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Vol. 1, no. 1 (July 1939)-v. 4, no. 1 (July 1948).
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Issues for July 1939 to June 1942 numbered v. 1, no. 1-36; issues for July 1942-June 1945 numbered v. 2, no. 1-36; issues for July 1945-June 1948 numbered v. 3, no. 1-36.
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C OA ST G UARD


BULLETIN


Volumze 3 WIASHINGTON, DECEMBER 1947 t Number 30


class; Ralph O. Fuhr, radarman third
class; G~ordon. L. Keb~ler, carpenter's
mate third class; Charles N. Peterson,
aerographer's mate third class.
Captain Cronkr's citation read: "For
exceptionally meritorious conduct in the
performance of outstanding services as
Commanding officer of the U. S. C. G.
cutter Bibb during thle rescue of sur-
vivors of the disabled flying boat, Ber-
mutde Sky Queen1, which was forced
down in mid-Atlantic on 14 October
1947. D~isplaring great skill, sound
judgment and excellent seamanship,
Captain Cronk directed his command in
the expeditiouls rescue of the 69 Eittryiv-
ors without the loss of a single life,
despite gale, very rough seas, and dark-
ness. H-is ec-teptional initiative, inspir-
ing leadersahip,, and unwavermng devotion
to duty were in keeping with the high-
esit traditions of the United States
Coast Guard."
SThe citation of Lieutenant H-all read:
FIior exceptionally meritorious conduct
in the performance' of nuts~tandingi serv-
ices as officer-in-choreILe of a monomoy
surfboat and, later, a motor launch from
the U. S. C. G. cutter Bibb during the
rescue of 69 survivors of the disabled
flying boat, Bermuda, Rky~ Queenl,r which
was forced dlown in mid-Atlantic on 14
October 1947. On the first (1a.<, dis-
playing great skill, endurance anzd
daring, Lieutenant juniorr grade) Hfall
succeeded in launching the monomoy
surfboat and condclrclcting valuable boat
maneuvering tests and observations
close to the plane, despite gale and very
rough seas. On the following day, under


'"BIBB3" OFFICERS AND IVIIEN GET l
AWAPIRDS FOR "BERMIUDAI SKY
QUEENN~ RESCUE

For exceptionally meritorious work
in the rescue of the passengers and
crewt of the American flying boat Ber-
madca Sk~y Queen, 4 officers and 12 en-
listed mnen of the Coast Guard cutter
.G~eorge M. Bibbi, received awards on
November 12, in, the office of the Sec-
retary of the Treasury, in. Washington.
Capt. Paul B3. Cronk, commranding offi-
eer of the cutter, was awarded a gold
star in. lieu of a second Legion of Merit.
`Lt. (jg) Clarence S. Hall was awarded
the Legion of Merit and also the
Tr~easurY Departmoent Gold Life Saving
Medal. Lt. (jg) Bernard S. Brown. re-
ceivied the Treasury Department Silver
Life Saving Mledal. Ensign James H.
M~cDonald received the Commendation
of the Secretary of the Treasury.
Ralph J. Keller, boatswain's mate,
first class, received the Treasury De-
partmzent Gold Life Saving Medal.
The following men received tze
Treasury Department Silver Life Say-
ing MVedal: Lindel H~all, moachinist;
HarryT La~Eever, chief motor machinist's
mate (L); John Johnston, gunner's
mate first class; Philip Van Campen
Taylor, machinist's mate third class.
The following enlisted men received
the counmiendlat ion of the Secretary of
the Treasury: C~harles ]E. Bunkley, sig-
nalman first class; Dwighzt E. CoreT,
radarman Ifirst class; Joseph F`. M~on.
teiro, machinist's mate second class;
Richard H. Berliner, radarman third


a Publishedi with the approval of the Director of the Budget.
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continued nl1vrlre weather conditions,
hie removed some of thte exhausted sur-
vivors by use of the motor launch and
rubber raf't. By his courage and ex-
cellent seaimanship he was materially
reson blefor the success of the rescue
operation. His excep~tional initiative,
inspiring leadership, anld unwavering l'jl~.
devotion to duty were in keeping with
the highest traditions of the United
States Coast Guard."
The citation of E~nsignl MacDonald
read: "For corageous~:~lrl and meritorious
performance of duty while serv\i ne on the
U. S. C. G. cutter Bibb dullilrin the rescue
of 69 survivors of the 11.1ing~ boat, Ber-
m~uda Sky~ Quleen, which was forced down
in1 mid-Atlantic on. 14 October 1947. As-
signed azs officer-in-chrarge to organize a
volunteer crew to manl a monomnoy surf-
boat and rubber raft after a much abler
boat and better raft had just been over-
whelmed by the sea, Ensign MacDonald
was responsible for safely transferring a
rubber raft to the plane, despite gale,
very rough sea, and darkness, thereby
assuring the safety of the persons re-
maining in the stricken. plane for the
night. His outstanding seamanship'
courage, and unw-aveiring devotion to
duty were in keeprling~ with the highest
traditions of the United States Coast
Guard.
The commendations of the Secretary
of the TIlreasury read as follows.
"~For courageous and meritorious per-
formance of duty while serving on the
U. S. C. G. cutter Bibb during the rescue
of 69 survivors of the flyine~ boat, Br-
m~uad SkU1 Queenz, which was forced
down in mid-Atlantic on 14 October 19347.
Despite gale, very rough sea and da~rk-
nless ____, resinanllellf d to a call
for volunteers to man a monom~oy surf-
boat and rubber raft after a much abler
boat and better raft had just been o-er-
whelmed by the sea. By his zeal, dar-
ing: and skill, he materially assisted in
transferring a rubber raft to the plane'
thferreby usr~~ing- the safety of the p~er-
sons rein;l:linin-1 in the stricken plane for
the light. His outstanding courage'
seuionshipllll, and unwvavering devotion to
dtuty were inl kr-leping with the! lughest
1rr:lli tionsl of the U~nited States Coast
Guard.'
The citations accompall'nyin the Sil-
ver Life~ Saving Meda~lsl read substan-
tiallly as follows:
"For heroic action as a volunteer as-
signed~t to a motor surnfun~:It of the U. S.
C. G. cutter Bibb dull~rin the rescue of
survivors of the clisabllle filingi boat,
Bermuda SkUI Quleen, which was forced


