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McDonald, E. A., editor; Johnston, J. P. M., assistant editor; Sivak, Stefan Jr., associate editor; Bannen, W. J., associate editor. The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 5, No. 11, 1938-03-19 - Page 4. March 19, 1938. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 18, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/868/show/867.

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McDonald, E. A., editor; Johnston, J. P. M., assistant editor; Sivak, Stefan Jr., associate editor; Bannen, W. J., associate editor. (March 19, 1938). The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 5, No. 11, 1938-03-19 - Page 4. USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/868/show/867

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McDonald, E. A., editor; Johnston, J. P. M., assistant editor; Sivak, Stefan Jr., associate editor; Bannen, W. J., associate editor, The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 5, No. 11, 1938-03-19 - Page 4, March 19, 1938, USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed June 18, 2021, https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/868/show/867.

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Title The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 5, No. 11, 1938-03-19
Alternative Title The Blue Bonnet, Vol. V, No. 11, 1938-03-19
Creator (Local)
  • McDonald, E. A., editor
  • Johnston, J. P. M., assistant editor
  • Sivak, Stefan Jr., associate editor
  • Bannen, W. J., associate editor
Contributor (Local)
  • Ridge, W. C., cartoonist
  • Boris, John, circulation
Publisher USS Houston (CA-30), U.S. Navy;
Place of Creation (Local)
  • At Sea
Date March 19, 1938
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Houston (Cruiser : CA-30)
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1981-001, Box 12, Folder 1
Original Collection Cruiser Houston Collection
Digital Collection USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Transcript Page 4 THE BLUE BONNET U. S. S. Houston- 3- 19- 38- 800. Curtain YOU'VE GOT THE NEXT WATCH A Play in Two Acts The desirability and necessity of de­tailing only men who will become as­sets to the new ship cannot be stressed too strongly. Commanding Officers will not use the assignment of men to new construction as a means of trans­ferring an undesirable. The new ship must be given a good start. The be­nefits to the sel'vice as a whole must be considered. Those men selected for new construction should be men whom the Commanding Officer would like to have if he were to be ordered to com­mand the new ship. ( 04 - OR) O. O. D.- Act II Time - 0349% Place - Pilot House Atmospheric Conditions - Heavy Rain Squalls. ( 04 - 08) O. O. D. - ( After barking his shins against the ladder and bump­ing into several persons ( one of whom turns out to be the Captain) finally stays put in one place until his eyes begin to focus.) " The officer of the deck is out taking bearings on the star­board side, sir." " Are you the messenger?" " Yes, sir." " Don't you know that you're supposed to call me at three thirty! Besides, why didn't you tell me it was raining! What's the matter with you, et cetera, et cetera __ ." " But- - - - , sir." " There's no excuse for it." " But - - - -, sir. That must've been the other messenger. I've just relieved." ( Groans, and makes way out into the darkness and wet to relieve, thoroughly rtisgruntled with all forms of Navy life. ) Messenger - ( 04 - 08) O. O. D. ­Messenger - Messenger - ( 04 - 08) O. O. D. ­Messenger - ( 04 - 08) O. O. D.- Messenger - ( 04 - 08) O. O. D.- Messenger - ( 04 - 08) O. O. D.- Act I Time - 0330. Place - Aboard the HOUSTON in a stateroom. O. O. D. Messenger - " Three thirty, sir. You have the next watch. It's raining on the top side." ( 04 - 08) O. O. D. - " M- m- m- m all right." Turns over. ( Elapse of 15 minutes). " Sir, you have the next watch. It's three forty_ five." " M- m- m- m what's that?" Wearily sits up and rubs his eyes. " Three forty- five? Why didn't you call me at three­thirty?" " I did but you must've gone back to sleep." " All right. Go up and tell the officer of the deck I'll be right up. I can dress in a minute." ( Fights his way to switch and floods room with light. This causes roommate to mutter in sleep and turn over in bunk. Turns out light, and then stumbles over a chair in fumbling for desk light. Roommate stirs and curses. Dress­es hurriedly, putting on roommate's shoes by mistake.) all ratings be required to serve eight­een months in new ships from date of commissioning before becoming elig­able for assign nent to other duty. The service of me' 1 who have been through the building anti fitting out period are most vital during the first eighteen months of commissioned service. Du­ty on vessels newly commissioned, or duty in connectio, 1 with fitting out new construction while building, is just as obligatory and exacting as du­ty elsewhere ir the Navy, whether requested or i10t. Assignment To New Construction ( From Page 1.) and not to New Construction Submar­ines. Former submarine men serving in surface vessels who desire consid­eration for New Construction Submar­ines submit requests to Commander, Base Force ( West Coast vessels) or the Bureau ( East Coast vessels). This change in the Bureau's practice is made in consideration of: ( a) The equalization of demands for personnel upon the forces afloat. ( b) The appreciable reduction incler­ical work, both on board ship and in the Bureau. ( c) The belief that desirable volun­teers will have the same opportu­nity for assignment to this duty as under the present method. The procurement of enlisted personnel for new construction will be as follows in the order named: ( a) Reenlistments. ( b) Men completing recruiting duty and shore duty. ( c) General detail from receiving ships or stations. ( d) Men completing duty in East Coast district craft or the Trans­portation Service. ( e) Balance of personnel by rate by " blanket order" from the Forces Afloat after considering excesses, availability, transportation, and time involved. The qualifications for new construction are: ( a) Record must be good ( well above average). ( b) Two years' obligated service ( a­greements to extend enlistme] 1t, to reen ist, and not to apply for Fleet Naval Reserve are accept­able). Where choice exists, the following should be carried out: ( a) Preference given to men with previous experience in type. ( b) Preference given to the man who has longer obligated service. ( c) Preference given to volunteers. ( d) Preference given to men who are not liable to be ordered to shore duty whether such duty has been requested or not. The Bureau desires that the personnel assigned to new construction vessels be as permanent as possible through­out the first year that such vessels are operating with the Fleet, and that