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Vol. I—No. 7
U. S. Navy Pre-Flight School, Chapel Hill, N. C.
Saturday, October 31, 1942
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Of Watch detail
By Cadet Burt Saymon
Despite the mocking interpretations
of it presented at station Smokers by
the Great O’Sullivan, Watch Stand
ing is a serious business, both in pro
viding protective measures for the
group and useful training for the in
In describing the functions of the
office of the Senior Watch Officer,
Lieut. Lloyd R. Sauer, states: “Stand
ing watch teaches the cadet vigilance
and attention to duty. He must con
stantly be on the alert to prevent any
attempt of sabotage. Cadets should not
look upon a watch as a hardship but
rather as a privilege. It is one of the
most important duties of a naval of
ficer, and every cadet should consider
it as a definite part of his education
in striving to earn his wings.”
The first two weeks aboard, the new
cadet is exempt from standing watch
and is given an opportunity to become
acquainted with the routine. Follow
ing this period of indoctrination, his
battalion is assigned to duty as sen
tries, who cover all entrances to the
Navy area and prevent the entrance of
unauthorized persons. Fifteen cadets
each day are detailed to this watch
which operates on a three section basis
between 0700 and 2130.
During the fifth week, the cadet is
assigned to watch duty for a 24-hour
period as Junior Cadet Officer of the
Day, Cadet Mate of the Deck, or Cadet
Messenger in one of the halls, where
he learns the details of the adminis
tration of the regiment. A second week
of this watch is assigned after a two-
week wrestle with Math and Physics
during which no watches are stood.
The Security Watch is posted be
tween 2130 and 0530, and it is their
primary duty to maintain an alert
watch to prevent any possible attempt
to destroy or injure government prop
erty or personnel. Each section stands
a two hour watch and each cadet is re
sponsible for the safety of his respec
It is the task of Lieut. Sauer to se
lect the 79 men needed daily for var
ious points on the station and to super
vise the program generally. The 79
See WATCH, page 2
Pre-Flighters Mark Navy Day at Raleigh
CADET ROBERT GUNDEL
Memorial services were held
on Emerson Field Thursday af
ternoon for Cadet Robert B.
Gundel, who died at Watts Hos
pital, Durham, N. C., Wednes
day evening at 2305.
The ceremony was attended
by the regiment of cadets and
personnel of the Pre-Flight
School. A special guard of honor
was formed and the deceased
cadet’s platoon served as honor
Cadet Gundel received a
broken vertebra while exercis-
^^^g on the trampoline, Wednes
day, Oct. 14. His death resulted
from the injury, complicated by
At his bedside when he died
^6i’e his mother and brother
who live in Harrisburg, Pa.
A graduate of Penn State,
c ass of 1940, Cadet Gundel was
^ member of the 8th Battalion
^ ich came aboard on Sept. 3.
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EXECUTIVE OFFICER of the Pre-Flight School, Lt. Comdr. John P.
Graff, is shown upper right as he delivered his Navy Day message to
some 2,000 gathered in Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, and to his radio
audience via the local stations. The inset picture in the upper left corner
shows Josephus Daniels, former Secretary of the Navy, making his
address, while immediately beneath it is an air view of the Pre-Flight
all-Negro band which participated in the parade. For the bottom picture,
the camera man caught some of the Pre-Flight cadets as they swung
along the avenue.
Boxing Returns to Station Smoker Scene
Boxing returned to the Smoker
scene last Wednesday night with three
banging bouts that reflected fruitful
results of the effort to instill compe
titive spirit into Pre-Flight cadets.
In the first of the punch-packed
three-rounders. Cadet Paul V. Corn
ing, (10th Battalion), 130-pounder
from Manchester, N. H., jabbed into
defeat Cadet Ernest L. Hunt, (10th
Battalion), of Foxboro, Mass.
The second event, in the 165-pound
class, found Cadet Gideon R. Lemire,
(7th Battalion), of New Bedford,
Mass., mixing with Cadet Harold
Schraer, (10th Battalion), from
Brooklyn, N. Y. Lemire, weaving and
tossing like a ship without ballast,
out-maneuvered and outpointed his op
ponent to cop the judges’ nod.
Heavyweights battled in the final
tilt, with Cadet Charles D. Blommen,
(8th Battalion), of DuBois, Pa., win
ning over Cadet Joseph W. Sobien,
(7th Battalion), of Pittsburgh, Pa.
The Smoker, held in Woollen Gym
nasium, was spiced with a variety of
music which included combination
guitar and harmonica selections by
Cadet James P. White, Jr., (6th Bat
talion), of Winchester, Mass., and
vocalizations by the Cloudbuster foot
ball team’s “Pullman Car Quartet”
consisting of Cadets Steve L. Huda-
cek, Harold C. Boudreau, John J. Wit-
kowski, and Charles E, Pierce—all
former Fordham gridsters.
Comedy in the form of mirthful
satire was again supplied aplenty by
Cadet William J. P. O’Sullivan, for
mer New York City policeman.
The student orchestra from Duke
University originally scheduled to en
tertain at the Smoker cancelled out
and did not appear. The orchestra
section of the Pre-Flight colored band
fui'nished the music at a dance held
after the Smoker for officers, enlisted
men, faculty members and guests.
