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November 2, 2012

Oroville Mercury Register
May 22,1968
“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, 1958.

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.