Page 2 THE BLUE BONNET
-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
A weekly publication of the ship's company
of the U. S. S. Houston, Captain G. N. Barker,
U. S. N., Commandinlr and Commander C. A.
Bailey, U. S. N., Executive Officer.
Editor, Lieut. ( jlr) E. A. McDonald, U. S. N.
Assistant Editor: R. C. Ball, Ch. Pay Clerk
Associate Editors: Stefan Sivak, Jr., SK2c
R. B. Thompson, SK3c
Circulation: John Borla, T3c
With all hands preparing for Admil'al's
inspection, proceeding on the
double to ship and gunnery drills,
standing a full quota of watches, and
in the meantime doing routine work,
there is scarce time for any alien
thoughts to come into our heads, yet
the quarter has rolled around again
and it is time for examinations.
Far be it from me to herewith deliver
a treatise on the evils of not being
prepared. There will always be
the same percentage of men who are
not ready, and there will be the select
few who have conscientiously studied
in advance. It will continue thus till
the stroke of doom. Once in awhile,
however, there is that misunderstood
soul who begins to realize he is getting
nowhere fast, takes a bracer consisting
mainly of hard work and use
of grey matter, and finds himself
misunderstood no longer. Maybe you,
yourself, are one of these misunderstood
On the HOUSTON I know of a case
where a man only went as far as the
7th grade in grammar school. He took
stock of himself, enlisted in the navy,
started taking a four year correslt0ndence
course and rapidly went up the
ladder until he reached first class.
ow he is a warrant officer, aboard
this vessel on his first cruise as an officer.
Nobody helped him. He helped
The e examinations are funny things.
The marking officer occasionally runs
across some queer answers. If there
is any doubt concerning the correctness
of an answer the candidate usually
receives the benefit of the doubt.
Sometimes, however, it is extremely
difficult as attested by the following
answer to the question, " what is the
difference between an order and a
command?" The mess attendant wrote
-" An order is just an officers want
29 January 1938
Heavy Cruiser Unit Basketball
The following is the standing of
Group Afirm basket ball competition
in the Heavy Cruiser Athletic Unit.
The U. S. S. VESTAL is declared Group
Afirm basketball champion.
VESTAL 6 0 1.000
CHICAGO 5 1 .833
MEDUSA 4 2 .666
HOUSTON 3 3 .500
PORTLAND 3 3 .500
ARGONNE 2 4 .333
CHESTER 1 5 .166
RELIEF 0 6 .000
The Commander Cruisers, Scouting
Force, will designate, at a later date,
the time, place and officials for a
game to be played between HOUSTON
and PORTLA - D to decide fourth
A Few Shipmates who are on the
Gallant, CMM, holds a white collar job
at the Edison plant at Long Beach.
Womack, MM1c, works on the Boulder
Dam aqueduct at Beaumont, Calif.
Furl', MM1c, is hired by the Union
Tool Co., of Torrence, Calif.
Sharpe, MM2c, assembles Fords at the
plant here in Long Beach.
McCallister, CMM, is a real estate operator
in Seal Beach.
Haskew, CMM, farms at Smith Flats
A violinist entered a little music
shop in London. " I want an E- string
please/' he said to the man behind the
ervously producing a box from behind
the counter, the cockney said:
" Would you mind picking one out? I
' ardly can tell the E's from the She's."
" We have a fire department in our
town that has only one hose car and
" What are the dogs for?"
" To find the hydrants."
something for you to get it, but a command
is an officer keep on telling you
to do something you don't do it." Maybe
the idea is there, but it is extremely
hard, mysteriouf> ly difficult to grasp it.
PELUSO, CWT, COMMENDED I
FOR RESCUE WORK
" The Secretary of the Navy is
proud of the heroism and smart
seamanship displayed by the
commanding officer, officers and
crew of the U. S. S. PEARY in
rescuing survivors of the wreck
of the British steamer S. S. SILVERHAZEL,
in San Bernardino
Channel in November 1935." So
reads a letter from the Secretary
of the Navy to the commanding
officer of the PEARY.
A copy of this commendatory
letter has been placed in the record
of J. A. Peluso, CWT, USN,
now serving aboard in the " B"
Division. He was attached to
the PEARY during this incident.
All hands congratulate him.
Cruisers on Australian Cruise
The light cruisers MEMPHIS, MILWAUKEE
and TRENTON, visiting
Sydney, Australia, during the sesquicentennial
celebration beginning J anuary
26, will depart from Sydney on
February 3, stopping en route home
at Singapore tJ be present at the formal
opening of the new Singapore
docks on February 14. The heavy cruiser
LOUISVILLE now at Sydney,
in company with the light cruisers,
will visit Auckland, New Zealand, and
Tahiti before returning to the States.
Singapore, which means the " lion
city," is the " Gibraltar" of the Far
East. When Sir StaInford Raffles
planted the British flag over Singapore,
which he founded in 1819, little
did he dream the significance of this
island to Great Britain. As conditions
become more uncertain in the Orient,
every day increases Singapore's importance
as a naval base. Air bases,
dry and floating docks, harbor extensions,
gun bases, giant aircraft carriers,
arsenals and strong units of
His Majesty's Navy comprises England's
naval strength at Singapore and
in Asiatic waters.
Cut your own wood and it will warm
you twite. - Motto above Henry Ford's