Volume 3, Number 7
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Pearl Harbor, T. H. 17 June, 1940
WANDERER ACHIEVES DECADE OF SERVICE
HOUSTON CELEBRATES TENTH BIRTHDAY
On 17 June, 1940, the U. S. S. HOUSTO is ten years old. Birthdays mean a resume' of past years. and so we dedicate this issue of the
Blue Bonnet to Our Ship and her three plankowners: A. J. Arsenault, EMlc, J.. Cawthon. WTlc, and S. D. Standafer, WT2c. We hope that
this history will revive their memories and will interest newer membe rs of the ship's complement.
" A proud and beautiful ship"
The History of the Houston - Many Miles - Many Ports.
The Houston is probably one of the
best known ship of the present U. S.
Navy. She has made extensive cruises;
has had the honor of carrying the
flags of the President, Secretary of
the avy, Assistant Secretary of the
Navy, and numerous Admirals; and
has been the recipient of many
awards. Her performance and cleanliness,
which has evoked compliments
from many, is our expression of pride
in serving aboard a proud and beautiful
After commissioning on 17 June,
1930, the Houston made a " shakedown"
cruise to Europe, visiting Eng1930
land, France, and Holland, and
returned to Houston, Texas,
her " home port." In Houston the
ship's 0 lcers and men were royally
entertained as the city welcomed its
ship. Final trials and runs were held
and then the ship sailed for the Asia1931
tic Station 14 January, 1931.
The Houston arrived in Manila
on 22 February and assumed her
role as flagship of the Asiatic Fleet.
While on duty there she was active
in rescue work during the Yangtze
flood of October, 1931. When hostili1932
ties broke out January 31, 1932,
the Houston sailed, under despatch
orders, from Manila to Shanghai
to protect American lives and interests.
On arrival, Marine and Bluejacket
machine gun platoons were
sent ashore. In March, 1933, the Hou-
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Of U. S. S. Houston
All Officers who have commanded
the Houston are listed, when they assumed
command, and their present
Captain J. B. Gay. June, 1930.
Retired 30 June, 1936.
Captain R. A. Dawes. November, 1930.
Retired 30 June, 1939.
Captain W. Baggaley. January, 1933.
Hydrographic Office, New York.
Captain W. E. Woodson. June 1934.
Rear Admiral, Judge Advocate General
Captain G. E. Baker. June, 1935.
with Argentine Navy.
Captain G. . Barker. July, 1937.
Harvard University, USN ROTC.
aptain F. Cogswell. May, 1939.
Died 22 September, 193\ 1.
Captain J. B. Oldendorf. October, 1939.
Commanding Officer, USS Houston.
The Houston was built at ewport
News, Virginia. The keel was laid in
1928 and the ship was launched on 7
September, 1929. Miss Elizabeth
Holcombe, daughter of the mayor of
Houston, Texas, sponsored the ship,
giving her the name of that city in
memory of Gene. r. a. l.. Sam Houston.
The length of the Houston may be
compared with the length of two football
fields placed end to end, or with
the height of a 48- story building.