January 8, 2016
More from 1942-43 Scrapbook
Richvale- Pvt. Daniel Grigsby who arrived home recently on a 15-day
furlough from Camp Haan, near Riverside, is in the medical corps
of the army. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Grigsby of Richvale.
Pvt. Grigsby has lived in Richvale most of his life. He attended
Richvale grammar school and Biggs High School. He has been in the
service several months. He was employed by the Richvale irrigation
district when he began his army training.
Giovannoni Serves as Aircraft Technician
PFC Bruno Giovannoni now helps keep U.S. fighting planes in shape
in South Carolina. He is an aircraft metal technician. Prior to
joining active service in November, 1942, Giovannoni was employed
as a sheet metal worker at the Sacramento air depot. He was inducted
at Monterey. He has been located at camps in California, Florida,
Georgia and elsewhere. An accordion artist, the soldier played in
the Oroville Union high school band and in the street parade when
the city had its fiesta. He graduated in 1940. Private Giovannoni’s
wife lives at Loomis, California. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
C. Giovannoni, Feather River highway, Oroville.
Dolan on Solo Flight At Santa Maria Base
Aviation Cadet William H.P. Dolan, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Doherty,
former Oroville folks living in New York, took his first solo flight
Aug. 23, at Santa Maria, Calif. He is having his primary training
at that field. Dolan worked for the California Water Service at
Oroville before entering the service in February, 1943. He was also
a sports writer for the Mercury. He graduated from Oroville Union
High school in 1940. Cadet Dolan is a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. J.W.
Lloyd of Oroville.
Bob Rasmussen is Transferred To Ryan
Aviation Cadet Robert E. Rasmussen, having graduated from the Santa
Ana pre-flight school nearly a month ago, is now taking further
training at Ryan Field, Tucsan, Ariz. The former Oroville P.G. &
E. employee, who enlisted in October, 1942, was called to active
service February, 1943. His preliminary air training was obtained
at Fresno and at the University of Nevada in Reno. The Cadet is
an Oroville graduate. Mrs. Rasmussen and a small daughter, Carol
Jean, are making their home at Bird Street, Oroville.
Former M-R Carrier Now Studies Diesels
John M. (Jack) Lawton, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Lawton of Robinson
Street, has completed his training at Farragut, Ida. He is enrolled
in a navy Diesel training school at the University of Missouri,
at Columbia, Mo. Lawton attended Oroville grammar and high school
and is a former Mercury carrier. Before he chose the navy he was
employed at the Surcease mine. Lawton enlisted April 14, 1943. He
was in Oroville on a furlough last June after finishing boot camp.
Ensign Grinnell Burt Jr., U.S.N.R. has completed his training course
and was graduated August 25, at Harvard University. He has been
temporarily assigned to the Naval Air Corps supply base at Glencoe,
Georgia, as chief disbursing officer. His wife, Lucille La Spada
before the couple’s marriage last December, and at present a laboratory
technician at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, will
join him there Sept. 15. On the same day Ensign Burt graduated,
his brother Maclay Burt, 17, was enlisted and sworn in at San Francisco
in the Army Specialized training program. The Burt Brother's parents
are Mr. and Mrs. Grinnell Burt of Palermo.
It always makes me happy when one of my readers tells me I wrote
about a friend or relative. Wayne and Cecelia Brock, who are both
founding members of the Oroville Veterans Memorial Park Committee,
told me I wrote about Cecelia’s brother, Pfc. Richard Lyman Smith,
Native American of Oroville. Richard went to Bidwell School and
Oroville High, where he played football and Baseball and then became
a Timber faller ( a very Dangerous Job). Now I can get the “Rest
of his Story.” Wayne and Cecelia have become good friends of mine
over the last 15 years. Richard also graduated high school with
my Brother Larry. You can find Wayne and I most every Monday at
noon sitting at the Veterans Hall at noon eating some of the good
food from the Boss Burger. We have been meeting and eating, for
the last 15 years. I’ve not gained any weight; French fries are
good along with those good hamburgers.