CITY OF HOUSTON
munication and regular airmail schedules
The City Recreational Department
conducts various parks throughout the
city. Of these Herman Park includes
an 18 hole municipal golf course,
zoological gardens, and a museum of
natural history. Fresh and salt water
fishing are withing easy range. Bay
shore resorts within short distance
afford all forms of aquatic sports and
summer diversions. Other interesting
points of interest are:-
San Jacinto Battlegrounds.
Museum of Fine Arts.
Houston is the headquarters for
five major oil corporations. New
fields are continually being developed
and from all present indications the
oil industry will be fully as active
25 years from now as it is today.
This area is regarded as the nation's
great reserve for future supply. Nine
refineries located on the ship channel
have an aggregate capacity of 200,00
barrels per day. Salt domes in the
area offer unusual fields for future
developement. The supply of natural
gas incident to oil production is unlimited
and is piped to the Middle
MARINES ASK CREDIT
the Navy as ship's activities, we have
done more than our share to bring
the ship into the lime. With the exception
of O'Brien and Aufdenspring,
the Marines furnished the first string
of one of the best basket ball teams
on the Asiatic Station, and in interdivisional
activities have always won
the baseball competitive series. The
only track or general field meet ever
held on this ship, was in Norfolk
Navy Yard, during the first few weeks
of the ship's commissioned status,
was won by the Marines who gained
approximately 74 percent of the total
points. This should cover the case
Well done Ma. r. i. n. e.. s. but keep it up.
lowe all my success in life to having
always been a quarter of an hour
before- hand - Lo.. r. d... N. elson.
Master- at- arms: :' Y'up?"
Recruit: " Yup."
THE BLUE BONNET
Let's " get the jump" on our opponents
by organizing the basketball
team early this season. An early
start means mid- season form when
the whistle blows for the first official
game. By having a team that clicks
from the beginning of the season we
can have a big advantage. Ensign
Williams is the coach.
Let's start now by all candidates
turning in their names to O'Brien,
BM1c. We may be able to arrange
for a pre- season work out in Houston.
The following athletic competitions
will be held by the Scouting Force
during the remainder of the year
Type baseball championships. Oct.
1- 22 inclu., ships present Guantanamo.
Pulling races. Guantanamo Bay on
20 October. Ships present Guantanamo.
We should all prepare for these
events as, according to schedule, the
HOUSTON is included in each of the
" STOKERS NOTES"
This week saw some changes in
offic'er personnel in the Engineers
Force. Lt. MeGlynn went to the " V"
Division, Lt. Pollock from " E" Division
to Senior Assistant Engineer.
Ensign Long to " E" Division, and
Ensign Williams went up in the
Captains Office to relieve Ensign McLeod
as Ship's Secretary. We wish
them a speedy cruise on their new
And lest we forget, the Engineering
Score is still right up there at
120.5. Lets keep. iItI. there.
The U. S. Navy maintains the largest
radio chain in the world. With
its 400 stations ashore and afloat, it
outstrips all broadcast and commercial
" Hot papas" is the name given to
a man on a plane carrier who stands
prepared to rush into the flame of
a burning plane and rescue the pilot
and other occupants of the plane when
casualties occur. The " hot papa" is
clothed in asbestos from head to foot
and provided with special fire extinguishing
Send the BLUE BONNET home.
USS Houston- 9- 22- 34- 800.
During our recent short stay in
Norfolk, we assembled our spare
plane, and transferred same to the
U. S. S. TENNESSEE. In return we
received one from the N. A. S., Norfolk,
to b~ used as a fleet spare.
This all took place in one day, so the
gang really produced.
Speaking of planes, reminds me
that during one day of the recent
maneuvers, our ship looked like a
young aircraft carrier. We had on
board a total of 7 planes, all of
different makes, colors and descriptive
markings. Although operations were
hampered by the fact that it was
necessary to change launching car
saddles on the catapults several times
in order to accomodate the different
types of planes, we made out remarkable
well, and in a pinch, could
have taken care of another plane.
The " Working Division" labored
mightly during the Tactical Exercises
and brought forth one small flight.
After holding reville at 0400 every
morning for three days, we finally
catapulted two planes on Tuesday
afternoon. The Scouting Section led
by Lt. Felt, went out to locate the
opposing forces. This mission was a
success, and it was with a feeling of
pride we hoisted the planes aboard
upon completion of the afternoons
work. However after careful consideration
of all that transpired later,
it appears there was no real necessity
to launch the planes, as it seems that
the ship had little trouble in locating
the enemy forces. In fact they located
them too well, much to the regret
of the pride of Texas.
The high spot of the maneuvers,
was when we bagged our first
" prisoners." The unfortunate parties
were, Lt. D. P. Johnson, Pilot and Lt.
( jg)., P. Gavilio, Obs., who in an
03U- 3 plane from the CALIFORNIA,
found us as their plane was fast
running out of gas in a heavy squall.
The plane was slightly damaged while
coming along side, but our able
Mech's soon took care of that, and in
the late afternoon, with a full load of
gas, and accurate bearings, they
spread their wings and took off for
Our favorite prisoner was an
aviator we found flying around in a
rubber boat off the coast of Mexico,
having lost his plane in a dive. No