Pare Two THE BLUE BQNNET
-: THE BLUE BONNET :- WHO REMEMBERS THE MILITARY GENTLEMEN
150,000 people are born every day
and 100,000 die every day.
, The only tate in the U. S. not
not granting divorces is South Carolina.
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This past Sunday at 0800 Chaplain
Francis Lee Albert of the Tennessee
conducted a special pre- Easter Church
Service in the port hangar. Because
of the fact that the Houston will have
no service on Easter Sunday, Chaplain
Albert took as his subject, " Immortal
Life." In this sermon he gave
very logical reasons why we can expect
Mr. Frank Hart, accompanied by
Miss Peck on the piano, sang two
solos, " My Faith in Thee" and " Cal
vary." Both these numbers were muer
appreciated by the large congregation
Pike Flossy: " Is he fresh? Why, 1
had to slap him four times before
I gave in."
Last week the Machine Gun crews
had their fling. Altogether they fired
3360 rounds of ammunition and credit
is due to the strikers because the guns
behaved perfectly. It was the first
practice of its kil). d on this ship and
showed the ship's company just how
" Safe for Democracy" our " Home"
is from an airplane attack. A few
more practice runs of this type would
whip our gunners into perfection.
ATTENTION! Second Lieutenant
Forest C. Thompson has returned to
the fold to resume his duties as Detachment
Officer after having been
the CO of the Marine Detachment on
the USS Indianapolis these last three
months. With him back and the Detachment
reduced to normal size,
everything is looking right again. .
Sergeant Earl S. ( Gear- shift) Ross
has received orders to transfer to the
Wee- Vee in the near future but is
now developing the " Best Landing
Force" in the Navy out of our humble
During the past week the Houston
has not received many newcomers, but
we take pleasure in welcoming Redding,
J. A., CSM, while we wekome
Jerry Nagle, EM1c, who has been on
the East Coast attending the I C
. School, and Martin, T. A., F3c, who
has been on the hospital ship Relief.
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SERVICE ON HOUSTON
Boot: " May I have a suit of blues?"
Steve Sivak: " How do you want it- too
large or too smalll?"
And when she's underway,
Even the Golden Grainers
Will talk of the good ship HOUSTON
While think of their folks, far away.
A Golden Grainer.
( No. 3 Fireroom Thoughts.)
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The HOUSTON is a grand old ship
For sailors far from home.
Just like B part of one's own self
Wherever he may roam.
( 1) What and where are the ' roaring
( 2) Which of the two great canals,
namely the Panama and the Suez,
took the longest to construct?
( 3) Name the different corps and
their precedence in rank in the Navy.
( 4) What is meant by ' manning
( 5) What State of the Union was
the only one to have its own Navy?
( 6) How and when was the ' Star
Spangled Banner' officially approved
as the National Anthem of the United
'( 7) What is the distinction made
between: colors, a standard, and an
One often wonders and asks
( Just why the Navy is 80 grand.'
Ask any old salt and he'll say
' U's ships like HOUSTIN in Long Beach
Maje tically she plows the foam,
While sea'!" ull. in her wake,
Their heads in silent wonder shake
At the monstrous thing aHoat.
Four years ago this month the
Houston's keen bow first cut the swift
muddy waters of the Yangtze Kiang
and Whangpoo rivers, visiting Nanking,
the capitol of China, then returning
to Woosung and thence 15 miles
up the Whangpoo to Shanghai for the
first time. Many are the humorous
incidents recalled, that beset the uninitiated
in the ways of the wily 01' ental.
With the new flagsghip's. arrival
the honors and ceremonies were
many and colorful with the ranking
officers of all representative nations
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17 April, 1935.
W. B. Woodson,
Captain, U. S. Navy.
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i no law governing
rangement of the stars in the
Long Beach, Calif.
17 April, 1935.
Memorandum for All Hands:
1. The Captain desires to express
his thanks and appreciation for the
fine performance and for the fine appearance
that the CI'ew and ship put
up at th Annual Dilitary Inspection
on Monday last. He has inspected
many hips in his time nd has never
seen a crew or ship that looked better
than this ship did last Monday. The
Division Commander and Commander
Cruisers Scouting Force, Rear Admiral
Hart, ~ xpre sed to the Captain
his satisfaction with the Inspection.
2. As regards' to the Damage Control
Practice on Tuesday many minor
and some major defects were found
in the setting of Conditions Baker and
Affirm. The Captain realizes, of
course, that thit was our first Damage
Control Practice and that all hands
were more or less inexperienced in
the matter. The defects found brought
out one outstanding feature, namely
a lack of thoroughness and careful
inspection when setting Conditions
Baker and Affirm. This defect can
earily be corrected by the concenteated
effort of all hands an 1 the Captain
belives that when the next Damage
Control Practice is held a much better
performance will be attained.
A weekly publication, published by the
ship's company of the U. S. S. HOUSTON
Captain W. B. Woodson, U. S. N., Commanding
and Commander F. D. Manock, U. S. N.,
E ecutive Officer.
Lt. ( jg) J. B. Berkley, Editor.
Ensign C. J. Mackenzie, Ass't. Editor
R. W. O'Brien, BMlc Jack Holt, Sic.
-: PRINTER :-
T. B. Razlaff, Sealc.