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Legal Notices trustee. NOTICE TO POTENTIALtitle insurance company, either of From page 10 BIDDERS: If you are considering which may charge you a fee for this bidding on this property lien, you information. If you consult either County, California. Date of Sale: should understand that there are of these resources, you should be 01/03/13 at 9:00 AM Place of risks involved in bidding at a trustee aware that the same lender may Sale: Doubletree Hotel LosAngeies- auction. You will be bidding on a hold more than one mortgage Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, lien, not on the property itself, or deed of trust on the property. Norwalk, CA The purported prop- Placing the highest bid at a trustee NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The erty address is: 55 PLAYA AZUL, auction doesnot automatically enti- sale date shown on this notice of AVALON, CA 90704 Assessors tleyou to free and clear ownership sale may be postponed oneor more Parcel No. 7480-048-045 The of the property. You should also be times by the mortgagee, benefi- total amount of the unpaid balance aware that the lien being auctioned ciary, trustee, or a court, pursuant of the obligation secured by the " off may be a junior lien. Ifyou are to Section 2924g of the California property to be sold and reasonable the highest bidder at the auction, Civil Code. The law requires that estimated costs, expenses and you are or may be responsible for information about trustee sale post- advances at the time of the ini- paying off all liens senior to the lien ponements be made available to you tial publication of the Notice of being auctioned off, before you can and to the public, as a courtesy Sale is $290,889.82. If the sale receive clear title to the property, to those not present at the sale. is set aside for any reason, the pur- You are encouraged to investigate If you wish to learn whether your chaser at the sale shall beentitled the existence, priority and size of sale date has been bostponed, only to a return of the deposit paid, outstanding liens that may exist and if applicajble, the rescheduled plus interest. The purchaser shall on this property by contacting time and date for the sale of this have no further recourse against the county recorder's office or a property, you may call 877-484- the beneficiary, the Trustor Or the 9942 or visit this Internet Web site TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY orwww. INFORMATION OBTAINED WiLL BE Auction~com using the file number USED FOR THAT PURPOSE ORDER assigned to this case 7037.92456. # : 12/14/2012,12/21/2012,12 Information about postponements /28/2012 that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME scheduled sale may not immediately STATEMENT 2012236941 be reflected in the telephone infer- THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS mation or on the Internet Web site. DOING BUSINESS AS: Pool House, The best way to verify postpone- 1821 Deloz Avenue, Los Angeles, ment information is to attend the CA 90027. Name of registrant: scheduled sale. Date: December Susan Whitmore Min, 1821 Deloz 5, 2012 NORTHWEST TRUSTEE Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027. SERVICES, INC., as Trustee Bonita This business is conducted by an Salazar, Authorized Signatory 1241 individual. Registrant has not begun E. Dyer Road, Suite 250, Santa to transact business under the Ana, CA 92705 Sale Info website: fictitious name(s) listed above. or www. This statement was filed with the Auction.corn Automated Sales Line: County Clerk of Los Angeles County 877-484-9942 Reinstatement on November 29, 2012. Published and Pay-Off Requests: 866-387- in the Catalina Islander 12/14, NWTS THIS OFFICE IS ATTEMPTING 12/21,12/28/2012, 1/4/2013 Watson. From page 1 uncle Frank D. Machado. "I remember when he died" said Lucille Machado. "I can re- member all of that. Frank was my cousin and I remember he used to tell me stories. He used to make me think he could go to Pebbly Beach. and jump off the mountains all the way into the ocean" Frank was one of four Mach- ado brothers--including Ramon, Joe and Manuel--who went off to war. Due to military secrecy, the whereabouts of the four was keigt highly secret from the family. For most of the war, even the four brothers themselves had only a rough idea where the others were. As of May 1944, Frank was in Alaska, probably the Aleu- tians, and a photograph of him in heavy winter clothing surrounded Jim Watson by snow 'made it home Columnist that month. From there, the record is murky and to be honest it's not entirely clear where Frank was sent after that, or if he stayed in Alaska. It's pos- sible this information was never divulged, even to the family, but in alI probability he was sent to the South Pacific, most likely New Guinea. Frank was in the infantry and by that point in the war, most of the fighting in the Pacific involv- ing the Army was taking place in a number of areas in New Guinea, including the Bougainville, "New Britain and Western New Guinea campaigns. Wherever it was he made his final stand, he was ini- tially listed as Missing in Action. His remains were never officially recovered and on February 11, -1945, the War Department offi- cially declared him KIA. Today, the name "Machado, Frank D." lives on, etched forever