March 4, 2016
More from the scrapbook 1941-45
Oroville Mercury Register
Golithon wants to know what’s going on here “Be sure to send the
Mercury to me so I can see what’s going on in Oroville,” Pvt. Tom
Golithon wrote to his parents, Mr and Mrs.Tom Golithon of High St.,
from Camp Roberts. Mrs. Golithon subscribed to the paper. Golithon,
who is in the infantry, was called into the service in May. After
nine weeks of radio instruction he expects to go into the air corps.
He has gained 23 pounds since starting training.
Joe Cline Stationed Now At Herrington, Kans.
A dispatcher in the army air force, Pfc. Joseph F. Cline has been
stationed at Herrington, Kans., with the 48th airdrome squadron.
Cline was a truck driver for the Berkeley Olive when he entered
the service Jan 8. He attended Oroville grammar school and Oroville
high school. He is the son of Mrs. De Etta Cline of Robinson street,
Feather Falls Boy At Army Air School
Ralph L. Bolt, after weeks of study and tests has been classified
as an aviation cadet with the Army Air Force. He is stationed at
Santa Ana, Calif. Ralph joined the service and left with four of
his school graduates Feb. 28. He is now taking pre-flight training.
At the end of nine weeks he will be sent to a flying school. The
cadet graduated from Oroville high school. He is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. T. R. Bolt of Feather Falls.
Richvale - Pvt. Daniel Grimsby, 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 Grimsby of Richvale.
Put. Grimsby has lived in Richvale most of his life. He attended
Richvale grammar school and Biggs high School. He was employed by
the Richvale irrigation district when he began his army training.
Glad To Be In Navy But Not “Boot Camp”
David Cox, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Cox of Robinson street is now
training at the U. S. Naval Station in Farragut, Idaho. He writes
his parents that he is glad he is in the Navy but won’t be sorry
to get out of “Boot Camp”. Cox, with the other trainee, has been
learning the fundamentals of seamanship and undergoing physical
hardening in the intensive program at the camp. He is 18 years of
age and was a student at the local high school prior to his enlistment.
He will receive his high school diploma in June and is also entitled
to the gold button award for never having been absent or tardy while
a student. He was active in dramatics at high school and manager
of the football team last year. Cox writes that, like the postman
who goes walking on his holiday, he goes boat riding on his day
off. He expects to be granted a furlough soon and will visit Oroville
then. He has a brother Richard, 24, who has been employed at Moore’s
Dry-dock Shipyards until recently and is now in Oroville awaiting
his call into the service.
Thinks Army “Swell” But likes Oroville Best
Pfc. Albert H. Wakefield, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wakefield of
Woodleaf Star Route, Oroville, has been assigned to the Army Air
Forces Technical School at Sioux Falls, S.S., for training as a
radio operatormechanic, according to word received from headquarters
there. In civilian life Wakefield was a truck driver at the Stockton
Q. M. Depot. He was graduated from the local high school in 1941.
While a student there he was a member of the Block O Society having
been prominent in football and baseball. He was inducted into the
service Jan. 26, 1942 at Monterey. Wakefield writes, “It is swell
here but wish I was back in good old Oroville, the best little town