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Vol. 5, No. 27 


Saturday, 6 luly, 1946 

Expansion Noted on Oak Knoll’s Fourth Birthday 

From a humble and inauspicious 
beginning on July 1, 1942. as a 500 
patient hospital to its present po- 
tential of 6,000 the story of U. S. 
Naval Hospital, Oakland, famil- 
iarly known as Oak Knoll, is the 
story of the war in the Pacific and 
of modern Navy medicine 

Situated on what was formerly 
. the Oak Knoll Country Club this 
up-to-date hospital has grown from 
a small institution of centrally lo- 
cated buildings to its present huge 
size. Commissioned July 1. 1942, 
it celebrated its fourth anniver- 
sary last Monday. 

'A search of the original files re- I 
vealed that HA2c Henry Francis 
Stapp was the first patient to un- 
dergo treatment here. Stapp, an | 
early staff member, was admitted 
on July 27, 1942, with a diagnosis 
of acute gastritis. Ensign Albert 
A. Corcoran, USNR, who logged 
in on July. 30th was the first out- 
side patient to be admitted. 

Capt. Porter First MOinC 
Captain F. E. Porter was the I 
fiFst Skipper, holding the post until ' 

. September of 1942. He was re- 1 
placed by Captain R. F. Hook who 
in turh was relieved by Captain 
F. W. Muller in November of 1943. 

A further search of the files re- 1 
vealed that Alice Hunter, Eleanor | 
McCormick and Madeline Napo- i 
leon were the first WAVES to 
come aboard. They -reported for 
duty on February 28, 1943, and 
were assigned quarters in the old 
WAVE barracks, now Building 27. 
From these three the hospital’s . 
WAVE corps grew until at its peak I 
11 was composed of over 350* en- 
listed and 25 officer WAVES In 
July of 1943 a WAVE Corps School 
was established and soon WAVES 
were assigned duty in hearly every 
department on the compound. 

T ™ eut ' Ruth Cleaver (NC) 
^SN reported for duty on July 22, 
1942 and was Oak Knoll’s first 
hief Nurse. Lieut. (jg> Lucille 
ent ricks and Ensign Margie F. 
olcott arrived on the day follow- 
ing, July -23. Ensign Wolcott, now 
Comdr. Wolcott, is still on the 
compound, having returned on De- 
cembei 4, 1945. In the interim be- 
tween her first tour of duty here 
which ended in January. 1943, and 

her present tour, she served over- 

The present Officers Club con- 

Oak Knoll before and after* hpfnro ;< . 

was a golf course. The two pictures takcTfou U>S,>iti ‘ l a,,d after M 
portray the hospital's growth and expansion. ' a|>art ' Vivi<llv 

tained the Ship’s Service, library 
Recreational Hall and theatre in 
the infancy of Oak Knoll. Under 
the guidance of the present MOinC, 
Captain A. H. Dearing, who as- 
sumed command in January, 1944 
an extensive construction and ex- 
pansion program was instituted. 
In addition to many new wards 
and departmental buildings, the 
present Community Service Build- 

mg. which houses the facilities of 

Ship's Service, Red Cross, Welfare 

and Recreation and th» audilo- 

uum, was constructed and dedi- 

June and July of 1944 saw dedi- 
cation of the swimming pool, the 
amphitheatre ana the bowling al- 
leys These three activities were 
made possible by the contributions 
ol many outside organizations 

At one lime the hospital boasted 
of a large detachment of Marines 
who manned the Main Gate and 
had the security watches. Demo- 
bilization has reduced the detach- 
ment so that now all that remains 
are a few paymasters and a small 
quartermaster section. 

The previously mentioned ca- 
pacity of 6,000 patients which was 
reached in September and October, 
required the skill and services of 
l,i83 enlisted and 710 officer staff 

Two Departments Famous 

Two of Oak Knoll’s fourteen de- 
partments have become nationally 
known centers. The Neuro-Surgi- 
cal Department under the skillful 
direction of Captain William K. 
Livingston is among the finest in 
the world and many advances in 
nerve surgery technique have been 
I developed here. 

The Plastic Surgery Department, 
organized by Commander Paul W. 
Gi eeley , has become the largest 
reconstructive surgery center in 
the Navy and likewise has con- 
tiibuted vastly to the skill of this 
type of surgical treatment. 

Noteworthy also is the Out Pa- 
tient Department of the hospital 
One of the two such departments 
m the Bay Area, it has since its 
commissioning given consultations 
to 161,000 dependents. OPD has 
admitted 9,213 bed patients since 
its inception and at present admits 
an average of eleven patients per 

ay. The present capacity of OPD 
is 173 beds. In addition to these 
are 18 cribs and 107 bassinets. 

large and well-trained staff ad- 
ministers the O.P.D., boasting 0 f 
skilled doctors and technicians in 
obstetrics and pediatrics, in addi- 
tion to all other branches of medi- 

Dining its briei but important 
history, Oak Knoll has given treat- 
ment to nearly 150,000 Marines, 
Satlots, Coast Guardsmen. 

So on its fourth birthday this 

ZTu l° l0SSUS 0t can 

look back on hundreds of lives 

saved, an immeasurable amount of 

p n reheved and many more hun 

d reds of war lorn bodies repaired 

and restored to use again. 

Whatever its future, Oak Knoll 
car, proudly point its pas , ^ 

A Job Well Done' 

Page Two 


Saturday- 6 July, I 94 

The 40 ft if Lt>af 

V. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland. California 

Captain A. H. Hearing (MC) C.S.N., Medical Ofllccr in Command; Captain 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) U.S.N., Executive Officer. 

Editorial Staff: PhM3o Charles W. Haynes, Editor; PhM3c George F. Cahill, 
Associate Editor; LI. Louise E. Dowlen, W-USNR, Editorial Advisor. 

Ph «i!xf raP J lcrS: ** hM3c J * °- Simmons. PhM3c \V. Yuen, PhM3c R. R. Reed, 
PhM3c F. L. Ltt, 11 Ale R. M. Reed. 

Contributors of the Week: Sgt. John Talevich; The American Red Cross. 

The Oak Leaf’* is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and in compliance with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 45-526 Semi-Monthly 
Bulletin 31 May, 1045. “The Oak Leaf” receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republication of credited matter prohibited without permission of CNS. 

contributions from both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of The Oak Leaf,'* U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 Saturday, 6 July, 1946 No. 27 

• The Declaration of Independence — 170 Years Old 

This week we celebrated one of the most important of 
our national holidays, the 170th anniversary of the signing 
of the Declaration of Independence. When the delegates to 
the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of 
Independence the joy of the citizens was unrestrained because 
they realized that a new nation had been born, a nation that 
would some day become the most important and most power- 
ful country in the world. 

Today, as we celebrate the birth of our nation, it might 
be well for us to pause a few moments and consider what 
this momentous declaration meant to- the courageous people 
who dared defy the might of a tyrannical nation. 

To the men and women who were in the midst of the 
Revolutionary War the Declaration of Independence repre- 
sented the goal of long suffering. They believed and fought 
for the ideals that “all Men are created equal, that they are 
endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, 
that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happi- 

Today we claim to profess the same beliefs, but since 
1776 it is possible that we have drifted into the habit of 
considering these ideals lightly. 

It has been less than a year since the conclusion of a 
deadly war and in our haste to re-establish our peacetime 
economy and civilian way of life we may have forgotten that 
all our rights and freedoms carry certain obligations with 

When our country gained its independence we as indi- 
viduals gained freedom of speech, freedom of worship, free- 
dom of the press and the right of free assembly. With every 
freedom gained we became obligated not to misuse them or 
twist them into something that would become a public 
menace. We are obligated to respect the rights of others and 
if we are to make the most of our advantages we must use 
them wisely. 

Our forefathers fought to establish the Declaration of 
Independence and we have fought to maintain it. We must 
not fail to respect it. These unalienable rights are the basis 
of our government and the very foundation of our civil life 
and liberties is firmly planted upon them. If we are to survive 
the test of time it will be up to us individually and collec- 
tively to maintain them for the good of all people. 

Jilt jUrnwriam 

tthrl Amta draij, P;Jl3r 

Diutnp Anna’s 


Chaplains— E. C. Andrews. J. A. Talley, 
W. F. Summers, J. L. Zerwas. 

Sunday — 

Morning Service 1000 

Communion Service I 100 

Evening Vespers 1930 

Bible Study (Thursday In Chapel) — 1800. 
Choir — Tuesday & Thursday, 1400-1500. 
Protestant Chaplains’ offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Wartime minister will be at the recep- 
tion office in the Chapel every Tues- 
day at 1400 to 1600. 

L. I). S. (Mormon: 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Chaplains — Nicholas F. Gruber, J. P. 

Sunday Mass — 0630. 0830, 1130. 

Weekday Mass — 0800 and 1630. 

Confessions before all Masses. 

Novena and Benediction, 1630 Tuesday. 

Catholic Chaplains’ offices are located on 
the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 


Divine Service — 2000 Friday, conducted 
by Mr. Bernard Miran. 

The Field Representative of the Na- 
tional Jewish Welfare Board, Hospital 
Service Dept., is in attendance on the 
hospital compound on Tuesdays and 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He has of- 
fice hours at the reception office of the 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and from 1900 
to 2000 on Fridays. 

Fed Cross Famblmgs 

In keeping with the Oak Leaj 
issue this week, Red Cross Ram- 
blings will be a brief history of 
American Red Cross at Oak Knoll. 

The first American Red Cross 
unit at Oak Knoll officially began 
August 15, 1942, with a field di- 
rector, a social worker, a stenog- 
rapher, and 10 Gray Lady volun- 
teers from Oakland. As the hospital 
has grown the services and the 
staff of Red Cross have increased 
proportionately. The main concern 
of the unit at the outset was to 
establish policy as a channeling 
agency with the Navy and to inter- 
pret to the welter of organizations 
wanting to contribute to the needs 
and interests of the hospital. 

A recreation program including 
crafts on the wards was started 
in September, 1942. The recrea- 
tion worker contacted community 
groups for entertainment both on 
and off the compound. The first 
recreation hall and Red Cross 
offices were in the present officers 
club. Name shows such as Kay 
Kyser, Irving Berlin, Henry Busse 
and Dorothy Lamour were pre- 
sented for the wards and recrea- 
tion hall entertainment. 

During this period Red Cross 
Camp and Hospital Committee be- 
gan furnishing ward solariums. 
Production Corps made surgical 
dressings. The need for Gray La- 
dies services grew and the first 
training course was given in Oc- 
tober, 1942. 

As the war casualties were 
brought to the hospital the social 
workers were continually con- 
fronted with inquiries of exag- 
gerated stories of patients disabili- 

ties and a great amount of inie^, 
pretation had to be done. Contaol 
were made with the thousands o 
local chapters all over the Unitei 
States for assistance in solving th 
men’s personal and family prot 

The first Navy recreation officr 
arrived in March, 1943. All recrei. 
tion for ambulatory patients an. 
off compound activities was trar 
ferred to his department. Red Cro. 
was thus able to expand its wait 

, Early in 1944 the ship service 
building was completed and Rt 
Cross was given its present offic 
space. This enabled the social war! 
staff to give 24 hour watch anr 
provided 2 bed rooms for emer- 
gency quarters for relatives of th£ ; 
critically ill. 

A craft shop was started in thv 
ship service building and later a; 
patient population increased was 
moved to Building 102. A sewin' 
service was set up by the Red Cross' 
chapter Production Corps. 

With the mass influx of return- 
ing American prisoners of war a 
special inquiry service was set for 
messages from families and for 
men to locate relatives in the short- 
est possible time. 

A free telephone and telegram 
service was set up for all P.O.W.’s 
and then extended to all service 
men returning from overseas. 

At present as the Navy changes 
to a peace time basis and Oak 
Knoll veteran facilities increase 
Red Cross has plans to include into 
the total program any new needs 
that may arise. 


Angels of Mercy 

The Ward Angel means a messenger. Often you have seen a picture 
of an Angel with wings and a harp to represent the life hereafter. 

Perhaps I am breaking up your dream and picture when I say 
that you will never become an Angel other than an Angel of Mercy . 
Not only Women in White may be Angels of Mercy but all who are 
messengers ministering to the sick and needy. Any person who serves 
as an Angel of Mercy should exhibit human nature at its best and 
only through God and the spiritual life can any person exhibit nature 
at its best. Only life on the highest form is able to. touch and lift 
others out of physical and mental distress. 

Angels of Mercy should possess and share the characteristics of 
sympathy. Bacon said “The nobler a soul is the more compassion 'i 

Let us look at Jesus and take note of the highest degree of sympathy. 

The sympathy of Jesus for men was continuous. Jesus exhibited 
a constructive sympathy which fostered power and strength rather 
than weakness. The positive element dominated His sympathy an* 
lifted His approach to new horizons. True sympathy makes one forget 
self and gives a goal to strive towards. 

Angels of Mercy need to be sensitive to human needs. 

Jesus was so sensitive to human needs that he felt even a touch, 
of his garment by a woman who had faith and a need. This woman 
was probably too timid to speak to Jesus just as many today who ai* 
in need refuse to speak. There is a great danger in overlooking an 
being unconscious of human needs of others. Are you so sensitive 
the needs of others that you would feel even a touch oi your garmei 
by a needy person? The person who needs help most is otten o\er| 
looked because of our lack of sensitiveness to the need 


Fage inree 


A i^limpsc at The CO s Mailbox — 
Letters Arrive From Everywhere 

What is wrong with my son? 
Why is he in the brig? Why can’t 
he be discharged now? Why 
doesn't he write to me? 

These are only a few of the ques- 
tions asked every day by parents, 
wives, and friends of patients 
whose letters to the Commanding 
Officer present a kaleidoscopic 
view of American life. From every 
stale in the Union, from England, 
from Mexico, and from New Zea- 
land have come such inquiries, 
more than 3000 of which have been 
answered in the past 18 months. 

Letters From Relatives 

Most letters received are written 
by anxious wives or parents who 
want to know the truth about their 
loved one. These inquiries are 
handled with utmost care through 
the Public Information depart- 
ment. where private information is 
gleaned from files and gathered by 
interviewing Ward Medical Offi- 
cers. then relayed in understand- 
able terms to worried families. 

Many notes are prompted by the 
man’s failure to write home. In 
these cases the patient is inter- 
viewed and advised to write. It is 
not uncommon to find that a for- 
gotten girl friend has serious local 
competition — competition wearing 
a wedding ring, and occasionally a 
vice versa situation is discovered. 
The forgotten woman is told that 
the subject of her inquiry has been 
interviewed and told of her con- 
cern for him, and “we hope” she 
will hear from him soon. 

' A new brush-off was revealed in 
one letter from a girl in the Mid- 
west Her boy friend had written 
that die had amnesia — couldn’t re- 
member her at all. Suspicious that 
he might be “pulling her leg” she 
wrote to the Commanding Officer, 
who upon investigation learned 
two things: (1) The man had never 
been afflicted with loss of memory, 
(2) The man had a wife in Oak- 

A Husband Writes 

An irate husband in a Southern 
California city once requested Cap- 
uiin Dearing to restrict an officer 
patient so that he could not again 
visit his (the writer’s) wife. A 
/Oman asked that her husband be 
issigned to sea duty so that he 
vould no longer be able to see “the 
tfher woman.” The .tragedy of 
broken and breaking homes has 
been reflected in many of the let- 
ters received A different type of 
1 r agedy has been revealed in sev- 
-ral messages from mothers who 
vanted the Navy to retain their 
° ns although they were ready for 
nedical discharge. “It wUl not be 
onvenient for me to have my son 
ome home.” 

A giil in New Zealand wrote to 
** how mu ch disability pay her 
■nee would receive. “Do you 

think he will be able to support 
me?” she asked. From England 
came a sincere letter from a girl 
who had not heard from her friend 
— in this case no interview was 
necessary — the wounded boy had 

Filled with pathos arc letters 
from mothers whose sons have 
been reported dead or missing. Still 
unwilling to give up, they write to 
ask if Oak Knoll has any unidenti- 
fied patients. They list identifying 
characteristics, telling homey de- 
tails filled with yearning for re- 
union with their lost sons. 

Occasionally a letter with a 
chuckle attached is found in the 
Captain’s mailbox. From such a 
one is this quotation. “This is the 
woman that owned the dog that bit 

Mr. . How can I get in 

touch with him so I can pay for his 

One wife, wanting her husband 
transferred near home, enclosed a 
picture of their baby boy with 
the question: “If he were yours, 
wouldn’t you want to be near him?” 

A Berkeley girl had great faith 
in Captain Dearing. She enclosed 
a snapshot. “I do not know the 
name of this marine,” she wrote, 
“but I’m sure he’d like this picture 
I took of him last Sunday. Will 
you please find him and give it to 

Sorry, No Adoptions 

Girls — in groups and individu- 
ally have written, wanting to 
“adopt’ hospitalized service men. 
Since the practice of giving out 
names for such purposes is against 
hospital regulations Captain Dear- 
ing always disappoints these writ- 
es but always letters of appre- 
ciation are sent to them. 

Among the more amusing salu- 
tations heading Captain Dearing’s 
letters is “Dear Dr. Moinc” (the 
result of a telegram being signed 
with the short cut for Medical Offi- 
cei in Command). And once a no- 
tice of change of address was com- 
pletely misunderstood with enter- 
taining results. The following re- 
sponse came back to Captain Dear- 

Dear Sir: We received your 
caid, telling us of your change of 
address, but we’d like to know 
more about you— what is wrong 
with you?” The Captain declined 
to answer the question. However, 
he wrote a letter to the confused 
parent, explaining the condition 
of his son, reason for the transfer, 
and other details. 

Congressmen, anxious to help 
heir constituents, are among the 
riumy to whom the commanding 
officer has written; creditors of pa- 
tients too have been heard from 

whatever the problem is and who- 
ever the writer may be, honest, 
discreet, and sympathetic treat- 
ment is given each letter received 

Dinner Climaxes 
Wave Ball Season 

Members of the Oak Knoll Wave 
Softball team were among the 
guests at a dinner held at the Ital- 
ian Room of the Sir Francis Drake 
Hotel in San Francisco last week. 
The girls were gathered for the 
presentation of the 12th Naval Dis- 
trict Waves Softball trophy to the 
Oakland Supply Depot, winners 
for the second consecutive year. 
Held on Wednesday, June 26, the 
dinner marked the culmination of 
this year’s softball season. The Oak 
Knoll team has recently been dis- 
banded and a number of its mem- 
bers have been discharged. Oak 
Knoll placed fifth in the league. 

The team has received much 
praise for the spirit shown by the 
girls during the last season and 
for the noble representations made 
by them on the softball diamond 
in the 12ND competition. Members 
of this year’s team were Jeanette 
Crego, Walma Hakkila, Mary 
Croom, Evelyn Crowson, Fern Ho- 
rine, Ens. Louisa Clark, Lt. Beth 
Hack, Eileen Hayes, Frankie Grif- 
fin, Chris Kamaras and Elaine 

Historical Booklet 
Being Distributed 

On Monday, 1 July, exactly four 
years after the commissioning of 
the U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland, 
the first copies of the Oak Knoll 
souvenir history booklet were dis- 

Although the first copies were 
reserved for members of the staff 
who were scheduled to leave the 
compound during the week, the 
total quantity has now been re- 
ceived and everyone eligible for a 
copy may call for it at the Public 
Information Office in the Adminis- 
tration Building Annex. 

Only persons who have been at- 
tached to the hospital, patients, 
staff and civilians, for a period of 
six months or more are eligible for 
a liee copy. Additional copies, 
however, will be on sale at the 
Ship s Service Store next week 

Adm. Mclntire 
Visits Here 

Vice-Admiral Ross T. Mclntire, 
Surgeon General of the United 
States Navy, waived his attend- 
ance at the American Medical As- 
sociation in San Francisco long 
enough Tuesday to visit Oak Knoll 
and to attend a luncheon in his 
honor at the Officer’s Club. 

Accompanying the Surgeon Gen- 
eral during his visit to the com- 
pound were Rear Admiral J. T. 
Boone, Rear Admiral J. P. Owens, 
Commodore C. L. Andrus, and 
Captain L. R. Newhouser. 

In a short talk to the staff offi- 
cers Admiral Mclntire stressed the 
important role that reserve Medi- 
cal Officers have played during the 
national emergency and the role 
they are expected to play in the 
post-war Navy. Plans are already 
beyond the “paper stage” for grad- 
uate instruction in civilian hospi- 
tals to be given a limited number 
of Navy doctors. Fifty appoint- 
ments already have been made 
with approximately another fifty 
to receive similar appointments 

The Surgeon General was lavish 
in his praise for the work accom- 
plished at Oak Knoll. “No hospital 
in the United States has done a 
finer job than you here at Oak 
Knoll,” he said. 

As for the future of this hospital 
the Admiral stated that Oak Knoll 
would continue to serve as the 
main general hospital for the mid- 
Pacilic area with station hospitals 
at Mare Island and Treasure Island 
doing supplementary work. He 
stated further that plans for a per- 
manent 1,000 bed hospital in the 
Bay Area are now underway with 
Oak Knoll being seriously consid- 
ered as an appropriate site. Until 
such time as a final decision is 
made, however, United States Na- 
val Hospital, Oakland, will con- 
tinue to function as it has in the 


More than 20,000 former enlisted 
personnel passing through Navy 
separation centers have enlisted in 
the new Naval Reserve program 
during the first five weeks that 
enlistments have been received. 
Organized Reserve units are being 
activated and will be placed on a 
pay basis July 1, 1946. Cruises will 
be held from time to time this sum- 
mer. Several Reserve units have 
been authorized for the Twelfth 
Naval District and persons inter- 
ested in enlisting may get full in- 
formation from any Navy recruit- 
ing station. 

Ship’s Service News 

The Ship’s Service Hobby Shop 
a few days ago received a group of 
solid scale models of all the com- 
mercial airliners now in use in- 
cluding the C-54, C-47. Also now 
at hand is a large stock of pyro- 
corcl for you knot-tiers and belt 
makers. A quantity of Belfast cord 
is expected in the near future. 

Mother: Eat your spinach like a 
sailor, Junior. 

~S" h ow ay ' Ma - PaSS the 

Pilot to tower, pilot to tower, 
plane out of gas. I am at 2,000 

I^?” 0 mileS 0fT shore - What shall 

Tower to pilot, tower to pilot 
repeat after me . . . Our Father’ 
who art in heaven . 99 

Teacher: How high can you 
[count, Johnny? 

Johnny: One, two, three, four, 
e, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 

I jack, queen, king, ace. 

Page Four 


Saturday, 6 July, I94 

Staff Members Married 

PhM 1/c became the bride of PliM 3'c Robert Stahley on Friday, 
21 June, at the Oak Knoll Chapel. The double ring ceremony was read 
by Chaplain J. A. Talley. 

Off ti«e Bookshelf 

If you are planning a home the 
Library has the following new 
titles to offer: 

Koues: How to Be Your Own 

MeClurg: A Catalog on Small 
Homes of California. 

Rosebrook: Distinctive Small 

Johnstone: Building or Buying a 
House; a Guide to Wise Invest- 

Meinecke: Your Cabin in the 
Woods; a Compilation of Cabin 
Plans and Philosophy for Discover- 
ing Life in the Great Out Doors. 

Mock; If You Want to Build a 

Wills: Houses for Homemakers. 

Dean: The Book of Houses. 

Group: Huuse-of-the-Monlh 

Book of Small Houses. 

Books of interest to the potential 

Wend: How to Live in the Coun- 
try Without Farming; Planning and 
Establishing a Productive Country 

Pearson: Success on the Small 

Greenberg: So You re Going to 
Buy a Farm. 

Larson: What Is Farming? 

Kains: Five Acres and Independ- 
ence; a Practical Guide to the Se- 
lection and Management of the 
Small Farm. 

Interesting Sidelights 

Figures compiled as plans were 
made lor distribution of the Oak 
Knoll pictorial souvenir booklet 
reveal that 1621 persons now at- 
tached to the hospital have been 
here for at least six months. 

Enlisted staff aboard since 1 Jan- 
uary or before total 660; nurses 
number 158; and the staff officer 
list includes 138. 

Ward 55 claims the record for 
having the most “old-timers.” 
Seventy-eight neurosurgical pa- 
tients now on the roster there have 
been hospitalized for more than six 
months. Total number of patients 
who have been receiving treatment 
here for this period totals 215. 

We men are the hard luck sex. 
When we’re born, who gets the 
compliments and the flowers? Our 
mothers. When we marry, who gets 
the presents and the flowers? Our 
brides. And when we die, you 
know who spends our insurance. 

The Commissary Officer an- 
nounced this wek that the Staff 
Mess Hall No. 4 at Commissary 
I will be secured for the morn- 
ing and evening meals. Enlisted 
staff and civilians will eat in 
Mess Hall No. I for these meals. 
Lunch will continue to be served 
at Mess Hall No. 4. 


The day of the big liberty 
dawned bright and clear. The shoes 
were shined, the uniform was 
pressed. Except for a slight defla- 
tion of the pocketbook all was well. 
“Lack of money,” I mused, “I’ll 
remedy that.” And so saying I hied 
myself toward the Department of 
X-ray hideout of those two well 
known Johns, Rader and Borden. 

“They will be good for five apiece,” 

I told myself. 

But when I got there the cup- 
board was bare and of dollars and 
I got none. I found it hard to be- 
lieve that Johnny Rader had left. 
He was as much a part of Oak 
Knoll as are the chow carts. Affa- 
ble, personable, likeable Johnny, 
just about the nicest guy on the 
diggings. Where will we get ma- 
terial for this column now? 

Pulling myself together I de- 
cided to continue my quest for the 
elusive fin. Climbing aboard a pass- ! 
ing gurney I had myself pushed 
toward the Outside - Master - at- 
Arms shack where I had a lending 
acquaintance with Francis Marsh 
and Stan Young. But alas, they too 
had departed and I was thwarted 

Not only would I not be able to 
borrow an occasional five from 
Fran and Stan, but with them out 
of the shack I might have to go to 
work cutting grass or sniping butts. 

I was getting slightly nonplussed 
when a terrific thought struck me. 
“I’ll drop in on Gerry IIox worth 
at Demob and put a stop, to this,” 
said I. and off I ran. I might as 
well have saved my steps. Gerry, 
after having demobed all my mon- 
eyed friends had Shanghaied him- 
self out. 

Frantically I rushed down to 
Welfare and Recreation to try and 
catch Bob Stahley before he left, 
but Welfare and Rec was in mourn- 
ing so I knew Bob had flown the 
coop. Panic stricken I stumbled 
toward the Bowling Alley and Roy 
Boschet, its impresario. Again, 
the same story, Boschet was gone. 

Wearily I clambered onto a stool 
at Ship’s Service and sipped unen- 
thusiastically at a chocolate malted. 

I was defeated — but no! How ’bout 
Bob Baker, premier projectionist 
ol Oak Knoll Chinese Theatre. Was 
he in or was he out? Alas and 
alack, he too had boarded the Dis- 
charge Special. 

Having no success with the lads 
in the departments I thought l’cl 
take a fling at a couple of Ward 
Corpsmen who were usually in the 
dough. So I dialed 43B and asked 
for M. E. VVeiler. “He is gone — he 
is not here,” a feminine voice 
sobbed — and* I knew it was his 
ward nurse, despondent over his 
departure. I had decided to spend 
the week-end reading books. I had 
just about run out of people to 
“touch.” Grasping the phone in my 
now — shaking hand, 1 called Bob 
Gladmon. But the Ward Medical 
Officer wanted him too. Seems that 

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Bob took his chow cart with hiri 
when he left and some of the be< 
patients hadn’t eaten for severa 
days. The guy told us he was gonn; 
open a hot dog stand — and I gues 
he needed some equipment. 

I was still determined to get ou 
the gate. But how, where ant 
what to use for dough, "Ah,” 
said to myself, “I’ll call Gerr? 
Darby or Frank Bonner down a 
Gear Grinders Headquarters ant 
get a ride to the Market Stree 
U.S.O. But Darby and Bonner hat 
hopped aboard their last Navj 

That beat me. “Well,” 1 thought 
“I’ll drop down at the gate anc 
bat the* breeze with Gil Savage 
Maybe he can give me some goo< 
scuttlebutt.” But Gil was a gom 
gosling likewise, having checket 
out for the final time. Not onlj 
Gil, but Chet Young, late of th« 
Security Guard and Johnny Me 
Cauley, keeper of the leave an< 
liberty office, were among the miss 

At this rate the only people her< 
pretty soon will be the ghosts 0 
the golfers who used to play thi 
layout upon which the hospita 
now stands. 

All we can say to these and t< 
the other fellows who left us thi 
week is “Thanks, apd it was swel 
having you around.” 

Japanese Occupation 
Ribbon Only Authorized 
By A r tn y Co m m a n d e r 

Numerous patients returnmi 
from overseas have asked for cku 
ification of eligibility for wearily 
the so-called Japan-China Occu 
pation Ribbons. 

The Bureau of Naval PeTsonne 
has replied that: “No Naval Per 
sonnel are authorized to tv ear thi 
Japanese Occupation Ribbon ex 
cept those who as individuals 01 
as members of a group have beer 
authorized by the Army Theatre 

Vol. 5, No. 28 


Saturday, 13 luly, 1946 

New Draft Rules 
Go Into Effect 

An Alnav dispatch, recently re- 
ceived by Staff Personnel, discloses 
the effects of the extension of the 
Selective Service and Training Act. 
Under its provisions no person who 
has served on active duty outside 
the continental limits of the United 
States, or who has served six 
months of active duty since Sep- 
tember 16, 1943, may be re-drafted. 

This does not include any time 
spent in a course of instruction at 
any college or similar institution 
of learning (i.e. V12). 

Individuals will be subject to re- 
draft if they were transferred for 
demobilization prior to having ac- 
cumulated the active duty required. 
Also certain individuals will be af- 
fected by the time factor involved 
in their possible assignment to an 
early draft quota. 

Attention is directed to a pre- 
vious Alnav which authorizes Com- 
manding Officers to allow enlisted 
personnel to voluntarily sign over 
on active duty until March 1, 1947. 

Oak Knoll Equipment Put On 

Sale For Veterans by W.A.A. 

HclVP VrtU ripvplonprl n fpp liner nf nnccocciuAnocc frw nnn nf' Hob 

Have you developed a feeling of possessiveness for one of Oak 
Knoll’s ambulances? Would you like to become the proud owner of 
a $23,000 Diesel Electric Generator? Or perhaps you like your sack 
so well that you’d like to take it with you when you get discharged? 

— — <$> These items are but a few of the 

many which have been declared 

1st Quota Parts 
For Discharges 


ry 1 Wins 
One Hashmark 
Before Closing 

District Director 
Shows Bond Figures 

The West Coast Regional Sav- 
ing's Bonds Director, Lt. Comdr. 
F. L. Lawrance (SC(S)) USNR, 
paid Oak Knoll a short visit last 
week, bringing with him a mass of 
figures pointing out the increasing 
popularity of the use of Saving’s 

For the first five months of 1946, 
according to Lt. Comdr. Lawrance, 
$50,5 <2,368.75 in Saving’s Bonds 
“ ere purchased by military per- 
sonnel under the pay-allotment 
program. On 31 May, 64.6 per cent 
of all military personnel were buy- 
ing these bonds, highest percent- 
age since the commencement of 
the War Bond program five years 

Naval personnel, both military 
and civilian, purchased 24 million’s 
worth in May, nearly 5 million 
more than April. This rise is sig- 
nificant of the increase in popu- 
larity of the program. 

Mr. Lawrance states that due to 
the new pay increase, more Naval 
personnel are expected to partici- 
pate in the Saving’s Bond program. 

Surgery 1 has closed. . . . 

After four years of unexcelled 
cutting service, Oak Knoll’s Sur- 
gery 1 has closed its portals to all 
patients who are to be subjected 
to the scalpel, the only work now 
done being cast removing and set- 

The last operation was per- 
formed on 3 July by Lt. (jg) Ahn- 
lund. A bone graft, it was done on 
Jack Ellis, EM 1/c of Ward 41 A. 
PhM3/c C. S. Johnson scrubbed 
and PhM2 /c A. J. Goodenberger 
circulated, both corpsmen being 
discharged from the Navy a few 
days later. 

