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.
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.