*USS SAN JUAN WEEKLY PUBLICATION*
PANTHER NEEDS WRITERS.
The point system, however welcome
it may be, is cutting a swath through the Panther personnel as well as the
Divisions, so all you guys who either have "literary" ability, or who
think you have, just drop a sample to the Editor of this newsworthy
periodical and let him be the judge! Too, don't be bashful, who
knows, you may be literally dripping with talent! Among the many
notables who have answered the call and lure of civilian life are E.S.
Wheeler, SK1c, who was a constant contributor and an expert on pay and
procedure etc. Of course, it is understood that Randall, who has the
distinction of having the rate of SKD1c tacked on his name (as you know,
that is one of the indispensable rates at the present) will fall into the
"Column" and keep us informed of all increases in pay and allowances....
We hope. Also it is rumored that the recent loss of one young
Tackett, Y1c is likely to cause a shake up in the editor who has carried
it so safely over so many rocks and shoals since it's inception in March
of this year, has been elected to fill Tackett's position, and with the
advent of ;the point system, it seems to be a full time job. However
with the cooperation of all hands, the Panther will continue to go to
press. The loss of the services of certain high point personnel as
Lt. Galland, officer advisor and contributor of many excellent articles
from the Panther; will remember as "Your Seadaddy of Plank Owners Patter"
will be keenly felt by all regular readers of the Panther....if there is
such a thing. Lt. Galland is patiently awaiting orders, for Uncle
Sugar and his family and is being relieved by one of our new Ensigns fresh
from the Academy, in fact, he's a year ahead of his scheduled class
graduation, and is ready and rearing and seems bent on higher maintaining
or surpassing (if possible) his predecessor's record. However, a
suitable relief has not yet been found for Falloon (the indispensable
man), you know as the qualifications are pretty high, i.e., he should be a
plank owner or at least a "salty dog"; he should have a good sense of
humor; and should know almost every one on board by their first names,
(except the officers, of course.) and last but not least, he should dive
in with the idea that he is going to increase the circulation of the
Panther, if possible.
|An allotment today'll nick your pay
But that's no cause for sorrow - - -
For what you lend, instead of spend
You'll be darn glad tomorrow!
NAGATO 100 YARDS FROM SAN JUAN
Built in 1919 and remodeled in
1935, the Nagato is probably one of the largest pre-war battleships.
Its 42,500 ton displacement place it in a much heavier class than any of
our pre-Pearl Harbor BB's. During remodeling in 1935, the Nagato was
equipped with an all American engineering plant built by G.E.. Her 4
screws are all driven by G.E. turbines thru a compound reduction gear.
Also added was a blister and numerous AA guns making it a class A
battleship. At the Philippines however, she met more than her match
having taken a hit topside. She was brought to Yokosuka for repairs.
Before repairs could be completed, the war had gone from bad to worse for
the Jap and an invasion of their home island seemed inevitable, it was
decided then that the Nagato would be used for a floating fortress and a
very formidable one it would have made with it's 8-16 inch rifles.
For this reason extensive alterations were undertaken, almost all the AA
battery was removed to the hills around the bay, and the gyro compasses
were taken out. Contrary to many ideas, the top of the mainmast has
not been blown off, but was neatly cut off with acetylene torches by the
Japs. The top of the foremast has almost been cut off also. It
was in this condition that our carriers planes caught her. We hit
her with two one thousand pound bombs. One struck the conning
tower and completely destroyed the bridge and other parts of the
superstructure. The conning conning tower was undamaged. The
second bomb hit the port side just forward of the mainmast and has caved
in the boat lock in that section. No spaces within the armored box
have been damaged. The engineering plant, except for some leaks in
the oil and steam lines due to shock, is completely intact. When the
Americans entered Yokosuka the Nagato was tied alongside the dock manned
by 400 Jap sailors. One of our tugs towed it out to its present
position and removed all but three of the Japs from it, an officer, a
watertender 1c, and a fireman 1c. These men served as interpreters
and guides for our prize crew. We now have 63 men aboard the ship
from the USS Delta. One boiler is lit off with which they are
generating their light and power. The three Japs have been taken
off. The electric switch board is now tagged with English.
