FIRS. T DIVISION ATHLETES
In spite of the fact that all hands
are kept busy with the many division
responsibilities, certain of the
mor8 hardy ones find it necessary to
take up some form of athletics to
keep down the waistline. There is
Acuto, of the anchor detail, who gave
the first enlistment raceboat crews
workouts in Guantanamo Bay last
fall. " Bull" Lawson pulled a good oar
in the first enlistment raceboat. Other
strong- back men were Bail', Burke,
and Baker. Out in China, the division
had a baseball team that won some
unique trophies. In basketball, the
division was well represented by Bail'
Adams, and Davidson. Adams also
plays with the baseball team. Bail'
was coxswain of the first enlistment
crew in the spring races. Folta and
Turner are among the grunt and
groan men. And last but not least,
the First Division sends forth the
challenge to any and all comers to a
good fast game of pinochle ( peanuckle
-- t. tBOXING
The Houston was represented in
two bouts on the amateur card at the
West Side Auditorium on Thursday
night. C. R. ( Peewee) Phillips took
an easy victory over Rodrigues, a
Long Beach protege, in four rounds.
The bout was in the 112 pound class.
If there had been a few more rounds
Peewee would probably have crashed
through with a KO. In the 138 pound
class, P. H. ( Red) Kendricks caught
a hard one in the first round from
Robelo, and although he weathered
the rest of the round, the referee awarded
Robelo a technical KO in the
second. The fight might have been different
had it not been fer that unfortunate
swing in the first round.
THE BLUE BONNET
S. OME PERTINENT FACTS
As related by Weigand, T. C.
The ship went into commission at
3 p. m., June 17th, 1930 at Portsmouth
Navy Yard. Lt. ( jg) Whitson was the
Division Officer and Ens. Allen the
Junior Division Officer of the First
Stransky, BM1c, was the first boatswains
mate of the division. As such,
he stood the first boatswains mate
watch in charge of the starboard
watch. The First Division was the
working division and has been on the
job ever since.
Stransky was relieved after about
two months and Sahlstein, BM2c, ( who
is now retired) took over. Sahlstein
remained boatswains mate for some
three years. During this time Mr.
Whitson had been relieved by Lieut.
Barret and Lieut. Barret was in turn
relieved by Lt. ( jg) O'Donnel.
Sahlstein was relieved by Balint,
BM1c., ( who is now CBM and doing
duty with the floating dry dock in
San Diego) who remained boatswains
mate for some eight or nine months.
Nutson, Cox., took over the duties
for a month or two and was relieved
by McGovern, BM1c, the present incumbent.
During this time, Mr. Leon,
the present signal officer, had the
division for a short time, and then
turned it over to Mr. Allen, the first
Junior Division Officer, Mr. Allen
having become Lieut. ( jg) in the
The present line up consists of McGovern,
as ll). entioned above, Stafford,
BM2c., Snyder, Cox. Clymer is also
coxswain in the division but he is attached
to the C& R division. The leading
seamen on deck are Acuto, Pasko,
and Kleugel. Edens is coxswain of
the first motor launch.
The first turret captain of number
one turret was Shelton, TClc. Weigand,
the present turret captain, was
then a gunner's mate second class.
Heathman was the gunners mate
third class, and Coop the striker.
Shelton turned over to R. Crawford,
CTC. Crawford was the turret captain
when the first " E" on the Houston
was made off Tsingtao, China,
during the gunnery year of 19311932.
The first shot fired for record,
after the test shots, was the Officers
string number one turret in 1931. In
the meantime, Weigand took over the
USS Houston- 4- 20- 35- 800.
NEW ADDITIONS TO THE FLEET
five inch, double duty, rapid fire guns,
for both anti- aircraft and destroyer
repulse work. She made the 4200 mile
run from Norfolk in fourteen days,
including a two day stop at Panama
and yet " we just loafed along" according
to Captain Arthur L. Bristol,
her commanding officer.
The Ranger was accompanied from
the East Coast by the new 10,000
ton cruiser Tuscaloosa, and the new
destroyer Dewey. The Tuscaloosa is
now here in Long Beach, and has
b" oken the flag of Rellr Admiral
Fairfield, and assumed the duties of
Commander Cruiser Division Seven.
The Astoria is the other present member
of CruDivSeven. The cruisers
Minneapolis and New Orleans have
arrived from the East Coast in the
past few days, the former joined
Division Seven and the New Orleans
to become a unit of Division Six.
Expected in the near future is the
Farragut, the Dewey's sister ship.
The Ranger will be joined, in the summer
of 1937, by two even greater
carriers, the 20,000 ton Yorktown and
THE FIRST DIVISION
MAKES ITS BOW
to the bonds of matrimony and only
three of the men have fallen. For the
whole division, that makes a 7.32
percentage of married men. We wonder
if any of the other divisions can
boast as low a percentage.
--* 0*- NORFOLK
under five different flags: British,
Colonial Virginia, State of Virginia,
Confederate States and the U. S.
In addition to being one of the foremost
Navy Yards of the country, it
has for several years turned out all
the requirements of the Navy for
paints, gas engines, metal furniture
turbine blades, and special gases. '
job as turret captain, having made
first class. Coop, the striker, became
gunners mate third class. The present
line- up consists of Weigand, mentioned
above, Scariano, GM2c, Brown,
GM3c, Hodges, senior striker and
Calder, the assistant to the senior