" V" DIVISION
Allowed 20 men, the division can
rarely muster that many. Four pilots
and two gunnery observers fills out
the officer compliment. Four scouting
seaplanes with all gunnery, radio,
and navigation equipment with necessary
spares are carried aboard. The
division is entirely ship based but can
quickly be placed ashore with squadron
organization and operate either
as a landplane or seaplane unit. The
port hangar, both catapult towers,
and the starboard hangar mezzanine
deck are spaces alloted to the " V"
Division. While on board ship the unit
is under orders of the Commanding
Officer, but ashore or in squadron
tactics it is under orders of the Squadron
Comman. der. Each year pilots and
observers, as well as part of the
other personnel, are required to fire
machine gulfs for qualification. Pilots
fire a bombing practice. Pilots and
observers must be proficient radio
operators and able navigators. Although
the primary military ~ uty is
scouting and gunnery observation,
mail carrying, towillg, etc., are
other tasks that the aviation branch
falls heir to. Plane upkeep is the most
engrossing task requiring frequent
checks, overhaul, preservation, and
repairs to m~ intain the aircraft fit
for service and safe to return the
pilot to the ship. The success of each
flight depends upon the preparations
made by the ground crews. The " V"
Division, contrary to common belief,
is not a " soft" spot but is as busy
and probably more thorough in its
work than any other aboard. If you
get into . _, " tandby for plenty of
sweating even into late hours of the
The Blue Bonnet takes this opportunity
to congratulate Lieutenant
( jg) James M. Robinson who has received
his commission as Lieutenant.
Fine work and more stripes in the
near future, Lieutenant.
Is it true that Ensign Murphy, our
jovial J. O. does not ( repeat not)
contemplate matrimony in the near
Elderly lady ( on first sea voyage):
" Captain, is this a good ship?"
Captain: " Why, madam, don't you
know this is her maiden voyage?"
THE BLUE BONNET
OLD HAWAIIAN CUSTOMS
To be well- bred as an Hawaiian
one must not sit on another's bed and
most certainly not on another's clothes
trunk because it would be considered
the height of rudeness to sit
upon the intimate covering of another's
person. Never touch anyone's
head for the head of anyone is sacred
and it is kapu to touch it, even in
When entering a house, do not
stand in the doorway and do not sit
dow in the doorway. Only the owner
of the house has that privilege. After
entering a house, one may sit near
the door if one so desires.
When calling upon a chief, do not
address him until you are spoken to.
Do not ask for a lei that is worn
by another person; that is the height
of rudeness. But if the person wearing
the lei spontaneously offers it
and places it around yeur neck, that
is quite proper and a great compliment
to receive it. for that would
b. a sincere expression of one's aloha.
One should not give away a lei that
is personally made for one; for each
blossom that is strung holds a loving
thought for you; it is almost like a
rosary. Hawaiians in the olden days
carried their leis from island to island.
At sea the leis are placed in a
ti leaf basket formed by the plant
folded back from the stem where the
leis are placed to keep fresh.
under by the weaker sex? " Wop"
Guguelette expects to stage a comeback
in the near future, " so he says"
Good luck. H. N. Smith just broke up
with a " sweetie" here in- Diego. " I
wonder why?" Old " Sarge" is just
cruising along nicely after his ups
and downs. Just who is this " Root"
( Ruth to you) anyway? The coxswain
of the Secretary of Navy · s
barge knows. " Me tinks she lives in
Shanty Town." " Frenchie" has no
statements for the press, tho' he
says. There have been rumors that
he has been traveling " incognito" in
There are only two men now in the
division, that put the ship in commission,
EIland and Kremensky.
Svendberg and Ditzek came aboard
just before she sailed for China. By
the' way Ditzek, claims the distinc-
USS Houston- 5- 18- 35- 800.
WHY " V" DIVISION
fully used. In 1913 aircraft was first
used in connection with fleet operations
for scouting the Cuban coast
during maneuvers. In 1914 the first
naval air station was established at
Pensacola, Florida on the site of the
abandoned navy yard. About this time
a definite aviation policy was developed
by a board specially appointed for
With the advent of the World War
aviation development proceeded with
gigantic steps. Scouting became only
one of the numerous missions to be
filled by the aeronautical branch of
the naval service. At the time of the
signing of the Armistice a total of
37,409 officers and men were in training
and 17,524 were in active service
in the war zone cooperating with the
Army and foreign services. New types
of machines had been developed.
Training from short elementary courses
assumed college curriculum proportions.
Schools and bases dotted the
country. Aviation was no longer a
miracle but a well organized function
in our everyday life.
That in brief is how naval aviation
grew to be a part of the Navy. Its
development has been steadily upgrade
until today it plays a role in
naval activities as important as those
played by destroyers, crui; ers, submarines,
THE STORY OF MAN ( Condensed)
The WorId was created. Man was
created and placed in the Garden of
Eden. He ate; he slept. While he was
asleep God created oman out of his
rib ( the crookedest part of man) Thus
man's first sleep became his last
repose. Woman married man- paradise
lost. There was no other man in
the Garden so Woman flirted with
the Devil. When man came home late
from the Garden she raised Cain.
Then did it again when she got Abel.
Consequently man will now give a
WOJIlan everything but his seat in a
street car. And I ask you - what
would you have done for a red apple?
tion of being the only man on the
ship who has sailed around the Horn
and says he rates spitting windward.
A few plore plankeys are Phalon, Latour,
Gardner, and Selen. A few 1932
models are Stillings, Rounds, Grigilitte,
Smith and Fossie.