Lt. Comdr. Gralf Is Principal Speaker;
Cadets, Officers, Band Join in Parade
Officers and cadets of the Pre-Flight School figured prominently
in North Carolina’s most colorful observance of Navy Day in his
tory last Tuesday.
Leading the Pre-Flight participants in the special ceremonies at
Raleigh in honor of the United States Navy and its fighting men was
Lt. Comdr. John P. Graff, USN (Ret.), Executive Officer of the
station, who was a featured speaker at the climax to the day’s pro
gram in Memorial Auditorium where 232 youthful Tar Heels took
the Navy oath and enlisted in the service.
Preceding the enlistment ceremony was a mile-long parade that
included a group of officers and the regiment of cadets from Chapel
Hill, and the Pre-Flight all-Negro band.
In his message of the day, Lieut.
Comdr. Graff reminded his listeners
that “To us in the service, every day
is Navy Day.
“Our fleet is again writing history
in the greatest naval war of all times,”
he said, “In the far Pacific, in the
North Atlantic, in the sea lanes of the
world, the Navy is fighting that Ameri
ca may continue to be free. Navy men
are fighting for you—for me—for all
of us. And while Oct. 27, the birth
day of Theodore Roosevelt, is set aside
as Navy Day—every day is Navy Day
as we honor our brave men in the fleet.
“In recent years we have been in
clined to take our fleet more or less
for granted. But it was not until war
reached our shores that we came to a
full realization of the Navy’s import
ance to our national welfare. . . .
“America today is constructing the
mightiest fleet the world has ever
known. A vital part of our all-out war
effort is concerned with the greatest
naval construction program in history.
“Since our Navy has to fight all over
the world, we have determined to give
it what is needed for the job. Not just
enough ships and planes for here and
there. But enough ships and planes
for everywhere. Enough to blast the
Jap ships out of the Pacific, the Nazi
subs out of the Atlantic, and any other
enemy aircraft wherever they might
“We are now building a Navy mighty
enough to sweep the seas of our enemies
and clear the way for invasion. For
today, as never before, we realize the
truth embodied in the slogan for this
Navy Day, 1942: Your Navy—First
Line of Attack!”
In his brief address before the same
audience, Josephus Daniels, World
War Secretary of the Navy and for
merly U. S. Ambassador to Mexico,
urged strongly that America must
never again allow its Navy to lapse
“Navy Day,” Mr. Daniels said, “com
memorates a protest against com
placency—the attitude of our country
in permitting its Navy to lapse in
Oct. 31 — Free movie at Village
Theatre, “They All Kissed the Bride”
with Melvyn Douglas and Joan Craw
ford. Feature begins at 1330, 1506,
1920 and 2056.
Nov. 1 — Free movie at Village
Theatre, “My Sister Eileen” with
Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne and
Janet Blair. Feature begins at 1300
Nov. 6—Camel Caravan at Memo
rial Hall, starting at 1900.
strength after each war. A strong
Navy is our first line of defense, and
in modern warfare, the first line of
offense on the sea and in the air.
“It is a serious day, one of conse
cration heightened by the tragedy of
the loss of the Lexington, the Wasp
and the Yorktown. It is a day of chal
lenge to all of us here at home. . . .
Let us highly resolve that when we
win the war, we will be vigilant to win
the peace which eluded us after the
In the early afternoon, preceding the
parade, Army, Navy and Marine
Corps officers were honored at a joint
luncheon given by the various civic
clubs of Raleigh.
Officers from Chapel Hill attending
the luncheon, in addition to Lt. Comdr.
Graff, were: Capt. W. S. Popham, of
the N. R. 0. T. C.; Comdr. Jesse
Wright, senior medical officer of the
Pre-Flight School; Lt. Comdr. Harvey
Harman, director of athletics; Lt.
Comdr. Benjamin Micou, supply officer;
Lieut. James Raugh, regimental com
mander; Lieut. Eric Arendt, chaplain;
Lieut. Lloyd Sauer, senior watch of
ficer; Lieut. John Gilday, head of
nomenclature and recognition; and
Ens. Leonard Eiserer, of the public re
Lieut. Charles B. Neely, officer-in-
charge of Navy recruiting in North
Carolina, directed and was in charge
of arrangements for the day’s celebra
tion in Raleigh.
New A-V(S) Officers
Report for Academic Duty
Among the new arrivals aboard ship
are five A-V(S) officers ti-ansferred
from Quonset Point, R. I.' They are
Lieut. Francis X. Connors, assigned
to teach Nomenclature and Recogni
tion; Lieut. Renwick E. Curry, Lieut.
Raymond P. Dugan, and Lt. (jg) An
drew K. Marckwald, all assigned to
Essentials of Naval Service; and Lt.
(jg) Moses Abrahams, who will serve
as instructor in mathematics and
Lt. (jg) Bernard J. Mulligan,
D-V(S), from Peabody, Mass., has re
ported here for a month of temporary
570 More Cadets Arrive
Largest number of cadets to arrive
at one time here are the 570 who en
tered training yesterday as the 12th
Twenty-four were formerly enlisted
men of the Naval Reserve and 30 were
regular Navy men. Ten marines and
one Ensign, Lewis B. Hamity, USNR,
from the USS Harris were also in