Everyone hates to be falsely
accused of anything. Yet one of the easiest things in the world to
do is to pass judgment on others. Because it's easy, and because we
so often do it without thinking, we forget how unfair and wrong it is.
Rash judgment is one of the biggest headaches on a ship. We live so
closely together that half of our conversations are taken up with chatter
about others on the ship. If someone gets a break, a dozen others
will accuse him of everything from earbanging to lying and cheating.
If someone loses something, a buddy (?) will always be around to hint that
maybe So-and-So took it. Sure, somebody is always responsible for
whatever happens, but it is not our place to sit in judgment on anyone,
unless we have the facts. All the facts top, and not just whose
which are based on hearsay.
|"Do you expect to be busy tonight?"
"That depends on the boy I go out with."
FIRST DIVISION DOPE
Many of you have probably noticed
the Chinese we have aboard. His name is Lin Ching Chong and he hails
from the Island of Formosa. I have heard many stories of his
activities in the past eight years each one different. Here is the
straight dope from Lin himself as told to a few members of the first
In future issues how about hearing from you other divisions? Just write up a little article and give it to the Editor. So let's get hot!
|A girl doesn't have to watch the speedometer to know what her boyfriend is driving at.|
A few simple rules of pronunciation will enable anyone to develop a working everyday Japanese conversation. The vowels are pronounced as follows:
Japanese syllables are pronounced
with almost equal stress. The consonants are pronounced as in
English except that G is always hard as in Get, S is hissing sound as in
our words self and salmon; and the F is pronounced with the lips a little
apart and the teeth almost in contact; the Z is as in zoo.
Again the Stork has arrived on the Good Ship San Juan. This time is came to J.E. Cardoza S1c (RM) of the Communication Department. Cardoza now the proud father of a 8 pound baby girl. The new baby was born on the 17th of September. This makes number three for John. Now he's just waiting for the new A1Nav. Congratulations form all hands John!!!
|Mary had a little swing
It isn't hard to find,
Everywhere that Mary goes
The swing is right behind.
Sailor Sam, A Navy Man with years aboard a cruiser, came home one day
with ribbons on his chest;
WHAT ! ! NO ZOOT SUIT?
NO CIVVIES. Belay the word on the civvies, men. The Navy Department has just retracted its order allowing naval personnel to wear civilian clothes during their off duty hours. It seems that the civilians couldn't get enough to wear themselves, much less thousands of eager sailors waiting to get into that new zoot suit.
|"What kind of sailors are they?"
asked St. Peter.
"American", replied the gatekeeper
"Oh let 'em in," said St. Peter
"They'll want a transfer in six months anyway!"
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
HOW MANY POINTS HAVE YOU GOT??
SPORTING NEWS OF SAN JUAN
With the war's end the San Juan soon began a
reconversion process of it's own. From fighting the Japs for keeps
the ship soon turned to fighting shipmates for fun. Two of our
warriors were defeated in the boxing ring aboard the New Jersey, but Mr.
Zito, the coach says. "The boxing team has possibilities and we are
counting on a victory Saturday in a tentative bout with the cruiser St.
Paul." Wright and Rogers both lost on points to their opponents on
the New Jersey. Both men fought well but were not in good condition.
Incidentally the boxers had a good dinner - - steak and ice cream and were
well taken care of.
DO YOU KNOW THEM?
Here are some of the more popular tunes back in Uncle Sugar.
He's not Girl Crazy, He's just a She-sick sailor.
|1st Girl: I had to change my seat several times at the
movies the other night.
2nd Girl: Gracious, did a man try to get fresh?
1st Girl: Yes, finally.
TO "MOTHER" FROM "JACK"
Away over seas,
I hope you are well,
The people are swell,
Say "Hi" to them all
Of letters from home
Now write every day,
|Two sailors were together on a bus. One of them noticed that his friends eyes were closed. "What's the matter, are you feeling ill," he asked. "No, I'm all right," he said, "but I hate to see the lady standing."|
|You can never tell how a girl will turn out until her folks turn in.|
|When a gal tells a sailor she's a perfect 36, she expects him to grasp what she's talking about quickly.|
|Have pity on those sad GI's
Whose gals have done them dirt
There's nothing that can dry their eyes,
Except another skirt.
|The K-9 corps dog that asked for a tree day pass?|
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