Greetings from the highseas friends!
Ii the Pacific will be " pacific" for a
few minutes perhaps I can hang on to
this mike long enough to present the
weekly broadcast of fun and fluster,
foible and frolic from the good old
Rambler Ship. If the following ten
minutes of alleged entertainment
seems a bit weak, it's because old
Adam's stomach is in the same condition.
( Too much swinging around the
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Seventh Sideboy : It was about time
for the boat to leave and G. G. Whitey
HalTed had nearly broken his neck,
along with a few speed records, trying
to make it. He dashed topside still
putting the finishing touches to his
uniform, spied several men in dress
blues around the port gangway and
immediately fell in alongside the man
on the end, breathless but triumphant!
Boatswain's Mate, Nelson Coffey, noticed
this surprise addition to the Admiral's
six Seamen Sideboys, but as
he was occupied with unlimbering his
whistle, decided not to interere. The
O. O. D. thought otherwise, for when he
saw an extra among the sideboys,
and he loaded with first class rating
badge and hash marks, quick steps
were taken to correct this near breech
of naval etiquette. The white haired
Machinist's Mate then performed the
swiftest disappearing act on record.
When quesfiotrndll: b- out- this- blunder
he registered utter confusion and refused
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Boot Boast: Podries late of the
A~ iatic Station, was being friendly
wIth one of the lads who had just
reported from the Training Station.
The old- timer queried: " How long ha: e you fellows been in the Navy?"
WIth unmistaka ble pride the recruit
THE BLUE BONNET
answered, " Well, that fellow over
there and I have been in over four
months, and are SEAMEN SECOND
CLASS! but the others are just ordinary
boots... " The ex- China Hand
looked a bit surprised and without a
word walked away.
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Theatre Ticket Trick: Machinist's
Mate " AI" Hall, a young lady and Mr.
and Mrs. William Pratt made up a
httle theatre party. A. D. marched
to the ticket window somewhat pompously
and bought three- just threetickets
for four persons. Imagine his
consternation when Bill asked about
the fourth pasteboard. Adam Adds:
He's getting to be an old man and a
bit childish; perhaps he thought " children"
were being admitted free.
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Incomparable Complacence: The
Gunnery Office Striker, Seaman Pipp,
rushed up on the landing one night,
glanced hurriedly at the launches alongside
floats and smiled with satisfaction
when his anxious eyes saw an
Indianapolis boat about ready to shove
off. What he didn't see was a Houston
liberty boat at the next float! Despite
calls from shipmates in that
launch he calmly swaggered down and
embarked in the other cruiser's motor
sailer. There he stood calmly content
until every man except himself had
clambered up the Indianapolis' gangway.
When the coxswain was asked
about making the Houston, his answer
was complete disappointment for
Pipp. All he could think of was, " I'm
off the Houston, and here I am!" Takinc
pity on the bluejacket's self- inflided
predicament, the O. O. D. sent
him to the ship; but his complacence
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" Whale" is Whaley: The Navy Landing
was the scene of near panic when
the water between the floats was
s lashed sky high and boats were
thrown into ~ oil by the resultmg
high waves. Someone shouted " The~ e
she blows! It's Moby Dick!" But It
was only the Sparktrician Ga~ g's
milkshake kid. He had absent- mmdedly
walked off the float, nearly drowning
before he realized ~ hat ? ad ~ ap-pened.
HI · S version: An mebnate"
didn't like my looks, so he shoved ...
Another EM comments: " Oh yea~,;
Ask ' Squeekie' Campbell about that.
Shipmate Sighted: Chatfield, exHOUSTONITE
now on the BLACK
HAWK, reports little liking for the
Asiatic Station, especially Manila, 1'. 1.
The Seaman confesses a yen to return
to the good old days aboard the " best
ship."... Charlie Furl', one time MMlc,
is a hard working family man now
and is doing fine. In the big money,
he says ...
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Pixalated Pessimist: During the recent
foggy days at anchor, a large
steel triangle, similar to those used
to call loggers to chow, was rigged on
the fantail in lieu of the required fog
gong. One morning " Jughead" Mullane,
CWT extraordinary, heard the
racuous din and believing the worst
is always bound to happen, thot it a
" gas alarm," grabbed a gas mask and
made the topside four steps at a time.
He found " Zip" and his band making
the morning merry with martial airs
and a seaman industriously banging
the temporary fog signal. In his confusion
he donned the mask and relieved
the maestro 0 his baton, proceeded
to clown his way out of an embarrassing
spot. ( Add Note: " Zip"
was flabbergasted too!)
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Terpsichore Teacher Tormented:
The < lulcet strains of " Zip" Ippolitto's
Swingstel'S filled the After Mess Hall
and wafted pleasantly to the ears of
listeners in the " B" Division compartment
beneath. Someone from the starboard
side heard a rhythmic shuffling
of feet and quietly investigated. It
was " Speed" Durant in the role of
instructor putting The Boiler Boy's
Wilson thru the intricate steps of the
newest ballroom craze. The Peeping
Tom called all hands to enjoy this unusual
tableau. After awhile the concealed
spectators found the watching
tiresome so they decided to take
an active part in the fun. When they
came out of hiding and requested the
next dance, the two gigilos were too
flustrated to do more than flush
mightily and beat a hasty retreat.
To bring our program to an end,
Mister Chatterbox presents one who
should be Usttied among the immortals:
J. R. McNeil, Sea2c, gets the
spotlight for being the only man on
the sick list during our last few days
in the beloved Homeport. Bravo, Lad!
. .. Thanks for listening. Next week
will find us on the air frol11 the tropics.
Stand by! Aloha Nui Friends.