down in mid-Atlantic on 14 October 1947.
Despite gale, very rough seas and dark-
ness, ________, in1 charge of the rub-
her life ranft detail, participal~tced in four
very dlillicullt trips whlich resulted in the
successful rescue of 44t exhausted sur-
vivors. On thle fourth trip, with the
si gnllrling~ lamp lost anud the overloaded
boat and liferaft irreparably dauilnued,,
sinking and washed repeatedly by cold
seas, he, by his outstanding ability, dar-
inlg and fortitude in the face of extreme
peril, materially assisted in the same
transfer of the passengers to the U. S.
C=. G. cutter Bibb. His exceptional cour-
age, skill, and unwaverinei~ j devotion. to
duty were in keeping with the highest
traditions of the United States Coast
Guard."

COMMANDABNT ADDRESSES 500
FORMER SPARS AT FI[RSTI
POSTWAR REUNION

Over 500 Spars, former members of
the Coast G~uard Women's Reserve,
gathered in Washlingtoln on November
22-28 for the first annual reunion of
this military group. Principal feature
of the reunion. was a banquet held at
the Hotel Statler, at which Admiral
Joseph F. Farley, Commandant of the
Coast Guard, was the guest of honor.
Among the other speakers was Dorothy
Stratton1, former captain in the Coast
Guard and director of the Women's
Reserve.
A few days before the Washington, re-
union, former Spars now residing in or
near the District of Columbia formed a1
local organization. This organization
was responsible for carrying out thre
plans for the reunion and will also be a
permanent group. The following officers
were elected: P'residlent, Mrs. Eunice
Hehnke; vice prsdnMiss Rita
Burke; reco rd ing secretary, Miss
Frances B~ernacki; corresponding secre-
tary, M~iss Doris Raly; anid treasurer,
Miss Dorothy Tuttle.
The folllow\\ine are excerpts from the
speech of Admiral F;u clay :
"TLomuorrow marks the fifth anniver-
sary of the establishment of the Wo-
inen's Reserve of the United States Coast
Guard, and it is most appropriate that
you should choose this time for your
reunion. I wocubtl like to convey to you
tonliL'bt the greetings and best wishes of
the Coast Guard on the double occasion
of your anniversary and reunion1, an
occasionmarkeI1Id by thlesamveenthusiatic
spirit that you dlispinyed dlurinr your
service in World War II. *








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"Onc~e you welre in the- C~oast Guard
your firs.-t battle wa1s the battle to be
recnid.In1 a Coa;.st Guard tha\t had
beenl woma~nless for 153 years, it took
1IIn(.h contvin.-ineL to pro'(ve yourselves
Coast Guardl p~oplel morec t:han inr namle
onlly. You~r victory inl this connection is
a tr~ibutie to y-our petrformncelci of dulty,
because you we'tre a~cce-pted and resII-n-
nlizedl wholeheartedclyT; andc on the basis
of pure merit, you made a valuable con-
tribution to thle successful te~rmination
of thle wvar. *
"I kinow thant all of you will, as time
goes on, look back on your war service as
one of the outstanding p~eriodls of your
live~s. I knlow that you are all proud
of the fact that you made a direct con-
tribun..iln to the winning of the war. I
also want you to remember with pride
the! fact that you were inl the CoLst
Guard. Andi I bring you this wvordl-tle
pn confir~ms our realization of the important
Ilarlt you had in the work of the Coast
Guzardt. I wanlt you to feel that your
Coast Guard~c uniform was not only a
Il:alce of honor while pm wI ere in active
service, but thalt it now symbolizes a
part of your lives whlichl will be cher-
ishedl even more in years to come.
"As a further indication the higrh re-
gard which your service and perform-
ance of duty cnlginiered,~l I w-ant gyou all
to know that the Coast Guard hopes to
pecrpctua:tl the Women's Rieserve as a
part of the Re-.-niar Reserve. To that
end1I. I~L:lregislatin has been prepared for
submission to the Congrress provided~c the
Burealu of the Buell7It gives its ap-
prova~l. "* *

T.NITED STATES SAFETY AT SEA
GENERAL COMMITTEE HEOLDS
ITS SECOND MEETING

TPhe second meec-ti~ng of the General
Committee of the U~nited States Safety
at Sea Commnittees wFas held in Washing-
ton on October 21, with Admiral Joseph
F. F'arley, Commuandant of the Coast
Guard, presiding. The purpose of this
meeting was to consider the work which
had been accomplished since the first
meeting of the committee on February

Admiral lFarley statedr, "The United
Kingdom has issued of~fic~ia I invitations
to the conference for rev\ising~ the ur'0 ~
convention whieb~ will be held in Lon-
dton on April 10~, 1948. They have re-
quested that we submit our proposals
at the earliest possible date in order
that thley may be circulated among tie


