Volume 4, No. 7.
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Asiatic Station May 24, 1941.
TENORS, BASSOS, AND ALTOS
SHOW THEIR STUFF.
HOUSTON EXPEDITION MAKES ASCENT OF
EXTINCT PHILIPPINE CRATER
miles along the road via interurban
Arriving at the base of the crater,
our party disembarked and began the
ascent. They struggled upward thru
the waist- high grass. The towering
rim ahead beckoned them on. It was
a challenge to stir the hearts of men,
for who could know what lay beyond?
At length they reached the summit.
Their minds were eased for there below
them at the bottom of the crater
lay the quiet waters of a spreading
Singing at the movies has been a
10010 success. Sid's Band sets the
key, 2nd Lt. Ned Gallagher gives at
the ummph, and the movie operators
provide the words. Every Wednesday,
Saturday, and Sunday, with the words
flashed on the screen, movie goers
get a chance to loosen up their vocal
cords and try their hand at popular
hits and old favorites.
Suggestions have been pouring in
for new songs to sing, and favorites
so far are " Let Me Call You Sweetheart,"
" Oh Johnny," and " Home On
This is one feature of shipboard
life we all enjoy, and we hope it will
PRESENT CRUISE CHARACTERIZED
BY SWIMMING, SAILING,
AND SUN BATHING.
After a brief pause they flashed
assurance back to the flagship and to
the outside world that the expedition
had thus far met with no misfortune.
Then, aided by alpine tactics, the
party roped down the clifflike slopes
of the crater. After thoroughly scout-
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< rmatter how a sailor loves port
and liberty, he always loves to put
to sea and get away from it all.
During the last few weeks the Houston
has made but few liberty ports.
This has given people a chance to
partake of sun bathing and brief
haircuts; • and we are all looking
around the ship and getting more
acquainted with those fellows in the
next division, or are busy studying
up for those exams.
Sailing has occupied the spare time
of many of the Second Division men.
Nearly everywhere we have gone
there has been excellent sailing weather,
with steady winds and smooth
seas, and it is expected that the sailboat
will continue to be available for
. Renewing an old tradition in the
Navy, Admiral Hart has given permission
for the fleet while in certain
ports to permit swimming over the
side. This was quickly taken advantage
of on the Houston, and some excellent
divers, ( also some not so excellent),
have been discovered.
All in all, we are really getting a
taste of the Navy as we shall always
like to remember it.
It was a dangerous mission. Three Marine sharpshooters were
provided, one of whom bore a Thompson sub- machine gun. Offi-
__.. c. ers.. carried side arms. As the- party cast ofLfrom- the- flagship in
the gray hours of early morning, sleepy- eyed men on watch observed
that even the Marine captain nervously kept his barong
within easy reach.
It was the start of an all- day safari,
whose purpose was clouded with the
greatest secrecy. Some said they were
to search for a hidden enemy radio
station, while others held that they
had been sent to establish the rumored
presence of alligators in the lake.
At any rate, 14 men set out and
climbed the volcano on shore, whose
grass- clad slopes and towering, jagged
rim had fired the imagination
of all who gazed that way as the flagship
lay at anchor i'n the bay. The
party was made up of Lt. C. R.
Adams, in charge, Capt. J. B. Hendry,
Lt. ( jg) J. F. Dalton, Gunner
J. E. Hogan, Manning, H. E., Sgt.,
Mothershed, J. L., Cpl., Lusk, J. M.,
Cpl., Clymer, S. H., GM1c., Tiefel, D.
J., Seale., Stephens, V., Seale., Kalmer,
T. J., Sea2c., and Day, PhM3c.
Lt. Col. W. T. Clement and Lt.
Comdr. J. M. Robinson also accompanied
To return to our party, they cautiously
skirted the shoreline, for ugly
coral heads barred their landing. At
length, they were successful in obtaining
the services of friendly natives,
who offered to transfer the party
ashore in their native canoes, or
" vintas." From these same Moro natives
were obtained three guides for
the party. Thus far everything had
gone well and they started out. ( At
this point occured the only thing not
in keeping with the tune of the expedition;
here the party rode for two