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May 6, 2011

Oroville Mercury Register
December 23, 1943
In the Fight
– Many men from southern Butte County are fighting the Axis in Uncle Sam’s Army, Navy, Marine And Air Corps. The Oroville Mercury wants to keep those at home informed about their activities, and relatives and friends are invited to submit pictures and news to this department

Taylor Elevated to Major’s Rank
Howard L. Taylor of Army Air Forces recently was promoted from captain to major. He is the son of Mrs. Herbert Taylor 3820 Palermo Road, and the late Sheriff Taylor. Taylor was stationed at Ellington Field Tex., as an instructor when he received his promotion and was told to report at Washington D.C. He was sent to school at Dayton O., and expects to be assigned to the re-negotiation of airplane contracts, possibly in southern California. A stock broker in San Francisco; he enlisted in April, 1942. The picture above was taken while he was wearing the bars of a captain.

A/C Harold Wyman Trains To Win Pilots Wings
Aviation Cadet Harold Ellis Wyman has been selected for pilot training in the U.S. Army Air Forces, the Santa Ana army base command has advised the parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Wyman of Oroville. He soon will be transferred to one of the west coast air force training centers to begin his courses leading to winning his wings. Cadet Wyman graduated from the Oroville Union high school in 1938 where he was a high school cadet. He was employed at Marysville and locally as a carpenter. His cadet appointment was preceded by military academy training at Missoula, Mount.

Earl Goggia Paradise In Diesel Graduation
Recognition as a “qualified striker” for a petty officer rating came to Bluejacket Earl Pete Goggia, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Francis Goggia, Pentz road, Paradise, California, at recent graduation ceremonies held at the navel diesel training school on Iowa State College campus, Ames, IA. Sent to the diesel school on the basis of his recruit training aptitude test scores, the bluejacket completed a course of study that included the operation, function and maintenance of internal combustion engines. Principles of physics and electricity were supplementary to the laboratory work. The newly graduated man is now awaiting active duty orders to report aboard ship or at some navel shore station (Stu-“qualified striker” Ok Bob Morehouse what’s that mean?)

Jack Danisan Shows Ability as Engineer
Jack A. Danisan, former Oroville Service station attendant, serving in the Engineers aviation branch at Geiger Field, Wash., became a first class private three weeks after he hit camp on Sept 1. Recently he had a 10 days furlough and visited with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Danisan 2828 Center street, Oroville. He left on Nov. 23. A letter followed shortly advising that he had been advanced to the rating of T5 corporal. Danisan is operating heavy equipment such as tractors, draglines and bulldozers. His is one of the outfits that lay advance landing fields for the airman in an attack. He graduated this year’s Oroville Union high school senior class.

Stu’s Notes: Leona Timmons called me Tuesday, May 03, 2011, to tell me that her husband Tim Timmons had passed away. I was fortunate to meet Tim and Leona at a Retired Labors Get together here in Oroville a few years ago. I enjoyed every visit with them. I have written about Tim several times over the years in this column. In WWII he got into the fight on D-Day, June 6, 1944 with the 101
st Airborne 501 Regiment, which he was extremely proud of. He was considered the “Old Man” of the outfit. He had trained many of the young men in that regiment. Many of the 501 never saw the end of the War, they were in the thick of many Battles. When he hit the ground he was hurt very badly and his participation in the war was over that 1st day, as it was for thousands of our young men, many dying before they hit the ground or soon after. Many drowned loaded down with all their gear, landing in the water. The ones that survived fought hard and bravely took the Beach Head by night fall. Tim lay on the ground for three days before they got to him, behind enemy lines. Was he a hero? He would say no. Well you know what I would say. Thank you Tim, you served your Country Well.