Oroville Mercury Register
“Some Gave All”
Oroville Marine Killed in Vietnam
An Oroville man First Lt. Lanny D. Cummins, 26, has been killed
in Vietnam, according to information released late yesterday by
the defense department. The U.S. Marine officer was the eldest son
of Mr. and Mrs. David W. Cummins, Palermo Road. Lt. Cummins, a scholar
and athlete, was a 1960 honor graduate of Oroville High School.
Details of his death were not revealed in the report from the defense
department that identified 80 U. S. servicemen killed as a result
of hostile action in Vietnam. Lt. Cummins is remembered by neighbors
as being “a fine boy” and by school officials as “an outstanding
student”. He was on the Oroville High varsity track and football
teams and the “rambler” basket ball team at the school. After graduation
here he attended University of California at Berkeley on a scholarship
before enlisting in the Marine Corps. Funeral arrangements will
be under direction of Hamilton and Riley Funeral Chapel. In addition
to his parents he is survived by three brothers and three sisters.
From the Oroville Veterans Memorial Park web site:
Lanny D. Cummins
Born 24 October, 1942
Died 17 May 1968,
Service: Branch Marines
Rank :1st Lieutenant
Rating or Job: Infantry platoon commander, Unit India Company, First
Battalion, 27th Marines, Campaign: Vietnam,
Military Citations: Bronze Star and Purple Heart
Lanny was killed in action leading his platoon against North Vietnamese
Army forces in Northern I Corps, Republic of South Vietnam.
Contributed by Lanny’s Marine Corps Buddies: Steve Leonard and Dick
Hoffman, USMC Retired.
Oroville Mercury Register
December 22, 1952
News From Oroville Men In The Service
Randall Post, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Post, of Oroville, will
arrive home next Tuesday for a 15 day leave from Scott Air Force
Base, Illinois, where he is now stationed. Post is a graduate of
Oroville High School and the University of California at Davis.
He is now studying electronics at Scott Field.
Cpl. Parley M. Anglen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Parley A. Anglen, of
Oroville, recently completed playing football for Combat Training
Command, Fort Benning, Ga. Corporal Anglen is a member of the 41st
Field Artillery Battalion which helps demonstrate battle techniques
to students at Fort Benning’s famous Infantry School.
Pfc. Don Lee Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Smith, Route 5, Palermo,
now serving in Korea, had a lot to write about in his latest letter
home. He told of chauffeuring newsmen around the area covered by
President-elect Eisenhower during his recent trip to the battle
zone. During the inspection the jeep that was carrying both General
Omar Bradley and Admiral William Fechteler broke down and both men
were transferred to Smith’s vehicle. Smith described the weather
as being extremely cold and mentioned wearing several times the
normal amount of clothing to keep warm while on the tour.
Stu’s Notes: It takes a brave Patriotic man to join the Marines
in the middle of a War such as Vietnam, a mostly on the ground war.
First Lt. Lanny D. Cummins was just such a man. I did not know him
but I was at Oroville High as a Senior when he was a sophomore,
Lynn and I recently attended a dinner put on by the American Legion
Post 95 of Oroville. The Commander is Ron Scharbor, the Chief Cook
was Wayne Brock and many of the American Legion and Auxiliary members
helping. The dinner was in Honor of The Boys and Girls that the
American Legion sent to what is known as Boys State and Girls State.
Here are the names of the high school students who were sent by
Oroville: Niko Alino from Oroville High School, Dayna Sevier, Las
Plumas, Zach Tweedt, Las Plumas High School, J.J. Velader from Oroville
High School, Bill Yang, Las Plumas High School, Amanda Nelson, Oroville
High School and Sydney Ray Taverner, Gridley High School. I asked
each student to write a little of what they experienced at Boys
and Girls State. They each wrote and I will print their words at
a later date.
Gold Country Casino is putting on a benefit for Oroville Veteran’s
Memorial Park on Saturday, November 10th at 2 PM & 6PM. It is a
“USO Show Honoring our Heroes Featuring the big band sounds of the
Swing Dames. $10 admission. Order Tickets From Gold Country Casino
Box Office or On line; www.goldcountrycasino.com. 50% of all ticket
sales go to benefit The Oroville Veteran’s Memorial Park. Please
come out and support our project.