1939 USS SLC CA25 Rope Yarn

Edited on board the USS Salt Lake City
Cruiser Division Four
United States Fleet

Captain Archer M. R. Allen, USN, Commanding Officer ball-red-02 Deceased
Commander W. W. Meek, USN, Executive Officer

The Rope Yarn Staff
Chaplain F. Volbeda.....Editor
R. A. Calvert, S1c....Office Mgr. ball-red-02 Deceased
Al Mighetto, MM1c....Cartoonist
C. H. McCormack, BM1c....Sports
All Hands ------- Reporters

Contributed by Richard "Rich" Noar, son of SLC Veteran, Abraham A. Noar, S1c ball-red-02 Deceased


Thinking it over with Chaplain [F. Volbeda]

There is an apparently incorrigible tendency to look for the big destiny changing events of life to happen to us. Sometimes we say what the little girl said, “nothing wonderful ever happens in my life.” Is that really TRUE? It depends on what one calls wonderful. Generally, the underlying notion is that there must be a steep climax in the normal course of events. We must suddenly receive a large sum of money or get the job we had no idea would come to us, at least not so soon.

One day in Florida a great stalwart tree fell down. It was well over four hundred years old. It was a sapling when Columbus landed at San Salvador. The old monarch of the forest had been struck a dozen times by lightening. It had braved undaunted the storms of four centuries. The tree had defied wind and weather successfully. Its great knarled arms extended heavenward in perennial challenge to the elements. One day this veteran fell. Tiny little beetles killed it. They bored under the bard and dug into its heart, ate away, a tiny bit at a time, its ancient and mighty fiber. Down came the King of the Forest.

As it was in the case of the tree, so it is in our lives. It is the little things that make or break us. While we are looking for heroic and dramatic events to sweep us, as on a tidal wave, to the top, the little beetles are unnoticed but steadily at work. The most vital thing in a man’s life are his mental attitudes. Each life at the moment is but the massed result of the mental attitude of the yesterdays.

If we can once learn the tremendous significance of the apparent trifles of life, the “big things” will take care of themselves. And we will never say again, “nothing wonderful ever happens to me” because something wonderful is going on within us all the while.


"The darkest hour in any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it."

"You may often regret your speech but seldom your silence."


Fourth of July at Kingston, WA.

Through the courtesy of the town of Kingston, the SLC baseball team and boxing team were invited to participate in the town’s celebration of the 4th of July. A large bus was furnished for transportation and a large crowd from the ship went out to enjoy the day. The staff of the Rope Yarn wishes to express their thanks to Ensign Payne who arranged the sporting events and made the day a joyful one for all hands who went along. The boxing team, for their noble work, and the baseball team for theirs. Also, to Mr. Bell of Kingston, who was in charge of the committee on arrangements and who conducted the program of the day in a very satisfactory manner. Although it rained most of the day, all hands enjoyed themselves immensely and joins us in thanking the City of Kingston for their kind invitation to the SLC to help celebrate the Fourth of July with them.

The program of the day started with the flag raising ceremony conducted by E. S. Jameison, BM2c and C. H. McCormack, assisted by R. E. Porter, Pfc, our musical jack of all instruments, who sounded colors on the bugle following which he lead the crowd in singing the national anthem. Shortly after that the first ball game got underway with the SLC downing the Suquamish Indians 5 to 3 in a downpour of rain. The game was fast and exciting and with Halford pitching fine ball and the rest of the team playing heads-up ball, we saw a fine game.

The next event of the day was a very colorful and interesting Indian Dance and songs that the crowd enjoyed very much. Following that event, the second ballgame of the day got underway with the SLC playing the KINGSTON Town Team. Due to rain and the large program of the day, this game was called in the third inning with the score 2 to 1 against us.

The next event was the boxing smoker and then the fireworks really started to explode. Robert J. "Ace" Duval of the 5th Division decisioned over Deceased Harold W. Dugan, FCR1c of the “F” Division in a red hot battle of three rounds. William "Bill" Leary ball-red-02 Deceased of the SLC decisioned Tate of the MINNEAPOLIS in three rounds. The main event was a knockout featuring Floyd D. Suellwold, FC3c and E. H. Schrul, S1c of the “F” Division. An interesting battle until Suellwold connected with Schrul’s chin and it was all over for Mr. Schrul.

