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During study hours underclass were required to sign out with the mote when leaving their rooms. Off Section jHcidentals After studying awhile, we decided that now we would run those errands which had been accumulating for some time. We were glad that most of our needs could be attended to with- out leaving Bancroft Hall. A circuit of the basements required only a few minutes, and we could visit the cobbler shop, seamstress, post office, express office, both contract and repair tailor shops, and finally the Midshipmen ' s Store. Unfortunately, the fire alarm sounded then, and dropping what we were doing we hurried to fall in with the off section of the watch. Lt. Comdr. C. J. Heath, Assistant to the First Lieutenant, passed judgment on our uniform fits. " Wear ' em till the heels fall off. " " Well all right, but it ' s after one o ' clock. " " When will they be ready? " " Make it special delivery air-mail " Something new has been added. It ' s just a drill, but it prepares us for the real thing. Captain S. E. Dickinson, Midshipmen ' s Store- keeper and Officer In Charge of The Dairy Farm, kept us well supplied with anything from soap to milk. Lt, Comdr. Vernon Dortch, Midshipmen ' s Pay and Commissary Officer, took care of our accounts and saw to it that we had ample chow to appease the inner man. 36
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Another day in which to excel (!) Lieutenant Commander P. L High, Reserve Battalion Officer, inspects rooms. " Watch posted on the terrace declc " " I relieve you, sir. " " All turned out, sir. " " Pass the butter, please. ' .n pi I r A must do. EFORE reveille the members of the watch squad were awakened by the harsh clanging m of alarm clocks. They dressed hurriedly and posted at five past six, ready for the day ' s work. During the day there were newspapers and mail to be delivered, logs of our activities to be kept, and literally thousands of muster sheets to be made out, checked and then rechecked. The watch squad told us where to go, when to go, and what to wear through- out the day at each period. ■■Rank hath its privileges, " and as the lowly plebes had neither, they worked as mes- sengers with all the official forms. Youngsters were on their feet for long hours on Mate-of- the-Deck and security watches. It was therefore a welcome relief to the first classmen to stand " sword " watches. Though the actual work grew easier with rank, the responsibilities increased. Youngster members of the security watch wore pistols and were the guardians of the Hall. Their watch was started on December?, 1941, and has since functioned continuously. Hitting the books Simply out of this world! 35
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a ' After the Wateh is Oi er ' ' After evening meal formation watch status terminated and we returned to normal routine. There were times when formation bell caught us in the shower, but the wrath of the Execu- tive Department spurred us on and we managed to dress in a fraction under the three minutes before the late bell. From the messhall we returned to our rooms — to study. But did we? Study hour should be called letter hour and study minute — Or sleepy hour. Still we managed to stay " sat " with concentrated nightly application of brain cells to books. No matter how early we began getting ready for chow, formation bell always caught us working the whisk broom full speed ahead. Average time required for the Regiment to get into the mess hall was ten minutes. One of the most cherished first class rates was the privilege of leaving the mess hall at three belts. And there were study hours — six nights a week. It has been heard from disgruntled sources thot the four year course has been changed to a five year course and concentrated into three years. 37
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