Surgery 1 opened with the com- 
missioning of the hospital on 1 
July, 1942. The first case was an 

emergency finger amputation on I ulu ‘" us material nere is handled 
one of the civilian workers who by the Accounting Office. A list of 
were then building the hospital. sur P lus materials is forwarded to 
The operation was performed by the Sur Plus Materials Division of 
Lt. Comdrs. Clark Johnson and the Naval Supply Depot, where it 
Paul Michel. The following day, a * s decked and any items which 
Hospital Apprentice second class m ^ht be used at other Naval in- 
on the staff came down with an stada U°ns are transferred. The list 
acute attack of appendicitis, neces- is then forwarded to the War As- 
sitating immediate surgery, mak- se * s Administration, 
mg him the first of the many ° nce the material is declared 
appies” performed at Oak Knoll. sur P lus * control of it passes en- 

Until 27 October 1943, when Sur- t . ll ely OUt ° f the hands of the ac- 

gery 2 opened with a thyroidec- countlng office - It is inventoried 
tomy by the then-Comdr. Searles \ Clther in 83 ~ B or in the 
Surgery 1 took on every sort of SUiplus storehouse near the swim- 
operative case. After this date only ”2-1 P °. 01 : , 

orthopedic and neurosurgery were I w a ^ en . al sold to veterans by the 
performed in Surgery 1, but these! t 1S S ° ld at a much lower 
nevertheless had each room busv G 15 carried on °ak Knoll’s 

surplus at the hospital. You, as a 
veteran, are also eligible to pur- 
chase from among the following: 
an Oldsmobile Station Wagon, a 
wrecked jeep, a dump truck, 5 
Dodge ambulances, 1500 cotton 
mattresses, 1200 wooden bedside 
lockers, 500 wooden double decker 
bunks, 24 new chiffoniers, and hot 
water bottles, ice boxes and rubber 

All these have been declared 
surplus and are listed in the cata- 
log of the War Assets Administra- 
tion at 30 Van Ness Avenue in San 
Francisco. In order to apply for 
any of this material you must re- 
port there and be certified as a 

Since the first items were de- 
clared surplus in May of 1945, 
$98,000 worth of material has been 
placed at the disposal of the War 
Assets Administration for sale to 
veterans. Of that amount a bal- 
ance of $59,000 still remains. 
Surplus material here is handled 

The past two weeks have wit- 
nessed the discharge of the first 
30 per cent of the remaining re- 
serves, numbering 169 male en- 
listed personnel and 36 Waves. 
The next two weeks, the fifteenth 
through the twenty-sixth will see 
another 36 Waves and 170 men 
leave for civilian life, 122 men to 
Shoemaker and 48 to Treasure Is- 
land for further transfer. 

The Staff Personnel Office has 
announced that according to pres- 
ent figures, approximately 260 male 
enlisted personnel will remain 
after the departure of the reserves, 
not including the fourteen Waves 
who have signed over until 1 July 

Av. Medicine Course 
Open for Regulars 

BuMed has announced that ap- 
plications are desired from regular 
medical officers and reserve trans- 
ferees of the ranks of lieutenant 
(jg), lieutenant and lieutenant 
commander for a three months’ 
course in aviation medicine at the 
School of Aviation Medicine at 
Pensacola, Florida. 

Two years naval experience, in- 
cluding internship, is required for 
the ciass which meets 15 Septem- 
ber. No service agreement is re- 

nevertheless had each room busy * 1?” iS carried on ° ak Knoll’s 

practically every day. The fifth of m!!!! lng llsls * For sample the 

$zd,uoo Price on the 

June this year saw Captain Living- f: ^ Pnce on the aforemen- 
ston’s neurosurgery department d,esel genera tor is the hos- 

moved up to Surgery 2. P al lnven *ory price. Actually the 

Comdr. J. J. Moore (MC) USN I 

was the last Officer in Charge of W ' A A . price on all other Hems is 
Surgery 1 as was Lt. Comdr A grea Uy reduced. 

Kaes (NC) USN the last Nurse in L Ph A amacist U W ' Fostei *» USN of 
Ch arge. - | tbe Accounting Office says that as 

the patient load at the hospital 

All Girl Band Plays 
For Hospital Personnel 

Bringing something new in the 
field of entertainment to Oak Knoll 
Joy Cayler and her all girl orches- 
tra played and sang for hospital 
personnel last Tuesday. Billed as 
the “Queen of the Trumpet” Miss 
Cayler and her entourage presented 
a very versatile program, abound- 
ing with originality and backed by 
humor and rhythm. 

Miss Cayler made her first ap- 
pearance at 1500 in the amphi- 

ea . r ®’ g ‘ vdn 6 out with some of 
he hottest tunes yet heard by Oak 
Knoll ears. 

drops more and more material j* 
eing declared surplus. He also ad- 
vises interested parties to call at 
the office of the War Assets Ad- 
ministration at 30 Van Ness Ave- 
nue m San Francisco. 

Page Two 


The Oak Leaf 

U. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland. California 

1 ^Ilarvcy^ McdicaI Officer In Command; Captain 

iiarvey . E. Robins (MC) U.S.N., Executive Officer. 

Navy Workers Not 
To Be Deferred 

Saturday. 13 July. I 94 

Ex-Marine Band 
Plays On Stage 

E Associate 1 E^ito^?t° i Ch Y ,C V W A H ^ yne8 * Ed,tor: p »*M3c Gcorcc F. Cahill 
Associate Editor, Lt. Louise E. Dowlen, W-USNR, Editorial Advisor. 

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TheJEditor of “The Oak Leaf." U. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland II, California. 

Vol. 5 

Saturday, 13 July, 1946 

No. 28 

• Lotver Pay-grades and Inflation . . . 

During the war, most of the actual fighting and all of the 
dirty work was done by the servicemen in the lower pay 
grades. It seems that he is going to get the dirty end of the 
stick in peacetime also, unless rapid action is taken by the 
government to insure his peacetime financial status. 

The Armed Services have raised the basic levels of all 
Pay grades, from the 50 per cent advancement of the Appren- 
tice Seaman and Private to the lesser percentages of the 
higher brackets. The reason for this raise is twofold: to offer 
a greater inducement for “signing over” and for recruiting, 
and also, to allow the serviceman to compete with the sur- 
rounding inflated environment. 

But this raise is insufficient due to the recent expiration 
of the Office of Price Administration, -for prices in some com- 
modities have already risen to over 50 per cent their OPA’ed 
value. The civilian worker is able to strike for higher wages 
to meet this increase in the cost of living. And we have found 
that he usually receives these higher wages, thanks to the 
ultra-organization of labor. 

Due to this rise in prices, the family of the serviceman 
in the lower pay bracket has to restrict its spendings even 
more to the bare essentials, the rent in some cases taking up 
most of his pay and allotment. He is obviously unable to ask 
for an increase in wages; it would be a farce if he did. 

The only solution is to give added protection to these 
families. This can be accomplished in a few different ways: 
by reinstalling the OPA, by increasing the allotment in 
ratio with the value of the dollar, or by supplying these 
men’s families with some of the essentials of living, such as 
housing or ample Ship’s Stores. 

It is up to the goverment to do one of the above and up 
to us, the people, to see that it is done to insure our national 

• Personnel Mixup . . . 

Due to the present demobilization of reserves at this 
hospital, there will exist some confusion in the proper dis- 
tribution of personnel for the next few weeks. All hands are 
requested to bear with the difficulties which are to be en- 
countered until the personnel lists can again be stabilized. 



(Adapted from the July issue of Today) 

For Biole reading during July, the Epistles of St. James, St. Peter, 
St. John, and St. Jude are recommended. These Epistles are very 
practical, because in them the truths of Christianity are applied to 
daily living. 

“Be patient, therefore, brethren,” is one of the admonitions of St. 
James. This is sound advice for an age torn by international mis- 
understanding, national bickerings, and personal uncertainties. And 
when that patience is related to the Christian faith, it really helps to 
keep us from “flying off the handle.” 

In the Christian life, patience takes the form of endurance, under- 
standing, and sympathy. Problems, disappointments, and even sorrows 
become instruments of Christian growth. St. Paul said that “suffering 
produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character 
produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us (Romans 5.3—5). 

Job, after enduring about all that one could be expected to endure, 
finally discovered that “the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” It 
is only through our patience that God reveals himself, and that we find 

our place in his plan for the world. 

Submitted by CHAPLAIN E. C. ANDREWS, U.S.N. 

According to a recent NavPers, 
the Navy will not seek deferments 
for civilian employees subject to 
induction into the armed forces 
under the new selective service 
regulations. Only in exceptional 
cases will the Navy committee on 
deferments give consideration to 
approving a request for deferment, 
and the Navy will not assist pri- 
vate employers in securing defer- 
ments for their employees. 

Under the present draft law, 
non-fathers between the ages of 20 
and 30 are subject to induction. 

It was Tommy Reed and his si* : 
tden ex-Marines giving out wit 
that fine music on the amphi 
theater stage last Thursday after 
noon. The entire troup, recentfe/ 
discharged from the Corps 
masse, arrived from Melbourne 
Australia, where they were th. 
band for the Pacific Marine Corp 
Base. They are now scheduled fc 
a long engagement at the Palls' 
dium in Los Angeles. 

The program was sponsored b ‘ 
Oak Knoll s Recreation Depart 

Red Cross Ramblmgs 

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Highlights of ward entertain- 
ment last week were the two va- 
riety shows sponsored by AWVS 
and AFEC. Featured on the AFEC 
program were an acrobatic dancer 
(who made most of the men feel 
quite “unlimber”), a cowboy singer 
and a blues singer. 

Through the auspices of the 
AWVS, the popular comedian from 
the Ice Follies, now showing in San 
Francisco, brought many laughs to 
the patients. Other performers in- 
cluded a singer and a talented 

The fourth of July was made es- 
pecially festive for patients on the 
wards when early in the morning 
a beautiful array of bright-colored 
flowers were brought to the hospi- 
tal to be distributed by the workers 
to the wards. Also, in keeping with 
the holiday, firecracker favors, 
made for the patients by the Jr. 
Red Cross, were taken to many of 
the confined patients. The only dis- 
appointment was that they would 
not really go off and break the 
calm quietness of the wards on this 
usually hilariously noisy holiday. 

The sightseeing groups from 
wards 43A and B and 74A and B 
joined forces last week for an over- 
night fishing trip at the Russian 
River. The Santa Rosa Red Cross 
arranged for the use of a home 
along the river complete with ca- 
noes and hostesses. After lunch, 
true to Navy tradition, S 1/c 
“Tony” Deantoni rowed the earnest 
Marine fisherman Pfc. D. L. Gorm- 
ley, Pfc. A. O. Moore and Pfc. J. C. 
Caudle down the river. After two 

hours and as many nibbles the - 
decided to join the swimmers Cp : 
Virgil Davidson and Machinist * 
Mate 3/c Louie Rogers and the ca * 
noers Pfc. Vernon Jacobs, Firemai ' 
1/c Robert Peterson and Pfc. Rudy^ 

After a barbecue supper by tht 
river the fellows piled into the sta- 
tion wagons and serpentined thn 
Santa Rosa where they spent tl\ , 
night. S 2/c Wallace Crafoot i: 
reported to have spent a busy nigl - 
indoctrinating Cpl. “Ski” Brua- 
zowski in. the ways and sounds o: 
rural farm life — their home for the 

The next day was spent in So- 
noma where the Red Cross there 
had arranged a luncheon in the 
Plaza — with home-made cherry' 
pies, the only thing that could lure 
GM 2/c Harvey Murphy away 
from the fawn and ducks. During 
lunch they were told about the 10C 
year old city and the surrounding . 
area (ask ’em how Mare Island 
got its name). Upon visiting the 
Sonoma Mission, the Swiss Chalet 
and Gen. Vallejo’s home the pa- 
tients felt the trip was very com- 
plete and most enjoyable. 

This last week, sightseers of 43A 
and B enjoyed luncheon at the 
home of Mrs. Barnard in Castle- 
wood near the “Hearst Dude 
Ranch.” In addition to all of the 
other delicious home-cooked food, 
some of which was prepared by 
the willing patients, each man 
eagerly set to work on a whole 
quarter of watermelon. 

Hiuinr ^rruirrs 


Chaplains — E. C. Andrews. J. A. Talley, 
W. F. Summers. J. L. Zerwas. 

Sunday — 

Morning Service 1000 

Communion Service 1100 

Evening Vespers 1930 

Bible Study (Thursday In Chapel) — 1800. 

Choir — Tuesday & Thursday, 1400-1500. 

Protestant Chaplains' offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Wartime minister will be at the recep- 
tion office in the Chapel every Tues- 
day at 1400 to 1600. 

L. D. S. (Mormon: 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Chaplains — Nicholas F. Gruber. J. P* 

Sunday Mass— 0630. 0830, 1130. 

Weekday Mass — 0800 and 1630. 

Confessions before all Masses. 

Novena and Benediction, 1630 Tuesda: 

Catholic Chaplains' offices are located o 
the Second Deck of Bldg. No. L 


Divine Sendee — 2000 Friday, conducted 
by Mr. Bernard Mir an. 

The Field Representative of the Na- 
tional Jewish Welfare Board. Hospiu 
Service Dept- is in attendance on tn» 
hospital compound on Tuesdays an 
Friday’s from 1000 to 1600. He has o * 
fice hours at the reception office or 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and from 
to 2000 on Fridays. 

Saturday, 13 July, 1946 


Page Thre 

Colorado Marine 
Has Spine Nippec 

By Nip Bayonet 




Guadalcanal . . . Tarawa . . 
Saipan . . . Oak Knoll. For Pfc 
Frank Howard. 43 A, these places 
add up to 23 fighting months over- 
seas and over two years in the hos- 

Uninjured during the first two 
campaigns as a member of Com- 
pany C, 1st Battalion, Sixth Regi- 

Dance Line Stars 
In Variety Show 

Last Tuesday and Wednesday 
saw another top-flight show bring 
gales of laugher and applause from 
the Oak Knoll audience in the 
Ship’s Service Auditorium. 

The show, appropriately called 
"Fanfare,” presented a variety of 
vaudevillian entertainers backed 
by Mel Hyman, pianist and musical 
director of the show. It commenced 
with the Allwhite and Blue dance 
team, featuring a combination of 
adagio dancing and hand balanc- 
ing. Humor was provided by Ma- 
rion Dempsey and his smoke- 
stinted, fine-grained dummy, 

The following acts were pre- 
dominantly on the rhythmic side 
with Alf Anderson playing his toe- 
tapping tunes on the accordion and 
the two Keller sisters providing 
the close harmony. Of course, no 
show would be complete without a 
dance line or exhibition of beau- 
teous underpinnage, and this was 
given by the Rhythm Rocketts, a 
dozen lovelies from the East. 


The scene is laid in the audi- I by the sweat of their brows am 
torium of ship's service. On stage the skin of their knuckles, 
we see the magna cum laude grad- I, loe Short leave with fon< 
uaies of the second week of the memories of 77-A and proctology 
July quarter at ye goode olde Oak patients in general. (I’ll remembei 
Knoll State. them every time I sit down.) 

As the scene opens we find Isi- ! We, Paul Robb, of Surgery anc 
dore Kanter, famous Oak Leaf ** obn Roberson of 41-B leave pe- 
/Tan of Distinction.” or “Bucket I ldod - 

“Man of Distinction,” or “Bucket r ^°d 
Head” as you prefer, who has been L Burr Lively, depart, havir 

i i _ ... . I nr»i _ t-* 

xiLcici di> you preier, wno has been 9 -- — , — - 

chosen class valedictorian, because P ut “Please Forward to hom 

..i , .... A “ 

he always squared away his hat, Alaska” on all the mail in Bar 

r. » ^1 m — i , < r* o o b- l'- OC 

1 1 J.O 1 Ad Uj 

and never, never, wore white socks. rac ^ s 35. 

Izzy speaks, “Fellow graduates, ^ e ’ tbe graduating class of th 
fellow shipmates, ladies and gen- second week of July leave at lor 
tlemen, and members of the MAA * as *’ ba PRy to have been her 
force. It is with a deep feeling of sorr,v &°* but glad to be leavini 
regret that I speak to you today, j We have selecte d the “Rupture 
on behalf of the class of the second j Duck for our elass emblem an 
week of July. We are leaving you, inline That Zoot Suit” as ou 
never, never to return. In keeping I class motto 
with the solemnity of the occasion 
we have drawn up our class will.” 

We, the class of the second week 
of July, being of sound mind and 

body, do bequeath and bequest the I R a , 
following: aut who always has the 

.as W Ro La h"T WadUng ‘° n and l,a ‘- tobfou T tL“h"oU S e°se 

w ,, ° aC f ’ eave our P° sit 'ons at the Waves sharpened their penci 

Welfare to any pair of BTOC’s who and came un with , , 

can handle them. We also leave a prophecy tolIowlr 

multitude ol weeping women. I We Franks j , 

We “Knit.” w . e ’ * es Bethea and Mai 

K1 „ *’ f ,UP Krupke and Harry ffaret Putman, from the South th; 

ib, leave our athletic prowess j is, leave for the sunny shores c 
anc wo extra sets of muscles in j Alabama. Yazzuh Boss, we’s Als 
e loving care of the physical bammy Bound 
trammg department. | Jeannie Roberts and Dottle Hev 

ed reserve appointment in Ihe in- Lav!' , ! “ a " d J ° e Miller ' " °/ ?2 ' B and P ’ and A - >-«pec 

active reserve in the highest rank Lie w ^ ^' th us from Physio tlvel y leave, taking with them th 

held satisfactorily during the war L, v” ‘"' rd Tank ’ on e diathermy (n le 01 "Sweethearts of Propert 

i ; 'he mi machine and two massage tables. and Accounting." P ' 

* GeT!’r >0n j D<>ig 3nd ,aCk Embre y- 1 The l0 "g-haired twins Lou Brv 

Lrear Ganders extraordinary, be- ant and Shirley Brook l / 

? UGath various and sundry trucks, Hollywood where they will stanc 
Ps and ambulances to our sue- in for Veronica Lake, 
cessors and we don’t even want We » Margaret Schoonmaker anr 
to take any with us. (Doig is tak- K>ssy Larson> with anc 

ing his line of guff with him by Wave Barracks MAAs f 

popular request.) Moin o „ s Ieave tc 

Dick Nelson and Jim Lagomar- Force. - ranclsco Police 

cino, of Staff Personnel depart- 1 L Bonnie Brooks leavp t t 1 
ment leaving in our wake a set of a job as a night watchm-! T ^ 
fouled up staff files. Don’s be sur- that my background I n 

Pnsed if you never get out! admirably sufts ™ f! !u Kn ° U 

Id L C l LU,>t0 "' leave ’ lowing a L Fr ; a "kie Franehino departs" from 

ment, Second IVIarine Division, he 
was badly wounded in the arms 
and back on Saipan during a Jap 

bayonet charge 11 days after D 

"It was about three o’clock in 
the morning,” Frank recalls. “I 
was standing watch at the time 
Suddenly the sky was lit up by 
flares. A bunch of Japs came run- 
ning at us, yelling like maniacs. 
I took aim and pulled the trigger. 
My piece wouldn’t fire. The clip 
. , was jammed in the breech. My 
buddy— who was in the foxhole 
with me— and I jumped out. Just 
as we did a Jap came at us with 
nis bayonet. We divided him up 
. and got rid of him.” 

Two more Japs came charging 
at them. Before Howard could get 
set one Jap had bayonetted him 
irough both arms. Howard side- 
stepped and the Jap’s blade slashed 
his dungaree jacket. Howard had 
finally angled into position and 
unged at his whirling adversary. 
e got hlm ri £ht through the chest. 
As he was trying to pull his bay- 
onet out of the dead Nip another 
one o Hirohito’s heathens jabbed 
him three times in the back 
Howard’s legs gave way and he 
tumbled back into his foxhole. The 
ap sprang m on top of him, raised 

h m^‘ VOnet and WaS about to run 

efchh Tl? When HOWarcrs budd * 

ed him into eternity with a 
rifle butt. a 

Stretcher bearers picked Howard 

to t£ ee ^ latCr and t00k 1 
[ he aid station on the beach 

He was evacuated aboard a Lib- 

*wL P WKiCh CrUised arou nd for 
II ther i returned to Sai- 
Pan where he was transferred to 

taken'r ^ Carrier> “ Intre P id .” and 

tr ir t t edFl Harbor - An Army 
n * Port brought him to the States 

Temporary Officers 
In Inactive Reserve 


The Male Members of th 
Class of 

The third week in July. 

Temporary officers not request- 
ing permanent status in the regu- 
lar Navy or reenlisting in their 
iormer enlisted status within 90 
da vs of the end of their terminal 
leave will be automatically award- 

pH • a . . 

Some person or persons have 
purloined the following items 
irom the Red Cross Recreation 

1 Electric Guitar and ampli- 

1 Accordion in a black box. 

Tlie Red Cross earnestly de- 
sires that these articles be re- 
turned so that their use can be 
enjoyed by other patients. 

July 31, 1944. He has been ho>?ni 

“ a, Oak Knoil^ceX loader L “ Pt ° n ' ^ a deJrl s j 

time ’ ° ad ° f manure accumulated dur- the O.D.’s desk and tl 

Completely paralyzed fr™, I^f . my past association with the which cannot be filled 3 S 

Completely paralyzed from the ZjZ ’ >=, - nuea 

hips down until last June, Howard, , L „ I. Milli White, lab t!rhni, 

''' 1 1 1 lhe help of Hubbard tank 1 v ’ R ° sers ' am taking the tra °rdinary leave a , t an f 

treatments in the physiotherapy r° e ‘ he „ Mam Gate with me weeping males and broket!!! , 

department, has experienced a K ! g °' So you ’« have some- guinea pigs. broka h-hear, 

gradual regeneration of the maior «- g t0 rememb er me by. AnH <u 

nerves governing the function of f* 1 * Cabe leaves with a half and c , hey ran out of pap 
his legs. While the return^f^sen- u dozen emp ‘y oxygen tanks" (S^!s maindei^^R ! d ° Wn th <= ‘ 
sation has enabled him to use h * S 8 °‘ ng to manufact ure atomic inelv '• , B ' 1 11 wlU be increa 
crutches with a knee brace on th! ^ !nd ^ in ‘ he de Partmer 

’ e I The two Barracks MAA's John rT he Wards that 'he WA\ 

D'Amico and Ted Donneu! leT e 6^* te dimi ^hin 

he cleanest barracks on the com inh gjls hav e done a bang- ( 

P ° Und - haVibg a " aine d this peTk J ihippTd elg^ Cer,ai " ,y ^ " 

lei t leg, he has to use a wheel chair 
d he is going any distance. 

To keep the upper part of his 
ody m shape Howard has worked 
ou with bar bells, wall weights 
and spring 6xercisers. 

In a few days Howard will be 

Sm f mg hls swan song to his ward 
mates and his Tecate pals at Dunk’s 
when he heads for his home in 

uebio, Colorado, upon being dis- 
charged. b uw> 

Movie projectionists needed 

L the R ‘ d Cross for evening 
showings. They will be paid 
vening. Anyone interested may 
con act Miss Newman at the 

Service °" iCe ' '° PSide ShiR a 

Tickets for the following pro 
doc.ions are for sale at t „e Re! 

ration Department: 

IB. ThC F ° rtUne TcHer," on J u |; 

"The he Follies. ” „„ July 25 
Bloomer Girl, ' on August 

Send Your Copy of THE OAK LEAF Home! 

Page Four 


Saturday, 13 July, 

Fourth Festivities Feature Savitt and Band 

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The Fourth of July was celebrated at Oak Knoll with an old fashioned field day program. The festivities got off to a good start with- a 
special holiday meal planned by Ens. E. F. Hickey. At 1300, several hundred persons gathered at the ball field to witness athletic contests. 

including Tug-of-war, water-fights, pie-eating contests, sack races and three legged races. 

At 1430, the crowd re-assembled at the swimming pool for the uniform-of-the-day races followed by 
a musical show- featuring Jan Savitt and his orchestra. First, second and third place winners in the 
various contests received a free pair of nylon stockings or Ship’s Service merchandise orders. Ice cream, 
cokes and sandwiches were served as refreshments during the sunny afternoon. 

At 2000, Jan Savitt climbed on the Oak Knoll bandstand to play for another ever-popular All Hands 
Dance. Staff Officers observed the holiday with a barbecue at the Officer’s Club followed by a dance 
which featured Maurice Anger and his orchestra. 

Upper left: Pie-eating contest. Upper right: Rick Bronson in a cut-away. Lower left: three-legged 
race. Lower right: Jan Savitt on the Oak Knoll stage. 


















Off the Bookshelf 

Books-into-films is a familiar 
miracle performed in Hollywood. 
Sometimes only the title seems to 
be left by the time the picture is 
released. However, the following 
books in the hospital library sug- 
gested either title or plot for a film: 

Adventure. From a novel, The 
Anointed , by C. B. Davis. 

Anna and the King of Siam. 
From an autobiography, rewritten 
by M. D. Landon. 

Canyon Passage. From a novel 
about the Oregon-California trail, 
by Ernest Hay cox. 

Cluny Brown. From a novel, by 
Margery Sharp. 

Colonel Effingham's Raid. From 

a novel, by Barry Fleming. 

Dragonwyck . From a novel, by 
Anya Seton. 

The Green Years. From a novel, 
by A. J. Cronin. 

The Harvey Girls. From a novel, 
by S. H. Adams. 

Leave Her to Heaven. From a 
novel, by B. A. Williams. 

The Postman Always Rings 
Twice. From a novel, by J. M. Cain. 

Saratoga Trunk. From a novel, 
by Edna Ferber. 

Smoky. From a novel, by Will 

They Were Expendable. From a 
true narrative, by W. L. White. 

The Virginian. From a novel, by 
Owen Wister. 

Whistle Stop. From a novel, by 
Maritta Wolff. 

Coming Attractions 
For Ship s Service 

l - 

Sat., 13: Uncertain Glory. Errol 
Flynn and Paul Lukas. 

Sun.. 14: Night in CasabldncMt 
Marx Brothers and Lois Collier. 

Mon., 15: State Fair , Dana An- 
drews and Jean Crain. 

Tues., 16: Centennial Sum W- 
Jean Crain and Cornel Wilde. 

Wed., 17: Avalanche, Bruce Ca- 
bot and Roscoe Karns. 

Thurs., 18: Bamboo Blonde . 
Frances Langford and Russel Wade- 

Fri., 19: Of Human BondaGt* 
Paul Henreid and Elenor Parker 

Sat., 20: Spanish Main 


Henreid and Maureen OHata 

Vol. 5. No. 29 


Saturday, 20 luly, 194f 

A Istacon Ices in All Corpsmen and Corpswaves 

Navy Parachutes Given Out HENRY THE 


Chipped dentures were the uniform of the day as Oak Knoll 
demob luxury liner was snowed in and caught in the ice pack by a 
Alstacon freezing Hospital Corpsmen and Waves. The sudden blizzar 
trapped the first draft of the second quota and froze them as the 
waited to board buses for Shoemaker and freedom. The icicles formei 
so rapidly that most of the draft were caught with only a single pai 
of skivvies, the rest of their gear having been shipped home. 

The atom bomb could hav< 
caused no greater furore had it beer 

Patient's Liberty 
Now Divided Into 
Two Detail Types 

PhM l/o Jsroslava Dvorak giving oat some of the parachutes in 
Oceupaoonal Therapy to (left to right) CpI. T. Rozummy, EM 2/c 

at NAsTl a "i ^ W' S ’ C,ark * The chutes were declared surplus 
aid staff Zee „ ‘° ° ak K "°" ‘° be given Patients 

:iTio iTniTxzr be reused as parachutes - M ° re « «- 

Drastic revision of the patient 
liberty set-up has been directed in 
Hospital General Order 60-46 is- 
sued on July 10, 1946. 

Under the new program all mili- 
tary patients are divided into two I thCy 
classes, “A” and “B.” Group “A” 2 ° th * 
consists of all patients capable of 

dropped at Oak Knoll rather tha 
at Bikini. The word spread lik 
wildfire, reverberating from th 
80 Wards to the Corpsmen’s bar 
racks. Soon the entire compoun* 
was buzzing with the news that al 
hospital personnel were frozen lik< 
the Arctic ice pack and that re 
gardless of their quota numbei 
they were iced in until Augus 

Waves to Wear 
Hash in Autumn 

There will be hash on a few 
Waves sleeves this coming autumn! 
Commencing in August, all enlisted 
members of the Women’s Reserve 
who will have served four years or 
more of active duty will be eligible 
to wear the service stripe. 

Their stripes will be 5>/ 4 inches 
t^>ng and 9 32 inch wide and will 
have a background matching in 
color the jacket on which thev are 
worn. The color will be the same 
as the regular hash with red on 
blues and blue on whites and work- 
ing uniforms. 

Regulations state that the service 
stripes shall be worn on the left 
sleeve of the jacket. Approximately 
° 16 inch of background material 
shall be turned under on all, sides 
8ush with edges of service stripes. 
They will be in the usual 45 degree 
-ngle, the lower part 2 inches above 
the edge of the sleeve. 

Artist Sketches 
Hospital Patients 

Irma Attridge, an important 
American portrait artist whose can- 
vases hang in every important gal- 
lery on the Pacific Coast, visited 
Oak Knoll last week for the entire 
week under the auspices of the 
Recreation Department. Mrs. Att- 
i idge sketched the portraits of 
many personnel in pastel and char- 
coal just as she has done on her 
two overseas tours. Her sketches 
are three-quarters life size and are 
in full color. The original and 
photostatic copies, both positive and 
negative, for reproduction pur- 
poses, become the property of each 

The Alstacon was a complel 
doing a minimum of six hours of I ? U1 prise and cre P* up on the waii 
detail daily. Group “B" consists of of an^^cL^'^hrenTofTh 
all patients unfit for any detail. war did not have the far reachiti 
Ward nurses and medical officers conse Quences and ramifications < 
are authorized to retain eight men the freeze order. Most of the sta 
of group “A” for their inside de- were ca “ght with their plans dow 
tails. All other patients in this and a number who were intei 
classification will report to the Out- upon entering school in Augu 

side Master at Arms Shack for have had to revise their plans dra 
assignment. tically. 

Group “A” patients will have At the Present time all male er 
nightly liberty commencing at 1630 llsted reserves must be on the Wc 
and terminating at 0730 the follow- ! to a separation center by 2400 l 
mg morning. The exception to this Au S“st 20th. It is expected th 
wi be Wednesday’s liberty which I the “freeze” Alstacon will be mod 
egin at 1300, and Saturday’s /ied and ^s application left to tl 
which will start immediately fol- discretion of the commanding of! 
lowing Captains inspection. Group ' cer - 
“B” patients will have liberty only ' 

°n Wednesday and weekends. 

During the San Francisco Ex- 
position, her pictures were dis- 
played in the Palace of Fine Arts 
and currently she has them hang- 
ing m the Museums of Art at Los 
I Angeles, San Francisco and Santa 

The OMAA will remove from 
the list the names of all patients 
who do not perform their details 
satisfactorily, or who fail to mus- 

Veterans will not be granted 
■berty exeept in emetgeney and 
men only on approval of the Vet- 
erans Representative. 

° MAA wiU P re Pare the 11b- 
>.v list and patients will get lib- 
erty eards at the gate upon pre- 
sentation of their I D. cards. 

In the case of Waves, the proc, 
dure is somewhat different. As 

wnT h St a nd l HospitaI Corpswav, 
e discharged between Augu 

st and 28th. Henceforth corp' 

waves will be discharged at 

Hospital rather than at Balbc 

ark, San Francisco, as in the pas 

As yet there have been no excet 
Hons made to the order. Men , 
aick bay who are eligible for dis 
charge come under the provision 

of the order. It also applies to pet 

~i°eat ChargeS ‘ atUS ~ 

Page Two 


Saturday. 20 July, 1946 

The Oak Leaf 

U. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland. California 

Captain A. H. Oearinc (MC) U.S.N., Medical Officer in Command! Captain 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) U.S.N., Executive Ofllcer. 

Ed .^‘ 0 . ^ . , ? , stalT: PhM3c Georac F. Cahill. Jr., Editor; Lt. Louise E. Dowlen 
W-USNR, Editorial Advisor. 

