US Navy Recruit Training Command - Keel Yearbook (Great Lakes, IL)
- Class of 1950
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NAVAL TRAINING EENTEH
GREAT LAKES, ILLINOIS
CAPTAIN F. J. GRANDFIELD, USN
Naval Training Center
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CAPTAIN J. S. KEATING, USN
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Recruii Training Command
COMMANDER J. D. CROWLEY, USN
Recruit Training Command
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entrance to the United States Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, lllinois.
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Great liakes, Illinois, had its
start in 1004 when a board ap-
pointed by President Theodore
Roosevelt selected two adjoin-
ing farms North of Lake Blufl.
Illinois. as a site for a naval
The Merchants' Club ol' Chi-
cago purchased the larms and
presented them as a gilt to the government lrom the
people ol' Chicago. Six years ol' construction liollowed.
nt one time recruit companies held mock rifle battles on
and on Ju y . . , tie Station was commissioned.
Four months later it was dedicated by President lVil-
liam Howard 'l'a1't. ,-Xt that time it covered 172 acres
and had a capacity ol' 1,500 men.
'l'he Station's size remained constant until the be-
ffinninv' ol' the Iirst XVor1d 1Var, when a wartime ex-
Jansion Jrogram took ilace. liv ifXrmistice Da '. 1018.
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the Station had expanded to 1,200 acres and had
45.000 men undergoing training. .-X quarter ol a mil-
lion men were trained at Great Lakes during 1Vorld
During the period between wars the Stations activity
was greatly decreased. lt was complete-
ly closed down as a training activity
from June 30, 10321, to July 20. 1035.
XVhen President Roosevelt. proclaimed
a national emergency on September 0,
1030, the total population at Great
Lakes was less than l,000.
July 26. 1040, marked the beginning
ol' a construction program which was
to become the most extensive in Station
history. Great liakesi capacity was in-
creased to 1,400 by the day Japan struck
at Pearl Harbor.
1Vith fXmerica's entry into 1Vorld
1Var ll, a tremendous increase in con-
struction was authorized. More than
10.000 civilians were employed in the
program, expanding the Station's capac-
ity to 82.000 men by September. 1042.
In this expansion the Stations area was
increased by more than a thousand acres.
.Xt its wartinie peak, Great Lakes hatl a
crowclecl capacity ol' lllltllllll 111en. More
tl1a11 a million liluejaekets, almost a thirrl
ol' the lI1Cl1 i11 tl1e wartinie lleet. were
trained at Great Lakes during tl1e war.
On March 28. lil-lfl. the Secretary ol' tl1e
Navy estahlishecl tl1e 'l'raining Station as a
group connnantl anrl reclesignatecl it the
U. S. Naval 'l'raining Center, Great Lakes.
Illi11ois. 'l'he Center has lour suborrlinate
connnancls: the Marine Barracks, ancl the
.-Xclrninistrative, Service School, ancl Re-
cruit Ylillitllllllg eonnnancls.
I11 peacetime Great Lakes l'C1l1ZllIlS tl1e
worlcl's largest naval training center anrl
one ol' our Navy's 111ost important establish-
ters of tl1e Connnanclant, Ninth Naval Dis-
trict. who has general supervision over
Naval activities within tl1e clistrict's l5
states. One ol' the IIIOSI lIIlIJ0l'l21l1l lunctions ol' the
Coninianclant is tl1e 2itllIlll1lSll'2lLlOll ol' the clistrict's
civilian Naval Reserve.
