THE BLUE BONNET --------------- 3
Stopped in to see Whitey Wellbourn
in the brig the other day. He had received
a leter from John ' Wop' Plemental,
now BM1c, formerly a fast
Cox'n of the 4th Division, who is
now aboard the U. S. S. Yorktown. Wop
gave us some news of former shipmates
aboard here, among them Edens,
a former seaman of the First
Division now a cox'n in the same division
on the new carrier. Squashie
Fortune, formerly cox'n of the CinC
AsiaticFleet barge on the Good Ship
Houston, is there also. Bart Fah~ y,
one- time quarterdeck bos'nmate, is
now permanent appointed chief, and
went out on 16 years. Old friend Kinhartz,
who was on the ' AA' five- inch,
is now 1PCGunner's Mate, and is doing
fine in the 6th division of the
Yorktown. Many thanks to Wop and
to Headlock for this valuable bit of
news. ( Anyone hearing of former
shipmates kindly drop the dope in the
BB Contribution Box in the No. 1
Messing Comp't. We'll be glad to put
it into print.)
What leading P. O. of the ' M' Division
was seen in the topside library
the morning we got underway from
Long Beach, sleeping peacefully (?)
with a copy of " How to Win Friends
and Influence People" between his
feet on the deck? That is some way
to influence people; Ocko says a little
more of the old rule of ' practice what
you preach' could be well used here.
Stinky Carter is hanging around
the vicinity of the Power and Light
Shop recently. Could it be that the
lad is thinking of changing his rate?
We hope not, for Machado would surely
miss his big smile in the F Division.
Squeaky Campbell, former Turret
One Sparktrician, was aboard one day
last week. Some one told Ocko he came
to see ' Bunk- time" Crego, the flashy
pappa of the Rat Races. How about
it Sea Gull?
Well, it looks as if Churchman will
be staying aboard the Rambler Ship
again for a while. The lad was recently
married and not more than ten
days after the ceremony what should
happen but we go to Mare Island.
Jenkins, GM1c of the Fourth Division,
is about to leave our company
and do a cruise in the American Naval
Station at Tutuila, American Samoa.
He tells me that he will be leaving
fr:> m Goat Island, San Francisco,
some time the last of August. Little
Ocko understands that the duty also
includes that of Mail Orderly of the
Station there. We wish a good shipmate
all the luck in the world ....
A happy cruise.
One of our shipmates received a
letter from Obie O'Brien, who was the
Second Division bos'n mate for some
time on here. He said to tell all hands
' Hello' for him and that he sure did
enjoy getting the Blue Bonnets when
the mail arrived there at Guam. Obie
made chief this year, and we might
expect some of those Asiatic cigars
if he ever gets back to the Houston.
For the benefit of the newcomers
aboard, he was the man that made
the knot- boards in the port and starboard
passageways and OOD booth
on the fo'c'sle.
D. H. Lambert, Cpl. USMC, probably
the most popular and best liked
Marine the Houston has had aboard
in a long time, left the ship last Monday
afternoon for duty at Mare Island.
He has a year left to do, and we
wish him the best. Little Ocko says
we ought to have more men like him
in the service, both sailors and marines.
Some things we'd like to see on the
Houston: Bucky Haratyk without a
comb or hair brush working on those
blond waves he's been developing;
Houston staying in port more than
one week at a time; one week without
a Saturday Inspection; the First Lieutenant
sleeping in till 0700; Red Clymer
not sitting on the bitts on the
fo'c'sle; Dell Hunter Smith without
some mail and hurrying off to deliver
it; Baldy Davis with hair like Jim
Brady's; Nicolette without dire financial
worries; etc; etc; ....
Congratulations to Buck Weaver and
Ed St. Marie, who received their appointments
to Permanent Chief Gunner's
Mate and Permanent Chief Water
Tender, respectively. Little Ocko
says they had it coming to them.
Also leaving the ship with that coveted
piece of paper in his right hand,
seabag over his shoulder, was Cooley,
QM3c, Honorably Discharged after
four years of pacing the quarterdeck.
Good luck on the U. S. S. Outside feller,
we hear you'll need it .... they
say jobs are scarce.
Sivak tell me he' been in far places
and seen many things but one he'd
like to have seen and did not was
Churchman in ' soup and fish' at his
wedding. Well, I saw it, and if I had
not known the difference I'd have
thought he was one of the ' 400'. A
swell wedding and party after; ask
Well, there goes Liberty Call, gotta
make that boat . . . . see you next
week folks ...... t. h. a. n. ks for listening.
Word was brought to the press
that the ' M' Division challenges
any division aboard ship to a game
of baseball while we are here in the
yard. They propose any Saturday
afternoon as the time. Are you going
to let them get away with that
you deck hands?
Two Aviators Detached
Lt. ( jg) A. G. Dibrell
was detached last Monday to duty to
the Naval Aircraft Factory, Philadelphia,
Pa., whereas Lt. ( jg) P. E.
Emrick left the ship on the following
day for duty with squadron VS2T
aboard the U. S. S. Lexington.
The Houston wishes them
luck in their new asignments. ......
" There are two kinds of spots a girl
likes to see before her eyes, Fives
And while heaven may protect
the working girl, I'm wondering
what there is to protect the fellow