REAR ADMIRAL ST. CLAIR SMITH
COMMAND OF BATTLE
DIVI~. ION THREE
4 · 1'"
Monday afternoon at 1432 Rear Admiral
St. Clair Smith assumed command
of Bat Div Three on board his
flagship, the Idaho. He relieved Admiral
Murfin who will in turn relieve
Admiral Upham as C in C Asiatic.
PO.. S. T... OFFICE
During recent weeks a large number
of the crew have received mail,
stamped, requesting them to inform
correspondents of their correct address.
We must all realize that the
division letter or number is a genuine
neccessity, as much so as the ship's
name. any times members of the
crew have received their morning mail
in the afternoon, due, entirely to the
fact that the mail orderly had to
check many letters with the division
mark omitted. In time to come our
new mail orderly will become more
familiar with the names and corresponding
divisiolW, but we can all
greatly assist ; n quicker distribution
of mail by informing corespondents
of our full adress.
Another little incident, happening
to most of us ocasionally is this: In
mailing an unusually weighty letter,
and who dosn't have one once in awhile,
with all the interesting events,
cruises, and even heart troubles, we
should have said letter or letters
" Weighed, assuring ourselves of im-mediate
San Pedro, Cal., August 17, 1935.
PER. S.. O.. N.. NEL
"' EW " E" DIVISION OFFICER
Saturday, 10 August, Lt. McCallum
reported on board for duty. Lt. McCallum
was assigned to the Engenecring
Department as " E" Division
Officer. He is a member of the Naval
Academy class of ' 24. Before
coming to the HOUSTON, he had
duty in Washington, D. C. with the
Naval Intelligence Service. We Welcome
Mr. McCallum aboard and hope
he has an enjoyable tour of duty.
According to a recent dispatch received
on board, we learn that Lt( jg)
S. P. Weller has been asigned to the
HOUSTON unit of VS- TEN- S for
duty. It is expected that he will re- .
port aboard within the next week.
Thir will fill the HOUSTON'S quota
-- let- UP
Rainey,' G. W. SIc. to RM3c. Congrats
and cigars are in order.
Ourham, B. S., Flc. to Naval Hospital,
Sukow, E. C. SIc to Stenographer's
School, San Diego.
Hicks, C. M., CY. from N. A. S. Pensacola,
03borne, W. H., Yeo. 3., from u.. S.-
Continued on page four
CAPTAIN WOODSON AND FAMILY
SAIL FO.. R... O. RIENT
• Monday morning Captain Woodson
and his family sailed from San Pedro
on the President liner President Johnston"
for the Orient.. Upon arriving
on the Asiatic Station he will become
Chief of Staff on Admiral Murfin's
As the president Johnston stood out
of the channel our old Skipper stood
on the upper deck and waved a last
farwel~ to our aviators returning
from San Diego.
CHANGES IN ATHLETIC COMPETITION
UNITS in THE U. S. FLEE't .......
To offer the benefits of athletics to
the larges possible number of men
for the year 1935- 36, the Commanderin-
Chief of the United States Fleet
has seen fit to change the present
arbitrary and · illogical division of
According to the new schedule, the
Fleet will be divided into the following
of all battleships, Saratoga,
and Lexington. Administered by
Commander Battleships, Battle Force.
HEAVY CRUISER UNIT-Consisting
of all Heavy cruisers,
Vestal, Medusa, Argonne, and Relief.
Administered by Commander Cruisers,
LIGHT CRUISER UNITContinued
on page two