Photographers: PhM2c H. B. Maylnnd. PhMSc F. L. lilt, II Ale R. M. Reed. 

Contributors of the week: Sat. John Talevloh. The American Red Cross. 

'The Oak Leaf” is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and in compliance with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 45-526 Semi-Monthly 
Bulletin 31 May. 1945. "The Oak Leaf” receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republlcatlon of credited matter prohibited without permission of CNS. 

Contributions from both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of "The Oak Leaf.” U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 Saturday. 20 July, 1946 No. 29 

• Let's Have Speed and Efficiency in Travel 

The question was brought up a week ago by Rear Admiral 
John W. Reeves, Jr., concerning the future of transportation 
methods of the Navy. It is his hope to see all Naval personnel 
and all material valued at more than $5 a pound to travel 
bv air. 

Admiral Reeves, who is the head of the Naval Air Trans- 
port Service here at Oakland, has stated to the Chief of 
Naval Operations, in a series of recommendations for future 
planning backed by an extensive study called “the care for 
air transport,” that not only would it be a faster means of 
transportation but less expensive in both money and man- 
power. The Admiral feels that the importance of this case 
is not widely enough understood, in spite of the tremendous 
job done by the air transport throughout the war. 

Stated briefly, Admiral Reeves’ recommendations and ma- 
jor findings include four points: 1. All personnel on business 
should travel by air, using both commercial and military 
planes, thereby making a substantial saving over surface 
transport when pay roll and per diem costs are considered. 
With a 500,000 man Navy, he estimated at least 25,000 would 
be traveling all the time. 2. Military air transport should serve 
only those areas where commercial air lines cannot operate 
economically, thereby avoiding competition, providing a nec- 
essary service and maintaining a nucleus for emergency 
expansion of the Navy’s organization. 3. Ship by air all items 
valued at more than $5 a pound to save time, lower the loss 
from damage in transit, reduce stockpiles at supply centers 
and in pipelines, and increase the availability of equipment 
which requires spare parts. 4. Operate all cargo flights on a 
when and where needed basis rather than on schedules, thus 
reducing the number of planes necessary for the job. 

Statistics compiled by NATS have shown that three trans- 
port planes in the Pacific did the work of one hospital evacua- 
tion ship. Besides faster movement boosted morale and facil- 
itated speedier medical treatment. 

The Admiral further recommended that all first-class mail 
to overseas personnel travel by air since speed and frequency 
of mail is the first personal consideration of men in overseas 
status. No man in any base or station should be more than 
60 hours from home. Experience has proven that the morale 
of troops stationed overseas is proportional to the speed and 
regularity of transportation available to and from the United 

We, the personnel of the Navy, fully realize the conve- 
nience and practicality of Admiral Reeves’ plea, and therefore 
extensively advocate air transport as the sole method of 
carrying personnel, first-class mail and valuable cargos. 

Utmn? ^rniirrs 


Chaplains— E. C. Andrews, J. A. Talley. 
VV F. Summers, J. L. Zerwas. 

Sunday — 

Morning Service 1000 

Communion Service HOO 

Evening Vespers 1930 

Bible Study (Thursday In Chapel) — 1800. 
Choir— Tuesday & Thursday, 1400-1500. 
Protestant Chaplains’ offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Wartime minister will be at the recep- 
tion office In the Chapel every Tues- 
day at 1400 to 1600. 

L. D. S. (Mormon: 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Chaplains — Nicholas F. Gruber, J. P. 

Sunday Mass — 0630, 0830, 1130. 

Weekday Mass — 0800 and 1630. 

Confessions before all Masses. 

Novena and Benediction, 1630 Tuesday. 

Catholic Chaplains' offices are located on 
the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 


Divine Service — 2000 Friday, conducted 
by Mr. Bernard Miran. 

The Field Representative of the Na- 
tional Jewish Welfare Board, Hospital 
Service Dept., is in attendance on the 
hospital compound on Tuesdays and 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He has of- 
fice hours at the reception office of the 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and from. 1900 
to 2000 on Fridays. 

Red Cross Ramblings 

Big planes, little planes, all kinds 
of model airplanes, were exhibited 
to patients on 41 A and B last Friday 
night. Mr. Rasmussen, a member 
of an Oakland Model Club, made 
the first of several visits to the 
hospital to demonstrate and teach 
model building. Other members of 
the club will also make visits to 
help patients with these activities. 
Any patients who are interested in 
building simple or complex models 
of various types ships or airplanes 
should contact the Red Cross ward 
Recreation worker, who will sup- 
ply the kits and make all arrange- 
ments for instruction or help. 

A great curtain of quiet settled 
heavily over Ward 62B two eve- 
nings last week as eight figures, in 
complete absorption, huddled about 
the tables, while other ward mem- 
bers gave moral support. The oc- 
casion? A pinochle tournament be- 
tween members of 62B and 77A. 
After hours of concentrated play 
by E. Christian, O. W. Haskell, G. 
P. Hushbar, J. G. Sucharzdwaki of 
62B and T. W. Jones, W. Healing, 
A. N. Ward, G. S. Schnitker of 77A 
the final decision was awarded to 
62B. 77A has now challenged 70A 
to a good fast game. If there are 
any “really sharp” players say 62B 
men — bring them on! 

Those very life-like colored por- 
traits seen of some of Oak Knoll’s 
patients this week, were done by 
Mrs. Irma Attridge of Los Angeles, 
who came to the Compound thru 
the auspices of USO Camp Shows. 
The lucky men who posed for the 
sketches will be sent the large col- 
ored sketch in addition to photo- 
static copies and negative. 

Friday night was “Arthur Mur- 
ray” night in ward 75B. It was a 
culmination of a series of dance 
lessons every Tuesday for the fel- 
lows in 74A and B, 53, 54 and 55. 
Everyone had a chance to show his 
proficiency in fox-trots, rhumbas 
and jitterbugging. Hostesses were 

five instructors from the Arthii * 
Murray studios in Oakland, a* 
t^e Red Cross Night Recreatio 

Twenty sightseers from 43A aB4 . 
B and 74A and B were thrilled b 
the scenic wonders of Yosem$ * 
National Park July 9, 10 and l) 

At the crack of dawn the group 
the hospital and arrived at Sonit, 
for a lunch prepared by the Tuc- 
lomne County Red Cross Chapt*. 
Taking a short cut they arrived 
Yosemite for dinner. They spe 
that night and the next day an 
night relaxing and exploring tl' 
beauties of the park. 


(As Observed by Patient Georg ‘ 

' There is a scream of brakes : 
crash, and “Life on ward 41A” b - 
gins. As long as there are motoi : 
cycles and automobiles driven e ■*. 
the peaceful highways of Caliioi ‘ 
nia, ward 41A’s atmosphere will p. T 
constantly changing with a rev., 
array of faces. 

In addition to these “Accidei. 
cases” there are a stalwart ie\ 
who are still in the process of heal - 
ing battle wounds. In this catego* 
are West, Parker, Manners, Peti. 
and Ingram who last Saturday r . 
ceived unit citations. Although th. 
time here is spent mostly witl 
craftwork, hobby groups, the play 
ing of cards, writing letters, read 
ing books, the monotony is brokei 
at times by movies and variety 
shows, the height of which was th* 
visit to our ward by the well-knowi . . 
and very popular Andrew Sisters 

The mood here is constantly 
changed with the occurring of hi- 
larious incidents, such as the tira* 
we had a friendly “fistcuffs exhibi- 
tion” between a veteran of Work 
War II and the Spanish America! 
War, the battle ending in a definite 
decision for the Spanish Amerkar 
War vet. | 

Such is the life on 41 A. 

— <g j 


Peace Versus War 

Can peace be made as exciting as war? After the war was ove* 
a lot of people brought this question up. One man suggested that att 
fighters be turned out of uniform and all non-combatants be allow* 
to wear them. He thought that if a uniform were given a non-fighte|f 
non-fighting would get the glamour. It is hard to imagine what |- 
soldier would look like if he were dressed in, let’s say, a soda jerke/S 
outfit. An Admiral probably would lose half his impressiveness if af 
wore a brown checked lounge suit. 

Further, it was suggested that when people march to work in ta« 
morning, they be accompanied by bands arid carry banners, while if 
fighting unit would ever be allowed to have a band or its -regimentd 

Of course, that all sounds like nonsense. But the question remain^ 
why can’t peace be made as exciting as war? 

Why can't it be made more thrilling to build a dam than to dest; . 
one? Why shouldn’t the bands play when you march into a city tii< 
has been built instead of into a city that has-been destroyed? Isnj 
much more exciting to train your sons than to train your platod| 
Don’t you like something pretty tough when yoU lick a business P 
lem or handle a difficult mechanical job? m 

But for some reason, war gets the glamour and peace is called dull 


Saturday. 20 July, 194S 


Oak Leaf Loses 
Another Editor 
To Civiliandom 

Into the world of perpetual lib- 
erty and optional uniforms has 
proceeded another editor of the 
“Oak Leaf.” After four months be- 
hind the editor's desk in the Public 
Information Office, Charles W. 
Haynes, ex-PhM3/c, has departed 
via Shoemaker to eventually return 
to his home in Houston, Texas. 

Cnarlie entered the blue in the 
fall of 1944 and attended “boots” 
and corps school 
at San Diego, 
after which he 
was transferred 
to the hills of 
Oak Knoll 
where he spent 
a few months as 
Doctor's Corps- 
man on Ward 
"50-B- He then 
received orders to be transferred to 
Flee: Hospital 113 in San Fran- 
cisco. undertaking the job of editor 
of the “Receiving Examiner,” the 
hospital’s six-page weekly. 

With the decommissioning of 
“11 Z." Charlie assembled the “Re- 
ceiving Hospital Booklet,” a photo- 
graphic history of the hospital. He 
then returned to Oak Knoll, work- 
ing a* the bar in the Officers’ Club. 
With the transfer of Editor Don 
Beartie, Charlie, with Dorothy 
Thompson and Lt. Louise Dowlen, 
ass em bled Oak Knoll’s “Souvenir 
History,” which has since been dis- 
tributed to personnel having more 
than six months service at the hos- 

Charlie, who was best known by 
his .ever-present jovial expression, 
attended Louisiana State Univer- 
sity before entering the Navy, 
where he majored in electrical en- 
gineering. To the “Oak Leaf” that 
was built by Fenstad and humored 
by Feld, Charles Haynes added a 
touch of intellect and sophistication 
which made the paper one of the 
foremost service publications in the 
United States. 

Capfain Norfhington 
Made Chief of ENT 

Increasing the number of Cap- 
tains from the unlucky thirteen to 
fourteen is Captain Page O. North- 
ington. (MC), USNR, who has re- 
cently reported aboard from Ha- 
waii, where he was Senior Medical 
Officer at Ihe Naval Air Station at 
Kaneohe Bay on Oahu. 

Captain Northington has been 
made Chief of the Nose and Throat 
service at the EE NT clinic. Captain 
McCrimmon, who, prior to 
the arrival of Captain Northington, 
Wa ' Chief of the entire Eye, Ear, 
Nose and Throat service, has now 
taker, over the Eye clinic alone. 
Captain Northington hails from 
New York City. 

Personnel Arrive 
From San Leandro 

It’s “Welcome Aboard” to the 
twenty-five Waves who reportec 
aboard on the good ship “Oak 
Knoll” last Wednesday. All twenty- 
five are from our nearby neigh- 
bor, San Leandro, and are corp- 
waves. They are Pharmacist Mates 
first class Margaret Pinkerton, 
Audrey LaVerne Hemke, Anna 
Katherine Kilzer, Dorothy Kendal 
Miller, Patricia Harrigan, Betty 
Jane Winkle, Elma Casady, Dor- 
othy Gilbert and Flora Wright; 
Pharmacist Mates second class Vir- 
ginia Hart, Jane Hatch, Louise Ann 
Baker, Mary Rosendahl and Irene 
Roberts; Pharmacist Mates third 
class Charlotte Irene Bail, Fannie 
Louise James, Hope Hopkins, Mar- 
jorie Place, Milagro Ventura, Ther- 
esa Manno and Elna Kellow; Hos- 
pital Apprentices first class Mar- 
jorie Marie Tucker, Allene Lorraine 
Fransden, Virginia Thormstrom, 
and Miriam Jaques. 

Other recent additions to Oak 
Knoll’s complement of Waves were 
PhMl/c Elsie Ahti who reported 
aboard on • the. seventh from the 
Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, 
T. H., and PhM3/c Mildred Sand- 
vig who arrived on the twelfth 
from Alameda. 

Another recent arrival from San 
Leandro was a draft of thirty-two 
reserve low-rated corpsmen: Phar- 
macist Mates third class Teare M. 
Beal, Thomas G. Stringer, Joseph 
A. Orlando, Christopher Davidson, 
Richard K. Corcoran; Hospital Ap- 
prentices first class Glen M. Dar- 
nall, Louis A. Fiquet, Leonard A. 
Laskowski, Harold P. Dietrich, 
Charles B. Stalcup, Alan G. Wright, 
James W. Miller; Hospital Appren- 
tices second class William R. Scutt, 
Charles J. Sears, Gaylord L. Entrot, 
Jack C. Aron, Howard C. Garner, 
Donald E. Lueder, William E. Mil- 
ler, Aubrey L. Monroe, Neeley D. 
Niefert, Robert J. Perry, Robert F. 
Urbais, Leonard Villarante, Fred- 
erick S. Wennihan, Charles C. Fox, 
Edgar L. Mozingo, Robert A. Car- 
mouche, Michael A. Coughlin, Guil- 
lermo Perez, Harry W. Umholtz, 
Harry R. Kozicki. 

In charge of the draft was 
CPhM. Leo Patrick Regan. 

To buy. .sell.. rent 

For Sale . . . 

1929 Chevrolet 4-door sedan. 
Fair shape. Contact G. F. Cahill, 

PhM3 c. Oak Leaf Office or call 

Baby crib, one year size, practi- 
cally new, complete with wet- 
proof mattress. See CPhM Mar- 
quard, Patient Personnel Office. 

Lost . . . 

Black leather key case and Navy 
Identification Tags lost between 
Ward 66A and X-ray. Reward of- 
fered. Capt. C. A. Stock, USNR 
Ward 66A. 

Off the Eooksltelf 

Your home town newspaper or 
one from the nearest large city 
may be in the hospital library 
Sunday issues of the following pa- 
pers are regularly received by the 

Atlanta Cojistitution , Baltimore 
Sun. Beverly Hills Citizen, Bien, 
(Danish newspaper, published in 
San Francisco) Boston Herald Chi- 
cago Tribune, Christian Science 
Monitor, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 
Denver Post, Detroit Free Press, 
Emeryville Herald, Fortune, Grit 
Honolulu Star Bulletin (Daily), 
Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles 
Times, Louisville Courier- Journal, 
Minneapolis Sunday Tribune, New 
Orleans Times-Pica yune, New Y ork 
Herald Tribune, New York Times, 
Philadelphia Inquirer, Piedmonter, 
Pittsburgh Press, St. Louis Globe 
Democrat, San Diego Union, Seattle 
Post-Intelligencer, Washington 

In addition to the above, the li- 
brary subscribes to all issues of the 
following local newspapers: 

Oakland Post Enquirer, Oakland 
Tribune, San Francisco Call-Bulle- 
tin, San Francisco Chronicle, San 
Francisco Examiner, San Francisco 

Four of the seven movies which 
you saw at Ship’s Service last week 
were based on books in the hospital 

Avalanche. From a novel, by Kay 

Centennial Summer. From a 
novel, by A. E. Idell. 

Of Human Bondage. From a no- 
vel, by W. S. Maugham. 

State Fair. From a novel, by Phil 

Naval Aviation Reopens 
To Enlisted Personnel 

If you are an enlisted man in- 
erested in flying for the Navy and 
will soon be discharged, you should 
contact after release the nearest 
Office of Naval Officer Procure- 
ment for detailed information. 
Pending legislation authorizes a 
Naval Aviation Preparatory Pro- 
gram open to any high school grad- 
uate or any person who has satis- 
factorily completed less than two 
>ears of college and who is other- 
wise qualified. The Aviation Cadet 
program is now open to civilian 
and enlisted personnel meeting age 
and educational requirements. 

What did the ram say as he 
plunged headlong over the cliff? 

I didn’t see that “ewe” turn. 

Page Three 

Mrs. Betty Jones 
Leaves Oak Knoll 

Oak Knoll has lost another of 
its outstanding personalities. Mrs. 
Betty H. Jones, who arrived at Oak 
Knoll in April of 1942, three months 
before the commissioning of the 
hospital, has terminated her duty 
here in favor of her approaching 

Her first position was as a com- 
bination receptionist, switchboard 
operator and secretary in a little 

Mrs. Jones showing her succes- 
sor Miss Marjorie Deutscher some 
of the intricacies of her work in 
the Civilian Personnel Office. 


Naval personnel owning or 
renting houses in the near vi- 
cinity will please contact, when 
moving to another station, Lt. 
(jg) R. M. Roberts (HC) USN 
at the Security Office so that 
other personnel may be able to 
gain information as to the 
whereabouts of housing facili- 

office at the east end of the medical 
storeroom, where headquarters of 
the K. E. Parker Co. were housed 
during the months when the hospi- 
tal was under construction. 

Mrs. Jones, after the commis- 
sioning of the hospital, took over 
he task of supervising all civilian 
personnel. In charge of the payroll 
and civil service paper work as 
well as hiring and firing, she had a 
10-hour job, six days a week, in 
he Property and Accounting Office. 
The original staff comprised 65 
workers, in contrast to today’s 
group of 664. 

A year ago, the Civilian Person- 
nel Office migrated to the Admin- 
istration Building Annex. There, 
working under the supervision of 
Chief Pharm. William Canavan, 
civilian personnel officer, Mrs 
Jones held the position of major 
importance as his assistant. 

July 12 saw the departure of 
Mrs. Jones after more than four 
years at Oak Knoll. She will be 
married sometime this summer to 
Albert W. Randall, a master me- 

Taking the place of Mrs. Jones is 
Miss Marjorie Deutscher of Berke- 
ley, who worked 14 months at 
Treasure Island as head of civilian 
personnel. Miss Deutscher is a 
graduate of Berkeley High and 

yearS at the University 
of California. 

She s only the gravedigger’s 
daughter, but you ought to see her 
lower the beer. 

Page Four 


Saturday, 20 July, {j 


Tommy Reed and Ex*M arine 
Band Present Swing and Jazz 

Tommy Reed and his sixteen ex-Marines gave rhythm to Oak 
Knoll in the true sense of the word. The band, sponsored by the 
Recreation Department, having been discharged recently from the 
Corps where they played at Melbourne, Australia, gave out with some 
of the finest music heard in the Oak Knoll amphitheater. 


We had intended to fill this col- 
umn with characters who were 
leaving this week, but seemingly 
no characters are leaving this week 
so we are reduced to mere chit- 

“Mouse” Mosser has been hound- 
ing us for weeks to puleeze men- 
tion the P.A.L.’s who helped her 
move a sofa into the Wave M.A.A. 
shack after they had laboriously 
completed their regular E.P.D. At 
the time “Mouse” was a P.A.L. pal 
of theirs. 

Ensign Louise Clark crops up in 
an interesting way. A couple of 
weeks ago Miss Clark, in two trips 
to the plate, came up with a dia- 
mond ring and a beautful shiner. 
She admitted that she got the for- 
mer from Ray Bratcn, former Ma- 
rine patient — but she “aint talkin’’ 
about the latter. 

Though no members of O.K.’s il- 
lustrious staff have departed this 
week, we did say farewell to pa- 
tients Bill “Gums” McGleam and 
“Splits” Splettstaszer, ancients of 
53. Splits and Guns, late of the 
Harem and other East Bay gin 
mills, floated home after celebrat- 
ing their discharges last Tuesday. 

We are sitting here with a list of 
what was to have been this week’s 
dischargees and we are shedding 
salty tears because we see that our 
associates Glen Freedman of the 
O. M.A.A. shack and Dick Andrews 
of the Gate are among those caught 
in the ice-pack. Tom Sallander, 
M.A.A., screamed, tore his hair and 
beat his head on the barracks wall 
when he heard the news. Don 
Luck, (what a misnomer) and Bob 
Brashcar of Patient Personnel got 
the word first and hung themselves 
from the highest limb of the tallest 
Oak. R. W. Hasscllc couldn’t even 
emit a weak Hey Baba Reba. His 

tonsils, like himself, were frozen. 
Dick McKay, of the Chief of Sur- 
gery’s staff, heard the news and 
ran off muttering incoherently and 
babbling “No, No, No, No.” George 
Swiatlowicz, of the firm of‘ Diezle- 
wicz and Swiatlowicz, was among 
those trapped by the sudden cool. 
Johnny Long and Bob Olson also 
felt the cold blast. Bill Clark and 
Russ Curtis turned into men of 
snow right where they stood. 

But the hardest hit of all was 
Dancing Dick “The” Schien, who 
instead of taking his woes to the 
Chaplain took them to Al, barten- 
der at one of the local sinkholes. 

The question of the day was 
“where were you when the ice be- 
gan to form?” 

Bob Doss, the MAA, was stand- 
ing on the fringe of the ice field 
and was frozen ankle deep. Charley 
Treat and Dick Johnson also got 
caught without their long under- 
wear. Seymour Brooks, froze up 
tight and even the candlepower of 
Wil Watts wasn’t enough to pre- 
vent a bad case of frostbite. Carl 
Fynboc and John Hanley vainly 
fed their bunks and barracks fur- 
niture to the fire in an attempt to 
keep from getting chilled. 

The WAVES of the second quota, 
with typical feminine intuition, had 
all signed over until September 
first and didn’t even get red noses 
from the blast of cold which chilled 
their male counterparts to the bone. 

The regulars were smirking and 
laughing up their sleeves. They 
finally had a point. 

Meanwhile the compound got 
colder and colder and more and 
more people approached pneumo- 
nia. The coldest July in nigh onto 
a cruise was the opinion of many 
an old timer. 

Hobby Shop Receives 
Stock of Equipment 

The Hobby Shop, located on the 
main deck of Ship’s Service, just 
off of the lobby, has recently re- 
ceived several orders which ought 
to interest hobby enthusiasts. There 
are now in stock a few sets of 
Vibra tools and a large variety of 
sailing ships and gliders. 

Movie Schedule 

Sat. 20: “Spanish Main,” Paul 
Ifenreid and Maureen O’Hara. 

Sun. 21: “It Shouldn’t Happen 
to a Dog,” Carole Landis and 
Allyn Joslyn. 

Mon. 22: “Miracle of Morgan’s 
Creek,” Betty Hutton and Eddie 

Tues. 23: “Night and Day,” 
Cary Grant and Alexis Smith. 

Wed. 24: “Her Adventurous 
Night,” Dennis O’Keefe and He- 
len Walker. 

Thurs. 25: “Falcon’s Alibi,” 
Tom Conway and Rita Corday. 

Fri. 26: “Anna and the King 
of Siam,” Irene Dunne and Rex 

Sat. 27: “Mildred Pierce,” 
Joan Crawford and Jack Carson. 







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newspaper: “Bulldog for sale: e.. X- 
anything; very fond of children ' 

It’s Pfc. R. O. Martinez of Ward 74A pressing that overgrown duni! 
bell under the supervision of S 1/c. C. D. Garabito and S 1 c F 0 
Frank in the Oak Knoll Musclarium. 

“I used to be a ninety-seven outs had facilitated his tri-ciailf 

pound weakling — until one of my 
personal friends told me about the 
Oak Knoll gymnasium. 

“It all started one day when I 
ventured to the swimming pool in 
search of further information about 
this gym. A specialist A, who, by 
the way had the type shoulders I’ve 
always wanted, pointed the way to 
a small house on the corner of the 
compound. There I found a maze 
of bars, dumbbells, and various 
other pieces of unidentified equip- 
ment . . .” 

And so continued HA2/c B. Mc- 
Snoyd, Galley Corpsman on Ward 
57-A, pointing out how his work- 

task of pushing the chow cart bock 
and forth between the ward 8 
the commissary. McSnoyd was 
of the many thousands oi 

members and patients to P as 
through the portals of the hosph®* 
musclarium to expand their 
toids and harden their peettflM 

Available for use all day 
day of the week is a series of eqU 1 ' ( 
ment including all weights , 
shapes of lifting apparatus 1 ^ _ 

numerable types of other appall 
such as wall and leg weights, 
key to the gym may be logg ea 
at the swimming pool office. 

Vol. 5. No. 30 


Saturday. 27 July, 1946 

It’s The Waves’ Fourth Birthday 

Billy Wagner and Golden 
Horn Toots For Wave Party 

*1 the AH n° fea ‘“ red with his band this Monday r 

tvBn' Da " Ce ' n h " n0r ,h « Waves on their fourth b 
I Hro , C ' aimed by CrUics *<* he comparable to the 

— originated B ‘» »»- 

Anniversary of Woman Reserves Feted; 
"Well Done," Says Captain Dearing 

Next Monday, the 29th, will witness the completion of four years of 
unexcelled service by the Waves. To celebrate this fourth birthday, 
they will have an informal open house party from 1400 to 1730. On 
that night there will be an All Hands Dance in their honor, featuring 
Bill Wagner, his trumpet and his orchestra. 

It all started in February of 1943^ 
at Oak Knoll when three Waves, 

PhM3/c Alice Hunter, PhM3/c 
Eleanor McCormick and PhM2/c 
Madeline Napoleon added their 
names to the staff lists. Five weeks 
later came ten more Waves, all 
pharmacists mates, and one officer, 
Lt. (jg) Marie Lettieri. The comple- 
ment steadily increased until Oc- 
tober of 1945, when Oak Knoll 
boasted 355 enlisted females and 
24 doctors and officers. They were 
at first assigned to duty only in the 
offices and departments, but in- 
creased numbers and a corps school 
gradually furnished personnel for 
direct ward duty. The year of 1944 
saw the advent on this compound 
of rates beside pharmacist mates, 
namely storekeepers and Special- 
ist S’s and W’s. 

A hospital corps school for Waves 
was established in July, 1943, and 
existed for six months, furnishing 
trained personnel for not only Oak 
Knoll, but also other hospitals in 
the District. Classes of 45 reported 
each month from USNTS, Hunter 
College, New York, to begin a four 
weeks’ course in required nursing 
procedures, with a graduate being 
advanced in rate up to and includ- 
ing pharmacist mate second class. 
Training was given in the wards 
and classes were conducted by staff 
medical officers and nurses. 

Though the Patient Personnel 
Office, the Dental Clinic and the 
Laboratory had the largest number 
of Waves on duty, there is hardly a 
department on the compound that 
has not had a Wave on its muster 
lists at one time or another. And 
in January, 1946, when a personnel 
crisis seemed pending, 74, or one- 
third of the Waves on board, volun- 
tered their services until the end 
of demobilization. 

From quarters in a single ward 
to a large comfortable and ade- 
quately furnished barracks, en- 

listed Waves found life on a hospi- 
tal compound both military and 
homelike at the same time. Modern 
laundry facilities, guest reception 
room, private lounges, sun porches 
and a rumpus room, in addition to 
the regulation cubicle arrange- 
ments of sleeping quarters, helped 
to foster a high morale and make 
for fun and enjoyment in mass 

But yet the history of the Women 
Accepted for Voluntary Emergency 
Service at Oak Knoll formed only 
a minute part of the vast potential 
of that branch of the service. There 
were over 20,000 Waves stationed 
alone at the Potomac River Com- 
mand in Washington, D. C. Fifty- 
ive per cent of all personnel work- 
ing in the Navy Department in 
Washington were Waves. They 
composed a total of eighteen per 
cent of all Naval personnel work- 
ing at shore installations. 

Starting with only three rates, 
yeoman, storekeeper and radioman] 
the Navy realized both the value 
and versatility of the Waves and 
since then has increased the num- 
ber of eligible rates to forty. Install- 
ations were constructed in more 
than forty stations to accommodate 
for the instruction of these Waves. 

Holder ot both the seniority titles 
of longest in the Navy and longest 
at Oak Knoll is CPhM Mary M. 
McDermott, who commenced her 
active duty in May of 1943 and 
arrived at Oak Knoll that July. 
Chief McDermott is now working 
in the Out Patient Department. 
Next in line is the hospital’s other 
Wave Chief, CPhM Eleanor Gilboy 
who receives the Good Conduct 
Medal that day. 

Captain A. H. Dearing, Medical 
Officer in Command, recentlystated 
The Waves have done invaluable’ 
work and proven conclusively that 
enlisted women and officers have a 
very definite place in the Navy ” 

Page Two 


Saturday. 27 July, ig^ 

The Oale Teat 

U. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland. California 

Captain A. n. Hearing (MC) U.S.N., Medical Officer in Command; Captain 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) U.S.N., Executive Officer. 

Editorial Staff: PhWIJc George F. Cahill. Jr., PhM'Jc Richard Schein* Editors; 
Lt. Louise E. Dowlcn VV-USNR, Editorial Advisor. 

Photographers: PhM2c II. B. Wayland. PhM3c F. L. Utt. IIAlc R. M. Reed. 

Contributors of the 'week: Sgt. John Talevicli, The American Red Cross. 
Dorothy Thompson. 

“The Oak Leaf” is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and in compliance with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 45-526 Semi-Monthly 
Bulletin 31 May, 1945. “The Oak Leaf” receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republication of credited matter prohibited without permission of CNS. 

Contributions from both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of “The Oak Leaf,” U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 Saturday, 27 July, 1946 No. 30 

• It Isn't as Bad as You Think 

A ship can lie idle with only a skeleton crew to keep the 
fires warm and stand watch. A station can be closed and 
locked with only enough personnel remaining to stand a 
combination fire and protective watch. Airplanes may be 
grounded in the absence of pilots and maintenance crews. 
Trucks may be halted due to the lack of drivers. 

But what about a hospital? Can it declare a temporary 
holiday due to a depletion of personnel? Is it able to function 
with a crew large enough to stand a skeleton watch? There 
is no question as to the obviously negative answer. A hospital 
has to maintain at all times a crew sufficient in size to keep 
every part functioning in its entirety, since no single section 
is capable of closing without having a drastic effect on the 
remaining part of the hospital. Each department is a neces- 
sary link binding the unit together. What would happen with 
the loss of X-ray, Surgery or Transportation? 

From this can be drawn the conclusion that hospitals have 
to maintain at all times a staff sufficient in size to keep it 
completely functioning. Three weeks ago, there were not 
enough enlisted staff members at Oak Knoll who were of the 
regular Navy to carry on after the departure of the reserves. 
The discharge of the second and third quotas would have left 
Oak Knoll with less than the minimum functioning amount, 
since sufficient regular replacements would not have been 
equally dispersed in the essential positions, and many others 
not yet received from other stations. The reason for the 
necessity for the retention of as many personnel as possible 
is to supply extra hands to take the duties of the regulars 
while they are distributed to the various details. To put it in 
a simpler manner, until the USN men are evenly dispersed, 
someone else has to be at the different jobs during the period 
of reshuffling. This burden falls upon the reserves. 

This condition not only exists at Oak Knoll but many other 
Naval Hospitals. It is due to this fact that the recent Alstacon 
freezing reserves was issued: 

By no means do we wish to wave the flag, but considera- 
tion has to be given first to the fellow flat on his back in bed. 
The fact that this is a Naval Hospital does not alter the idea 
that it is, after all, a hospital. It would be most advantageous 
to keep in mind the fact that the patients are the ones who 
benefit first by the extra month of duty put in by the reserves. 
The Navy benefits only secondly and indirectly. 

• Cans to the Left , Cans to the Right 

As long as people live, some of them will fall sick or be- 
come injured. As long as they undertake this condition of 
trauma or malfunction, they will enter hospitals to rectify 
their troubles. This results in a practically stable number of 
patients in hospitals throughout the world. 

Oak Knoll has now a stable number of patients due to 
the fact that veterans are entering at the same rate as the 
departure of servicemen. But the same cannot be said about 
staff members, sadly enough. As a result more and more staff 
men are being taken off the cleaning details and put in the 
more necessary positions, such as wards and departments. 
Consequently it is becoming more and more difficult to keep 
the hospitals’ vast area as clean as it should be. 

