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February 4, 2011

Oroville Mercury Register
June 14, 1948
L. W. Bidwell Services Held In Long Beach
Graveside services for Leslie W. Bidwell were held in Long Beach May 25 at the Sunnyside Memorial park with the Rev. Louis Landgrebe officiating. Bidwell, a former fireman 2/c in the navy, was killed in action, June 16, 1943. His body was recently brought home from Australia for burial. He was born in Twin Falls, Ida. Bidwell attended local schools and graduated from the Oroville Union High School in 1940. He was working for the Western Pacific when he was inducted in September, 1942. He was just 22 when he was killed in action. Survivors include his mother Mrs. Jennie Carlyon of Long Beach, his father, Charles Bidwell of Quincy’ a sister, Mrs. Irene Oxley of Los Angeles; a brother, Charles H. Bidwell and his grandmother, Mrs. Anne Murrish, both of Oroville. Mrs. Murrish returned to Oroville recently from Long Beach, where she spent the month of May with Mrs. Carlyon. Mrs. Charles Bidwell and her small children accompanied her.

Oroville Mercury Register
March 31, 1948
San Bruno Services For Arlin Rhine
Services for Clifford Arlin Rhine, who was killed at Iwo Jima, were expected to be held at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. Date for the services will not be determined until later. The bodies of the war dead will arrive in San Bruno about March 31 and arrangements will be made sometime after that. Arlin Rhine was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford J. Rhine of Oroville. He served with the Marine Corps.

Enterprise or Record
March 27, 1945Pvt.
Daryl Tupper Of Durham Dies In Luzon Action
Durham- March 27- Private Daryl C. Tupper, 20 son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tupper, who just recently returned to Durham, was killed in action February 26, on Luzon, according to a War Department telegram. In a recent letter addressed to W. L. Owings, Durham Union High school teacher and athletic coach, Tupper wrote that “things have been pretty rugged, but I’m all right.” The letter was dated February 21. He graduated from Durham Union High school in June, 1942 and entered the service shortly thereafter. He was active in student body affairs and a member of the Future Farmers of America. He also played on the football team. Mr. and Mrs. Tupper, who have been employed in defense work in San Francisco, returned to Durham two days ago. Besides his parents, the soldier is survived by a sister, Barbara and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. I. M Charlton of Durham.

Chico Enterprise or Record
March 27, 1945
Capt. Fred Kendal Killed in Action
Captain Fred Kendal, 26, former Chico man, was killed on Iwo Jima March 10, according to a telegram received last night by King Price, his former employer. Captain Kendal was employed by Price at his local store and at his store at Klamath Falls. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Kendall, of Carlysle, Kentucky, sent the telegram to Price. A member of the United States Marine Corps., Capt. Kendal was well known in Chico. He received his captaincy on November 30, 1944. He also received the Silver Star medal for conspicuous gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as executive offices of a Marine rifle company on Saipan.

Stu’s Notes: I have written quite a bit over the years about Leslie Bidwell (a descendent of the Famous John and Annie Bidwell and relative of the Buis family of Oroville) Many Soldiers ( when I say soldiers I mean all that served our country) were buried close to where they fell and as you can see it took a few years to get them home. Some and with the permission of their parents were left in those Cemeteries all over the world, buried with their buddies that they died with.

Oroville Veterans Memorial Park Committee member, Doug Krause, who flew B17’s in Europe, has a brother, Howard who died over there and is buried in France
. I have also written a lot about Arlin Rhine, just last week about Arlin Rhine Memorial Drive. I hope it will be changed to that. I don’t know how many Butte County Men are buried at our Golden Gate National Cemetery but I hope Lynn will drive me there some day. Lynn and I have been to Arlington twice and actually until we started this Memorial 10 years ago I’ve never heard of the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. Sadly it does not get the publicity that Arlington gets. I wonder if a President ever even makes it there. I also wonder if there are other National Cemeteries on the West Coast. This is all I know about the above Chico Heroes. I am also not sure if the stories are from the Chico Record or the Chico Enterprise. It’s rare that Joan Lee, who does so much research for me, forgot to write the source down. Thank you again, Joan, for all you do for our Veteran’s Research, without your work there would be a big Gap in my stories and many names of Butte County Heroes would still not be known.

I did write November 2010 about the Butte County Chapter of the Gold Star Mothers and that they met at the home of Mrs. Etta Tupper, in Durham, Nov. 7, 1950. Three of the Mothers there were, Mrs. Marble Henley, Mrs. Anna Biggers and Mrs. Nancy Cole. I can’t place the name of the Soldier they lost. I hope to find out someday. Thing should happen on the Memorial site soon, maybe.