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April 22, 2011

Oroville Mercury Register
August 23, 1967
Butte County Servicemen
Carl M. McElroy
Marine Corporal Carl M. McElroy Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl M. McElroy Sr. of Crane Ave., is in Vietnam serving with the Second Battalion, a unit of First Marine Division. As a part of the primary mission of the unit is to search out and destroy enemy forces operating in South Vietnam. They accomplish this task through daily patrols and ambushes as well as through large-scale operations mounted against the enemy. The unit is also engaged in a civil action program designed to assist the Vietnamese people in completing self-help projects, such as the building of wells, culverts, small bridges and schools. Equipment and materials for the projects are made available through the Marine Corps Reserve Civic Action Fund. Marines in Vietnam provide the know-how and guide the Vietnamese people in carrying out these projects.

James S. Vieira
Machinist Mate Fireman James D. Vieira, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Vieira of Gridley, has returned to the Naval Air Station at Alameda following three weeks of refresher training in waters near San Diego, as a crewmember aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Ranger. During training the 75,000 ton carrier underwent intensive damage control, engineering, flight deck, navigational and departmental drills. General Quarters, man-over-board, and nuclear, biological and chemical warfare drills were also included in the training. To complete the training period, the Ranger conducted a complicated battle problem simulating war time conditions. Upon completion of the training exercises, the Ranger was officially labeled “battle ready” and will continue preparations for her next deployment to the Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific.

Security Guard - PFC Marvin Roy Allen, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy C. Allen of Rackerby, is stationed with the U. S. Army Signal Security Force just outside Saigon. A 1965 Graduate of Oroville High, he is married to the former Miss Penny Barton of Bangor. He was employed by the Buttte County Hospital before entering the armed service a year ago. He underwent basic training at Fort Lewis, Wash., before being assigned to Vietnam.

Ronald Joe Gore
A field promotion to corporal was given Ronald Joe Gore, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Gore of Honcut recently in Vietnam. The 21-year old Marine is serving with B company, 1st battalion, 26th Marines.

Richard Fox
Army Private First Class Richard J. Fox 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Fox of Montgomery St. has been assigned to the 1st Signal Battalion, near Dl An, Vietnam. Pvt. Fox, assigned as a communications center specialist in Company B of the division’s 121st Signal Battalion, entered the Army in December, 1966. He completed basic training at Ft. Lewis, Wash., and was last stationed at F. Gordon, Ga. He is a 1965 Graduate of Siuslow High School, Florence, Ore.

Larry E. Hawkins
Army Private First Class Larry E. Hawkins, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Hawkins, Seventh Street., has been assigned to the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam. An information specialist in Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron of the division’s 4th Cavalry located near Phu Lai, Pvt. Hawkins entered on active duty in February and was stationed at Ft. Polk, La., prior to his arrival in Vietnam. Hawkins is a 1965 graduate of Oroville High School and attended Yuba Junior College in Marysville.

Stu’s Notes: The Men of Vietnam served well, God bless them. Last, Tuesday, I went before the Oroville City Council, for years I wanted to see Arlin Rhine Drive
be named Arlin Rhine Memorial Drive, well it soon will be. Also the streets around Oroville that have been named after men who died in WWII will have a gold colored star added to the signs. The six that I know of are Ashley Avenue, Daryl Porter Way, Worthy Avenue, Campbell Avenue, Stauss Avenue and Morningstar Drive. Pvt. Elmer Ashley, son of Mrs. Douglas Jacobs was Killed in Action, Nov. 7, 1944 in France. His son Craig Bidwell Ashley was in my 1958 graduating class of Oroville High School. 2nd Lt. Daryl Porter died when his bomber went down in the Philippines. Alphie Rice Worthy, Seaman 2nd Class died Oct. 6, 1942 when a Japanese submarine torpedoed his ship off the Pacific Coast. He and Aviation Cadet Everett Leo Morningstar have streets named for them in Rancho Golden. Cadet Morningstar died in a training plane crash. His mother was Mrs. Gertrude Morningstar, who became President of the Gold Star Mothers in Oroville. Andrew Stauss, was shot down over Belgium. This is all we know of him, but have a new lead for more information. Major Leonard Campbell died in The Cold War in 1946, in a Mid-Air B17’s collision off the coast of South America looking for a lost plane. Corporal Clifford Arlin Rhine died on Iwo Jima, in WWII.