It is requested that all personnel bear in mind this condi- 
tion and observe the basic rules of common communal cleanli- 
ness. A few extra steps in any direction leads to one of the 
hundreds of G.I. cans strategically distributed about the com- 

Fed Cross Famblings 

Calling all patients! All patients 
who are interested in fly-tieing, 
model building, chess, bridge and 
music. Take note: Special interest 
groups, with the help of men in 
the community, are being organ- 
ized on the wards. Patients’ re- 
quests and ideas on any of these 
activities can be given to the rec- 
reation worker on the ward. 

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In honor of all of the girls whose 
birthdays are in July, an informal 
party was held on 62A for the 
Waves last Friday. Following the 
candle-blowing ceremony, the dec- 
orated cakes were served to all 
patients. The remaining portion of 
the afternoon was spent in making 
records together, then individual 
ones to send home to husbands, 
boy-friends and parents. The hon- 
orees were: Mable Early SKl/c 
Anne Gaunt, vet., Lucille Manna 
PhM3/c, and Marcia Stapp, HA2/c. 

The sightseers from 74A and B 
had a very interesting and thor- 
ough tour of San Quentin prison 
last week. The fellows admitted 
that they stayed very close to their 
guide, especially when some of the 
inmates whistled at them and com- 
mented “Look fellows, free men!” 
(The patients now realize how the 
fairer sex feels on being whistled 
at.) The patients were quite im- 
pressed with the neatness and ef- 
ficiency of the prison, the well- 
tended gardens and the abundance 

of flowers. They were also sjl . 
prised at the number of ex-se& 
icemen who through their idlenj 
had ended up in the prison. 

After their tour, they joined tfe 
group from 43A and B for luijfi 
at McNear’s Beach. The Nath. 
Daughters of the Golden West pr> 
pared a lunch. The rest of the ah 
ernoon was spent playing badniiiJ' 

i via Aiug VJ1 1 IXIC Ut3C!|' 

while amateur photographers to? . 
advantage of the beautiful shjfe * 
of the area. 

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What to do with that extra how : 
can be answered quite easily. Vth{' 
not visit the Red Cross Hobbj^ 
Shop in Building 102. second deck; 
Plexi-glass, leather work. bi< 
printing, ship and airplane mode! 
and loom weaving are feati 
this month. There is plenty of ma- 
terial. tools and instruction fry f* 
anyone interested in these crafts 

The change in hours of the Hob 
by Shop are 9:45-12:30 Monr 
through Saturday and 1-4 Monds: 
through. Friday. 

The Recreation Departmen 
wishes to express their apprecia- 
tion to the many patients wbo 
have generously offered their serv- 
ices to keep the Red Cross 16MW , 
movie program on the wards 
Without this fine cooperation. th( 

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many bed patients on the com- 
pound would be deprived of * 
movie program. 



Submitted by CHAPLAIN E. C. ANDREWS 


Who thou art I know not. 

But this much I know. 

Thou hast set the Pleiades 
In a silver row: 

Thou has sent the trackless winds 
Loose upon their way; 

Thou hast reared a colored wall 
Twixt the night and day: 

Thou hast made the flowers to bloom 
And the stars to shine; 

Hid rare gems of richest ore 
In the tunneled mine: 

But the chief of all Thy wondrous works. 
Supreme of all Thy plan, 

Thou has put an upward reach 
In the heart of man. 

— Harry Kemp 

Ituiuc ^entires 


Chaplains — E. C. Andrews. J. A. Talley. 


Morning Service 1000 

Communion Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday In Chapel) — 1800. 

Choir — Monday & Thursday. 1400-1500. 

Protestant Chaplains’ offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bide. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Wartime minister will be at the recep- 
tion office In the Chapel every Tues- 
day at 1400 to 1600. 

L. D. S. (Mormon: 

Services 1930 Thursday. 

J. t 


Chaplain#— Nicholas F. Gruber, 

iunday Mass — 0630. 0830, 1130. 
-Veekday Mass — 0800 and 1630. 
Confessions before all Masses. . - 
4ovena and Benediction, 1630 T , 
Catholic Chaplains’ offices are lovaw* 
the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1- 

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>ivine Service — 1"45 Friday. 

by Chaplain A. Barnston 
■he Field Representative of f 
tional Jewish Welfare Boar* . »» *. 
Service Dept., is in attendance _ 
hospital compound on Tu«® ^ rf 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. • He . p 

fice hours at the rw ?J?** on A lT f?oai 
rhnnel from 1500 to 1600 and 

Saturday. 27 July. 1946 


Page Three 

Big Time (Phone) Operators 
(jive Out W ith The Pig Line 

Scotty Dunlop, Creator of 
Shortbread and Good Humor 

Once upon a time, a long time 
ago, a civilian named Alexander 
Graham Bell spoke into a new- 
fangled mouthpiece. Another civil- 
ian named Ameche heard the sound 
in a new- tangled earpieeeand so was 
born the revolutionary communi- 
cation system— the telephone. With 
the telephone came the switch- 
board, which centralized all local 
calls, and with the switchboard 
came the telephone operators, from 
which stemmed that grandiose ex- 
pression, "Big Time Operators.” 
(They work in the big cities.) And 
when Oak Knoll came into being, 
so came Bell’s invention with 
switchboard attachments and a 
swell group of telephone operators. . 

Located in the old Administra- 
tion Building, adjacent to the post- 
office. sit ten amiable telephone 
operators. Any hour of every day 
they sit with earphones and mega- 
phones awaiting the signal to con- 
nect and disconnect the hospital's 
audible communication. Supervis- 
ing this most essential phase of 
Oak Knoll's successful administra- 
tion is Lieut. G. H. Parker, com- 
munications officer, under whom is 
Miss Ruth Freeman, chief tele- 
phone operator. 

The life of a telephone operator 
on duty is a combination of col- 
ored neon buttons which wink at 
them throughout the day, a med- 
ical informist, and councillor to all 
who hunt persons whose last name 
is a mystery. Every internal and 
external compound call has one of 
these ten operators in the middle. 
Telephonically speaking, San Le- 
andro falls under the plug-pulling 

fingers of the ladies of the switch- 
board. In case of an emergency, 
such as fire or death, the switch- 
board controls the initial alarm 
signal. Occasionally callers ask for 
an extension by describing their 
ailment, necessitating a knowledge 
of medical terms. The correct time 
is always given in Navy language, 
which causes the need of a smat- 
tering of the Bluejackets’ Manual. 

However, all work and no play 
makes even the most conscientious 
telephone give a dull wire, and so 
a many-purpose lounge is provid- 
ed in the adjoining room. Reclin- 
ing on a day bed or an inner- 
spring sofa, the ladies let down 
their switch cords and trade un- 
usual telephone requests of the 
day. One outside call demanded to 
speak to the “pregnant doctor.” 
The worldly operator transferred 
the call to O. P. D. Many a dis- 
tressed female asks to talk to 
i Johnny. No last name — no Johnny. 

If you see her on the compound 
carrying a shopping bag bulging 
with boxes of Scotch shortbread, 
if she has snow-white hair, twink- 
ling eyes and a smile that reflects 
a lifeful of good work, and if she 
is telling a joke or reciting “a wee 
bit o’ verse” to a patient— she’s 
"Scotty” Dunlop, one of Oak 
Knoll’s best friends. 

Mrs. Jennie Dunlop began her 
program of morale-building during 
World War I, when she served as 
a nurse in the Royal Simpson Me- 
morial Hospital in Edinburgh, the 
place where she had received her 
training. She was born at Kilmar- 
nock, Scotland, just seven miles 
from the birthplace of Robert 
Burns. In 1919 she came to Can- 
ada, and in 1923 moved to the Bay 
Area to make her home. 

Probably in the kitchen at this 
address more cookies for service- 
men have been mixed than in any 
other one home culinary depart- 
ment in Oakland. For Scotty has 
spent several days each week dur-^ 
ing the past 3V 2 years baking her 
now famous shortbread and deliv- 
ering boxes of the tasty squares to 
hospitals and service centers 
throughout the Bay Area. Oakland 
grocers, interested in her project, 
helped by supplying her with but- 
ter and sugar even when these in- 
gredients were hardest to obtain. 

She “canna tell” you how many 
visits she has made to Oak Knoll, 
but those who meet her are always 
eager for a return visit involving 
more of the 71 -year-young nurse’s 
wit, sympathy, and common sense, 
with a generous side order of 

Miss Jennie Dunlop (lied 
last week after this story was 
written. Dak KikpII will not 
forget her cheerful counte- 
nance, her understanding 
kindness , her humane way of 

Special Tests To Be 
Given Navy Drivers 

Starting 1 September, all per- 
sonnel of the Navy driving govern- 
ment vehicles will be required to 
pass a special Navy driving test to 
procure a Navy license. Possession 
of a state license will not exempt 
the driver from taking the test. 

The Navy driving permit, valid 
only for government-owned or 
government-licensed vehicles, is 
being required as part of the 
Navy’s effort in President Tru- 
man’s campaign for safe driving. 

A Layman's View of Veterans' Schooling 

Aware of the part the ex-service-^parts: that available under the G. Liable 

man will play in the coming history 
of the United States, Congress *has 
gone all out in the program for re- 
habilitating the veteran. And, al- 
though much remains to be dofie to 
complete the picture, a fairly com- 
prehensive basis has been estab- 
lisned. Legislation, now in the proc- 
ess of being channeled through the 
Senate is expected to clarify and 
complete the program. 

Added pressure and renewed ac- 
tivity by Veterans Organizations 
has been one of the decisive factors 
in the drive for Veterans legisla- 
tion. Any .Congressman putting two 
and two together can easily see the 
results of the polls in November if 
the eleven million ex-service po- 
tential voters are not satisfied. 

The Veterans program is very 
broad, covering every group and 
every individual. Possibly the most 
interesting are the various bills 
concerning schooling. They are the 
most far-reaching of all veteran 
legislation. Basically, schooling for 
the Veteran is divided into two 

Bill for all Veterans, and that un- 
der Public Law 16 for disabled 

Much has been said and written 
about the so-called G.I. Bill of 
Rights. But few people have com- 
plete knowledge of its provisions 
and how to exact the maximum 
amount of benefits from it. One of 
the most frequently asked ques- 
tions is in regard to summer school. 
The Veteran is usually anxious to 
get through school as rapidly as 
possible. Under the G.I. Bill it is 
possible, and even advisable, to go 
to summer school. Not only does it 
greatly shorten the amount of time 
needed to complete a course, it 
also continues the subsistence pay- 
ments. These payments are dis- 
continued during the summer va- 
cation months if the Veteran only 
attends the regular school year. 
Statistics show that about fifty per 
cent of ex-servicemen in school on 
the West Coast are attending sum- 
mer classes. 

. The amount of schooling allow- 


is computed by months 
than by years, so in addition to the 
first twelve months given to all 
servicemen or women who had 90 
days of active duty, the Veteran 
gets one month of school for each 
month of service up to the maxi- 
mum of forty-eight. 

In addition to the G.I. Bill, the 
Veterans Administration has a pro- 
gram for rehabilitation of disabled 
Veterans commonly called Public 
Law 16. To be eligible for its bene- 
fits the Veteran must be drawing 
disability compensation. Public 
Law 16, unlike the G.I. Bill, does 
not have restrictions as to the 
amount of tuition and its subsist- 
ence allowances are correspond- 
ingly higher. The minimum sub- 
sistence is $105 for single and $115 
for married veterans. This amount 
is made up of the pension plus $65 
subsistence allowance for single 
and $90 for married students. If 
the disabled Veteran pension is 
larger his subsistence will be added 
to the pension. For example if the 
^pension is 80 per cent or 90 per 

the single Veteran will re- 
ceive $157 per month subsistence. 
As previously mentioned, Public 
Law 16 applies only to disabled 
Veterans who are eligible for pen- 

The Veteran returning to school 
will do well to ask himself three 

1. Which will pay the most? 

2. Which will give the greater 

3. Which will present the courses 
desired for study? 

Individual Veterans have indi- 
vidual problems and hence it is ad- 
visable for them to contact the 
representative of the Veterans Ad- 
ministration in their home town for 
further advice. 

These various benefits should not 
be looked on as a dole by the gov- 
ernment. They are merely com- 
pensations lor the Veteran for his 
service. It is U p to the Veteran 
himself to take advantage of them. 
The benefits are there, but they 
.must be requested. 

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Saturday, 27 July, 

Sgt. Talevich 
"Shoves Off" 

Sgt. John Talevich 

Heeding the siren call of the 
world of mufti this past week was 
Sgt. John Talevich, almost always 
a patient and often an “Oak Leaf 
Contributor of the Week.” A pa- 
tient since October, 1945, and an 
Dak Leafer since last March, the 
sergeant swept out of the main 
gate last Wednesday, bound for 
Treasure Island, the mecca of sep- 
aration-bent Marines. 

Clipped in the leg by a sniper on 
IT June, 1945, while serving with 
the Seventh Regiment, his route 
of evacuation reads like a Cook’s 
tour of Pacific naval hospitals. 
First to the hospital ship Solace, 
then to Guam; from Guam to Pearl 
Harbor; to Mare Island; to Puget 
Sound, and finally to Oak Knoll. 

A long-term resident of Ward 
53 in the famous peripheral nerve 
center, picturesquely situated in 
Livingston Canyon, just a few 
minutes from the heart of Oak 
Knoll, Sgt. Talevich first focused 
attention on himself when he 
wooed and wed diminutive Mary 
Bryde, ex-Wave of physical 

John’s feature articles and Scut- 
tlebutt have appeared regularly in 
the pages of the hospital weekly 
and his leaving further depletes 
the discharge-riddled staff. 

When his processing at T. I. is 
completed, the sergeant intends to 
pack his kit and kaboodle and head 
north into the wilds of the Pacific 
Northwest and Seattle in particu- 

Once there he intends to resume 
his career in journalism by at- 
tending Seattle College. 

Something new has hit the social 
structure of Oak Knoll. No longer 
is one greeted by the question, “Got 
two nickels for a dime for a coke?” 
A new fangled machine in the 
bowling alley has taken care of 
that. It looks like an ordinary 
“coke” machine only a little taller. 
A coin slot is located exactly in the 
middle. Any piece of money up to 
and including a quarter fits into it. 
Pennies run right through without 
any effect. A nickel brings only a 


If an AlNav is not dropped in 
the Staff Personnel Office which 
would release radio-active waves, 
which would defrost all corpsmen, 
and IF first-class Pharmacist Mates 
are not issued galley carts with 
a booklet of directions on how to 
push same, the Monday noon Wave 
tea party in commemoration of 
their entrance into the global con- 
flict four years ago will definitely 
be the social event of the week. 
There will be a reception commit- 
tee, a serving committee, a decora- 
tion committee, and a committee 
for the procurement of the finest 
domestic and Turkish tea leaves. 

Now if Bostonites like Mary Mc- 
Dermott, Paul Murphy, Ginny Lee, 
Chief Gilboy, Ruth Stafford, Irene 
Chaisson, Flora Wright and Harold 
Wheeler, BM2c of 77A, had any 
revolutionary spirit in their re- 
spective blood they would disguise 
themselves in Indian attire, steal 
up to the Waves’ barracks in the 
dead of night and dump all that 
aromatic, undiluted tea in Lake 

Not all of Oak Knoll’s staff are 
frozen until such time when they 
ain’t. Fifteen seamen are leaving 
at the end of the month. 

Every evening, five minutes be- 
fore the night corspman’s muster, 
Bill Barker slips into his seabag 
and gently brushes the lapels of 
his newly woven civvie suit — ma- 
ternity pink with sterile lavender 

Commencing last week they 
came in trucks, in buses, in trains, 
and in distress. One hundred six- 
ty-nine corpsmen and Waves dent- 
ed the asphalt which paves the 
road leading to the Staff Personnel 
Office. Most of them are profes- 
sional Navy men. 

The hour has come when the 
man has relieved the woman from 
duty. Three Chief Pharmacist 
Mates step into the shoes vacated 
by three ward nurses. Chief Pucci 
reigns forth on the 47’s. Chief Buch- 
ner is in charge of the 81’s and 
Chief Kohan administers adminis- 
tration on the 80’s. 

And a trio of newly arrived 
PHMlc men are serving Oak Knoll 
as assistant nurses. They are: 

Charles Thomas, R. J. Opalek and 
L. W. Stephens. 

“coke” at the base of the machine. 
A dime brings a “coke” and amaz- 
ingly a nickel also. A quarter 
causes four buffalo heads to come 
tumbling out followed by one of 
those refreshing pauses. We haven’t 
tried slugs yet, never can tell what 
will happen. Probably a hand with 
a hammer will appear out of the 
top of the machine and come plum- 
meting down on the supposed 

Dwight Fiske and 
Harpo Marx Came 
Last Friday Aft. 

To Oak Knoll, yesterday, came 
two of the most celebrated and re- 
spected entertainers in the world of 
show business. Dwight Fiske and 
Harpo Marx dropped in to visit and 
spread their morsels of hilarious fun 
over our appreciative inhabitors. 

Dwight Fiske checked in at 1500, 
borrowed a piano, and proceeded to 
fill his four ward engagements with 
a repertoire of bedside tales col- 
ored by his expressive piano back- 
ground. Mr. Fiske is the master of 
the satirical story. His material is 
original and unique and the story 
of the dilemma of “Mrs. Pettybone” 
will long be remembered and re- 
told by his chuckling listeners. 

Loquacious, humorous Fiske has 
been headlining the classier enter- 
tainment places for the past decade. 
His lyrical stories have been ap- 
plauded continentally and is pres- 
ently satiring at the Kona Club in 
El Cerrito. 

If Dwight Fiske was the cocktail 
in this Friday musical banquet, fa- 
mous Harpo Marx and his band 
were the main course. Without his 
relatives and minus his curly wig, 
Harpo, the noiseless, girl-gaping 
riot of the stage and screen, enter- 
tained a capacity auditorium. The 
curtain went up at 1800. 

Aside from disillusioning many 
of his loyal fans by using the king’s 
English to witty advantages, Mr. 
Marx and his band provided the 
grand finale to a day of much 
laughter and more fun. 

Oldsmobile Offers 
Vets Special Cars 

The Oldsmobile Company has 
announced that patients and vet- 
erans who are amputee cases or 
who lack normal use of arms or 
legs have first priority in pur- 
chase of automobiles fitted with 
apparatus to enable them to drive. 
The amputee merely has to appear 
in person to make his application; 
the disabled man will furnish a 
doctor’s certificate stating the loss 
of normal use of arm or leg. 

Those interested in applying for 
this service may do so by contact- 
ing Mr. V. S. Watson, the regional 
Oldsmobile representative, in Oak- 
land. Telephone GL encourt 3733. 

To buy. .sell. .rent 

Found . . . 

Found in Pay Line 2 last pay day 
picture of baby boy of one or 
two years, about one by one-half 
inches. Owner may pick up same 
at Oak Leaf office. 

For Sale . . . 

Scott Marine (SLRM) radio at 
OPA price. Perfect condition. 
Chaplain E. C. Andrews, Exten- 
sion 184. 

Movie Schedule 

Sat. 27: “Mildred Pierce.” 
Joan Crawford and Jack Carson. 

Sun. 28: “The Green Years,” 
Charles Coburn and Tom Drake. 

Mon. 29: “And There Were 
None,” Geraldine Fitzgerald. 

Tues. 30: “The Outlaw,” Jane 
Russell and Jack Beuiel. ' 

Wed. 31: ‘Inside Job,” Presto 
Foster and Ann Rutherford. 

Thuis. 1: “Two Smart People,” 
John Hodiak and Lucille Ball. 

Fri. 2: “Two Guys From Mil- 
waukee,” Dennis Morgan and 
Joan Leslie. 

Sat. 3: “Chad Hanna,” Henry 
Fonda and Dorothy Lamour. 

■ — - ■ i ■ ■ ■■■ 

Ch. Pharm. D. G. Mikus 
New Ship's Service Hea< 

Witfi the recent retirement o 
Lieut. E. H. Kirshner, Oak Knoll’ 
hold-the-line, non-in flationsr; 
Ship’s Service falls under the gujd 
ance of Ch. Pharm. D. G. Miku> 
Mr. Mikus has long been semci 
the hospital administration, first a 
Staff Personnel Officer and of lafc 
the assistant Ship’s Service Office 

“And what’s new in your ever- 
growing Ship’s Service, M* 

“There is an urgent need for « 
patient to help in the ever-growinj 
Cobbler Shop. Experience pre- 
ferred, but any ambitious man ttiK. 
wishes to learn this essential tra<fe 
will gladly be considered. 

“A unique stock of costume jew- 
elry has hit the shelves of the ever- 
growing Ship’s Store as well as * 
welcomed supply of pink and bliB 
baby playthings.” 

The Santa Fe Railroad 
announced that it has good 
openings for doctors who have 
been recently discharged fro m 
the Navy. 

Coca Cola Slot Machine Pays Off 

Vol. 5, No. 31 


Saturday, 3 August, 1946 

i Ran W ilde and His Orchestra 
i Plus 105 Beautiful Models ! 

Waves Celebrate 
Fourth Birthday 
With Open House 


An entertainment phenomenon,^ 
which will surpass all previous 
theatrical enterprises at Oak Knoll, 
is coming next Thursday, August 
8. Through our main gate will 
come an orchestra, a beauty con- 
test, and gorgeous Hollywood girls 

to dance with. | When a woman throws open her 

It will be audience participation i boudoir door and entices strange 
night on that eventful Thursday, men with offers of bonbons and 
and much prompting from all j punch there is indeed something to 
hands when, not 10, not 15, but j celebrate about. And so it came 
25 curvacious lovelies from the to pass when last Monday after- 
motion pictures parade across the noon Oak Knoll’s Wave contingent, 
auditorium stage. These 25 bath- after many hours of preparation 
ing-suited models of feminine ex- * and decoration, spruced up the 
actness are competing for the cov- | welcome mat and invited both 
eted title of “Miss Marinette of sexes to participate in their fourth 
1946, and Oak Knoll’s applauded anniversary party. It was open 
selection will be the winner. j house at the Wave barracks. 

An all hands dance will follow j As the guests entered the Wave 
the beauty review. As Ran Wilde I domicile, two white-gloved ladies 
and orchestra fill the auditorium I in blue created a regal atmosphere 
with scintillating music, not 50, | with precision saluting. Inside the 
not 60, but 80, eye-appealing love- decorative barracks, their eyes 
• lies will wait for sailors, marines, were immediately attracted to the 
or veterans, to invite them into J many-layer, much-iced birthday 
afms and tri P the fan- | cake and three dozen lovely red 
aS lC ' rose s which were a birthday pres- 

A 1500 musical show will pre- 1 en t to the Waves from Captain 
cede the evening’s frolic at the 1 Bearing. 

Amphitheater. | Hors d ’oeuvres, nuts and a punch 

Ran Wilde and his night club j howl brimming with excellent fruit 
band have appeared in every punch, were added afternoon deli- 
major city in the country. Piano- ' cacies. 

trumpeter Wilde was born and j The featured event of the highly 

Featured 1 with "the' 5 °h ° akland ' successful anniversary was the cut- 
eatured with the orchestra are . ting of the cake. All celebrants 

two pianos and popular Camilla gathered around as good-conduct- 
and Plan ° t,ckler award-winners CPhM Eleanor Gil- 

In Bay Area 

All Naval personnel are warned 
to be on the lookout for counter- 
feit bank notes, according to a re- 
cent Alnav. San Francisco Federal 
Reserve Bank notes in the denom- 
ination of $20 and New York Fed- 
eral Reserve Bank notes in the 
denomination of $50 are the bills 
in question. 

Most noticeable error in the $20 
bills is that the word “States” is 
spelled “Slates” in the phrase 
“Treasurer of the United States,” 
which appears under the Federal 
Reserve seal. In the $50 notes, a 
dot is missing. In the genuine bill 
it is in the green treasury seal on 
the face of the note to the right of 
the key handle. 

All such notes should be in- 
spected, the receipt of bogus money 
should be reported by dispatch to 
ComServPac with full information 
as to the receipt of these bills. 

Waves Honored By 
All Hands Dance 

As a concluding remembrance to 
the fourth anniversary of Navy 
women fighting beside Navy men, 
Billy Wagner and his orchestra 
manufactured the rhythm and 
rhyme for the last Monday eve- 
ning All Hands dance. 

With rainbow-colored revolving 
chandelier, the chairless audito- 
rium, sprinkled down with dance 
wax, was the site of the synco- 
pated gaiety. It was pick your part- 
ner (or somebody else’s partner) 
and terpsichore the night away. 

Billy Wagner, provided by the 
grace and pocketbook of Welfare 
and Recreation, was acclaimed 
trumpet laurie of this and many 
an evening to come. Alternating 
the vocal refrain with blonde- 
tressed Joan Carroll, and piping 
much trumpet, Billy brought forth 
a star-studded selection of jump 
and romantic tunes that provided 
a gala evening for all. 

Oak KnoWs Mobile Blood Bank 


Discharged Waves 
Asked to Rejoin 

All Waves who have been hon- 
orably dicharged from the service 
may re-enter at the same rate they 
held when discharged. They will 
Pick up where they left off as far 
as longevity and time put in is 
concerned. On re-enlisting, they 
have to sign over until 1 July, 
1947. They will not, however, re- 
ceive signing-over pay or leave. 

rnphasis in this recruiting cam- 
paign is- being put on ex-Pharma- 
cist Mates and Hospital Appren- 

boy and CPhM Mary McDermott 
made the initial cut with a regular 
Navy dress sword, loaned by Capt. 
hi- G. Young, chief of surgery. 
And as cameras flashed, as people 
cheered, the commemorative cake 
was cut. 

Among notables witnessing the 
initial incision of the multi-colored 
cake were: Capt. A. H. Dearing, 
Capt. H. E. Robins, Comdr. Doris 
1 . Westcott, district director, Wom- 
en’s Reserve, Chief Nurse S. Dear- 
terla and Mrs. John L. Phillips, 
Oakland resident, who has done a 
great deal for Waves and patients, 
particularly during the war. 

1 he party was arranged by Lt. 
Louise E. Dowlen, W-USNR, Wom- 
en s Reserve Representative for 
Oak Knoll. 

ue to the few donations of blood given at Oak Kn,»n •< 
for the Blood Bank to travel to Treasure I l . ' “ " eCeSsary 

Hunter’s Point every other week i ” a,U ' > " le * WCek ai,d to 

lhey — on the Wi " ,,hem 

rieht: I. M. Chaisson. PhM3e; Lt. (j e ) j. . p pro<cdure - Lef t to 
J- A. Lackner, PhM3c; G G (J8) J. J. Preisinger (MC) USNR; 
McNamara <„C> , SN.' Har ""s‘»"’ ">MSc and Lt. Comdr. M. 

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Tlii> Oah i.vuS 

V. S. Nival Hospital. Oakland. California 

Captain A. H. Dearln* <MC) U.S.N., Medical Officer In Commands Captain 
llarver E. Robins (MC) U.S.N., Executive Officer. 

Editorial Staff: PhMSc George F. Cahill. .Ir.. PhM2c Itichard Schein. Editor*! 
Lt. Louise E. Rowlett W-l/SNR. Editorial Advisor. 

Photographers: PhM2r H. B. Wayland. PhM:ic F. L. Utt, IIAlc R. M. Reed. 

Contributors of the week: LI. A. W. Vinson. The American Red Cross. 


"The Oak Leaf*' Is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and in compliance with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 45-526 Semi-Monthly 
Bulletin 31 May* 1945. “The Oak Leaf” receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republication of credited matter prohibited without permission of CNS. 

Contributions from both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of “The Oak Leaf,” U. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 Saturday, 3 August. 1946 No. 31 

• Mr. For rest al y s Promise . . . 

Within two weeks, the last reservist will have left the 
Navy and entered into the pleasant ways of civilian life, 
fulfilling the promise made a year ago by Secretary Forrestal. 
With demobilization completed, the Navy will settle back to 
its peacetime routine and tradition. Therefore an appraisal 
of the reserves is in order. 

Speaking at the commencement of the Naval Academy 
recently, Mr. Forrestal may have shocked some of the mem- 
bers of the austere, rock-bound regular clique, but he spoke 
the truth when he reminded the graduating midshipman 
that “civilians coming into the Navy as a result of crisis 
won this war and I don’t want any of you to forget it.” Any 
statistician will back up the Secretary’s statement; the re- 
serves comprised more than 80 per cent of the Navy when 
it reached its peak of fighting efficiency in late 1944 and 
early 1945. 

Reserve enlisted men, who in 1939 knew little more about 
the Navy than the fact that it was the branch of the service 
by which one could see the world, ar\^wered the clarion call 
of duty and helped to bring the Navy to previously un- 
dreamed of heights. College students, much to their advan- 
tage, joined such programs as V-5 and V-12; men with an 
anxiety for quicker action became CAC’s; thousands of quali- 
fied craftsmen and technicians brought their civilian skills 
to Navy billets, old and new. And while there was a core of 
Academy men to launch our national fighting ship, there 
were thousands of reserve officers to make the long and 
arduous voyage a victorious one. 

Casting prejudices aside, one can safely say that with the 
loss of the reserve, the Navy has lost some of its finest men. 
In some fields, in fact, one can declare that it has lost the 
best specialists it has ever had. 

The craftsmen and technicians turned warriors, the spe- 
cialists became fighting men, the neighborhood kid who woke 
up to find himself a hero in the public eye, are all gone. But 
they will be back if their country needs them. To the men 
of the peacetime Navy, as well as to the nation’s statesmen, 
they have the following message: The price of peace is eter- 
nal vigilance. 

We at Oak Knoll will miss the reserves, for during the 
past few years we have learned to depend on their numbers, 
their intelligence and their facility in learning the dull 
routine of Naval procedure. There was scarcely a department 
that was not more than four-fifths reservists. The medical 
staff learned to depend on the advice of the civilian specialists 
who had temporarily donned the uniform. 

This theme could continue for many a page to quote the 
value and praise the work of the wartime sailors, but the two . 
words “Well Done” serve to conclude the entire idea. 

ituittp ^mitrps 

Proteslanl . 

Chaplains— E. C. Andrews. J. A. Talley. 

Sunday — 

Morning Service 1000 

Communion Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday In Chapel) — 1800. 

Choir — Monday & Thursday. 1400-1500. 

Protestant Chaplains’ offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Wartime minister will be at the recep- 
tion office in the Chapel every Tues- 
day at 1400 to 1600. 

L. D. S. (Mormon: 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Chaplains — Nicholas F. Gruber. J P 

Sunday Mass — 0630, 0830, 1130. 

Weekday Mass — 0800 and 1630. 

Confessions before all Masses. 

Novena and Benediction. 1630 Tuesday. 

Catholic Chaplains’ offices are located on 
the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 


Divine Service— 1745 Friday, conducted 
by Chaplain A Barnston. 

The Field Representative of the Na- 
tional Jewish Welfare Board, Hospital 
Service Dept., is In attendance on the 
hospital compound on Tuesdays and 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He has of- 
fice hours at the reception office of the 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and from 1900 
to 2000 on Fridays. 

Saturday, 3 August, 

Fed Cross Rambl 


In an attempt to learn more 
about the interests and desires of 
patients for recreational activities, 
a Patient-Planning Committee has 
been organized to represent the 
men on the wards. 

The first meeting of the group 
was held on last Thursday in the 
Red Cross office, with Recreation 
Workers Miss Skeehan and Miss 

Discussion of the special inter- 
ests groups being organized on the 
compound, with the help of men 
and women ol' the community, was 
held. The group felt that there was 
indeed a great deal of interest 
among the men to learn more about 
bridge, chess, sports, fly-tying, 
model building, stamps, music, 
book reviews, and these groups 
have many current topics of inter- 
est through discussion groups. 

Through Red Cross camp and 
hospital it is hoped that exhibits 
and collections of various kinds, 
including coins, rocks, guns and 
shells, can be brought to the wards. 

The representatives on the com- 
mittee are now busily engaged in 
checking their wards to determine 
the interests of the patients in these 
many activities. 

