George Elliott (AP 105) - Naval Cruise Book

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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. .lghgvmui A. -, Ji -1--nnnm Ill 'llllllll , ' i ' 3 'N'7'l1rp'.', 'T my A 9. S. lh'I1,r'1isiI 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 "Uncover-Two" and came up with "Take your hats-Off!" -J v , J"L i , Q ,Q L'.,.' " V 5. -V "L Q ',9Ef'Y.,f "' ff lg! ,Z it .. A, A 'lv ,?w,MQ N 1 ,. f A .4 f' Q J' ,M .A f . S,-Q YA X Magi y 5 bk k .3 , ., . . ,E WN- . kg , . 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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 l.ll'.'l'7'. l'U.Illl1t'. H. L. HATCH l',.i'i r'nlii'r U,fji1'1'l' Attack Group One ITG 5'ZI 5l of Task Force 52. 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. Weidner, U.S.N. 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 that area. 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 BT'?l7'l.fj?l7'LQ H or Alonyszlin 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 Tnlfyn IXFIIIIVIIH Il'ill1 l"H,l'f'!lff1i1il 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, New Guinea. 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 War ll. 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- erbocker, lJ.S.N. 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. 'QL -1 x . OFFICERS 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 Officers. 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 ll rirrlrrmni .lllrfsx ? l ' ii mm AA! ::1"1 Us l,il'l fri i-iflhr Lf. tml, If IM. I-' ' . lp' A, f,Vqi,ii.wfi', I-fits. firiliwig Ifnfi. FI'l'I'llllIfIllI l',',,,,, fliiiiri x,,irnt, sly! ffq l " .I - I-.',i.s'. t'i'rir-lull, ll'rinr1. Lf. Clrmgrrlz l','li :. .llr ' liriir, .YU ., lllxll .' were lielcl in San l'rciricsip.ca lliiw fir 'into in' il fx Xl I always see Lieutenant NN lnllew .intl lrwgin 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 .ans HEY? S 1 To 'nm ltlllls will 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. fltii S. f,'I'of:li'1'H, A l"1'i'wiifl, lfiis, .Ur 1 lift gl' ' 'J' 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. af? IST DIVISION 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 wiilv 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 In Jifxfz. 5 ug'-v UM ".-,l-fm, 1 , av .- ' QA., f N f " ., gf' v ,,., 9.-. . - .. . iv., ...A ..4..,,...:..1g.4,,,.,,,,,g,3 4 40" ... M... ..X,. A-.4 Y ,. kygiggzl Y . ' tw . f'hrH--TR. t -4 x , x 'M 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 eors. 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 PORT HUENEME BRIG ai-wants X K ...I 7'-V -fi v sv' .a , 3 ts a. I ,E -W H. Ns .,.. ..- .. ..,, , X- - , N? Stannach it lintthe,-filet1,cig,iifiqi, i':H mimi to Crime out in the wcizhf so ,ver r-,iri t, the r : After Chow we have cii te-w rriiriiitfu V, mir-,Q-1 which we Liwtictilly nas- ri, iriflf tirfic F . K there in our H,r,iCl+,, cihfiiit lu flask it? rf- if Qvcrgrfnwri l-riclw cle-rifle-X, lit- iii-e-il, p ti-iw ii' pcnnts to make- his rie,-xl' riitfy iiiit kvV?' tiiiri' ftflevri or twe-rity rnirititv. uirli, t i .l.. . nw r1f:CCK.t.ctry 'calm VVlie'ri we litivi' lirii-,liirl ii 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 "VVhat do you lnwan lw stdiitliiig if- Une 'Q Shower aren't there enniigli sliowers. twr on one?" 