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Volume I, Number 4.
THE RIFLE TEAM
At one time the rifle team seemed
well started on the road to being.
There were a few practices on the
main deck aft with 22' s- both pistol
and rifle. However, the coming Short
Range Practice took up much time
in drill and it was deemed unsafe to
be firing at a small backstop when a
bad miss might end up in a passing
boat. So to state but with that outlook
the nucleus team soon died.
A revival has started and a rifle
range at Southgate is going to be investigated
and used if suitable for
practices. It is but ten miles from
Long Beach and will be easy to reach
as it is on Pacific Avenue.
Twenty- three men have indicated
that they wish to go out for the
team. Six " R" division men, 4 " F"
division, 3 " E", 2 " H" and " V", and
one 4th division man have responded
to the first call.
This is a highly competitive sport
and will afford much interest. There
are intership and interdivision matches
both of which can add credits to
the ship's score. A ship's team must
be composed of members of the crew
and can enter only, one team in
only two intership rifle competitions
for ship credits. The same applies
to interdivision matches, Le., one
team entered in only two rifle competitions
for division credits during
a small- arms firing year. The pistol
team is a separate unit and is governed
by the same rules as the rifle
A rifle team is composed of 8 men.
The fifth division will not take all
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Long Beach. California.
Queer Bird Emerges From Egg
That Sailor Picked Up on
Leave at Cocos Island
SCIENTIST'S ADVICE ASKED
Smithsonian Expert Consults
at Request for Prescription
to Cure Ailing Seabird
Remember the small bird that was
hatched aboard the Houston after
leaving Cocos Island? It used to be
in the electrical shop or aired on the
boat deck in a shoe box full of holes
and filled with cotton and paper. The
small bird had a gray fuzz over its
black sharp pointed bill, small black
beady eyes. Not being a sailor at
heart it died after a brief existence.
It has made the newspaper, the New
York Times. It is " News Fit to Print."
The New York Times will now tell
Although questioned upon many
subjects, Dr. Waldo Schmitt, Smithsonian
Institute Scientist, was baffled
recently when he was asked for advice
on the care and feeding of boob- .
ies, especially boobies hatched in Sea
men's clothes lockers. Dr. Schmitt
accompanied President Roosevelt on
his Paciiic cruise some months ago,
the Washington Post reports.
When the Presidential cruiser Houston
reached Cocos Island, a dot in
the ocean near Costa Rica, a sailor,
Joseph G. Cromer, went ashore with
Dr. Schmitt. The shores of the island
were alive with boobies, Pacific seabirds.
Cromer picked up an egg and
put it into his pocket. When he re-
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22 October, 1938.
FROM THE DECK
By: A Dreamer
When several days at sea are getting
on your nerves there is nothing
that will soothe as a little experience
out of the ordinary, such as this:
Flight quarters at 0730, planes are
warming up, you are getting into
those flying togs, the heavy flying
suit, woolen boots and of course the
helmet made for Naval Aviation. Into
the plane, put on your life jacket,
parachute and fasten your safety
belt. It's a catapult shot, the man
on the bridge holds up his flag. Three
minutes to go. The ship makes a
turn so the catapult will be heading
into the wind. Catapult officer gives
a signal, meaning " wind- her- up".
The pilot gives her the gun, flying
speed! Get straight with your head
against the head- rest so the jar will
not be great. Catapult has been
loaded, men manning her bend over
so the pontoons will clear them.
Away 60 miles per hour from the
start, we're off flying, there is thE'
ship below. What a feeling this
gives one, higher and higher climbing
to gain altitude, there is a job to be
done. Someone has to tow the target
for our gun crews and the boys
are to fire at the target sleeve you've
Over the side you can see the ship
several miles to port on your bow.
Its the firing run, that sleeve is only
a few thousand feet behind. We're
on the range now, the signal was just
two- blocked aboard ship. Ah! Smoke
from the AA's. They've fired, you
glance aft at the target. First,
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