September 2, 2016
Oroville Mercury Register
July 14, 1965
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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