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This the stnrq ut a qreat ship. . . U. S. S. BEURBE F. ELLIUTT
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and aptlq known to her men as . . .
"THE FIGHTING FOX"
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After carrying such varied cargo as Actress Made-
line Carroll and some of Bing Crosby's horses in
peacetime runs to and from South America the
S.S. Delbrasil in August, l943, became a fighting
lady in Uncle Sam's growing transport fleet.
These stories of the pre-commissioning days and
the early days following commissioning have, with
each repeated telling, grown like a rolling snow-
ball, until now they have taken on the proportions
ofa Paul Bunyan yarn. Though legendary, l hesi-
tate to vouch for this authenticity.
Those indeed were the days when the original crew
-made up of boots who had not yet gone to sea,
a few regulars, and the rest civilians in uniform-
got together to put the ship in commission. Those
were the days when the Elliott detail was mustered
by Ensign Bartow out at Treasure lsland.
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After a hectic time, in which hardly no one
knew just what any given man could or could
not do, the pre-commissioning days came to
an end. At 0900, 23 September, l943, the
commission pennant was run up and the
George F. Elliott, second ship to bear that
name in World War ll, became a full com-
missioned ship of the Navy, with Commander
A. J. Couble, U.S.N., commanding. Chief
Early has often repeated a yarn-which
may or may not have happened at inspection
on that day. The Captain, so the story goes,
told one of the new officers, an Ensign, to
have his division uncover so that he, the Cap-
tain, might inspect thir haircuts. The Ensign,
bewildered, momentarily forgot the command
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The Captain, of course, was displeased and,
after a few choice expletives, is reported to have
asked, "lsn't there any one here who can do this
An eager officer, at that time a junior grade
Lieutenant, stepped up to prove to the Captain
that, in matters concerning military bearing, he
was not lacking.
l-lis order to the division was, "Put your hats-
Onl" Since l wasn't aboard at the time l pass
it on so that those who, like myself, have come
aboard later might have an insight as to what
those early days on the George Fi might or might
not have been like.
After conversion to a troopship the 49l-foot
"Fighting Fox" could carry l lO cabin passengers
and l,788 troop class passengers.
The name "Fighting Fox" was originally the
nom-defplume of the first ill-fated George F.
Elliott, sunk at Guadalcanal in August of l942.
The Fox part of the name came from the Navy
phonetical alphabet for the letter "F",
The first two trips found the "Fighting Fox"
hauling troops from San Francisco, Port Hu-
eneme and San Diego to Nouemea, New Cale-
donia, Espiritu Santos and Guadalcanal. ln
those days drills and more drills played a very
important part in the ship's daily routine. Drills
were conducted for telephone talkers, lookouts,
damage control parties, fire and rescue parties.
Firing practice, spotting drills and pointer and
trainer drills were stressed. ln fact, seldom a
day passed without at least one or more drills
and men were wont to call the ship the "Sea-
going Annapolis" and "Captain Couble's College
of Nautical Knowledge".
Those drills, so important at the time, were
destined to pay off in the form of "Well Danes"
from Commodores on flagships that the Elliott
travelled with later.
On 3I January, I9-44, the "Fighting Fox" arrived
in San Francisco for routine repairs. That was
the last time the ship was to see her home port
for I4 months. After leaving Port t-lueneme on
22 February, the last troop came aboard in a
driving rain storm. There was a torrential dawn-
pour during the three days the ship was at
Hueneme, but native Californians assured us it
was "an unusual season".
On I March the ship crossed the equator and
the men who on the preceding trips were on the
receiving end of Shellbock initiations promptly
assumed new rolls on the giving end and
initiated several new members who were enter-
ing the realm of Neptunus Rex for the first time
On that trip the Elliott visited such ports as
I-lavonnah Harbor, Efate Island, Espiritu Santos,
Guadalcanal, Russel Islands, Milne Bay, Buna,
and Langemak, the three latter all in New
Guinea. On I-I April the Elliott made a land
fall at Seeadler Harbor, Manus Island, in the
freshly invaded Admiralty group. An air alert
on the I6th of April lasted six minutes, but no
enemy planes were sighted.
From Manus the ports of call were Green Island
and Espiritu Santos, where, with the arrival of
I4 Navy nurses for passage to Pearl l-larbor,
everyone became a little more conscious of his
language and choice expletives and common
"slanguage" was discontinued.
After stopping at Funafuti in the Ellice group,
the "Fighting Fox" pulled into Pearl l-larbor for
voyage repairs and was transferred to the Fifth
Amphibious force. Everyone felt that something
big was in the offing-and bull sessions found
groups speculating as to where the "Fighting
Fox" would turn up next. In due time that
question was answered when D-Day at Saipan
found the George F. Elliott in company with
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The route to Saipan was via Eniwetok.
Air alerts and air attacks were common during
the six-day stay at Saipan. Most members of
ship's company were treated to their first view
of dog fights at Saipan. lnvariably American
pilots had the upper hand and the Nips came
out second best.
Until hospital ships arrived, the "Fighting Fox"
proved her versatility when the adequate sick
bay was used for emergency operations. 'Lieu-
tenant l-loughton IMCI, U.S.N.R., and Lieuten-
ant ljgl Lee IMCI, U.S.N., ably assisted by
troop doctors and ship's company corpsmen,
worked day and night in the Herculean task of
administering aid to the wounded.
After leaving Saipan the "Fighting Fox" Qrrived
at Makin Atoll on 30 June and on the same date
departed with the U.S.S. Middleton and escorts
for Tarawa. On the first of July the ships left
for Apamama and after deborking and embark-
ing passengers arrived at a rendezvous point off
Makin with the U.S.S. Clay.
After arriving in Pearl Harbor on 9 July, the
"Fighting Fox" departed for San Diego in com-
pany with ships of Transport Division lO.
Two quick trips to San Diego
found the ship's crew becoming ac-
quainted with members of the 5th
Marines for the first time. After
deborking the Marines the Elliott
proceeded to Honolulu where troops
of the 96th Division lArmyl were
embarked for training at Maui.
After training at Maui the ship re-
turned to Honolulu where, on the
8th of September, Commander A. J.
Couble, U.S.N., was promoted to
Captain to rank from June, I943.
The next day Captain Couble was
relieved as Commanding Officer by
ex-submariner, Commander W. F.
With a new skipper on the bridge,
the "Fighting Fox" steamed west
with troops .of the 96th Division for
the invasion of Yap. That invasion never materi-
alized, however, as Admiral Halsey pronounced
the Philippines "ripe" for assault. Consequently,
the course was altered to Manus via Eniwetok.
The 2Oth day of October-D-Day-found the
Elliott anchored in Transport area two off Leyte.
For the next four days air raids and general
quarters throughout the day and night were
destined to be a part of every man's life in
After leaving Leyte 24 October, l944, the course
was laid to Hollandia, New Guinea. Departing
Hollandia on 3 November, the ship sortied with
the Capricornus and proceeded to Wadke Island
After 'returning to Hollandia with Army troops,
the ship left Hollandia 9 November and Sortied
with Task Unit 79.l5.6 en route to Leyte.
