-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
A weekly publication of the ship's company
of the U. S. S. Houston, Captain
G. N. Barker, U. S. N., Commanding and
Commander C. A. Bailey, U. S. N., Executive
Editor. Lieut. ( jg) E. A. McDonald.
Assistant Editor: Ensign J. P. M. Johnston
Associate Editor: Stefan Sivak, Jr., SK2c
Associate Editor: W. J. Bannen, Sea. lc
Cartoonist: W. C. Ridge
Circulation: John Boris. Y3c
Printer: R. L. Beckwith, Sea. lc
- Editorial -
Conversation is an art in which a
man has all mankind for competition.
men have been
stamped from time immemorial as being
colossal bores since the only subject
of conversation with which they
are familiar is the Navy. Now, while
we are not disparaging knowledge of
your work, there's no use forcing a
full enlistment upon friends and relatives,
including mothers- in- law. To
be sure, they will usually listen politely
to your gory tales of the roaring
main, take your laughter and ridicule
of their ignorance of Naval terms
with a wry smile, stifle a yawn of ennui
with a fluttering hand, and adroitly
attempt to switch the topic of conversation
to something else. If their
plan is successful and another subject,
such as the President's policies,
political and military measures in the
Japanese conflict, or the European
situation, is brought forth for consideration,
you are left to flounder
in a conversational maelstrom of a
type you know nothing of.
If the mountans would
not come to Mohammed, Mohammed
went to the mountain. If conversation
isn't within your tiny, narrow,
begoted orbit, you'll have to increase
your orbit so as to include more extensive
fields. Remember that no matter
how important the Navy is, or
how important you think it is, it is
not the center of the universe about
which all must revolve.
When people mention
Chiang Kaishek, do you mutter, " yes,
he is a Chinese laundryman, isn't he?
Now when I was on the Tuscaroara
in 29 ...." Your verbal opponents
undoubtedly throw in the towel at
this point, settle down with a pained
THE BLUE BONNET
The Pantless Gunner Of Panay
Commend me to that noble soul
Who, in the battle's heat,
Rushed to his post without his pants,
The bomber's dive to meet;
Who stood upon the rocking deck
In careless disattire,
With shirt tail flaunting in the breeze,
To deal out fire for fire.
Old Glory's color deepened
As she floated o'er thi.! son-
The man who had no time for pants
But plenty for his gun.
Come, name a million heroes,
But to me there'll never be
A finer show of nerve or grit
On any land or sea -
Then dwell upon your epics
Should you feel an urge for chantlii,
Recall the sinking Panay
And the gunner minus pants!
- Vaun Al Arnold.
The above poem has appeared in most of
the ship's papers in the fleet. and we deem
it proper that such a ballad should find its
way into our Blue Bonnet also. Those of
you who saw new' reels of the bombing of
the Panay will no doubt recall the pantless
guner, as he stood there in his shirt tail,
returning the fire. .......
We're Crazy . . . .
There are meters of aceent,
There are meters of tone,
But the best way to meter,
Is to meter alone.
There are letters of accent,
There are letters of tone,
But the best way to letter
Is to letter alone.
expresion, mentally award you the
leather medal for the biggest bore of
the century, and vow not to be in the
next time you come to call.
Do a little outside read.
ing when you can't make up your
mind whether to go ashore or not. The
Reader's Digest and similiar publications
are strongly recommended as
a foundation upon which to place your
stores of current events gleaned from
daiy persual of the newspapers. Increase
your conversational orbit by
finding out what is happening in this
old world of ours and you'll find that
your coming will be heralded instead
Our Hospital Ships
A brief glance at the history of
employment of hospital ships during
the past 75 years will reveal that no
first- class nation will carryon a major
war without employing hospital
ships to serve the Fleet.
The United States Navy's floating
hospital, U. S. S. Relief, only hospital
ship attached to the Fleet, takes care
of the sick and injured personnel of
the ships of the Navy. The Relief,
placed in commission on 28 December,
1920, is the first ship of any navy in
the world to be built as a hospital
ship, is named after the first Relief,
a converted vessel which served as a
hospital ship during Ute SpanishAmerican
War, the Philippine Insurrection,
and the Chinese Boxer Uprising.
The present Relief is 483 feet long,
60 feet wide, has a displacement of
9800 tons, cruising speed of ten knots
and a cruising radius of 15,000 miles.
Though smaller than the average hospital
ashore, it is equipped to handle
360 cases and 500 cases in an emergency.
This is more than the average hospital
can handle. No less than ten
medical officers, three dental officers,
twelve nurses and 118 men of the
hospital corps, who act as technical
assistants, minister to 2200 patients
About six new patients are received
aboard the Relief each day for treatment
of everything from broken legs,
colds, burns, and aching teeth to the
more serious diseases. One or more
urgical'operations are performed every
day; 4417 major and 566 minor
operations were performed last year.
Only 3 out of 1000 die, while 20.5
per cent are transferred to shore
hospitals and 70.72 per cent recover
within 30 days. The Relief has the
most modern equipment that is obtainable
and is ranked with the leading
hospitals of the country.
The Relief is the only ship in the
Navy which has women as regular
members of the ship's complement.
They are members of the Navy Nurse
Corps. These nurses are seagoing
and travel aboard the Relief as the
ship accompanies the Fleet. The
tour of duty aboard the hospital ship
is very desirable and for one year only.