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       lwo  a·ndc· Bonin  Is.  , Naval Training

                                    I  Commander  J:  H.  Falge  com- What was the most interesting ex-
                                     mends  NTSchs  personnel for  their   perience you've had during your
                                     support in Red  Cross contributions   naval career?
                                     and  in  the  war  bond  allotment
                                                                     E.   Willett,   F1c,   Operational
                                     d~ive ... ~onations  to  the  Red  Cross
                                    I  represented  100 , .per  cent  of  the  Training  School.  Right off  the  bat,
                                    I personnel,  a  worthy  record  for  a  I  would  say  that  the  greatest  ex-
                                     good  cause.  Percentage  for  war  perience  I've  had  since  being  in
                                     bond  allotments  at  this  activity  the  Navy was  the  time  I  missed  a
                                     has risen from 42  to 93  per cent.   draft from Shoemaker to Australia.
                                     Detached                        I  guess  that  was  also  my  worst
                                       Jack  T.  Gibson,  BM1c,  has  left  experience because I was separated
                                     his  MAA  post in  Barracks I,  hav- from  my  buddies.  It  wasn't  any
                                     ing  been  transferred  to  Receiving  fun to watch a  bunch of swell guys
                                     Ship.  Our  good  wishes  for  your  like  them  leave the  states without
                                     next assignment.              leaving with them.
                                     Winter  Sports                  Well,  anyway,  it  couldn't  be
                                       Three  Waves  of  NTSchs  were  helped. And now that I'm at Treas-
                                     1.mong  the  thirty-five  on  the  ski  ure  Island  working as  a  part-time
                                     trip  last weekend.  All  lived  to  tell   instructor  and  doing  engine. main-
                                     the  enthusiastic  tale  of  a  wonder- tenance  work,  I  think  I've  got  a
                                     ful  excursion .  into  the  beautiful   good  deal  after all.
                                     Sonora mountain country.
                                       Ice hockey spectatorship h!l,S been
         The  Bonin  (bo-nen')  Islands  lie                                  * *  *
       along one of 2 routes to Japan from   gaining  steadily  in  popularity.  A   Geraldine  D.  Haynes,  S1c (Y),
                                     group  of nearly 40  officers  and in-
       the  south,  the  other  being  nearer                      Armed  Guard Center. The highspot
       the  Asiatic  coast  running  north-  structors  saw  the  final  game  at   in  my  Navy  life  so  far  is  my  job
       ward from  the· Philippines through   Winterland,  to  see  the  San  Fran-  in the Operations Office where men
       Formosa and the Luchu Islands.   cisco Shamrocks and the San Diego   are  assigned  to merchant  ships  as
         There  are  97  islands- in  all,  but   team  in  a  whirlwind game.   gunners,  radiomen and signalmen.
       the total area is less than 30 square   The fishing gear is being  lined up   I've  learned  a  lot  about  ships  I
       miles.  They are  of volcanic  origin.   for  use  again  tomorrow.  Several   never  knew  before.  This  is  more
       The  name Bonin is a  corruption of   members of our crew are making it   like the  Navy than iots of stations
       the  Japanese  Munin,   meaning  a  habit  and  are  enjoying  their   where  you  live  ashore and  go  to  a
        "empty  of  man,"  which  was  the  weekly  sea  duty  more  and  more
       condition  of  the  islands  when  as  spring weather· comes.   Navy job each morning.
       sighted  by  a  Japanese  explorer  in  In  the  Pacific      Yes,  I  think  my  job  is  the  most
       1593.                           Two  popular  officers  who  were   interesting  work  I've  ever  done
         Both Great Britain and America  detached  from  the  Gyro  Compass   either  in  or out  of  the  Navy.