The Army troops we had aboard begun to think
that November l3th was an unlucky day for
them to be at sea. At IS46 enemy planes were
reported in the vicinity. At l7OO a lone Jap
torpedo plane attacked the last ship in forma-
tion and was shot down and crashed in flames.
The previous year, November l3, l943, found
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the same troops we now had aboard clinging to
life rafts off Espiritu Santos when the merchant
ship they were aboard was torpedoed. From
the Philippines the "Fighting Fox" proceeded
to Manus Island, thence to Cape Gloucester,
New Britain. After the usual training period,
this time off Huen Gulf, the ship returned to
Manus Island. Here Christmas was celebrated
in the equatorial heat.
Next came Luzon. On 8 January the crew went
to general quarters twice. In the morning a
bomber was overhead, missing his target, a car-
rier, That evening a kamikaze pilot attacked the
U.S.S. Kitkum Bay, crashing into the after port
quarter in a suicide dive. Other Jap planes in
the area were shot down or retired.
The next morning--D-Day at Lingayen-found
the "Fighting Fox" batteries firing away at
enemy planes. Between general quarters, enemy
planes and other obstacles, cargo handlers were
able to unload, and at I85I the same day, the
"Fighting Fox," with guns blazing, steamed out
of Lingayen Gulf. After visiting Leyte Gulf, the
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ship sortied with members of Transport Division
-ll en route for Manus Island. The 25th Janu-
ary of I9-45 found the "Fighting Fox" loading
troops ot the 33rd Infantry Division at Wadke,
After an uneventful trip to Lingayen Gulf and
back to Leyte the ship departed for Ulithi in the
Caroline Island group.
After leaving Ulithi the "Fighting Fox," in
company with other ships of Transport Division
I2.6.I, circled the Island of Iwo Jima until I8
March, when the anchor was dropped in the
waters off that sulphuric hell spot, scene of some
of the toughest, bloodiest fighting of World
For the third time, members of the 'Sth Marines
were carried on the "Fighting Fox". After
leaving the Marines at Hilo, Hawaii, the course
was laid to San Francisco on I6 April, l945.
On the previous day, the selection board in
Washington, D. C., promoted Commander W. F.
Weidner to the rank of Captain, U.S.N.
After a stay in San Francisco, dur-
ing which time voyage repairs were
completed, new armament added,
etc., the "Fighting Fox" sailed to
Port Hueneme where CB's were
embarked. After leaving Port Hue-
neme the "Fox" sailed to Okinawa
via Eniwetok and Ulithi. After sev-
eral night air raids-they came so
regularly that you could almost set
your watch by their regularity-the
"Fighting Fox" headed on 25 July
for San Francisco via Ulithi. Those
days from Ulithi to San Francisco
were indeed historic ones. Between
those dates 3I July and I5 August,
came some of the greatest news
flashed from the far Pacific Thea-
ter. First came news that the
atomic bomb was used-as the
"Fox" sailed alone, the United
Press report came in that Japan had asked for
peace, Then came the denial and the officers
and men, who one minute were bubbling over
with enthusiasm, now disappointed, waited
for more news.
On I7 August, l945, Captain W. F. Weidner
was relieved by Commander Hermann P. Knick-
After a quick trip to Pearl Harbor, the "Fighting
Fox" set out for Yokosuka, Japan, on I9 Sep-
tember and on the l3th October, after being
diverted by a typhoon, the ship anchored in
Tokyo Bay. At last the familiar "See you in
Tokyo" became a reality.
OF THE ELLIOTT
During the past two years there has been a large
turnover in the officer personnel aboard ship,
so that it is impossible for me to give an account
offneach one. Therefore, I shall strive to men-
tion the highlights for, after all, aren't the high-
lights the most interesting?
Eirstiof all, l would like to mention Captain
Couble, Captain Weidner and Commander
Knickerbocker who have been our Commanding
We now come to Lieutenant W, Lyons who was
our first Lieutenant for quite some time There
was never a more agreeable man than Walt,
who would say yes to any work request, then
promptly forget all about it. l-le was also a
great one for plenty of sack time. Commander
Angrick, our first Executive Officer, will be re-
membered by all who served under him. Lieu-
tenant Commander l-larry "Handsome l-larry"
l-latch then followed as Executive Officer and
was quite the glamour boy with those wavy
blond locks. Among the engineers we had
Lieutenant Commander J. Edwards as Chief En-
gineer, vvho would take great delight in raising
cain with all officers in regard to censoring mail.
In the islands he would board ship after a
sojourn to the Officers' Club, and as soon as he
had one foot on the quarterdeck Jake would
start yelling for all censors to lay up to the ward-
room. There was also Lieutenant ljgl A. Angell,
Senior Assistant Engineer, who after many
attempts finally convinced the doctors his back
rated a discharge.
Nor can we forget Dr. Houghton, who found out
the hard way what a gun casualty was. l-le
arrived on the scene of a reported gun casualty
with stretcher, corpsmen, etc., only to find a
miss fire. During general drills, whether they
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llizika with siclearrn, life lieltg .teel helm-t,
lminoculars., etc We never cniiltl l'igjllf'.f P'
they neglected tn carrv MK rcifrin-W
Lieutenant M Kasek Suppli. Officer far xl tint?
could also double as fiatterx Officer and was a
great one for exercise lt can also be said that
he was the only one gn inclined Our Navigator
for a long time, Lieutenant 'igl Cassidy had
a wonderful solution to all world problems lt
was simply "shoot the so and so Ensign N
Alexander, Disbursing Officer, had the probable
distinction of being the oldest ensign in the
Navy, The lucky boy had been promoted from
Chief Warrant Officer to Ensign.
Along in August, l944, the b?g noise blew
aboard the George F. in the form of Chief Elec-
trician l-lutchinson. With his voice alone old
Hutch could strike terror in the hearts of his
electrical gang. Chief Machinist l-lill, also known
as "Bunker" from his water-tending days, only
asked to go back into retirement, and back to
some good southern corn liquor. Our present
Chief Engineer, Lieutenant G. Kramer, was
thought by many to be part of the Title B
equipment aboard ship, The Navy took George
over with the ship in l943.
Then we have Lieutenant ljgl Smith, first
Division Officer, with a voice second to none in
volume, and the greatest all-around athlete in
the world, quote Clarence, Many adjectives
could be used to describe Ensign P. Webb, but
C1'oc'1fc'H. Ifns. Jlrixfcfiwoiz, CMUM, A Fiiviirl,
we will merely say that he just did not give a
damn. Lieutenant Commander G. Manhart, our
present Executive Officer, spent half his Navy
career worrying and wondering if he would ever
make those ZVQ stripes. 'We are glad to say he
did a few months ago.
