Volume' ( Number 12
Many Changes Appear in
The change of command, when
Captain Francis Cogswell relieved
Captain George N. Barker as commanding
officer, overshadowed many
more lesser changes among the ship's
officers which have taken place since
arrival in Long Beach less than two
Lt.- Comdr. Paul B. , Koonce, re-
" ported aboard last week to relieve Lt. Comdr.
Robert M. Peacher as Engineer
Officer. Lt.- Comdr. Peacher will
go to Philadelphia as aide to the Commandant,
Navy Yard, Philadelphia,
while his Felief comes to the Houston
from duty as Senior Assistant Engineer,
U. S. S. Vincennes. Captain A.
V. Gerard, U. S. M. C., will leave the
ship for duty with the Fleet Marine
Force, San Diego, as soon as he is relieved
this week by Captain J. B. Hendry,
U. S. M. C., whose i lmediately
previous assigment has been witll
the Fleet Marine Force.
Among the other officers who
have recently reported aboard are
2nd. Lt. D. C. Pollock, U. S. M. C.,
peviously attached to the Marine Basic
School, Phil'adelphia, and Acting
Pay Clerk J. - A. Lafferty, who was ordered
to this ship from the U. S. S.
Other off~ cers wh~ have left the
ship or who are soon to leave are Lt.
Paul Foley, Jr... who. will report to
the U. S, S. Northampton for duty
V- SC- 4; Lt. ( jg) W. C. Jonson, to
the Naval Air Station, Pensacola,
Florida as an instructor;. LT. G. M.
Price; to the U. S. S. Melville; 2nd.
Lt. J E. Morris, U. S M. c.. , to the
Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia;
Ensign L. B. McDonald, to the U. S. S.
Litch'field in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii;
and Pay Clerk A. P. Mastio, to the
Long Beach, California
A. A. Battery Tops Good
The highligts of the main battery
al'e the " E" on Turret III, a
high score Improvised Control Battle
Practice, and a creditable score
Night Battle Practice " A". In these
latter two practices, the Houston
stood two and five respectively. Of
course there were but two ships to
fire the I. C. B. P., but the score was
sufficiently high to merit a dispatch
from Comcruscofor, complimenting
the Portland and the Houston on their
excellent scores. The main battery
~ tood 2nd in Short Range Practice
among the 17 cruisers competing.
The ship stood 9th for the Practice
as a whole. The Houston took third
place in N. B. P. " A", both batteries
The five inch battery has had an
outstanding year. The battery took
first place in Anti- Aircraft B. P. " D",
fourth place in D. M. T. B. P., second
place in N. BP. " A", and second place
in S. R. P. During the short range practice,
the two marine- manned guns
got " E's", i. e. Guns No. 2 and 3.
The machine gun practices are
not to be forgotten. The first M. G. B. P.
" H" was a low one; the ship's standing
sank to o. 15. In the second
" Hypo" practice the ship rose to fifth
place. The machine guns took a first
place in the Machine Gun Battle
Practice " B".
The ship in competition with
sixteen other cruisers received this
highly commendatory communication
from Comcrudiv 4:
" The Division Commander notes
with pleasure the uniformly good performance
of the anti- aircraft battery
of the HOUSTON during the current
gunnery year. This battery has made
the highest merit among all cruisers
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26 May 1939
Ht) uston Ranks High
Ab'JUt a year ago the Houston
wa. 3 relatively unknown in the sports
field of the cruiser~. However, during
the past year the Houston has come
right up, standinn- nine in competition
with eighteen cruisers. This is not a
very imposing showing but it must be
remembered that though we did not
score poir: ts in all competition we
showe: l up very well in many of the
In basketball, boxing, and wrestling,
we scored 40 points each with
Hattemer and Phillips being picked
for the All Scouting Force team. In
boxing, Major Hodge took the fleet
championship in his weight. Harris
was just edged out of a fleet championship.
Wrestling was again a great
year, Chick winning for a second time
the fleet championship. Arthur, Buttler,
and Fordemwalt made a very
creditable showing also aiding in the
training. In swimming the Houston
took 12.5 points during the competitive
year, with Brown as star performer.
Of twelve possible sports in
which to compete, the Houston entered
nine. Owing to our schedule, there
was no opportunity to enter in Officer's
Golf, Rifle or Pistol meets.
Coming up from bottom to more
than half way providing stiff competition
wherever we played, is due
to the men, coaches, and officers who
devoted willingly of their spare time.
Comdr. C. A. Bailey and Lt.- Comdr.
W. E. Tarbutton provided the backing
whenever difficulties were encountered.
The men, coaches, and officers in
the various sports are: Capt. A. V.
Gerard, U. S. M. C., in charge of basketball,
was helped by Ens. D. V.
Wengrovius and Av. Cad J. Morrison
to make the basketball team what it
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