'lNNhat' tloxent xwii heard ezhwtit water l1OLlVS3 There were times when we as are if f r we rv if , . If V .. :sf 'lit ft't 1'1" UQAEIY' 1.111 liilnf ' ' 'Wil-'IYJ'-i fs t'lN'1-' .-i1tti'l'I's Qlhbkf 'ue . 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 . ,-A ,,i, P .wki 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. i .. , 'gi .-,Qu , 3.1 'VUL it Qld? -Qwwt. n-ikgtfflgy, fliiiwf ' " 14,9 , at it i, ii, an 7 l s QI D Hi- n 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 set time. Yes, boot, we have seen some action, ln fact that is how we got our name "Fighting Fox". K 1" i fl. huh q -lin ,.-. --f X v ,,......-A ...qu- vwf v A is-Q 1 3 v- V2'a'f1'.w ff lr' "Thr Fz'gl2fz'ng For" , I, EQ ' . xE'Uf K.. N , 'U-Sw LS A .N 1' A 1 V if i An' A ag f n 4 vi .., M X 1 xx X .Q sfix XS, Q ix W Ex 9 1' S1 ,Wy xi .. .X .-, ,1N.,5 , 9 ,1 'iv wa. K S X " iv ls Q, X . Mr inf X N X X NK 1'- N . , x 53 X xx sg' A ' X .ff A X- x ,N x ik 1 XX 2 vm-ff' Q, w xg? i Q53 fi NS: if? 'C f ,4 Q gg, I , V at B e "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 NM, f ,,H',,.,.v,.--,f,.v , .,..... rl lf. Jnllnxnn HJ, -It Tit F. 3-lm l 'v wax mate this is a ladder? Remember you're in the Navy noxxf replied the Fox. "Get on the ball 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. maid 1' .1' ff- f Q 'S Z I K A ,ff 1 mv WN H. A. Yonce H. Preehatley H C. Miller "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. ll fl lxfffrw' l, lf l'r!f'f. H. .lIr'.lIillrfii, IK. J. Whifrf fu I1 um , dv. M, Nfl' I Sllllfll, 7 . gl. Illflffjl-N'. ll!ll!'I', lv. ,Nfflllfflffv fl' flfgff-,inf Cflflfl Y C'. Slllllfll J. llf Jl'llli'l.llN 'Ehr- Hfllfffff qll'ffj"l"ll'lfH .Siilzlzfvs .All Iufisw "There goes 'clear all mess decks', so 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- ond division, and you have an idea just what you will be doing in the next few months, what do you think?" Without a moment's hesitation the boot snapped, "I wish l was homellln The Fox replied, "l know what YOU meanlll" nf-,.., -6 1 'f I. f . - ' 1. lx f ,fm if . 4 . . 2 rx x ,. . -s, 1 ff , . A . 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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 doggies. 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 7' 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 Maine lll. 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 1" J'.l --l. ,..l 'J'-,..." Ut' .f..-. I 1 H 1,1 ,flip ' 3 l H "'+ Q. , ,ni L l bl -uv' . , 4 , 'Q . ,. - ' Am, W , .. ...-., ...J , :L V gsm 4"""g P 'xg' ov 9 2? 'S ' . ' ,Q M.. .V-HM-'-0-'H L' ""' ' gy' .4A' ' QQQQQM . ,,-. 32:1-.iii ,I . '-VW SHG!! Q K an w .a ,,.,,. , ni' V -4 0 - 1 .Q- aslsa-H' . . ,NN . 4- vi 2 link' kdfafg .... my A - Q M. wx X fx :K h. jeqgk SM! lv, .Q m .-Q. 32- MN, 'K ,1 4 'df -5 i ,11- ,.--1 x. Y . X M413-'W :Q Ji: U4'!' .h il ,, Ml K ,-'54 ' "4 M' FT W-iiwlxidfv 'lllnllli f. .fir K M: 14 -aw A V ' ' -'i ' ' 1 , ... V - , ,. , ' ' . ' JP. , 1 , l V ' ' ' '11 ' 1 .1-sv-fifsywmmggj ' an ki S . 