THE BLUE BONNET
Little Ocko Says-
W. J. Bannen, Bkr3c, who was transferred
several weeks ago, left a final contribution of
the " Little Ock"" column that he long and
faithfully wrote for the Blue Bonnet.
Holding it over while two uspecial issues"
were published should not detract any from
its interest to the many uold- timers"- who
will enjoy reminiscing with " Little Ocko"
about those who have come and gone in the
This will probably be the laFt I
shall write for the Blue Bonnpi and
in a way it is intended as a farewell
to all my shipmates and friend!' ill
the old Rambler.
In this last column let's polish our
memories a bit. It is often well to recall
a few shipmat2s' faces and names,
and in so doing remember Sf ne of
the happy and ple~ sant times we
Let's see; a prayer may be said for
hat good fellow who has gone to his
reward: Adam Hall, MM1c, who did
so much to make this paper a real
organ of contentment among the
Rambler's men, died in an auto accident
in Kentucky about two and Ii half
years ago. He was a credit to his ship
and the Service, well liked and respected
by all who knew him.
In a lighter vein, S. . ( Big Red)
Lewis is now a 1 p. c. machinist's mate
in China; Steve Sivak, SK1c, another
old Blue Bonnet man, is on shore duty
at the Training Station, San Diego,
Cal.; Knecklow, MM2c, is in a pig boat
in China; C. B. Webb, Bkr1c. is at the
Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., as
are Lt. Comdr. R. E. Snedaker, ( SC),
l\ 1cNesby, ACOM, and several other
ex- Ramblers. George Herrick, CWT,
for several years CPO mess caterer,
was at the Naval Hospital, San Diego,
when I last saw him, and Shepard,
CSK, was on duty at the Training
Station. We saw Abbott, C M M,
several times, as he is in the Vestal,
and fat as can be. Shanny O'Neill,
ex- foc's'le lad, left for new construction
about a year ago, and almost
three years ago Dainwood, SIc, left
our second division for Asiatic and is
now in the Augusta. Tom Brown,
Frenchy Godaire, T. C. Ryan and many
others are in new six- inch cruisers,
and happy they seem to be. Shivel,
the little cox'n of the first division is
now bos'n's mate first in the Che tel'.
" Lewie the Looper" Lewis, CBM, and
a grand fellow, is in the New Orleans.
Buck Weaver, CGM, is in the Ten-
More Ab<> ut Tennis Teum
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fightin. · spirit of the Houston team.
For th .1rst time, the matches went
. nto e~ · tra games, and the Rambler
reprc,; entatives defeated the previously
uT. bea'en Memphis club by three
J~: atches to two.
Meyer won from the singles champion
of San Diego, Van Borgen, 6- 2,
Berueffy lost 6- 1, 8- 6.
Moffit won 7- 5, 6- 4.
Raqueteer Moffit just recently took
up the game, but has yet to lose a
match. Congratulations- and keep it
Case and Meyer defeated their opponents
6- 2, 8- 6.
Tufteland and Moffit lost a couple
of bitterly contested sets to the heartbreaking
tune of 7- 5, and 12- 10.
Fifth on the list was the Dobbin
team, defeated three matches to one.
Extra tilts in the singles brackets
made it necessary to cut out one of
nessee. " Goose" Gossage and Bert
Ellstrom, watertenders, are in the
Yorktown, and John P. Sharp, TC1c,
is in a new light cruiser.
Gone? Ye , but not in our memories,
and these are only a few. Here are
some from up forward: Lt.( jg) Long,
Asiatic Station; Ens. J. P. M. Johnston,
same place; Ens. Ely to Flight School
and gone(?), Chief Pay Clerk R. C.
Ball in the Dobbin; Captain Guy
Baker at Washington, D. C.; Captain
Walter Woodson, now Rea I' A dmiral,
Judge Advocate General, Wash.
ington, D. C.; what grand people they
were. Commander Robottom was in
Seattle the last I knew of him. Chief
Machinist A. B. Clapp went to Coco
Solo Naval Air Station. Lt. Comdr.
Farrar went to skipper a can, where
he is now I know not.
Let us not forget to say a word
for Captain Francis Cogswell, admired,
loved, and respected, who died
la t year. He, too, goes on our list of
those good officers and men we have
known the past few years.
But what of those who are still in
A. J. Arsenault, EM1c, our boxing
coach, who has brought us some of
the finest boxing fighters in history;
" Curly" Standafer, WT2c, our head
barber, who has run our barber shop
since most of us can remember; Cawthorn,
WT1c, who was a machinist's
mate. They are the only Plankowners
the doubles plays. In number one post,
Meyer defeated Worthington 6- 1, 6- 3.
. ext, Bean of the Dobbin nosed out
Moffit in three bitterly contested sets
10- 8, 5- 7, 8- 6. Tufteland, playing in
number three singles position, added
another feather to his cap by defeat.:
1g Rutherford 4- 6, 6- 2, 6- 3.
In the only doubles match played,
Sergeant Ca e and " Curly" Meyer
easily swamped Spradley and Masters
of the Dobbin, winning both sets
6- 0, 6- 0.
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Time and tide wait for no manaile
samee liber. ty.. b. oat.
At the end of an examination, the
supervising officer gathered up all
papers. Among them he discovered
one sheet which, instead of figures,
bore merely a crude drawing of a
tombstone on which had been written:
" Sacred to the memory which always
deserts me on occasions like
left on the Good Ole Houston. They
came on here as part of a crew, all
strangers to one another, and now, ten
years later, they are still on the General
Muster Roll. ( Ed. Note: Cawthorn
is the only one left; the others
having been transferred in the past
Among other oldtimers are L. R.
Johnston, SF2c, our tailor; Henry
ickel, BM2c, our sailmaker, R. L.
Leslie, FIe, our laundryman; Shanks,
MM1c, evaporators; St. Marie, CWT,
chief oil king; Wellbourn, BM1c,
wrestling coach and ex- chief MAA.
Jim K. Wallace, CGM, is an old China
sailor from the days when the Houston
sailed the Yangtze, and so is my
good friend, H. E. Freeman, GMlc in
charge of the armory. Willie Fish,
EMIe, and We terfield, EM1c, have
also been here a right good while.
There are countless others. Among
them we number one who is lucky to
be with us. After almost ten months
in the Bremerton Hospital, Nicoletti,
MMlc, i back aboard and at his old
job in the machine shop.
Stop once in awhile and think of
these fellows, shipmates all, who are
or have been here; think also sometime
of Little Ocko, and wish him
well, as he does you, each and every
o long, Good Luck, as usual,