other1 na:t-ionts. I halve senlt to each
membnler of t~he Genrerall Commnittee and
of the technnica~l commit tces al copy
of our tentative? draft pr..p..-alrll. anId I
have-< invit-ed co~nunenlts thereon()i. WeC
havec received a~ numbher of valuarble
age.* l ions whichi I ami aIfraid involve
mcre~t detail thann caln be proprerly'
handled byr this committees a~s a whole!.
It must be borne in mrindt that all of tle?
conunl~itte e proposals represent to somenc
extenlt a (_ninlll..nlrise between the~ idlelsr
of a great nulmber of individuals, andc
we mayn~ safely assume that orur own
IDro-posals will be I1hJct~ to some- dte-
gree of further modification whlen we
meet with the representatives of other
nations."
Mr. H. Gerrish Smith, president of
the Shipbuilders Council of America,
outlined brieflyy the genetr1 effielt of
the proposals having to do with clon-
struction of vessels. Mr. Smith sta~ted~
that committees having to do with
structural standards, subdivision andIC
stability, electrical emalrillnwnt,1 anld fire
prevention and protection had sub-
initted penposals;;I1 having to do with ship
construction. Generally spook~ingi~ he
said, the American standards in allI
these subjects are now in exrcess~ of
those existing; on foreign vessels. Fo~r
example, the fire on the M~orro~ Canaei
brought about an1 exhaunstive study of
fire-plc'`rovethat and fire-resisting 1!utte-
rials, and extensive provisions thereonn
were embodied in what is known as
Senate l84. These standards wre"'C ad-
hered to in the Iles~ic n of all Unitedl
States vessels buxit II10rIi n e thle war aLnd,
it is believed, in those currently being
constructed. This is characteristic of
other features of ship construction.
Wiith respect to the Committee's rec~om-
mendations, some have be~en made for
the improvement of existing standards,
but the fcrlinel has ;been prevalent
throughout the committees on con-
struction that if other nations wo~uld
com~e up to the standards which now
exists in the U1nited States, a great deal
would be accomplished in the wa;:y of
iimprov\ing safety of shipns at sea. He
ai'cedt that the props. unlt gone so far as to include~l all the
thlings actually done in the Uni~ted
States. They have been made on a
basis that, it is believed, will give gtood
ground for alrgument and acceptanrcer on
an, international level.
Commodore H-. C=. Shephardlnl Chief,
Office of Mcerchant Mr~ar'ine Saf'ety of the
Coast Gruard, touched on the proposals
hai\ ine- to do with life-saving equipment
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requirements as to manning. Commo-
dore Shepheard stated that the standard
of safety proposed for lifeboat equip-
ment is Ccn-bl~l~l.;rblly above that estab-
lished by the 1929 convention. He said
the recommuendlations regarding comp- lll'
tencey of officers and crew are in no such
detail as our national runllutions, and
in those cases where they go 1.e~?vnna~ the
TR'11: convention, they are substa~ntially
in conformity with present United States
requi remients. The provisions for hours
of labor follow tlhe United States prac-
tice of 8 hours ini 24, except inl certain
circumstances and emergencies. Pro-
visions for protection at dange~~r points
have also been included wIhich spec~ify
what constitutes an :Ide'11lun feangwa~y,
ladders, walk\i ny's, rails, anld hand grips.
It is also recommended that dancer-ious
cargoes be made the subject of inter-
national regulation but not in such great
detail as our own national laws and re;2-
ulations. Only general principles and
standards of ma7'lirkine and labeling, and
routingrl the shipper responsible for af-
vising the carrier of the character of the
cargo offered, is advocated. To insure
effecting the general;l principles and af-
ford flexibility, it is proposed that each
signatory submit to the central interna-
tional orgo hlizm t il.n for acceptance its
enabling national regulations on this
subject. Provisions for cargo gear fol-
lowing the British Dock Regulations,
which are based on thle Britishi Factory
Acts, are pr"DowI~~~d, and if adopted,
shouldl eliminate inspection and tests of
cargo gear on Amlericazn vessels in for-
eigrn ports. TIhe Rules of the Road Com-
mittee has conducted exhaustive studies
looking toward the prevention of colli-
sions at sea. It is recommending many
of thle changes adotedllt-~ by the 19~29 con-
ference but never ratified, and several
important new rules, particularly in re-
gard to whistle signals in good visi-
bility.
Commissioner Wlebster, of the ]Federal
Communications Commission, stated
that the matters dealt with by the Aids
to Navigation, Meteorology, Search and
Rescue, Ice Patrol, and Communications
Committees all had to do with matters
that were the responsibility of govern-
ments with thle exception of the Commu-
nications Committee, which had dealt
with radio equipment carried on the ves-
sel itself. He said that the radio re-
quirementss followed our own domestic
law wvith the addition of the require-
ment that all vessels required to carry
a radio shall carry a radio dlirection-
finder and a loud speaker. It is also
reco~nuuended that a portable lifeboat


radio be carried on every vessel subject
to the regulations. He said that the
matters having to do with tile facilities
and services furnished by governments
were more in, thle nature of general prin-
ciples than of specific commitments.
Par~ticuilarilly is this true of thle chapter
on sealrch and rescue, which is now dealt
w\ith in great detail by the International
Civil Aviation Oran'fii%;tionl. He out-
lined the background of development
that has tarkenl place in r'econcMiline= and
adcjustingr the view of the several in-
ternlationaql organizations, touching on
matters pertaining to safety of life at
sea. He said that the Luenen11f pattern
to be followed in coor~dinatine~ their ac-
t-ivities is still in the stage of formula-
tion, and that progress is constantly
bl~lein made toward a greater degree of
cooperation. pci-llam-ti o
experts, representing the International
Civil Aviation Organization, Pr~ovisional
Onr~i t i une Consultative Council, Interna-
tional Telecomnmunications Union, and
International Motournimylll- Orgranization,
hlas been called to convene in London on
January 27 to consider the matter of
coordina~ting~ the activities of the repre-
sentative organizations looking towards
great; r- safety at sea and in the air.
The Chairman appointed a committee
conslli.ctinga of Mr. H. WI. Warley as chair-
man, Mr. J. E. Solugstnd.l Chzief of thle
Shlipp~ine Division of the Department of
State, and Capt. R. T. Morr~ill, secretary
of the Safety at Seal Comlmittees, to take
into account all comments having to do
with the? organizational features of the
proposals, with power to make any mod-
ifications therein as they saw fit. He
also appointed a committee consisting
of Mr. H. Gerrish Smith, chairman, Mr.
H. C. Towle, and Commodore Hr. C.
Shepheard to consider all comments in
thle technical field with similar power to
make such modifications in the pro-
posals as seem desirable to them. He
also asked Mr. V. A. Wallace, of the
State Department, anod Captain Merrill
to consider all suggestions which are
purely editorial or matters of phrasing,
and wT.hich do noot involve any change of
intent,
The Chairman stated that other than
such modifications as might be made by
the special committees just appointed,
the General Committee had before it
the results of the Safety at Sea Com-
mittees'' labors. He asked the Com-
mittee wcPhat their pleasure was with
regard to it,
On. the motion of Mir. Bailey, Presi-
dent of the National Federation. of
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proposals as they ma y1 be3 amendled by
the? special conlunitteet s appointed' ( by tle
Chai~rman be? submitted to thet DIepa~rt-
nlent; of Stalte a;s haine~.I the a:pproCval )f
the Genleral Clomimitt-ee," this was don~.

