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Our Navy Magazine - First of August, 1944 - "The Rough Riders" Issue

Our Navy Magazine - Front Cover - 1 August 1944 Issue - The Rough Riders

Vol. XXXIX, No. 5

Table of Contents : * THE LOG *

  • The Rough Riders : The Bucking Little DEs Drove the U-Boat from the Convoy Routes - By Stephen G. Thompson - 4
  • My Heart Tells Me : He Was In Love With A Girl Who Had More Lovers Than Stars In The Sky - By Jay W. Hedden, Illustrated by Howard T. Knapp - 8
  • Interlude At Tufula Cove - By Hugh G. Oliver - 10
  • Task Force 58 : The Most Powerful Naval Unit In The History Of The Sea Rules The Pacific - 12
  • Salty Rhymes 16
  • Letter for a Pal - By Ervin L. Steeley - 17
  • Yankee Doodle Drummer Boy : George Washington's Drum Goes Back To War With A 1944 Bluejacket - By Edward Pinkowski - 18
  • Weather In Invasions : There is No Guesswork By The Weatherman Today - 20
  • In The Wake Of Invasion : Three Images From The War - 21
  • Last of the Seabees : A CB Misses Too Many Transports -- Result, A Fantasy - By George Monroe Myers -22
  • Tough Little Tug Boat : The USS Choctaw Proves That War Is Not Always Fought With Bombs And Guns - By John B. Penfold - 24
  • Foreign Naval News - By Walton L. Robinson - 26
  • What's in a Name? 44, USS Nevada - By Richard Shafter - 28
  • Round Up of the War - By Fletcher Pratt - 30
  • Naval Cancels and Cachets - By Marshall R. Hall - 32
  • Salt Shakers - By Walt Munson - 33
  • Bulletin Board of Naval Interest 34
    • Launchings
    • P. O. Ratings To Be Temporary
    • Ship Losses
    • WAVE's Bill Favorably Reported
    • Warrants To Be Promoted En Bloc
    • Eligibility For Area Ribbons
    • Navy Medicos Stop Epidemic
    • Brazilian Troups Soon To Go Overseas
    • New Germ Killer
    • Battle Dress Replacements
    • Too Many SMITHs
    • New Undersea Camera
    • Competitors Wanted
    • Things Nazis Don't Understand
    • Sailor Sees Invasion
    • Pistol-Shot Gun .45 Cal.
    • Not A Bad Idea
    • Athlete Becomes An Ace
  • Awards, Commendations and Promotions 38
    • Ship Named For Navy Hero : USS Muir, DE - Lt. Kenneth Muir
    • Letters Of Commendation
    • Navy And Marine Corps Medals
    • More Letters Of Commendation
    • Medal Of Honor To Lt. Nathan G. Gordon
    • CSp Robert Halperin Wins Navy Cross
    • Silver Stars Awarded
    • Air Medal To Cmdr. William A. Moffett, Jr.
    • Distinguished Flying Cross Awards
  • Personnel Information
    • Official Casualty List (From May 1 to May 31, 1944) - Listed by State - 40
    • Family Inquest : Next Of Kin Requests Your Help - 42
    • Contacting Shipmates - 43
    • Books In Review - 44
      • Primer of Navigation, Second Edition, by George W. Mixter
      • Then There Was One by Eugene Burns
      • Sailor's Star by Fanny Heaslip Lea
      • Fathoms Deep by Michael Dawson
      • Stick and Rudder by Wolfgang Langewiesche
  • 20 Months At Hard Labor : The 120th Seabees Return To The States - 46
  • Calling All Solomon Islands Chess Players by Emmet Maum - 47
  • Navy Soil Engineers - 48
  • The Last of LST 348 - 49
  • Your Beauty Parade 52
    • Alabama's Ramona Vincent
    • Wyoming's Shirley Ellbogan
    • California's June Nunn
    • Kansas's Virginia Baker
  • Notes of Interest 53
  • Sparks from the Sports Wheel - By Harry Dwyer - 58
  • Lay Aft on the Fantail 62
  • Traditions of the Navy 63
  • The Skipper and the Boot 64

In This Issue - From The Publisher

Our cover is definitely at odds with the title of the lead story which it is supposed to illustrate. This stretch of serene sea with the portion of a DEs bridge gives no indication of the actions of a destroyer escort once the sea kicks up a big—and in the Atlantic it seldom does anything else.

