Right at the first this week I want to
extend the welcome of the Blue Bonnet
and the ship's company to A. J.
Dutton, who came aboard and received
his appointment to Chief Boatswain's
Mate ( AA), on the sixteenth. His
last duty was on the Reina Mercedes,
Annapolis, Md., and he told me that
he hopes to enjoy his tour of duty on
the Rambler ship. We do too, and may
he have a long tour at that! !
We heard also that Dingle, G, R., was
appointed to CWT ( AA) at about the
same time, only a few days earlier.
Nice going, and congratulations. We
hope that all the other men on the
second pay grade who took the exams
meet with good luck and receive their
appointments before long.
Poor Knowlden, Y3c, of the Gunnery
Dep't., the first night out the lad was
really wishing that we were back in
the near vicinity of Long Beach. Don't
tell me the Golden Grainers are all
on the Argonne.
This is the week of the Irish and last
Thursday was a day of rejoicing in
the heart of every true Irishman in
the world. Saw quite a few of the men
of the Rambler Ship wearing the famous
green about the decks that day
and so I guess there still is a chance
for St. Patrick after all. He'll be
quickly enough forgotten when we
reach Honolulu, you can bet on that
Through the mails the last Thursday
we were in Long Beach there came a
letter to Tom Mallette, galley striker,
from Dorothy Lamour, star of the picture
" Hurricane". . . . Mallette has
taken a lot of good natured kidding
from the gang back there and earned
for himself the name of the Blushing
Beauty of the S Division. He said
something about a picture and all the
lads are dying to see it.
THE BLUE BONNET
" Andy" Mellon of the Zoom- gang has
returned to the ship after a thirty
day shipping over leave, and tells us
that it is plenty cold back there in
Wisconsin and Minnesota. Andy's prenavy
home was in Northern Wisconsin
and since the writer has spent a couple
of winters in that territory he can
easily see where Andy is quite right.
Tennant, WT1c, B Div., returned to
the ship to make the cruise and we
hope that he too enjoyed his leave at
his home. Be sorta nice to drop down
in the fireroom and have a cup of coffee
and talk over old times with him.
Westerfield, EM2c, our movie operator
tells me that we have some thirty
new records aboard for use with the
vitaphone system and they sure are
honeys. They were purchased through
Ship's Service facilities and will be
nice to listen to when we get far enough
south when it will be warm enough
to sit on the quarter- deck and
listen to them. We also have a few
chairs and card tables on the mess
decks, and they seem to be getting a
real welcome from all hands for a fellow
can seldom find a place on one after
working hours. Lets take care of
these luxuries and it will not be long
till we have more of the same.
Dell Hunter Smith and Felix, our two
mail orderlies, have been doing a nice
run of business on the sale of the nicely
displayed envelopes and stamps in
the P. O. bulletin board. It is nice that
all the fellows seem about to remember
the home folks with Clipper Air
Mail when we get to the islands. While
Speaking of it, a Chief Petty Officer
on the ship was remarking the other
day on the courteous and pleasent service
a fellow receives at the Post Office
these days. Weare fortunate in
having a couple of fine tempered lads
who can do business with a smile and
take a joke when it comes their way.
You'll have to admit it fellers, that
lad Cochrane of GSK is quite a business
man too. He sent a book of the
Houston matches to every one of the
Canteen Yoeman in the Fleet and did
right well by himself. Most of the boys
sent back two and three for his collection
and the fellow on the Vincennes
sent a whole box of forty. Well, its
a cinch bet he'll not run out of matches
for a while anyway.
Henry, GM1c, has a new way of holding
reveille in the armory. He comes
in and gives ' Rosebud' ( so his girl
calls him) Freeman a call by pulling
the boy's nose and it seems that our
Herkie doesn't E: njoy it a little bit.
Congratulation and cigar are in order
at this time for Pappy Asher, of
turret two, who received his acting
appointment to Chief Turret Captain,
and to Abbot, of the Boat Shop, who
recieved his acting appointment to
Chief Machinist's Mate on the 16th as
well as Dutton, CBM, and Dingle,
One day la t week we received some
recruits aboard. thirteen in number
and they were assigned to their different
divisions and we welcome them
aboard, for more reasons than one;
that is, we are not only glad to have
new shipmates but also glad to have
more men aboard during the cruise,
as after all we lost a few in the days
just before we left berth Dog Six.
Miller and Rice, two dashing " V" Div.
Seamen, have quite a time telling the
same story on each other. It seems
Miller took up a blind date with a
young femme of the Apache nationality,
and blushes beautifully when
it is referred to. To counteract it he
now claims that Rice was the heartbreaker
and not himself. I'm also told
that Nelson of the same group is
quite a gigolo. How about it, Nellie ? ......
The C. P. O. was giving the new colored
ship's cook, fresh from the country,
" We shall have a new griller for
the galley, too- you know what a
" I sho do," replied Amos, significantly.
" It's a big, hairy monkey the
size of a man. And if you want one of
those in the galley ah'm leavin' this
ship ~ OW!"
Got the usual bunch of letters in this
week. The best letter was one I got
from a Dumb Dora who wanted to
know who won the diaper derby staged
by three fathers in Hollywood recently.
Of all the dumb questions.
Nobody won, of course. Each father
wound up a little behind.