Two recent atlclitions to the CICIIICI' are the Naval
Supply Depot. which is heconnng OIIC ol' tl1e Navy's
large centers ol' supply rlistrihution. ancl the Navy
Meclieal Research llnit. locatecl i11 Clllllp fil'CCll Bay.
which is eonclucting research in respiratory cliseases anrl
A Naval Hospital. also loeatetl at Great, Lakes, has
complete facilities lor nmintaining tl1e Navy's high
Skedbdg inspections have changed very little
lluilrliiw' l ol the Center is the heaclquar-
h Naval Training Center is located on the shore of Lake Michigan.
stanclarcls ol' physical elliciency. Here treatinent is giv-
C11 to patie11ts ol' all the arrnecl forces. SCl'YlCClIlCl1iS
rlepenrlents also are given nietlical treatn1e11t i11 the
hospital's Depenclents' Care Department.
Another activity ol' the Naval Hospital is the Hospi-
tal Corps Sehool, where luture corpsnien lear11 the
skills neetlecl i11 their work during a11 i11te11sive l6-
'lihe Marine Barracks is chargecl with general clis-
ciplinary ancl security controls. 'llhis eonnnancl also
carries out a Nlarine training prograni. 'lll1Cl'C are
A formation in
what is now the service school area.
since this picture was taken. Recruits now sleep in
bunlcs instead of hammocks, however, and wear their
ratings on their sleeves instead ot their cuffs. Com-
pany commanders no longer wear leggings.
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The four-wheeled 'field pieces were
'familiar equipment to recruits of
usually about 700 Marines stationed
at the Center, although their nutn-
ber varies with the training sched-
'lihe Administrative Connnand,
which occupies inost ol' the original
training station, is the nerve-center
of Great Lakes. lt handles the phys-
ical lnaintenance and overall achnin-
istration ol' the entire Center.
'l'he Service School Connnand is
made up of seven Navy trade schools,
where Blue-jackets are trained for
some ol the highly technical jobs
in the Navy. 'l'he schools' courses
range in length from l2 weeks at
the Journalist School to 42 weeks at
the Electronics Technicians School.
Other units in this connnand are
the lilectrician's Mates, Interior
Connnunications, Engineinen, Fire
Controhnen, and Machinists Mates
schools. Equipped to provide prac-
tical experience as well as classrooni
instruction, the schools admit only
especially selected inen. lvlany stu-
dents enter innnediately after coni-
pleting their recruit training.
'lihe largest ol' the four connnands
at Great Lakes is the Recruit Train-
ing Cltlllllllllllfl. More than hall' the
inen entering the Navy receive their
first training here. Great Lakes is
also the home of the Navy's only
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3 is the headquarters ofthe
Naval Training Center.
Service is the Navy's depart-
4 recruit barracks.
Waxfe Recruit Training School, which is under the
direction ol the Recruit. Training Command but lo-
cated in a dillerent part ol' the Center.
Men going through the twelve-week recruit training
period are prepared both physically and mentally to
take their place in the Navy. They receive instruction
touching on almost every phase ol' Navy life, from the
proper method of rolling a unilorm to techniques used
in lighting fires.
ln the course ol' his training the recruit receives both
a basic indoctrination in the many skills he will need
of the Ninth Naval District.
4 houses a huge
drill hall and Catholic chapel.
as a liluejacket and a broad picture ol' the entire Navy,
its history, traditions, and customs.
Physical training, inoculation against diseases, and
training in first aid, physical hygiene, and related sub-
jects form another major part of the recruit training
program. Coupled with wholesome food and the active
but healthful environment of the training camps, this
program results in a noticeable improvement in the
physical condition of most recruits.
A sharp break between civilian and Navy life, recruit
training is the basic element in any man's time in the
Naval service. It is the keel of a career in your Navy.
to begin their Navy life, recruits enter
the Receiving Unit. After haircuts, physical examina-
tions, and inoculations, they will be issued uniforms
and assigned to a company.
are checked in by Re-
ceiving Unit personnel.
out 'forms and other paper work oc
cupies a part of 'che recruit's first day.
