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Volume VI, Number 8.
And E. R. Mahlman, C. B. M.
WE WERE attacked
presumably by nine planes. A flight
of three heavy bombers came over and
let go a load in flat bombing and one
of them was a direct hit which got me,
also Skipper Hughes who was on the
bridge. There was a terrific concussion-
it seemed as though the ship
had been torn to pieces- and we were
hurled from one side of the compartment--
the ship's office- to the other.
Mterwards I found myself all tangled
up with the steel office furniture, filing
cabinets, desks, etc.; also that I
had acquired a fractured left leg- a
bad one, too.
Paxton and Webber, the
yeoman, were unhurt. The Yangtze
was pouring in through the warped
plates and port holes that had been
blown out. With Paxton and Webber
pushing at my midsection and me
struggling hand over hand, they were
able to get me up the small ladder
that led to the quarterdeck. I was
crippled, flattened out; one " Swede"
Mahlman, Chief Boatswain Mate, the
kind of hero one sees on the silver
screen, put me in a life jacket, and
then put his all into the fight. If
ever a man deserved a medal of honor
for coolness and bravery under fire
it is Mahlman, but I suppose his deeds
will go unsung. He practically took
command of the ship because the
captain, the executive officer, and the
engineering officer were all wounded.
There was an ensign left ...., he had
been the communication officer and he
was a very young lad. Mahlman was
all over the ship, one minute manning
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San Pedro, California
T HE conditions in the
ocean surf are entirely different from
those encountered in a body of still
water such as a bay, a lake, a plunge,
or even a river. There are powerful
opposing forces continually at play,
treacherous currents, dangerous rips,
strong tides. One day, the ocean may
be calm, the next day, or even a few
hours later, it may become very rough
At one place, there may
be a smooth level floor, ten yards to
either side, a deep hole with a bad rip
runing through it. Some days, one
guard may successfully handle a thousand
persons, then other days, many
guards have great difficulty with just
a few swimmers.
Most of the trouble at
the local beaches is caused by riptides.
There are a few scattered cases of
cramps, non- swimmers, persons being
under the influence of liguor, etc., but
it is safe to state that 90% of the
trouble is attributable to rips. Of
course, at times, the surf is so rough
that it is dangerous to enter the water
at all, but it is usually safe during the
summer season. If a person is forewarned
about rip tides and is careful
to avoid them, he should encounter
very little danger.
A person can be an expert
swimmer in still water, yet be
practically helpless in the surf. The
greatest trouble is caused by persons
who enter a rip from the side. There
is nearly always a parallel drag.
At times this is so strong
that a person is unable to remain in
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28 May, 1938
T HE Houston's Baseball
team seems to be hitting · it off
for the start of a swell season. With
three games in the last week, the
players are putting their best in for
the Houston and a championship team.
Under the able coaching of Worthington,
Shipfitter 1st Class, the team
is doing its best, and pretty good it
is too, for the honor of the Houston.
baseball on the defense,
Nine easily outslugged
the Chester team to win decisively
15 to 7.
Leading the attack for
the Rambler Ship was Wright, who
had 3 hits, a walk, and was given
first after being hit by a pitched ball,
for a perfect day at bat. Chmura,
drew 4 walks in 5 times at bat.
Felix, Houston representative
of Postmaster General Farley,
allowed the Chester only 9 hits. Due
to errors by members of both teams,
the game was slow, consuming nearly
3 hours of playing time.
Allowing but six
hits, in his first start
of the ScoFor Group
' B' Baseball battle,
" Sinker" Shaw set
down the Indianapolis
Nine last Thursday to the tune
of 4 - 2. The victory marked the second
straight win over ScoFor opponents
for the Houston team.