December 25, 2015
Oroville Mercury 1942-1944
Former Local Fireman At Armament School
Pfc. Perry O. Mosley of the Armament Division, U. S. Air Corps is
attending a ten weeks’ training course at Armament School, Buckley
Field, Colorado. He entered the service March 8,1943 and will finish
his special training about July 4. Prior to his induction into the
Army, Mosely was employed as a carpenter by a local contracting
company. He was also a member of the city fire department. Moseley’s
wife and the couple’s four months old daughter, Janise Ruth are
remaining in Oroville where Mrs. Moseley is employed as cashier
at a local theater. She is also doing stenographer work for the
Oroville chapter, Red Cross. In a letter to his wife, Moseley writes.
“Say hello for me to my Oroville friend’s especially members of
the fire department.”
Refrigerator Expert In Quartermaster Corps
Corporal Louis Prado of the U. S. Army Quartermaster Corps, Refrigeration
and Mobile Company left about two weeks ago for overseas duty. Corporal
Prado entered the service Dec. 16, 1942, and was sent to Fort Warren
Wyoming. From there he was transferred to Camp Stoneman, Pittsburg,
where he remained for three weeks before overseas embarkation. During
his training he was awarded a sharpshooter’s medal. He is a graduate
of the Oroville High School and attended Refrigeration school at
Chicago before returning here to work at a local furniture store.
Corporal Prado was married last October. His bride, the former Lupe
Lopez, is making her home in Oroville with her sister Miss Helen
Lopez, on Downer Street. Mrs. Prado was with her husband at Pittsburg,
prior to his leaving and Corporal Prado returned with her to spend
a day visiting friends in Oroville.
Ettis H. Wyman At Camp Kearns- Kearns Utah- Pre-aviation
Ettis H. Wyman of Marysville, son of Ettis T. Wyman of Fifth Avenue,
Oroville, is stationed at the army air forces basic training center
here. Before his enlistment Wyman attended Oroville High School
and later was engaged in construction work.
J.H. Everett Named As Wing Leader
John Hunter Everett, seaman second class, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Joseph Everett of Feather Falls, has been appointed as wing leader
at the naval air technical training center in Memphis, Tenn. Upon
completion of the course he will be promoted to aviation radioman,
third class. Everett graduated from Oroville high school in 1941.
He attended the University of California, where he was a member
of the university band and Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity. Before
his enlistment he was a lumber grader at Feather River Pine Mills.
Dave Shaw Promoted
Sgt. David J. Shaw, Student Pool, KAAF, Kingman, Ariz., has just
received his new rank, according to a letter received by his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. David f. Shaw of Mike Stiller Rd. Palermo. He has been
training as both head and tail gunner for American bomber service.
A volunteer on June 3, 1941, Sgt. Shaw was first stationed at Sacramento’s
Mather Field and later at various west and east coast bases. Last
transfer was from Hobbs, N.M. The Butte county soldier was employed
on the Oroville gold dredge when he entered the army and previously
had studied electrical welding at Chico.
Pvt. Starkey Could Talk Up In India Somewhere in the South
Pacific- (Delayed)- Should this marine corps unit find
its way eventually to Burma or India, Private Jess W. Starkey, U.S.
M. C., former Oroville railroad man, should feel right at home.
Private Starkey was born in Ragoon, India, May 7, 1914, where his
father, Leon Starkey, was superintendent of an oil company plant.
The father, a former Chico man, was assigned to Rangoon from Bakersfield.
While stationed in Rangoon, the elder Starkey married the daughter
of a colonel in the British army, and Private Starkey lived in the
Indian city until the age of 15 years. From his native attendants
he learned to speak the native dialect fluently. The Marine private
formerly worked in Roseville, and later was a fireman with the Southern
Pacific, working out of Oroville, He enlisted in the corps April
We had a great event at the Veterans Hall, Monday night, to
honor Cecil Hall (Lt. Col) retired. More on that next week.
But now I must say Bob and Sherry Morehouse did so much for this
event, cooking and baking refreshments. I saw them at the Hall early
Monday, baking and cooking and getting ready. The Hall never looked
so good. They were still there after 7PM putting things away and
I found them all alone still working to clean the hall at 2pm on
Tuesday. Bob was finishing up mopping the floors (like a ships deck).
I think they must live at the Veterans Hall. You can retire a man
or woman out of the Navy, but you can’t take the Navy out of him
or her. Beautiful job Sherry & Bob.
Merry Christmas to all.