Ensign J. Carman, one time "M" Division Offi-
cer, was stopped by the S. P. one day for imper-
sonating an Officer. Lieutenant Gould, Com-
missary Officer, was the ship's big operator, Old
Milt, officially Commander Tabor, the Supply
Officer, put several days in bed with Q Strgined
back after getting down and showing some of
his men how a deck should be scrubbed.
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Another story worth telling is the day Lieutenant
B. Bartow, our present first Lieutenant, was
battered back and forth between the Captain
and the Engineer Officer. The Captain sent
Brad below to find out about the breakdown in
the engine room, and upon arriving there he
was promptly ordered out by Lieutenant Com-
mander Fink, the Chief Engineer at the time.
This went on for awhile with Brad wearing a
path between the bridge and the engine room,
much to his grief.
The present Division Officer, Ensign R.
Murline, decided the world was a cruel place
when he was informed he would be O boat OffiCer
during amphibious operations. However, that
is all behind him now, and to his credit. Around
a year ago an Irish politician by the name of
Mahan strolled aboard. Ensign T. Meehan, "R"
Division Officer, was born 20 years too late as
he 1.-.outa haue been a natural during the Tam-
ntanv Hall CfO
Ar tne same time Ensign F. Friedman, also
l-nrt .vi s Fearless," reported aboard. Freddie,
.t git midshipmen school, knew he was
ter tcm all of the Elliott's prayers. Chief
i.-.Jiri lnitude spent 30 years in the Navy
'f.l1"lt1Q about the Navy. Seeing that our
'iewr rated a Chaplain, Ensign F. Cassidy
iwsitl tht' luill vCty wCll.
llttt all there is to say as the rest of us could
hope for on honorable mention compared
t-rw those already named.
I-lello Fox, who's the character with you? Fel-
lows, l want you to meet Joe Boot, he's ship's
company now, so let's give him the low down.
Well Fox, l see that you brought him to the
right place because this is where the ship really
starts. You see the men start out here as sea-
man. Maybe you would like to know the mean-
ing of "seaman". The seaman is the man who
soys "Who-me?" after the Captain tells the
first Lieutenant, the first Lieutenant tells the
Boatswain, the Boatswain tells the Boatsvvain
Mate, the Boatswain Mate tells the Coxswain,
and the Coxswain points to the lone seaman,
who, you see, is at the bottom of a long ladder
of orders. The seaman awakes in the morning
to the horrid sound of the boatswain pipe. Par-
don me, but before vve go any further, maybe
we ought to explain the boatswoin pipe. lt is
Before the Mast
an instrument about so long, and reminds you
of a police whistle which you vvould have liked
to have had as a kid. By the way, you'll prob-
ably find out that the guy blowing it is also an
overgrown kid. lt is blown at different times
during the day to notify us that it's time for
chow, watch, lights out, etc.
At O6l5 we hear the
shrill of the kid's whistle
ordering the Seaman to
"give it a clean sweep
dovvn fore and aft. Half
asleep, we all stagger
up to the main deck for-
ward, where we hear O
hell of a roar from about
four Boatswain MateS
and a couple CoxswainS
telling us to take the
sleep out of our eyes and
get the brooms to work-
ing. lf you think yOUf
mother-in-law is bad yOU
ought to hear the Boat-
swain Mate. I-le reOllY
beats his gums.
That done we rush down
to our compartments to
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sprinkle our foces. About the time wet get our
foces dry there is o rush to chow, where we stond
in line for minutes thot seem like hours, only to
reoch the steom toble ond find thot our time
hos been wosted in voin. l-lere we toke o piece
of breod ond o cup of Joe ond moke our stomoch
believe it's breokfost. At the lost gulp of our
Joe, which some of us never reoch, due to our
tender stomochs, we ore summoned to quorters.
Here our gentlemonly Division Officer wolks out
of the luxurious wordroom, ofter o hecirty meol
of sunnyside up eggs ond hom, ond colls us to
on unnecessory ottention while he leons ogoinst
the bulkheod ot eose. Here we stond for fifteen
minutes, o couple of which ore token up by mus-
tering. Frequently to our dislike, Rocks ond
Shools ore reod, but more often the time is token
up by unnecessory lectures on squoring of hots
ond weoring of regulotion shoes. Also ot quor-
ters we receive our lobors for the doy. Then
"Turn To" sounds ond we merrily stroll to our
work filled with wild onticipotion.
Boy, Boot, here is where you see o working bunch
of fools. lt seems thot this first division does
everything but cook, ond some of our old men
ore even doing thot, os we hove representotives
in olmost every division on the ship. Our work
consists of keeping the forword port of the ship
in reodiness ond condition. We're not soying
whot kind of condition, becouse if you knew the
First Division you would know thot the condition
would olwoys be good. lWhot the hell ore you
loughing ot?l ln keeping our ship cleon we use
quite o few pieces of moteriol, including point
brushes, chippers, scropers ond wire brushes,
ond, brother, you will wish you hod never seen
these once you get to using them. A seomon is
never o seomon until he is entirely fomilior with
these tools ond l'm sure thot you will get to be
quite fomilior with them on our next voyoge.
Don't let us discouroge you though. There ore o
lot of other interesting things to be done. You
might like rigging booms, which proves to be on
interesting operotion with Simon Legree ond his
henchmen spouting words of wisdom into your
About this time we heor "Sweepers" ogoin, so
we mon our brooms ond sweep her down ltroops
ond olll. Then comes the glorious birdlike coll
of our kiddie pipe, so we trot on down to Tobor's
vitomin shop. Believe me there ore C1 lOT of
vitomins in Tiger's stew. Thot is if you con
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points for the 'llotitii l we ,t irt in iiir
to the after crews tornpcxrtnivrtt iril, Y f
interrupted hy 'lliirn ld we rvtiwr' t
work of our desire' ttippvingg ti www-t nit-i K. '
our Chipping hcirnnwrs
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Shower aren't there enniigli sliowers. twr on
one?" 'lNNhat' tloxent xwii heard ezhwtit
water l1OLlVS3 There were times when we
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. i-.god tind nwen taking showers in wash
ff' rt i i the mater an tor halt an hour a day. Then
i nz sometimes water is taken out ot the
riot! drinking lountainlf'
'wi iii sliiwwin, we return to Eddie's and
-+ t s -ei' in shop tchow halll, and find that
i .-.ii this some chow that we had tor dinner
f its thrown together different, but it
nf thi some awful taste, NOW don't
, vi.ff7ttQ, sometimes we have fairly good
. N -r ii ron always tell when this is, because
.f ixgtiir supply officer is found behind the
tefznw tftlilcg tirissirotg out the Chow, waiting to lDC
it 'nr time is free except for those on watch,
t S, we go hack aft to find all of our Boatswain
Mates and Coxswains in their sacks.
