Photographs of activities by the
Northern Recon Group in 1981!
Oroville group members Harold
Corn and Lee Hutchins work on a vehicle in preparation for Patterson
1981. The Oroville group met weekly at the National Guard Armory in
Oroville. Preparation for the six hour convoy was very serious and fun
Corn and Charley lead the convoy down Highway 5 at a nice 40-45 miles
per hour. Harold and Charley made a GREAT team as convoy commanders.
The convoy took about six hours to get to Patterson. The Oroville group
had about twelve vehicles and trailers in the convoy. Patterson was a
meet that was held by the California Chapter of the Military Vehicle
Collectors Club (MVCC) which is now called the Military Vehicle
Preservation Association (MVPA).
Whittier and his son Brandon drive their jeep and trailer down Highway 5
at 45 miles per hour. Everything needed for camping and fun was loaded
in the trailers. Everyone helped each other and worked together as a
team. Even active duty Army thought the convoy was a Reserve unit
convoy! The only problem was our tires were cleaner than the active
Thelander drives his Dodge Weapons Carrier down Highway 5 at 45 miles
per hour! His vehicle carried most of the groups supplies as it was the
largest vehicle. Bob was a mentor and outstanding enabler of the
hobby. Bob made the hobby fun and safe for everyone.
Oroville group stops for a safety break in Sacramento! The long drive
of over six hours could really flatten a bottom in the not-so-soft seats
of a jeep. Some vehicles topped off with fuel and vehicle checks.
Oroville group lined up their vehicles in a very impressive display!
Patterson was held in April each year with Mike Mattos as a large
supporter and promoter of the event.
John Whittier prepares his jeep and trailer for the long trip home to Oroville.
Stan Starkey is ready for the six hour drive home to Oroville.
Thelander to the rescue of a jeep! Many watch as Bob quickly fixes the
jeep and the convoy was on the road again. It was a team effort that
really paid off. Everyone knew that they would not be left behind.
Oroville group stops for final vehicle checks before driving on Highway
5. About twelve vehicles drove the convoy to Patterson in April of
The Oroville group attended the MVPA Convention at Fort McArthur in 1981.
Raschdorf, Bob Thelander, and John Whittier enjoy dinner on the Queen
Mary after a long day at Fort Mc Arthur and the MVPA Convention.
Starkey, Charley Helzer, and Harold Corn enjoy dinner on the Queen
Mary. The Oroville group really stood out with their green shirts and
Frank Steele at the 1981 MVPA Convention at Fort Mac Arthur. This photo was taken on the Queen Mary.
Simpson, Major USAF Retired, provided base lodging for the Oroville
group while at the MVPA Convention in 1981. He also provided
transportation for the group.
Oroville Group has always held an annual Christmas party. In 1981, the
group held it's party at Harold and Shirley Corn's home in Oroville.
Oroville Group celebrated the year and planned next year's events. It
was a time for reflection and lessons learned. Again, teamwork
motivated the group! 1981 proved very fun and productive but 1982
looked even better!!!
Oroville Group was not a large group but an inclusive group! Everyone
felt welcomed and had fun. The 1981 Christmas Party was a great
success!!! Thank you Harold "Col Corn" and Shirley.