Present at this first meeting, and 
also at a picnic on Monday at Zoo- 
logical Gardens, were B. J. Gray, 
62B; G. B. Hurbace, 41A; W. G. 
Nicholson, 74A; J. E. Giulie, 45B; 
S. K. Burdick, and R. W. Cross, 

* * * 

Cribbage is right in style now on 
several wards of the compound 
where tournaments are in progress. 
On ward 41 B, the champion, J. L. 
Davis, PhM 3/c, has already been 
declared, and is impatiently await- 
ing the ward play-off on 41 A, so he 
may challenge the winner. 

Champion cribbage player of 
ward 40A is Mr. Perry, who has 
challenged the winner of ward 40B, 
Mr. Cox. May the best men win. 
Good luck to all! 

Sgt. Butch Weprich reports the 
following results of the cribbage 
tournament: The following “Limp- 

strong team consisted of jjm 
(Butch) Weprich, W. E. (Popi 
oleski, P. J. (Noisy) Farrell, C 
(the Great Lover) Peeke, 
(Fingers) Lepley, Armand (wS 
chie) Lerma, L. A. (Limber A* 
Kirby, Fred (Doc) Shear. WE% 
(Skinny) Guthrie. The team fa 
77a included Happy TsauntM 
Ben Hauck. Shepherd (twinlH 
Seymour (twin two), Mr. 

Ronnie Boy Carver and Pop PW 

To the complete surprise (A 
men concerned, their July j 
days were celebrated on 41An 
41 B last Wednesday night. I 
candle- lighted and decorated 9 
nev was brought into the 
the patients sang “Happy B 
day” to Vet. Buford Oglesby 
ejt Sanderegger, S 1/c GabrA 
Hurbace. Cox and Vet D, I' 
Moore of 41 A. W. R. Brooks, S H: 
MacLeod. EM 2 c. Donald CanA 
S 1/c, John Poarch, S 1/c. HerJ 
Johnson, and Ernest Kenzer, SI 
of 41 B. After the refreshments b 
been served, some of the memr. J' 
records to send home to theirfaa] 

* • * 

Wednesday morning Pfc. i’ "j 
Jacobs, representing ward 43B acJ 
S 1/c Walter Nicholson, repTeser. I 
ing 74B, were interviewed by 
Lee in KPO. San Francisco. Hu J 
lighting the discussion were ter . 
various Red Cross trips the 

had enjoyed in past months. 

* * * 

Keep an eagle eye out for Gai 
Land Tribune pictures of Red Crcs 
activities at Oak Knoll in the S-> 
day edition. Pictures and stt^ 
will be concerned with sightseer: . 
tours, crafts on wards and Re 
Cross Hobby Shop, recordingfacJ 
ities for the wards and birthd- 

Funds to educate your chlWrrt 
Capital to start your own busmen 
Funds to supplement your retirr 
ment pay. All are received * 
well-planned savings through I 
use of Savings Bonds For aitt l 
preparing your future securtb 

Gimps” defeated a team of crib- consult Lt. (jg) R M Roberts 
bage players from ward 77A. Their Building 1. 


Mutt's Nil tit re. Dignity and Destiny 

Knowing the full value of an earthly possession prompts i 
employ special care for its preservation. We guard against iW 
Similarly, the knowledge of our nature, our dignity, and our • t> - 
ought to inspire us with a special alertness not to degrade our i 
or to fail in our destiny. From the hands of almighty God havgj 
the rational and spiritual qualities which make us and the ( 
excel all other creatures. We can think; we have a free will- 
have an immortal soul. Our dignity is founded on the fact hut 
God has expressed His own “image and likeness" and that 
divine Son we have been adopted to the sonship of God Cm* 
is to possess God and share His glory in eternal happiness 
" To as many as received him he gave the power of beconun- ^ 

God; to those who believe in His name; who were born not o 

John 1- H 

NICHOLAS F. GRUBER, Catholic Cb- ’ ,n v 

Saturday. 3 August. 1946 


Page Three 

Radio , Camera, Binoculars On 
Adkins Automatic Wheelchair 

Chief Adkins showing his gizmo behind Ward 41 A. 

Marine Improves 
By Physiotherapy 

February 22nd may be the anni- 
versary of George Washington's 
birthday, but it was far from a 
holiday for PhM 3 c Howard E. 
Spence. 74 A. in 1945 

Early on that day he was in the 
front lines at Iwo Jima with Com- 
pany 1 of the 3rd Battalion. 26th 

Marine Regiment. Pinned down by 
a Jap mortar barrage, they could 
neither move forward nor with- 

It was a case of holding the 
breath to make one's self small, 
but Spence drew shrapnel like a 
magnet. A large chunk tore into 
the base of his spine. Hours later 
he regained consciousness in a 
hospital bunk aboard an APA 
standing off shore. He was para- 
lyzed from the hips down. 

The next day he was transferred 
to the hospital ship Solace, which 
took him to Saipan. There an oper- 
ation was performed on him to re- 
move shrapnel fragments from the 
smai. of his back. 

Alter a month, Spence was flown 
to Aeia Heights in Hawaii, where 
he remained two weeks before 
getting another plane ride to Oak 
Knoll He arrived here April 14 
of last year. 

During the almost 16 months he 
has oeen at this hospital he has 
undergone eight more operations. 
Four ^kin grafts have been done; 
a sizeable chip of bone was re- 
move') from the lower back; a 
Closure of the major wound was 
effected, a super-pubic was per- 
formed; and a gallstone was re- 

Ei^fit months ago Spence started 
Hubbard tank treatments in the 
Physiotherapy Department. His 
first real improvement became ap- 
parent in March of this year, when 
he began lying on his back. Prior 
to trial, .he had had to remain on 
hb stomach for over a year. 

According to PhM 2/c Thomas 
L. A ahnoti, the physio technician 
now working in the Hubbard tank 
room the muscle tone in Spence’s 
leet i* growing stronger. This is 
an 11 n Pur tan t step toward the day 
whei1 he will be able to walk. 

Irj niR time Spence collects 
v, amps and reads Western stories. 

The hour is nearing when the 
letter “R” will be shelved until an- 
other emergency arises and the 
Navy alphabet will once again re- 
vert to the original 25 figures. The 
drafted volunteer is returning to 
his feather merchant trade. 

To those who believe that Oak 
Knoll will be mortally wounded, 
due to the loss of the reserves, we 
say that it will not. The profes- 
sionals will no longer be hampered 
by the un-saline ways of the civil- 
ian sailors. 

But, to prove our point, let us 
take a look at Oak Knoll in the 
year of 1966 through our Buck 
Roger’s Futuroseope . 

We see a long line of HA’s fresh 
from San Diego via an atomic pow- 
ered helicopter in the Ad Building 
Circle. Chief “Rick” Richter, with 
six gold hash marks and a crew 
cut, awaits with pad in hand to as- 
sign the new corpsmen to operate 
Oak Knoll’s fission-run chow carts. 
Behind Chief “Rick” are grey- 
haired Larry Shipp and corporated 
Bob Weir, filing service records in 
the plutonium files. 

A peek at Physiotherapy shows 
Chief Farmer Dzielwicz with his 
star-bedecked good conduct ribbon 
massaging electronic cream into a 
decrepit World War II veteran. 
Next to him sleeps Chief Samples 
under his uranium 235 U. V. ma- 
chine. Out back, HA Eickmeyer is 
sawing plastic dolls and telling sea 
stories in his busy Occupational 
Therapy shop. 

Wheel-chairing down the ramp 
is Coxswain Lee Hart behind two 
hapless brig boys, toting a disin- 
tegrating-ray gun on his hip. Be- 
hind comes a strange vehicle driv- 
en by seven-hashed Chief Rowe, 
surrounded by a mass of radar 
equipment, ethyl alcohol sensito- 
meters and a two-way electronic 
radio set to his MAA’s about the 

The three greats of surgery — 
Walt Modaff, George Warrick and 
Ozzie Wilson — are seen waiting 
for their 30 years to end — they are 
still washing the instruments from 
1946, as are Farrell Utt and Chief 
Way land finishing the enlargement 
of that year’s Oak Leaf pictures. 

Demobilization’s Nelson is still 
sitting in his office waiting for 
Dick IVIonsen to be released from 
sick list so he can discharge him to 
the ghost town of Shoemaker. 

A closer view in the Futuroseope 
reveals the celebration of the 
Waves' 24th birthday, with Chief 
Betty Zehorchak cutting the cake, 
assisted by Lois Marschner. 

When he is discharged from the 
hospital, he plans to follow in 
his father’s footsteps. The elder 
Spence is an architect in Howard’s 
home town of Everett. Wash. How- 
ard is going to study architectural 
engineering at the University of 

From the big oaks come the 
acorn; and from war-scarred 
bombers comes an automatic wheel 

Last week Eddie Adkins, chief 
aviation machinist mate, proudly 
pointed to what a 19CJD horseless 
carriage should look like, and told 
all who were present behind ward 
41 A that they beheld the first and 
only automatic wheel chair in exis- 
tence. He announced that his in- 
genious invention not only could 
climb the steepest hill but the pa- 
tient could listen to the radio, take 
moving pictures, watch a ball game 
through a pair of binoculars, and 
burn up the thoroughfare at a 
cruising speed of three miles an 
hour as well. What’s more, the Ad- 
kins battery-driven wheel chair did 
just that, and for good measure 
traversed a couple of large hills in 

It all started when Chief Adkins 
did a stretch as a patient at Oak 
Knoll last March. He became in- 
terested in the plight of the un- 
fortunate individuals who labored 
over the compound in a hand- 
pushed wheel chair. Being a mas- 
ter mechanic and the type of guy 
that would help these wheel chair 
confined patients if he could, he 
blueprinted a power-driven con- 
veyor. A vehicle that would not 
°nl.v get the patient where he 
wanted to go, but with all the com- 
forts of a living-room sofa. 

Adkins was discharged from Oak 
Knoll and transferred to Alameda 

Air Station. His wheel chair idea 
took shape when he was put in 
charge of all surplus supplies. 

“I walked through one shot up 
B24,’’ said the good chief, “and 
found all the needed parts for my 
wheel chair.” 

In two weeks Eddie Adkins had 
mode'ed a chassis from a discarded 
radar cabinet. He salvaged a set of 
generators from an outmoded B24 
and extracted a control stick from 
a wrecked B38. The once useless 
sui plus stock was converted into a 
mechanized wheel chair that will 
brighten the convalescent period of 
countless amputee patients. And 
the total cost in money way — zero. 

Right Arm Rates 
Supplement Staff 

A small but noticeable group of 
foreign mates have recently filtrat- 
ed through the gates and have odd- 
ly enough become staff members in 
good standing at Oak Knoll. 

The famous Oak Knoll brig is 
now revolving about six right - 
armed bos’n mates. Checking in 
from USN Cargo Handling Group 
in Oakland are V. H. Sparks. CBM 
H. B. Daubert, BM l/ c , A. F. More- 
house, BM 2/c, H. E. Campbell 
Cox., and H. Gill, Cox. 

Storekeeper: That hat is a nice 
fit, isn t it? 

Boot: But suppose my ears get 

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Saturday, 3 August. 

Harpo Marx and Show With T. I. Band Come to Oak Kno 

A week ago saw Harpo Marx and his show, backed by the Treasure Island Naval Band, raise the roof off the Oak Knoll theatre. 
his harp, a pair of rubber gloves and silver up his sleeves, Harpo himself, without a spoken word, had all hands rolling in the aisles. V! 
featured were an array of beauteous women, acrobats, and emcee Garry Moore. 

To buy.. sell. .rent 

Wanted . . . 

Transportation to and from San 
Mateo. Will share expenses. 
CPhM Mathewson, Discharge 

Urgent need for typewriter repair 
man. Either patient or staff will 
be accepted. Pharm. Terry, Ext. 
297, or P. & A. 

Ride to Alameda on Wednesday 
and Saturday afternoons after 
liberty commences. Have spica 
of the hip and am unable to get 
around on bus. Am willing to 
share expenses. F. L. Ingram, 
ARM 1/c, Ward 41 A. 

Lost . . . 

Identification bracelet. Charles D. 
Garabito, Sl/c, Ward 54. 

Movie Schedule 

Saturday, Aug. 3 — “Chad 
Hanna.” Henry Fonda and Dor- 
othy Lamour. 

Sunday, Aug. 4 — “Till the 
End of Time.” Guy Madison and 
Dorothy McGuire. 

Monday, Aug. 5 — “Maisie 
Goes to Reno.” Ann Sothern 
and John Hodiak. 

Tuesday, Aug. 6 — “Big Sleep.” 
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren 

Wednesday, Aug. 7 — “Faith- 
ful in My Fashion.” Tom Drake 
and Donna Reed. 

Thursday, Aug. 8 — “Run- 
around.” Ella Raines and Rod 

Friday, Aug. 9. — “Scandal in 
Paris.” George Sanders and 
Signe Hasso. 

Saturday, Aug. 10 — “Very 
Thought of You.” Dennis Mor- 
gan and Eleanor Parker. 

New Uniforms Still 
Undergoing Testing 

Naval activities are expected to 
continue testing the proposed new 
uniform for enlisted men until 
October. To date no information 
concerning the contemplated 
change has been released. 

Decisions on possible additional 
changes in the proposed uniform 
will be made by the Uniform 
Board considering the recommen- 
dations received from the testing 
activities. The trial uniforms have 
been the topic of lively discussion 
in the service and many letters on 
the subject have been received by 

f ; 


It’s free — this Monday, <h< , 
5th, there will be at 1930 a se- 
ries of three softball events — i 
game between two top - digit 
girl teams, a hitting exhibition 
by the Oakland Oaks and then 
a play-off between the Bay Area 
men champions. Men and wom- 
en in uniform will be admitted 
free of charge. The exhibition 
is to be held at the Oaks’ baO 
park in Emeryville. 

Father: “Young man, we .ur 
the lights out around here i: 

Sailor: “Gee that’s darn r._ce e 

“Bedside Tales ” by Dwight Fiske 

New Variety Show 
Coming to Hospital 

It will be a combination of 
laughs and amazement next Mon- 
day and Tuesday when the show 
“Pranks for the Yanks” appears on 
the Oak Knoll stage. Among the 
many features will be Eunice Dean, 
combination dancer and soubrette, 
who will provide with the emo- 
tional entertainment. Singer Trudy 
Randall, with her blue eyes and 
charming voice, will sing a variety 
of popular themes. Presenting the 
South American touch is Carmen 
Velez, a find of the famous vaude- 
ville promoter, Lou Diamond. 

Emcee and magician of the pres- 
entation is Paul Stadleman, who 
uses as his partner a “dehydrated” 
skunk by the name of “Alibi.” Paul 
has placed his name among the list 
of top-notch performers in many a 
theater throughout the country. 
The show is sponsored by the Rec- 
reation Department. 

From the Kona Club in El Cerrito last week came the famous n»>w 
Dwight Fiske and his numerous “bedside tales.’’ Accompanying &*** 
self on the piano, he told, plus many others, his classic biograp jL t 
“Mrs. Petty.bone” and her troubles. Due to the lack of time. Mr. Fl - 
was able to visit only three wards, 80B, 65A a^nd 77A (ab' 1 '* '• 

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Saturday, 10 August, 1946 

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Captain Young, former Chief of 
Surgery, has replaced Captain 
! Robins as Executive Officer for a 
period of two weeks. Captain Rob- 
ins is now a patient at the hos- 
, pital. 

* * * 


Lt. Blanche Hurd of Educational 
Services left on the 6lh for Balboa 
where she was released to inactive 
duty. Her home is in Santa Rosa, 
Calif. During her three year’s tour 
of duty she has seen service at 
NAS. New Orleans; NSD, Oakland; 
Waves Bks., Oakland; ‘and Oak 
Knoll. She reported for active duty 
as Educational Services Officer on 
June 1, 1943. 

* * <* 

It’s “Welcome Aboard” to the 
nineteen USN corpsmen who re- 
ported aboard for duty last Mon- 
day. All are from Shoemaker 
where they aided in the decommis- 
sioning of the hospital. 

* * * 

Among the new faces seen on 
the compound are the following 
officers who have reported aboard 
' since the 1st of July. We wish to 
extend our welcome to: Captain 
Page O. Northington. MC, USN; 
Captain Kenneth H. Vinnedge. 

USN; Comdr. Milton Kurzrok, 
MC, USNR, Comdr. Wallace W. 
Allen. MC, USN; Lieut. William W. 
Haralson, HC, USN; Lt. (jg) Harry 
J. Grimaud, MC, USNR; Lt. (jg) 
Daniel B. Lemen, MC, USNR; Lt. 
»jg) Charles D. Sherman. Jr., 
MC, USNR, Lt. (jg) Kenneth 
Fijan, MC, USNR. 

* * * # 

Lieutenant Gavron, former Wel- 
fare and Recreation Officer, left 
the compound on the 5th for dis- 
charge. After serving with the 
Navy for four years, he expects to 
work with the Veterans’ Adminis- 
tration in the same capacity he has 
held at Oak Knoll. 

• * * * 

Ship s .Service has received a 
new shipment of that scarce do- 
mestic item, sheets. Mr. Mikus, 
hip s Service Officer, announces 
that they will be placed on' sale 
rw t ;<fier Captain’s Inspection, 
Saturday the 10th. Due to their 
scarcity there will be a limit of 
wo sheets per person. 

Reserve Corpsmen 
Are Again Frozen 

A new freeze has swept down 
upon the reserve corpsmen of Oak 
Knoll, this one being many degrees 
colder than the previous Alstacon 
of last month. The Alnav, which 
so stunned the low-point corps- 
men, was announced to the com- 
pound on the afternoon of Friday 
the second in the amphitheater, al- 
though word had been spread 
about prior to that time. 

“The Navy regrets that because 
of the large number of war casual- 
ties remaining in Naval Hospitals, 
it is necessary to retain all male 
Naval Hospital Corpsmen who 
have completed less than eighteen 
months’ service on active duty un- 
til they have completed a minimum 
of eighteen months’ service.” 

This Alnav has affected approxi- 
mately 360 men here at Oak Knoll. 
Only 98 corpsmen on the com- 
pound have the necessary eighteen 
months to be discharged before 20 

While this does not affect the fe- 
male personnel of the staff, they 
are encouraged in the Alnav to 
sign over for any optional length 
of time up to and including 1 July 
1947. A leave will be granted those 
who sign over for one full year’s 

Capt. Hancock New 
Skipper of Waves 

When Capt. Joy Bright Hancock, 
veteran of both World Wars, was 
sworn in as new director of the 
Waves on 26 July, she became 
head of an organization that has 
served for four years skillfully and 
conscientiously, from the Atlantic 
coast to the Hawaiian islands. 

Twice a Navy widow, the new 
Waves director is the third to hold 
that post. She has been disharged 
as a chief yeoman (F) after the 
first World War, worked as a civil- 
ian for BuAer until October, 1942, 
when she was commissioned a 
Wave lieutenant and was comman- 
der when she became assistant to 
Capt. Jean T. Palmer in February 
of this year. 

Captain Hancock assumes charge 
of the Waves after a year of de- 
mobilization, in which nine-tenths 
of their all-time strength of 86,000 
have been discharged. However, 
the Women’s Reserve is far from 
on its way out. Approximately 
5,500 volunteers will remain on 
duty until 1 July 1947. And mean- 
while HR5915 is being considered 
by the House of Representatives 
to make the women a permanent 
part of the Navy. To date the House 
Naval Affairs Committee has re- 
ported favorably on it. 

Japan Quits 
One Year Ago 

Next Wednesday, 14 August, 
Oak Knoll will reverently cele- 
brate the first anniversary of 
peace. Our hospital, born by needs 
of war, has now seen one year of 
administration since the cessation 
of hostilities. 

When the Imperial Japanese 
Government accepted the Allied 
terms of surrender a year ago (14 
1 Aug. 1945) the costliest, deadliest 
and most extensive struggle in all 
recorded history came to an end. 
The capitulation ended hostilities 
in the Pacific and the Far East, 
bringing to a close the final phase 
of the world’s first global war. 

The end came sooner than had 
been generally expected. Although 
the mighty Japanese Empire had 
been hacked wide open at the 
seams and devastating blows had 
been rained into its very heart, 
Nippon was nonetheless believed 
capable of holding out for some 
time. This belief in Japan’s stay- 
ing power stemmed largely from 
the fact that she was fighting with 
her back to the wall and in de- 
fense of her own home soil. 

The pages of modern history 
are now studded with place names 
which before 1940 could be found 
only in the most exhaustive 
Atlases. Although peace and quiet 
have returned to these places, in 
the memories of many people they 
will linger as the spots where the 
forces of evil and freedom clashed 
in their great struggle for sur- 
vival. To hundreds of thousands 
of young Americans, Guadalcanal, 
Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima, Oki- 
nawa, Leyte and Luzon, Myit- 
kyina, the Coral Sea, Attu, the 
Java Sea and other battle places 
will remain a vivid part of their 
lives as long as they live. 

Japan had the doubtful distinc- 
tion of being the first nation to be 
battered by the atomic bomb 
in modern warfare. After two 
ot these death dealing missiles 
were loosened on her cities, Hiro- 
shima (6 Aug. 1945), and Naga- 
saki (8 Aug. 1945), the end was 
finally at hand. The Stars and 
Stripes which our gallant Marines 
set fluttering atop Mt. Surabachi 
was now ready to be hoisted from 
the fiagstaffs of Tokyo. 

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Saturday* 10 August, 

The Oak Leaf 

U. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland. California 

Captain A. H. Dcarln; (MC) U.S.N., Medical Officer In Command; Captain 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) U.S.N., Executive Officer. 

Editorial Staff: PhM3c George F. Cahill. Jr.. PhM2c Richard Sclicin. Editors; 
Associate Editor. II Ale Robert V. Davis; Lt. Louise E. Dowlen W-USNR. 
Editorial Advisor. 

Photographers: PhMSc H. B. Wayland. PhM3o F. L. Utt. HAIc R. M. Reed. 

Contributors of the week: The American Red Cross. Dorothy Thompson. 

“The Oak Leaf" is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and in compliance with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 45-526 Semi-Monthly 
Bulletin 31 May, 1945. “The Oak Leaf’ receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republication of credited matter prohibited without permission of CNS. 

Contributions from both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of “The Oak Leaf,” U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 Saturday, 10 August, 1946 No. 32 

• Iced in Once More . . . 

Here we are, about three-hundred and fifty of us, waiting 
for our year and a half to terminate. The suddenness of the 
Alnav really shattered our hopes of any school this fall, for 
some the spring also. After one thawing out from a freeze, 
we get frozen again, our autumn plans ending in complete 

But let us observe the problem from an objective angle and 
weigh each side of the situation. On one pan of the balance, 
we see a group of young, fairly-ambitious youngsters who 
joined the Navy to- fight the war. Peace found them corpsmen 
in Navy hospitals doing unpleasant routine tasks. The author- 
ities had promised them discharges by September first, some 
with only eight or nine months’ service. The authorities had 
to withdraw their promise due to an error in their judgment, 
forcing the retention of all corpsmen until the completion of 
eighteen months of duty, a mere interval of time compared 
to the reserves who entered back in 1941. 

On the other pan are a group of veterans, the men who won 
the war while we, the corpsmen, were carrying algebra books 
under our arms. They need care, and who is there to give 
it to them? The regulars can give it to them and so can the 
civilians. But where are they? An order can’t be issued for 
personnel as if they are medicines or foodstuffs. There are no 
vast stockpiles of men similar to supply depots. Consequently, 
the burden of the administration’s error falls upon our small 
group of youthful hospital corpsmen. 

We shouldn’t kick, we’re still way ahead of the older fellows 
with three or four years’ service. 

• Button those cuffs , Doc . . . 

Commencing a few weeks ago, many liberties have been 
interrupted by a short rest on the cement deck of a de- 
tention cell. The reason for this unpleasant interruption 
was either a pair of white socks, an unbuttoned cuff or a hat 
worn on the back of the head. This renovation of the policies 
of the Shore Patrol is part of the Navy’s drive to turn back 
to the peacetime routine and tradition. 

Prior to this new strategy, swabbies were seen walking the 
streets with dragoned cuffs, great locks of hair protruding 
forward beneath the broad-winged hats and socks varying 
from maroon to white silk. All these presented a sloppy ap- 
pearance to both civilians and high-ranking officers. Sailors 
have always pointed out the bedraggled appearance of the 
Army enlisted uniforms. In a similar manner civilians have 
pointed out the foppishness of the Navy uniforms when not 
worn in the prescribed manner. A person’s character is first 
judged by his outward appearance; likewise the Navy is first 
judged by the neatness of its uniforms. 

Stuinr Dmitris 


Chaplains — E. C. Andrews, J. A. Talley. 

Sunday — 

Morning Service 1000 

Communion Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday In Chapel) — 1800. 

Choir — Monday & Thursday, 1400-1500. 

Protestant Chaplains' offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Wartime minister will be at the recep- 
tion office in the Chnpel every Tues- 
day at 1400 to 1600. 

L. D. S. (Mormon: 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Chaplains — Nicholas F. Gruber, J. P. 

Sunday Mass — 0630, 0830, 1130. 

Weekday Mass — 0800 and 1630. 

Confessions before all Masses. 

Novena and Benediction, 1630 Tuesday. 

Catholic Chaplains’ offices are located on 
the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 


Divine Service — 1745 Friday, conducted 
by Chaplain A. Barnston. 

The Field Representative of the Na- 
tional Jewish Welfare Board, Hospital 
Service Dept., is in attendance on the 
hospital compound on Tuesdays and 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He has of- 
fice hours at the reception office of the 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and from 1900 
to 2000 on Fridays. 



Recent winners in 65B are Ray- 
mond Cross, BMlc, and Stanley 
Burdick, Cox. Runners-up were 
James Rhoads, S2c, and John 
Swartz, Sic. Nicholas E. Christen, 
AMM2c, and George P. Husvar, 
CM2c, winners of ward 62B are to 
play Cross and Burdick for the 
championship of the two wards. 

All other wards wishing to enter 
the contest should see their Red 
Cross Recreation worker immedi- 

At the second meeting of the 
Patient-Planning Committee on 
last Thursday, the men discussed 
types of sport programs which 
would be of interest to the men on 
the wards, and made plans for in- 
terviewing Mr. Bill Case and rep- 
resentatives of the Associated 
Sportsmen’s Club. These men will 
be coming to the hospital each 
week to show sport movies, present 
outstanding speakers, and instruct 
in fly-tying. 

Plans were also made to help 
with the exhibit of model ships 
brought to the compound by Mr. 
Nathan Rogers, and on display in 
the Hobby Shop. Mr. Rogers, who 
has displayed his “fleet in minia- 
ture” all over the United States, 
has also offered to help any pa- 
tients who are interested in build- 
ing model ships. 

A birthday cake and ice cream 
was in order on ward 62B Tues- 
day, July 30, in celebration of July 
birthday men Eugene Caggan, 
Veteran, and Gilly J. Gray, Sic. 
Following the ring ceremony, in 
which patients also put rings over 
candles before making wishes, re- 
freshments were served. A Chinese 
game of fortune-telling proved fun 
for all. 

Tom Spinoza and his four- 
piece orchestra was featured by 
AWVS in ward 46A, 45A and 41A 
Thursday afternoon. Spinoza, com- 
poser of ‘‘Love Is On A Holiday,” 
is now being featured by Henry 

Cecilia Short was featured as 
vocalist and Betty Peel entertained 
with several tap numbers. 


Commencing with this issi; 
bnd continuing in future ecl|.: 
tions, the Oak Leaf will singU; 
out one personage who hi? 
served Oak Knoll- “over aitjj 
above the call of duty.” For a»» 
unusual deed or meritorious a^i 
tion involving a patient or sta|£ 
member, we will present an lac 
count of the service — and a jl 
poetic Oak Leaf Cluster. 

Our initial award goes 
Lieut. Albert W. Vinson, US|!C : 
a hospitalized peripheral nervn’ 
patient for more than tw$ 
years. He has been the centfc 
of Marine activities at 0a| 
Knoll; he has legally defend * 
the enlisted man in Navy cour 
and has fostered innume: 
recreational programs for 

Last week Lieut. Vi 
through his own altruistic ef-! 
forts, personally spent houw 
helping to obtain an emergency 
leave for Charles Sample* | 
PhM3c, whose mother is .verr| 

Creek Letter Sans l| 
Name Comes by Mai 

It was all Greek to the PubE; 
Information Department — a lette 
addressed to the hospital, War: 
75-B. What the letter was abov 
and who should receive it wer 
equally difficult problems to tram- 
late, the situation looked prett" 
hopeless. A return address, rubix * 
stamped and readable, and a Chi- 
cago postmark were the only clue. 
Files were checked — but fruitless!? 
— for patients with the same naflU 
as the correspondent. 

Finally Pubinfo called the R 
Wards and found that Peter S. &■ 
zukio. World War I veteran frdT< 
Fresno, reads, speaks, and is Grefc 
and is a cousin of the absent* 
minded Nick Muyias, who forg£ 
that every letter should have a.' 

It was the first letter Peter ha- 
received from Nick in 25 years. 

— — ■ ■ — ■— '* 1 


A Farewell Greeting 

This week brings my work at Oak Knoll and in the Navy to a close 
My cruise has been a pleasant one. If I have accomplished anythin 
while here, it is due to the fine cooperation from the Commanding 
Officer, doctors, nurses and corpsmen. 

Patients, you have always given me a warm welcome and greeuJ 
on the wards. This has given me inspiration to greet you \vitb_ 
smile. Your faith, patience, and cheerfulness has enriched my, 
and helped me to serve you. 

My farewell thought is a challenge to the Commanding 
staff and patients of the hospital. 

I challenge you to keep the pace that has been set in the good * 
at the hospital. I challenge you to put a greater faith and trust in _ 
and to exhibit that faith and trust by observing the Lord s 
attending Chapel. I challenge you in the name of the 1 1 ! * ^ 
Healers to continue to heal bodies, minds and souls and He nia - 

you divine strength as you minister to others in His name. 

Chaplain J. A. TalUV 

Scu’.rc’cv . 10 August. 1946 


Page Three 

Ex-POW Britney 
At Public Works j 

h* t is the story of Dudley R 
Br'triey a man who is now Fore- 
man Mechanic of Oak Knoll's 
p u bln Works department, a man 
vvh< saw twenty-seven years of 
United States Navy, a man who 
ha> survived thirty-seven months 
of Jap concentration camps. 

Suiman Britney, Electrician's 
Mate ^riker, sailed on seven ships, 
including the old battleship New 
Jersey in pre-atomic World War I 

Qray Ladies , Volunteers For 
Extensive Benefieial Tasks 

Mr. Dudley R. Britney 

Ht was placed on the reserve list 
m 1921 and ten years later was re- 
instated to board the USS Houston 
in her initial Asiatic cruise 

In 1936. Britney was ordered to 
the Naval Hospital at Cavite in 
the Philippines as Chief Machinist. 
This was the beginning of a nine- 
year e\ile irorn home and even- 
tually trom freedom. 

The Japanese bombers devas- 
tated the hospital three days after 
Pearl Harbor and thus began Brit- 
ney s iruitless attempt to evacuate 
the remaining patients, medicines 
.>nd himsell He was captured in 
Manila thirteen months later 

Dudley Britney was herded into 
'he old Bilibid prison hospital, 
there to begin a Ihree-year eter- 
nity ol death, torture and animal 
on r il Amidst Jap brutality in- 
sanity and ignorance Britney and 
^ handlul of eorpsmen cared for 
v lcUms of tropical disease and 
despotic manhandling of the slant- 
eyed conquerors 

Through this inhumane hell, sur- 
uved by only 20 per cent of the 
original captives, Britney wit- 
ne^tm the indomitable courage and 
'he heroism of the pharmacist 

I can’t commend too highly the 
men ol the Hospital Corps If any- 
one e\c; lived up to navy tradition 
,l wa. the eorpsmen stationed at 
Cavite when the Japs attacked 
Jum before the bombing we re- 
ceived one hundred teen-age Hos- 
p,t •" Apprentices from the States. 
W.thm twenty-four hours after 
T he attack those boys were men " 

Britney, who ha:- received 

j, I'onrunendation for his 
' ern Bataan is now fully 
ecuj.i i ,'ted and js once again 
-v' 1 Vi ng d hospital 

5)1 1 > ik Knoll is proud to have 
’ r '" aboard' 

She kisses her husband off to 
work, she sends her children off to 
school and then she herself is off to 
a hospital to offer her maternal 
talents to patients whose homes are 
tiny dots on the map miles away 
She is the Gray Lady 

Tins housewife is typical ol 300 
women who donate their time and 
energies to Oak Knoll in an effort 
to provide a happier, more useful, 
recuperation period for the sick 
So they till their baskets with com- 
fort articles or cookies and visit the 
wards. They tailor a uniform so 
that an arm cast will tit. They use 
their non - professional achieve- 
ments wherever it be required, and 
ask no thanks — for it is their vol- 
untary will to serve. 