The DE crewmen have made no claim to riding the roughest thing afloat. They are satisfied that their craft does nothing more than roll thirty degrees, pitch, twist, jump, lurch, careen, and stand on its head. If the PCs and SCs introduce gyrations above and beyond that—then solicitations are in order. But that the little DEs are hell-riding, tough, and efficient, nobody will deny. They and their crews opened a "Second Front" long before D-day in Normandy.

They stepped into the full fury of the U-boat war, a war that involved several hundred thousand men, and that was as important to the outcome of the main issue as any campaign or drive on land. Of course they were not alone in this campaign.

There were the Baby Flattops, long range bombers, and large destroyers fighting with them. But the DEs can take a large measure of the credit for halting the dreadful carnage being wrought by the U-boat, and of turning the destruction in the other direction. That campaigning has been won. Steve Thompson, New York reporter, takes you aboard one of these DEs in "The Rough Riders."

Jay W. Hedden knows his way around when it comes to writing fiction. He can put words on paper and has a professional polish that does him great credit. His first story appeared in O. N. back in November, 1941, a three part serial called "Death Keeps a Notebook."

Once on the beam with murder, he followed with a couple of other "whodunnits." Then the pattern is clear. We heard nothing from him from 1942 until now—and it can be presumed the war has kept him pretty busy. At least he has climbed up the ladder from SF3c to SF1c, the rate he holds today.

He joined the Navy in 1939, and in the peaceful years before the war was intent on making a career of writing. His present effort, "My Heart Tells Me," shows that even war has not entirely sidetracked his ambition. His yarn on page 8 is a believable and smooth piece of writing. Hedden should go places.

On page 12 we have given a brief account of today's Pacific war, which is the concern of the most powerful Naval unit in the history of sea warfare—Task Force 58. Unfortunately, security demands that most of the facts in connection with this huge armada must be hidden until the dap fleet is brought to bay and defeated. That event does not appear too far off.

All photographs are Official Navy Photos unless otherwise identified.

Published the 1st and 15th of each month by OUR NAVY, INC., Owen Watson, president; Paul R. Watson, Gem Mgr. Office of publication, Editorial and Executive offices, 1 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, N. Y.

EDITOR : Bruce Baylor


ASSOCIATE EDITORS: C. M. Hatcher, John B. Penfold



  • A. R. Bosworth
  • Walt Munson
  • Walton Robinson
  • Lillian Thomas
  • Harry Dwyer
  • Ernest G. Vetter
  • Cedric W. Windas
  • Manning Hall

I Hanson Place, Brooklyn, New York

Entered as second class matter September 28, 1943, at the post office at Brooklyn, New York, under the act of March 3, 1878, with an additional entry at Philadelphia, Penna. Single espies 15 cents.

One year subscription (14 issues) $5.00. Subscribers should notify prompt change of address; boils old and new addresses should be given.

Contributions to OUR NAVY's editorial column should be addressed to 1 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, N. Y. Material intended for the 1st of the month should be in the hands of the Editor by the 1st of the month preceding date of issue; material for the 15th of the month issue by the 15th of the mantis preceding.

Assertions or opinions of contributors are those of the individual and do not reflect the official views of the Navy Department or the Government. Entire contents copyrighted 1944 by OUR NAVY, INC.

More Net Paid Circulation in the Navy than Any Other Publication

Written By and For All Navymen. Member Audit Bureau of Circulations

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