into the marble slabs that make up the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines. years old, he spoke to me from his home in Massachusetts. "Murray was a guy that de- served to have everything," he said.: "And he was the first guy knocked down in my plane." Murray and Sherman were best friends and had gone through basic training together before they found themselves at Grottaglie and fly- ing perilous missions against Nazi strongholds in the Balkans. "Murray always told my wife that he would take care of me," said Sherman. Sherman himself had countless sllrapnel wounds from the attack, including through his mouth and jaw, leaving him unable to eat. He survived those first few weeks in the POW camp only because a fellow airman,-S/Sgt Fred Crain, would "pre-masticate" his food for him: Crain would chew the food then give it to Sherman for him swallow. Although the 449th destroyed or damaged a total of more than 50 enemy fighters that afternoon, the 719th lost seven planes and the infamous day became known as "4-4-44". The mere mention of it still brings an uncomfortable si- lence to those, like Sherman, who "survived it. As for Donald Murray, the Al- lies were never able to account for his remains. But Mary Crowley be- lieves they were possibly taken to a cemetery in the Romanian town of Giurgiu. Despite the high num- ber of civilian casualties caused by the Allied bombing campaign, the Romanian people worshipped their would:be liberators--and their Liberators--and the remains of British and American airmen were treated with reverence. Outside of this hypothetical grave in Romania, the only known memorial to Murray is at the Ava- lon Veterans Park. See the final installment of this special edition of Mysterious Island in an upcoming Catalina Islander. days, units had a tendency to "mix and match" crews and planes, and on the n~orning of April 4, 1944, Murray found himself aboard the quaintly-named "Dixie Belle" heading northeast on a mission to destroy the German marshaling yards, or railway yards, at Bucha- rest, Romania. As Murray and his fellow air- men sailed high above the spar- kling Adriatic and over the snow- capped peaks of the Dinaric Alps, they had no idea they were flying straight into what would be the darkest day in the nearly 70-year history of the 449th. Trouble began early when the formation ran into bad weather, separating the group. Murray's squad- ron, the 719th, continued on without fighter escort. Shortly afterwards, three of the bombers developed mechanical problems and had to head home. Then, 30 miles from their target, they faced their first wave of enemy fighters. A deadly blend of Messerschmitt 109s, Junkers 88s and Focke Wulf 190s con- verged on the bombers using rock- ets, cannons and even dropping bombs on the Group's left wing, downing three of the B-24s. The remaining 25 Liberators plodded on towards Bucharest where they unleashed their cargos of instant death on the Nazi mar- shaling yards. The day was warm and blustery, causing many of the bombs to drift from their intended targets. But enough of the ord- nance reached its mark to severely disrupt railway operations. Their bombing run complete, the 719th turned for home and straight into the gun sights of an- other wave of 40 to 50 German fighters that had been waiting for them beyond the perimeter of their own anti-aircraft fire. The ferocious air battle raged for nearly an hour, but the "Dixie Belle" would see little of it. Short- ly after leaving the target, her mid- section--where Murray happened to be--was savaged by enemy fire. Witnesses saw the plane drift out of formation, her No. 3 engine in flames. Eight of the i0 crew mem- bers bailed out into the aerial abyss and opened their chutes. Murray wasn't one of them. The eight survivors were cap- tured on the ground and taken to a POW camp, including tail gunner Willard Sherman. Mary Crowley, a tireless historian for the 449th Bombardment Group Associa- tion in Huntington Beach, put me in touch with Sherman. Now 89 Avalon Tour Of Lights Aboard The Jolly Trolley The "Jolly Trolley" will cruise past the Casino and dbcorated Donald E. Murray Avalon homes during the Avalon Army Air Forces Tech Sergeant Tour of Lights on Saturday, Dec. Donald E. Murray was a radio op- 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The rides erator for the 449th Bomb~irdment start at the Wrigley Stage for only Group based at Grottaglie Field $2 per person or $5 per fam- on the spiked heel of the boot of ily. Passengers will sing along to Italy. At 6' 2" he was a tall man, Christmas songs and vote for the a fact which no doubt impressed brightest and most beautiful light- the ladies on the beaches of Ava- ing displays. lon where he spent a good deal of For more information, call the his youth. Community Church at (310) 510- As was common practice with 1889 or e-mail acc90704@aol. the Army Air Forces in those com. US Bank starts a community library ~he Avalon branch of US Bank has launched a community library. Anyone who donates a book to the bookcase in the front library may borrow a book from the ~'library." The library's motto: "Give a book, take a book." The bank will also collect donated books for the library.Photo by Jennifer Leonhardi I Gdll wi b ewe r DJ o rwell ddnk 9 IPIvI-I JOPM, THE CATALINA ISLANDER December 14, 2012111 I