NEW GUNNERY OFFICER
This past Wednesday, Lt. Comdr.
W. S. Strother, Jr., reported for duty
as Gunnery Officer to relieve Lt.
Comdr. R. E. Keating.
Prior to coming to the HOUSTON
Mr. Strother was assistant Gunnery
Ou. cer of the QUINCY for about one
year and a half. He was on that ship
during the time that she went to
Spain and stood by during the early
iitages of the Spanish Revolution.
During this period there were several
times it looked like the QUINCY
would have an opportunity to try her
new guns out on real targets. From
' 26 to ' 28 Mr. Strother was turret
officer on the TEXAS. Weare indeed
fortunate in getting a Gunnery Officer
who has just completed a tour
of duty in gunnery and will be able
to carryon the splendid record set
by his predecessor, Mr. Keating. We
take pleasure in welcoming him aboard
and wish him the best of luck
in his new assignment.
This coming Saturday, 10 April, Mr.
Keating will, upon being relieved re-
. port to Commander Battleships, Battle
Force, Vice Admiral E. C. Kalbfus
for duty on his staff and as Aide and
During the past two years that Mr.
Keating has been on the HOUSTON
he has done much to bring the HOUSTON
up to its present high standing
in gunnery. He will be remembered
not only as an excellent officer;
but, for the intense interest he took
in the ship and for pleasant words he
had for everyone. We wish him all
that's good in the future.
Long Beach, Calif., 10 April 1937
Last week this publication put out
a feeler to determine how many of
the crew were in favor of a ship's
dance before the cruise. The first part
of this week the various divisions were
cavassed to determine the exact number
of men that were desirous of having
a party. Some one hundred and
fourteen men answered in the afirmative
to this question. To have a successful
party this was not a large
It has therefore been decided to
let the matter ride until our return
from the cruise. By then the Ship
Service Fund will be in such a shape
that the expense of the party can
probably be defrayed from this source.
Everyone can rest assured that when
the " Rambler Ship" does g i v e a
party it will be one worthy of any
organi~ ation. ......
Plans are well underway for the
smoker to be held before the commencement
of the main phase of the
war games while the HOUSTON is at
anchor in Lahaina Roads. From all
indications it should be the most ambitious
affair ever offered for the
entertainment of crew and officers.
A tentative date of 1 May, has been
set for this evening of furi. Every sort
of amusement possible is to be offered
in a manner that is quite unique. Besides
musical numbers and soloists,
there will be ir. cluded skits, exhibition
wrestling, a song fest, and if possible
a free- to- all- comers rope climbing
contest with nrizes for winners.
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ORDERS TO OFFICERS
During the past few weeks a number
of officers have received orders to
or from the HOUSTON, or have had
their orders modified. Lieutenant ( jg)
Paul Foley, Jr., has been ordered de- ..;
tached from VB Squadron IF, prior to
the HOUSTON'S departure fro m
Pearl Harbor, T. H., and ordered to
this ship for duty with VS Squadron
Lieutenant Charles B. Beasley has
been ordered detached from the Ninth
Naval District and ordered to the
HOUSTON for duty. Mr. Beasley will
leport about the first of June.
Lt. Comdr. James J. McGlynn, Communication
Officer, has been ordered,
on or about 1 June, detached from
the HOUSTON and ordered to report
to the Commandant, First Naval District,
for duty at the navy yard. Prior
to reporting, Mr. McGlynn has been
granted thirty days leave.
Lt. ( jg) F. M. Peters, Jr., orders originally
ordering him to be detached
and to report to CHAUMONT for
duty in Mayor June have been modified
so that he will be detached in
July or August.
Lt. ( jg) Davis' orders have also
been modified. He will be detached
and ordered to the ARCTIC prior to
the beginning of the cruise.
Chief Radio Electrician Denton has
been ordered to Coco Solo for duty. He
will be detached about 1 June when
he will proceed to his new station via
the Dollar liner " President Wilson"
sailing from Wilmington 12 July.
Captain Archie V. Gerard, U. S. M. C.,
has been ordered to report to the
HOUSTON about 14 June as CommandinO'
Officer, Marine Detachment.
Captain" (' eraI'd now has duty with
the First Marine Brigade, FMF,