Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 27, 1993 · Page 13
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 13

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, June 27, 1993
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL To report local new* telephone Maureen Connor-Rice, 468-3526 Valley Living B-1 SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 1993 Clipper ship still tells its saga By MAUREEN CONNOR-RICE Valley living editor "E very watch was stopped at 7:32." Those are the words of Bill Brazil, one of the few men who removed the bodies of the crew and passengers of the Philippine Clipper ship which plowed into a mountain in January 1943, killing all on board. There were nine members of the crew and 10 military personnel, including Rear Admiral Robert English, the commander of the Pacific Submarine Fleet, and all of his chief of staff. The airplane had been flying from Hawaii to San Francisco, but couldn't land at the Golden Gate because of high waves kicked up by a heavy storm. So they headed for Clear Lake. Mirueen Ccnnor-Ricc/The Dtily Journal Instruments not being what they are today, the pilot apparently could not see the mountain to the west of Ukiah. Since this was wartime, there were coast watchers who reported all aircraft they saw or heard. One of these was Edna Wallach of Bell Valley, who heard the airplane the morning it crashed. Some say if there had been a search immediately, they would have found the downed aircraft much sooner. However, it was 10 days later when the wreckage was spotted from the air and on Jan. 21, 1943, the bodies were removed. A memorial service was held at Ukiah Airport June 19 for the plane, crew and passengers, complete with a 19-gun salute by the Ukiah Veterans of Foreign Wars. Col. Walt Smith of the National Guard who is with the Federal Aviation Administration in Santa Rosa, was the master of ceremonies, with Chaplin John Samb of the U.S. Navy giving the invocation and benediction. Several relatives of the memorialized crew were there, including a sister, widow and nephews. Frances Kendryk of Perm Valley is the widow of the second officer, John Maynard. Hilda Johansen, sister of first engineer Leo Mackota, received a flag at the ceremony. Richard and Fred Mackota, Mackota's nephews, gathered all the information they could about their uncle and the aircraft using a video camera to tape interviews. They went to the site of the crash with Lowell Wilcox, a coordinator of the memorial who has spearheaded tributes to the Clipper for the past 12 years. The small group started digging at the site, finding objects for the museum located at Ukiah Airport. Penny Wilcox found a watch with no band. She handed it to one of the brothers to clean up. He started rubbing the back of it and found an L, then an E, and an O — it was his uncle's watch, given to Leo Mackota by his girlfriend. During the memoriaj service, Ed Barnett of Santa Rosa spoke. He was a member of the flight crew of the Philippine Clipper at the outbreak of World War H. As the plane made its way to Wake Island, word was received of the war. The crew landed on Wake for a short time, then headed to Hawaii. Waldo Raugust of Glenhaven, his oxygen bottle by his side to facilitate breathing, stood near the podium as Bamett spoke. He asked Barnett, "Do you know who you left behind on Wake Island?" To Bamett's "No," Raugust responded, "It was me." Raugust had been stationed on Wake Island. It was bombed by the Japanese the day after Pearl Harbor. Raugust was gathering natives together before heading to the Clipper to escape. But the plane took off before they arrived. Raugust spent 44 months in a Japanese prison-of-war camp. Brazill of Fort Bragg and Jack June of Boonville were in high school and junior college respectively, when the plane went down. On Jan. 20, they went out horseback riding to see if they could find the airplane. That night, when they returned to the ranch where they worked, word was received the wreckage had been found. The next morning, they left on horseback with their boss to ride into the site and remove the bodies. "We spent all day Sunday removing bodies," explained Brazill. "There were four of us. Some bodies were in the plane, others about 20 to 30 feet on the west side of the plane." See CLIPPER, Page B-2 Lowell Wilcox, top left, unveils the plaque dedicated to the Philippine Clipper, its crew and passengers which crashed In the hills overlooking Ukiah in January 1943. Ed Barnett, foreground at left, signs a poster of the Philippine Clipper on which he once served. Others who worked for Pan American Airlines also signed the poster. Pan American owned the Clipper ships. Below left, Ed Barnett, left, shakes hands with Waldo Raugust, In front of the plaque. They almost met 50 years ago. Somber Bill Brazil!, below on left, and Jack June talk about the crash and removing the bodies. Miroeen Ccnnor-Rice/The Duly loumil Circle Hester/The Daily