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The Training Station News

Platoon 53 Drills Well At the game between the Navy Yard Marines and the Boots last Saturday Platoon 53 performed a ten-minute silent fancy drill between halves. The men of the Platoon, with one week's training under the instruction of Nestor, CBM, performed excellently. The spectators at the game made many favorable comments on the snappiness and smartness of the Platoon and the manner in which the drill was executed. Good work, Platoon 53!

Navy T. M. C. A. Activities Saturday, 12 December 7:30 PM Informal Social around the Piano. 8:15 PM Dancing in the Social Hall-2nd Deck Sunday. 13 December 6:00 PM Forum Hour: Supper served by Y-Anna Circle NO. 4. Mrs. A. P. Osborne, Leader. Speaker: Dean Wm. T. Hodges, W. & M. (Norfolk Division). Topic: "The Rockefeller Restoration at Williamsburg." Tuesday, 15 December 8:00 PM Variety Vodvil and Boxing Program in the Gymnasium 1. Hazel Barr, Gladys Lawrence, Bettie Anne Wahman, with Charles O'Conner in: "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?" 2. Doris Waller, Tap Special ty; 3. Erline Ellison, Songstress; 4. Ginger Wilkinson, Tiny Tot Charmstress, 5. Murray Collins, Irish Melodies, 6. Mary Williams, Specialty Dance; 7. Doris Smith , Song and Dance Artist Supurb; 8. Eva May Morris and Clifton, Dance Team Extraordinary, Ruth Griswold at the Piano. Wednesday, 16 December- 7:00 PM Basketball-Receiving Station vs U.S.S Wyoming. 7:30 PM Dancing School Class for Beginners. 8:15 PM Mid-Week Dance in the Social Hall. Friday, 18 December- 8:00 PM Basketball- Naval Training Station vs. Navy Yard Marines

Completion of Training Honor Men W. H. Ridgeway, Platoon 50; W. K. Gordon, Platoon 51 Ridgeway, Seaman Second Class, U.S. Navy Service No. 274-26-43, has been selected as Honor Man for his Platoon. After having been observed for a period of twelve weeks, Ridgeway was selected by his superiors as the outstanding man for his platoon. This selection is based upon the following qualifications: conduct, attention to duty; ability in assimilating the course of instruction, and neat personal appearance. Ridgeway is 24 years of age, was born at Hattiesburg, Miss., and received his education at the Main Street High School in that city. He was previously a soldier of the U.S. Army, and, after his enlistment expired in that Service, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at New Orleans, La., on the 8th of September, 1936. His next of kin is his mother, Mrs. Margaret Ridgeway. who resides at Moselle, Miss. William Kenneth Gordon was accepted into the Naval Service on the 13th of September, 1936, at Richmond, Va. He is 17 years of age, received his education at the Port Republic High School, Port Republic, Va. He has shown to his superiors that he has every qualification, which is required of the up-to-date bluejacket. His next of kin is his mother, Mrs. William Gordon, who lives at Grottoes, Va. Gordon's future plans are unknown, but it is felt that he will prove a a credit to the Navy, his family, and to himself, in view of the manner in which he applied himself at his Station. The officers and enlisted men of this Station wish both these men a most enjoyable tour of sea duty.

Melville Sailors Win Match The rifle team of the U.S.S. Melville, destroyer tender at San Diego, Calf., Sunday 22 November, went to Yuma, Arizona, and took first place in a rifle match in which the El Centro Rifle Club, Imperial Valey Rifle Club, 158th Infantry, and the Melville teams competed. The sailors took first place, repeating last year's win. The course is considered a particularly difficult one, due to conditions peculiar to the desert; drifting sand, heat waves, and wind, with some mirage. SEND THE NEWS HOME!!

Boots Beat Rec. Station At the History Building last Thursday night the Training Basketball team won an easy victory over the strong Receiving Ship quint. The passing of the Boots' five was done with precision until the ball eventually swished through the cords for a 2-point. In this game the Station team seemed absolutely unbeatable. The reason for this is evident. Each player is playing with the team and not individually to the gallery of spectators. Well done, Team. Keep it up and secure the Reeder Trophy permanently.

Platoons 52 and 54 Lead Star Competition (continued from page one.)

star. Their general average for the weel was 3.9775. 56 has the highest mark received in Bags and Hammocks and their lowest mark was a 3.30 which was obtained in REVIEW. Correct your minor errors, 56, and you are sure to come through with flying colors in the future. Congratulations are also in order for Mr. Zwhalen. Platoon 57 totaled up scores to place them in third position for the weekly star assignment. This places them at a one star standing. Their average for the week was 3.9775, which is a very good mark for a young platoon. Perhaps this platoon is "Clicking to gether," which is one sure way of obtaining results. The Training Station News wishes to congratulate you, Mr. Theroux, and we wish you many more stars in the future.

Red Cross Drive Goes Over The Top (continued from page one) tribulations, while every other department reported a substantial increase. Contributions, itemized by activities follow: Naval Training Station $694.57 Naval Supply Depot........213.00 Naval Air Station.............206.05 Public Works Dept..........166.00 Marine Barracks..............60.78 Headquarters, 5th N. D. ..34.70 Receiving Station .............30.00 Marine D. of S. 100% ........28.00 Red Cross Headquarters ...11.00 Marine Det., Det. Pris. ........8.50 Disb. Office, NOB 100%......6.00 U.S.S. Acushnet ..................6.00 U.S.S. Taylor .......................4.40 Total $1469.00

A Naval Custom It is a Naval custom wherever U.S. Naval Ships may be at Christmas, for all hands to entertain children on shipboard. Many fine Christmas parties are now being arranged for some very fine younsters. [sic]