'flee Receiving Zlnit
is the home ot the regulation recruit
haircut. Efficient Navy barbers
crop hundreds ot pounds of hair
yearly from the heads of protesting
from the beginning. These men are
getting ready for dental examina-
tions. Any needed dental work will
be done while they are in training.
chest X-ray is made of each
incoming recruit as part of the
rigid physical examination.
are the inoculations. Frequently-
heard stories about the shot with
the square needle turn out to be
ge sure those marching shoes 'Fit
-you'll be covering a lot of ground
in 'chem for ihe next 'cwelve weeks.
will look better after
the tailors have worked
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items ot personal gear
are stenciled with the owner's
go on to advanced stages
of training as they leave the Receiving Unit
and move into their permanent barracks.
to Camps Dewey, Downes,
Wie administration and recrea-
tion building in Camp Moffett.
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served cafeteria style in large mess
halls. Most recruits gain weight
while in training.
men are already look-
ing forward to their First liberty.
petty otficers, ap-
pointed by the company com-
mander, are responsible for many
ot the company's functions.
call is always well at-
common ways of spend-
ing oFF-duty time.
The company commander plays a major
role in recruit training. A chief petty
officer with years of experience as a Navy
man, he is charged with indoctrinating
7,fe company commander 'cells
fa sea story.
eecfaitnd learn 'che proper
way fo lash up a seabag.
his company in the many phases of Navy
life not covered in classroom lectures.
This includes everything from making
out a pay "chit" to scrubbing and rolling
his men to attain
the Navy's tradi-
tional high stand-
ards of appear-
formed recruit compan es are welcomed to the tralnlng center
by an OHICIEII of the Recrunt Training Command
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space aboard ship at a
premium, the recruii musf learn to
keep his clothing clean and prop-
erly rolled. Several seabag inspec-
tions are held during 'che training
training involves a
lot of classroom instruction. Charts,
models, and the Bluejaclcets' Man-
ual help illustrate qwhat the instruc-
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marches off the drill
Held after morning quarters.
uniforms are worn
in the summer -
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coafs in the winier.
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non-qualified swimmers are
given insiruciion 'co improve 'their
Recruits go through many hours of phys-
ical Lraiiiiug Lo build them up for 21
vigorous Navy life. In winter, PT classes
are held in the huge drill halls.
cal conditioning are imporiant in
the training of a Bluejacket.
Despite the high degree ol
specialization in the modern
Navy, every Blue-jacket. must,
still have 21 basic knowledge
plastic model of the USS
Midway is used in the seamanship
department. Complete in every de-
tail, the model helps recruits be-
come familiar with the parts ot a
nn instructor uses a model to
describe the different structures on
yn marlinspike seamanship classes recruits learn
to 'cie knots.
Feecling the large numbers of nlen taking
training zu Great Lakes :incl keeping the
21 lot ol
kitchen police are clone on at full-time
rather than pzirt-tinie hztsis so that they will
not interfere with the recruits' regular
activities. Each eotnpanys training sehecl-
ule is stoppecl for one week as the cmnpzuiy
takes over the routine work ol its regiment.
This is known as hSerx'iee Hleekf' and is the
week when IHOSL recruits work the harclest.
lent of walters.
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Standzng 6 ,eg
yi' takes a lot t
supplies to keep Great
During the sunnner months each coni-
pany goes to the Centers boat basin for
boat clrill in cutters. For niany recruits
this is the first experience in pulling an
our. Allhough no excursion trips, these
boating sessions are znnong the niosl
popular phases ol training.
like galley slaves.
yt gets easier wiilfi practice
rinjr ilu' wgrr rc-mrliits :il Great Lakes lcairnccl zulu
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tll in ILLU il liring.
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and gunnery in-
struction gives recruits a tuncl of
basic information. Here an instruc-
tor explains ditiferent types ot am-
explain the meth
ods of operating shipboard guns
4 lectures by the instruc-
tors, the company gets some actual
experience, using dummy ammuni-
tion, with guns and the loading
'feel" of a 20 mm. gun.