14 ' 1.51. .. nina:-Q. ff S DIVISIDN The S Division is in charge of all purchases aboard ship for the crews mess Stand Ships Service and the requisitioning of all supplies used aboard ship. The head of de- ing during working hours. They in turn p buck along to meek little J. l-l. Cook SK 3 who ends up with all the work. e Ship s Store is in No. 2 hold and if you O e to find it open Denne Siegler will sell y. thing from blades to wallets. As we mean at 1 , Q55 The , fc, f , "ceding" Th ' , re I I I GUY der O H urly" partment at present time is Lieutenant Com- mander M. J. Taber l"The Tiger"l, assisted by W. K. "Crocky Dock" Crockett, Ensign lSCl 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 Wardroom. ln the Laundry we find J. W. Say- f S Dirisiiou 1 r rt' f - i 49' 5 its ,Li 'Q' A of ,, . tx , , If ve., 2' hr . V' vm . -' ? sf? I 7 X iw N j jg .3 Q - Q .X -Q f x K gi X, A .f " Q Q 3' is V K 1 . a pf v 9 Y 'ke' Q, , 1 f , wo Q. , , 1 M144 2 il Z V ,. , M!! 7, 9 4 f 4 M, I m,. '7'--M 5 621, k,4f,, '42 ev ,,, , f, Q4 f 42: ,, , fyyzff, , K ,fdifffff f W, , ,Q A Y, ,"""' -W 3, ,513 X. 1 55 f 4 1 Q 3 'X if , 4"'S'wQ yy ff' , ,ly 1 t , 5,4 nj ' " Wm .V ,ga ifrff f K , 9' ffff f f lor, l., F. Trent, H. J. Hughes, C. W. Wint'er5 ond H. J. Vorenhold cirguing over o brond new 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 the mighty "Fighting Fox". vu-in M10 if 4 sf 1' fi a, W ff , -5 . K, sr' 7Wi?a ,lt .,.. vnq,,,,,, , v ummm 5-'W P in 'a Q . ' ,lf ' -4 ' 5 " u-,si ww .' 5' xg, 1 M10 41 'MK ff ,Un A gn-all M'h..v,,.r I Q I i v I ,,l,A..vf X way 15""iNQs1xsf'giQv -A N , -we --Q 9 'Aff I f I ,, up U-XX 'Q .f-+-1 K E 'ntl N 3,, 1 x -11 ,f v rw F5 if ,ZW 1 e si I! 4 4 s v ,.,,-vu' ,gm . E N. v ue I N N 4 4 an v 1 w., K. w., .3 .,. , UIQH. . A Q Lf. ...iw A ti.. fm s,,,w-1 !!' .. fv Y ,4,n,f 11 +I, ar "' N 345 -2. luv? mf, P1- 2 fb f'X' , Z-A 1 ld' -L 'E 'f -1 , 5, ,fi HJ: .L mil. Lf A", 2 au' Y' 4 .J JK, A.,-H-. .r. . A.,-,mfr 'Q -., -1.f ' 1.0, 0 I T.-f..n ,, -.-el -, f . W ' :ru ,V sl ,Q ,,. Lf, 4-lv' I fv- , I A f . "'-'iw ' Lv-Hz' . . , ",g,.i Q" --Q: ra H . -N, . .,4sw.. Pyuh. ' . F li . 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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 detail. 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 Jgiw... if ,-f" ' R ,' lf ,'i"4 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. ."!. of E P i Q at and he '91+TewW11'M'a Y xv. Ifl"i .x . . W.. K Q AAf. R gd . 7 1 va? ..--Iv--.K W , :rv 1- - . 1. kj'1?gQ'i.I:'1 ' 5? -'ww-wa-?":-'srlsur'1vr,'2 ""54"!'4'!?"l-'lf' N5 in 5:k.X:5i 5 1 V- -t M 1 1- ,,,, ' . l . 5.-15.55 1 X 5 ' ' m .A 6: jfs! V 1...-. I i . 5 , fkvffirffsif ff ' nv .-A. ,Lis - sw X. .A mx-SSM XR xr A xi ...gl-fm ,,j.:53- . . JM. ff fm .wr ' 5' ,,....q., .7 ff . M ,,.,. 2, Y ff-fuk va mf- ' A Wa.. E ' af .nf -1- 1. Q Q. .1 I., 1 . Q "jx-. f VW. F 5 Wg' " -ff WX? ...,.........-l--,.,...,-...-....-.- Left to 1'z'glz.f- E. M. ZW ZiI6'llIJZH'fj J. W. Mm'rz'son N. H. Sfilljwflil J. Uv. l1JC'I'YfII',IIllfl P. J. Jxwflllllllfjf 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 'Z hours on end. lf you were oboord when Ji, orr vvos here you will never forget his infomous P - 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 Ak L Tk , 4 I ,, ,, fi :if 'ff'-ff 1 f-,Wpf-:fe , al W1 ,uw , I .Y 1 . 