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The outline we have just gone
through describes our working
day, after the war was over. Now
if you're not bored we would like
to continue and tell you about
some of the harder things we had
to go through with. We spoke
of getting up at 06l 5, but during
war time we would get racked
out anywhere from 0300 to 0530
every morning for "Gene,-Ol
Quarters". Every morning we
would have "General Quarters"
just before sunrise because this
was when the enemy was most
likely to strike. When we were
close to enemy held territory we
would get racked out at any time
during the night. I know you will
laugh when you hear that we
went to "General Quarters"
while passing under the Golden
Gate Bridge. During war time
our division was often found
working all night unloading
cargo, During these times we
worked six hours on and six
hours off, just so our ship would
be able to pull out to sea at the
Yes, boot, we have seen some
action, ln fact that is how we
got our name "Fighting Fox".
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"Well, let's go down to the
bridge deck." At this paint
the boot seaman asked:
"What's that shed over
there?" "Well," replied the
Fox, "that's the spud locker
and movie shed combined."
Again the boot questioned
the Fox: "What is that fel-
low doing?" And the Fox
replied: "Ohl That is Maca-
roni, the spud coxswain, but
he never breaks his back
you can bet on that,"
The Fox and his new ship-
mate proceed down the lad-
der onto the bridge deck
"The stairway sure is slip-
pery today, Foxf' said the
boot. "This is no stair
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wax mate this is a ladder? Remember you're
in the Navy noxxf replied the Fox. "Get on
Wiiltat are those guys doing over there?" asked
the :ss-t Well," replied the Fox, "that's
flurrai Qdmertin and Powell taking the hatch
lo-,trtls i, at and its probably the tenth unneces-
dirt, time today that they have done it. And
tfiini the way they are bumping their gums,
the-, re ii.,t trio happy about it."
What are those boys doing on their knees,
shc-siting crap?" asked the boot, "Hell no, they
are hgh, stoning the deck," answered the Fox.
A bit perplexed the boot asked again: "What
are they doing that tor?" "The reason is," an-
swered the Fax, "they dropped too much cargo
and gear on the deck that they have to smooth it
down Those two characters on their knees
against the bulkhead are commonly known as
Funk and White. Each of them is afraid he'll
do more than the other, so they work together
to make sure they stay even.
l'That white canvas lying there is our movie
screen, ln a few moments Jenkins and Lett will
rig it and we'll probably see a picture tonight."
At this moment the boot asked, "l-low come
those two holy stone characters are on the chim-
ney now?" And the Fox replied, "That isn't
the chimney, that's Charlie Noble. That is Mr.
Weir, the officer in charge of the Second
Division, trying to explain what he wants done
to Charlie Noble. But l'll bet White gets the
last word in.
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"Now we'lI go over to the starboard ladder leadf
ing down to the well deck or main deck. Thats
Warner and Fruits carrying the GI can full of
soap and water down to troop compartment No
5. They are probably going down to scrub bulke
heads and decks. You'll have that same golden
opportunity yourself one of these days
Hlncidentally, I see they're going to tap the
boom over by hold No 6. The fellow on the
winch control is Leieune, and Rancourt is giving
the signals. The two guys over are Farrar and
Hamilton who are heaving around on the guide
lines. One always does the grunting and the
other the heaving
"l'll take you back to the fantail now and have
you meet a few more fellows Wtvll, well heres
Whiteley puttering around, making a knife
handle. He does numerous robs back here such
as splicing lines and wires, keeping the gear
lockers in shape, etc, lf you look over the side,
youlll see Bolen and Jenkins on a stage getting
ready to repaint the ship's numbers. That is
Brandt lowering the white paint bucket over the
side Yeud sax he was tending the stage.
'lNeil here comes Lopez heading down to the
crew s quarters Must be a big dice game down
there Sa l think our next visit will be your new
sleeptng quarters l.et's go, mate."
A Dees the noise and commotion that l hear go
Lan :23wwCt.s7 queried the boot. 'IMOST of The
din replied the Fox "The guy blowing his lid
is .lite-, rt cnmpaitment cleaner, trying to get
Clrstw and H. tfman out of their racks. Onefs
tfy,-ting te get more sack time than the other. By
the wav Johrtsfm loses on the average of three
bets exert Saturday on his football predictions.
Wei as l live and breathe, here is Ensign
Cassidy checking up onthe second division again.
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we might as well go
down to l-lonaker's
Slap Shop and see
what they have for
Chow, More than
likely hash again.
f'lXlaw that you've
been introduced to
the men ot the sec-
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you have an idea
just what you will
be doing in the next
few months, what
do you think?"
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Chief Fuller and "Ice Cube" Croofoot top the
'thank you" list.
At the opposite end of the compartment we gee
some of our more prominent members of the
social club engaged in a fast game of poker.
Pappy Sellars has one sea bag filled and has Q
good start on the second. Slim Jim Sidley,
Pretty Boy Elliott, Little Brother La Fluer and
Slave Driver Goodwin are making most of the
donations. On the sidelines we seem to have Q
little confusion. Oh! lt's just Turtle Beeman
and Lady Killer Busker having one of their
tussles, which is just an everyday occurrence.
In the top sack overlooking the poker game we
see 'The Russian," Joe Mudry. Joe seems to be
having a little trouble sleeping due to the rats
making a path along the beam, above his bunk.
On the other side of the row of bunks we see
Howard and Brandt engaged in a little quarrel.
Brandt probably attached the sign, "Electrician
with the Day's Duty," to l-lovvard's sack.
Looks like we will have to back track here, as
some of these new firemen -- Moorman, Pate,
Meyers, McKay and McFadden-seem ill at ease
playing cards in the middle of the deck. AS
we turn back we pick up a conversation between
Andy Rohanivich and Dunn. l suppose Andy is
still trying to sell that Jap kimono. l-le will prob-
ably end up trading it off to Primmar for one
of the many Jap rifles he 'acquired from the
We will now bid farewell to the compartment
and journey down to the engine room uptakes,
Starting down the ladder vve are confronted by
l0rz'1'i1g Aizclwsoiiz Dcmcilcl J . Allczrd liklmgml LCLFZQW
Spivey. l-le is probably on his way to sick bay--
always trying to get a little rest cure. We move
down the ladder and the first person to draw
our attention is "Commander Bullyard" Ballard
atop No. l generator playing cowboy and lndign.