DEADLINE FOR CIADIET EXA1Y-
I[NATION APPLICATIONS
ISX JANUTTARY 15

The finatl deadline for the reception
of applientions to take thle Coast Guard
Ae:.;lin'lli entrance exa~mination has been
set as January 15i. All ;@pllicationls
received helureI~ thtis timne, or postm~arke(1
Jaznuar~y lo, w\ill be considered. Thle
1948 exami~ination for enttranlce into the
A -usleiny will be heldl in various cities
fl roughoullllt thle country on E~CIn-uarIIy
10 -17.
"Calreer for Tomnorrowv," the Academy
informational mniiual, has just been
published' in newv form ancd copies are
available on appllias~tionl to the Coml-
mandant, (P>TP) U. S. Coast Guard,
Washington, D. C. This edition con-
tains, inl addlition to a '-neralt'.1 descrip-
tion of the Coast Guard and life at the

cernine appointment to ende~.-rhil in the
c_'a lr Guard. These Icrlllmatic lns cover
scholastic and p~hysical requirements,
age limits, and other similar matters.

UNITED STATES AIDS TO0 NAVI-
GATION TECHNICIAN SURVEYS
AID)S IN IDOMVZINICAN REPUTBLIC

The Government of the Domninican Re-
public contemplates adloptionI of a 5-year
plan of' improvement of its navigaltional
aids systeml preparedt at the request of
that Governmtent by a United States
technicians.
Conunodore Firedlerick P. D~illon,
USCO (retired), hlas received a letter
from Gen. HeIcctor B. T.Lrujillo 31..1103~,
Secretarry of War andi Nary orf the
D~ominica~n Republic, diisclosing that tte
re.PurIt submitted by the N~orth Amerlean
expert for an imlprovedl sy~stemu of aids
to navigation hls been' favorably re-
ceived byr the Dominican g~overnmlent,
and that appropriate action has been
takien with the aiml of putting the p~lan
into execution 1.. ginning~ next year.
Commoldor~e Dillon, former ('hief of
the Aids to N~avigation Di~vision of tle
Unlited States Coast Guard and for 28
years a usembert~'l of the Lighlthouse SeirV-
ice, presented his report following a
3-mtonthl survey, during which he
made a thorough study of lighthouses


and ot her navilSationlal aids th roughou ~il t
thie Domiinicani HRepublic.
TuqIIvI.1-emenI 'It of theost\facilitiesc at the
pre~scnt t1inzte, C.ommnodlore D~illon ex-

roadct andi harIborr imprlrov~nements undelr-
taker~n by the Domrninicanr g~ovelrnmecnt
w~hic~h will untncestionu;bly result in in-
cereased- shipp~ing..
Clommolldore D~illon's status on his re-
cent Dominiricann Re-pubrlic survey was
not that of a relpresenta-tive of' the Coalst
Gua~rdl but a1 civilia-n. techlnic~ian emn-
playSed by the D~epa~rtmlent of State.

FREE POSTAGE PRIVILEGE TO
BE WITHDRAWN ON
D)ECEYIBEIR 31

The llri\i i-ileg of .cendinglii first-class
letter mail matter to any person in the
United States aind its ter~ritories and
possessions, enjoyed by members of the
CoaLst Guard under aultllrity of law,
will cease to be in effec~lt after December
31, 194-7. This pri\vilege is wvithdlrawn
by Pulbi1C Law 190, Seventy-ninthi
Congress.