'sa' ,ji A Q ...4 QEL f "fr K be N' A M 4 ,X , , W--ft? -K ,L x 'Q 3, ra- , Q: ,. ff? .YF f 'CPF ,... , iw 7 A 4 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 IIFOXII. N DIVISION 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- ordinary fashion. 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. ll, i Xi 4-:Q f.-Lax .-S "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 Smith. 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. Left to right- C. R. Cantrell C. E. Schuman Mrs. Ray J. O. Ray H. Brink Mrs. Brink i A' E., w If ,L 'far Pi if 'V 1, H Q if Q viii F1 sr H Q .rw v, Qi, W 3 F an Aa! X, 1 i V I 53225 1 . ' Jinx ffl ' Ti- wfggwf 11mc'Hlf1f1'm1 Lrqfl' to rigid- E. N. Boszralfai L. C. Hicks J. ECI'-Sf17Zfl71 MO 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 the teeth. 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 imtlztw' J. O. Iz'ti.sfmriii ?? ff' nhl Y 5,5 -r 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 in treatment, 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, err O 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, 'lifts i i il l l, W, l i ' A R DIVISION 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- tive mon. E 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 X, Q Left to right- S. A. Dixon W. D. K672CI'7"l.C1f L. R. Pettey T. J. Rufligeczn A"i'm its 3 in '1' Qs jk!! 'W' 'X gl. IJ. lu'. Iffzlfw' I.. IJ. l'nHf'1' l"lf11'1'n1'1' l'r1Hf'1' Wm 1' ,lv fs? "WU Lvff fo right- H. W. Pl'lIf'I'.4lII1 S. A. Dz'.1'mz C'z3z'iI1'c 111 Pvffy ' """""' W av W ' .fz everything from the heaviest construction to re- pairing watches. 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 them to. 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 information. 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. pi' T 'Q J 1: 3 if ,Q g. . :X J 1"' x I ..- 1 W' x. c?,f. .V QM ,V -I i 1. in ' 'J' . a i- , U- M5380 L WA. ,.f-f, 81 iialg 1? Ulf' 1 ' 54.41 ul' 4, 'NA-fi DI 4 'Sf ,pri aff-Pi xx " lv .N n yn-X! I 4? ,4v""'f' .v I KN 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 3'H 17 E EQQ i i I 1 GUNNERY 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 showing. 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- ship X. 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 3 , 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 sight. 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 "B" cards. 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. Tbat's about all for the gunnery department, 9 l Q 1 f? . ww 1 . ' E" ,, , wh RANDDM SHOTS 41-9 Upper right-'Twa,s the mfght before Ch.ris5mu.s. Upper right-"Those Seattle blues" Center left-Pricle of the Jap fleet. Center-Japanese piezo. Center right-Heavy seas Lower left-Bay bridge. Lower center'-Jalpcmese street scene M, ,.. QWM. ,Hg rhffyyw, 4' X A X 'X 1 , c D , iff 7 C ix- A 'H - 6. f V' X- V ' 2 V Q ' Z ' Zxri ,IV ' ,, p M NS' l 'Q W Q, Q b writer wt Q , 5' 'L f 5 . ,Q 3 fa J ,digs K l" .wh als. 2 QD "'T'r Q. QL 'XXI ...iq . .M , ,. . TV' 5-9 'W gif'-5 7 - I f, 1 Y O h 'GOO' ri "':"?"Q:'-r h...