April 24, 1908


Above, a story that reminds me of old Master Chief Petty Officer Oneyear of the Belleau Wood LHA-3, who had fouled anchors inlaid in silver in his front teeth. Note that less than 1 percent of the sailors’ tattoos were "indecent" … Below, the sailors from the Great White Fleet visit Chutes Park in Los Angeles and do the hula … A young lady named Elsie Smith tells some anecdotes about her encounters with the officers from several battleships … Bluejackets’ boxing matches … And someone has stolen Ahab, the cat that is the mascot of the Minnesota! Bill, the ship’s goat, is staying put, however … All too soon, the ships will depart. 


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I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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