Each 1'CCl'LliL lC211'IlS Lo I11'c 21 rifle and pis-
tol. .-X11 NI-1 rillc is issued Lo each 1112111
111 the co111pa11y for use 111 lc:e11'11111g 1116
firing positions. Actual fire in the rifle
range bui1di11gs is clone with .22 rillcs
and .115 pistols.
, movies, classroom
demonstrations, and practice 'fire
with unloaded small arms precede
target tire on the ritle range.
instruction in the use of rifles
and pistols is given by Marine
is done 'From several
are set up for in
door tire with .22 rifies.
positions. The company is divided
into pairs: one man acts as coach
while the other shoots.
an instructor determines a re-
A day at Llic Fire Figlncrs Training Unit
Lczrclies recruits Llic niclliomls usccl in cx-
liIlglliSllillg 2111 Lypcs ol Inc Lliat Illlglll. lac
cncountciccl 2llJU2l1'Ll ships. XViLli ziciuul cx-
pcricncc in battling llicsc blazcs, llic rc-
Cruit learns lliul. life ull scar. zxltliougli clan-
gcrous, can nornially bc brouglil. unmlci'
conLi'o1 by employing llic proper fire light-
n instructor demonstrates the
handy-billy, a gasoline-powered
pump usecl in fire-fighting.
rescue breathing apparatus
malces breathing possible in smoke-
lends a professional appearance to
Fire Fighters Training Unit is equip-
ped to simulate many types of shipboard
fires. Here recruits extinguish a fire in an
produced by mixing chemi-
cals with water, is highly effective against
some types of fires.
spray from the special Navy nozzles
protects the 'fire fighters while it puts out
into squads, the
trainees change positions after
each fire so that each man has a
chance to be nozzleman part of
are rare, but everyone is
well coated with soot after a day
HERE AND THEHE
men are encouraged to pursue
the faith of their choice. A chaplain is
always ready to talk things over with re-
cruits, either individually or in a group.
halls become chapels
when fhe church pennant is flying
on Sunday morning.
recruit choir sings during religi-
The Recruit lraining Connnancl has extensive
recreation facilities for making prohtable use ol'
leisure time. Recruits are encouraged to develop
interests and hobbies with which they will be able
to occupy their spare time in 21 worthwhile nizinner.
pm? pong addicts and pool
s arlcs help keep the recreation
ldings busy in the evenings.
library has all
the la'ces'c magazines
as well as a ar e
supply of books
popular spoi during off-dufy
hours is the recruit hobby shop.
are held every
week in one of the drill halls. Parti-
cipation in 'chese evenis gives flme
'Fighters' companies points in a'cl1-
letic flag compeiition.
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petition is rigorous.
4 tef' a strenuous
day's training, these re-
cruits still have enough
energy to play softball.
tains his friends in the
take over in the winter.
Here a company com-
mander urges his team
on in a tug-of-war.
recruit dance band plays at a party.
recruits are visitors at a recruit
dance. Great Lakes is the home of the
Navy's Wave recruit training program.
time in the Waukegan USO,
which many recruits visit while on liberty.
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the "Hostess House"
where recruits meet
tors from home.
to Great Lakes can count
on a cordial reception.
0,1 special occasions recruits
leave Great Lakes to march in
7,'e company's graduation review is
held on the Saturday before the company
completes its training schedule. This win-
ter review is being held in a drill hall.
color guard passes in review.
bearers 'From graduating com-
panies stand at parade rest during an out-
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honormen are award-
ed certificates by the Commanding Officer
of the Recruit Training Command. Honor-
men are selected by their company com-
manders and their fellow recruits on the
basis of "demonstrated loyalty, attention
to duty, dependability, and aptitude tor
Naval lite . . ."
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graduating company passes before the
reviewing stand during a review on Ross
Recruit Drill Team participates in
7l'e company commander of a
Hall of Fame company is congratu-
lated by the Commanding Officer
of the Recruit Training Command.