"ISLAND QUEEN" DISASTERS
JUDGED) DUE TO WTELDINGS
Ilf WAY OF FUELI TANKS

The Coast Guard board of int-e--lica~-
tion, lookiing; into thle disaster in which
thle river steamer Islandc Queen burned
to thle water's edge at Pittsburgh, P'a., re-
cently, has announced its findlings and
rrercmmendations., In brief, these are?
to thle effect that the fire was started by
!sxphowinn-- resulting from the use of an
electric wellline machine in wavy of fuel
oil thanks.
Foc.llowing are the findings:
It appears that at about 1315 e~astern-
daylight saving time two or more vio-
lent explosions occurred on board the
Island~c QuCEen in the wFay~ of thle f~u1 oil
tanks, located under the main decki in
thle forward p~art of the vessel. TIL11*-
explosionsl wrere followed immediately
by fire which under the influence of a
fresh breeze, wnithin. a few minutes en-
velopea the entire u111r-1 t( rat r1 of the
.vessel and resulted in the death of 10
members of the crew.
.The primary explosion occurred wvheln
thie chief engineerli was repairing the
loose base of a stanchion which was
located on the marin;IL' line of the port
wing fuel tank. The chief 1engineer~
was 11eing a portable electric weh~lliner
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generator and it is presumed that gases
in the fuel oil tank were ignited by a
flashback of gases leading around loose
rivets, or that the deck becoming red
hot in the vicinity of the welding caused
ignition of gases, or the welding rod
arrinlr through corroded deck plates had
a like result.
T1iII board made several recommendat-
tions,, including the following:
Although the board is of the opinion
that common sense and the usual prac-
tice employed by welders when. work~ing
around fuel tanks should have warned
the chief engineer agi~nilt the danger
of hris course, even, thoughCI no specific
prohibition aIgainst welding on bunker
tanks is present in, existing rules and
regulations, it is clear that he did per-
form welding under dangerous condi-
tionts and th~ereby caused this _major
casualty; and if this operation had
,bee~n carried out while the vessel was
heavily laden with passengers, a catas-
trophe of appalling proportions could
have resulted.
That section 63.5, General Rules and
Regulationls for Inspection of Ocean and
Coastwise Vessels, and the correspond-
ing section in General Rules andl Regu-
lations, Great L-akes; Bays, Sounds and
Lakes Other Than the Great Lakes; and
Rivers be amended by adding a new
prneraph'1;171 to read as follows:
"Rti\eting, welding~, burning, or like
fire-pro.llcincine operations shall not be
undet-rtakten within or on the boundaries
of fuel oil tanks or other tanks, double
bottom orp peak: spaces which have con-
tained or may contain inflammable
liquids, or in spaces adjacent thereto,
until an inspection has been made to
determine that such operations can be
undertaklen with safety. Such inspec-
tions shall be made and evidenced as
follows :
"(a) W7Chen1 in a port in the continental
United States, this inspection shall be
made by a gas chemist certificated by
the American Bureau of Shipping; how-
eve~r, if the services of such certified gas
chemist are not reasonably available, the
marine inspector of thle Coast Guard,
uponr recommendation of the vessel
owner and his contractor, or their repre-
sentaltive, shall select a person who, in
the ca-se of an individual vessel, shall
be aunth~orizedl to makle the? inspection.
If thle inspection indicates that such op-
erat~ions can be under~ltallwn with safljty,
a c(,rtii lisure ilttine~ forth thiat fact in
writing and qlualifie~d as may be r'eqiral ~(t
shall be i4ne(ll by the certified gas chem-
ist or the au~thor,~ized person before tle
work is started.


"(b) W~hen not in such a port, this
inspection shall be made by the senior
officer present, who shall make a log
entry."

COAST GUARD CHANGES ITS
RECRUITING REQUIREMENTS

Coast Guard recruit standards are
being broadened to include a large num-
her of applicants for enlistment who
were not eligible before.
Above-average men with eight grades
of school, with good native intelligence
and ability are now being accepted. On
the basis of scores in intelligence and
aptitude tests, recruiting otlicers will as-
certainI the applicant's ability to under-
stand and absorb technical instruction,
and also the ability of these m~en. to di-
rect others in carrying out the work
they will be trained for.

COMM~ODORE NORMAVIN B. HAILL
RIETIIRES WITH 40 YEARS
OF SERICE

Commodore Normzan B. Hall, USCG,
whose last assignment was that of in1-
spector in chief, retired on November 1,
wCith the rank of rear admiral, with 40
years of service. Commodore Hall was
born in New York, N. Y., on September
1, 1886. He received his early education
in Brooklyn, N. Y., where hie was gradu-
ated from high school in 1903. Enroll-
ing at Webb Academy of MRlius~-- Engi-
neering and. Naval Architecture, New
York City, he took a complete course at
that institution and was graduated in.
June 190)6.
For the next 15 months he was em-
ployed as a general dra~ftsmlnu by the
Tietjen & Lang Dry Dock Co., Hoboken,
N. J. Appointed a cadet engineer in the
United States Coast Guard on October
21l, 1:r07, he received a commission as an
f'li-;nl (E) on Sep~tember 4, 1908.
His first assiininenll~lt was on the M/o-
hlawkz. Detached fromh this ship in No-
ve~mber IOhr, he served on the Apache
until 1911, when he was tra;nsferredi to
the Bear. During a year of duty on. the
Bear he made one Alalskan cruise, and
then was transferred to the Tahomna onz
.1ilichl he made two more cruises in
Alaskan waters. From April to August
19141, hie was attached to the Mohawok,
and then served until April l916 on the
Onodmet.During his assignmentrl on.
the Olirlnlrnll.qu he served temporarily
on the Itasca from October 1914 to
Feb~truaryl 1915.







439


COAST GUARD BULLETIN


Transfe~lrred to I'ulty in connection
with aviation at Norfolkr, Va., in April
1010i, he was detachedl in. November of
the same year for inspection duty con-
ccorningl~ the manufacture, installation
and opratcr~iions of planes and plane
motors at a Hlaminlondsport, N. YF.,
plant. From 3Taly to September of 19117,
he served on inspection duty with the
supe'trintnll~~lling conistructor of aircraft,
United States Navy, at a Buffalo, N. Y.,
plant, and then became the assistant
inspector of (.nsuring~'ii material in
connection w-ith air~craft inspection at
Brook~llyn1, N. Y.
In October of 19~17 he was assigned to
duty as inspector of engineering ma-
terial, United States Navy, for the
Brooklyn Aeronautic District (New
Jersey~, southern New Yorkr, and C=on-
necticut). While serving in this capac-
ity, he also organized and built a naval
training camp for carpenter 8 mates.
Released from duty with the Navy in
January 1920, he was assigned as engi-
neer officer to the cutter Semtinole.
Fromo October 1923 to April 1924, he was
engineer offcer on the Ossipee, and then
returned to shore duty as assistant to
the ]Engineer in Chief at a B~uffalo, N.
Y., company where he carried out in-
spection duty in connection with the
manufacture of engines for the Coast
Guard.
Transferred to Coast Guard head-
quarters, Washington, D. C., in June
1925, he was placed on duty in the office
of the Engineer in Cluef. Leaving
headquarters in December of that year,
he served until March(i 1!927, at Section
Base 2, Staten Island, N. Y., and on a
patrol vessel in connection with mlachin-
ery experiments and oil reclamation.
Returning to Coast Guard headqular-
ters for further duty in thle office of the
Engineer in Chief, he served as head of
aviation activities for 5 years be~gi nnIi ng
in April 1928. Hle was designated a
Coast Guard aviator on Ma lrch 2, 1931.
From June 1933 to January 1035, he
was attached as encineecr officer to the
Sebago, and then served in the same
capac~ityv aboard the cutter Ponttchar,-
tra in.
In March 1935, he returned once
again to Coast Guard I~'l(eadquarIters,
where he was placed on duty in the
office of the Inspector in Chief. DI1l~-
nated Inspector in Chief in September
1Tr10, his a~Ssipunmentl was changedr l in
June 19421 to that of Chtief of the Port
Security Division. In August of the
samne year his duties were expanded to


