| Vol. III Issue 8
USS SAN JUAN (CL54)
7 October 1945
*USS SAN JUAN
Established Since March 1945
Published for the upkeep of naval morale!
Published at no cost to the Gov't
Mimeographed on Gov't Equipment
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Captain GEORGE H. BAHM
Commander J.R. Mc CORMICK
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T.J. GILHOOLY, Y3c.
Art Ed: Lt. (jg) J.
Feature Writers: Lt. M.F. FORST, (ChC)
F.R. MORPHEW, CY.
R.V. LIDDELL, MaM1c.
L.J. SINES, Y3c.
R.W. TOM, S1c.
Advisor: Ens. D.H. CHALTAIN
Ens. R.E. MC CORMACK, Jr.
(The PANTHER is considered in all respects to comply with SecNav
EXOS:AO(Pub)WBW:bmed, 28 May 1945)
No article in this publication is to be reprinted.
I am sending a note of thanks
to the men aboard your ship. Will you kindly read it to them? It is such a
small way to express my thanks, but my heart is full of gratitude to them.
I have chosen this group because my son Walter T. George S1/C is serving
on the San Juan.
God has been good to me. Thus
far all my loved ones are safe. Is it so small a wonder my heart is so
full of rejoicing? Yet when I remember the hearts that are sad because of
a loved one that will not return I ask God to help them bear their
burdens, for I know is Him alone can they find comfort. May we of all
nations, and of all faiths, keep the peace that God has given to us.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Ray George
To the liberated
prisoners of war aboard the U.S.S. San Juan and to all who have had a part
in bringing this World War II to a close I send my humble thanks. My
earnest prayer is the Almighty God will help me to be worthy of your
sacrifice. I pray that all people throughout this land of America along
with all nations will join in making this a lasting peace by doing the
will of God.
May God's richest blessings be
with each of you always.
An American Mother.
week has made all of us conscious of the weather and so we asked Meyer,
Aer. M2/C to write an article about prevailing weather conditions around
Japan. Here are his answers.
Japan is about the same
latitude as the United States and has seasonal conditions somewhat
similar. The eastern coasts of Southern Honshu and Kyushu may be compared
to our southeastern seaboard. Japanese climate, however, does not exactly
parallel that of the Atlantic Seaboard---differences result from (1)
strong monsoonal wind system, (2) mountainous topography of Japan, and (3)
the ocean currents adjacent to Japan.
Like the Atlantic Seaboard,
Japan is frequented by tropical cyclones. In the Asiatic Pacific such
disturbances are referred to as typhoons, while their cousins in the West
Indies are known as hurricanes.
Typhoons have an area of low
pressure as the center, with a counterlockwise wind system. If the
observer turns his back to the wind the storm will be ahead and to his
left. The diameter of storms vary from 50 to 600 miles. The wind velocity
increases as the center approaches. The nearly calm eye of the storm
varies with a diameter from 4 to 60 miles and is at the storm's center.
Typhoons are most frequent in
the summer, August being the highest month, and least frequent in the
winter months -- February having the fewest. These stroms have their
origin in the hot and humid air area 7 to 20 degrees North latitude and
between 120 and 150 degrees moving westward from their origin as about
7-10 knots and recurve to the northeast with a gradual acceleration. Not
all storms follow the mean track for during the summer the mean track
moves to the north and west at which time about 40% of the storms continue
westward into China while in the winter the mean track retires to the
south and east with about 15% of the storms continuing westward. The
storms usually merge with frontal activity after reaching China or
recurving and dissipating become a homogeneous air mass in the high
altitudes. Cirrus clouds and crassed winds and swell are indications that
may proceed a storm by hundreds of miles but their presence is not always
indicative of a typhoon. The wind direction and intensity along with a
falling barometer are the surest guides.
The dangerous semi-circle is
the right hand half as viewed when looking forward along the typhoon path.