Members of the company will get
five extra days of recruit leave.
Hall of Fame company marches
on the drill field. To win the Hall
of Fame flag, the company had
to earn a total of twelve flags, in-
cluding six rooster flags for per-
sonnel and barracks inspection.
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seabag inspection: re-
cruits must have all their clothing
properly stowed before going on
now they have almost as
much hair as they did before the
Receiving Unit barloers scalped
tickets for home.
training completed, the
members ot the company march
to the station and depart from
Great Lakes to spend twelve days'
leave at home. Then they will re-
turn to the Outgoing Unit at Great
Lakes, from which they will be as-
signed to a ship or to one of the
Navy's service schools.
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R. V. Anderson, R. J. Ange, R. O. Ausfin.
A. F. Basile, F. O. Bavdek, R. F. Blaine, R. W.
Brand+, O. M. Brooks, N. W. Campbell, F.
A. X. Casoioffa, J. J. Condon, W. A. Cooper,
J, R. Dudlk, R. H. Dunham, E. F. Edwards
J. A. Framz. .
D. C. Framken, R. L. Goodenough, R. M. Graff
A. J. Guerriero, R, O. Harfshorn, A. B. Hayes,
J. R. -Hays.
R. A. Heath, J. P. Hodges, C. R. Honfz, M. F
John, L. L. Kaufman, C. A. Kiffs, K. E. Koch
L. N. Leefch, J. Leonardo, G. D. Leroy, R. W
Lifile, J. E. Long, R. R. McCardee, A. J
R. L. Mesaros, J. L, Morrola, R. F. Nolfy,
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P. R. Piccirillo, R. B. Quinn, T. C. R , .
H. 6. Ruegge, D. F. Rushford, D. R. Townend:
A. J. Uravic, F. W. Verriesf, R. B. Waage
F. Wolkonowski, C. W. Truiff.
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in good condition.
af the Fire
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we affend an ordnance and
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David H. Allen, David Anderson, Slyvie Beau-
doin, Richard Benoit, Paul R, Brommer, Jr.
Seymour G. Caster, Robert E. Colaizzi, Ferdi-
nand H. Couture, Willard Crossley, Robert E.
Dancer, George F. Danforth, Gregory R. De-
Jose h E. Dohertf T. Domashinski Phili S
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Englehardt, William A. Frye, Jr., Donald F.
Garls, Richard E. Geber, Edward G. Godfrey,
Robert W. Griswold, Robert N. Guenard, Fred-
erick H. Hall, L. G. Heinemann, Richard W,
Holliday, Albert J. Holden, Billy B. Jack.
Arlo L. Kullman, Ambrose Lovejoy, Donald L.
McNair, Jack P. Mingus, Linus R. Mitchell,
Donald C. Morrison, Norman E. Nadeau.
David S. Orcutt, Raymond Provencal, Joseph
J. Robinson, Paul F. Rubenskas, Charles C,
Rydzy, William J, Sabino, Charles Salewski.
Alonzp J. Schullo, Jr., Herbert T. Senter, Jr.,
W. R. Senlers, Jr,, Leon P. Smith, William R.
Stevens, Robert E. Thomas, Maynard E. Thomp-
Allen J. Van Gamert, Ray C. Weale, Francis
B. White, Richard A. Wilkie, Frank Williams,
W. E. Wolf, Ellis Womelsdorf.
141' the Fire Fighfe
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e Sei' first Hand inf '
in extin u' h' . ormation
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Regular classes in physical
Training keep us in iop no'cci1 condi-
UW' company honor man is
presented his award at graduation
review by the reviewing! officer,
Col. S. S. Balientine, USMC.
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William R. Adams, George H. Barnes, Don-
ald E. Black, Harry A. Blair, Raymond M.