Ballard is otherwise known as "Commander-
in-Chief of all ComPacSacRats." Behind the
generator we see "Blackout" Barker polishing
light bulbs l-le acquired the name when he
accidentally tripped the main breaker and put
the ship in a complete blanket of darkness
As we walk towards the center of the engin
room we see Tennessee Stanton standing on
the rag can lecturing to a group of new firem n
He is trying to conscript some new members to
goin his IWW Club for a nominal fee The
organization represents l won t work At the
throttle is M L Grimes who claims spinning tne
throttles added one fourth inch to each bi ep
since we last left the States There goes War
horse l-lelsel with a open end wrench and a
five pound sledge hammer in his hands on hi
way to tighten the stern tube gland
Theres the Boatswain pipe Here com he
turn to gang Chief Kilgore seems to have
rounded up his gang of snipes Stump Berlin
Douglas and Pinky Semp rott Thev eem t
be headed for the Joe pot ar the Jie p
we see big Bell who is laboring away on a riir
thick iuicy steak sandwich which prob itil
came from the officers galley tel. ' talkir
Bey out of going on the recreation party, the
e wil ve to do is ' ' s it
u y Lieutenant ligl Masterson , is .
we ave another bull session over i tl ,
wi Abbott Firms and the Pitlcle twin ls
cussing their fishing and hunting e pcriL,1ig'ae
Fiems said the drinks are on the house if fu v ft
the boys ever get to his Wooden St c Twvt r, T
ln the machine shop wc caught Chief Hcngn
trying to load a pair of dice and there are Chief
Fletcher and Cue Ball' Schellenbcrg turning
out knife handles on Navy time
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aboard ship for the crews mess
Stand Ships Service and the requisitioning of
all supplies used aboard ship. The head of de-
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buck along to meek little J. l-l. Cook SK 3
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U.S.N.R. The office is directed by K. L. "Fatty"
Phillips, CSK, USN., who attempts to keep R.
D. Spear, SK lfc, and Charles Stephanson oper-
n we drop in for nourishment from Q
l-leidbrink and Jack Youngblood in the forward
galley, ln the Stewards' Compartment we find
Anthony Morrs and Thomas Paul playing poli-
tics between trips to the coffeemaker in the
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chombroy shirt some churnp sent in for o wgglq
job. Let us novv visit the Borher Shop on the
moin deck. H. J. Cox ond J, C. Higgs hold forth
here with clippers ond bowl reody for oll unwory
comers. Now for No. 4 hold where oll our
supplies ore stored. The Supply Section ig
divided into two sections, this loeing the second,
the storeroom group. Pound Peterson mokes ell
issues of GSK ond Provisions while "lce" Smith
ond Cook moke C ond SS ond SS issues.
When do we get poid? Our Disbursing Officer
is Ensign H. C. Koehler lSCl, ossisted by two
SKD's. Mr. Koehler relieved Ensign Anderson
who vvonted shore duty in the l2th Novol Dist-
rict ond got it, in Norfolk, Vo. The next desk
is occupied by Gus Streck, the only mon who con
moke o broken wotch run for five minutes while
he sells it. At the moment he is out trying to
get ten more points to join ci little heort throb
in Chicogo. There used to be o little store-
keeper in here by the nome of Brewer, but his
ohility ond gift of gob roised him to Worront
Poy Clerk. As for the rest of us, from the Supply
Division you'll find our pictures listed. The jobs
we hove ore monyz Looding stores, looking
cokes, roosting turkeys, checking inventories,
figuring poy lists, ond some just plOlV1 Old
swobbeys. We're oll o port of the S DiviSiOI'1 Of
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clothes to go on watch. When he'd finally reach
the signal bridge to relieve Willie "Tex" Carra-
way, they would hold lengthy conversation some-
thing like this: "l-li Kachl" "Goodnight Tex."
Carraway would then go down and make all
preparations to hit the sack only to discover
Dick "Henry" Ford and Lee Cannon swapping
tall stories, both being very good at that small
Another great figure of ours vvas "Waldo" Hig-
gins, founder of the model P-38 industry aboard
the Elliott. "Waldo" didn't use hair tonic be-
cause he didn't have any'-not the tonic but the
hair. Assistant to Waldo in the Repair Shop
known as "l-liggins' Assembly Line" was Rav
Ziegler who was envied by one and all when he
received a 30-day leave and shore duty in his
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leome town Vince Baby Piraino, who could
put anxene in their place with his fiery remarks,
belonged to the 'Plank Owners Club" along
with his fQllOw rC1CliOm3n, 'l.OutCH Miller,
"Louie could put ani hula girl ta shame with
his renditions of the hula dance. Another radio-
man who left us was Tommy' Thompson who
could alwaxs be remembered cornering some new
fellOw' and telling hint what a nice wife he had.
A commgn figure often seen running around
with a message beard in hand and pencil behind
his ear was Jef Karas wha was always being
sought alter li-. bmw wanting to write his beau
tiful sisters If tba laakcfcl far lslatry "l-'lOrSC"
lrlerras wut Q 'tiltl asaallx liiitl hint hanging over
one nt thc' rails luietling his last meal to the hs 1.
llrlgnrve Cmtiltlrit help being f,CCl'wlClQ
afwai 5, tank the ribbing'," with a cheerful smile.
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The rodio gong lost some good men when they W
lost "Col" Merchont, Dick Sweet ond "Stu"
Milligon but we oll remember the good men the
yeomen gong lost. There wos "Lovely" COSO-
telli who got dischorged when on old illness
lwhich we won't nomel cought up with him.
The moin works vvos Jim l-loys of the Exegg
Office who ron the office with much precision
ond order while he enjoyed o good poker gome
with the boys eight nights o week. lYes there
ore! There ore eight nights in the week when
we cross the dote linel
Al Pornell wos in his glory when he mode Chief
Yeomon ond thot good conduct ribbon could
olwoys be seen on his blues becouse he didn't
hove o hosh mork to look "solty" like the other
chiefs, The two boys who worked with Al were
Gene Compston ond "Shorty" Gordner, These
two boys were the typicol formers who hod been
drofted into the Novy ond disliked the ideo
immensely. Both were nice, quiet fellows ond
"Shorty" hod very good poker luck which the
rest of the gong continuolly gripe-d obo-,it for
hours on end. lf you were oboord when Ji,
orr vvos here you will never forget his infomous
morning coll, The "Exec," thinking Joe to bt
working down in the office, would send hi
messenger to get Joe, The messenger knew
where to go, not to the office but right to Joie
sock for there he'd be
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The Yeomen also come under the supervision of
the C Division and they hold some of the most
important jobs on the ship. They keep in Con-
fact with the Navy Bureaus and tend to the
crew's records. Much could be said about the
ye0men's, signal men's and radiomen's duties,
but we won't go into further details for a good
part of their duties deal with restricted, confi-
dential and secret matter which the Navy
doesn't want disclosed. You'll want to know
something about those fellows still serving in C
Division. Looking on them we see Eddie Mont-
gomery who although he's a lovable old soul
would forget about eating if his stomach didn't
let him know it was hungry. Monty's protege
is Harry "Luwich" Brink who at all hours of the
day and night can be found making a pot of
Joe. Right beside Brink drinking some of that
Joe would be Dick "Gil" Guilderson. "Gil" feels
lost without Charlie Kacher's assistance in bur-
lesquing comedy acts for the benefits of all but
still manages to act crazy enough to bring on
the laughter of everyone around. Then we have
"Rabbit" Cheves and his guitar. l-le plinks out
the oldtime tunes with the accompaniment of
"Glendale" Riley on the mandolin. These two
boys are undoubtedly the most religious boys on
the old "Fox," and it's a pitiful sight to watch
them when they are mad, trying to say some-
thing nasty and yet still be in bounds, but it is
a grand thing to see that at least two boys have
not been changed too much by their stay on the
The Radarman is as typical a sack rat as you'll
find anywhere in the Navy, and although find-
ing it very trying at times the Radar Gang of the
George F, Elliott has followed through in extra-
Eor the major part of the time the ship has been
In commission the gang has been a member of
the small, but loud, N Division.
