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November 9, 2012

Oroville Mercury Register
December 30, 1952
News From Oroville Men In The Service

Cpl Clem Hedge, son of Clifford of D street, is home on a 30 day furlough after 19 months in Korea where he took part in several campaigns including the fighting at the Punch Bowl, Baldy, and Heart Break Ridge. He was also stationed with the honor guard at Kaesong during the early peace talks, Cpl. Hedge served with the U. S. Navy for seven years from 1943 to 1950 and then, after being discharged, enlisted in the Army on November 18, 1950. He arrived in Korea May 18, 1951. He expects to be assigned to duty somewhere in this country when he completes his furlough.

Ready For Cold
Pvt. Eugene E. Newton, son of Mrs. John Newton, Laurel St., Gridley, prepares to go on the “attack” with his unit during the recent Army-Air Force arctic maneuver, Operation Warmwind, staged in Alaska. The war games were held to test the Alaskan defenses. Newton is a member of the 503d Regimental Combat Team stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. Robert C. Holland, engine man third class, spent his first Christmas at home in four years with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Holland Sr., of Thermalito. Holland’s ship, the USS Bayfield an attack transport, docked at Long Beach the week before Christmas after a tour of duty in the Far East. In addition to service in Korean waters. Holland’s ship called at many Oriental ports, including Hong Kong and Japan. Holland joined the Navy in 1949, and is due for discharge within a few months.

Oroville Mercury Register
December 1952
Dunham Graduate At Head Of Class

Marvin Dunham of Sacramento won top honors in the 1952 graduating class at McClellan Air Base out of 79 students from various classes. Dunham is a veteran of World War II, having served in Kiska, Marshall Island, Leyte and Okinawa. He graduated in A-C engineer mechanics and has been given a special job of inspecting at the field with a chance for advancement. The exercises were held in Grant Union High School in Sacramento, with Major General A. W. Banaman awarding the diplomas and Dunham making the response. Marvin attended the Oroville schools and has many friends and relatives here. Among the latter are his aunt, Mrs. Hazel Peterson and his grandmother, Mrs. Rose Ruff.

Oroville Mercury Register
June 8, 1952
New Commander
- Chester M. Sturgeon of New Montgomery Street, presided this week at the meeting of the Feather River chapter, Disabled American Veterans following his recent election. Sturgeon is candidate for senior vice commander of the DAV in California. Election will be held June 25 in San Diego at the state convention. New Commander- Mrs. Leslie H. Todd, newly elected commander of the auxiliary of the Disabled American Veterans, Feather River Chapter, who presided this week at her first meeting in this post.

Oroville Mercury Register
June 8, 1952
Coming Events

The Arlin Rhine detachment Marine Corps League auxiliary will hold its regular meeting tonight at 8 p.m. at Memorial Hall.

Stu’s Notes: I wrote last week about attending a dinner to honor those high school students who attended Boy’s State and Girl’s State, here is what one student wrote:
Zach Tweedt- Senior at Las Plumas High School “ Boy’s State was the coolest experience I had never heard of. I didn’t know much about it going into it. But I soon learned how much fun it could be. Seeing the Sacramento State Campus was cool and it was a good taste of college life. The hands-on approach to learning was perfect for me. I ran a successful campaign and got elected at County Sheriff. Boy’s State taught me a lot of things about government, and I realize how much I learned more and more each day.”

I’ve written before of Marvin Dunham. He ended WWII a Staff Sgt. He and his brothers Sgt Hal and T/Sgt Mervel were in some heavy fighting in the Pacific. Another man with the Dunham name was killed in the line of duty in Korea Cpl. Joe David Dunham, if they were related I don’t know. I also don’t know if the Feather River Chapter of Disabled American Veterans is still active in this area.

Could Chester M. Sturgeon be related to the Sturgeon Crane Service in Oroville? I’m not sure if The Arlin Rhine detachment Marine Corps League Auxiliary is still active. Time has taken a toll on some of these groups but in light of the Wars America has been in lately, maybe some will come back. As we know the Arlin Rhine Memorial Drive will go through our Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Gold Country Casino is putting on a benefit for Oroville Veteran’s Memorial Park on Saturday, November 10th at 2 PM & 6 PM. 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; 50% of all ticket sales go to benefit The Oroville Veteran’s Memorial Park. Please come out and support our project.

The Exchange Club of Oroville Presents the 14th Annual Veterans Day Parade! Sunday, November 11, 2012. The Parade begins at 11:00a.m. Sharp! Begins at 5th Avenue on Montgomery Street proceeding to Oliver Street. Come out and support our Military! If you want to be in the Parade call Dennis Parham at 749-2303.