Eldon L. Burkeil, Thomas J. Calauffi, Robert
W. Campbell, Paul A. Caffon, Jr., John J.
Coleman, Jack C. Cummings, Thomas F. Cur-
James H. Draper, Frank A. Eck, Richard D.
Erickson, James B. Fernandez, Roberf A.
Foster, John C. Gaglione, Joseph S. George.
Eugene L. Gilsler, Arfhur P. Grimaldi, Marlyn
J. Gruenberg, P. N. Hasselquisl, Jr., Fred
R. Hodges, Joseph J. Jendrus, Jean P. Lamy.
Richard E. Laury, Henry Markowitz, Danle G.
Marrollo, Edwin McDermon, Jr., Frank G.
Miller, Jr., Morris C. Modilch, Jr., Delou G.
William E. Morrison, Wilberl W. Nickerson,
Troy E. Pelfrey, Franklin L. Phillips, Pafrick
fl. Premery, Charles E. Priepke, R. C. Shaffer,
Charles R. Smifh, Dean C. Solie, Ronald N.
Sprenkle, James S. Blaschik, William F. Boh-
nenberger, Paul E. Burque, Michael N. Sollys.
Sfuarl T. Sfone, Neil D. Smith, John T. Haney,
David E. Nuckols, Giovanni Zanni, Jr., Ray-
mond W. Shinaulf, Roger L.. Quarry.
Burlon S. Durkee, Mori Sfieglilz, Harold F.
Turner, William Turner, Roberf Williamson,
Wayne F. Wise.
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Fighters Training Unit we get ac-
tual practice in extinguishing blazes
that might occur aboard ship.
at graduation review our com-
pany lnonorman receives his award
service week we help
in the galley.
Keck from the tailor shop come
our dress blues.
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company prepares for a gas
John J. Aquino, Jr., Richard E. Arneson, James
F. Atkins, Charles W. Barber, Dwain A. Bark-
Carl G. Bartee, Jr., William P. Brinsko, James
C. Callais, Walter P. Cantral, Constantine Cois,
Melvin D. Collins, John J. Cole.
Warren D. Cook, Frank M. Costa, Jr., Ernest
R. Gremese, Charles W. Crossland, Hobart
Dyer, Jr., Edward E. Egnor, Vincent N. Fav-
M. Gasparevic, Jr., Wilbur H. Grose, Jr.,
Hills E. Hanson, Forrest L. Hartson, Karl B.
Hudgson, Jr., James R. Holycross, Donald G.
Edward J. Howard, Vito Jiancristotoro, Le-
land F. Kie, William H. Kyer, John M. Lan-
sing, William H. Long, David H. Manley.
Arnold Marabella, Thomas W. McDade, Rob-
ert F. McKinney, Harvey E. McMahon, Jr.,
John J. Mihok, Thomas A. Muckle, Matthew
Darrell L. Nelson, Roger G. Neubauer, Gor-
don R. Newman, A. V. O'Donnell, Jr., Richard
N. Paohter, John J. Pappaianni, Charles B.
Francis W. Powers, Jr., Winfield L. Rau, How-
ard L. 'Rhodes, Richard D. Roberts, Lewis P.
Ryan, Jr., James J. Schindler, Paul E. Scruggs.
Bert E. Scastrom, John A. Sheehan, Emery
E. Sheely, Barton Z. 'Stolte, Howard G. Storey,
Cecil J. Stone, C. B. Tompkins, Jr.
William M. Town, James J. Walls.
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final sea bag inspection.
periods of miliiary
drill teach us teamwork and coor-
We fire the .22 cal. rifle 'For score .
at the range.
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company honorman re-
ceives his award.
yn an ordnance and gunnery
practice a 5" .38 cal. load-
gel: ready 'For a gas maslc
Anchors Aweigh, my boys,
Farewell to all these joys,
We sail at break of clay.
To our last night on shore,
Drink to the foam.
Until we meet once more,
Here's wishing you a happg
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