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Long Beach, California, Sept. 7, 1935. Number XXXV
SHORT RANGE BATTLE PRACTICE, SEPT. 10, ' 35.
NEWS OF FORMER SHIPMATES
" Whitey" Harline, former F. Div.
B. M., now BM1c. is on duty at Washington
D. C. Would like to hear from
some of his old shipmates in the crew.
" Blackie'" Boyd, now EM3c, formerly
the HOUSTON'S head barber
is now serving on the modernized
Idaho, is happily married and the
proud papa of two. Sends his regards
to all of his old shipmates.
" Alex" Sheepherder Fraser GM3c.
is diving deeper every day at the
school in Washington, now reaching
200 ft. Says swinging the lead is no
strain there. He says " hello" to all
hands and would like to hear from
some of the crew.
" Joe" Razlaff, our former printer,
now on the outside working for a
newspaper, misses the good ship
HOUSTON and her crew. Says if he
ships over it will be none other than
the HOUSTON for him.
" Woody" Woodworth, formerly TC1c
in No. 2 turret is now Chief, happily
married and still serving on the Minneapolis.
CLIPPE. RITf. ON IS.
Many of the crew will remember our
short stay, July 17, 1934, at this isle.
Many were the remarks concerning
the uselessness of Clipperton, but in
recent press reports it is learned that
France is contemplating the isle's
value as a convenient stop- over point
in a proposed trans- Pecific air route.
OUR SHORT R. A. N.. GE PRACTICE
The HOUSTON is scheduled to fire
Short Range Battle Practice on Tuesday,
September 10. Although Short
Range is considered the most elementary
practice of the year, no other
practice so arouses the interest of the
whole ship's company. Several reasons
can be given for this intense interest.
The reasons usually given are: that
prize money and Navy " E's" are at
stake and that pointers' qualifications
for the year depends upon the outcome
of the practice. It is believed,
however, that the greatest source of
interest in this practice lies in the fact
that it is a test of individual skills.
Granting that · the success of a Short
Range Battle Practice depends upon
the coordinated effort of the entire
ship's company, nevertheless, high
scores in this practice are so tied up
with individual performances in skills
as pointing, training, powder passing,
sightsetting, loading and priming, that
everyone in the avy looks upon this
practice as a good indication of " just
how good are you".
The Officers and men of the HOUSTO
have worked hard and conscientiously
in preparation for this
year's practice. It is hoped that the
ship can turn in a good performance
as a reward. As a final word, before
firing, I would like to remind all
hands that since Short Range Practice
is primarily a test of skill and that
since the worst enemy of any skill is
tenseness, it is good ball for all hands
to keep relaxed, go at the practice in
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RED CROSS and NAVY " RELIEF .....
The following letter has been received
from Cincus and is herewith
quoted for information:
UNITED STATES FLEET
U. S. S. PENNSYLVANIA, Flagship
San Pedro, Cal.
31 August, 1935.
Commander- in- Chief,
United States Fleet.
American Red Cross and
Navy Relief Society;
1. The Commander- in- Chief in
rendering a report to the Fleet of the
contributions made by the vessels during
the calendar year 1934 stated
that it was his intentions to hold a
joint appeal for the American Red
Cross and the Navy Relief Society
during the month of September.
2. The Annual Appeal for the
American Red Cross has been covered
by corre~~ ondence to the individual
ships from the National Headquarters
of that Society. It is particularly
gratifying to the Commander- inChief
that there was a 100% increase
from the Navy for the past year and
the Commander- in- Chief has been
especially requested to convey an ex-
. pression of sincere gratitude to the
personnel of the Fleet from the Chairman
of the American Red Cross.
3. The work of the Navy re-liei
Society is so well known to the
majority of the personnel of the Fleet
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