Page 2 THE BLUE BO NET
4 December 1937
Navy Pay Versus Civilian Pay
Aviation Memorial Trophy
-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
A weekly publication of the ship's company
of the U. S. S. Houston, Captain G. N. Barker,
U. S. N., Commanding and Commander C. A.
Bailey, U. S. N., Executive Officer.
If the admiral's boat refuses to mote,
And the cat spoils your clean quarterdeck
During captain's inspection, don't
show your dejection -
Though your feelings may hurt
Getting low ain't worth while, so force
out a smile,
Take your hat in your hand and go
When you feel rJll the bum, the outlook
An' you're wonderin' what's comin'
When everything's drear, and life loses
And the skipper and first luff are
If this tropical south puts you down in
' Till your shipmates they ain't even
Just don't rock the boat - keep a turn
' round your goat;
It's a great life IF you don't
If you should lose sight of the flagship
On' get lost alone on the ocean,
And you go under hack, just smile,
smile and " come back;"
Don't fume and stir up a commotion.
When we're running around if you
put her aground
By mistaking a star for a beacon;
Why, there's no greater sport than a
general court ~
It's a great life, my son, but don't
When we're darkened at night and
there aren't any lights,
An' you beat it on deck to your station
An' you flatten your face on a stanchion
Remember it's all for the nation.
If you fall down a hatch, Surge will
put on a patch
To bind up your holes and stop
Don't get sore like a pill, for it's part
of the drill _
It's a great life, my boy, but don't
Now you are asking, " How can I
turn banker?" Simple. All you have to
do is to pay yourself the down payment
of $ 150 and put it in the bank
to draw interest while you are paying
yourself the rest of the " easy" payments.
Using a very conservative rate
of interest, 3%, your down payment
increases to $ 156.75, while the rest of
your monthly payments made regularly
to the bank and earning money at
3%, simple, semi- annually increase to
$ 430.09, giving a grand total at the
end of the eighteen month period of
What does this mean? First we can
now buy a car for $ 500 cold cash and
save, according to our first figures,
$ 118 since it would have amounted to
$ 618 on the installment plan. Furthermore,
instead of having only this
amount in the bank there is $ 86.84 additional
which coupled with the $ 118
means a saving of $ 204.84- just because
you decided to become your own
The same principle holds true whether
you anticipate buying a car, radio,
jewelry, or a horseless carriage.
Don't think that we are deprecating
or disparaging borrowing entirely.
The entire business world depends on
borrowing and credit for its very existence,
but why not make your money
" turn to" for you thereby earning
money for what you want or need instead
of allowing it to work for the
Be Your Own Banker
( From Palre 1.)
" I'll tell you how it is," said the
sad looking young man. " I met a
young widow with a grown daughter,
and I married that widow. " Then my
father met our stepdaughter, and married
her. That made my wife the
mother- in- law of her father- in- Iawand
made my stepdaughter my stepmother,
and my father became my
" Then my stepmother, the stepdaughter
of my wife, had a son. That
boy was of course, my brother, because
he was my father's son, but he
was also the son of my wife's stepdaughter
and therefore her grandson.
That made me grandfather to my stepbrother.
And now just who the heck
Before considering entering civilian
life after a worth while cruise in the
navy, it is suggested that you study
the following table. It is a comparison
of pay of two young men, equally capable,
between the ages of 18 and 21.
One is a civilian and the other is a
seaman second class in the navy.
The Rear Admiral William A. Moffett
Memorial Trophy, emblematic of
aircraft operations conducted with a
maximum of safety by battleship and
cruiser- based a v i a t ion units was
awarded to the U. S. S. TEXAS for the
fiscal year of 1937.
Lieutenant G. H. Hesselman, now
commanding the aviation unit of the
U. S. S. ARIZONA, was senior aviator
of the TEXAS for the above period
and was qualified under the award
rules to be the recipient of the trophy
for the U. S. S. TEXAS.
The Chief of Naval Operations congratulated
all units on their high
scores and the excellent administrative
and tactical leadership that was
so evident in this competition. The
HOUSTON aviation unit standing of
twenty- first in the forty units competing
was therefore quite commendable.
Editor, Lieut. ( jlr) E. A. McDona: d, U. S. N.
Assistant Editor: R. C. Ball, Ch. Pay Clerk
Associate Editors: Stefan Sivak, Jr., SK2c
R. B. Thompson, SK3c
Circulation: John Boris, Y3c
Room and board
Haircuts ( 2)
Savingspermonth $ 21.00