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Saturday, November 21, 1942
Nearly 12% of the 459 cadets in the
12th Battalion which reported here on
Oct. 29 were employed by Pratt &
Whitney Division of United Aircraft
Corp., at Hartford, Conn., before en
listing in the Navy as aviation cadets.
The roll call of Pre-Flight cadets
who transferred from other branches
of the naval service is already long,
and growing longer with each new bat
talion that comes aboard. Just to men
tion a few:
Cadet Raymond A. Morley (12th
Battalion), of Washington, D. C., has
been in the regular Navy for two and
one-half years, serving one year on the
USS Oklahoma, and the remainder at
the tJ. S. Navy radio station, San
Juan, Puerto Rico. He was rated
RM2c before becoming a cadet. . . .
A commission as ensign in the Naval
Reserve was resigned by Cadet A. L.
Moore, Jr. (10th Battalion), of Clear
field, Pa., in order to become an avia
tion cadet. Moore served as assistant
planning superintendent at the Naval
Aircraft Factory, Philadelphia, Pa.
Some 250 hours as gunner instructor
in bombers are on the record of Cadet
Owen F, Williams (12th Battalion),
of San Pedro, Cal. Williams, who has
two years of naval life behind
him, served as senior instructor in
ordnance for 17 months.... After four
and a half years in the Navy, two be
ing in lighter-than-air. Cadet Jack
R. McKenzie (12th Battalion), of
Omaha, Neb., held the rating of QMlc
when he switched to the Pre-Flight
Cadet Joseph F. Arrigoni (11th
Battalion), of Binghamton, N. Y., has
been in the regular Navy for five years
and 10 months, and was rated boat
swain’s mate, second class, and avia
tion ordnanceman, second class.
Stork Tallies Twice
The stork visited the households of
two Pre-Flight officers within the past
10 days, bringing a baby girl to Ens.
and Mrs. Daniel F. McKinnon on Fri
day, Nov. 13, and a baby boy to Lt.
(jg) and Mrs. Henry Bartos on Wed
nesday, Nov. 18.
The girl has been named Kathleen
Veronica and the boy, Henry Stanley.
Both were born in Duke Hospital.
Cruising With Covey
'J. -If '‘IS
“THE WOLF MAN”
AND HIS ORCHESTRA
“IN THIS OUR LIFE”
“ESCAPE FROM HONG KONG’
W. 0. Melvin
By David Y, Coverston, Y2c
“I believe that’s right, but you’d bet
ter check with the Chief Yeoman and
make sure.” This old sa.ying has been
familiar on every ship since the first
sailor donned the crossed quills and
became known as a Yeoman.
Webster has many definitions for the
word yeoman, among them, an archer,
a gentleman attendant in a royal
household, and a man free bom, but
in the Navy of the U. S. A., the Yeo
man is the lad that does everything
from holding down a battle station to
writing personal letters for the Skip
per, the Chief Yeoman being known
as the Ship’s Writer.
Here in Chapel Hill, the man in
charge of all clerical details concern
ing the Pre-Flight
School is Chief
0. Melvin, Jr., a
native of Florida
with 12 years serv
ice to his credit,
and with experi
ences the envy of
men twice his years
in age. Practically
half his life has
been spent in that
most exciting of
professions, that of a man of the sea.
Enlisting as an apprentice seaman
in 1931, Bill, as he is known to his
closest associates, spent half a year
in boot camp in Norfolk, Va., and
then breezed through the Navy school
for stenographers, his service record
showing the speed he attained being a
terrific 104 words per minute.
Then Mel went to sea, on the USS
Nitro, and wherever he went he be
came the apple of the Chief Boat
swain’s Mate’s eye for he was a husky
lad of 180 pounds, and a seaman de
luxe. These sea dogs wanted him to
become a Bosun, and numerous times
he was offered the rate of Coxswain,
but Bill had been the typing champion
of the state of Georgia for several
years while attending high school, and
having gone through steno school, he
wanted to be a yeoman.
The Hoover administration and
other factors seemed to forever doom
him to the life of a, seaman though,
and not until he had spent 8 years
afloat and ashore did he get the privi
lege of wearing his crow with the red
chevron. Since that day in November
1939 his rise has been steady, and on
Aug. 1 of this year he was given his
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LARGE ASSORTMENT OF
TWO AND FOUR SUITERS
Tribute to Departing Supply Officer
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FITTING MEMENTO in the form of a hand painted plaque bearing a
water-color portrait of himself, sketches of the Navy wings, an aircraft-
carrier, an airplane, and the Supply Corps emblem was presented to Lt.
Comdr. B. H. Micou by personnel of the supply department last Thurs
day, before he departed to take up new duties on the staff of the Air
Technical Training Command, Chicago, 111. Inscribed on the artpiece
was the department’s tribute to Lt. Comdr. Micou which concluded with
these words: “Though you leave us, much of you will remain. The things
you have taught us we shall not forget, any more than we can forget you.’^
The signatures of 19 members of the supply department are shown to
the right on the plaque, including those of: Lt. (jg) Edward E. Mack, Jr..
disbursing officer; Emmett Pagett, CCStd; B. H. Jeffcott, CSK; J. H.
Doty, SKlc; C. W. Bryan, SK2c; R. E. McReynolds, SK2c; A. T.
Hamilton, SK3c; Sidney Stovall, SK3c; Marvin Clark, Sic; Julian H.
McDaniel, Jr., civilian storekeeper, and the following civilian office em
ployees: Mary E. Armbruster, Jane Leonard, Dot Fierens, A lice L. Logan»
Evelyn Tedder, Louise J. Burks, Norris Snow, Mary F. Schinhan,-and
The colored portrait of Lt. Comdr. Micou was drawn by Cadet E. V. L.
Aiello of the 13th Battalion, the colored sketches along the left side by
Cadet H. Tonnessen of the 10th Battalion, and the printing was performed
by Cadet A. D. Cobb of the 10th Battalion.
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