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Vol. 2—No. 45
U. S. Navy Pre-Flight School, Chapel Hill, N. C.
Saturday, July 22, 1944
By ■ ■ ■ ^ '
David Y. Coverston, Ylc, USNR
According to morale experts,
and from the men themselves, it
appears that the most enjoyable
event of the day at sea or at ad
vanced bases is when mail call is
sounded. And, from the letters
IVe ireceived from former mem
bers of this station who are now
in far distant places, I have
gathered the fact that this is very
true. Therefore, I suggest that
you take time off for a few minutes
a week and drop a note to some
friend or former shipmate, they
appreciate it no end, and besides,
it gives you a good, insight into
what’s cooking “over there.”
Being ,a rather prolific letter
writer, enjoying writing as well
as receiving letters, I have kept
in contact with many of our for-
iner Pre-FTighters, and if you will
permit, here are a few excerpts
from some of their informative
and enjoyable epistles.
Ensign W. 0. Melvin, a former
Chief Yeoman on the station, now
on board an LCV, has been writ
ing since he left a year ago, and
what he hasn’t been through in his
theatre of war isn’t much. Leav
ing here, he boarded a DD, and ac
cording to letters, he took part in
several raids on enemy harbors,
met our former Skipper, Capt. 0.0.
Kessing, and also had a chat with
Lt. Comdr. Tom Carruthers, our
former 1st Lieutenant. Receiving
his commission in March, he was
sent to a west coast port to assist
in commissioning his ship and for
duty on board her when commis
sioned. He has been to various
gunnery schools, and is slated to
be her gunnery officer, but says
that he has some time to himself,
which, he says, he uses in “Talking
See COVEY, page U
Rear Admiral Hardison Here
To Inspect Pre-Flight Program
Rear Admiral Hardison
39 Here For
Captain L. B. Olsen, USCG, and
Comdr, Harry R. Horney, USN,
were the featured speakers during
the past week for the 39 from the
Navy, Army and Marine Corps
who are at present undergoing
special instruction in the survival
Captain Olsen, who is in charge
of the Air Sea Rescue Agency of
the Coast Guard, discussed the
methods and problems of rescue at
sea. Comdr. Horney, a graduate
of the Naval Academy, Class of
1927, discussed several different
phases of survival.
During the past week the group
has received special classroom in
struction, gone on individual
hikes and been shown several
special movies. Among the movies
shown have been, “Land and Live
in the Jungle, Land and Live in
See SURVIVAL, page U
Rear Admiral Osborne B.
Hardison, USN, Chief of Naval
Air Primary Training, came
aboard Wednesday night with
members of his staff to inspect
this Pre-Flight School.
Rear Admiral Hardison, a na
tive of North Carolina, attended
the University here in Chapel Hill
before entering the Naval Acad
emy in 1912. He was Command
ing Officer of the USS Enterprise
from October 1942 to April 7,
1943. He served aboard the USS
Texas in the first World War, be
came a Naval Aviator in 1923,
and served aboard the carriers
USS Lexington, USS Saratoga,
USS Langley, and USS Ranger
before becoming Commanding Of
ficer of the USS Enterprise.
In addition to the Navy Cross,
Rear Admiral Hardison holds the
Legion of Merit, Victory Medal,
Grand Fleet Clasp, the American
Defense Service Medal, Fleet
Clasp, the Asiatic-Pacific Area
Campaign Medal, and the ribbon
of the Presidential Unit Citation
The Admiral and his party
spent Thursday morning on the
base, and left by plane around
The baseball games sched
uled between the Cloudbusters
and the Naval Air and Train^
ing Stations from Norfolk have
been cancelled. They will not
be played at a later date.
At this writing only one more
contest remains on the Pre-
Flight schedule, that being
against Camp Davis there on
August 1. There is a chance,
however, that this game will be
played next week.
The Navy Pre-Flight band will
open its summer concert season
tomorrow afternoon with a well-
selected musicial program in the
outdoor Forest Theatre opposite
Navy Hall. The concert, under the
direction of Chief Musician C. S.
Seeley, will begin at 1630 and end
The Sunday afternoon concerts
will be held each week through
September at the same time and
place. Everybody is invited to at
Tomorrow’s concert will in
1. March—Conqueror, by G.
2. Overture—Morning, Noon,
and Night in Vienna, by F. V.
3. March — His Honor, by
4. Intermezzi—In a Monastery
Garden (with Glee Club), by Al
bert Ketelby, and Hungarian
Dances (No. Five and Six), by
5. Glee Club—Finlandia, by
Sibelius, and Joshua Fit the Battle
of Jericho, arranged by Louis Fin
6. March—Lights Out, by E.
7. On the Road to Mandalay,
by Oley Speaks.
8. Overture—Luspiel, by Kela-
In event of rain, the concert will
be postponed until next Sunday.
Sat., July 22—Free movie at
Village Theatre, “Standing Room
Only” with Paulette Goddard and
Fred MacMurray. Feature starts
at 1920 and 2052.
Sun., July 23—Free movie at
Village Theatre, “Girl Crazy” with
Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.
Feature starts at 1320 and 1510.