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McDonald, E. A., editor; Johnston, J. P. M., assistant editor; Sivak, Stefan, associate editor; Bannen, W. J., associate editor. The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 6, No. 11, 1938-06-17 - Page 1. June 17, 1938. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 9, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/1210/show/1206.

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McDonald, E. A., editor; Johnston, J. P. M., assistant editor; Sivak, Stefan, associate editor; Bannen, W. J., associate editor. (June 17, 1938). The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 6, No. 11, 1938-06-17 - Page 1. USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/1210/show/1206

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McDonald, E. A., editor; Johnston, J. P. M., assistant editor; Sivak, Stefan, associate editor; Bannen, W. J., associate editor, The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 6, No. 11, 1938-06-17 - Page 1, June 17, 1938, USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed May 9, 2021, https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/1210/show/1206.

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Title The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 6, No. 11, 1938-06-17
Alternative Title The Blue Bonnet, Vol. VI, No. 11, 1938-06-17
Creator (Local)
  • McDonald, E. A., editor
  • Johnston, J. P. M., assistant editor
  • Sivak, Stefan, associate editor
  • Bannen, W. J., associate editor
Contributor (Local)
  • Ridge, W. C., cartoonist
  • Boris, John, circulation
  • Beckwith, R. L., printer
Publisher USS Houston (CA-30), U.S. Navy
Place of Creation (Local)
  • Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California
Date June 17, 1938
Description Anniversary Issue
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Houston (Cruiser : CA-30)
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1981-001, Box 11, Folder 11
Original Collection Cruiser Houston Collection
Digital Collection USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Transcript Anniversary Issue Volume VI, Number 11. Mare Island Navy Yard 17 June, 1938. Gifts From the City of Houston O UR FIRST piano was given to a Houston marine by two girls of Houston, Texas on the ship's first visit there. It seems that the girls had become so enamored with this certain marine that they presented him with the piano to prove their affections. He then gave the piano to the crew who took great delight in playing all variations of chop sticks. But shortly grave complications arose. The story goes that the girls had been placed in charge of a home while the owner was away, and without her consent had given away the piano. Upon the owner's return she naturally began to look high and low for this piano. Eventually the explanation came out, and she sent a telegram requesting it. A year ago last Xmas the citizens of Houston, Texas presented the ship with a very lovely piano. (It is the 3rd piano that the crew has had. The 2nd was bought by the ship's service in China, but during a monsoon broke its moorings and was smashed beyond repair). This last piano is now reposing very peacefully in no. 1 messing compartment and serves as a source of recreation for all the virtuosos besides giving us a very fine accompany instrument for our orchestras. (Continued on Page 2.) History of the U.S.S. Houston HE U.S.S. HOUSTON was built at Newport News, Va. The keel was laid in 1928 and the ship was launched on 7 September, 1929. Miss Elizabeth Holcombe, of Houston, Texas, sponsored the ship, giving her the name of that city in memory of General Houston. After commissioning in the United States Navy Yard on 17 June, 1930, the U.S.S. Houston made a "shake down" cruise to Europe, visiting England, France, and Holland, returning to Houston, Texas, to extend the welcome of the Navy to the Houston's natal city. Following this memorable visit, final trials and overhaul were held, and the ship sailed for the Asiatic Station on 14 January, 1931, via the Panama Canal and Honolulu, T.H. On 22 February, 1931, the Houston joined the Asiatic Fleet in Manila, P.I., and assumed her role as flagship, hoisting the flag of Admiral Charles B. McVay, Jr., U.S.Navy. On 20 September, 1931, she entered the Yangtze River to assist, if necessary, in rescue work during one of the most devastating floods in the history of that famous river. The Houston went up river about 600 miles to the city of Hankow, returning to Shanghai on 5 October, 1931. While undergoing routine overhaul in the Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands, on the night of 31 January, 1932, rush orders were received to proceed immediately to Shanghai, where hostilities had broken out between China and Japan. American lives and interests were endangered. Within a few hours the Houston was ready to sail, took aboard 250 Marines to augment the 4th Regiment, ^Marine Expeditionary Forces, in Shanghai. On arrival, the Marine and bluejacket machine gun platoon were sent ashore for duty. U.S.S. HOUSTON I 93 o I 938