Sergeant Don Rummel, United States Army
Sergeant Don Rummel is one of our WWII veterans that was present
along with his family at Camp Gridley 16 September 2017. Don was a long-time
California resident, from Oroville, California.
Don joined the Army Air Corps in San Francisco, California in
1942. He wanted to fly airplanes for the war effort and passed his first Army
flight physical. The second flight physical he did not pass and was transferred
to support the Army Air Corps reporting statistics to the commanding general of
the 5th Air Forces in the Pacific Theater of World War II.
Don reported to the commanding general at 0400 hours each morning
the aircraft losses and crew losses. He used the teletype machine to gain
statistics control and reached the rank of sergeant as a clerk typist. His
reports were covering all of the aircraft of the 5th Air Force which
included the B-24s, A-20s, B-25s, C-47s, and C-54s. He really enjoyed flying in
the B-25 to each of his deployed islands. He did say the B-24 had problems with
the weak landing gear…
After World War II Don began his civilian life and spent his saved
money from the war to start his very own business. He was the very first TV
repair business in Northern California. He then went on to work for the Plumas
National Forest from 1961 to 1983. For the last couple of years Don had enjoyed
meeting our Northern Recon Group members while on a convoy to Lake Oroville at
a past Camp Gridley. He also had ridden with our vehicles at the Marysville
Veterans Day Parades.
Don also had never been honored like this at Camp
Gridley before, so it was a very important day for him. Thank you all for helping
us in honoring him. Thank you for taking a moment to say “Thank You For Your Service” as it meant more than you will ever
know to him.
In November 2017, Bruce Hrabak was diagnosed with stage 4
pancreatic and liver cancer. Unfortunately, Bruce fell gravely ill Tuesday
morning, April 10th. He was transported to Kaiser Emergency on Morse and
was at death's door. He was given 2 to 24 hours to live on multiple occasions. During
this time, his wife Shari had been at his side, sleeping at nights in the
hospital bed next to his. She herself has battled cancer.
Bruce was a perfectionist in everything he did. He was truly a
professional. Bruce was a long-time member of the numerous military
organizations. He supported the Military Vehicle Preservation Association
(MVPA) and recently displayed a large D-Day display at the MVPA Convention in
Pleasanton, CA. He even coordinated a real-life landing craft or LCVP to be on
display to add to his living history display. Many photos were taken of troops
and a jeep or two landing on the “beach” at the convention.
was also recognized numerous times for his “mobile museum” at Northern Recon
Group Camp Gridley’s. His passion for collecting and preserving history rubbed
off on others around him. His knowledge of all of his items in his collection
could be quickly learned as he would explain the uses and history of each item
on his display. Bruce you will be missed!