Page Two THE BLUE BONNET
-: THE , BLUE BONNET .- KNOWING THE NAVY NAVAL STRATEGY
T. B. Razlaff, Sic
20 October, 1934.
During the past week our 50 caliber
machine gunners of the 5th Division
have been turning to on Range
K. Following instructions and indoctrination,
the entire squad of 12
marines, Lts. Benson, Robinson, Corbin
and Thompson fired at towed
sleeves and rang up the highest score
attained with these guns. In the near
future, we shall have occasion to see
them fired underway. It is no childs
task at the breech end of these guns.
More shoots, and still bigger and better
hits for our machine gunners is
Passengers taken off the stricken
liner TAHITI were taken off the day
after the ship sank. The ship was
disabled near the International Date
Line. After the passengers were removed,
the ship drifted across the
line and sank a day earlier.
Send the BLUE BONNET home.
CARD SHARPS TAKEN BY
U. S. GOB
How an American sailor outwitted
a gang of card sharpers which had
been preying on " gobs" from the
United States cruisers MINNEAPOLIS
and PENSACOLA was revealed
here when London Police took steps
to break up the band.
Operating on trains between Gravesend,
where the warships were anchored,
and London, the crooks, who
posed as prosperous business men
would enter a compartment in which
the sailors were traveling and invite
them to join in a " friendly game."
This particular game had progressed
to the point where the ' gob' had
won $ 259. To the pained surprise of
his hosts, the sailor pocketed his winings
and quit the game. When the
victimized sharpers' protests turned
to threats, the sailor sweetly thanked'
them and remarked:
" I've met your brand of playing in
The sharpers quit the train at the
first stop. "
The clipping below was taken from
from a newspaper and was turneu
over to us fox use. Under London
date line, Oct. 6, 1934.
* * *
In May, 1934, more than 14,500
men applied for enlistment into the
U. S. Navy. Of this number, 1303 were
accepted, or about one of each eleven.
Now that we're older we wish we might
Determine - with school day ease:
How much there is to be cancelled
In our smug philosophies:
Forgetting our pride and the make- believe,
Leaving the truth on the slate,
What would the formula tell us,
Friendship or love or hate?
Activity is the only road to knowledge.-
G. B. Shaw.
* FORM* ULA*
Do you remember the school- day scheme
We used when we were in doubtHer
name and " Yoar name on a slate
Like letters cancelled out?
Mary and William, John and Lenore,
What did the formula state?
We counted the letters, one, two, threeFriendship
or love or hate?
How many of us have a definite
knowledge of our famous old fighting
frigate, the U. S. S. CONSTITUTION?
Here are a few pertinent facts relative
to her combative abilities.
* * *
Before the naval engagement be-tween
the CONSTITUTION and the
GUERRIERE, the British believed
American frigates to possess qualities
inferior to the British. " Old Ironsides"
quickly reversed such opinions.
* * *
The U. S. Frigate CONSTITUTION
had an armament of 55 guns. After
her defeat of the British frigate
GUERRIERE, an officer of the latter
vesel wrote home as folows: " Noone
who has not seen the CONSTITUTION
would believe there could be
such a ship for a frigate, the nearest
ship in the British Navy is the ORlEN,
of 74 guns.
* * *
In her fight with the CONSTITUT-ION,
the GUERRIERE was so badly
injured that she could not be brought
to port. She was therefore set on
fire and destroyed.
* * *
A defeat and capture of the GUER-RIERE
by the CONSTITUTION was
an excellent achievement by Captain
Isaac Hull which probably saved him
from considerable embarrassment, for
he had taken his ship to sea without
authority or orders.
R. E. Botterell, Sle
Jack Holt, SIc
This past week has seen a few more
of our shipmates leave, transferred
to other duties. Our able " jimy- Iegs",
George Hartman, CTM, was transfered
to the RICHMO D and Terrio,
CBM has taken over the job of Chief
Police Petty Officer.
* * * PEP TALK
Boost the ship's teams.
Lt. ( jg) J. B. Berkley - Editor.
-: CONTRIBUTORS :-
These smokers in which we have
participated lately have shown us
t'' fo things that should be remedied
as soon as possible. ( 1) We are sadly
lacking in material. ( 2) The material
we have is not as highly trained or
as fit as it should be in order to compete
with other ships of our class.
On a ship of this size there is
bound to be more talent than ha<;
appeared. Those that are new in the
Navy still hide under a cover of false
modesty. Those old timers who know
how, say that they are tOQ busy.
For a solution of this (: ond\ tion, we
must depend on the divisional petty
officers and division officers. "!.' ha division
officers make the rounds and
find this hidden talent but the petty
officers should make it posible for
the men wishing to participate to
profit by every opportunity T, O train
and work out.
Athletics in the fleet are an important
factor in the training of personnel
and building of character. A
man whose mind is clear and fast
enough to successfully compei. a in
these contests, will be a decidedly better
man on a gun crew or in the engineering
spaces. He will be in better
condition, physically, and mentally
alert, will have an advantage over
others in any undertaking.
Let's all turn out and put tIllS zhip
over in EVERY way.
Lt. Og) D. A. Harris
H. L. Brown, EMlc
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