include a~n n7.cmienowatl i as Coast IsheardC
liaison rep~resentantive! to ccnoperate with
the Fa:c~ilily Seurity D~ivision, Ollicne of
the Petroleum Coordlinat~or for War. He
also was thm'iennied' l a1 numberlf? ol"' the
Merchant Mlarine Council inl July of
le43. nie;i--ii iwa~ to necw duties at
Coalst Gualrd headqua1~rtes int Decem-
her 194l4, he became Vice Cha1:irman n of
Merchant Malrine Inlspector Division,
anld in January 1946, reuppoinltel 1in-
spector in Ch~ief, Unlitedl States Coast
Guar~d.

MSRS. AGNES R. WAESCHE, W7IFE
O1F WVARLTIME COMMANDANT,
DIES IN WASHINGTON

M~rs. Agnes R. Walesche, wpife of the
late Admirall Russell R. WVaesche, USCG,
wartimle Conmmandant of the Coast
Guard, died at Washington, D. C., on
November 3, after a long illness. BUurial
was in A~rl i n gtonl National Cemetery.
1\1rs. Waesche was born in. New Yorkr,
N. Y., November 12, 1894~. She is sur-
vived by her mother, Mlrs. ~I:lluy M. Rtiz-
zuto, living in N'ew York, by three sis-
ters living in the same city, by a sister,
Illiss Florence Rizzuto, living in Wash-
"' ..0l1. D. C., and a son, William Alex-
uInder WCaesche, aged 14.
Mrs. Waesche was chairman of the
boardl of control, League of Coast Guard
F~omten from 1936 through 194-1, and
vice president of the board of thet newly
formed successor clrganiz:ltll in, Coast
Guard W~elfare, from 1941 thenwl 1945.f
She was very active in the movemecnt
Which resultedc in the? creation of the


CHANGES IN ENLISTED RATrING-
STRUCTURE TO FOLLOW NEW
NAVY PRACTICE

The Navy having announced a re-
vision in the enlisted rating structure, to
bccomle effective on April 2, 194-8, similar
chances~i.~ will be made by the Coast
Guard~, this bing~ii required by coexisting
E--isatin.The new Const Gualrd en-
listed rating structure has been. ar-
ranged~l into 10 gecupa~tional branches
wvithlout regard to military- precedence.
Enlisted personnel on being ass*igned
an ;I1pp'Iropriatl new7 ratingbr are to be
placed inl one of equal pay grade with
their former ralt i ng.V Nove.--or;Iy ChlangejS
in the technical qlualifications for the
new- r ltines will be issuedc at a later
late. The ratings in the arrttached~1 table


























Combines functions of
present BM and
Cox ratings.






Combines functions
of present QM and
SM ratings.
Change in abbrevia-
tion.
Do.
Combines functions of
present seaman,
first class, and.
bugler, first class.
Combines functions
of present seaman,
second class, and
bugler, second
class.
Change in name of
rating.



No change.
Do.


440 COAST GUARD BULLETIN

are such of those being adopted by the pilots will be changed to the rating of
Navy as are applicable to the Coast aviation machinist's mate, of equal pay
Guard. The ratlill of aviation pilot is grade, with the designator (AP) in-
being abolished, and all present aviation c luded as a part of their rating.

ENLISTED RATING STRUCTURE O1F THE COAST GUARD, EFFECTIVE
2 APRIL 1948


New
abbrevi-
ations


Pay
grades


Current ratings



DECK BRANCH

Boatswiain's mate,
Coxswvain.







Quartermaster;
Signalman.

Radarman ___

Sonorman ____
Seaman, first
class; Bugler,
first class.

Seaman, second,
class; Bugler,
second class.


New ratings


Significance


Boatswiain 's
matet.
NOTE .-Tlhe
rate of coxi-
wvain. has
been absorbed;
it will be boat-
swain's mate,
third class.
Quartermaster.


Radarman .. _

Sonorman __
Seaman ----


B11 _. .








QM ,__


RD __,

SO ___
SN ___



SA. _




sR __




GM ___
FC ___




ET ___






1: M __
YN ___

SK ___
CS ___


4--1









4-1

4-1

5



6




7




4--1
4-1




4-1






4-1
4-1

4-1
4-1


Seatman,
prentice.


Apprentice
man.


Sea-


Seaman recruit _




Gunner's mate _
Fire controlman




Electronics tech-
nician .





Radioman _-_
Yeoman_ ___

Storekeeper __
Commissaryman _


OHRN.5 CE BRANCH

Gunner's ma~te -
Fiire controlman _

ELECTRONIC S
BRANCH

Electronic techni-
cian's mnate.

ADMINISTRATIVE
AND CLERICAL
BRANCH

Radioman ___
Yreoman ~_ __

Storekeep~er ___
Chief comnmissary
steward,
Ship's cook ___


Change in
rating.


name of


Nio change?.
Change in. abbrevia-
tion.

