• MMS.S. HOOSTOfM
Long Beach, Calif., 12 December, 1936
DATE OF FLAG SHIFT UNKNOWN
The date when Vice Admiral Tarrant will shift his flag back to his
regularly assigned flagship, the INDIANAPOLIS, is not known. The decision will rest with the Admiral when
he returns from Washington where
he is now serving in connection with
the Selection Board.
However, your correspondent is of
the opinion that the shift will not be
made until the later part of February.
During the Third Quarter, the INDIANAPOLIS is going to have to fire
the greater part of her gunnery
practices which the other cruisers
have already completed. Furthermore,
she is scheduled for an overhaul period
alongside the tender during this period. Therefore considering the fact I
that the Admiral will undoubtedly I
want to be in close contact with the/
Fleet landing Exercise No. 3, I believe*
that we can be safe in assuming that
the Flag will remain on the HOUSTON the greater part of the next
CHIEF GUNNER CONDIT TO BE |
Recently Chief Gunner W. F. Condit
received dispatch orders transferring
him to the Navy Yard, Bremerton,
for a tour of shore duty. It is expected
that Mr. Condit will be detached about
the 28th. of December. Mr. Condit
will be a loss to the ship. Aside from
the efficient manner in which he has
performed his professional duties, he
has given untiringly of his personal
time to develop our rifle and pistol
FORMATION OF "HOUSTON"
THE CHRISTMAS PARTY
On Sunday, October 18, 1936 there
appeared in the Houston Chronicle as
part of the history of "The Port of
Houston" by Col. Thomas H. Ball, an
interesting account of the naming,
launching and visit of the "Houston"
to Houston, Texas. It is believed that
the part of this history pertaining to
the Houston will be of interest to
the readers of the Blue Bonnet. We
are therefore running as a series of
articles those parts of "The Port of
Houston" exactly as written by Col.
Ball. We take pleasure in presenting
the first of the series in this issue.
When congress authorized construction of eight treaty cruisers of
large tonnage and great speed, after
two had been named Pensacola and
Salt Lake City, some 80 cities applied
to have one of the remaining six
named in their honor.
William A. Bernrider, secretary
to Mayor Holcombe, was an active
member of the Navy League of the
United States, and while the mayor
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DAMAGE CONTROL PRACTICE
Recently the Chief Observer's report of the HOUSTON'S Damage
Control Practice was received aboard.
In this report a very favorable comment was made as to the efficient and
orderly manner in which the Houston
handled all casualties and as to the
completeness in marking and setting
of the various conditions of readiness.
Although, a complete comparasion of
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Excellent progress has been made
during the past week towards perfecting plans for the Christmas Party.
The Finance Committees made their
reports indicating a generous response from nearly all divisions. The
funds collected have been allocated,
part to decorations and part to gifts,
for the division parties.
Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Campbell visited the homes of the 30 needy children as a final check and submitted a
list of these guests. The children
have been allocated by name to the
various divisions. The enlisted men's
children are assigned, of course, to
the divisions to which their respective
fathers are attached.
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OFFICERS TRANSFERRED TO
Monday morning Chief Mach. J.
Gallager and Mach. H. T. Meyer were
transferred to the Naval Hospital,
San Diego, for treatment. Upon being
discharged from the hospital, Mr. Mc-
Crary will be assigned to shore duty
at Pearl Harbor, T. H.
LT. (JG) WILLIAMS DETACHED
This past Saturday Lt. (jg) J. W.
Williams was detached and left the
ship. Before reporting for six
months instruction at the Submarine School, New London, Conn.,
5 January, 1937, Mr. Wiliams plans
on visiting in San Francisco, at his
home in Indiana and in Washington,
D. C. On the way east he will pick up
a new auto at the factory. The Blue
Bonnet wishes him a happy cruise in
his new assignment.