Page 2 THE BLUE BONNET
Houston Has Three
Chick, Hodge, and Harris are now heavy cruiser champions
as a result of their bouts last week in Guantanamo Bay. Two more
meets to go, the semi- finals on 25- 26 March and the finals on 1- 2
April, before this ship should be able to boast of three All- Navy
As the Houston is scheduled to be in the Guantanamo area
during the final two meets every last man aboard will be as close to
the ringside as possible to cheer for our fighters. They are certainly
putting out for us.
U. S. S. ARGONNE
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
11 February 1939.
Thought perhaps a little writeup regarding the Houston's
representatives in the Cruiser Finals would be of much interest to you
so am forwarding the results to you with the hopes that you may find
space in the " Blue Bonnet".
The Houston's All Navy Wrestling Champ, Chick, proved to
the crowds that he could justly be called just that by defeating Miller
from the INDIANAPOLIS in a fast and interesting match by taking
this match via the fall route in the small fraction of time of 2 minutes
and forty five seconds. Miller vainly tried to put Chick down on the mat
but to no avail as the master of his weight easily ended this match
with his skill of the game.
When the mighty " Major" Hodges entered the ring he was
given a mighty cheer by numbers of onlookers who remembered him
from his last bout and it is easy to see that he is a well liked fighter.
His opponent was the highly claimed future champ from the ASTORIA,
none other than Capelli. This bout proved a fast one while it lasted
with Hodge wining by a TKO in the second round.
Hanis showed the crowd what a real fighting heart he has
when he won his bout from Clark of the CHICAGO by a KO in the
fourth round. In the first round Harris had his right eye cut pretty badly
and it looked as though the fight would be given to Clark but Hanis
held that he was all right and proceeded to give Clark a lot of grief
during the rest of the fight. The canvas was used as a resting spot for
Clark three times before the final knockdown which ended the fight.
Immediately after the fight Harris was worked over by the pharmacist's
mates who sewed him up with three stitches. This cut will have
six weeks in which to heal and Harris should be none the worse ° for this
when he enters the ring on April 2nd for the Fleet Finals.
The Officers and Crew of the Houston should be very proud
of these three men and the way they are carrying her name through
the Fleet. Much credit must be given to " Archie" Arsenault for the
thorough way he handles his men. Letters from members of the Houston
to these men would certainly cheer them lots while they are away from
their home, which they sure will be glad to get back to.
Well, hope you don't mind me writing this article and hope
you can use it.
Your old shipmate,
Steve Sivak Jr. SK1c.
President Boards Ship
At Key West
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
ended a journey down the Atlantic
Coast by embarking aboard this vessel
at Key West, Flor~ da, Saturday
afternoon at five ten P. M. The arrival
of the President and his party
marked the start of his fourth cruise
with the Houston.
All hands extend to the President
a sincere welcome and desire that he
shall have a most enjoyable cruise.
To the Chief of Naval Operations
Admiral W. D. Leahy, and to members
of the Presidential party we
wish the same hearty welcome and
happy voyage. Your presence aboard
serves as a high spot in the history
of this vessel.
Saturday's arrivals include:
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Admiral
W. D. Leahy, Rear Admiral
Ross T. McIntire, Colonel E. M. Watson,
Captain D. J. Callaghan, Lieut.
Comdr. Freseman, Chief Pharmacist
G. Fox, Mr. Russel C. Wood, Mr. T. J.
Qualters, Mr. M. F. Reilly, Mr. E. J.
Michel, Mr. C. F. Pattavina, Mr. W.
D. Simmons, Chief Yeoman J. L.
Learson, and Irving McDuffie. Others
who arrived previously are: Lieut.
L. M. LeHardy, Lieut. H. L. Reed,
Lieut. R. J. Fabian, Lieut. M. S.
Holmes, and Chief Boatswain's Mate
W. A. Bartos. ..., ...
New Coach at Academy
Captain Emery E. Larson, U. S. M. C.
newly appointed head football coach
for the Naval Academy, played cen-ter
on the Annapolis team in 1919,
1920 and 1921 ( a I years in whicli- Navy
defeated the Army). From 1922
through 1924, he played on the AllMarine
team at Quantico, Va. In 1925
and 1926 he coached the All- Navy
team in Hawaii. He was line coach
at the University of Hawaii in 1928
and three years later went back to
Parris Island, S. C. to coach the Marines.
In 1934 and 1935 he coached the
USS Pennsylvania teams, which won
two successive fleet championships.
Prior to being ordered to Annapolis
as head coach he was on duty out in
When nature wants an oak she
works on the job a hundred years; if
a squash, a few months are sufficient.