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February 18, 2011

“Some Gave All”
Chico Enterprise, May 1, 1945

Lt. Frank Cary. Ex-Chican, Killed in Action on Luzon
Word has been received that First Lieutenant Frank L. Cary of Redwood City, former Chico State College student and son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Cary of Chico, was killed on Luzon on March 6, after he had volunteered to accompany a patrol to investigate an enemy position which was to be taken the next day. He had been overseas two years. Lt. Cary, husband of Sylveen Cary of Redwood City, entered the service in 1941 and was stationed in New Guinea before moving to Luzon, where he encountered his first enemy action. On Christmas Day, the officers broadcast from Australia in a special service men’s program. He said that he hoped to spend the next Christmas at home with his wife and family. Lt. Cary, who was married shortly after entering the service, attended schools in Fresno and Santa Rosa and completed two terms at Chico State college. While attending school here he was employed at the Standard Oil station. Mrs. Cary received a letter from the commanding officer of her husband’s company. In the letter expressing his sorrow, Lieutenant M. C. Maniatty also gave the facts concerning the tragic accident. “Frank had volunteered to accompany a patrol to reconnoiter an enemy position which was to be taken the next day. As the patrol reached the vicinity of the enemy position, they opened fire with rifle, machine gun and mortar fire. During this action the patrol leader was wounded. After having found this out, Frank, immediately took command of the patrol. He went up to the front in order to determine where the enemy fire was coming from. He had to expose himself to this fire in order to determine this while doing this he was mortally wounded in the chest by a sniper. He lived only a few minutes after this. During this time, he continued to direct and give orders to his patrol until death occurred.” According to the letter, “Military funeral services were held by the chaplain and he was interred in the Santa Barbara cemetery here on Luzon.” Maniatty concluded. Besides his wife and parents, Cary is survived by two brothers, Robert J., who is with the U. S. Navy in the South Pacific and William Edward of Burbank; three sisters, Mrs. Mildred Baehr of Parlie, Mrs. Jessie Streams of Chico and Mrs. Mary Mosher of El Monte.

Oroville Mercury Register
July 15, 1961

Chance, Intensive Search Reunite 2 After 53 Years
O. E. Karr of Second St., Thermalito, last week was reunited with a brother he had not seen or heard from for 53 years. The brother, O. B. (Ben) Karr of Spokane, Wash., came to Oroville with his wife and her family to visit Mr. and Mrs. Karr of Thermalito. The brothers lost contact with each other when they left the family home in Oklahoma in 1908 and neither learned what had happened to the other until the local couple was able to locate Ben through a chance lead on his whereabouts. Mrs. O. E. Karr last year as president of the local chapter of American Gold Star Mothers, attended a conference of that organization in Oakland. On being introduced there, the president of the Oakland chapter commented on her name and mentioned having known an O. B. Karr who had been teaching band in high school at Rolla, N. D. Mrs. Karr immediately identified the band teacher as her husband’s brother. He had been her band teacher when she was in school in Oklahoma. When she told her husband what she had learned, the search began and through various hometown newspapers in localities where Ben had lived and taught music, they were able finally to contact him in Spokane. The Washington man then planned the trip here with his wife and two daughters, Mary and Diane, his wife’s mother and a niece, both from Minnesota. The two brothers spent a week together comparing events that had occurred during more than half a century of separation. Not the least among surprises learned by the band teacher was that his brother had married one of his former pupils.

Stu’s Notes: There is a memorial plaque for WWII at Chico State University, I know because it took me a while to find it, sadly Lt. Cary’s name is not on it, maybe because he only went there a year. He was forgotten. Our Memorial will put his name in stone. Mrs. O. E. Karr was a Gold Star Mother because she lost her son, Corporal Everett M. “Cotton” Karr, October 16, 1951 while fighting in North Korea
. He was a member of the 90th Field Artillery Battalion, 25th Infantry Division. He was awarded, Posthumously, the Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Korea War Service Medal. Note that the Korea War Service Medal, yes it was a War, even if the Government didn’t often say that. His sister Nancy Karr Wilson and her husband Joe, still lives in Oroville.