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Volume VI, Number 4. Arriving At Long Beach, Calif. 27 April, 1938.
FAREWELL Hawaii! !
We took our leave of you with mixed
emotions - piquant yearnings for home
as against the memories of a beautiful
paradise. Yet in our mind's eye we
reverie, as we always shall, in the
remembrances of your enchantin~ scenery
and frank hospitality.
Skies that one moment
palled with a limitles~
expanse of indigo, and
in the next poured wat-
W er from towering white
vapor masses. A ~ un
that glowed like molten
metal, then wa~ swal-lowed
by a cloud. This
Anchored in a purple ocean
so clear that you could count
each link in the anchor chain, we saw
far below the cragged fantastic shapes
of coral. In 76 degree fahrenheit sea
water, pastel tinted fish raised effervescent
bubbles as they made sudden
scurries in the depths.
Then remember how the
wind rippled through the cane fields.
How it suddenly picked up and whistled
angrily. Yet through it all there
was another rustle - a restlessness
and quiver of growing things. Verdant,
lush vegetation grew everywhere.
It filled the eye with a solid blob of
green, unbroken and unrelieved to
To those who made the
tours; the Pali, the Blow Hole, the
Upside Down Falls, Haleakala, the
other major attractions; these brought
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Card Of Thanks
AT THE time of the
death of my mother, 11 April, the
Ship's Welfare Committee sent flowers
and a message of condolence to my
home. I wish to thank my shipmates
for their sincere feeling and sympathy
that was shown by them at this time.
E. J. Loyd, SM3c.
Officers Being Detached
T HE following Houston
officers will be detached soon: Ensign
W. Meyers to U. S. S. Flusser about
27 May 1938; Ensign D. F. Quackenbush
to U. S. S. Gridley about 27
May 1938; Commander George A. Alden
( MC) to Norfolk Naval Hospital,
Portsmouth, Va. in July 1938; Lt.
( jg) Paul E. Emrick to Torpedo Squadron
Two ( U. S. S. Lexington) in June
1938; Lieut. D. J. McCallum to duty
with CinC Asiatic Fleet about 13 June
1938; Lieut. Comdr. L. E. Clifford to
duty in office of Naval Inspector of
Machinery, San Francisco, Calif. about
30 April 1938; 2nd Lieut. James C.
Murray to Marine Barracks, Quantico,
Va.; Lieut Comdr. Davis to command
U. S. S. Wasmuth about 30 April;
Lieut. ( jg) A. G. Dibrell to Naval
Aircraft Factory, Philadelphia, Pa. in
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Aloha Oe Hawaii
Hello Long Beach
To Long Beach
So I says to the Officer
of the Watch, " ease her up to thirty
knots, we're headin' for Long Beach."
Seeing that the skipper
was grabbing off forty winks at the
time, this was sure using the old gonk.
" Left full rudder," I yelled.
" Left full rudder,"
~ hriekedback the wheel-
That was the way
we left, easing up to
thirty with the rudder
~ d for the San Pedro
Breakwater. The ocean
boiled and the wind howled as we tore
down the groove for Long Beach.
In less time than you
know we steamed right up to the ancorage,
dropped the mudhooks in a
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Of course, there was a
lot of ruckus raised when we were
swinging clear of the formation ( I
hadn't said nothing to nobody), but
it didn't phase me in the least.
" Interrogatory, interrogatory."
" Do you have a casualty?"
" What are you doing?" " Return to
formation." " Puzzled, please explain".
These were flashed to me as the old
ship started coming away from the
pack. The radio clammered like mad
and they were burning up their search
lights on me. I was pig headed enough
not to even look their way.
This was my day. I knew if they kept
it up I would get darned good and