       at one time advanced claims to the  School  several  months  ago  report
       islands-Corriinodore  P erry  estab- from  the  Pacific.  We  are  wishing   * * *
       l~hed  a  coaling  station  there  in  them  happy  duty.     Walter Seruby, S1c,  Public Works  ,
       1853-but relinquished  their rights   Lt.  (jg)  James  Hill  is  too  far   Service  Station.  The  biggei::;t  kick  ---~~=~~~-!!::======--"'
       in  favor  of  the  J apanese,  under  away  to  receive  personally  our   I've  got  out  of  this  outfit was  the   FUTURE SCHOOL TEACHER is the lovely  Bernice Spence, 18-year-old
       whose control the islands have been  congratulations on his promotion-  time I  had MAA duty in boot camp  from  Vesper,  Kans.  Her aim  is  to  become  a  kindergarten  teacher,  and
       since 1861.                   but  his  many  friends  at  NTSchs   at Great Lakes.  It's rather hard to  to that end  she  is attending  the teachers' college  of  her state. Teacher's
                                                                                                 pet  is  J-ohn  O'Toole,  HA1c, -of  Dispensary  No.  2.  He  says  he'll  go  back
         The  largest  island,  Chichi  Jima  are happy to hear about  it. Mr. Hill   put in words,  but  just the  same,  I   to  school  after the  war,  and  if  it's  kindergarten,  we're thinking of joi-n-
        (Father  Island)  is  12½  miles  in   has now embarked on his duties as   enjoyed  that  part of my  Navy  ca-  in g  him.
       circumference. Its harbor is  an ex-  electrical  officer  on  a  cruiser,  and   reer most.
       tinct  volcanic  crater,  now  sur-  reports  that  it  is  an  assignment   Course  this  job isn't so  bad.  Tp.e  to   their  activity.  Funny  thing  most interesting thing in my Navy
       rounded  by  heavily  forested  hills   much to his  liking.   thing  I  like  most  is observing  the   though,  I  never  see  any  of  them  career.
        rising  more  than· 800  feet,  which   Lt,  (jg) -H~nry A.  Redmond  has  expression on the face of customers
       entirely  obscures  ships in the  har-  left these shores for a  new assign- when  I  tell  them  there  is  no  gas.   pushing  the  car  when  they  don't   Going from my home in Montes-
       bor from outside view. The English   ment.  His  address  is  FPO,  San  Boy,  you  should  get  a  load  of  the   get  the  gas.   ano,  Wash.,  to  New  York  for  boot
       name of Chichi Jima-is ·Peel Island   Francisco,  and  he  left  us  with  a  line  that  some  of  them  hand  me.   Donna  Freeman,  -Y3c,  Training   training,  from  there  to  Stillwater,
       and the harbor,  on  the  west · shore,   suggestion  that he  would  appreci- They always want me to scrape up  Office, o:rs. The traveling I've done   Okla.,  for  yeoman  training,  from
       is called Port Lloyd.                                                                                                   Stillwater  to  New  Haven,  Conn.,
                                     ate news from  his NTSchs friends.  just enough  gas  to  get  them  back  since joining the Navy has been the
         The  Bonins  consist . of  3  main   '                                                                                for  "personal"  reasons  and  finally
       groups,  Muko-Jima;  Chichi  Jima                                                                                       terminating  my  travels  in  San
       and <Haha  Jima.  Iwo  Jima  also  is                                                                                   Francisco gave me a  chance to get
       included  under  the  same. adminis- Snapshots  From  the  Hospital  Recreation  Album                                  a  good look at the United States-
       tration  as  the  Bonins.  Total  popu-                                                                                 and all on  the  Navy,  too!
       lation  of  the  97  islands  is  about
       5,700.  The  northernmost  island  is
       about 500 miles from  Yokohama.                                                                                         Hospital  Recreatfon
         Climate  is  semi-tropical.  Plants
       consist,  of . .palms,  ferns,  banyan                                                                                  Sponsors  Snow Trips
       trees,  wild  beans  and  taros.  Ani-
       mals  chiefly  are · bats.  Sharks  and                                                                                   Recently conducted tripll  to both
       other varieties of .fish abound in the                                                                                  Yosemite and Donner Pass featured
       waters,  as welL.,as  turtles.                                                                                          winter  sports,  in  contrast _to  our
                                                                                                                               "Sunny  California"  recreation pas-
                                                                                                                               times. The  trip to Yosemite proved
                                                                                                                               of  double  significance,  with  our
       Easter Bunny                                                                                                            Hospital  Waves  serving  as  host-
                                                                                                                               esses  to  a  party  dance  for  the
       Visits  Verba                                                                                                           patients in the hospital there.
