-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
Mama, That Man Again.
of inspection of Honolulu and Pearl
Harbor. After sailing from San Diego,
staying in Honolulu for four days,
and conferring with Admiral Reeves
on the completion of Fleet Problem
16, the Ass't Sec. Navy finally disembarked
at San Pedro.
During the summer, the Houston
accompanied the rest of the Scouting
Force on a cruise oJ' Alaskan ports,
stopping at Cordova, Seward, and
Auke Bay. The cruise was completed
by short stays at Blaine and Seattle,
On 3 October, 1935 the Houston
again broke the flag of the President
of the United States for the Second
Presidential Cruise, a vacation cruise
of 12,000 miles. This trip took the
Chief Executive to many interesting
ports, among them being Cerros Islands,
Cape San Lucas, Magdalena
Bay, Cocos Islands, Tiger Islands,
and Charleston, S. C.
The 29th of April, 1936 saw the
Houston southbound out of San Pedro,
stopping at Panama, and crossing
the Equator on the 20th of May. It
arrived at Valparaiso, Chile, 29 May
and then took leave on the second of
June. Long remembered by the Houston
crew was the big time had by
all in the Chilean port. Thirteen days
of steady steaming and the ship was
again in Long Beach. On July 5th the
Houston left for the North, visiting
the following ports: Seattle and
Bremerton, Wash.; Portland, Oregon;
San Francisco, Calif., returning to
Long Beach on the 22nd of August.
April 16, 1937, we left for Fleet
Problem 18, visiting the Hawaiian Islands
and arriving in Sarr Francisco
on 28 May for the opening of the
Golden Gate Bridge. Many a sore foot
went to bed aboard the Houston after
that was over. We returned to Long
Beach and after a few days visited
Ventura, Calif. On the 28th of June
the ship left for Astoria, Ore. From
6 of July to 11 October our ship remained
at the N. Y. Mare Island for
overhaul. We returned to Long Beach
on the 12th of October, and remained
in that area until Fleet Problem 19,
when we again visited the Hawaiian
Rush orders put the ship in the
Navy Yard at Mare Island on the 6th
of June where she was made ready
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History of the Houston
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THE BLUE BONNET
Our Namesake Flower
The editors and many of the
Wardroom Officers saw their first
bluebonnets last Saturday morning
when Capt. Charles Crotty, Assistant
Director of the Port of Houston, and
Mr. J. L. Archer, an officer of the
port, brought a whole armful of the
flowers to the ship asking for the
editor of this paper. The bouquet was
beautiful, and the BLUE BONNET is
grateful for this thoughtful expression
aboard 250 Marines to augment the
4th Regiment, Marine Expeditionary
Forces, in Shanghai. On arrival, the
Marine and bluejacket machine gun
platoon were sent ashore for duty.
On 13 March 1933, the Houston
left Manila on a good will tour
through the southern Philippines, visiting
Iloilo, Cebu, Davao, Dumanquilas
Bay, and Zamboango. On 29 May
1933, a good will tour was made to
Japan, visiting Yokohama and Kobe,
returning to Tsingtao, China, by the
way of the famous Japanese Inland
Sea. On 17 November 1933, after being
relieved by the U. S. S. Augusta,
the Houston departed from Shanghai
for San Francisco, stopping at Yokohama
enroute. After an overhaul period
in the Puget Sound Navy Yard,
she joined the Scouting Force of the
U. S. Fleet in Long Beach, California,
and departed with the fleet for Atlantic
On the evening of 1 July 1934,
President Roosevelt boarded the Houston
at Annapolis, Md., for a cruise of
11,783 miles. In company with the
destroyers U. S. S. Gilmer and U. S. S.
Williamson, which were later relieved
by the cruiser U. S. S. New Orleans,
stops were made at: Cape Haitian,
Haiti; Mayaguez, P. R.; San Juan,
P. R.; St. Thomas, and St. Croix, Virgin
Islands; Cartagena, Columbia, S.
America; Cristobal, and Balboa, Canal
Zone; Cocos Islands; Clipperton Islands;
Hilo, and Honolulu, T. H.; and
then Portland, Oregon, where our
President and good shipmate disembarked.
On 15 May, 1935, the Houston
took another member of the Roosevelt
family, the late Henry L. Roosevelt,
then Ass't Sec. Navy, on a tour
W. C. Ridge
M. A. Pipp, Yeo3c
R. L. Beckwith, Seale
E. Essy. Sea2c
Editor: Ensign J. P. M. Johnston
Assistant Editor: Ensign W. C. Leedy
One man I admire, who has a
fine young son seven years of age,
was asked why he didn't play golf.
" I want to make a pal of my son",
he answered, " and I think the best
way to do that is to give him some
of my time to spend my week ends
and free time doing the things he
can do. When he is old enough to
swing a golf club, then we'll play
The unknown author who wrote
the little ditty printed below didn't
have this man in mind when he wrote
it. He was thinking of that great
tribe of golfers who are up at the
crack of dawn and return cursing
their luck at night fall.
A weekly publication of the ship's company
of the U. S. S. Houston, Captain G. N.
Barker, US. N.. Commanding and Commander
C. A. Bailey. U. S. N., Executive
"' Vho' the stranger, mother dear?
Look, he knows us. Ain't he queer?"
" Hush my own; don't talk so wild;
He's your father, dearest child."
" He's my father? 0 such thing!
Father passed away last spring."
" Father didn't die, you dub!
Father joined a golfing club.
But they clo ed the club, so he
Has no place to go, you see-
No place left for him to roamThat
is why he's coming home.
Kis him- he won't bite you, childAll
them golfing guys look wild."
I know. I've had the bug. Bringing
that score down becomes an obsession.
The golf widows and orphans
we leave behind us are part of the
price. When the snow becomes too
deep, though, we must come home,
and when we do, here's the scene the