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McDonald, E. A., editor; Ball, R. C., assistant editor; Sivak, Stefan Jr., associate editor; Thompson, R. B., associate editor. The Blue Bonnet 1938-03-04 - Page 2. March 4, 1938. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/858/show/855.

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McDonald, E. A., editor; Ball, R. C., assistant editor; Sivak, Stefan Jr., associate editor; Thompson, R. B., associate editor. (March 4, 1938). The Blue Bonnet 1938-03-04 - Page 2. USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/858/show/855

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Title The Blue Bonnet 1938-03-04
Creator (Local)
  • McDonald, E. A., editor
  • Ball, R. C., assistant editor
  • Sivak, Stefan Jr., associate editor
  • Thompson, R. B., associate editor
Contributor (Local)
  • Ridge, W. C., cartoonist
  • Boris, John, circulation
Publisher USS Houston (CA-30), U.S. Navy;
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • Long Beach, California
Date March 4, 1938
Description Volume V, Number 9
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Houston (Cruiser : CA-30)
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Format (IMT)
  • application/pdf
Original Item Location ID 1981-001, Box 12, Folder 1
Original Collection Cruiser Houston Collection
Original Collection URL http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=23
Digital Collection USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript Page 2 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 Comma" der C. A. Bailey, U. S. N., Executive Officer. Editor, Lieut. ( jg) E. A. McDonald, U. S. N. Assistant Editor: R. C. Ball, Ch. Pay Clerk Associate Editors: Stefan Sivak, Jr., SK2c R. B. Thompson, SK3c Cartoonist: W. C. Ridll'e Circulation: John Borla, Y3c 4 March 1938 I WISH TO THANK THE GUNNERY DEPARTMENT FOR THEIR SPLENDID WORK AND COOPERATION SHOWN THIS YEAR. W. J. STROTHER, Jr., Lt. Comdr., U. S. N. The Big- Gunners ( From Pall'e 1.) will recall, perhaps quite vividly, that there was such a thing as a director check; but all during the gunnery year the men of the Battery have been in­dustriously working along towards be­coming a finer and smoother organiza­tion. We had pretty bad training conditions for our first practices - a bit too much of that nice soupy vapor which only the more unkindly critics of Califor­nia call fog - but sometimes the only way we could tell we were near San Pedro was by the smell. Presently we found clear weather and then came the many hour:; of perching on bicy­cle saddles and plow seats in turrets and directors. Telephones clal'! lped to the ears, eyes to the telescopes. If I wasn't a gun­ner, I wouldn't be here. " Stand by. Coming up. Mark! Coming down, mark! Coming down, mark, mark, mark! Boy, thai.' s swell, Billy. Excel­lent. Let's get a couple more." We got ' em. A dozen of ' em. Until late one afternoon, Tolson stretched and rubbed his eyes. " Ten hours up here today," h2 yawned. " Think I'll put in for : fiigh': pay." Finally, we had her all lined up, until the first salvo of the practice; then we had it to do all over again. Nights steaming down the ocean past San Clemente, shooting under the THE BLUE BONNET moon. And days " Whistling" our way through " light haze and variable" ­variable up to a thick fog- looking for that elusive visibility again. Avia­tors flying around the ship " blinkng" at us and squattng at Pyramid Cove until long afte::: dark. Experienced gurmers paid off and new men to be broken in. " We're going to have the same gun crews we had last practice," crowed one of our turret captains. And then we couldn't shoot one week and he had to break in a new gun captain over the week- end. Such is the life of a big- gunner. The Admiral came over to inspect one Tuesday. We sure were some bush­fighters in the snappy coffee brown leggins and belts which the Gunner and Mr.. Long cooked up for. us down in the laundry. And did we really learn how to stow lockers and layout bunks for inspection? We abandoned ship and rescued a man- overboard, and then we went back to our big guns. It's been a pretty strenuous schedule. Sometimes, we woke ourselves up turning in. As one leading seaman asked, " What time tonight is reveille tomorrow?" Now we've fired our last practice of the current year. As dur­ing every gunnery year, some firings have been good, some have been bad, but from everyone of them we've learned something about this interest­ing business of shooting the big guns. The guns crews and the control par­ties have shaken down into a smooth­ly functioning organization. Next year, we'll show ' em something about the way to shoot these cruiser big guns. FAMOUS LAST WORDS: " Now hear this . . . man your stations for a director check MAIN BAT­TEREE!" .... WORDS & DEFINITIONS FIRE: ( One of the many meanings.) To cause to explode, as a mine; dis­charge as a gun; also, to project by discharging from a gun or firearm, to hurl by force a project. A firearm is any portable weapon that from which a shot is discharged by an ex­plosive. CANNON: Is a Latin word canna, which means a tube or reed. A piece of ordnance or artillery; a firearm discharged from a carriage or mount, a gun. Dear Sal: If old Aunt Agatha'd been ' round these parts lately she'd shure felt tha ache in her bones a good twenty- four hours afore tha weather man's indi­cators had even started to twitch, and been able to tEll there was a rough storm headed this way. This rain we been havin' her~ sorta remindsJne 0' tha way water use to poke down outa tha skies back on tha farm. It doesn't rain much out here but when it does it's shure more'n a pesky drizzle. ' Tis mighty funny to some ignorant souls what tha feathered fowl do when it's stormin'. Tha sea birds fly on tha double away from tha briny and a body Clln see them a sittin' down in fields a takin' it easy till there's better air for flyin'. They shure pack a heap 0' reason. Birds are smart but there's cases 0' tha critters bein' fooled just like humans. Tha pelican, a sea fowl with a big beak and a stowage pantry a hangin' from its neck, looks smarl'n old Nelly when she's agin bein' hitch­ed to a plow, but they have their un­lucky days too. Once there was one 0' these birds, a baby hatched from tha shell. His mother, a noticin' an aviator a learnin' _ t< Lfly Qld tha little one toiullo~ ha­plane and do just exactly what it done. " When it turns, you turn. When it lands, you land. You'll be a smart pelican by tha time he has finished his course and you'll make your mother mighty proud 0' tha likes 0' you. So tha little pelican took off with tha young aviator each day. He learn­ed to " s" turn, fly in figure eights, a pointin' his wings at tha stumps just as tha plane done. It learned to chandelle, loop tha loop, fly formation, do barrel rolls, dive down outa tha skies in bombin' attacks, and do a thousand trick:; no other bird afore had even thought of. And he was shure a sight to see, him bein' so ( Continued on pall'e 4.)