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Volume 2 Number 6 Bremerton, Washington 22 September 1939
CAMP WESLEY HARRIS EXCELLS
AMONG MARINE RANGES
B: mnen Describes Outdoor Life
For each of six weeks, a detail of
11 men has been going to Camp Wesley
Harris for firing, returning at
the end of six days. The entire Marine
Detachment has fired on the range.
2nd Lt. D. C. Pollock represented the
HOUSTON during the entire period,
~ nd at other times Lt.( jg) H. von A.
Burkart and Ens. T. R. Ingham have
been asigned to duty in that connection.
But how many of the rest of us
have any idea of just what life on the
range is like. W. J. Bannen, Associate
Editor of the Blue Bonnet was one of
those who were detailed to the Camp
for the whole time. This is his description
of what most of us know only as
" the Rifle Range."
Situated approximately eight miles
from Charleston Gate, Puget Sound
Navy Yard on the road to Seabeck,
on the Hood Canal, Camp Wesley
Harris is the Marine Rifle Range.
Accomodations are available for more
than one hundred fifty men, living in
tents and in the healthiest atmosphere
in the Northwest.
All about the camp are forests of
pine, spruce and other evergreens. This
is the home of the white- tail deer. The
range itself is located in a small coulee
or draw, firing against a steep
bank at one end from two, three, five
and six hundred yard points. The
green background outlines the targets
in a manner that causes many
of the experienced personnel to say it
is the best range operated by the Mar-
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Distinguished Career Ended
When Captain Cogswell's thirty
six years of service were ended
last' week, the HOUSTON lost not
only her Captain, but probably
the best liked officer in the ship.
Deep regret at his passing is felt
by every officer and man aboard.
Captain Cogswell's long career
was already distinguished, although
in large ships it had probably just
begun. He carne from a family of
the strongest Navy background;
his father served as the Executive
Offcer of the U. S. S. Oregon on her
trip around the Horn in 1898... He
himself entered the Naval Academy
in 1903. Graduated in 1908, seventeen
months found him on the Asiatic
Station. And in 1910, less than
two years out of the Naval Academy,
he was Executive Officer of
the torpedo boat destroyer DECATUR.
By the time he had left
China for duty in the Atlantic
Fleet in 1913, command of the DECATUR
had been entered in his
record. His first shore duty in
1915 was an interesting assignment:
censor at the Naval Radio
Station, Sayville, Long I land.
From then until 1923 he saw service
on six different destroyers,
among them the famous wartime
About 1925 he began two years
of duty as avigator of the TEN(
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" B" DIVISION WINS
Climaxing the thrilling interdivisional
series of softball the B division
became the ship champions last week
when they defeated the 1st division
by the narrow margin of 13- 11. The
entire division was given the long
awaited " blowout" party on Wednesday.
The party was promised to the
winner of the final series. By w; nning
ten games without a single defeat,
they clearly showed their superiority
over the other teams.
With a · fine f: elding team behind
him Ray Rennert, as sweet a softball
pitcher as the Houston has ever had,
hurled all ten victories for the team.
Some flashy fielding by Chase,
short center fieLler, good defensive
infield work by Hartley Dalton and
Strange were big factors in the team's
Members of the B division team:
Pitcher, Rennert; catcher, Byrd;
1st base, Strange; 2nd base, Clarkston;
3rd base, Dalton; s. s., Hardy;
s. center field, Chase; left field, Koster;
c. field, Stokes; r. f., Hasty. • 1-.
RECRUITS A D TRANSFERS
Two large groups of men recently
arrived aboard the " Rambler Ship,"
one a draft of recruits and the other
made up of men who have previously
served on other stations. On 26 August,
17 recruits were received aboard
from the Great Lakes Naval Training
Station. Last Tuesday, 19 Sept.,
20 men arrived in the USS KANAWA,
most of them coming from the USS
RELIEF, the USS UTAH, and from
the China Station.