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January 14, 2011

Oroville Mercury-Register
July 11, 1941
Looking Backward- Twenty Five Years Ago (1916)
If orders come for the second regiment to go to Mexico for war service, Company I will leave Oroville recruited up to the limit. The recruiting Officer of the company declared, when he learned this afternoon that the president would probably call out the militia for service in Mexico, that Company I would have no trouble in securing all the men it needed for service. Local fishermen will be glad to learn that 250,000 rainbow trout are to be planted in Berry Creek, some twenty miles north of Oroville, by the state fish and game commission this month. The trout were secured for Berry Creek and the local fishermen though the efforts of U. M. Damon and A. C. Tucker, both ardent anglers.

Oroville Mercury Register
March 22, 1945
In The Fight Bob Toney Fires Torpedoes at the Japanese
Robert Roney, Torpedo man 3-c, is serving in a submarine somewhere in the Pacific. Such strict censorship is maintained in that branch of the service that he has not been able to write home about where he has been or what he is doing. He enlisted in January, 1943, and received his initial training at Norfolk, Va., and New London, Conn. Just before being sent overseas 13 months ago, he was able to fly home for a short visit. Roney is the son of Mrs. Neva Smith of Myers Street and attended the local schools where he excelled as a hurdle jumper and won medals at district meets. He also played football for Oroville Hi and was interested in hunting.

Oroville Mercury Register
March 22, 1945
In The Fight News Flashes From Four Oroville Boys
A letter from Mrs. C. J. Wheaton of Livermore tells about four Oroville boys who are fighting in various parts of the world. Pfc. Wilbur Wheaton of the 3rd Battalion Marine division is now fighting on Iwo Jima. He attended both grammar and high school here and won his block O in track. He was a mile runner and also was drum major for the Boy Scouts drum and bugle corps.

Leon Compton 4th class, is in the 40th Tank Battalion fighting somewhere in Germany. He says the going is tough and he longs for some California weather and a home cooked meal. His father lives in Thermalito and he attended Oroville Schools.

Sgt. Art Allison is now in India with a heavy artillery unit. He graduated from the local high school in 1935 and has been overseas for three years. His brother, Sgt. Vernon Allison is on Saipan with the Air Corps. He was wounded during the invasion of that island and was in the Saipan hospital for a while. Fifty awards ranging from the Distinguished Service Cross to the Bronze Star have been awarded to members of this battalion, most of them for action in Italy. Over 200 such awards are pending. Four division citations have also been awarded.

Oroville Mercury Register
March 22, 1945
In The Fight
PFC. Rose Takes Part In Tough Assignment Pfc. Vernon L. Rose, formerly of Cherokee and Oroville is one of the American Infantry veterans participating in a drive in the Philippines against strong Japanese positions where only foot troops can find and hit the enemy. A rifleman, he is working in terrain where supplies must be carried in packs. The drive is the American Division’s third campaign against the Japanese. The infantry men met the enemy for the first time on Guadalcanal and fought again on Bougainville before coming to the Philippines. Rose is the son of Mrs. Ethel Straub of Cherokee. He is about 22 years of age. For several years he came down from Cherokee to pick fruit in the Oroville district. He lived in Oroville prior to his military service. He was a close friend of the Worthy brothers, the late Alphie (Tex) Worthy of the U. S. Navy, Bobby Lee Worthy of the Navy, now taking an electrical course at gulf Port, Miss. and James Worthy, honorable discharged from the Navy.

Stu’s Notes: Thing’s are beginning to happen at The Oroville Veterans Memorial Park Honoring all of Butte
County Park site. The “call before you dig” Gas people has made marks on the side walk. Could digging be soon to come, stay tuned?

Yes, Oroville did send troops to Mexico.

The following is taken from a book, with permission, “Yohema” (Little Flower) by Yohema’s Great Granddaughter, Rose Waugh. She writes of a man John Adam Clark, who I’ve written about before, thanks to information from JoAnne Bond who is the Granddaughter of John. John served in the Spanish American War (Go to our web site at
www.OrovilleVeteransMemorialPark.org. for that story.) Then in 1916 when Co.1 of Oroville California was called for Mexican Border Patrol duty, he went with them. He thought about going to WWI but was too old. Some of the proceeds from Rose’s book will go to the Veteran’s Memorial.

The boys of Oroville, what more can I say. HEROES ALL! A street in Oroville is named in honor or Alphie Worthy.