NAVAL AIR CADETS
Seattle, Wash., July 13, 1935.
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By: Adam Chatterbox.
The Engineers' have hairy ears,
Their hands are always dirty,
They growl and moan down thru the
But still they keep ' em turning.
After that bit of doggerel there isn't
much reason for going on. No Editor
in his right senses would ever let that
get into print; even Editors have been
known to slip tho, so why not try. The
Black Gang on the Houston is no exception
in the way they are generally
regarded by others outside the Force.
It is, and has always been the concensus
of opinion that, " all they do is
loaf around in dungarees, waiting for
the next meaL" That idea is more or
less well founded, tho far from actuality.
Few men of other branches have
any real conception of the duties
which are the lot of those horny handed
son's of the bilges.
It is a fact tho, as will readily be
conceded by all, that the Engineer's
Force on any man- o- war have a highly
complicated and very important job to
do. Armament may be of the deadliest
but it is of little value unless speed
and maneuverability are also at the
finger tips of the Comanding Officer.
All of that depends on the efficient
handling of the intricate units which
are the parts of a giant plant developing
more than 150,000 horsepower.
From the Chief Engineer down to
the fireman on the fireroom floorplates,
every man is an important cog
in a smooth runing organization. That
smoothness comes only after years of
study and experience, and is the result
of concerted effort on the part of
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HOUSTON WINS WHITE " E"
Last week in this column we were
talking about the white " E" which we
want to win this year of 1935-' 36. . .
On the 11th the HOUSTON received
a dispatch from the Department saying
that in recognization of our standing
in first place in Engineering Performance
for 1934-' 35 had been approved
and authority granted to paint
a white " E" on the after stack
That is something to be proud of!
It was earned and is the mark of canscientious
effol't. No first- time winner
should be content to rest on his
laurels. Because of the nature of the
duty performed by the HOUSTON
during a part of the past year, some
may think this " E" easy pickings;
the next twelve months will tell the
story. If all HANDS want to, we can
keep the big " letter" where it should
have been long ago. That " E" stands
for excellence; and show ' em we can
do it again, no matter what the conditions.
Word has been received from the
Louisville that she will ship us the
" Engineering Trophy" by first available
Friday, 12 July, Ens. Barnes was
transferred to the Omaha for duty. Mr.
Barnes, a graduate of NA Class ' 35,
joined the ship in Long Beach 28 June.
According to dispatches dated 11
and 12 July, Lt- Comdr. W. R. McAdams,
DVR, USNR, and Ens. Harry
B. Jones, IVS, USNR, will be temporarily
assigned to the HOUSTON
during the coming Alaskan cruise.
In a recent legislation permitting
the Navy to select and train aviation
cadets in the Naval Reserve, the requirements
as set down are of much
interest to th~ Naval Service.
An applicant must be a male U. S.
Citizen of not less than 18 or more
than 28 years of age at the time of
appointment: must agree to remain
with the Navy on active duty for
four years, remain llnmarried during
this time, and to maintain · his flying
efficiency after detachment from active
duty by associating himself with
some Naval Reserve flying unit and
taking a commission in the Fleet Reserve.
Those meeting t1} e above general
requirements, and the following educational
preparations are eligible:
( a) Candidates who are graduates of
recognized colleges and universities,
preferably graduates of ROTC units,
certified by the Bureau of Navigation,
and those who have satisfactorily
completed a « 9urse in aeronautical
( b) Candidates who can present
certificates from recognized universities
and colleges showing they possess
mathematical education which as
a minimum shall cover a complete
treatise as set forth in Robinson's
New Higher Arithmetic, Wentworth's
College Algebra, Wentworth's Plane
and Solid Geometry, Plane Trigonometry,
and Millikan and Gale's Practical
Physics; or in other similarly
recognized standard text books of
( c) Candidates who are unable to
qualify under ( a) or ( b) but whose
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