The Gray Uady sorority is a 
branch of Red Cross activities, and 
on this compound is under the di- 
rective eye of Miss Betty Heath 
Its successful functioning is div ided 
into three categories' the ward con- 
tingent, craft cultists and program 

The Ladies in Gray extend their 
personalized and motherly touch 
when they visit the bedside. This 
span of duty ranges from buying 
a wedding ring for an invalid pa- 

tient to writing letters lor those 
who are incapacitated. 

Another of their achievements is 
the Craft Shop, located in Build- 
ing 102, where all patients are in- 
vited to divert their hospital hours 
into a useful hobby. All equipment 
is gratis, and instructions in the 
arts of w-eaving. bell making and 
leather work is expertly rendered. 
The third division, or program unit, 
supplies the parties and entertain- 
ment. The pretty college girls, the 
quizzes and games, are all part of 
the Gray Lady effort to chase the 
blues and the boredom from the 

The Gray Lady is a trained grad- 
uate of lectures from doctors and 
professional social workers She is 
taught the value of a smile, an en- 
couraging word, and most impor- 
tant, her motherly countenance. 
After a probationary period the 
volunteer is knighted in a “capping 
ceremony” and goes forth with al- 
truistic hand and open heart. 

“Terrific" Rick 
Leaves Oak Leaf 

Twenty-one years ago, on a 
rocky knoll at the junction of three 
great rivers along the curving At- 
lantic Coast line, called the Bronx 
by the old Dutch settlers, a lamily 
by the name of Schein had a sur- 
prise — Richard. 

Western Union has announced 
that it will be open from 0800 to 
1630 every day of the week ex- 
cept Sunday. 

Ensign Charles Taylor, the man personally responsible lor the top 
name hands, the star-studded stage shows, and the All Hands Dances 
coming to Oak Knoll, has become the head of the Recreation Depart- 
ment. Ena. Taylor came to us In January from Fleet Hospital 113 and 
with him came a gala entertainment program which has grown in both 
quantity and quality with the ensuing months. 

PhM2c Richard Schein 

In the summer of 1944, the 
Schein family had another sur- 
| prise, son Richard had been ac- 
1 cepted in the Naval Reserve, an 
| apprentice seaman. After a short 
1 sojourn in upper New York State, 
Sampson that is, he took a Naval 
Freight to the Oxford of the Hos- 
pital Corps, San Diego Corps 
School. As a full-fledged, certilied, 
graduated Hospital Apprentice, 
Rick again boarded the Naval 
Freight to Oak Knoll. These three 
stations have comprised his naval 
career so far, except for a visit via 
the A-train to Treasure Island to 
see a friend and for several ex- 
cursions to Bay Meadow’s — not to 
see a friend. 

After two years of being tossed 
around by StalT Personnel, Rick 
signed his name on the Fourth Es- 
tate and became Associate Editor 
of the Oak Leaf. All he could mut- 
ter was "terrwivic” between seiz- 
ures of extreme emotion 

For tive months Rick has been 
adding his fertile wit to the hos- 
pital’s weekly, his first big story 
being "A Day at the Races.” 

Sickness Interrupts 

Rick became ill last June in the 
middle of his Oak Leaf career. 
He had a cyst teratoma, which has 
since been remedied by the keen 
scalpel of Comdr. Reuther. After 
over a month of excruciating pain, 
he returned to staff status just in 
time to give his family another 
surprise; he was frozen, another 
frost-bitten corpsman in July’s ice- 

Alter being dscharged next 
week, “terrwivic” Rick will enter 
New York University, where he 
will resume his journalistic stud- 
ies Those that have read Ins many 
Oak Leaf feature stories will 
agree that Rick has before him a 
"terrwivic” future in the held of 

Page Four 


Saturday, 10 August, 1 & 

Cutting of the Waves Birthday Cake on Their 4th Birthda! 

Capt. Dearing Presents 
Bouquet of 36 Red Roses 

Left: CPhM Eleanor Gilboy cutting a piece of the large cake for Lieut. Louise E. Dowlen, Woman’s Reserve Representative, and PhM3c Iren- ■ 
Chaisson. Upper Center: CPhM’s Mary McDermott and Gilboy making the initial incision with the traditional sword. Lower Center: Capiat 
and Mrs. Dearing chatting with Comdr. Doris Westcott, District Wave Director. Upper Right: Comdr. Westcott and the Executive Office 
Capt. H. E. Robins. Lower Right: Receiving committee of 1947ers Elsie Marshall, PhM2c; Leona Steinike, PhM2c, and Ruth Kirkpatrick, PbM! 


Excluding another freezing in- 
volving our fair compound, one 
hundred, give or take five, pall- 
bearers of eighteen or more months 
passed away will be reincarnated 
as emancipated men. They will 
see the light, and the glory of a 
new born day. 

But who are these warm- 
blooded homo sapiens who are un- 
affected by the fifth glacial pe- 

Leading this tribe out of the pits 
of dark blue is Chief Mock and his 
right-handed muscle Felix, “The 
Cat,” Catalano. 

Look at them flee, a surging 
mass of Transportation boys, 
Dick Cromie, “Blackie’’ Myers, and 
Emil Mallett. 

They throw away their brooms, 
those gallant HCQ lads, Andy Mc- 
Lain, Paul Geddes, and Norm Ken- 

They “duck” their bedpans, 
those keepers of the ward, and 
join the merry throng, Nel Silver- 
man, Bill Barker, Stan White, Irv 
Googins, Charlie Battaglia, and 
Louie Orlando sans Art Breslauer. 

From the catacombs of Welfare 
and Recreation run leather-lad- 
ened Chief Jaffe and film-flunkie, 
first-nameless Dawson. 

From the internal and external 
Master-at-Arms go Bob Doss and 
Glen Freedman. 

Auto-demobilized from the “De- 
mob” office is Benny Tobia. 

And so goes Johnny Hardgrave 
from the labyrinths of the “Lab," 

Coming Attractions 
Of Recreation Dept. 

Those interested in the fol- 
lowing activities may sign up 
for them at the Recreation 
Department; first come , first 

Sun. 11 Aug.: Fishing trip. All 
gear furnished. 25 men. 

Mon. 12 Aug.: Dinner party. 

Ida's Plantation. 4 men. 

Tues. 13 Aug.: Baseball game, 
35 men. Planter's Dock din- 
ner party, 8 men. 

Wed. 14 Aug.: Dinner party, 
Lake Merritt Hotel . 8 men. 
Thurs. 15 Aug.: Dinner party, 
Claremont Hotel, 8 men. 

Fri. 16 Aug.: Wrestling matches, 
30 men. 

Sat. 17 Aug.: Picnic, 20 men. 

“Mrs. Murphy, your little boy, 
Johnny, is sure spoiled.” 

“How dare you! He is not 

“Oh, no? Well just come see 
what the steam-roller did to him.” 

hash-marked and all. 

Checking himself out for eter- 
nity plus one is Sam Tracas. 

Bringing up the rear of depart- 
ing echelon are the Prides of Proc- 
tology, Doug Milani and Herb 

Onward, you repatriated wor- 
riers, your work here is done, the 
battle has been won — and Gung- 

Movie Schedule 

Sat. 10 Aug.: VERY THOUGHT 
OF YOU. . . . Dennis Morgan 
and Elenor Parker. 

Sun. 11 Aug.: MONSIEUR BEAU- 
CAIRE. . . . Bob Hope and 
Joan Caulfield. 

Mon. 12 Aug.: YANK IN THE 
RAF. . . . Tyrone Power and 
Betty Grable. 

Tues. 13 Aug.: SEARCHING 
WIND. . . . Robert Young and 
Ann Richards. 

Wed. 14 Aug.: SWAMP FIRE. . . . 
Johnny Weissmuller and Vir- 
ginia Grey. 

Thurs. 15 Aug.: THREE WISE 
FOOLS. . . . Margaret O’Brien 
and Lionel Barrymore. 

Fri. 16 Aug.: LOVER COME 
BACK. . . . George Brent and 
Lucille Ball. 

Sat. 17 Aug.: THANK YOUR 
LUCKY STARS. ... All star 

Movies above are shown one day 

later at the Officers’ Club. 

Fo buy.. sell 

Wanted . . . 

Apartment in or about Berkele 
Ens. L. Clark, Physiotherapy 
Ext. 258. to Alameda on Wednesl( 
and Saturday afternoons 
liberty commences. Have Stic 
of the hip and am unable to 
around on bus. F. L. Ingr* 
ARM 1/c, Ward 41 A. 









Alameda Stores Close 

Due to demobilization and atten- 
dant personnel shortages, it has be- 
come necessary to limit the use of 
the commissary stores, located at 
the Naval Air Station in Alameda, 
to personnel stationed at that base 
only. Commodore S. J. Michael, 
commanding officer, states that he 
regrets the necessity of this action, 
and that as soon as sufficient per- 
sonnel allow for an increase of 
patronage the stores will be re- 
opened to personnel of other bases. 











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No longer the arduous treks up 
and down the hills for chow, for 
Commissary 2 has closed its por- 
tals to hungry inhabitors of the 
KnolL The last luscious tasties of- 
fered were served at 1700 on Tues- 
day the thirteenth. Commissary 1 
is now serving the entire hospital. 

? •= * * ** * * 

The Discharge Office has moved 
, from Building 132 to the Patient 
Personnel Office on the main deck 
of the Administration Building. 
Attention is called to the fact that 
this office handles all demobiliza- 
tion problems including civilian 
readjustment and insurance rights 
plus information as to veterans 

* * * 

Attention is called to the fact 
1 ' that according to Alnav 137, all 
"Reserves (not only corpsmen) are 
able, to voluntarily extend until 1 
. March 1947. 

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.Mark up another score for the 


Nimble Fingered Carle To 
Delight Oak Knoll Tuesday 

* USN. Just 5 days before discharge 
t from the Reserves, Frank H. Mat- 
, thews, PhM3c. signed over for a 
two-year hitch. 

• * * 

Once again the ward corpsmen 
‘ire behind the sickle cutting the 
Srass of Oak Knoll. Starting on 
’he ninth, they now muster at 

on their liberty days for out- 
side details. 

* * * 

The Army Air Forces, con 
to their unification of services 
grarn ’ have swallowed som 
toeir pride and adopted the 
fcBd the nautical mile as the ol 
of speed and measure! 
nautical mile is 6,080 Ion* 

* knot is one nautical mil< 

** we dding of ex-Sergeant Ray 
, brate ". USMC, and Ensign 

hei r d Je?n Clark > Waves, will be 
at 1400 on Saturday the 24th 

tL T gUSt in lhe Chapel. All 
f ‘ds are cordially invited. 

Frankie Carle, whose Golden 
Touch at the piano and box office 
rated him co-star billing with 
Horace Heidt, makes his appear- 
ance at Oak Knoll on the 20th of 

Born in Providence, R. I., where 
he attended grammar and high 
school, he went without particular 
recognition, except as a kid who 
could handle his hands — on a 
piano keyboard, or in a boxing 
ring. Frankie, wanting to be a 
prizefighter, compromised with his 
parent’s wish for him to be a con- 
cert pianist and went to work in 
a department store selling linen. 
The job lasted only six months as 
he spent more time with sheet 
music than with the linen sheets. 

Starting at the age of 5, the deft 
fingered Carle was an outstand- 
ing pupil of his uncle, the well- 
known Nicholas Colangelo. At 13, 
Frankie wrote his first song, and 
as a composer he was a great suc- 

Carle is celebrated as the com- 
poser of such song hits as “Sun- 

rise Serenade,” “Lover’s Lullaby” 
and “Falling Leaves.” His newest 
composition is “Moonlight Whis- 
pers,” said by many to be the equal 
to his “Sunrise Serenade.” 

During a recent performance in 
New York City, Alan Corelli, head 
of the New York Theatre Author- 
ity, introduced Frankie Carle as 
“a young fellow who can play 
more piano with his hands tied 
behind his back than most guys 
can play orthodoxly.” 

When the modest Carle came on 
the boards, he made a prophet out 
of a critic. 

Walking to the center of the 
stage, he turned his back to the 
keyboard, whipped out a handker- 
chiet and had Corelli bind his 
hands. Then, literally, Carle played 
nis own composition, “Sunrise 
Serenade,” with his hands tied 
behind his back. 

Bringing with him to the stage 
of Oak Knoll is the lovely song- 
stress, Marjorie Hughes. As an in- 
spiration to the Waves, there will 
be the handsome Gregg Lawrence. 

Saturday, 17 August, 1946 

Navy Drivers To 
Receive New Test 

More than 100,000 military and 
civilian drivers of Navy and Ma- 
rine Corps vehicles will undergo 
rigorous safe driving tests during 
the month of August, it was an- 
nounced by the Navy Department. 

An order which directs all Navy 
and Marine Corps activities to re- 
quire a passing mark for all motor 
vehicle drivers before September 
1, 1946, was signed by Assistant 
Secretary of the Navy, W. John 

The test is divided into four 
courses. A psycho-physical test, 
which uses instruments similar to 
those employed by the air forces, 
concerns vision, reflexes and co- 
ordination. The second course ex- 
amines the driver’s knowledge of 
safe-driving rules; the third tests 
his driving skill at close quarters. 
And the fourth tests the driver’s 
ability in regular traffic. 

Certificates are issued for a pe- 
riod of two years, at the end of 
which a retest must be taken. 

Oak Knoll has made arrange- 
ments with the Naval Air Station 
at Alameda to use their skill 
course. The examination will be 
given by Civil Chauffeur J. J. 
Boulton. Transportation Officer, 
G. J. Gorohoff, Ch. Phm., an- 
nounces that the test will take each 
driver one day to complete. The 
first three drivers took their tests 
on the 12th. The written examina- 
tion will take place at Oak Knoll 
in the morning, and then the 
drivers will go over the skill 
course in the afternoon. 

Treasure Island New 
Separation Activity 

Treasure Island is now a dis- 
charge center, and when Shoe- 
maker closes in August, will han- 
dle one-third of the male enlisted 
separations in the 12ND. 

After the decommissioning of 
Shoemaker, Treasure Island, in 
conjunction with Alameda and 
Mare Island, will discharge all the 
personnel in this district. Treasure 
Island will discharge about 400 
men a month from March, 1947, to 
September, 1947, according to 
present plans. 

Page Two 


Saturday, 17 August, fyg 

The Oah Leaf 

U. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland. California 

Captain A. H. Bearing (MC) U.S.N., Medical Omcer in Command; Captain 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) U.S.N.. Executive Officer. 

Editorial .Staff: George F. Cahill. PhM:ic, Editor: Robert V. Davis, IIAIc, 
Associate Editor; Lt. Louise E. Dowlcn. Editorial Advisor. 

Photographers: PhMic II. B. Wayland. PhM3c F. L. Utt. HAlc R. M. Reed. 

Contributors of the week: The American Red Cross- 

'The Oak Leaf” Is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and in compliance with Ref.: (a) SccNav Letter 45-528 Semi-Monthly 
Bulletin 81 May, 1945. “The Oak Leaf” receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republlcatlon of credited matter prohibited without permission of CNS. 

Contributions from both staff and patients arc welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of “The Oak Leaf,” U. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 Saturday, 17 August, 194G No. 33 

• War Department Versus Navy Department 

Wav Department View: The Military Establishment should 
be set up as a single entity, headed by a civilian of Cabinet 
rank with authority and responsibility for the several ser- 
vices. The administration and supervision of the services 
should, however, so far as possible, be delegated to their 
respective heads in order that each service may have as much 
freedom of development as possible in order that the tradi- 
tions and prestige of each be not impaired. 

Only if there is this unity of structure, headed by an indi- 
vidual with power of decision, can we achieve action where 
there is now inaction, concerted policy where there is now 
disjointed policy, and economy of manpower, resources, and 
money where there is now waste of them all. Any organiza- 
tion which does not facilitate prompt decision and prompt 
action thereon, totally ignores scientific development and the 
nature of modern war. The military^ security of the United 
States is a single objective. Accomplishment of this single 
objective with the greatest economy and efficiency demands 
unity of direction. 

Navy Department View: The Navy favors unification, but 
in a less drastic and extreme form. It believes that serious 
disadvantages will result from combining the military ser- 
vices into one department. It would involve sacrifices of sound 
administrative autonomy and essential service morale. 

The Navy recognizes the need for a greater measure of 
integration than now exists not only between the military 
departments but among all agencies of Government respon- 
sible for our national security. A single military department 
falls short of meeting these objectives. 

While the Navy feels that the measures upon which agree- 
ment exists, as set forth above, would fully meet the needs 
of present conditions, it sees certain advantages in placing 
a Presidential Deputy with clearly defined powers of deci- 
sion over specified matters at the Head of the Council of Com- 
mon Defense. From this as a starting point it should be 
possible to move forward such further measures of unification 
as become advisable, based on further experience. 

The Secretary of Navy recommends to the President, in 
view of the wide area of agreement which presently exists, 
that legislation be enacted at once giving statutory effect to 
those matters on which there is agreement. These steps will 
of themselves constitute a very substantial advance over our 
prewar, and even our present, organization for national se- 
curity. If they are put into effect, it will be possible, in the 
opinion of the Secretary of Navy, to meet the nine specific 
objectives set forth in the President’s message to Congress 
on 19 December, 1945. Further consideration and study can 
then be given to the remaining questions on which there is 
wide and general divergence of view between, and outside 
of, the mili tary departments. 

SiimtP irrinrrs 



“Yeah, there’s the Saratoga all 
right!” “That is almost like the 
battleship I was on,” were com- 
ments heard last week as patients 
and staff examined the model ships 
on display. Mr. Nathan Rogers, an 
ox-Navy man, brought nine of his 
fleet of fifty-one ships to the Com- 
pound for display in the Red Cross 
Craft Shop, and on the wards. On 
Thursday, August 8, Open House 
was held in the Hobby Shop with 
members of the Patient-Planning 
Committee acting as hosts. Mr. 
Rogers informally discussed the 
ships, their construction and his- 
tory, and exchanged sea stories 
with the men. 

Mr. Rogers is now making the 
blue prints and assembling kits 
for many of his models to help 
others interested in this hobby. He 
has very generously offered to 
come to the hospital each Tuesday 
night to help any men interested 
in any type of ship model building. 

“Rebuilding your G. I. gun for 
Civilian Shooting” was the topic 
for discussion in ward 46A last 
Tuesday night. Under the auspices 
of the Associated Sportsmen’s 
Club, Mr. Horace Smith, a gun- 
smith, brought out a collection of 
guns in various stages of being re- 
built. Following the talk, the men 
showed a film on hunting. Mem- 
bers of the Sportsmen’s Club will 
be coming to the hospital each 
week with various types of sports 
piograms, for ward presentation. 

Our congratulations go to Mr. 
Perry, cribbage champion of wards 
40A and B. It w r as indeed an ex- 
citing afternoon last Tuesday when 
the two ward winners, Lt. Comdr. 
S. M. Jones of 40B and Lieut. 
Perry of 40A met for the final 
game to declare the champion. So 
with pride. Mr. Perry carried home 
his be-ribboned gold cup, and Mr. 
Jones, the silver cup (both the 
newest novelties from the dime 
store ) . 

The August birthday party on 
ward 64A was full of surprises — 
especially when the first cut on the 
cake started a music box playing 
“Happy Birthday.” By inserting a 
music box into the birthday cake, 


This week’s Oak Leaf ClusAj 
goes to neither an officer norlj 
enlisted man. It goes to veteiZ 
'Cornelius Christopher Krejj 
patient on ward 60B. 

“Chris” receives the cliisH 
for no specific good deed but* 
continuous line of acts promJ 
ing the welfare of his fellT 

Although a painful arthJtfl 
humanitarian Kreish bus! 
himself throughout the entilj 
day, organizing card gamj 
serving refreshments, makir® 
coffee, helping the corpsmp 
with their duties, and lendim 
.a hand wherever needed. 

By Cornelius Christoph*! 
Kreish, veteran of the Ar% 
from World War I and maMy, 
years about the world with tlf . 
Merchant Marine, this weeifcl 
Cluster* is more than wel- f 

Q. N. Nash, Robert E. Stumpe al- 
Adolf J. Vogel had music wfl 
their cake! - 1 

Stamp Collectors Attention'! 
Any one who would like to s’frl 
or continue a hobby of collectr! 
stamps while he is in the hospfrl 
(patient or corpsmen), welcome, 
the Oak Knoll Stamp Club. t. 
materials- are free. There is a lan 
collection of stamps from all couj 
tries — bound and looseleaf albuai 
catalogs, stamp hinges, water mar 
detectors, magnifying glasses, aa 
metal tweezers. 

Bed patients can ask the He 
Cross recreation worker on tl£ 
wards to bring the type of staoa 
and equipment he needs. 

Plans are being made to bii^ 
California stamp dealers and op 
lectors to visit patients who ■ 
interested. Talks on war editip 
markings and mountings, news, 
the stamps of various select": 
countries, and current mark' 
value will be given. 

The pinochle tournament on 64 
consisted of four rounds of "effl 
throat” pinochle. Results were fa 
Davidson as winner with - 
points and H. A. Keays with 2K 
Both are anxious to challenge w 
ners from other wards. 


The Christian Family 


Chaplain— E. C. Andrews. 

Sunday — 

Morning Service 1000 

Communion Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday In Chapel) — 1800. 
Choir — Monday 8c Thursday, 1400-1500. 

Protestant Chaplains’ offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Wartime minister will be at the recep- 
tion office in the Chapel every Tues- 
day at 1400 to 1600. 

L. D. S. (Mormon: 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Chaplain — Nicholas F. Gruber. 

Sunday Mass — 0630, 0830, 1130. 

Weekday Mass — 0800 and 1630. 

Confessions before all Masses. 

Novena and Benediction, 1630 Tuesday. 

Catholic Chaplains’ offices are located on 
the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 


Divine Service — 1745 Friday, conducted 
by Chaplain A. Barnston. 

The Field Representative of the Na- 
tional Jewish Welfare Board, Hospital 
Service Dept., Is In attendance on the 
hospital compound on Tuesdays and 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He has of- 
fice hours at the reception office of the 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and from 1900 
to 2000 on Fridays. 

The fundamental evil in the life of all too many persons todltf 
the absence of a solid, dependable, and uniform basis for a pr<8 
mode of life. The individual suffers by it; and in consequence, so < 
our whole human society. Family life in the Christian sense and w 
is the remedy for this evil. An inspiration to righteous living toi 
viduals and a source for sound principles for community life i> i 
in a family life that executes the will of God. And no true Chri® 
family life is possible without both parents and children closely C?l 
necting themselves with God in a sound and positive pict,v- 
such, God’s blessing will not be wanting. 

“I will welcome you in, and will be a Father to you, and J 
be my sons and daughters, says the Lord almighty. 11 Co\. 8ULB 

NICHOLAS J. GRUBER. Catholic Chapter 

Saturday. 17 August. 1946 


Staff Personnel Boasts New 
Officer and Detail Board 

Navy Extends 

Lt. Winne, new Staff Personnel Officer, changing: a corpsman’s detail 
on the recently acquired detail board. 

From the Hospital Corps Offi- 
. ^ cer's School in Bethesda, Mary- 
land, comes the latest addition to 
the staff of Oak Knoll, Lt. (ig) 
Roy E.- Winne. (HC) USN. Not 
only has he become a member of 
__ staff, but as Staff Personnel 
Officer, he has taken over the re- 
sponsibility of handling this group. 
Mr. Winne arrived at the hospital 
to replace Lt. J. A. Conlow who 
has since retired to civilian life. 

As Staff Personnel Officer, af- 
fable Lt. Winnie has assumed one 

oi the most difficult and compli- 
cated positions that the hospital 
has to offer, namely the task' of 
properly distributing staff enlisted 
personnel about the various de- 
With the discharging of re- 
serves, this duty has become a 

steadily increasing problen 
^fcing into account the co 
changes in the USN staff. 

T he faff of 1931 found Lt. 1 
3 hospital apprentice second 
n the ^ 0S P‘tal Corps Sch< 
Portsmouth, Va. After tou 
U L at th e Philadelphia 
H °spital, Quantico Marine 
aboard both the 
^lanapoiis and the Omal 
^•assigned to the First Sei 
cdical Company with the 
cs ,j 5 a Chief Pharmacist 
outr, WaS - While serv »ng wit] 

nev ' - lhCil Winne ma d 
re , - d| <rr f‘ ^ ‘Hi the spect; 
thf pV , 1 Eddle Hickenbachei 
con«i ‘ U illc * lt Wa s necessa 
his 'c™w T h h °! Pilal f ° r hin 

ll »n-ChiJ W laSk ,C ' U b6l ° 

01 ' ef Wlnne - With tfc 

i *3 em n y ‘ or Psmen, he set 

Pita! r ty a fort y-e»ght bee 
1 0n e day and one nil 

accommodate the emaciated sur- 

After this feat, Mr. Winne be- 
came in sequence, the Adminis- 
trative Assistant of Mobile Hos- 
pital No. 3, Officer in Charge of the 
Medical Storehouse in Samoa, Pa- 
tient Personnel Officer at Shoe- 
maker, and prior to coming to Oak 
Knoll, the Transportation Officer 
ai the Naval Supply Depot, Oak- 

Detail Board 

From Shoemaker comes another 
recent addition to the Staff Per- 
sonnel Office — the detail board. 
Two of the office’s four plastered 
walls are covered by this inter- 
esting, corpsman-detecting object. 

From it protrude an innumer- 
able amount ol hooks, each bear- 
ing a cardboard representation of 
on enlisted staff member, whether 
it be man or woman. The board 
is split into sections according to 
wards and departments, and each 
is then sub-divided into two sub- 
sections, port and starboard. 

The symbolic tags are of differ- 
ent colors — a dark motley brown 
lor seamen, boatswain mates and 
coxswains; a charming light green 
for Waves; a mouldy blue for 
chiefs; maroon for technicians and 
a pure clean white, just white, for 
everyone else who has no claim to 

On the tag is the man or wom- 
an's name, rate, and (if he is a 
frozen reserve corpsman) his date 
of discharge according to latest 
reports. There are also other 
smaller tags on some of these tags. 
If these leach-tags are pink, the 
person is a special watch; it blue, 
a member of the Order of Nights. 

The Servicemen’s Dependents 
Allowance Act of 1942, according 
to the time restrictions then set, 
expired for all enlisted service 
men unless their period of enlist- 
ment or reenlistment was con- 
tracted prior to 1 July 1946. The 
other restriction was that the al- 
lowances be discontinued six 
months alter the duration of the 
emergency. Alnav 431 of 5 August 
1946 changes the first restrictions 
to include those who enlist or re- 
enlist after 1 July 1946. The sec- 
ond restriction (six months and 
duration) still remains, however. 
This means that all enlisted men, 
under present conditions, are eli- 
gible for family allowances until 
six months after Congress declares 
the termination of the emergency. 

Personnel in Sepcens 
3 Days Before Discharge 

Winding up its mass demobili- 
zation program, the Navy will be- 
gin closing its 30 remaining Sepa- 
ration Centers on the 1st of Sep- 
tember. After August 20, separa- 
tion of all male enlisted personnel 
will be effected at post-demobili- 
zation separation activities, and of 
all Waves and Nurses at naval 

The Alnav (384-46) lists 26 sep- 
aration activities and naval 
hospitals at which personnel are 
to be separated within the con- 
tinental limits of the United States. 
Personnel to be separated outside 
the U. S. or under conditions other 
than honorable will be separated 
according to existing directives. 

Personnel will not be transferred 
for separation to post-demobiliza- 
tion activities prior to 21 August, 
but all personnel must be trans- 
ferred in time to arrive at the sep- 
aration activity three days in ad- 
vance of the date of eligibility, so 
that separation will be completed 
by that date. 

From 17 August, 1945 through 
last 20 July, the Navy demobilized 
2,847,582 officers and men. Cur- 
rent strength of the Navy is ap- 
proximately 850,000 officers and 
men, including reserves headed for 

‘They Came on Delay Order: 
from Commodore Dewey, Sir.” 

Page Three 

Book Projectors 
Give Enjoyment 
To Bed Patients 

An ingenious revolutionary in- 
vention has recently come forth to 
aid the invalid patient. It is now 
possible to project novels, comic 
strips or mystery thrillers on over- 

head screens so that the anxious 
reader, unable to support the 
printed paper, can still enjoy the 
thrills of varied reading materials. 

To Oak Knoll last week came 
two strange 35 mm. projectors 
which aim their barrels upward and 
throw film on a overhead screen. 
By lying on his back and pressing 
a button when he wishes to turn 
a page, the bed-confined patient 
can enjoy the company of his fa- 
vorite magazine, mystery thriller 
or comic strip. 

The test flight of this ceiling 
movie projector was staged on the 
horizontal white plaster over 
AMMlc Harvey Manners’ inner 
springed sack. As his numerous 
guests gazed skyward in that 41 A 
quiet-room cinema. Manners at 
the controls manipulated a red 
button inward and, lo and behold, 
Milton Caniff’s serviceman’s comic 
strip, “Male Call,” spread its con- 
tents on the roof of the room two 
feet away from a snubbed, sus- 
pended light bulb. 

Oak Knoll’s two machines and 
thirty-five film books, which range 
from Charlie Chan sleuths to 
Travel Catalogues, will shortly be 
supplemented with additional pro- 
jectors and probably “Forever 
Amber” in animation. Both projec- 
tors were graciously donated by 
Navy Mothers Organizations in 
Medina, Ohio, and Taft, California. 


• nyii i iuiy L/ays 

Attention is called to the Jew 
High Holy Days of Rosh Hashan 
commencing at sunset on Wedn 
day 25 September and continu 
through sunset on Friday 27 Si 
tember; and Yom Kippur (Day 
Atonement) beginning at sun 
on Friday 4 October and eontir 
mg until sunset on Saturday 5 ( 
tober. Those of Jewish Faith rr 
apply to the Assistant Staff p, 
sormel Officer for leaves dun 

tliese * w o periods. 

Page Four 


Saturday, 17 August, 1 ^ 

Personnel Run Wild with Ran Wilde and Beautiful Girls 

A week ago Thursday, the Oak Knoll theater 
was the scene of an All Hands Dance featur- 
ing Ran Wilde and his orchestra plus a beauty 

Movie Schedule 

Sat., Aug. 17 — Thank Your Lucky 
Stars, All Star Cast. 

Sun., Aug. 18 — Holiday in Mexico, 
Walter Pidgeon. Ilona Massey. 

Mon., Aug. 19 — Citizen Kane, Or- 
son Welles. 

Tues., Aug 20. — Strange Loves of 
Martha Ivers, Barbara Stan- 
wyck, Van Heflin. 

Wed., Aug. 21— Sing While You 
Dance, Ellen Drew, Robert 

Thurs., Aug. 22 — Step by Step, 
Lawrence Tierney, Ann Jeff- 

Fri., Aug. 23 — Sister Kenny, Rosi- 
land Russell, Alexander Knox. 

Sat., Aug. 24 — Lost in a Harem, 
Abbott and Costello. 

Above movies are shown one 

day later at the Officer’s Club. 

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lie; he can’t corner you there!” 






















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Barbers were the first surgeons. 
They wrapped their bandages on 
poles to dry from which comes our 
candy-sticks, or was it barber 
poles? He used his razor to shave 
and incise; his sons assisted and 
cleaned up. From the barber de- 
scended the Navy surgeon, from 
his sons the corpsmen. 

The eldest son was the senior 
corpsman, from whom descends 
Ozzie Wilson, number one man of 
Oak Knoll’s Surgery when not en- 
gaged in discussing the fine points 
of Baker’s, much to the surprise of 
water-loving Dean Hailstone. 

