Takes Wrestling, Splits Boxing
PORTLAND took us to task last
Saturday night and showed what,
room for improvement there is in
our athletics. The better condition
of the PORTLAND men told quickly
in all of the wrestling matches. Our
boys were no pikers by any means
but a body ill prepared for rigors will
always fail before an aggresive opponent.
Our boxers saved us some of
the points, splitting even with the
PORTLAND in the honors. In spite
of these disappointing events the
smoker was no failure, because from
all comments at the time and since,
we know it was a success all around.
Where our athletes fell down the entertainers
carried us along.
In the wrestling, Jarvis and Schneider
won by default. Hill put up a
fine fight but the old wind just wasn't
long enough. Turner gave Thompson
a merry- go- round for eight minutes
and twenty seconds but lost on a fall.
Head, o~ r boy from the forecastle,
made Hayes look sort of inferior but
again poor condition gave the PORTLAND
boy the advantage and his
skill put Head for a fall in four minutes
and thirty seconds. Holt, our log
rom yeoman, loked good until suddenly
something put him down and McKeig
got his fall in two minutes and
thirteen seconds. Folta was not good
enough for Penczynik and lost his
match at the end of four minutes
and thirty seconds. For a while it
looked as if Starke was going to save
us one bout, and believe me it looked
gooa for a while, but as luck would
have it, Vincent turned out to be a
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Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
FLAG TO LEAVE
Today, Admiral Harris Laning,
Commander Cruisers, Scouting Force
and his staff leave us to return · to
their home, the CHICAGO. It is with
regret that we say good- bye to them
all. They have been grand ship- mates
during the time they have been aboard.
SPIRIT, WHNr IS IT?
A SHIPMATES VERSION
During three years that this ship
was operating on the China station,
there was not a better ship in the
Navy as far as spirit, fellowship and
general goo~ feeling throughout was
concerned. All hands coo per ate d
in every respect to make it a better
ship in which to live and create a
name that would be synonymous with
all that goes to make a smart ship.
Now that we have returned to the
Big Fleet, now that we have lost
considerable personnel, now that we
have been operating . under more or
less difficult circumstances, and in an
environment that is strange to us
after having been away from it for
some time, there is a general feeling
of lassitude and slacking up in many
Not long ago a man was heard to
make the statement that " We can't
stand all the watches and still have
time for spirit." It appears that he
torgets that his gang is not the only
one that stand a lot of watches due
to shortage in personnel. Other ships
have the same things to contend with
and it is just that we have been used
to a gravy train for so long that when
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ALL NAVY BOXING SHOW
Benefit Show, San Francisco
Last year a benefit All- Navy boxing
show held in San Francisco met
" vith such success and popularity that
the Commandant Twelfth Naval District
has requested the CinC, U. S.
Fleet to repeat. The proceeds will
be turned over to the Navy Relief
Society - so what worthier cause
could one find?
The show will take place in the
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, on
the evening of 14 December. The Commander
Battle Force has been designated
to handle the necessary arrangements
in connection with this show.
In order to obtain the necessary voluntary
participants, each ship having
capable volunteers will submit a list
prior our sailing from Panama. Of
course only the best talent will be
put on exhibition and to win that
honor will be a feather in any man's
cap. We have material on board that
can be worked up into something fine
and it is desired these men step forward
and volunteer their sul'vices.
You'll never discover your abilities
hiding below decks. If you are not in
condition put your name in anyway.
You have almost two months for
training and it would do our souls
good to see the HOUSTON entry
topping the list. Step into the Exec's
Office and sign up. Don't be bashful.
Further information and details of
the boxing show will be issued at an
early date by the Commander Battle
Force, and when they are, it will be
passed along to all hands. .....
California here we come!