When the Radar is mentioned aboard the "Fox,"
one first gives thought to non-smiling John
Cline. Old John finally won the war and got the
bridge painted from his elaborate top sack, and
he is now on the outside with his Eleanor. Old
-.ITZIDH Zafero was the shrewd one, who saw all,
Heard all, and knew everything. "l-loiman and
GOiman" Mueller was a staunch member of the
O"lQinal crew, along with dear "Jasco" Sau-
hecver. l imagine "Jasco" is back in Arkansas
with his shoes off by now. "Admiral" Coleman,
the pride of Annapolis, and Dick Nauman, the
cornfed Iowa boy, round out the original gang.
"Eors" Moriority, the eighth wonder of the
world, ond Bill "Nights in l-long Kong" Hood
were odded severol months loter. Needless to
soy, thot's when the bedlom set in.
Then come o time when most of the old-timers
lett ond oboord come the new gtong: Doniel
Boon, "The St. Louis Kid"g Joe Frowley, who is
still hoping the old Elliott will some doy go to
Seottleg Bill Dorner, whose three kids come in
very hondy by getting him o dischorge, ond
"Col" Calhoun, the gong's Southern represento-
tive, The gong is led by Dick Noumon, the only
old-timer lett, Dorner hos been reploced by Jim
"Red" Motthews, o Rodio Technicion who is o
good Rodormon, nevertheless.
During the whole period the gong hos been led
by severol officers who hod on octive interest in
leorning the intricocies of rodor, ond not just
becouse they got it pushed in their lop. They
were Lieutenont ljgl Cossody, Lieutenont ljgl
Coogon, ond for o short time Lieutenant ljgl
The principol duties of o rodormon ore to keep
his set in operotion ond to get the moximum use
out of it, ond we ore sure this hos been occom-
plished oboord the Elliott.
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C. E. Schuman
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cooperation with this staff are twelve corpsmen
ranging in rates from Chief Pharmacist mgfes to
Hospital apprentices second class. However the
complement has been as high as eighteen and
as low as eight corpsmen.
Aboard the Elliott we have a forty-bed sick bay
for our sick and wounded, one surgery equipped
for major and minor operations, a laboratory,
dispensary, X-ray and a dental office A spray-
ing squad operates nightly, spraying with in-
secticide spray the forward and after galleys,
butcher shop, bakery and officers' galley. After
the disembarkation of troops all troop compart-
ments are fumigated. Sanitation an the Elliott
as far as the crew goes has been no problem
Due to the evidence of rat infestation aboard
the Elliott, traps are set routinely throughout
the ship. Typhoid, tetanus, cholera, typhus and
smallpox vaccinations and innoculations are
given routinely to the crew. The Dental Depart
ment takes care of all repairs, disease, etc, af
HISTORY OF THE MEDlCAL DEPARTMENT
The Medical Department of this ship was set up
to take aboard and care for 7S litter cases and
ISO ambulatory cases following the initial
assaults. At no time did we treat to our capacity,
but during the invasions of Leyte, Lingayen ontl
the operation of Iwo Jima this clepcirtntiwit
handled its wounded very capably
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The 79 and 40 casualties, of all descriptions,
brought aboard at Saipan and Iwo Jima, respec-
tively, were all inspected by a medical officer
and then assigned to a specific location where
treatment was given. This procedure proved its
worth, as obvious confusion was dispensed with,
and the more serious wounded were given priority
We have been most fortunate in relation to
dysentery in epidemic form, having had only 30
cases of fairly severe dysentery. This outbreak
was due in all probability to contamination of
food either bx flies or carriers. While in the
Yokosuka, Japan, area from October l3, l945,
to November l6, l9-li, a rather severe outbreak
of dysentery occurred in many of the fleet units.
We cgain were fortunate to escape with only
five rhiid cases Rigid sanitary measures were
always enforced All water, even after distillas
tion, was highly chlorinated, Salt water from
the harbor was discontinued for all purposes
except the ships flushing system, Spraying
squads operated throughout the ship nightly,
control?-na, the spread of vermin, flies, roaches,
Thus tier fi period of two years the men of H
Divrst rf have plated their part well. Over one
hir, ixgigztit-its have been performed, eleven
,t ri r ngiture, witlwout a fatality. Sickness
iii all descriptions have been
ti i A titf this putiviits returned to duty,
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l understond you ore to be with the C ond R
gong. Well thot is o fine division ond o mighty
fine bunch. This division does repoir ond con-
struction work on the ship. When l soy con-
struction l om referring to the ossembly line
they use for moking boxes. Yep, they ore mostly
officers' boxes. Some wont them fur lined, some
cedor lined, some wont them with on outomotic
switch so thot when they open the box o light
comes on inside showing them their souvenirs
in o glorious flood of yellow, green ond red
lights. Yes sir, there ore Kendrick ond Petty
moking o box now. l think this box is for Mr.
Tobor, our supply officer, who is o very conservo-
Now we will go over ond I will introduce you to
the Corpenters' Mote gong-both of them.
This good looking chop is Bill Kendricks who
hos more nomes thon he hos hoir on his heod.
Some of them ore Stubby, Moose, Chips, Nose,
Foce, etc. Yes, he is quite o fellow. Quite o
lodies' mon, too. Kendrick is olso A-l ot cook-
ing-just osk onyone from R Division.
Thot tired, sleepy looking fellow sitting down
over there is Lee Pettey who hoils from the solt
flots of Utoh. l-le hod more solt on him when
he come in the Novy thon oll the fleet combined.
Now l will toke you to the Shipfitters' Shop ond
show you oround. Their job is to repoir or con-
struct onything pertoining to metol, keep the
droinoge system open ond sympothize with oll
officers who wont o heod or o droin unstopped.
The shipfitters ore on ingenious bunch, doing
Left to right-
S. A. Dixon
W. D. K672CI'7"l.C1f
L. R. Pettey
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everything from the heaviest construction to re-
The shipfitter in charge of these fellows is Paul
Baker, SF lfc. l-le is probably the best known
man on the ship. lt is nothing to hear his name
called over the P. A. system about 20 times a
day. The only thing bad about Baker is he is
the one who gives the gang reveille and turns
Oh, ohl l-lere comes Weiss, SF Zfc, all covered
with grease and corruption. lt looks like he has
been fixing the sanitary system. That is some-
thing about Weiss-he never lets any job stop
him. l-le just digs in and comes out with about
Z0 intricate parts too many and a pipe wrench
and hammer missing. They are probably in the
machine somewhere but who cares, it vvorks.