It is dangerous for two reasons, (1) a ship might be blown towards the
center or the storm might recurve and pass over for a secondtime and (2)
winds are higher in this semi-circle.
Recently there have been many
typhoon and storm reports with confusing and misleading results. In a
typhoon there are no observable surface fronts separating air masses,
temperature, pressure, wind and cloudiness are approximately the same in
all quadrants of a typhoon. Storms or frontal activities have a definite
observable surface front with marked wind shifts and differences in
weather, clouds and temperature. A Storm is born when the typhoon dies and
what was once a tropical disturbance has become part of a frontal storm
and will dissipate as such.
Typhoons far over the ocean
where reports are lacking cannot be followed with only reasonable degree
of accuracy for then flights reports must be relied upon. Consequently,
the forecasting typhoons is not infallible (as we know from experience),
but until the Ouija Board supercedes the teaching of Bowditch and
Petterson we must continue to head the word of the meteorologist whose
diligent efforts often go unrewarded.
Ever since that fateful
Saturday when the Captain gave V.C. ORLANDO a little pep talk it seems
that he has agreed to take off his dipers and go get his bird. The Log
Room will be minus a few less chits now that "Irish-mouther" Shanna is
leaving us... "Essential Allan is now being relieved to go back to Uncle
Sugar to reopen his bulldog kennels. The "B" Division high pointer and
fathers welcomed aboard 5 new snipes for the destroyer BUCHANAN. They are
undertaking their responsibilities as quickly as possible. Rumor has it
that F. Heebner received a "Dear John" letter recently. Have you notice
how his chin has been hanging lately?
USE YOUR HEAD!
Two months ago we would not have trusted a Jap under any
conditions. With the war over, some strange thinking and acting has taken
place. We won the war, yet in some respects we are losing it by betraying
the very superiority which gave us Victory, with a type of conduct that is
not becoming even a dog. The difference of some few of our men is so great
- and their lack of pride so appalling that they will even stoop to
illicit sexual intercourse with the worst type of Japanese whore; dirty,
diseased, and lacking in every form of decency. It is a denial of the
ideals for which we fought; a degrading of ourselves to their level; and
impliededly a putting of our wives, mothers, sisters, and sweethearts on a
par with a prostitute. It is the most cheapening action possible to any
It has been said that 1/3 of the Japanese people have
either leprosy or syphilis, and it is certain that the whores don't come
from the healthy 2/3. Leprosy (and don't kid yourself that the girl you
laid with hasn't got it) syphilis, gonorrhea and other diseases are no
fun. If you want these diseases then stay over here in Japan, and at least
don't carry them back to your people.
Sexual desire is normal. But, attempting the satisfaction
of that desire under the conditions that prevail in Japan is a downright
degrading and abnormal. Continuance never harmed anyone. You can control
- BASKETBALL GETS UNDERWAY -
interdivisional competition has begun and it really got underway with a
bang. Two games were played Thursday morning on the basketball court laid
off inside a Japanese hanger. The fourth division, captained by Ciocca,
met the "C" division in a thriller diller that saw the lead change three
times in the last 2½ minutes of play. When the final whistle blew, the "C"
division was in the lead by a bare one point, 11 to 10. High scoring
honors went to Gish of the "C" division who led his team with 7 points.
Haney and Marine both scored 4 points for the losers.
In the second game the third
division took on the "F" division in another jam-up game. With only 2½
minutes to play the score was all knotted up at 8 all. Before the final
whistle blew, however, the fire controlmen looped in two filed goals to
win the ball game 12 to 8. Due to the limited time, this game had to be
played in two 10 minute halves. The high scorers of the game were De
Counter of the "F" division with 6 points and Yeager of the third with the
Now that things have gotten
started, let's keep 'er rolling. You snipes and deck apes get your teams
primed. One little bit of warning to those who haven't seen the court. It
is large and has a concrete floor. Only a small part of the hanger is
devoted to the court. The rest of the space is taken as a maintenance line
for F4U's. Smoking is prohibited, therefore, in all parts of the hanger.