                                                                                                                                 Sea  Biscuit,  of  yesteryear  fame
       BuenQ  Island                                                                                                           on  the  race  track,  was  the feature
         On  Saturday,  March  31,  a  chil-                                                                                   attraction  at  Howard 'Ranch,  vis-
        dren's  Easter  party  was  held  in                                                                                   ited  by staff  members  of  the  Hos-
        the  Recreation  Building  on  Yerba                                                                                   pital.
        Buena  Island.  Captain  Elmer  F.                                                                                       A  second  trip  to  Dqnner  Pass
                                                                                                                               was enjoyed by staff memb_ers over
       Helmkamp,  Commanding Officer of
                                                                                                                               the  last  weekend.  They:- were  ac-
       Receiving Ship, acted as host to the
       children ·of Receiving  Ship person-                                                                                    companied by Lt.  (jg)  Howard Jef-
       nel.  About  75  children  and  not  a                                                                                  frey,  Hospital  Recreation  Office1
       few  parents enjoyed  the  entertain-                                                                                   Experiences  at  the  Pass  were  de-
                                                                                                                               clared by all  to be plenty .of fun.
       ment in the theater. Ice  cream and
        cookies  were  ~rved  later  in  the                                                                                     Waves  and  Corpsmen  alike  en-
       gym.  An .E aster  basket  consisting                                                                                   joyed the  thrills and spills of skiing
        of  a  rabbit  pulling  a  cart  filled                                                                                and it was unanimously declared by
       with  colored  eggs  and  candy  was                                                                                    all that sitting around the fireplace
                                                                                                                               at  night  would  remain  a  long  re-
       the prized possession  of each  child
       leaving  the  building.    .                                                                                            membered part of the  trip to Don-
         Much  credit  for  the  success  of                                                                                   ner Pass.
      .  the  pa:.rty  is  due  to  Mrs.  Helm-                                                                                  Singing and enjoying the scenery
      . kamp's  committee  of  ladies,  who                                                                                    along the way on  the  bus. came  in
       filled  the  baskets  and  decorated                                                                                    for a  share  of the  trip's pleasures.
       the  tables.  Commander  Hake  and                                                                                      The  return trip from  the -Pass was
        his  crew  provided  and  served  the                                                                                  started late Sunday afternoon  .
       ' 1!:astei: refreshments.                                                                                                 . One  group told of fun on a  hike,
                                                                                                                       when  they  had  to  pull
                                                                                                                              .  one another out of a .shoulder high
         1f everyone in the  United  States                                                      ·            ·          ·  . .,··  '  sn~W  drift~at  'Don~er  Pass  the
                                      FOND  MEMORIES for the  Waves and  Corpsmen of   braving  the  tricky  staves· was  Betty  Skelly, · PhM3c
        stopped  saying  "hello"  at  the  be- the  U.  S.  Naval  Hospital  on  Treasure  Island  are   (lower  left).  At  upper  right  is·  pictured  beautiful  snow is five  feet  deep.
       ginning of every telephone  conver- represented  in  these  pictures taken  on  recent  week-  Yosemite  Falls.  A  further  attraction  to  the  Howard   Another  trip  to  Donner  Pass  is
       sation,  enough man hours could be   end  trips.  It  was  chills  and  spills  for  James  Ryan,   Ranch  was  Sea  Biscuit  (lower  right),  who  won  his   being  enjoyed  over  this  current
                                      PhM3c  (upper  left),  on  the  tr.ip  to  Donner  Pass . .  glory  on  the  race  trac!<,  Making  friends  with  him
       saved in a  year to construct a  bat-  Sharing  the  fun  are  Margaret  Williams,  PhM3c   is  Lt.  (jg)  Cheldinas, ·while  ·Dorothea  -Bender  (on   weeke~d, .  and  others  may  be
       tleship.                       (left),  and  Amelia  Monico,  PhM1c.  Another  Wave   fence)  looks on.                 planned before the thaw this June.
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