Page 4 THE BLUE BONNET U. S. S. Houston- 1- 28- 38-- 900.
The U. S. S. REINA MERCEDES, a
Spanish cruiser captured in 1898, is
stil ' n use as a Station Ship at, the
U. S. aval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
The firing of a gun salute on entering
a foreign port dates back to the
introduction of ordnance aboard ship.
It was the custom, in those days, for
war vessels to have their guns loaded
while at sea in case of pirates. Upon
their approach to a port, the guns
would be fired. The expenditure of the
ammunition indicated that the mission
was a friendly one.
The U. S. Navy
maintains 56 complete
orchestras with a
personnel of one
thousand and forty-
five men, on
board ships of the fleet and on shore
stations in various parts of the world.
To keep these many bands and orchestras
well rounded- out with trained
musicians the U. S. Navy maintains a
Navy School of Music at Washington,
D. C.. The course of instruction is most
thorough and complete and covers a
period of two years, after which training
is supplemented by additional instruction.
Battered by Navy's powerful attack,
Great Lakes Naval Training Station
was pushed back to its own goal line
in that famous game of 1918. With
only a yard to go, Navy's Bill Ingram,
later to be Midshipman coach, smashed
through center and fumbled! From the
pile of players emerged ' Dizzy' Eilson,
Great Lakes' back, the ball in his
hands as he dashed toward Navy's
goal, 100 yards away. Not a man
stood between him and a touchdown.
Suddenly, as he reached midfield, an
excited Navy substitute jumped from
the bench, ra: l onto the field and
brought Eilson down with a flying
tackle. Navy's coach, Gil Dobie, immediately
declared the touchdown should
be allowed, and Great Lakes kicked
the goal, winnir. g 7- 6.
" Certainly I respect your legal advise,
Mr. Bell, but what good is alimony
OI!. · a cold night?"
And how about yourself- when are
you going to pin on a buzzard?
Well, John, I'll close for now and
will be looking for a line from you
when you aren't too busy shooting the
Houston Defeats Northampton
In Boxing and Wrestling
( Continued from Page 1.)
Editor's Note: O'Brien, BM1c, was
1st Division boatswain when attached
to the HOUSTON. He took an active
interest in the Blue Bonnet and wrote
many articles for it. We'd like to hear
from other old timers.
came a fight which had all the spectators
literally hanging on their seats
and shouting themselves hoarse. Hill,
our colored messboy fought off the
efforts of Jones from the NORTHAMPTON
in rather a desultory fashion
for two rounds. It looked as though
Hill was about all in and wouldn't last
the two rounds to go. But something
happened somewhere. Along near the
finish of the 3rd Jones took some
punches which must not have done him
much good. The spectators came up
yelling when HHl ran out to meet his
foe in the last round. And when the
gong sounded ending the fight Jones
was practically out on his feet. Adams,
although a bit ill, fought his fight with
all the fury and courage a man could
possibly muster. Not only did he last
out the fight, but he won it decisively,
and thus the match. It's stuff like
that from which champions are made.
This victory put the HOUSTON in
2nd place in the group bracket, a position
of which we have every right
to be proud. Next year we'll probably
do better as our squads will have
more experience. The members of the
squads and their coaches deserve all
the praise we can give them. It is
hard work to produce winners, It is
not easy to go out there and face
another man who is as intent on winning
as you are. So give credit where
credit is due.
Dear Shipmate John:
Yeah, I noticed your little notation.
I guess I have been rather slow in getting
around to dropping a few lines,
but to be very honest, there is so little
news around here it has been hardly
worthwhile telling you.
Maybe you can use this bit of news
concerning former Houstonites serving
" Dickey" Baker, EM1c, is a papa
again, as is " Jerry" Nagle, EM1c.
" Doc" Pitchford, PhM1c, is serving
here also, just having reported back
to the main hospital for a tour after
being at an outstation in Merizo during
the past year. " Whitey" Osborne,
1st Sgt. is with the Marines here. He
was well remembered on the HOUSTON
for his snappy and military bearing
and the manner in which he had
the HOUSTON Marine Detachment
noted for their smartness on the Asiatic
Station. " Joe" Maybayag, OC2c,
is serving on the PENGUIN and is
acting as regular ship's cook and needless
to say his ability with tEe , skillet
has done wonders with the crew. Incidentally,
Baker is serving on the
GOLD STAR, while Nagle is on the
PENGUIN. Pierce, S2c, former fantail
sailor is on the PENGUIN also and is
sorely disappointed because he has
been unable to find a suitable location
for his grass shack. Mimms, S2c, also
of the 3rd Division is serving on here
and is doing great. A number of former
HOUSTON sailors have passed
through here on the transports and
have visited us here on the PENGUIN.
Maybayag brought the HOUSTON
back from China as di~ Pitchford.
Not changing the subject, but I sure
enjoy receiving the Blue Bonnet, and
it is still one of the finest little sheets
in the fleet. Tell Steve Sivak I am sorry
I am not back there now so he could
get revenge on me for the many tales
I used to spill on him in the old
It looks like the old ball team is
going to get somewhere this year. I
am for them and give them my best
wishes for a good season.
Learning that the HOUSTON was
among the chosen few in the A. A.
competition is good news, too.
Tell McCormick he can ship my
stogie out via Clipper being as how he
made 2nd class.
From a Former Shipmate