The Marines have very considerately furnished us the court and
basketballs, so let's all co-operate with them. The low scores of the
first games were due mainly to early season games and the fact that the
hoops were hand made. Thursday afternoon regulation baskets were installed
and as the teams progress we are looking for bigger and better scores.
Yes, you have to be rugged to
play in this league, but it may well be worth it. It has been suggested
that the winning team not only challenge other ships, but be given a beer
party at the end. Of course this is no promise, but it is an idea well
worth talking up. A vote of thanks is in order for Ensign PRESNELL for
making the necessary arrangements for our use of the court and balls.
||De Counter (6)
|Subs: "F" Div.: McBride,
always wondered why sick bay kept some people in there a long time and now
I've got the answer. It seems a certain seaman from the 2nd Division was
kept there so long that he finally decided he liked it. Now, he's in the
"H" Division. So, that's how they get their relief's?????
PAMELA PANTHER'S ADVICE TO THE LOVELORN
Over the last few years, I've
been writing my girl about my exploits in the Navy, and I guess that I
have exaggerated a little bit. I told her that I won the Navy Cross at
Santa Cruz for spotting 15 enemy planes and sticking to by battle station
as a lookout while the bullets were whistling past my ears. I won my
Silver Star off the Marianas when I dove into the water to rescue a
wounded pilot who had crash-landed. Off Okinawa, I told her, we were hit
by a Kamikaze and in spite of my own wounds and burns, I made my way
through fire and debris to rescue the Captain. For this, I wrote that I
got the Legion of Merit and a Purple Heart. I wrote all of this because
I'm not much of a hand with the girls, and I know I wouldn't have much
chance with all the fly-boys with all their decorations trying to make
time with my girl while I was away.
But, now some of these days, we
are going to be sailing home, where everyone thinks that I'm a hero. And
all I have to show are a few campaign ribbons. What will I do?
I have several suggestions
which might be of assistance in your case. First, you might go to the
Captain and frankly explain the matter to him. He'll at least give you his
sympathy even if he can't do anything else. Second, before you get home,
we might be awarded an Occupation of Japan ribbon and a Victory Ribbon.
You already have the American campaign the Asiatic Pacific, and the
Philippine Liberation ribbons. You could claim one was the Navy Cross,
another the Silver Star, etc. and you might get away with is, that is for
A JAPANESE HOUSE
In contrast to the American custom of building houses from
brick, stucco and almost anything that will stand up, a Japanese house is
seldom built of anything but wood. They are usually airy, with the front
of the house often having a broad expanse of window, making it look like a
sotre. The floors are covered with thick mats (tatami), and the rooms are
separated one from the other either by paper screens (syozi) or sliding
The American idea of interior decorating is completely
different from the Japanese. We go in for wall paper, a lot of paint,
fancy furniture, and so on. The Japanese are extreme in their simplicity.
Usually not a drop of paint will be used anywhere in the house. They
attempt to preserve the natural beauty of their house - the walls,
coilings and trim will be highly polished and spotless, but without paint
or varnish. And instead of having many pieces of furniture about, often
you will find only one or two, set off in such a way as to present it in
its most pleasant fashion: it may be a statue, a small shrine, or just a
bouquet of flowers arranged in some striking fashion. Prior to the War,
there were some 10,000 instructors in flower arrangements in Tokyo alone.
A landscape garden is an essential feature of any good
house. Where space is limited as in the crowded sections of the city, you
will invariably find some miniature tree or plants. Even the poorest
families will have one of these dwarf trees, such as a rugged cherry tree
or a centenary pine, which has been handed down in the family from
generation to generation. While not abusing the privacy of family, notice
in your sightseeing trips this attempt on the part of the Japanese to
surround themselves in their homes with things of beauty.