VoL II San Pedro, CaliL, 1 June, 1935 Number XXI
H, R, and S DIVISION ISSUE
ALOHA SHIPMATES ASSISTANT SECRETARY DEPARTS
THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE
San Pedro, California,
31 May. 1935.
From: Assistant Secretary of the Navy,
To Commander Cruisers, Scouting Force.
Subject: Appreciation, U. S. S. HOUSTON.
1. It is with much pleasure that I express
to you my. admiration for the seamanlike
manner in which Captain W. B. Woodson,
U. S. N., Commanding U. S. S. HOUSTON, has
handled his responsibilities during my passage
to and from Honolulu, on an official inspection
of naval activities in the Territory
2. At Captain Woodson's invitation, I had
the privilege of inspecting his ship's conplement
and, also, of accompanying him through
the ship. The' professional competence of
officers and men and their splendid spirit,
are strikingly evident, in the manner in
which they bear themselves, and in the excellence
of their evolutions, an 1n the admirable
condition of the ship itself.
3. During my stay aboar<\. with my party,
no effort was spared by the ship's company
generally, to render everything pleasant for
me. I shall look back with keen appreciation
to my days aboard the HOUSTON, and I
shall remember Captain Woodson, his officers,
seamen, and marines, with affectionate regard.
4. As Assistant Secretary of the Navy, I
consider that I was very fortunate in having
an opportunity to observe the performance
of one of the heavy cruisers under sea conditions--
and I would be less that just if I failed
to place upon my record my very high opinion
of Captain Woodson's professional attainments,
as reflected in the character of his ship.
H. L. ROOSEVELT
Yesterday, Col. H. L. Roosevelt departed on . the last leg of his intensive
tour of inspection. We were sorry to see him go because we enjoyed his company
but we are glad he has completed a strenous undertaking and returns
for a well earned rest. Our good wishes are with him and his party whom we
are proud of calling " shipmates."
Two letters written by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy are quoted
below, let. them speak for him: THE
ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE
Have you noticed the new " Blue
Bonnet Contributions" box in the
recreation compartment? A fine
piece of work by our R Division,
Shaw, CM1c. Now let's see the
insides stuffed every week.
Very sincerely yours,
( signed) H. L. Roosevelt.
USS HOUSTON, At Sea, 30 May, 1935
Captain W. B. Woodson, USN,
Commanding, USS HOUSTON.
My dear Captain Woodson:
I am at loss to find words with which
to express adequately my deep appreciation
for the kind feelings expres. ed in your letter
to me of this date.
I wish to take this occasion to thank
you, and through you~ the officers and crew
of your most excellent ship, for the kindness
and consideration shown to my party and myself
since we have been aboard the Houston.
I wish particularly to emphasize my deep
appreciation for the care and consideration
shown me personally during my illness in
Honolulu. The doctors recommended Quiet
~ nd rest a, s an essential for recovery. I know
of no place ashore where such complete quiet
could have been had, and this was only attainable
through the kindly consideration of
the officers and men.
I again want to thank you and all hands,
and to wish you all happiness and success in
Continued on page four
The time for losing old shipmates
and getting the new has arrived. To
those leaving us this weekend; we
say farewell. We wish to Lt. ( jg) W.
T. Hines a happy cruise in the land of
hula- hula; to Lt. ( jg) H. M. Heming
a happy home with his bride at New
London; to Lt. F. B. Miller a bright
bunch of students at Pensacola, and
to Ensigns S. Jurika and H. L. Leon
happy landings in that land of hard
boiled aviators- Pensacola. Good luck,
but drop in again.
--* 0*- "
Few men have ever stopped to think
what the significance of that expression
means in relation to the daily
ration; or to the years of experiment
spent to bring this-- our daily
bread- up to its present high standard.
In his article, " The Evoluiion of
the Navy Ration", appearing in the
December, 1934 edition of the United
States Naval Institute Proceedings;
Lieut- Comdr.. J. H. Skillman,
( SC) USN, gives an' excellent histor-.
ical account of our present ration.
Space does not permit the entire
article to be reprinted therefore the
writer will attempt a brief resume.
" and there shall also be allow-ed
one- half pint of distilled spirits
per day, or in lieu thereof, one quart
of beer per day to each ration "
( Act of March 27, 1794.)
" Although at that time there may
have been some opinion to the con-