April 5, 2013
Oroville Mercury Register
August 28, 1943
Sgt. Colman Caughey Somewhere in England
Sgt. James C. (Colman) Caughey is now stationed somewhere in England.
Colman, who is a Thermalito boy, was graduated from Oroville high
school with the class of ’42 and began a machinist apprenticeship
at the Western Pacific R. R. Shops, in Sacramento soon after graduation.
He entered the service last March 16, receiving his basic training
with the 398th Engineers, at Camp Claiborne, La. He finished his
basic July 16 with sergeant’s rating. He is still with the same
unit in England. Sgt. Caughey will be 19 next month, on Admission
Day. His pet sport has always been baseball. Sgt. Caughey is the
son of J. C. Caughey of Keddie and Mrs. Wilson Hoffman of Durham.
Mr. and Mrs. John Caughey of Thermalito are his grandparents.
Marvin Strop Trains As Naval Electrician
His recruit training completed, Marvin William Strop, 18, son of
Mr. and Mrs. William Strop, Pomona Avenue, Oroville, is now enrolled
in the naval training school for electricians, located on the campus
of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. Here he will
undergo several weeks of intensive study, covering courses in electrical
theory, mathematics, wiring, and electrical motors. Upon completion
of this course, he will be eligible for advancement to the petty
officer rating of electrician’s mate, third class. He was selected
for this advanced training on the basis of a series of aptitude
tests given him while in recruit training.
Georgia Moore Enters Marine Women’s Reserve
Ordered to report for basic training in the Marine Corps Woman’s
Reserve at Camp Lejune, New River, North Carolina, on August 18,
was Private Georgia M. Moore of Oroville. Private Moore, whose husband
Herbert L. Moore is serving in the U. S. Army, expects to be assigned
to a specialist school or a Marine station to free a Marine to fight
after completing the six week course. She enlisted last June, but
was placed on an inactive status before being called to North Carolina
for training. She formerly lived on Pomona Ave, home of her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Owen G. Daniel, and was in charge of the local California
Unemployment Insurance office.
Watkins Down “Under” Sees Other Local Men
Edward B. Watkins, a sergeant in the army engineers, has arrived
in Australia, according to information received by his wife and
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Watkins of Oroville. William
Watkins, another son of the Watkins, enlisted in the Seabees, August
7. He expected to train at Norfolk, VA. Sgt. Watkins said he saw
two Oroville men in Australia, Pvt. Harold Strang of the army and
Pvt. Robert Strang of the marines.
(Stu- Pvt. Robert Strang earned the Bronze Star.)
Cox Brothers Serve With Navy C. B’s
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Cox of Robison street now have two sons in the
Construction Battalion of the Navy. Released from his work after
a long delay, Richard Edmund Cox, 24, the elder son, entered the
service about two weeks ago and is now a fireman first class at
Camp Peary, Williamsburg, Va. He is a graduate of the Long Beach
schools and was employed at Moore’s Dry- dock in Emeryville prior
to his induction. The younger Cox boy, David Merle, 18, is a hospital
apprentice second class in the medical corps at Port Hueneme, Ventura.
He reports that he is studying for his H.A. 1/c examination. He
recently spent the weekend here with his family.
It must be the water in Thermalito for young Sgt. Colman Caughey
to make a sergeant so soon. I called Faye Anglin, OHS Class of 1942,
who does the OHS Reunion for the early ‘40s and the late 30’s. She
remember Sgt. Colman Caughey and he had come to some of her reunions,
but she remembers his wife called some time ago and said he had
passed a way, as so many millions of WWII men and women have.
In 1943 and up to 1944 June many men were sent to England for more
training to get ready for the invasion of France, June 6, 1944.
I have known the Strang’s, Bob and Bud, of Oroville for years now,
although I don’t know which one is which. They were in the Coast
Guard in WWII, they guarded more than our Coast. The above mentioned
Pvt. Harold Strang of the Army, I know almost nothing, we have him
on our Killed In Action list. It states “ Harold A. Strang, Ssgt,
Army. I see he was a private in August 1943 and in Australia. This
is all new to me, as of today because I just found the above article
in papers I got a long time ago from Gertrude Gilbert. Think of
Australia in 1943, it was the southern end of the Pacific War, over
the next two years Brave Young Men like PVT. Harold Strang would
fight all the way up to Japan. Many would die, like Pvt. Harold
Strang. Where did he die, I don’t know but I care tremendously.
Why do we of Oroville not know. Someone out there must know. Help.
We know so little, did he have a family? Was he a forgotten orphan
who died for our Country, so long ago. Seems he died a Sgt. In the
Army. Was Sgt Edward B. Watkins of Oroville, who saw him in Australia
the last Oroville man to see him? Who was Sgt. Edward B. Watkins,
my friend Al McLain, a WWII War Hero says he was in the class of
OHS of 1941. That is all we know about him.