 15. Following his training at Santa Ana, he expects to be sent to the Marines aircraft service school at Memphis, Tenn.

Donald R. Allen of Vallejo, grandson of Elbert Allen of Palermo road, has finished his U.S. Air Force basic training at Wichita Falls, Texas. He is now on his way to Denver, Colo., to take a 22 week course on primary weapons. David Lee Trimble, fireman apprentice, USN, son of Mrs. Marion E. Perkins of Route 3 Paradise, is in the U.S. Naval Air Station, San Diego. Trimble enlisted in the Navy in January, 1951, and received recruit training at the U.S. Naval Training Center, San Diego. Upon completion of a week’s indoctrination classes at the Naval Air Station, Trimble was assigned to the Public Works Department at the west coast’s largest naval air activity.

Stu’s Notes: Sherry Morehouse, Oroville Veterans Memorial Park Committee member, tells me that the D.A.V. still has programs in Chico that covers this area. In our war on Terror in the Gulf over 6,000 have been killed and probably ten’s of thousands wounded or injured. Many of these men and women will come home in need of the DAV. A small group lead by Bob Hewitt is meeting every week preparing for our upcoming Veterans Day Parade. November, 11, 2011 or 11-11-11. Rain or shine the Parade has been marching down Montgomery Street for 12 years now. We have been blessed by many wonderful Grand Marshals in the past and you will not be disappointed this year. I’m supposed to put out a press release, something I need to learn how to do. I always wanted to walk into where the newspaper is being printed and yell “Stop The Presses”. Then I’m sure some one has to release them to go on.