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February 26, 2016
From the Scrapbook 1941-46
Washburn A Lieutenant In The Army Engineers

Lt. Carlyle Washburn, son of Alvin (Doc) Washburn of Oroville has been commissioned a lieutenant in the Army Engineers. He received officers training at Belvoir, Va. He is in the first special service force. Later he was transferred to Fort William Henry Harrison, Helena, Mont. At present he is in Norfolk, Va.
(Stu- See below he sure had his share of fighting.)

Lieut. Phillips At Carlsbad Army Field
Second Lieut. James W. Phillips has reported for duty at the Carlsbad Army Air Field, Carlsbad, New Mexico. He is the son of Mrs. Marie Phillips, Rt. 2 Oroville. He was commissioned October 7, 1942 at Albuquerque, N. M. Glenn Daniels Taking Training At Farragut Farragut, Idaho- Beginning his recruit training this week at Farragut Naval Training Station is Glenn Elwood Daniels, son of Floyd Daniels, Route 2, Oroville. Daniels will be taught military discipline, the fundamentals of seamanship, and undergo rigorous physical hardening.

Marvin Leonard To Be A Navy Electrician
Farragut, Idaho- Marvin Pasco Leonard, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Leonard, El Noble Street, Oroville, has entered the electrician’s service school for a sixteen week specialized course. He will learn the latest technical information in the field in which he will serve the Navy. Upon completion of this course, he will be given an opportunity to qualify for a rate of petty officer and assigned to a unit of the Navy, either ashore or afloat.

Gets Silver Wings
Sergeant Charles D. Countryman who recently received the silver wings of an aerial gunner and the chevrons of a sergeant when he completed training at Arm Air Force Flexible Gunnery School at Tyndall Field. He has now joined a combat unit. Countryman is the brother of Mrs. Beryl Carlton of Oroville.

Dunn’s Comic Strip In Army Newspaper
A comic strip, “Col. Wrightflank,” by Corp. John Dunn of Oroville is now appearing in the Army Times, national weekly newspaper for the United States Army. The cartoon, which pictures the antics of a fictitious officer, appeared first in the Geiger Field Journal of Geiger Field,Wash., where Dunn was stationed before he was assigned to the administrative clerical school at Ft. Logan, Colo. Dunn, whose hobby is drawing did weekly cartoons for the Mercury-Register when 16 years of age, while attending high school. After graduation he worked as a messenger for the Western Union here, and later was employed at the Western Pacific roundhouse in Oroville. He joined the army in January, 1942. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William T. Dunn of Park Avenue.

Stu's Notes:
This is from Looking Back on Oroville Heroes March 7, 2003.
Lt. Washburn Making a Satisfactory Recovery
Alvin Washburn has received word that his son, 1st Lt. Carlyle Washburn is on 30-day leave at his home in LaGrange, 30 miles east of Modesto. He hopes to visit in Oroville on his next leave. Lt. Washburn was wounded somewhere in France recently and is making a satisfactory recovery. He suffered from concussion more than from the bullets that hit him. He is making the acquaintance of a young son, born June 7 while he was fighting in Rome. Washburn is a member of the Combat Engineers known as “The Black Devils.” He joined the army just before Pearl Harbor was bombed and saw action at Kiska in the Aleutian Islands and in Italy and France. He graduated from Oroville high school and specialized in mining and electrical engineering in college He was employed by the LaGrange Gold dredging Co. at the time of his enlistment.

I’ve written before of Corp John Dunn’s comic strip and other comics maybe more next week.