The boxers from the MINNEAPOLIS furnished the remaining card.

The next and largest event of the day was a turkey dinner and a ham & egg dinner for all who took part in the day’s program. The gang was divided up in two groups and taken to two restaurants where all hands had an enjoyable and fine supper.

Following the dinner the dancing got underway and all our jitterbugs over did themselves wowing the local girls how dancing should be done. Then, with a full day behind them, all hands returned to the bus for the homeward trip, a tired but happy group.

All hands conducted themselves in their best manner and the people of Kingston made many comments that it was the best party of Sailors that ever came out there.

We thank the City of Kingston and all the officials who invited us for such a splendid time that we will not soon forget. Signed: Sport’s Editor


Hello and Goodbye

There has been the customary turn over of officers aboard our ship this spring. We wish God's blessing on those officers who have left us since our arrival at the yard. And at the same time we extend the hand of welcome to the new officers who have come to take their places with us aboard the "Queen of the Seas."

Those who have reported for duty since our arrival are:

Lt. Comdr. E. E. Dolecek
Lt. C. E. Carroll
Lt. Linwood S. Howeth
Lt. S. D. Willingham
Lt. W. C. Wingard
Ensign W. C. Moore Deceased
Ensign J. F. B. Johnston ball-red-02 Deceased
Ensign K. C. Childers
Ensign R. M. Tunnell
Ensign F. B. Clarke
Ensign J. J. A. Michel
Ensign H. Kriloff
Ensign S. E. Hindman
Ensign R. J. Dressling
Lt. Comdr. O. F. Byrd
2nd. Lt. R. A. Beard
Avia. Cad. H. S. Roberts

Those who have been detached since our arrival are:
Lt. Comdr. M. P. DuVal
Lt. Comdr. T. B. Fitzpatrick Deceased
Lt. F. R. Jones Deceased
Lt. J. R. Shoemaker Deceased
Lt. (jg) W. W.[D.] Innis
Lt. (jg) F. G. Hess
Ensign R. Holden
Ensign L. A. Lajaunie, Jr.
Ensign E. T. Barrett
Ensign J. H. Raymer
Lt. Comdr. Charles D. Kirk (SC)
2nd. Lt. Z. W. Burriss, USMC
Lt.(jg) F. G. Gould



For a little while, it seemed as though Spring was not going to work her charms and lead happy sailors and blushing brides to the altar. Finally, Spring did get busy and Novie Perry, WT2c and his bride, Miss Anderson, called the Padre over to Seattle to settle the matter once and for all.

Not to be out done, handsome Earl B. "Swede" Hansen, S1c, though not a June groom, surrendered the day after our nation celebrated its Independence. He married Miss Grayce Tutton in a quiet home wedding. Albert Mighetto, Rope Yarn Staff Artist, acted as best man.

We wish both Perry and Hansen a long, happy, and joyous married life.


The Battenburg Cup

On Sat. July 15th, 1939, the Battenburg Cup Race will again be held. This year's race is to be held on Lake Washington at Seattle. There are only four crews competing, from the USS SALT LAKE CITY, USS MINEAPOLIS, USS WEST VIRGINIA and the H.M.S. ORION of the Canadian navy. The Battenburg Cup is the most famed trophy in the U. S. Navy and the most coveted.

The members of the crew and their pulling positions are as follows:

Stupka, L. M., Port Bow Deceased
Suellwold, F. D., No. 3 Stbd
Noar, Abraham A., No. 3 Port ball-red-02 Deceased
Spencer, Ray Walter, Stbd. Stroke Deceased
Amdahl, O. A., Port Stroke ball-red-02 Deceased
McGrath, R. E., Spare Man
McKay, G. E., No. 2 Stbd.
Kneidinger, W. M., No. 2 Port
Woodward, James H., No. 4 Port ball-red-02 Deceased
Goucher, R. I., No. 4 Stbd
Harbushka, M., Stbd. Bow man ball-red-02 Deceased
Bruno, M., Coxswain


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