Busying themselves with bone- 
crushing instruments are joker 
George Harder and Ray Lavender, 
that frozen, ice-bound, glacierated, 
frosted member of the Naval Re- 

Locking himself in the plastic 
room to spend the day is Charlie 
McCartea, while Georgie Warrick 
rests in the locker room listening 
to Ben Nevins’ “pay me a nickel” 

Taking care of hernias and 
appies are circulating Walt Modaff 
and Louisiana Baldy Baldwin. Also 
seen circulating here and there are 
lone-star Clyde Ellis, Frank Benda, 
the encyclopedia of surgery; mar- 
ried Ernie O’Done, Chief of Sur- 
gery’s Hy Baker, and that recent 
gift from Mare Island, Madden. 

But not everyone has the honor 
to scrub and circulate, for there are 
Moon Mullins, and his fine polished 
autoclave, linenman Mars, and the 
keeper of the records Helen “Pete” 

Conductor: “Madam, that child 
is over five years old and he will 
have to pay full fare.” 

Lady: “But, I’ve only been mar- 
ried four years” 

Conductor: “Gimme the fare, 
lady. I ain’t interested in your 

Coming Attractions of 
Recreation Dept. 

MONDAY , August 19 — Ida’s 
Plantation, dinner, 4 men. 
TUESDAY, August 20 — Plant- 
er’s Dock, dinner, 8 men. 
WEDNESDAY, August 21- 
Lake Merritt, dinner, 8 


THURSDAY, August 22— Clare- 
mont Hotel, dinner, 8 men. 
FRIDAY, August 23 — Wrestling 
match, 30 men. 

SATURDAY, August 24— A. W. 
V. S. picnic. 

SUNDAY, August 25 — Trom- 
betta, ball game and dinner, 
50 men. 

Stage Show "At Ease" • 
Coming to Oak Knoll 

Appearing on the Oak Knoil 
stage this Thursday under the au- 
spices of the Recreation Depart- 
ment is the show “At Ease.” The 
presentation includes a group ol 
experienced top-flight entertainers 
from vaudeville. 

Ben McAtee, comedian, will act 
as the Master of Ceremonies. Ac- 
companying the other acts and 
playing a few solos of their own 
are the strollers, a combo of a base 
fiddle, accordion and guitar. Sup- 
plying the novel feature of the 
show is Paul Burke and his dex- 
terous foot-drawings with the 
chalk in his toes. Two dance teams 
are billed in the presentation, the 
acrobatic Del Martins and the 
humorous team of Dillon and Par- 
lowe. Winding it up is beauteous 
Jan Baird and her “blues.” 

Found . . . 

Wide gold wedding ring. Inquire 
at Surgery 2. 

Wanted . . . 

Reliable young woman to take care 
of two children and housework. 
Large living quarters and good 
salary. Mrs Davie, Red Cross 

Off the Lookslid! 

- • 

The library subscribes to 106 di!- 
ferent magazines. Some are g-a- 
eral, but many are in special fie!sijh 
as follows: 

Adventure and Western: Adres.-I- 
ture, Rangeland Romances, .Wcrf- 
ern Story Magazine. 

Aviation: Aero Digest, Air Fcjij 
Air News, Air Trails, Amerite 
Aviation, Aviation; Flying, Sty 


Business: Banking, Fortune, & 

Detective: Master Detects 
Street and Smith's Detective Stcj 
Magazine, True Detective. 

Farming and Animals: Cou>T 
Gentleman, Dog World, Farm Jo r 
nal. Our Dumb Animals, West# 
Dairy Journal, Western LiresW 

Hobbies and Crafts: HoBfifc 
Home Craftsmen, Model AirpkV 
News, Model Craftsman, 
Railroader, Writers Digest. , 

Home, Garden and Fashion 
American Home, Better Home^tv 
Gardens. Glamour, Good Hot fr 
keeping, Gourmet, Ladies’ H&* 
Journal, McCall's, Madamoisfy 
Sunset, Vogue, Woman’s HoP 

Movies, Theater, and Mifl#- 
Billboard, Down Beat. Education 
Music Magazine, Motion Pictl!* 
Movie Life, Music News. 
America, Photoplay , Rob 
ner’s Script, Screenland, Thc& 1 

Navy, Marine and ArmyH 
Hands, Army and Navy Joufj 
Army and Navy Register, Hasp 
Coi~ps Quarterly, Infantry Jof* 
Leatherneck, Marine Corps G* 1 
zette, Navy Pictorial Ncws.j 
Army, Our Navy. Pacific MjjFt 
Review, Sea Power, U. S. CaP‘1 
Guard Magazine, U. S. Navel ‘ 
stitute Proceedings, U. S. 

News: Life, Look, News*' 
Pathfinder, Pic, Time, United Sm 

Vol. 5. No. 34 


Saturday, 24 August, 1946 


USN, USMC, and USNR person- 
nel interested in securing a nomi- 
nation for the Naval Academy Pre- 
paratory School should contact the 
Staff Personnel Officer as soon as 
possible. Among other qualifica- 
tions are a minimum GCT of 60 
and active duty prior to 30 June, 


More than 3,000 Navy jumpers 
with their square collars and white 
braid have been converted to ci- 
vilian jackets, to help dischargees 
beat the clothing shortage, accord- 
ing to figures compiled by the 
Ship’s Service Tailor Shop at the 
Great Lakes Naval Training Cen- 

1 i 1 

Plans for the next atom test, to 
be exploded in deep water, have 
been scheduled for April, 1947, an- 
nounced Crossroads Chief Admiral 
H. P. Blandy. 

The present schedule calls for 15 
to 20 ships fixed to two lines anch- 
ored on five islands on the south- 
western edge of the Bikini lagoon. 
The bomb will be exploded about 
3.000 feet below the surface. 

* < , 

Members of the Naval Reserve 
on terminal leave or on inactive 
duty and retired personnel and de- 
Dendents will not be authorized to 
4 ravel by Naval Air Transport Ser- 
vice except in special cases, Alnav 
404-46 directed. All requests from 
such personnel will be forwarded 
to BuPers for consideration. 

1 i 1 

^ e wish to extend our welcome 
to Lt Virginia E. Glasmann, W- 
USNR, and Lt. (jg) Virginia S. 

^'^NR, who have joined 
from San Leandro Naval Hos- 
pital, Lt. Glasmann is now in the 
Laboratory, and Lt. (jg) Wilde is 
detailed to Occupational Therapy. 

J<11 * oncers have extended until 
1 July 1947. 

i i i 

Commander Doris T. Westcott 
ast Saturday turned over her du- 
• v a,s Director of the Women’s Rc- 
•crves, Twelfth Naval District, to 
Jeutenant Commander Irene Wil- 
id, nson, alter almost four years of 
•ervice in that post. 

Terminal Leave Bill Passes 
Both Houses and President 

Under provisions of the Armed Forces Leave Act recently signed 
by the President, personnel remaining in service after 1 September 
will be eligible for compensation for accrued unused leave in excess 
of 60 days if they file an application for such compensation before 1 
September 1947. 

Here’s how the act works: 

Personnel being discharged before 1 September and those already 
discharged are allowed compensation for earned leave up to 120 days. 
Personnel remaining on active duty after 1 September are allowed up 
to 60 days earned leave, with pay and allowances, to be taken, as leave 
prior to their separation date, and will be compensated for all accrued 
unused leave in excess of 60 days as of 31 August. After 1 September 
all officers and men will be entitled to leave at the rate of 2 ¥2 days a 
month such leave cannot accrue, however, in excess of 60 days. 

Payment will be made on the basis of accrued unused leave at the 
rate of 2 ¥2 days for each month of active service since 8 September 1939 
a f the person’s rate of pay upon being discharged (or, in the case of 
men remaining in service, at the<$> 

rate of pay as of 31 August), plus 
70 cents per day subsistence allow- 
ance and $1.25 per day allowance 
in the top three pay grades for men 
with dependents. 

Payment will be made in five- 
year government bonds with inter- 
est accumulating at the rate of 2 ¥2 
per cent and the face value reach- 
ed at maturity. The bonds will be 
negotiable only for use in pay- 
ments on government wartime or 
permanent insurance, or in con- 
verting one type of policy to an- 

Payment in cash will be made 
only if the amount is less than $50, 
if the veteran was discharged prior 
to 1 January 1943, if the veteran 
is incapable of handling his own 
affairs and settlement must be 
made with another person acting 
in his behalf, or if the veteran dies 
after becoming entitled to payment 
but before payment is actually 

Inducement Leaves Out 

Leaves given as reenlistment in- 
ducements are no longer author- 
ized. Personnel reenlisting may be 
granted up to 90 days reenlistment 
leave, but it will be deducted from 
leave accrued under previous en- 
listment or from leave to be earned 
in the future, or both. 

For officers being separated prior 
to 1 September, existing directives 
are still in force. Officers to be sep- 
arated after 1 September will be 
governed • by the same conditions 
as enlisted men. 

Red Cross Workers 
Given Scholarships 

The Oak Knoll Red Cross has 
something to be proud "of. Miss 
Francis Newman and Miss Hannah 
Meyer have been awarded “group 
work scholarships.” They are 
among the four recipients in this 
specific area, the seven western 

These scholarships will give the 
ladies one year of graduate train- 
ing in a school of social work, of 
their own choosing, accredited by 
the American Association of 
Schools of Social Work. 

Miss Newman has chosen the 
New York School of Social Work, 
which is attached to Columbia Uni- 
versity. Miss Meyer has no definite 
plans as to selection of school. 

The purpose of the Red Cross in 
giving these scholarships is to se- 
cure trained staff in home and hos- 
pital service. Qualified applicants 
in the United States and territories 
are eligible. 

To be qualified, the person must 
be from 21 to 40 years of age, an 
American citizen, College gradu- 
ate, in good mental and physical 
health. She must be accepted for 
admission by a school, have ac- 
ceptable references, and agree to a 
minimum employment of one year 
in home or hospital service. 

Miss Meyer is a Recreation 
worker on the compound, and Miss 
Newman is Acting Head Recrea- 
tion worker. 

Knoll Jumps 
With Carle 

Falling in line with big name or- 
chestras to play engagements be- 
fore Oak Knoll audiences, Frankie 
Carle and his troupe took the 
stand with his tune-prolific piano 
and scintillating “jumping rhythm” 
style to captivate the musical 
hearts of staff and patients at both 
an afternoon show in the amphi- 
theater and an All Hands Dance 
that same evening. The perform- 
ances were presented by the Rec- 
reation Department. 

Just about a year old, the Carle 
band is one of today’s leading 
musical aggregations, and has all 
the signs of staying up on top 
after others have come and gone. 

Commencing the afternoon show 
with a musical introduction, 
Frankie then turned to take over 
the piano in a rendition of “Marie.” 
Next on the program was “On the 
Sunny Side of the Street” fea- 
turing lovely vocalist Marjorie 
Hughes, who continued under the 
spotlight with a few other popular 

Gregg Lawrence then took the 
microphone for “To Each His 
Own,” “I’ve Got You Under My 
Skin” and a medley of Jerome 
Kern hits. 

Played by Frankie himself with 
rhythm section backing him up 
was a series of his own famous 
compositions, winding up the show 
with “Carle Boogie” and the entire 

That night he played before a 
dancing “All Hands,” providing a 
selection of alternate fast and 
slow rhythms. 

Veteran's Subscriptions 

Veterans are eligible for the suc- 
ceeding year to subscribe to the 
following magazines at military 
rates. The Reader’s Digest, Life, 
Time, Fortune and Newsweek! 
The reduction in price ranges from 
one half to three quarters the ac- 
tual amount. These subscriptions 
may be received at this reduced 
cost by sending name, former rate 
or rank, and serial number prior 
to September 1st, to Reader’s Di- 
gest Community Service, 5727 
Maryland Avenue, Chicago 37 Il- 

Page Two 


T'h c» Oak !><•« f 

U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland. California 

Captain A. H. Ocarina (MC) U.S.N., Medical Officer In Command! Captain 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) U.S.N., Executive Officer. 

Editorial Staff: IMiMHc George F. Cahill. Jr., Editor; IIAIc Robert V. I»avis. 
Associate Editor; Lt. Louise E. Dowlen W-USNR. Editorial Advisor. 

Photographers: l*hM2c H. B. Wayland. PhM3c F. L. Utt. HAlo R. M. Reed. 

Contributors of the week: The American Red Cross. Lt. A. W. Vinson. 

"The Oak Leaf” Is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and in compliance with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 45-526 Semi-Monthly 
Bulletin 31 May. 1945. ”The Oak Leaf” receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republication of credited matter prohibited without permission of CNS. 

Contributions from both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of ”The Oak Leaf.” C. S. Naval Dospltal, Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 Saturday, 24 August, 1946 No. 34 

• Operation Highways 

A small crowd of curiosity seekers came from parked cars 
lined up on each side of the highway. Each one of these wide- 
eyed spectators had passed through the same experience — 
curiosity first, and after that — nausea. 

What had they seen? Just off the road about twenty or more 
feet rest the remains of an automobile wrapped around a tree 
in a grotesque horseshoe shape. Two dozen or so paces beyond 
the tree, lying in a mass of broken glass and small parts, was 
a tarpaulin, originally white, but now reddened and covering 
a still form. Projecting from one corner of the cloth was a 
hand of obviously youthful origin. The tarpaulin traced the 
contours of a body from the hips to the head, but where the 
remaining part should have been there was only the flat 
ground surface. Still further from the wreck, but yet among 
rubble was a white hat spotted with oil. 

Yes, this SAILOR knew the road well. He had traveled 
it many times on liberties. He knew every curve and hill. But 
his front tire didn’t know. Ironically, too, was a sign a few 
hundred yards back reading “Sharp Curve Ahead.” 

Many articles and editorials have been written on this sub- 
ject and for good reason. You can’t get away from the facts; 
facts that tell you that there were more fatalities due to care- 
less driving and similar mishaps than there were casualties 
in World War I and II for the same period. These are not fanci- 
ful figures, they are facts — and facts don’t lie!!!!! 

A walk through the wards of Oak Knoll can verify the ex- 
tent of injuries due to accidents along the highway. Passing 
through the “forty” wards, one can see scores of patients in 
casts and fracture beds. They are unable to boast the owner- 
ship of a Purple Heart; all they can boast is that they are 
alive after the accident they had experienced. The plastic 
wards reveal a number of men having their bodies rebuilt 
after the shearing effects of twisted steel and broken glass. In 
fact, everywhere on the compound are men who have been 
admitted to the hospital due to automobile accidents. 

Any corpsman in the Receiving Room, in Surgery or in 
Transportation will also verify the number and seriousness 
of these accidents. 

This incident has been witnessed a growing number of times 
these past few months— too many times, in fact. We all know 
that signs are to be read and obeyed, but not to be ignored. 
How many times have you caustically grinned to yourself as 
you speeded by those boring and needless wainings? 

liutttp irnwrs 


Chaplain— E. C. Andrews. 

Sunday — 

Momine Service 1000 

Communion Service Into 

Bible Study (Thursday In Chapel) — 1800. 
Choir Monday 8c Thursday, 1400-1500. 

Protestant Chaplains’ offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Wartime minister will be at the recep- 
tion office In the Chapel every Tues- 
day at 1400 to 1600. 

L. D. S. (Mormon: 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Chaplain — Nicholas F. Gruber. 

Sunday Mass — 0630, 0830, 1130. 

Weekday Mass — 0800 and 1630. 

Confessions before all Masses. 

Novena and Benediction, 1630 Tuesday. 

Catholic Chaplains’ offices are located on 
the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 


Divine Service — 1745 Friday, conducted 
by Chaplain A. Barnston. 

The Field Representative of the Na- 
tional Jewish Welfare Board, Hospital 
Service Dept., Is in attendance on the 
hospital compound on Tuesdays and 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He has of- 
fice hours at the reception office of the 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and from 1900 
to 2000 on Fridays. 

Saturday, 24 August, 19 * 

Red Cross Ramblings 

Boats, jeeps, airplanes, and more 
boats, were. judged in a model con- 
test held on 6 IB last Thursday af- 
ternoon. Judges were Clingman, 
E. E., Ferber, and Maten, W. E., 
Irom the Patient-Planning Com- 

After a close decision, prizes and 
certificates of merit were awarded 
to Robert Ventura for a civilian 
adaptation of a jeep, Ed Bailey for 
a cleverly camouflaged plane, and 
Curtis Ferguson, Sic, for a P. T. 
boat. The patients relaxed from the 
serious competition with the serv- 
ing of cake. 

* * * 

Patients were amazed at the in- 
telligence of the trained dogs of 
Mr. Cartwright who entertained on 
the wards last Thursday. The pro- 
gram was brought to the wards 
under the auspices of the Ameri- 
can Women’s Voluntary Services. 

* $ * 

As there is a great demand for 

phonographs, records and musical 

instruments, there is a constant 
turnover of our small supply. In 
order to make what few we have 
available to more people, all 
phonographs and records must be 
returned after three days’ use. 
Musical instruments such as gui- 
tars, violins, and ukeleles, too, 
should be returned within three 
days unless other arrangements 
are made with the worker who 

checks out the instrument to you. 

* £ * 

Men in ward 43B were thrilled 
to receive a console model Pack- 
ard-Bell radio-phonograph-recor- 
dio. It is only a second-hand ma- 
chine, but when Crafoot finishes 
making a few minor repairs, it 
should provide many hours of 

listening pleasure. ( 

❖ * * 

A combined “Welcome to Oak 
Knoll” and “Chief Steward’s Mate 
Albert N. Presley show us what 
you can do” party was held on 74A 
last Wednesday night. Five new 
patients, PhMlc Richard Bucher, 
Sic Olla Farris, Sic Robert Markle. 
Motor Mech lc Ralph. Kemp and 
Pvt Charles Boone were admitted 
to the ward from Mare Island, so 
Presley, with the help of Mrs. 
Keating and Mrs. Wood, gray 
ladies, made waffles for the ward 
proving the Oak Knoll hospitality. 

P. S. the waffles were excellent! 


This week’s Oak Leaf Clust ; J 
goes to Pharmacist Mate lc AiJ 
drew W. McClain, a member £ 
the staff of Oak Knoll. “AndJ 
or Mac,” as he is known by 
the enlisted staff, is the Chij 
Master-at-arms of all the houl 
ing facilities of the corpsm] 
and other rated staff member] 

Andy receives the Cluster m\ 
no specific good deed, but fori 
continuous line of acts promol 
ing the general care of the ba« 
racks and the morale of the 
living in them. It is no uncoil J 
mon sight to see him worki^ 
after hours, tidying a lounge# 
washing down a sidewalk K 
front of one of the many buil<U 
, ings in his charge. 

It is not only his extra wo*i 
which makes Andrew McCLJrTi 
outstanding, but the faimefi.* 
with which he treats all tho& 
who come under him, listeniifi: 
to each-cornplaint in its entire^ 
and then giving a sensible reply 
In his spare time Andy tak»: 
groups of patients to dinneil 
and parties for the Recreatifj| 

Andy McClain, a reserve wfo 
has twice extended his enlist 
ment, has more than well e^. rA , 
ed this week’s Oak Leaf Cluster J 

Transfer Deadline Set 
For Reserve Officers 

Reserve and temporary UStfj ! 
ficers who desire to transfer tol 
regular Navy under the provisjl : ;| 
of BuPers Circ. Ltr. 288-45 (Nl£ 

15 October) and 303-45 (NDB,H .' 
October) must submit their appi- 
cations on or before 15 Septenul $ 
Alnav 416-46 (NDB. 31 July] 
rected. This deadline applies toutf 
ficers on active duty, * includ::- 
terminal leave, as well as to e& 
cers on inactive duty. Applicate; 
will be processed through lcei 1 
boards and forwarded to BuPera, 

The deadline does not nppljp 
officers who request transfer * 
law specialists, officers who 
completed less than one yea ijfi. 
commissioned service on 15 S$* 
tember, officers who receive 
commission after 15 Septerflte 
and officers who request trail# 
as warrant or chief warrant ® 
cers, for whom a deadline oi - 
July had already been set. 


^ ,0 ^ 

Recently a school was visited by a board of inspection. The he! 
master was asked, “Where in your curriculum do you teach religM*! 
And he replied: "We teach it all day long. We teach it in the arithnrf 
class by accuracy. We teach it in language by learning to say what 1 
mean. We teach it in history by honesty. We teach it in handicraft 1 
thoroughness. We teach it in astronomy by reverence. We teach il 
the playground by fair play. We teach it by kindness to animalA ctf 
tesy. good manners to one another, and by helpfulness in dll thM 
That is the way by which religion is best taught and iearned. . 

From the Upper Room. 

Submitted by CHAPLAIN E. C. ANDREWS, ^ K | 

Saturday. 24 August. 1946 


Page Three 

Cast Room, Demobilization 
Center of Bones and Joints 

Comdr. Luce, Burma V eteran , 
New Peripheral Nerve Head 

W. E. Stout, veteran patient of Ward 44B, is having a double hip spica 
placed on him by (left to right) “Sandy” Sanders, HAlc; Donald Ras- 
bach, PhM3c; Walter Bowers, HA2c; and Norman Ironsides, PhM3c. 
Bashful “Chuck” Gilbert, HAlc, is hiding in the background. 

Upon a pleasant green in the old 
golf course a building was erected 
which became known as Surgery 1. 
Now the hashmarked, decommis- 
sioned Surgery has vacated and the 
present occupant is the Cast Room, 
recently transferred from Ward 
42 A. 

Many are the patients who have 
•come out, vertically and horizon- 
tally, through the honored portals 
—plastered. No, they haven’t been 
hitting the bottles of 95 per cent 
alcohol, nor the ETH, but have just 
encountered those five Calcium 
Sul l ate besmeared corpsmen. These 
gowned upholders of the art of im- 
mobilization have the detail of 
rolling patients — in plasterized 
bolts of Crinoline bandage. 

In their pleasantly lighted work- 
room, one finds an instrument 
which could easily be mistaken for 
a device of torture. Upon investi- 
gation it transforms itself into an 
Albee Table, which is used for the 
Wore peaceful pursuits of position- 
mg a patient who is to receive a 
body cast. 

After the patient is comfortably 

manipulated in the correct posi- 

Uon ' Comdr. J. D. Moore, Chief of 

Orthopedics, gives the signal to 

roceed with the casting. 

"The patient, protected by stock- 

■^'-ttes, is then given further aid 

'lit the roughness and pressure 

® the heavy cast by placing thick 

pads over any bony promin- 

Dlftf' llie pac ^tng is taking 
. e ’ *be rolls of bandages are 
tfcd to. soak, and then “Chuck” 
jjr* 11 ’ veteran of the old Cast 
tti n Sl f rts rolling the splints of 
on V dtei ^ plasterized gauze 

diffr C ° n ^ vanee consisting of two 
s . '. rent s »zed wheels. “Sandy” 
ers and Walter Bowers, also 

42A boys, with the aid of senior 
corpsman Donald Rasbach, and 
Norman Ironsides, begin the wrap- 
ping of the body, or extremity, 
which ever the case may be. 

After the cast is finished to satis- 
faction, it takes only a short time 
to set, but it will take approxi- 
mately 48 hours to dry. This can 
be hastened by plenty of sun. 

Maintaining a supply of the 
treated Crinoline keeps the boys 
busy between immobilization tac- 
tics. All the gauze has to have plas- 
ter placed in it, and to do this, they 
call into service a device known as 
a plaster roller. This handy gadget 
sifts the Calcium Sulfate into the 
meshes of the gauze. 


Housing Development To 
Be Reconverted for Vets 

Bay area veterans faced with the 
present housing shortage may see 
some relief soon when the former 
Waves barracks in Oakland is re- 
converted into suitable dwellings, 
the Vet Housing Committee re- 
vealed last week. 

Sponsored by the first Presby- 
terian Church, the barracks will 
soon hold 180 apartments, consist- 
ing of 100 three-room suites and 
80 two-room suites. 

It has been estimated that the 
conversion will take a period of at 
least 90 days and will cost between 
$275,000 and $300,000. Rental rates 
will have a maximum of $40 per 

Once the housing shortage is 
over, the buildings will be re- 
moved, and it is planned that the 
church will use this area to provide 
gymnasiums and recreation facili- 
ties for their younger members. 

A nudist is the only person that 
has less pocket space than a sailor. 

A quirk of fate, a series of doubtful-of-escape experiences with the 
Japs and several fortunate circumstances have combined to bring Com- 
mander James C. Luce (MC) USN, to his present post as head of the 
Peripheral Nerve Clinic. He replaces Captain William K. Livingston 
who was discharged from the Navy Monday. 

The quirk of fate occurred in the jungles of Nigeria in 1943, when 
he came out of a plane crash unhurt and was rescued in 24 hours 
by a party of British, who happened to be nearby searching for the 
survivors of another plane crackup. 

The series of doubtful-of-escape ventures happened from April, 
1944, to July, 1945, when he served with Detachment 101 of the office 
of Strategic Services based at Assam, India. There he did quadruple 
duty as medical officer, director 
infiltration tactics behind Jap lines 
in Burma under orders from Gen- 
eral Joe Stilwell, organizer of the 
Kachins (a fierce tribe of natives) 
and as combined international rep- 
resentative for England, France 
and the United States in political, 
military, social and economic af- 

As the agent-at-large in this 
God-forsaken, tangled terrain, his 
main task was to establish friend- 
ly relations with the Kachins, who 
hated the Japs. Because Dr. Luce 
was the first white doctor and ad- 
ministrator to undertake such an 
assignment he welcomed the aid 
of a Catholic missionary, Father 

McAlindon, highly respected by 
the natives. 

The fact that he thoroughly ac- 
complished this purpose was prov- 
en when his Kachins annihilated 
the Japs at Myitkyina, Burma, as 
Merrill’s Maurauders captured and 
held the adjacent airfield. 

In order to get medicine to treat 
native maladies, Dr. Luce had to 
go on several safaris to other med- 
ical “depots.” His biggest project 
was to establish medical units in 
Burma at points where clearings 
were accessible to air-drop of sup- 
plies. Tossed in was a military- 
diplomatic mission on which he 
guided native troops over the 
Burma “hump” to join forces with 
Chinese soldiers near the border 
of China. 

Tame by comparison was his 
raider-type training with a U. S. 
Naval group in China before he 
went to Assam. In early 1943 Dr. 
Luce had been attached to the sur- 
gical service of the Navy Hospital, 
Bethesda, Maryland, and before 
that had been assigned to the 
Navy Base Hospital in New Heb- 

On December 7, 1942, Dr. Luce 
was at Pearl Harbor. Th^ U. S. S. 
Maryland to which he was as- 
signed as assistant medical offi- 
cer was badly hit by Jap bombs. 
After repairs to the ship at the 
Bremerton Navy /ard he went to 
the Central Pacific. He was with 
reserve units of the fleet during 
the battles of the Coral Sea and 
Midway. Later he served under 
Captain A. H. Dearing (MC) USN, 
who was chief medical officer for 
Admiral Halsey’s Third Fleet in 
the South Pacific. 


Comdr. James C. Luce (MC) USN. 

When called to active duty as 
lieutenant (j.g.) from the Navy 
medical reserve December 19, 1940, 
his first assignment, after one 
month’s orientation, was to Mare 
Island Naval Hospital, where he 
first served under Captain Dear- 
ing. (Captain Dearing was then a 
commander and chief of surgery.) 

Dr. Luce took his pre-medicine 
and received his medical degree at 
University of California and served 
his internship at the university 
hospital. In between his A. B. in 
anatomy and the time he took his 
master’s degree (1933-1934) he 
taught in the university’s medical 

He was resident surgeon at sev- 
eral Bay Area hospitals before he 
started his own surgical practice 
in Oakland. This extended from 
August, 1940, until December, 
when the rumblings of war brought 
about the start of his far-from- 
swiver-chair career in the Navy. 

On being detached from Detach- 
ment 101, OSS, Dr. Luce was or- 
dei ed to Oak Knoll, where he 
joined the orthopedic staff in May, 
1945. Five months later he was 
assigned to the Peripheral Nerve 

Wounded at Pearl Harbor, he 
was awarded the purple heart. For 
his service with Detachment 101 
he received the Army Distin- 
guished Service Medal, Bronze 
Star, Legion of Merit and a Navy 

In his spare time — if he can 
ever find any — he likes 
His hometown is Berkeley. 

Comdr. Luce is married and has 
a four year old daughter, Linda. 

to fish. 

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Saturday, 24 August. 

Pharmacist Mate Assaults 
Innocent Passing Ambulance 


"Fizzoterpie” muttered the pre- 
historic Swahilian while his mate 
massaged his bruised limbs which 
had been injured in a fight over a 
piece of roast mammoth. “Ubber 
tang” was his next muttered phrase 
as she bathed him in a swirling 
stream and then layed him down 
in the sun, whence he sighed “Ul- 
tervile,” or was it “Inner Fred”? 

From these first inarticulate 
phrases (according to Wilbur 
Plumley’s Etomology of Naval 
Medical Terms) came the name of 
Oak Knoll’s Physiotherapy Depart- 
ment. From these first actions de- 
scended the varied techniques of 
the mechanical rehabilitators. 

Seen running around the com- 
pound when not emptying the ash- 
tray of Miss McGee is Fritz Brons- 
don, the general-duty man, errand 
boy and senior-corpsman of Oak 
Knoll’s Physiotherapy Department. 
Fritz, a frozen reserve, was one of 
the lucky few who .was asked by 
an Admiral his opinions of the 
“Freeze.” The Admiral’s reply to 
his answer lowered his tempera- 
ture a few degrees more. 

Providing the Knollerites with 
artificial sun is vitriolic-tongued 
Ronald Rothman, who receives let- 
ters addressed to the Admiral of 
the Wittenberg Fleet. Some snow 
jobs he must be mailing out when 
not operating his Ultra-violet ma- 

Heating patients with no effect 
on his frozen self is fever-operat- 
ing Paul Quandt who spends his 
spare time blowing balloons in the 
barracks. He wonders what the 
world would do without them. On 
the other hand, Farmer Dzielwicz 
of the Hubbard Tank, prefers to 
spend his spare time with a bevy 
of heavy women. 

Winding up the list is Tom Va- 
linoti, veteran physiotherapist and 
the “great guy” of the department. 

Of course we can’t forget physio’s 
next-door neighbor. Occupational 
Therapy, where works “Ike” Eich- 
meyer and his sea stories. 

• Movie Schedule • 

Sat., Aug. 24 — Lost in a Harem, 
Abbott and Costello. 

Sun., Aug. 25 — Shadow of a Wom- 
an, Andrea King, Helmut Dan- 

Mon., Aug. 26— Rise and Shine, 
Jack Oakie, George Murphy. 

Tues., Aug. 27— Canyon Passage, 
Dana Andrews, Susan Hay- 

Wed., Aug. 28 — Personality Kid, 
Anita Louise, Michael Duane. 

Thurs., Aug. 29 — Cuban Pete, 
Desni Arnas, Ethel Smith. 

Fri., Aug. 30 — Cockeyed Miracle, 
Frank Morgan, Keenan Wynn. 

Sat., Aug. 31— All That Money 
Can Buy, Edward Arnold, 
Walter Huston. 

The above movies are shown one 

day later at the Officers’ Club. 

Ever since primitive man in- 
vented the hammer in the early 
paleolithic age, he has been con- 
sistently pounding in his evolution- 
ary opposing thumb. He has, since 
the invention of the bow and arrow 

and finally the gun, been perforat- 
ing the skin of his fellow homo 
sapiens. When the first “horseless 
carriage” was put on the road, a 
long record of accidents had their 
beginning due to pedestrians being 
hit by oncoming automobiles. But 
PhM2c Gordon Fischer of the Oak 
Knoll Staff tried a new angle on 

It happened at 1130 on the 
morning of the tenth of August. 
Dental Technician Fischer was 
hurrying on an errand from one of 
the “sixty wards.” (It used to be 
no uncommon sight to see him 
sprinting about the compound.) 
One of the many routes (so typical 

of Oak Knoll) from these wards to 
the Dental Clinic was a long flight 
of concrete stairs ending on the 
edge of a road. With vivacious 
gusto, Gordon took these with the 
greatest of ease. Suddenly from 
behind a ward appeared a Dodge 
ambulance driven by Transporta- 
tion’s Melvin M. Fowler with 
PhM3c Dick Cromie as stretcher 

It was too late. It happened. 
Gordon ran into the side of the 
ambulance. His velocity was too 
great for him to stop. 