We have covered first about all of the Car-
penters' Mates and S. F. except Woods. l-le is
the wavy haired lad who handles the baggage
room. This baggage room is a combination of
tools, screws, bolts, any kind of hardware, can-
dies, cigarettes, wash room articles, hangout,
artist studio, library and scuttlebutt center. So
you can see Woods has quite a job on his hands
trying his best to help everybody and hand out
Now we will shove off from the S. F. and C. M.
and go up where two of our men hang out and
spend their sleepless hours-up to the Boatswain
locker. These men are our sailmaker and painter.
Tom "Commander" Fender is the king of the
sailmakers. Tom can make anything from a
peanut bag to a record size balloon.
Our painter is Earl Allen. There are other names
of his, but it wouIdn't be proper to say them now.
Al has quite a knack for mixing paint. I-le mixed
all the paint that appears on the old "Fox",
Well, Feather Brain, we have just about sailed
over the whole division now. We now have only
two men left, but they are very important men.
To be exact, they are the M.A.A.'s force. Now
on the outside or in civilian life they would be
called policemen, cops, dicks, sheriffs, marshals
and what not. But here they hold the dis-
tinguished title of Master at Arms.
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All honds oboord will never forget Big Bertho
old Chief Andy s pride ond glory A greot old
gun indeed but I olwoys thought bollost wos
suppo ed to be below decks
In order to give you the stroight lowdown on our
deportment I will hove to introduce you to our
moin chorocter Chief Anderson lnvoriobly
Andy s dolly greeting would be Whots the
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Before we ottempt to chorocterize our men, os
is the usuol custom, we would oppreciote the
opportunity to perhops pot ourselves on the bock
o bit ond give o short description of our efforts
ond ochievements. '
During the entire commissioned period this ship
hos hod no mojor cosuolties in moteriol or per-
sonnel. Our eorly equipment, which wos honded
dovvn to us from World Wor l, wos time worn
ond bottered. Through pompering ond bobying
it held up well ond served through severol onti-
oircroft octions. Our guns spoke their little piece
to severol Komikoze roiders ond mode o good
dope?" Andy vvould look in the clipping room,
therein finding GM lfc Dick Moore lbetter
known to his men os the whipl ploying cords
with the '20 mm men to see who would get the
mornng Joe. On o hot doy you would find Moore
with o bucket of woter in hond wetting down
his steoming reody boxes, his most trying effort
of the doy. About this time you would probobly
find "Guns" Christino coming up the deck with
the lotest news. "Guns" wos in chorge of the
oft bottery before he become moil orderly. Chris
ond Moore were former shipmotes on the bottle-
Another chorcicter oppeoring on deck ot this
time would be Vinnedge, GM Ifc, who wos our
ship's ormorer for o time, during which he pro-
duced o number of model P-38's, P-6I's ond
B-29's. On the signal bridge we find "l-losoy
O'Toole" Lyons, who flips a coin with "Mad
Russian" Masarik to see who cleans the guns
for the day, and as usual the Russian has lost
ond screaming blue murder. Before Lyons, gn-
terests us in o little game of chance let's look
around a bit and see what the view affords,
Back there on the after battery undoubtedly
would have been little "Red" Egan rushing
around as always squaring things away-then
there was "Big Jack". Those two were o real
Up forward we have Wood, GM 3!c, alias Wood-,
"the Woodpecker". l-le's been up there trying
to keep the spray off the guns ever since we can
remember. Working with him is Mayfield, gen-
erally known as "Flowers", The two of them
handle that battery with no strain. Up on the
director undoubtedly you'd find Kohler, FC llc,
trying to find out why the gizmo won't work the
whatsiz connected to the strable. Since the loss
of our yeoman he covers most of the ordnance
clerical work too.
20 mm battery at present has a gay old callece
lion-"Little Guns" Wade, GM Sfc, and "Cu,-,
boy Capps" Mallen, GM lfc, are probably clillwn
in the armory taking inventory and signing title
Well, Joe Boot, we'll have to leave Mal to his,
confusion and see what the after battery att lrtl.
in the way of personality. First youkl will i tht
Cdly find a little fellow about G' -lil at that
240 with red hair and a roar like a lint llf- li
KOCurek, GM ZXC, the Strong arm at the ati tg
Working with the little fellow is Asking S lf
and he's been on the after battery a littkv e i
than a century. Somebody told me Apki-i .
liberty hound, ls that right, l2al'oU
Wenner, GM 3fC lAlhambra Limited' is als:
back there. l-le babies the pride of the shtp
namely the 5"!38. l-le loves his lab fo then
tell him, although it has been rumored they gate
him the ideal and all attachable gear as o little
gift. Maybe it is the gunnery end of the stick
but he's from California so what the hell
Let's not forget Chisholm, FC Zfc, better known
as the "Shoot 'em Up Kid". No one ever did
find out who shot who. You'll find him messing
around with firing circuits or directors. l-las he
ever fixed anything? Maybe yes, maybe HSL
who knows, he doesn't.
but l still think we rate a flag on the bridge.
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HOME ON LEAVE
I couldn't get over it-here I was riding home
in a taxi after two years of sea duty, I was all
Navy' life through and through. Now I would
enter o new life for a few days. The taxi drew
up to my home and I saw an elderly lady running
down the path crying out, "Son"I My first im-
pression was that some USO. hostess was trying
to capture me - but then I recognized my
Mother running to me. As she rained kisses on
me, I tried to think of something appropriate to
say. I heard myself say, "Got a match?" Then
I remembered she didn't smoke. Funny thing
finding someone who didn't smoke and didn't
want a cigarette.
ln the living room I was met by people in various
kinds of uniforms. 'Twos then I remembered
they were civilian clothes. I took my jacket Off
and their eyes opened wide as they gazed at my
glory bars. Amid "ohs" and "ahs" I lit a ciga-
rette, and as I shook so much, I could hardly
get it in my mouth. Then began a barrage of
questions: "Where did you get this bar, etc?"
I could hear my mother tell them not to ask me
because I'd think of blood and things I was try-
ing to forget. I laughed to myself and let it go
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About that time a beautiful girl lwho turned out
to be a cousinl walked into the room. Before I
knew it I had snarled and a weird wolf call
escaped from my lips. I saw the girl bolt for the
door and dash off into the night while friends
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and relatives peeped at me from behind the fur-
niture. My Dad placed me in a chair and told
me to take it easy.
When I asked him where the head was, he ex-
claimed, "Why it's still on your neck," After
a few minutes explanation he pointed the way.
I went in and found a nice clean head--must
have just held afield day on it I thought, I tried
the faucet to see if the water was on because I
didn't know what the water hours were, and I
was overjoyed to find the water was onl After
I washed I tried to see whose towel I cou'd use
and then spied a spotless one with no name on
it hanging on a reck. I broke out my stencil and
stenciled my name on it right away,
Dinner was ready when I came out and I sat
down to wonderful chovv, They even had fresh
milk and I couIdn't find a single trace of stew
I forgot where I was for a minute and heard my
gruff voice bellow, "Where the hell the damn
butter?" My brother tried to cover the blunder
up by asking me what I'd have to drink and eyes
popped when I said, "CaIvert's pleasant
I decided I needed some time to think sim I drove
over to my girl's house. She greeted me with
open arms and she was very disappointed when
I hung my coat on one arm and my hat on the
other. After I realized what I had done, I drew
her aside. It was then I could see a young brat
standing there so I took a bar of pogie bait and
Shoved it down his throat saying "Myl My' what
a big boy" loud enough so his sister couldn't
hear him choking. After a wild night of chasing
my girl through the house, I went home and hit
I next remember hearing an alarm and I jumped
up hollering "GO-all hands to battle stations".
