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Volume IV, Number 23
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Long Beach, California 5 June 1937
ORDERS TO OFFICERS
During our first week's stay in Long
Beach there will be a large turn- over
of officer personnel. The first part of
the week both the Executive Officer
and the Navigator will be detached
after turning over to their reliefs.
Commander Robottom, who for the
past twenty- four months has been our
Executive Officer, will be relieved by
Commander C. A. Bailey. About the
same time the Navigator, Mr. Inglis,
will be relieved by Lt. Comdr. W. E.
Tarbutton. Later in the week Captain
Curry, C. O. of the Houston marine
detachment, will be relieved by Captain
A. V. Gerard. During this same
week Lt. ( jg) A. L. Young, Second
Division Officer and Lt. ( jg) S. P.
Weller, Houston Aviator, will be detached.
Monday, Lieutenant A. A. Ageton
will report for duty. He is scheduled
to become Assistant Gunnery Officer,
filling the vacancy left by the detachment
of Lieutenant Moosebrugger.
The day before our departure from
San Francisco, Boatswain J. B. Bienert
reported for duty. He will relieve
Chief Boatswain G. W. Meyers, who
has been ordered to the Concord for
duty. Mr. Meyers will be detached
Saturday, 12 June.
The first of June Ensign James A.
Johnston, D- V( G) U. S. N. R., reported
aboard for a two week's tour of training
It is with sincere regret that we of
the Houston say adios to these officers
who during the time that they served
aboard were largely responsible for
the Houston gaining the reputation
she justly deserves, as a happy and
efficient ship. To those who are report-
COMMANDER CRUISERS RETURNS
Commander Cruisers, Scouting Force
will transfer his flag to the Chicago
on Monday 7 June. Before being transferred
there will be a change in Flag
Officers. Rear Admiral Fenner will relinquish
his command to Rear Admiral
Taussig. Immediately after
breaking his flag in the Houston, Admiral
Taussig and his staff will transfer
to the Chicago, the regular assigned
flagship of Commander Cruisers,
Scouting Force. The change in command
ceremonies aboard the Houston
will be attended by all the Commanding
Officers of the Cruisers, Scouting
Force, and a number of Flag Officers.
During the two months that the
Flag has been aboard the Houston,
the Admiral and his staff have been
real shipmates and in saying farewell
we all look forward to the day when
we can again serve together. - BATSHIPS WIN PISTOL TROPHY
The Olympic Club Service Pistol
Team Plaque was won by the first
team of the Battleships with a score
of 1261 in a match at Fort Funston
this past Sunday. The combined Scofor
team came in fourth with a score
of 1153. The order of the finish of the
other teams was: Olympic Club 1222,
Battleships' second team 1167, Cruisers
Scofor 1153, Battleships' third
team 1244, Cincinnati 1078, Detroit
922. The winning score in this match
last year was 1202.
ing we offer a sincere welcome and our
cooperation toward making their tour
of duty a pleasant one.
PARTY PLANS COMPLETED
At a final meeting of the committee
for our ship's party to be held on Friday
11 June, plans were completed
for making this an affair worthy of
the officers it is to honor. The Houston
has been fortunate enough to reserve
a large private ballroom at the Biltmore
Hotel for the evening, where a
popular dance orchestra will furnish
the music, and a buffet supper will be
served. Invitations have been printed
which will be distributed by division
representatives early next week.
An effort will be made to give those
persons going on leave upon arrival in
Long Beach invitations before they
leave the ship. It is hoped that the collections
will have been completed by
that time so that Mr. Ball can assemble
all the funds prior to the dance;
the preliminary contributions having
proved very gratifying.
The hour set for the evening of entertainment
is from nine until one.
Arrangements are being made for a
special train to allow those with no
other means of transportation a convenient
r,,~ urn to Long Beach.
Although not definitely settled, it is
hoped to obtain some entertainment
for those who do not care to dance
and such as is obtained will be more
of quality than quantity. All hands
are reminded that wearing of the uniform
is optional and that this is not
to be a formal affair, which however
does not mean a sporting event. In
other words, next Friday is to be an
evening of enjoyment for all and onE'
which we hope Captain Baker and
Commander Robottom will remember
as typically Houston. Let's make it so \