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November 16, 2012

Oroville Mercury Register
March 20, 1951
Corporal Sees Conflict As Survival Insurance

(Editor’s note; The Korean war will be one year old in the spring. Thousands of Americans have been killed, wounded and capture in the fight against Communism. From time to time there have been reports that American youth have asked each other why they were fighting in a far-away place. Corp. J. B. Tavender of the United States Air Force asked himself that question one evening and then sat down in his tent in Korea and wrote the following letter to Tokyo bureau of the United Press. His home is at Harrisburg, Ill.)

Dear Sir: I REMEMBER, a few weeks ago in Korea a particular despondent evening. I was in the tent alone; the others were working as usual. As I remember, I realize I might have said it aloud—“What am I doing here?” It is a question I’m sure we’ve asked ourselves at one time or another. I’ve given considerable thought to the query. If you’ll permit me the soap box, gentlemen I shall elaborate. The only logical answer I could muster was simply that I am a career airman assigned to the Far East Air Forces. Following a two year sojourn in civilian life after World War II, I decided upon a military career. I liked the security of such a career. Had I not been in the military last June, I feel reasonably certain that I would have been standing in line at the recruiting station the day after the communists marched across the 38th parallel. Since the initial plans for a United Nations were announced I’ve had the utmost faith in the belief that world peace could be achieved only through a United Nations. From the tragic lesson of the ill-supported League of Nations, it was evident that world peace could exist only as long as there existed a force powerful enough to impose it. When the United States pledged its military support to the defeat of communist aggression in Korea, my eyes watered tears of sheer joy. If such a thing were possible my faith in the government of the United States doubled with the announcement. We were openly combating the forces of communism; we were committing ourselves to the defense of any peoples that sought humane rights in preference to human bondage. In the name of the United Nations, we were defending the very fundamentals that constitute our way of life. Had we failed to support the United Nations, had we failed to rally to the cause of the independence in the Republic of Korea, we would have failed our heritage. In supporting the United Nations we are encouraging a world-wide resistance of communist aggression. In the end, that resistance shall be our own salvation. In this world of ours today, there basically exist but two major factors-that of communism and that of anti-communism.
(To be continued)

Stu’s Notes: Front page of Oroville Mercury last Monday is a Photo of our Oroville Veterans Day Parade. I was on the committee to put on this most patriotic event. Some said why have it on Sunday, well I explained why, you know 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month etc.! Most cities do stick to that, besides I told them God would be down on Montgomery Street that Sunday. And he was, and also his name was there, thanks to Ty Barbour’s picture, the banner my Granddaughter and I carried, along with two of her 5th grade classmates. Basically it said welcome home National Guard and All Veterans, .God Bless America. You can see My boots under the Banner on the right the girls are completely hid by the Horse, and the word God is there all by itself in that picture. They carried that big banner all the way down Montgomery. I am extremely proud of them. It was a great parade, our 14th annual, yes it was done in Oroville years ago then forgotten and the Exchange Club and many others brought it back. The girls were Jessica Rose-Shaner, Cheyanne Culver and Crystal Fein.

For years I’ve been looking for a story of a man that was there. The above story by J.B. Tavender, is basically my thoughts all the years since Korea. And remember, I’m old enough to remember the News reels of the Korea War, yes it was a war. Over the years I’ve talked to various people about Korea and so many times I hear and I quote’ “We shouldn’t have been there. They died in vain, we had no business there” etc. Well my Father knew the evils of communism and I guess it rubbed off on me. I think the men who fought and those who fought and died there are true American heroes. Fighting for a just cause and nobody will change my mind. I was fortunate to know some of these heroes that came home, a few first names, Darby, Ed, Sam, Wayne, Bob, Manual, my Uncle Paul. Sadly Butte County had a lot of these Heroes that never came home. Thank you Daryl for putting their names where they will ever be remembered and soon we hope those names will be forever cut in stone. Help us do that.

Our Oroville National Guard should be coming home in January or February, Let’s welcome them home big time.