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March 25, 2011

Prelude to the Viet Nam War
Oroville Mercury Register
March 27, 1961
SEATO Okays Laos Action
By Earnest Hoberecht
Bangkok, Thailand (UPI) – The southeast Asia Treaty Organization nations were reported agreed today to take military steps if necessary to keep the Communists from taking over Laos. Informed sources said France was the only one which showed reservations about the possible use of force in a joint SEATO action in Laos if the Soviet Union does not agree to an immediate cease fire there. However, an editorial in the Soviet Communist newspaper, Pravda, indicated the Russians were ready to end the Laotian crisis peaceably. Press reports quoted Pravda as saying the Russians favor “peace talks.”

Oroville Mercury Register
March 27, 1961
Kennedy’s Policy On Laos Gets Bi-Partisan Support

Washington (UPI) - President Kennedy had more bipartisan support in Congress today for his Laos policy . New statements backing the President in the crisis came from Sens. J. William Fulbright, D-Ark,. Hugh Scott, R-Pa., Jacob K. Javits, R-NY., and Alexander Wiley, R-Wis. Fulbright, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he would support Kennedy even if he might have some personal question about any action the President decided to take in the critical situation. Scott and Javits endorsed the dispatch of troops into the area as part of an Allied force if they are needed to halt Communist aggression. They said the United States should act with other SEATO nations.Scott said he was “in favor of doing anything, anything, including the use of force if necessary to stop Communist aggression.” “I hope we do not have to send troops,” he said “but if we do have to send troops as the only way to stop the loss of one more country to Communists, then I will support the President’s decision to do it.”

Oroville Mercury Register
March 27, 1961
U.S. Believes Reds Downed Missing Plane
Washington (UPI)- An American military transport plane missing in Laos since Thursday was apparently shot down deep in Communist-held territory, officials said today. The C47 transport plane with eight persons aboard belonged to the office of the air attaché at the American Embassy in Vientiane. Officials said there was no evidence whether any of the Americans survived. They said it would be difficult for survivors to get out of the rebel-held territory. (Stu- probably the first of 58,000 to die)

Oroville Mercury Register
April 5, 1961
Local People in the Armed Forces
Western Pacific- Robert E. Tooley, storekeeper seaman, U. S. N., son of Mrs. W. E. Tooley of Gawthorne Ave., Oroville is serving aboard the destroyer USS Buck operating with the Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific. The ship is scheduled to visit Midway Island, Hawaii, and Japan during its extended cruise.

At least four local men are taking part in a large U. S. Pacific fleet exercise this spring. The men are Gary R. Pippitt, seaman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross A Pippitt of Biggs; Edward J. Stewart, airman apprentice, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Stewart, Elgin St. Marine Cpl. James L. Shipe, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Shipe, Tehama Ave. Barry Harwell, firemen apprentice USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grady M. Harwell, Baldwin Ave. Pippitt, Stewart and Harwell are serving aboard the USS Yorktown, and anti submarine warfare support aircraft carries. Shipe is serving with the First Marine Brigade in Hawaii. The exercise will involve more that 50,000 men, 150 ships and 300 airplanes.

Stu’s Notes: The 1960’s were some pretty scary times, especially if you read the newspaper, of course the big threat was as in the 50’s and 60’s Nuclear war. Yet our young men and women signed up, joined up and bravely went away to an unknown future. I graduated and knew 2 of the above men, Bob Tooley and Jim Shipe, Oroville High Class of 1958.
Well, after being down in the dumps after the loss of our PIC Funds, things look a little better now.

At last night’s (Monday), Veterans Memorial Meeting, Supervisor and Co-Chairman Bill Connelly, cheered up the group by announcing that we are still in the running for funds we worked on for a long time. Our group learned a long time ago that close to getting funds is not good enough, using the old saying, “Close is only good in horse shoes and hand grenades”. Wow first time I’ve heard that in a long time. We’ve had so many ups and downs over the last 10 years but we all know we are going to end on a big up someday. Committee member Darby Miller, our own WWII and Korean War Veteran is getting well known in the political circles around this North
State, says Bill Connelly. Darby has been writing letters for years chasing after the elusive different grants and funds that are out there. Darby is not well so say a prayer or two for him. He saw so much sadness in the terrible places he served and to this day he breaks up when we talk about it.