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July 29, 2011

This is from Juanita A. Killips:
Headquarters United States Military Assistance Command Vietnam, By direction of the Secretary of Defense, The Joint Service Commendation Medal is presented to Captain Juanita A. Killips, United States Army For meritorious achievement in the performance of her duties during the period 11, January 1972 to 30 April 1972 while serving as Records Management Officer, Military History Branch, Secretary Joint Staff, United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. Captain Killips was assigned the task of completing, in a very short period, the headquarters, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Phase-down Records Preservation program to insure that Military Assistance Command, Vietnam records of historical interest were preserved. By her extremely capable staff work and professional understanding, she assembled and supervised the microfilming of over 400,000 key documents and the retirement of over 40,000 records to special historical archives in the United States. Caption Killips distinctive achievement in creating a finely organized and smoothly functioning program resulted in the preservation of vital historical information for immediate and future use. Captain Killips’ distinguished performance of duty represents outstanding achievement and reflects great credit upon herself and the military service.

Department of Defense
This is to certify that the Secretary of Defense has authorized the Award of the Joint Service Commendation Medal To Captain Juanita A. Killips, United States Army For Meritorious Achievement In the performance of her duties during the period 11 January 1972 to 30 April 1972. Given under my hand this 17th day of June 1972 United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Creighton W. Abrams, General United States Army.

Oroville Mercury Register
September 9, 1969Gold Star Mothers Meet
The Butte County Chapter of American Gold Star Mothers Met in Memorial Hall after a brief summer recess. There were fifteen Mothers present, with two visitors, Mrs. Harry Gould, a member who resides in southern California and Mrs. Gordon Christianson of Oroville. The purpose of the fund raising is to sponsor scholarships for nursing. The Chapter has awarded eight such scholarships in eighteen years. The current student nurse is Rose Rogers now attending Merritt School of Nursing in Oakland. There will be a rummage sale early in October. The Chapter invites anyone eligible to join the organization to please contact Mrs. Charles Van Campen.

Oroville Mercury
June 8, 1948
Segregation Feature Kept In Draft Bill

Washington-(U.P.)- The senate Monday refused to wipe out racial segregation in the armed forces. It did so by killing a proposed amendment to the draft bill that would have banned segregation or discrimination based on race, religion or national origin. The amendment was killed by a vote of 67 to 7. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. William Langer (R. N. D.), was tabled as the senate refused to inject the civil rights issue into the 10-through-25 draft bill. Langer has sought to attach President Truman’s entire civil right program to the draft bill as a rider- a move that would have jeopardized chances of congressional action on a draft bill at this session. The decision to table Langer’s controversial amendment came on a motion by Chairman Chan Gurney (R.S.D), of the senate armed services committee who said civil rights legislation must “stand on its own feet.” Gurney assured the senate that “progress is being made” by the armed services in settling racial problems. Since his motion to table was not debatable, Gurney’s request halted debate on the amendment. Adoption of Langer’s proposal would have touched off a southern Democratic filibuster that might have killed the entire draft bill. The amendment was one of a series drafted by Langer to carry out Mr. Truman’s civil rights program insofar as it may be applicable to the armed forces.

Stu’s Notes: For years I’ve been trying to get a story from my friend Juanita Anglin, her name now. I knew she served in Vietnam, but she said a lot of what she did she could not tell me. And I had no idea that she was a Captain in the Army. By 1972 we were quitting the War and coming home. All the battles our brave fighting men won were for not. I guess you could say, the American people were tired of war. By the end of 1972 most of our troops were out of Vietnam. The South Vietnamese took over and held out until the spring of 1975, when North Vietnamese took over the South. Most of the men and women who were there are fast approaching their 60’s ,70’s and 80’s. Oroville and our country can be proud of Juanita she went, did her job and is a hero. Oh, by the way, her brother is the “Famous Fiddler of Oroville”, Hap Anglin. I wonder where those Nurses are now.‘Thank You’ Gold Star Mothers, America needs all the Nurse’s it can get. Desegregation was finally achieved, but I’m not sure when. I think some time before 1950.