THE BLUE BO NET U. S. S. HOUSTON
THE CHRISTMAS PARTY
After several weeks of preparation
the HOUSrON'S Christmas Party
was held as reI' schedule. Judging
by the appre~ iation with wh~ ch our
efforts were received the party was
a huge success.
Nearly 90 children, including 30
from needy families, together with
forty mothers, were l;; uests of the ship.
The childlen were met at the dock at
11 ~ o A. M. and welcomed aboard ship
at 11 : 15. The children were divided
into groups of 4 to 6 and a group assigned
to each division. The children
then went below decks where they
were entertained at the Division
Christmas trees, made friends with
their escorts and were given presents.
Then a fine turkey dinner with all the
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NEW BATTLESHIP COMMANDER
On Saturday, 2 January 1937 at
0930 Rear Admiral E. C. Kalbfus:
U. S. N. will relieve Vice Admiral
Clarence S. Kempff, U. S. N. as Commander
Battleships, Battle Force. The
ceremony will be performed on board
the U. S. S. We, s. t 1V_. irginia.
HOU~. TON OFFICERS GO UP FOR
A selection board has been ordered
to convene about 11 January for the
purpose of selecting a limited number
of Commanders from those Lieutenant
Commanders who are senior to Signal
Number 1470. Mr Vytlacil, Mr. Inglis,
Mr. Keating, and Mr. Clifford are in
Long Beach, Calif., 26 December, 1936
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Secretary Swanson extends to the
entire Naval Service his sincere good
wishes for a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year and takes the occasion
to commend the Service as a
whole for DUTY WELL DONE.
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HOUSTON OFFICERS TO TAKE
During the period of 1 March to 17
April a number of Houston Commander
Scouting Force's Staff officers
will take their professional examinations
for promotion to the next
senior rank. These Officers are: Lieut.
R. B. Vanzant, Lt. ( jg) G. L. Huff,
Ensigns E. C. Long, E. R. Nelson Jr.,
H. F. Kuehl, A. C. House, I. S. Presler
and C. J. Ma.. c. k. e.. n. zie.
During the afternoon of 4 January
the Houston, Pensacola, and Northampton
will hold a Radio Direction
Tracking Exerci. s1e1 a.. t sea.
Monday, 28 December at 1000 Rear
Admiral H. Sadler, U. S. N. will relieve
Rear Admiral C. P. Snyder,
U. S. N. as Commander Cruiser Division
Six, Scouting Force. The ceremony
will be performed aboard the
Mineapolis, the Admiral's new flagship
which recently returned from
Pearl Harbor Navy Yard where she
O'BRIEN LEAVING SHIP
This coming Monday the " Blue Bonnet"
and the entire Ship's Company
is going to lose a fine friend and
fellow worker. " Obie" 0' Brien has
received orders transferring him to
Guam. No other person has done so
much to keep the Blue Bonnet alive.
When everyone else felt, shucks,
what's the use, it was Obie who
wouldn't give up but pitched in all
the harder and dug up interesting
copy which revived the spirit and
renewed every ones interest. In fact
it was largely through his efforts and
interest that the present " Blue Bonnet"
got its start and it was he who
throughout the greater part of its
existence has done the major portion.
of the work.
Not only in the literary field has
his spirit been felt, but, in every
activity aboard ship. In the six and a
half years that he has been aboard, he
has coached, managed or played on
practically every athletic team on the
ship. Those he actually hasn't worked
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AVIATION CADET ORDERED
Recently word was received that
Aviation Cadet William C. Jakeman,
USNR has been ordered to the Houston
upon completion of his course
of instruction at the Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Florida. It is expected that
he will report for duty during the period
that the Aviation Unit is based
in San Diego for the Fleet Landing
Exercise. The HOUSTON will be one
of the first cruisers to be assigned an