I found it to be only the alarm clock. Just then
my Mother passed the word for chow, so I rushed
down to be first in chow line, but my Dad had
beaten me. When I found out we didn't have
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tainted We were having fresh eggs-fresh eggs,
So to you fellows who are about to return to
civilized world I thought I'd tell you my story so
you can adjust yourself better and not be
thought of as cracked up and strange.
Answered by R. M. GUILDERSON, SM Zfc
I have been at sea for seven months now and
haven't had a leave for nine months. All these
fellows are getting discharged to go home for
good and I can't even get a leave.
Archibald Q. Boot.
You poor, poor boy, seven whole months at
sea. I bet you went through hell too. I feel
for you but I just can't reach you. Why don't
you write in to the Stars and Stripes?
I have been aboard here for over two years
and have three years service. Now when they
started discharging it has been the married men
and young kids with dependents who have been
aboard a year or so that rate a discharge. Haw
come they don't run this thing fair?
You mustn't feel like that. After all those
married men have only been able to save up a
few thousand dollars, what with their wives
working and an allotment. Besides that the
Navy wants to get rid of those men that con-
tinually cry and sing the blues about how long
it has been since they have seen their wives. I
heard one troop say, "l feel I am not even mar-
ried any more. lt's been three weeks since I
saw my wife and two weeks since I had a letter
from her." Can't you see how those poor fellows
suffer after being away such lengthy time?
We have a terrible situation on here. We
would like you to clear up this mess. When we
crossed the equator we got wild haircuts from
the Royal Barber lyou know whol and from
"The Barber of Seville" Higgs.
A Bunch of Bald Headed "SNlPES".
How well I know what you mean. I have one
ear missing and scars all over my head too.
There are strange things happening an board
here I am new and I don t understand what
they mean For instance why do a lot of the
one says First call to colors ?
A Bewildered Seaman
You haven't seen anything yet, but don't be
alarmed, they are harmless. Those fellas are
eligible for discharge. Or, in other words-out
of this world. in
I would like some advice on marriage. I love
a girl back home who says she loves me but I
hear that she is going out with all the fellas at
home. Should I ask her to marry me, or shouldn't
I? She is 32 and I am 22.
A Refrigerator Expert.
Df course you should! Forget all those things
lrumorsl. If she tells you she has been true to
you just trust in her and love will see you
through another war-marriage! Marriage isn't
a word-it's a sentence!
The boys took a vote today and if it could be
arranged we would like to have some of "Tiger's
Stew" for our Christmas dinner instead of turkey
and all that old stuff.
The Boys from the Fantail.
We will see if it can't be arranged. Would
you like it served in bed too? But how could you
eat it with your hands tied in that straight
Why do men shipping over have to take a
rugged physical examination when they already
had one to get into this outfit?
A Curious Mess Cook.
Dear Mess-I Mean Cookie:
Don't you know that? Anyone wanting to
ship over is presumably "off his nut," so they
examine him to see if he's "out of this world".
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Since I came aboard ltwo weeks agol I have
seen some gruesome sights, but the worst is those
fellows that bark like lions and never smile Who
don t ever let them catch you throwing cigarette
butts on deck Oh brother' What language'
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gloss, ond o wornon's screom pierced the chilly
oir, Peering up over the curbstone I could see
o soilor descend onto the sidewolk. This wos
the ploce, no doubt obout it . . . I should hove
reolized thot when I sow the women ond chil-
dren being evocuoted from the Sutter Street dis-
trict. Yes, few residents hod missed heoring
abou the George F. ElIiott's porty,
Wfith o tug ot mx woist to ossure me my retresh-
ments were still there I boldly scoled the oscend-
:ng steps to the oreno known os Russion I-Ioll.
Siu:-nped up ogoinst the bulkheod were two SP's
who o'though they knew me, hod suspicions I
wos C spy from the Pennsxj' the old scow they
TfI'QCT to scuttle otter the Civil Wor, but otter
:necaing nm credentiols ond returning one
3 west emptx thex permitted me to enter. The
goof swung beck rexieoling o smoll swimming
:oo cf' :eer filled with bodies tlooting toword
.-.Qs stout to plunge in ond swim tor the bor
is w f- when 3 xoung womon in her eorly seven
TZ' 'IJ 'exist me being pursued by one of
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' gniets whose girdle hod broken, ree
vealng a fallen chest that could easily be mis-
taken for a balloon. Knowing he could never
catch the damsel, I joined the fellows hanging
onto the brass rail at the base of the bar. The
system in use was this:
The bartender would have a drink, then bring
one out to the first man in line, open his mouth,
pour it in and close it. By the time he came to
me he was trying to open my eyes, pour it in my
nose and close my ears. From my horizontal
position I could just make out the forms of
people putting on a show for the two or three
persons still sitting in their chairs. I wasn't
auite sure what was going on, but it seemed that
three girls were doing a strip tease while various
gentlemen lunged at them, only to fall on their
faces and rest in deep, deep slumber Icommonly
referred to in sophisticated circles as being "out
As I lay gazing at the overhead, a young woman
with three heads pushed one of her faces up to
mine and asked me if I knew where her husband
was. I-ler description of him led me to believe
she had married everyone there. He was a sailor,
had a white hot on when he came in, was very
good looking, and was definitely very intoxi-
cated. The band mixed some music from "The
Fifth Concerto" and "Sweet Adeline," and
swung out with a rendition never heard before,
and probably not heard by nine-tenths of the
gathering there that night. As I walked off the
floor with the lost wife, something seemed
wrong and I thought her to be on stilts, for I am
six feet two and she was towering over me like
a giant. Little did I know I had been dancing
on my knees.
Pulling myself together, I stood up lwith the
help of four of my friendsl and found myself in
the midst of a group of ship's officers. An argu-
ment was in progress on the subject, "Were
midshipmen graduates any better than ninety-
day wonders?" After I had given my opinion
ldue to the fact that devoted students of the-
ology may read this book we shall not publish
the author's opinionl, I was promptly placed on
report by all the officers present, save those
who were lying lifeless on the deck. Nothing
was done with me since the SP's could not be
aroused from their unconscious state.
On next opening my eyes I found mself at the
bar again where, by a strange coincidence, all
persons able to move were gathered. When they
all were tottering the "Exec" decided it would
take twelve hours to pack the bodies back to
the ship, and extended the liberty for that
reason. With this happy news I fell into a deep,
black hole and woke up three days later on the
ship with a six eleven night cap on my swollen
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