-Gp' :QI .Ll ,wwf-" ' I C171 lvlllnfr Irr'f-Sei-ff 4-nfl. Ivjljll 1- rfyylzf-"TM mfn'z'e for fonight will be . . ." fm. gl,ff,-g,,,,,,,f ,,f N1 ll. fgyaffy'-Ln11'ff1' nn-ny."' Cmzfer right-Soldiers at sea. 1,011-fr I1r'f-1mrz',wl, ff, .... Lmf-e r 7'7'fjlZf-FU7?,tfl?fl W . I 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 CIT Tbcjl. I 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 J. C . ,llzllrfr rim! Ffl'l7?,I.I.Ij J. I 'Wi' t Yf , 2 f 'ttf fr-S E- A .. nie rx J ,, retinal R. ..2,f1s1,,swiiaff,1,-I 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 the sack. 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 vi' , ,gp t I ,wqianl Q-, .1 I ' . 6.135 s- I 4 II I f 5x9 1 Q , , 1 msgs ' M 'l'. J. Slffflifllil rrilrl l"r1n1iIjf dehydrated scrambled eggs or beans I almost tainted We were having fresh eggs-fresh eggs, imagine itlll 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. ,N. W YOUR TROUBLES ...AND MINE Answered by R. M. GUILDERSON, SM Zfc Dear Chaplain: 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. Dear Archie: 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? Dear Chaplain: 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? Anonymous. Dear Anonymous: 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? Dear Chaplain: 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". Dear Boys: How well I know what you mean. I have one ear missing and scars all over my head too. Dear Chaplain' 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 Dear Son: 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 Dear Chaplain: 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. Dear Lover: 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! Dear Chaplain: 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. Dear Boys: 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 locket? Dear Chaplain: 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". 3-1 .L .-. RAED NIALPAI-IC: Fl UOY NAC DAER Sll-IT EREI-IT Sl LLITS EPOI-I ROF UOY. A DNEIRF. Dear Dneirf: Me tool First door on your starboard. ' :j: 11: 72: Dear Chaplain: 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 are they? Perplexed Dear Perplexed don t ever let them catch you throwing cigarette butts on deck Oh brother' What language' . I . I . . I : I I fellows pump up at chow and salute when some- Ma Fran, those are Baatswain s Mates--and ll ' ll I ' ' , . THE SHlP'S PARTY OR THE FACES ON THE BARROOM FLOOR Before I begin on UCCQIJFII' ot .-ihct hit Quss Holl in 'Frisco on Moy 3 sfo 9 I wsu c tae stote the difference between 2-1 pescen spectoble ond quiet ire.-I off: foe Qfsrw browling ond boisterous group s holl I',TI'lf:ff:3l.,1II',I tits, Q'.Qh'QV','1 . 4-, scsi I'iurirIrr:rI', of Imrrel, pf f--cf Vlr,vv tri g,rf,rf:ffrl in itil ' , . T- - 4 typifsfil riiqht fur fyiri FV',Lff'.I,"., L, I rnriflr: rn, ww, Ir ,rii Iqrsrui, Y -, px' , r r I I UIQIV. ini AIITVV 1TVP'J 4 I ,iii 3 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 5,3 -swf .Jv- .-.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 3 L r ' gniets whose girdle hod broken, ree N?5f ' .-.5 V, as f 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 coId"l. 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. 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