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Mare Is. Navy Yard, Vallejo, Calif. umber XLVIII
SE'OND ANNUAL XMAS
Last ""' csdaV morning Lt. (' 0' 11 " r
Arnold (., ' ld n meecing of , hc sh; r · .;
entertai "': e: lt canl'nittee, in ',' 1C .. v~ · , , room,
t) discuss : li1J P::" 1 .- ' 1') '. r
Childrer ':-; Christmas Part: r.
It is r - PJse 1 to gi-- e a Chr' ' tiro;- ; .
Party 0-' Chris~:: 1as D: lY, ;') 1' : mp'";) ' mately
:) 0 children between the age 3
of six r ': 1 twelve years.
It is l lanned to b:' i! lg thc childre 1
aboard f om Sacremcnto, a sp1endi I
idea, fo' ; L is belicvcd the YOi. ln;.>; stcr.;
in the inlan- I cities have very lit())
opportun i y to enjoy these annu:\ l p,<' tys
. ' hi'h are becomirg tradicional
thrOi. lg; lOi. lt our Naval forces afloat.
T'lC pa. rty will be financed by a fund
cre'lted through contributions from
the ship's company, supplemented as
nc" essary by Ship Service Fu'" Is.
H is hoped that all hands will contril:
Jute fifty cents each in order to
m~ lee this, our second annual party,
just as great a sU'~ cess as our '~ irst.
Thrise of you who were aboard during
la:'" year's party will reme'nb2r
the real happiness and joy brought '( 0
those little children.
Seeing J1Cl11 open thcir p" c,', ents,
enjoying a real Christmas dinner,
happy c: t' I u' 1d full of joy, wia always
bc -. pIcasant memory be~ ausc
of your :' 1t1iviJual effort and generosity.
Under present plans the children
will be tuken to and from the ship by
bus, arriving here about 11 : 00 Christ-mas
morning and remaining for several
Because of mothcr naturc'~ variable
moods in this area, the tree and
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The football season is over
And Christmas is drawing nigh
I've spent all my money for tickets
But there's presents I must buy.
For Mom and Pa and Margie
My gal and her brother Bill
The thought almost drives me crazy
When I look at the list I get III.
ow next year I wiJl save my money
Yes, lock it away in the till
Seems I said that last year, oh how funny,
You know it, ye. s., . lik. e h - I will.
We are to have a Christmas party
for the kiddies again this year.
To those who were not on boar I last
Xmas and wish information; just ask
h) w everyone thouroughly enjoyed
himself, much to the surprise of many
These parties were started by the
U. S. S. NEW YORK at Queenstown,
Ireland, during the war, and were continued
by that ship and copied by
many others each year since.
The children are invited and arrangements
made through some welfare
organiz<~ tio; 1 on the beach. The
youngsters ilsually come on board during
the . forenoon or shortly before din11('
1', and the crew vie with one another
for the chance to entertain the little
guest, at dinner.
After dinner thcy gather around the
Christmas tree, where Santa Claus
distributes presents of clothing and
toys to the boy or girl whose name is
attached. A list of the guests are compiled
early so that presents suitable
to age and sex may be chosen.
There are many in the avy whom
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SEEING THE BAY AREA
As the ship is to be here for several
months everyone is looking around
for things to do and places to go,
make the stay here enjoyable and
In Vallejo or. e might find only the
usual bar rooms and small town entertainment.
The city boasts of 4 theaters
and dance each Saturday nite at
The Budwieser Beer Garden under
the Travelers Hotel on upper Georgia
St. boasts of the only dine and dance
in the city. moderate prices prevail.
Every Thursday nite is wrestling nite
( 40 cents pel' person) at the skating
rink; other nites roller skating ( 35
cents skates pr'ovided) is held there.
The Navy YMCA is quite popular
here with its various activities. They
maintain a housing and information
department that will aid the golden
grainers to settle in a new home.
On the island the best place for an
evenings entertainment may be found
at the Rodman Club. Every other
Wednesday dances are held ( free)
from eight until midnight ( Beer 5
cents), free pool tables.
Ti'ckets for the lady friends may
be procured at the door. Only men
in dress blues are permitted in the
club on these nites. The club helps
maintain the golf course which is
free to enlisted men. The ball field
tennis courts etc are available to all:
The theater and Marine Barracks
canteen post exchange have interest-ing
entertainment for all hands too.
Out of door men will find the bay area
a paradise, hunting, fishing and camping
trips may be made within a reas-
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