Would enemy drop bomb on Crescent City?

Written by Nita Phillips March 07, 2014 04:35 pm

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, March 1952.

Civil defense in Del Norte County shifted into high gear this week. William Parker, County Chairman, outlined a strenuous program for March and named two of his three city chairmen.

Kenneth Layman was named to coordinate Smith River civil defense, and Sterling Peterson was appointed for Klamath. The Crescent City chief had not yet been named.

To put all of his effort on civil defense, Parker will turn over his duties of first aid chief to another chairman.

Captain Jesse H. Mitchell, U.S. Air Force, who was here last week, stressed that Del Norte County is a vital area. Local residents may see dog fights involving many planes over their very heads in the event of war. Time is also critical, he said, and air observation posts should be ready for alert within a month’s time.

Herb Newman is in charge of air spotter volunteers and training.

As the Korea conflict continues, Captain Mitchell also stressed that civil defense for this area be stripped down to what applies here. An atom bomb would probably not be dropped on Crescent City, since an ordinary bomb would probably be sufficient — or a plane knocked down, or long-range rockets. Rescue squads will be keyed to this particular problem.

All the way down the line, the stress is on making the county self-sufficient in a war emergency, Parker said. 

Daffodils fly away

A peak of 100,000 daffodil blooms took wing Monday via Southwest Airways. Local station manager, Edwin Welch announced that 100 boxes were loaded at what he estimates is the peak of the season.

This one day’s cargo nearly equals that of the first week. The season is two weeks along.

Most of the local blooms have been shipped to North Coast cities, some to San Francisco. 

Pipeline rights-of-way sought

Options on a right-of-way for a petroleum pipeline between here and Medford are being secured by the Cal-Ore Pipe Line Co. Bob Choate is lining up the right-of-way. 

The pipeline is to be operated as a public utility and will be governed by laws for an interstate carrier, the company states. 

The project is estimated to take 24 months to complete. It will materially reduce the transportation costs on gasoline and petroleum products between the two points.

When construction starts, it is expected to proceed at the rate of four days per mile. 

Love gets Bronze Star

The Bronze Star has been awarded to Sgt. Jack L. Love of Crescent City. The metal was awarded for his action last Oct. 3 near Suodong, Korea, where he was a member of Company B, 70th Tank Battalion, 1st Calvary Division. 

Company B’s first platoon, supporting elements of its 16th Reconnaissance Company in screening actions, received a report that several Americans had been wounded. Their company was pinned down by enemy fire. 

The citation reads: “Completely disregarding the heavy fire, he moved into the valley and returned with one of the casualties. Due to the steepness of the slope and the distance of 300 to 400 years, Sergeant Love was exhausted when he returned to his position. His heroism reflects great credit on himself and the military service. Sergeant Love’s division was transferred to Japan last December.”

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