Change in name of
rating.










ENLISTED) RATING STRUCTURE OF TIHE COAST GUARD, EFFECTIVE
2 APRI;L 1948-Continued

New
Current atins Nw raing abrevi Pa Sigifianc
Curret rat~lga ions.


441


COAST GUARD BULLETIN


MISCELLANEIOUTS
BRANCH

Yeoman (PI) _

Printer __

Musician ----
Photographer's
mate.

MEDICAL BRANCH

Pharmac is t 's
mnate.
H-ospital appren-
tice, first class.
H-ospital/ appren-
tice, second
class.

ENGINEERING AND
HULL BRANCH

1Machinist's mate

Motor machiin-
ist's mate.
~Water tender _
Electrician's
mate.
Electrician's
mate (tele-
phone) .
Carpenter's mate

Fireman fi rst
class.
Fireman second
class.

AVIATION BRANCH

Aviation machin-
ist's mate.
Aviation electron-
ics technicians
mate.
Aviation radio-
man,
Aviation ord-
nanemnan.
Aviation. metal-
smnith, .


Journalist ___

Printers__ __

Musician ___
Photographer's
mate.



Hospital corps-
mnan.
Hospitalman_ _

Hospital ap-
prentice.





Machinist s
mate.
Eiagineman _

Boilerman ___
Electrician's
mate.
Electrician's
mate (tele-
phone) .
Damage con-
trolman.
]Fireman__ ____

Fireman ap-
prentice.



Aviation, ma-
chinist's mate,
Aviation elec-
tronics tech-
nician.
Aviation elec-
tronicsman.
Aviation ord-
nanceman,
Aviation strue-
tural me-
chanic.


JO ___

PI ___

MU __
PH ____




HM __

HIN __

HA4_ __






MM ___

EN __

BT .
EM __

EM (Tel.).


DC __-

FN ___

FA ___




AD ___

AT __-


AL ___

AO .. ,

AM ....


4-1

4--1

4-1
4-1




4-1

5

6






4-1

4-1

4--1
4-1

4-1


4-1

5

6




4-1

4-1



4-1


4-1


C11:anyl in name of
rat~ingf.
Chauge in abobrevia-
tion.
D~o.
D~o.


Change in
rating.
D~o.

Do.






No change.

Change in
rating.
Do.
N~o change.


name: of


name of


Do.


Charnge in
rating.
Do.


name of


Change in abbrevia-
tion.
Change in nameipof
rating.

Do.

Change in abbrevia-
tion.
Change in name of
rating.







442 COAST GUARD BULLETIN

ENLISTrED RATING STRUCTURE OF THEIE COASTC GUARD, EFFECTIVE
~2 APRIL 1948----onti~nued


New
abbrevi-
ations


gPaada


Current ratings



AVIATION BRANCH
--continued

Parachute rigger _

Aerographer's
mnate .
Aviation pilot _-

LIFEBOAT STATION
BRANCH

Boats~wain's mate
(L); Coxswain
(L).






Motor machinist's
mate (L).
Seaman first
class (L).
Seaman second
class (L).

STEWARD BRANCH

Steward ____

Steward's mate,
first class.
Steward's mate,
second class.
Steward's mate,
third class.


New ratings


Significance


Parachute rig-
ger.
Aerographer's
mate,
None ____




Boatswain s
mate (L).
(NOTE.-
The rate of
Coxswvain (L)
has been ab-
sorbed; it will
be boatswiain's
mate third
class).
Engineman (L)

Seaman (L) __

Seaman app~ren-
tice (L) .



Steward __

Stew~ardsman _

Steward appren-
tice.
Steward recruit


PR____

AG ___

None ..




BM (L) _









EN (L) .

SN (L) ..

SA (L) _



SD _

TN __,

TA __

TR_.


4--1

4-1

None




4-1









4-1

5

6




4-1

5

6

7


No change.

Change in atbbrevia-
tion.
Rating of aviation
pilot abolished.


Combines functions
of present B1M (L)
and Cox (L).







Change in name of
rating.
Do.

Do.




Change in abbrevia-
tion.
Change in name of
rating.

Do.







COAST GUARD BULLETIN


443


NEW NATIONAL; OFFICERS ARE
ELECTED) AT LEAGUE LONG
BIEACHC CONVENTION

The second annual convention of tle
Coast Guard League wa;s held at Long
Beach, Catlif., on October 8-11, there
heing~ cleh-gah-sll at thle mee~tine~ from the
majority of thle lu.> local chapters of
the organization. The following~vi r new nla-
tional officers wer~e electedt: National
cllnunawllerII~I. James S. Hunllt, of Fort
Lauderdale, Fla.; national vice con-
ma nde1irl. Charles H. Shreve, of San
Fran~ccisc, Calif.; national paymaster,
A. J. Caliendo, of Chicago, Ill.; and na-
tional judge advocate, Orvis H-. Saxby,
of Boston, Mass. Mr. Caliendo is now
at league heardqualrters in Washington,
serving temporarily as national execu-
tive secretary.
Delean ~tes~ to thle Long Beach con-
vention, which was held in the Munici-
pal Auditorium, were welcomed by Com-
modore L1. L-. Bennett, USCG, Congress-
man Bradley, and Mayor Chace of Long
Beach. Admiral Joseph F'. Fiarley,
Commandant of the Coast Guard, was
the guest of honor at the convention
banquet.
The national executive secretary re-
ported the membership in the league as
8,200.

