-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
A weekly publication, published by the ship's
company of the U. S. S. HOUSTON, Captain
G. E. Baker, U. S. N., Commanding and Commander
P. K. Robottom, U. S. N., Executive
EDITOR, Ensign C. J. Mackenzie
Asst. Editor: R. C. Ball, Ch. Pay Clerk
Associate Editor: . A. D. Hall, MMIe
Distribution: B. M. Meuhlen, Bugler
10 April 1937
* * * NEW TRAINING COURSES
The following new training courses
have recently been received and are
available for issue:
WT and CWT
SC2c and SClc
The courses necessary for advancement
to all those ratings and for
which courses are printed by the
Bureau of Navigation are now available
for issue with the following exceptions:
S 0 m e 0 b sol e t e quartermaster
courses are in stock and would be very
A to N courses are available for issue
to non- rated men only.
Training courses issued to men in
training for a higher rating, or otherwise,
do not become the property of
the men after his course is completed.
Funds for printing these courses are
limited and the Bureau of Navigation
desires to use the courses in training
at least 3 men before they are
worn out. When a man has completed
his progress assignments and is
ready to take the final examination on
his course he should return the course
( text) to his division officer.
Commander Cruisers, S c 0 uti n g
Force, requires a report each quarter
of the number of men who have completed
a training course for the next
higher rating and the number who
have not. It is probable that during
the next year there will be more vacancies
in ratings than there are
qualified men to fill them. Our percentage
of men who have completed
courses for the next higher rating is
THE BLUE BONNET
COMPA Y 7- 1928
Were you a member of Company 7
that went through the Great Lakes
Training Station in 1928? If you are
or know someone who was, just lend
us an ear.
Mrs. Emilie Reidy, 0 f Bowling
Green, Missouri, mother of K. E.
Reidy, deceased, is desirous of obtaining
the use of a picture of the
company and has asked the assistance
of the Commanding Officer of the
station. Mrs. Reidy would like to borI'OW
the picture in order that she
might have a copy made or forward
the costs for the developoing of the
copy or buy a picture. If you have a
picture or know where there is one
you would be doing a favor by contacting
the station Commanding Officer.
Headlock: " How about fixing that
leaky jo pot?"
Messcook: " I can't. It's full of jamoke."
Headlock: " Fix it when it's empty."
Messcook: " What for? It doesn't leak
then." .11 ..
THE BOATSWAI ' S MATE
I think there's nothing quite so great,
Or noble as a boatswain's mate.
A boatswain's mate with hairy chest,
Who gives the rubber socks no rest.
Upon whose forearm is tattooed,
A dancing woman- in the nude.
A boatswain's mate who yells all day,
For someone up on deck to lay.
Or toots his little pipe and booms,
In basso, " Sweepers starcher brooms."
And bellows out, " Now there will
In talk that sounds like Argentino.
Any fool can make a rate-
But only God can make Boatswain's
- Reina Mercedes Galleon.
not as high as it should be. Weare
inclined to wait to see if there is
going to be a vacancy in our next
rating before starting to study for it.
Division officers and leading petty
officers in each divisilon are willing to
help any man who desires help in his
All men are urged to complete or
enroll in the course for the next higher
rating as soon as they can do so. The
forthcoming cruise will be an excellent
time to complete it.
SHIPS OF FLEET TO CONTRIBUTE
TO RADIO INSTALLATION
During the past winter the RELIEF
has been installing a hospital radio
broadcast system similar to that in
all large hospitals.
The RELIEF has already defrayed
more than 60 percent of the expense
of this equipment. It is estimated that
an additional sum of about $ 1,700 is
required to bring this project to completion.
Since this installation is for welfare
of patients of the RELIEF who
come from the fleet and since there is
no provision for allocation of this
fund, each ship has been asked to
contribute from its welfare fund. Each
cruiser is expected to contribute
thirty- five dollar. s......
SCOUTING FORCE IN GOOD
According to the " Medical Bulletin"
for the month of February, the
general hygenic and health condition
of the Scouting Force during the
month was satisfactory. During this
period seven deaths were reported.
However six of these deaths were due
to the gun explosion on the WYOMING.
Of the grand total average compliment
of 17,196 there were only
2,242 sick days. This is considered
quite good for this time of year when
flu is so prevalent.
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HOSPITAL CORPSMEN SCHOOL
The quota according to the 27 March
issue of " Bureau of Navigation Bulletin,"
for the Hospital Corpsmen
School, San Diego, Calif., is increased
from 20 to 30 each month.
Non- rated men on board vessels of
the fleet may apply for this school
and such requests will be given consideration.
The various postmasters have been
directed to forward all mail for personnel
of the fleet according to the
To April 16- San Pedro and San
To May 20- Honolulu, T. H.
To June 3- San Francisco, Calif.
From June 3 until further instructed
to San Pedro and San Diego.