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Long Beach, Calif., 2 January, 1937 umber I
Along with the crew the Blue Bonnet
wishes our new shipmates a
pleasant cruise aboard the good ship
HOUSTON. The draft came from
the Transport Henderson and was
composed of the followin men:
Meadows, E. A. Kelly, R.
Meadows, G. F. McNakin, J. T.
Mehlhorn, R. E. McNiel, J. R.
Michaud, A. V. Meers, J. B.
Mimms, D. T. Jr. Merce, A. F.
Montgomery, E. E. Miller, T. E.
Morris, R. Miller, T. G.
Mull, J. D. Moore, C. H.
McNutly, T. S. Mott, R. C.
Meadows, E. L. Pergal, R. A.
A more seasoned and saltier sailor
was also recieved in the person of
Gail R. Wilcox, Mus. 2nd. from the
U. S. S. Oklahoma. .., . .,
For the last two weeks the " grunt
and groaners" have been taking a
much earned vacation. Having taken
on the Chicago, and then the Pensacola-
Northampton winners, with 50
per cent of our originals still in the
running we can be well proud of what
our team is doing.
The four remaining grapplers in
the tourney are now due to train for
the impending meet with the U. S. S.
Indianapolis. These men are Chick126
pounds, Arthur- 155 pounds, Folta-
165 pounds, and Fordemwalt- 175
pounds. As seen by their records
these men must have something on
the ball so let's get behind them and
give them all the support they need
to uphold the honor of the good 01'
U. S. S. HOUST. O. N...
Have you written home this week?
INCOME TAX RETURNS,
Everyone in the Naval Service who
is a Petty Officer First Class or above
and who is not married is required by
law to make the prescribed return. A
report will be made by the Paymaster
who will go by Service records. Those
men who are married but who have
never had that fact entered in their
records should do so at once, otherwise
it may cause them trouble.
Information and forms as to the
correct procedure for making the return
may be obtained in the Pay Office.
Those persons who are married
and whose pay is more that $ 2500.00
a year are also required to make the
This week Col. Ball continues his
narrative of the " HOUSTON" with
an account of the launching ceremonies
and designation of and celebration
of " Cruiser Houston Day."
Launching of USS Houston
A large deligation headed by Mayor
Monteith and the late Judge W. O.
Huggins, the latter acting as special
representative of Governor Dan Moody,
chartered a special train to Washington
to attend the christening of
the Houston, September 7, 1929. At
Washington a steamer was engaged
for the trip down the Potomac to
Governor Harry Flood Byrd of Virginia,
by proclamation, named the
day of launching " Houston Day," and
the Mayor of Newport News declared
The governors of Tennessee and
Virginia attended with their military
staffs, and the assistant secretary of
the navy presided at the ceremony,
with six admirals present. In the
backgroun were five battleships,
eight cruisers and a large number of
The Texas senators and congressmen,
including Houston's representative,
the late Congressman Daniel
Garrett, were in attendance, as were
many senators and members of congress
from other states, and high Naval
Officials. Around 10,000 visitors
were there, including more than 2,000
A bottle of Buffalo Bayou water
as used by Miss Holcombe in cristening
the cruiser Houston. Her maid
f honor, Miss Bute and Miss Williams,
special guests of Houston, were
with her as she broke the bottle over
the prow of the Houston as it glided
down the ways amid the acclaim of
the multitude. ......
Monday A. M. the old routine for
the U. S. S. Houston starts again.
The whole week will be spent on Advanced
Day Battle Practice in preparation
for firing at a later date. We
leave Long Beach on Monday, the 4th
and come back on Friday the 8th, if
all goes well. This week's jaunt begins
a new series of cruiser practices
which will continue through the present
quarter. Surf Landing Parties
at San Clemente will also be featured
within the ensueing two or three
months. .. ...
Let's make the BLUE BONNET
the best paper in the Fleet for 1937!