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Volume V, umber 8
IN FLEET FINALS
The crowd of nearly 8,000 who sat
densely packed at navy field in Long
Beach on 21 February 1938, w ere
under a spell of thrilling scenes as
clean- cut spoltsmen matched their
skill and strength for the U. S. Fleet
championships, climaxing a strenuous
six months of rigid training under the
guidance of experts, who maintain
strict rules for those who seek fleet
titles. These men who won belts for
the various eV> lnts, are worthy to be
a member of any ship's company, it
means a great deal of hard work, and
the HOUSTON is rightly proud of
its champion, E. A. Chick.
Bantam- Verrett ( Richmond) earned
close decision over Mescher ( Pensacola)
Feather- Potts ( Tennessee) received
decision from Barry ( Detroit).
Lightweight- G l' i m e s ( California)
mauled out a decision over Howard
Welter- Saxell ( Colorado) was ahead
all the way winning decision from
Trinkle ( Hull) .
Middle- Hipps ( Pensacola) showed
punching ability winning decision
from Isenberg ( Perry).
Light Heavy- Bailey ( Argonne) finishing
like a whirlwind took decision
over Coggins ( Melville).
Heavyweight- Russell ( Borie) experience
gave him decision over Gurlaz
( Mississippi) .
( Continued on page 2.)
Long Beach, California
AMERICAN RED CROSS
Quoted below is a letter received by
the Commanding Officer from the
American Red Cross, High Seas Roll
Call. The HOUSTON'S contribution
amounted to $ 225.73. Thirty dollars
of this was donated by the Ship's Welfare
Fund, the balance being contributed
by the officers and men. All hands
who contributed to this worthy cause
can feel assured that their contributions
will be used for a good purpose.
February 7, 1938
The Commanding Officer,
U. S. S. HOUSTON,
c/ o The Postmaster,
San Pedro, Calif.
My dear sir:
We have recently received through
Admiral Hepburn a contribution from
the officers and men of the U. S. S.
HOUSTON to the 1937- 38 High Seas
Roll Call of the American Red Cross.
May we, at this time, express our
appreciation of the support you have
given to our program and it is hoped
you will convey to all who participated
our very sincel'e gratitude for their
cooperation and assistance in making
the work a success.
Ernest J. Swift
HUMOR - ?
The sick bay wr. s filled with men in
The air was filled with groaning.
The Doctor was filled with wit again,
Good moaning, men, good moaning.
26 February 1938
FURIOUS BOXING IN SIAM
Were a boxing fan of the United
States to attend a fight night in Bankok,
Siam, he would probably get the
shock of his life such as a group of
U. S. S. PITTSBURGH sailors experienced
on a summer's night a few years
The old coal- burner, one of the armored
cruisers famed in song and
story, was on her last diplomatic mission
prior to being " fed to the lions"
of the scrap iron gentry. She was conveying
the Governor General of the
Philippines on a good- will tour of the
East Indies and Bankok was one of
the interesting ports on the long itinerary.
Several sight- seeing parties visited
Bankok and a rollicking time was had
by all. A chosen few, however, had
the privilege of attending the regularly
scheduled weekly box- fights held
in an open air arena on the outskirts
of the exotic capital of the Siamese.
The American Minister, who was an
enthusiast, had been impressed by the
ferocity of the Siamese kind of boxing.
He had already succeeded in getting
the authorities to discard the hand
covering which was white- line tightly
wound about the knuckles. The Simese
fighters reluctantly adopted the American
glove, but that's as far as they'd
go in the matter of softening the
sport. Our diplomatic representative
taking advantage of the presence of
an American cruiser, conceived the
idea of staging a few American bouts
by way of convincing the bloodthirsty
Siames'. l that our system was
( Continued on page 2.)