Journal In uniform Martindell IVIHllinaeil Navy Seaman Recruit Michael A. Martindell recently completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, 111. The son of Michael S. and Evon- neFenton of Ukiah is a 1989 graduate of South Valley High School. He joined the Navy in December 1992. During the cycle, recruits are taught general military subjects designed to prepare them for further academic and on-the-job training in one of the Navy's 85 occupational fields. Studies include seamanship, close-order drill, naval history and first aid. Patricia Weld Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Patricia A. Weld recently participated in two weeks of active duty training for reservists. The daughter of Richard and Pearl Wood of Potter Valley, she is a 1970 graduate of Los Gatos High School who joined the Navy in August 1985. During the training with Reserve Naval Construction Regiment, Los Alamitos, Weld received information and practical application relating to current and policies. Kenneth Bowne Kenneth Bowne Airman Kenneth G. Bowne has graduated from Air Force Basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The son of Inez M. Bowne of Redwood Valley and Steven C. Bowne of Ukiah, he is a 1991 graduate of Ukiah High School. During the six weeks of training, the airman studied Air Force mission, organization and customs and received special training in human relations. In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force. David Melancon Navy Airman Apprentice David E. Melancon, son of Charles A. and Marie D. Albrecht of WillitS: recently deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Niroitz, home- ported in Bremerton, Wash, for six months to the Western Pacific as part of a nine-ship battle group. The ship's mission follows the Navy's new strategy titled "...from the sea," which shifts the sea services' focus from a global threat to regional challenges and concentrates on near-land warfare and maneuver. The new direction emphasizes strategic deterrence and defense, forward presence and crisis response and reconstruction. It will provide the U.S. with naval expeditionary forces operating forward that are shaped for joint operations and tailored for national needs. On short notice, these forces are poised to respond to crises in distant lands, from the sea. The Nimitz Class aircraft carrier is designed to support and operate aircraft that engage in attacks on airborne, afloat and ashore targets which threaten use of the sea. The carrier also can engage in sustained operations in support of other forces. USS Nimitz has nine embarked squadrons which fly F-14 Tomcat fighters; A-6 Intruder attack aircraft; EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft; E-2C Hawkeye early warning aircraft; S-3 Viking patrol planes; F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters and SH-60 Seahawk helicopters. Also part of the battle group are three cruisers, a destroyer, two submarines and two replenishment ships. Melancon is a 1992 graduate of Willits High School. Francisco Cabada Marine Pfc. Francisco Cabada recently completed the Enlisted Supply Basic Course. He is the son of Gilberto and Graciela Cabada of Ukiah and a 1992 graduate of Ukiah High School. He joined the Marine Corps in September. During the course at Marine Corps Service Support Schools, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C., students receive instruction in the basic techniques of stock control utilized within the Marine Corps to account for government property. Billie Moen Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Billie J. Moen recently reported for duty aboard the destroyer tender USS Acadia, homeported in San Diego. The daughter of John P. and Eileen M. Urich of Laytonville, she is a 1988 graduate of Laytonville High School. She joined the Navy in November 1988. B. Van Camp Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brandon Van Camp, along with 11,000 active, reserve and guard personnel, converged recently on Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas to compete in the military's largest air defense training exercise, Roving Sands '93. The exercise at the end of May included Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps units and took place in the desert ranges of west Texas and southern New Mexico. Exercise activities encompassed a 1,400 square-mile area between Fort Bliss in Texas and White Sands and Roswell in New Mexico. It concluded with a 36-hour air battle employing the most sophisticated weaponry and aircraft currently used by the U.S. Armed Forces. The objective of the exercise was to test the military's integrated air defense systems in a realistic combat environment. Van Camp is the son of William P. and Mary Van Camp of Ukiah. He graduated from Ukiah High School in 1992 and is an administrative clerk at Camp Pendleton. -to* Journal Dtihvnt To Subtcrfb* pall: 468-3533

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