Conclusion of Jack Sapp’s Story
Well, we’ve read of Jack Sapp fighting for our country and after
he came home he kept on traveling in between getting married and
raising two kids. He had one son Mark and a daughter Debbie both
graduates of OHS. After the war Jack worked for Western Pacific
Rail Road for 12 years. Then a man was promoted over him, so Jack
told W.P. good bye. Then 3 years in South America for U. S. Steel,
Power Line in Oregon, a job in Singapore, two contract jobs in Vietnam.
One in which he came pretty close to getting a third Purple Heart
as lead was flying around his apt. and then the Alaska Pipe line.
Now he is happy and home in Oroville with his wife Lucy. We can
be very thankful for the Jack Sapp’s of our country. From his army
discharge paper; Army of the United States Honorable Discharge This
is to certify that Donald J. Sapp, Technician 5th Grade
11th Armored Infantry Battalion Army of the United States
is hereby Honorably Discharged from the military service of the
United States of America Given at Separation Center Camp Beale,
Calif. Date 29 November, 1945. Military History Date of Induction
18 May 43 Date of Entry Into Active Service 18 May 43 Place of entry
into service Sacramento Calif. Local S. S Board 16 County and State
Butte Cal Military Occupational Specialty and No. Truck Driver Heavy
931 . Battles and campaigns Rome-Arco Po Valley North Appenninas
Go 40 WD 45 Naples Foggia go 33 WD 45 Decorations and citations
World War II Victory Medal TWX WD 23 Oct 45 Purple Heart with 1
Oak Leaf Cluster Go 45 Hq 1st AD 6 Jun 44 and Co 75 Hq
33d Gen Hosp 20 Oct 44 European African Middle Eastern Campaign
Medal Good Conduct Medal. Wounds received in Action Italy 31 May
44 and 15 Oct 44 Longevity for pay purposes 2 years 6 months 2 days
Mustering Out Pay total $300 This Payment $100. This concludes Jack’s
story. Thank you Jack for your story.
Oroville Mercury February 5, 1952
Invitation to Surrender - PFC. Glenn W. Rice serving in Korea
with the counter fire platoon, Headquarters Company of the 179th
Regimental Combat Team sent to his sister a surrender leaflet that
he obtained near the front lines in Korea. The leaflet, one side
of which is pictured above, urges the surrender of American troops
and guarantees their safety. The leaflet also states the names and
time of radio propaganda broadcasts over the Peking Radio. Private
Rice’s sister is Mrs. M. R. Hancock of Siskiyou Street in Thermalito.
Rice has been in Korea since July and in the combat line for five
month with only three days away from duty. His company fight largely
with automatic weapons. He was in the National Guard for two and
a half years previous to his call to active duty 18 months ago.
This is what the leaflet said; YOU HAVE ONLY ONE WAY BACK HOME.
Get wise to yourself. The people who got you in this mess are making
plenty on this deal. Do you want to die for their dividends? Here’s
what to do….(use this as a safe conduct pass) When you see a Chinese
soldier’ Put down your weapon and shout Tow Shong (surrender) Do
your folks at home a good turn- they need you We guarantee you safe
conduct and your return home as soon as possible The Chinese People’s
Stu’s Notes: I want to thank Jack again for his story. I said
this before if a soldier doesn’t tell his story, no matter how painful
it may be, there is no one then to tell the story of those who didn’t
At the end of the Surrender Leaflet it said “The Chinese Volunteer
Forces”, I find it hard to believe that a million Chinese volunteered
to fight in Korea, so ill equipped and to charge over and over into
such overwhelming fire power pushing the Allies back by sheer numbers.
How many men they lost is probably not know but we do know they
lost over 700 MIG Fighters to 70 or so of ours. And our Airmen had
to fight, you might say with one arm tied behind their back, as
they could not go across the Chinese border. Well I’ve heard a few
of our Pilots did sneak over, below the Radar. Speaking of Radar,
he lives in Paradise.