Oroville Mercury Register
August 23, 1967
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
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.
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.