DECORATIONS AND AWARDS
1YADE SINCE SEPTEMBER

LEGION OF MERIT
Crcnk. Paul B., Captainl
Hall, Clarence S., Lieutenant (junior
grade).
COAST GUARD COMMENDAT~ION RIBBON

Rtalph O. Fuhr, RdM3c.
Charles N. Peterson, AerMI~I.
Richard H. Berline~r, RdI~IJec.
Dwight E. Corey, RdMlc.
Gordon L. Kiehler, C(t.l:c
Charles E. Bunlile,1, 83110. 1C
Joseph F`. Monteiro, MM2c.
Jam~es H. ~MacDonaldZ, ensign.
COMMANDANT'S LETTER OF COMMENDATION

George J. McKinlock, CBM.
Robert E. Webb, Lieutenant.
Joh~n ]E. Thompson, CRM.
William O. Guildner, 81e.
Thomiias L. M~iiddletn,u Sle.
F'abio J. Cini, 810-

1Cronk--Gold Star in lieu of second Le-
gion of Merit.


Jamec s G;. Benllzie,, Cox.
Leef W. SII.-le*, 81c.
1Vilbuitrn R. Brl.llunnl SkC.
Rlob~er'tsont P. Dinisonore, ensiign.l
Gilbert Cardenuas, $2c.

Rober1t E~. Osbotr ne, (;.111,-
Parker R. Johnisont, 4'l:ill
HeTnr~y P". Noeh~cren, 310.11.111.
Rtobert D. N\ewtonr, Ske.
Alfred L;. Mew, UM2.:._
John WV. Newnam, Jr., Sic.
FOREIGN AW'VARD)S

Lt. (jg') Charles E. MaxcDowell, USCOR,
Knlight of the Order of the Crown
(B~elgian).

CHANGES IN VESSEL STATUS

TAHTOE (ea-WVPG)
Sold at yardl on 24 October.

CGG-568~06

Permanent station changed from. Al-
amredat, Calif., to San Diego, Calif.
cG-64813
Permanent station charnrged from Al-
an ~rlull Calif., to San D~iego, Catlif.
ATLANvTIC (WIX--3271)


Declared available for disposal.
sel nIowi stored at Academy .


Ves-


CHFELAN (es-WPGf)
Sold at yard on 28 October.

LS-54 (WC7AL--.7?)
Sold at yard on 15 September.
LS-8]; ( WAiL-509)
Permanent station changed from
Charleston, S. C;., to Mayport, F~la., ef-
fective 27 October.
cHAM~PLAIN (WPC-319)
Decommissioned, for disposal at the
yard on 14 October, 1947.
ZMABGNOLIA (WA4GL-328)
Placed in commission 14 October, 1947,
Sat San Francisco, Calif.
coLFAX ( WSO?-188)
Placed "in. commission-in reserve" 157
October, 1947, at mourIJ1ines,~i Cape May,
N\. J.
cG--83483
Permanent station changed from
H~onolulu to Kabului, Mnnai, TL. H.








444


COAST GUARD BULLEt


CG-Athl~ ?
Permanent station hne from
K~ahului, Mlaui, to H-onolulu, T. H.

CH-AJG;ES IN ASSIGNMENT

Thle following changes in a iignmento s
were made during the week ending
October 17:
Commander Alvin H. Giffin, Evergreen
to Yard.
Commnander W~alter B. M~illington, first
Coast Guard District office to Wood0-
bine (CO). *
~Lt. Comdr. Bernard ]E. Scalan, first
Coast Guard District office to Mdinne-
tonica (CO).
The following changes in assignment
were made during the week ending
October 24:
Commander Hubert R. Obaffee, tenth
Coast Guard District offie to eighth
Coast Guard D~istrict office (tempo-
rary duty pending furas by head-
quarters)*
Commander Vaino O. Johnson, Alir Sta-
tion, San F'rancisco, Calif., to Bibb.
Commander Henry A. Meyer, second
Coast Guard District office to four-
teenth Coast Guard District office
(Chief, Aids to Navigation Section).
Lt. Comdr. Joseph! R. F'redette, U7nalga
to NorthwLind (1EO).
L~t. Comdr. Harry C. Gifford, Depot,
South Portland, Maine, to base, San
Juan, P. R. (EO).
Lt. Comndr. Clyde D. Goodwin, North-
w!ind~ to seventh Coast Guard District
office (Chief, Miarine Engineering
Section).
Lt. Comdr. ILynn Parker, Academy to
first Coast Guard Distrlet office (Aids
to Navigation Section).
Thle following changes in assignment
were made during the week ending Octo-
ber 31:


Commander Kenneth S. Davis, Academy
to first Coast Guard District office
(pending furas by headquarters).
Commrander ;Rufus E. Alrooczkllwski,
Tahoma to ninth Coast Guard Dis-
trict office (pending furas by head-
quarters).
Lt. Comdr. Thomas F`. Epley, Chanute
Field (under instruction) to Aircraft
Repair and SupplyT Base, Elizabeth
City, N. C.
L~t. Comdr. John E. D. Hudgens, Chanute
Field (under instruction) to Air Sta-
tion, Elizabeth City, N. C. (EO).
Lt. Comdr. James N. Schrader, Air Sta-
tion, Brooklynz, N. Y., to Naval Air
Station, Pensaeola, Fla. (instructor).
The following changes in assignment
were made during the week ending
November 7:
Commander William HA. Snyder, fifth
Coast Guard District office to Air Sta-
tion, Port Angeles, WCash. (CO).
Commander Frederickr G. Wild, Air Sta-
tion, Port Angeles, `Wash., to fifth
Coast Guard District office.
Lt. Comdr. Arthur WP. Johnsen, Orders
seventeenth Coast Guard District
office to marine inspection, New York,
N. 7'. amended; to headquarters


ORDERED HOMXE PENDING RE-
TIREMIENT FOR PHYSICAL
DISABILITY

ch'lilf Boatswain Ora D~oyle.
Chief Boatswain Walter A. Devine.

DEATHS


Ch-ief Boatswanin (Riet.)
Stebb~ins,. November 5.
Chief Pay Clerk: (Ret.)
Col.i;tell. November 7.


]Fred E

Joseph N.


If. 9 n ~rOr!rc~~~


U. S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: t1I4


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