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September 2, 2016
Oroville Mercury Register
July 14, 1965
Servicemen News

These articles concerning the activities of local men and women in the armed forces are sent to the Mercury by the public information organizations of the various services and service academica.

Jackie Fosnot
Fireman Apprentice Jackie L. Fosnot, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Fosnot of Oroville is serving aboard the antisubmarine warfare support aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, home-ported in Long Beach. Operating with the U. S. Pacific Fleet, Yorktown provides a mobile landing field for antisubmarine patrol aircraft.

Charles Carr
Marine Private First Class Charles H. Carr Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Carr St., of Lower Wyandotte Road has arrived in Rota, Spain with Battalion Landing Team 2-2, deployed to the Mediterranean aboard ships of Amphibious Squadron 4. The attack transport USS Fremont is flagship for the unit. The Battalion Landing Team is the amphibious landing force for the U. S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean.

Fred Jones
Marine Second Lieutenant Fred I. Jones, son of Mrs. Mable E. Jones of B Street, completed the 26-week course June 35, at Marine corps Schools, Quantico, Va. The course for newly - commissioned Marine officers and officers from allied countries, covers personnel administration, first aid, map reading, weapons and leadership techniques. Practical application of classroom subjects are conducted in the field by students, as well as communications and employment of supporting weapons.

Steve Wolbert
Boilerman Fireman Steve L. Wolbert, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mel Wolbert of Acacia Ave., has been advanced to his present rate while serving aboard the Navy’s newest attack aircraft carrier the USS America, comported in Norfolk, Va. His promotion was based on time in service and rate, military appearance, performance of duties and passing the Navy wide test for promotion.

Charles Gridley
Electrician’s Mate Second Class Charles D. Gridley, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Gridley is serving aboard the fleet oiler USS Guadalupe, operating with the U. S. Pacific Fleet out of San Pedro Calif. His ship provides fuel, oil and other lubricants to ships of the fleet during extended operations at sea.

James Wilson
Interior Communications Technician Fireman Apprentice James H. Wilson, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton F. Wilson of 18th St., is serving aboard the anti - submarine support aircraft carrier USS Hornet which participated in Seattle’s “Seafair” June 18-21. This was Hornet’s first visit to Seattle in seven years.

Lowell Riggs
Marine Lance Corporal Lowell R. Riggs, son of L.E. Riggs of Circle Wood Drive, recently received a meritorious mast while serving with Marine Air Base Squadron 16, a supporting unit of Marine Aircraft Group 16, at Da Nang, Viet Nam. He was awarded the mast in recognition of outstanding performance of duty while serving as a member of a crash crew. On April 1, flames ignited bunker that was loaded with high explosives within the First Battalion Third Marine Regiment headquarters area, close to the living quarters. Exposing himself to the flaming bunker, he rendered assistance by drenching the tents adjacent to it, thus reducing any danger of fire and damage of valuable equipment. A graduate of Hillcrest High school, Hillcress, Mo., Corporal Riggs entered the Marines in July 1961