He put up his arms to absorb the 
terrific impact of the collision. He 
fell, stunned. Very conveniently, 
Melvin Fowler and Dick Cromie, 
stepped out of the ambulance and 
after a quick examination, placed 
Gordon on the stretcher and drove 
him to the Receiving Room, then 
X-ray. The film showed both radii 
and the left ulna fractured just 
above the carpals. It was then to 
the cast room followed by Ward 
4 IB, where he is now seen with 
both arms imbedded in plaster 

Affable Gordon, veteran of four 
and one-half years’ service, three 
at sea, became a proud father only 
three weeks ago of a baby boy. He 
was going over to see his recent 
offspring and his wife in San Fran- 
cisco the day of the accident. Per- 
haps this may account for some of 
his additional exuberance. 

Transportation reports that the 
poor Dodge ambulance, the victim 
of the accident, received two, two- 
inch dents in the thick steel side 

Mr. Nathan Rogers of Oakland explains the construction of a model 
of the “Sara” to Miss Dorothy Munson. Red Cross Reereation Worker, 
and Cox. Gabriel Hurbace of Ward 41 A. Mr. Rogers comes to the hos- 
pital once a week to aid patients in their own model- building. 


















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Noted Portrait Artist 
To Sketch at Oak Knoil 


Mrs. Margaret Joyner, w 
known Los Angeles and San 
cisco commercial artist, is looifc 
forward to sketching portrait* 
the men of Oak Knoll durin, 
week of August 26 to 31 und 
auspices of the Recreation De 

Modestly characterizing hew 
as “just an artist,” Mrs. JoynerS 
had twenty years of varied ar 1 
perience. She has been teachi 
the Los Angeles City Schoo! 
Adults for the past ten years. H 
subjects included commercial af. 
life art, and oils. She is also note 

for her work in ceramic design. 
Servicemen who are sketch 

will receive the original poll 
free of charge. In addition, ar 
rangements have been made i 
have two photostatic copies pr 
duced, one positive and one neg: 
five, for the sitter. From the nep 
tive, numerous copies can be mafc 
Mrs. Joyner will sign the portn 
and it w'ill be sent to the servitfr 
man or to any one he designates 

Coming A ttractions 

Of Recreation Dept. 

August 24, Sat. — A. W. V. ■ 
picnic. 18 men. 

August 25. Sun-. — Trombetm 
Ballgame. Dinner, 50 
August 26. Mon. — Ida's Platitm 
tion, Dinner Party, 4 mm 
August 27, Tues. — Base 
game. Planter's Dock. D 1 " 1 " 
ner Party, 8 men. 

August 28, Wed. — Lake Merri | 
Hotel, 8 men. Dinner po rt - 

August 29, Thurs. — Clarenvm 

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Hotel, Dinner Party, S • 
August 30, Friday — Wrests 

Match, 30 men. 

August 31, Sat. — A. W. 
picnic, 18 men. 

Balboa Closes , Oak Knoll Now 
Wave Demobilization Center 

In almost 5,000 letters to the 
BuPers from enlisted men, a ratio 
of more than 3-1 favors the present 
uniform of the enlisted man. A re- 
cent poll indicated that fewer than 
25 per cent of Navy men were in 
favor of switching to the new uni- 

Commanding officers will make 
fheir final reports to the Naval 
Uniform Board by 1 October, and 
the Board will make known its de- 
cision after that. 

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Wherever your gear went astray, 
chances are it will wind up at the 
Personal Effects Distribution Cen- 
ter, NSD, Clearfield. Utah. Navy 
and Coast Guard personnel should 
obtain form NavPers 2264 from a 
disbursing officer, and submit in 
accordance with directions printed 
on the form. 

Presentation of colors by Elsie Marshall, PhM2c, at the first Wave 
discharge ceremony at Oak Knoll. 


New Pay Plan 
For Retiring 

The new 20-year Fleet Reserve 
law (Inducement Act) establishes 
a new formula for computing re- 
tainer and retirement pay, and also 
allows Fleet Reservists to choose 
whether they will receive their pay 
under the new or old formula. 

Under the provisions of the law, 
enlisted men may transfer to the 
Fleet Reserve after 20 years’ serv- 
ice and their retainer pay will be 
computed at the rate of 2*2 per 
cent of base plus longevity pay, 
multiplied by the number of years 
of service, up to a limit of 30 years. 

A man in the highest pay grade 
(CPO-PA) may elect to receive re- 
tainer pay of $82.50 a month for 
10 years and $132 a month there- 
after. Or he may decide to receive 
$107.25 a month the entire time he 
is in the Fleet Reserve or on the re- 
tired list. An extra 10 per cent 
is allowed for personnel cited for 
“extraordinary heroism” by Sec- 

Three hundred Women Marines 
will be retained on active duty at 
their own request for a period not 
’ to exceed 10 months. 

Discharge of the remaining 
Women Reserves is expected to be 
completed by 1 September. 

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A ceremony, new to Oak Knoll, was initiated on Friday, August 23, 
at 1100, when 43 enlisted Wave dischargees met in the Conference 
Room of the Dental Clinic to receive their last command as a Wave 
and to get the coveted discharge certificates. 

As Elsie Marshall, PhM2c, acting as Color Bearer, marched to the 
front of the room, the Waves arose in a body, and at a command from 
Lt. Louise Dowlen, rendered a salute. 

Extra compensation for enlisted 
men qualified in the use of small 
arms, discontinued in 1942, is now 
reinstated with a new scale of pay- 

Hospital Corpsmen are not gen- 
erally eligible for compensation 
because their stations do not nor- 
mally require the use of ordnance 
gear, but corpsmen attached to 
FMf or naval landing force are 

thgible for compensation if quali- 

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Nd\y Nurse Corps Reserve offi- 
cers on active or inactive duty 
must ^mit applications by 1 Oc- 
lobei if they desire to transfer to 
Ue Regular Nurse Corps. 


The Postmaster General issued 
order setting the rate of five 
an ounce for air mail be- 
all U. S. territory and merh- 
er> of the armed forces abroad. 
e oe >, rate w jjj ^ effective 1 

Commending the girls — all hos- ' 
pital corps Waves from Oak Knoll 
— on their performance of duty, 
Lt. Dowlen ended with, “To you I 
say, on behalf of the United States 
Navy: ‘Well done’.” Chaplain Nich- 
olas F. Gruber then talked to the 
group, warning them against dis- 
couragement in adjusting to civil- 
ian life and exhorting them to put 
into practice in their respective 
communities those qualities they 
have practiced in the Navy. He 
concluded with a prayer. 

Certificates of Discharge were 
then presented by Elsie Marshall, 
and congratulations were offered 
by Miss Dowlen and Chaplain 

A similar ceremony was held on 
Monday, 26 August, at 1300, when 
10 Waves from San Leandro Hos- 
pital were discharged. Then again 
on Wednesday, 28 August, six more 
V-lO’s were discharged — four from 
Oak Knoll, one from the District 

and one from Livermore, Califor- 

Processing for discharge has 

been primarily under the direction 
of Lt. Hawke, Civil Readjustment 
Officer, and two chiefs in his de- 
partment, G. E. Weedman and 

T. P. Mathewson. 

Regular medical exams, with at- 
tendant X-Ray and Laboratory 
tests, have been carried out by 
personnel in the respective de- 
partments of the hospital. Like- 

wise, the disbursing office, the 
USES and the Veteran’s Adminis- 
trator here on the compound have 
been ready to serve in this added 
duty of V-10 demobilization, which 
henceforth will be carried on en- 
tirely by Naval hospitals. 

Following each discharge cere- 
mony, Captain A. H. Dearing swore 
in a representative number of the 
Waves into the Inactive Naval Re- 
serve. Out of 59 discharged this 
past week, 25 volunteered to re- 
main in an inactive status. 

Fleet Reservists called to active 
duty during World War II will re- 
ceive pay increases based on the 
highest rating received prior to 
discharge. The new law further- 
more authorizes appointments to 
ensign of CPOs with three years 
of service in their rating and any 
enlisted man under 33 years of age 
who has served continuously for 
four years. 

Great Lakes Offers 
Jobs for Civilians 

Several hundred civilian Naval 
employees will soon be needed to 
fill positions at the Navy Terminal 
Leave Disbursing Office at Great 
Lakes, Illinois. Employees experi- 
enced in various phases of demo- 
bilization work such as clerks, 
fiscal accounting clerks, and sten- 
ographers, are particularly desired. 

Transportation will be furnished 
by the Navy. Housing facilities 
will be available. Duration of duty 
at Great Lakes will range from 
six months to a year. For further 
information contact Chief Pharm. 
William Canavan, civilian person- 
nel officer. 

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Saturday, 31 August, tit 

The Oak Leaf 

U. 8- Naval Hospital. Oakland, California 

Captain A. DL Dearln* (MC) U.S.N., Medical Officer In Command; Captain 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) U.S.N.. Executive Officer. 

Editorial StafT: PhM3c George F. Cahill. Jr., Editor; n\lc Robert V. Davis. 
Associate Editor; Lt. Louise E. Dovvlrn W-USNR. Editorial Advisor. 

Thotorraphcrs: PhM2c H. B. Wayland. PhM3c F. L. Utt, HA to R. M. Reed. 

Contributors of the week; The American Red Cross. Miss Dorothy Thompson. 

"The Oak Leaf* 9 la a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and In compliance with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 45-526 Semi-Monthly 
Bulletin 31 May* 1945. “The Oak Leaf" receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republication of credited matter prohibited without permission of CNS. 

Contributions from both stalT and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of “The Oak Leaf, 99 U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 

Saturday, 31 August, 1946 

No. 35 

• Labor Day and Labor 

Next Monday, the 2nd of September, will see another date 
embossed in red on the calendar. Every year, on the first Mon- 
day in September, the occasion of Labor Day is celebrated in 
the United States and some of its possessions. 

We have been trying to find the e^cact reason for this holi- 
day, but have so far failed in our quest. Whether it be in 
honor of the men that do the labor, the labor itself, the labor 
unions or labor bosses or just another day with pay without 
work, or all together we do not know. The dictionary states 
it is in honor of the workingman’s classes. 

We know that in the year 1882, a small number of men 
(small compared to the unions of today) called the Knights 
of Labor, paraded in New York City in commemoration of 
their own organization. They paraded likewise for the next 
two years. The Knights of Labor designated, by a resolution 
in 1884, the first Monday in September as “Labor Day,” a time 
set aside when they should not work but revel in their recently 
acquired power. Other similar organizations thought the reso- 
lution a good idea and followed suit. 

On February 21, 1887, the state of Oregon passed the first 
law recognizing the holiday. In June 28, 1894, Washington, 
D. C., passed the law making it a legal holiday for the District 
of Columbia and all Federal employees. One by one, the states 
and territories passed resolutions similar to Oregon until in 
1928, only Wyoming and the Philippines were lacking. The 
Philippines, like the entire world, except Canada and the 
United States and its possessions, celebrates a labor day on 
the first of May. (Italy is the only major country where a 
labor day has never been celebrated.) In Canada, most of the 
provinces have adopted the same laws as the United States. 

The celebrations have run parallel to the organization of 
labor, from the rudimentary beginnings in the latter part of 
the nineteenth century to the ultra-regimentation of contem- 
porary times. The problem, and there certainly is a problem, 
by no means lies in the past, nor is it too serious in the present; 
but in the future there seems to be smoldering the inevitable 

At the turn of the century, it was a governmental problem 
to control the negotiation of capital to prevent a complete 
control of labor. It now appears that capital is well controlled 
and secured and that labor has taken the stand. Now the prob- 
lem is: What about labor? 

A few months ago, the United States felt the full potential 
of the labor unions when the coal miners went on strike. In 
smaller localities, minor walkouts have affected the entire 
area. It certainly appears that the equilibrium between cap- 
ital and labor has been offset and is becoming more unequal 
each day. 

We in the service are able to look at the entire situation 
from an objective point of view. Whatever happens to the 
nation’s internal affairs, we are completely unaffected. Until 
the entire government is revised, we will still line up for our 
pay and will eat our three hot meals a day. 

We are able to see that laws should be eventually enforced, 
putting a stricter control on labor or releasing some of the 
bonds on capital. 

Red Cross Ramblings 

For this last week’s sports pro- 
gram on the wards, the Associated 
Sportsmen’s Club of Oakland, pre- 
sented a color film on fishing, on 
ward 41 A. Following the movie, 
patients and club members ex- 
changed ‘‘fish stories,” and dis- 
cussed all types of fishing equip- 
ment and localities. Next week the 
men will again present a movie on 
hunting, and display the many 
guns of a local gunsmith. 

Newest among the Red Cross en- 
tertainers for the wards is Mr. 
Benny Butler, who will be coming 
to the Compound each Thursday. 
Mr. Butler, as was demonstrated 
on wards 46 A and 46B and 41 A 
and 4 IB, really ‘gives out” on both 
the accordion and the piano. An- 
swering requests of everything 
from “Boogie” to “To Each His 
Own,” Mr. Butler proved very 
popular with all patients. To some 
men, he was not a complete 
stranger, for they had heard him at 
the “Harem” in Oakland, where he 
plays nightly. 

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At 1430, August 20, 1946. in 
ward 62 A, the Marine Women Re- 
serve patients at this hospital had 
a small celebration to commemor- 
ate the demobilization of the Ma- 
rine Corps Women Reserves sched- 
uled for August 23, 1946. 

A huge cake, decorated in Ma- 
rine Corps colors, accompanied by 


Merritt Smith, Civil Serv 
•1 employee, is the recipient of f 
;j week’s Oak Leaf Cluster 
•1 Smith. ex-CPhM, veteran of 
♦j years’ conscientious service 
’] the Navy, is now extending 
4 talents to the Tool Room 
•1 Public Works. 

4 L 

4 Mr. Smith receives the Cl®. 
•1 ter for the fine attitude he ha. 
^ not only towards his work, 1 
'4 to everyone that comes wf 
•] his radius of associations, 
ij politeness, and readiness 
4 good word for everyone 
4 made him many good fri 
and also captured the Cl 
^ for him. 

4 Merritt Smith, also vete 
4 Oak Knoll’s Laboratory, 

I] more than earned this 

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^ Oak Leaf Cluster. 


Conductor: “How many is ini 

Sailor: “Just one, here’s ourtfaj 

ice cream, were served to slip 
tients and staff on the ward. 

Those Marine Corps Women 
serves participating were Sup. 
Roberta Stairs, Gy. Sgt. Helen I 
Cabe, StafT Sgt. Edna Mize, S- 
Sgt. Rhua Rhoads, Sgts. fill 
Weiss, Alice Urness, Wilma Bn* 
Miriam Dryhouse, Joan Lcs 
Mabel Otten, Corp., Helen II 
and 1st Lt. Ruth Hurst. Lt. i 
George P. Chapman was guej: 
honor at this occasion. 


What Is Jesus Christ to Us ? 

Christ is the axis around which our life revolves. Without dWR 
our spiritual life, the really worthwhile part of our Life, would ba* 
standstill deadlocked, purposeless, and aimless. Christ is in ret’ 
"Emmanuel,” God with us. He is in fact for us the “way, the truttvl 
the life.” He is “the light” that came onto this earth to enlighten 0 
kind in the darkness of sin; He came as the Redeemer, the Liberate® 
free us from the slavery of sin and Satan. His mission was to mal$ 
realize the fullness of God’s love for us, and to ask our love for HI 
Christ is our Teacher and Model, our Savior and Brother, our 
and Rewarder. On earth He is our Helper in need, our truest FrilP 
in heaven. He wants to be our overflowing Happiness. 

“God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son," 
those who believe in him may not perish, but may have life eve* 
ing.” John 3: 16. 

Nicholas F. Gruber, fl 
Catholic. ChaplM 

Hiwittr ^rmirra 


Chaplain — E. C. Andrews. 

Sunday — 

Morning Service 1000 

Communion Service H00 

Bible Study (Thursday In Chapel) — 1800. 
Choir — Monday & Thursday. 1400-1500. 

Protestant Chaplains’ offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Wartime minister will be at the recep- 
tion office In the Chapel every Tues- 
day at 1400 to 1600. 

L. D. S. (Mormon: 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Chaplain— Nicholas F. Gruber- 

Sunday Mass— 0630. 0830, 1 130. 

Weekday Mass— 0800 and 1630. 

Confessions before all Masscs._ 

Novena and Benediction, 1(330 

Catholic Chaplains* offices ore 
the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 


Divine Service— 1745 Friday, c*" 1 
by Chaplain A. Barnston. 

The Field RepresentaUve of 
tional Jewish Welfare Board. 
Service Dept., is in attendarcej 
hospital compound on Tue'J fl 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He 
flee hours at the recepUon omc 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and 
to 2000 on Fridays. 


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Saturd ay. 31 August, 1946 

San Leandro Merges With 
Oak Knoll Upon Closing 

John Truax f Jap Prisoner , 
Actor , and Now Ward Nurse 

A glimpse at San Leandro Naval Hospital from Oak Knoll. 

San Leandro Naval Hospital 

• for two years Oak Knoll’s closest 
neighbor, has closed its doors of 
healing and signed its name on the 
list of war-time decommissioned 

| activities. 

Placed in commission on 15 Au- 
gust 1944. it was organized as a 
general hospital for the treatment 
and care of all types of casualties, 
medical, surgical and particular 
neuropsychiatric disabilities. 

Composed of 1.629 beds, 500 of 
which were assigned to medicine 
and surgery and the remainder to 

• neuropsychiatry, the hospital was 
completely equipped with a dental 

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clinic, X-Ray department, psychol- 
ogy department, general labora- 
tory, physiotherapy department, 
and EEG laboratory. Adjunctive 
•facilities included athletic fields, 
swimming pool, occupational ther- 
apy department, theater and recre- 
ation hall. 

For the past few weeks, busloads 
and ambulances with staff and pa- 
tients have arrived at Oak Knoll 
from San Leandro in the slow 
process of decommissioning. There 
are now no patients remaining and 
but a handful of staff members to 
secure the final wards and depart- 

;-r ~ ' ~ ~ 

Busy Four Stitch Hospital Linen 

Adam and Eve would have found 
little use for the sewing machine, 
^d it would have been rather 
awkward for the prehistoric mate 
to try to sew her husband’s new 
“saber-tooth” suit on one. How- 
ever, since the advent of woven 
material, the invention of Elias 

Howe has proven its value. 

Another great job handled * b^ 
the machine is the task of repair 
aod on the compound of Oak Knol 
thL mending is done by the foui 
modest ladies in the Sewing Room 
w ith the opening of the hospital 
a 1‘ttle over four years ago, Man 
ft Inberg, supervisor, started th< 
iewing machines on their job, anc 
been with the Sewing Roon 
‘utom that time on. 

2 Also an- old-timer is Margare 

IUr,ura l* assistant supervisor, who 
completed four years of conscien- 
ces service on the 20th of .this 
®|°ath. Recently both Mrs. Inberg 
^ rs - Amaral received a com- 
'dation from Captain Dearing 
or Ihe line services rendered. 

T vo newcomers to the torn linen 
lr,lc are Mrs. Emma Raihl, with 

about 10 months behind her, and 
Mrs. Dina Saber, who came to the 
compound last October. 

The purpose of the sewing center 
is to maintain a repair of all the 
hospital linen, and this means 
turning out several hundred pieces 
a day. Also among their duties, is 
the task of making new supplies 
for various departments. 

Although much of the linen is in 
a state where it can be saved and 
returned to active duty, there is 
also a quantity that has to be dis- 
carded, and here in the Sewing 
Room, this useless linen is given 
its survey. 

Introducing Chief Pharmacist’s 
Mate John S. Truax, USN, ex- 
actor, radio-entertainer, comedian, 
soldier, student of ju-jitsu, inmate 
of Bilibid prison, worker at Osaka, 
patient at Long Beach Naval Hos- 
pital and now to climax it all, an 
assistant nurse at Oak Knoll. 

Chief Truax commenced his 
strange career in Los Angeles as a 
Master-of-ceremonies and come- 
dian in vaudleville shows, then 
along the same lines broadcasting 
his wit over some of the more pop- 
ular Southern California radio sta- 
tions. A yearning for the military 
in the end of the “thirties” found 
him serving with the Army in 
Honolulu, studying ju-jitsu in his 
spare time. 

After a short return to the stage, 
he signed his name as an Appren- 
tice Seaman in San Diego. A year 
later found him a third-class Phar- 
macist’s Mate in Shanghai and 
then the Philippines. On the day 
of the bombing of the Navy Yard, 
PhM3c Truax was sent to Porta 
Vaga to set up a first aid station. 
Within a few hours, he was be- 
sieged with hundreds of injured. 
With him was Captain Erickson 
(MC), USN, who is now, strangely 
enough, a patient on Ward 66A. 
The two of them evacuated with 
the aid of fresh reinforcements, the 
entire group of casualties first to 
Canacaow Naval Hospital, and 
when the hospital was bombed, to 
Balintawak, then to Cavite and fi- 
nally to Santa Scholastica college, 
where on 2 January, a group of 
Japanese soldiers appeared to 
guard the hospital. 

After being informed by the 
Japs that the unit was to be moved 
to a more satisfactory area, they 
were transported to Pasay, which, 
according to Chief Truax, was 
nothing near the Japanese descrip- 
tion. Next stop was an eighteen- 
month stay at Bilibid, where, in 
spite of his own malnutrition, he 
gave two blood transfusions to 
fellow suffexers and also brought 
back some sparks of his pre-war 
work by arranging occasional 
shows. Chief Truax was one of the 
corpsmen praised by Mr. Dudley 
Britney, Foreman Mechanic of Oak 
Knoll’s Public Works Department 
and fellow prisoner of Bilibid. 

With Captain Erickson and a 
gioup of doctors and corpsmen, the 
Chief was sent to work in the fields 
of Cabantuan, then back to Bilibid 
and finally to Japan by grain ship 
to work in the factories. When 
asked his pie-war occupation by 
the Japs, he l-eplied that he was an 
actor. Given choice of feeding an 
electric furnace or running a 
lathe, he chose to work on the 
lathe, making furnace electrodes. 
He still wonders whether any ever 

Ten days after the declaration of 

peace, a group of Navy fighters ap- 
peared to give them a salute, the 
first planes he had seen other than 
superfortresses. Four days later in 
Osaka, he gi'eeted the first Ameri- 
can soldier, “Sergeant, you’xe ugly 
but you’re beautiful!!!” 

After several hospitals and hos- 
pital ships, he was returned to the 
States. On his way, in a Honolulu 
movie theater, he saw what he 
thought was a Navy nurse. On 
closer scrutinization he perceived a 
rating badge; it was a Wave. He 
wondered what the Navy was com- 
ing to, but has since altered his 
opinions considerably about that 
branch of the Navy. 

Chief Truax is now found ad- 
ministering authority to staff and 
patients on Wards 46A and B, 51A 
and B and Ward 50B. Due to the 
shortage of nurses, it has become 
necessary to place Chiefs on this 
duty, and part of this task has 
fallen on Chief Truax. 

His spare time is spent writing 
music and -poetry and as he puts 
it, “just whistlifig.” He is also an 
accomplished magician and an an- 
alyzer of handwriting. 

When asked if he is going to be 
a twenty-year man, the Chief re- 
plied, “That depends on the sta- 
tions I am on.” 

Ship’s Services’ Services 
At Oak Knoll s Service 

For the benefit of pei'sonnel who 
have recently reported aboard, we 
are publishing a list of the services 
available at the Ship’s Service 
building. All profits from these go 
to the Recreation Fund to pi'ovide 
innumerable entertainment pro- 
grams (movies, dances, etc.) for 
hospital personnel: Cobbler Shop, 
Barber Shop, Beauty Salon, Hobby 
Shop, Ship s Service Store and 
Fountain, Cleaning, sewing and 
pressing service. Cashier service 
Western Union. Car Washing, Gas- 
oline and oil pump service for 

Page Four OAK LEAF 

Ex-Army Chaplain 


The Graphic Arts Department is 
not alone in exposing negatives of 
Oak Knoll personnel. But just like 
the inside and the outside master- 
at-arms there is an inside and an 
outside graphic arts, only the in- 
side group goes under the name of 

Center axle on which all the 
wheels revolve is one-hashed, 
three-striped Tom Cecil, senior 
corpsman and the Captain’s right- 
hand man, who spends his time 
keeping the place revolving at full 

Fresh l'rom the Naval Supply 
Depot in Oakland is technician Lee 
Formella who when not making 
photographic impressions of peo- 
ple's bosoms is telling the latest 
dope on his recent family arrival, 
a baby girl. 

Hiding himself in the dark-room 
(no one knows what he does) is 
the other married man, Jack Bow- 
man, a member of the frozen re- 
serve waiting with Milwaukeeite 
Bill Carpenter for his lucky 
“eighteen” to roll around. Milk- 
loving Jim Nordstrom spends his 
time turning out the letters to some 
fan or fans of his. He would be a 
millionaire if he received a nickel 
for each one he writes. 

Turned by center axle-man 
Cecil is big wheel Bob Mensing, 
who according to the department 
has a very successful future ahead 
of him if he takes up politics. 

Seen circulating around here and 
there are students A1 Deblois with 
his dimples and barium, good- 
natured Mil Benson, liberty-hound 
Don Ostensoe and the king of the 
gastro - intestinals Howie Wisz- 
mann. Of course, no department 
would be complete without the 
pencil pushers and key pounders. 
Taking care of this burden at X- 
Ray is eager Bill Karpi, Wave 
Ruth Blair, Bill Maloney with all 
his guffy wit and 'bull, and typist 
Ray Cherry, fresh from corps 

But all X-Ray is not at X-Ray, 
for Ray Ray (get that name) fo- 
cusses his rays on patients of 
Wards 75A and B. 

Coming A ttractions 
Of Recreation Dept. 

Sat., Aug. 31— A. W. V. S. P 
nic, 18 men. 

Sun., Sept. 1 — Ballgame, dinner , 

50 men. 

Mon., Sept. 2 — Ida’s Plantation 
dinner, 4 men. 

Tues., Sept. 3 — Planter’s Dock 
dinner, 8 men. 

Wed., Sept. 4 — Lake Merritt 
Hotel dinner, 8 men. 

Thurs., Sept. 5 — Hotel Clare- 
mont dinner, 8 men. 

Fri., Sept. 6 — Wrestling Match, 

30 men. 

Sat., Sept. 7 — A. W . V. S. Picnic, 

18 men. 

Fishing Trip 
Next Sunday 

Sunday, September 8, 1946, will 
be a big day for the fishermen of 
Oak Knoll. The Bill Erwin Post No. 
337 of the American Legion is 
sponsoring a Sunday Fishing Trip 
for 75 Oak Knollers. The uniform 
of the day will be dungarees, sweat 
shirts, or any thing cool and com- 
fortable. There will be over $100 
worth of merchandise as prizes to 
be awarded to the fishers. The 
group, under Mr. Elmer Nelson, 
Post Commander and Mr. Sundin, 
Hospital Activity Chairman, will 
leave Port Chicago at 0800, and 
proceed to Roe Island, in Hastings 
Slough, via Coast Guard ships. 
Lunch will consist of Beer, Water- 
melon, Candy, Hot Dogs and Picnic 
Style Barbecued Steak. Sign up at 
the Recreation Department. 

Three Act Comedy 
On Hospital Stage 

“Jeannie’s Jamboree” was pre- 
sented August 26, by the Stage 
Door Player’s Guild, under the 
auspices of the Recreation Depart- 

The star, Nancy Warren, por- 
trayed the part of Jeannie Harri- 
son, younger sister of Grace Harri- 
son, played by Gretta Petersen. 
The male roles were played by 
Chaplain Cartwright, acting the 
part of Mr. Harrison, and James 
Naylor, as Tommy Richmond, re- 
turned war veteran. 

Definition of GI coffee: “Mud 
that has been drafted.” 

New VAF Officer 

Newest addition to Oak Knoll’s 
growing staff of Veteran’s Admin- 
istration Facility representatives is 
Training Officer William V. Mor- 
gan, who will report Monday to 
take over his work with the hos- 
pital’s Educational Services. 

Mr. Morgan, formerly a Lt. Col. 
in the Army Air Corps, served as 
Division Chaplain for the Atlantic 
Division, Air Transport Command, 
during the last 18 months of his 
five years in the service. In this 
capacity he directed the work of 
all Air Corps chaplains from Ice- 
land to Bermuda. Since his dis- 
charge in November, he has been 
affiliated with the VAF in a posi- 
tion where his wide background 
of education and experience is be- 
ing put to good use. 

Working with Pharm. Robert M. 
Moronv, Educational Services Of- 
ficer, Mr. Morgan will be available 
for counseling four mornings a 
week at his office in Building 133. 
Whether a serviceman or veteran 
is interested in the ministry, teach- 
ing, art, mechanics, or bartending, 
the training officer will assist in 
determining his fitness for the 
work, best places available for 
training, and locations where op- 
portunities are greatest. Other 
VAF representatives will be sent 
out soon from the Oakland office, 
1305 Franklin Street, to assist Mr. 
Morgan in the counseling program. 

ChPhM: “Remember, everything 
you say will be held against you.” 

HA2c: “Betty Grable.” 

Franhe Carle at Work 

Upper left: The band in action. Upper right: Frankie giving out 
with “Carle Boogie.” Lower left: Even behind his back, he plays. 
Lower right: The famous rhythm section of Carle’s band. 

Saturday, 31 August, fy 


















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Black fountain pen with gold 
mings in pocket of frock in Cljj 
Patient Department. Owner 
claim same at the Oak Lt. 

To Sell . . . 

Conn Cornet 6 Tube Radio. G 
tact Ensign Max W. HuefS 
Ward 40 A, Room 7. 

Engagement and Wedding 
each set with five diamonds, 
for $290. Contact RM2c Co 
Wd. 74B. 

Notice to Enlisted 
Male Staff Members 

Due to an accumulation of tn* 
the staff Post Office requests'^ 
all enlisted staff members chfc" 
their boxes in Barracks 35. All# 7 
personnel should leave their naS* 
at the P. O. Directory, to facility 

• Movie Schedule * 

Sat., Aug. 31— All That Money O' 
Buy, Edward Arnold, Wm? 

Sun., Sept. 1 — Black Angel, 
Duryea, June Vincent. 

Mon., Sept. 2— Citizen Kane. 

Welles, Joseph Cotten. 

Tues., Sept. 3 — Claudia and f>a' fp 
Robert \oung. Dorothy iyjc<3j|gj 
Wed., Sept. 4— The Missing ha* 1 
Kane Richmond, Barbara Fe" 
Thurs., Sept. 5— Lady Luck, 
bara Hale, Randolph Scott .. 
Fri., Sept. 6— Home Sweet HO#'. 

cide, Lynn Bari, Robert Young- j 
Sat., Sept. 7— Valley of Deri-' 
Greer G arson. Gregory Pec*® 
The above movies are shown < 
day later at the Officers' CUub.j 


Plans Underway for Revision 
Of Naval Ratings Structure 

Congratulations are in the offing 
-or Lt. and Mrs. Harold Lee O’Dell 
i who last Saturday were joined by 
Chaplain Nicholas Gruber. Mrs. 
0 Dell is the former Arline Thorpe. 
0 f Ann Arbor, Michigan. Lt. O'Dell 
is a member of the Oak Knoll 
1; dental staff. 

f f f 

The Wave Complement pf Oak 
Knoll has had a steady rise, and 
r.ov,- with the addition of Chief 
Frances Wright and Chief Sharon 
•; Howell, the Waves on the hospital 
staff number over 50. Miss Wright 
is in the Women’s Reserve Repre- 
sentative’s Office, and Miss Howell 
is found in OPD. 

1 1 f 

j I 

Seven seems to be the lucky 

number for the dischargees at the 

Main Gate, as this honored portal 

. lost a septet to the wiles of civilian 

^fe during the last week. The lucky 

, ' men- were R. R. Andrews, R. W. 

Loose. J. M. Owens, D. E. Lowe, 

C. M. Moore, P. J. Douglas, and 

. B. D.’ Holland. 

■ I 

r y i 

Naval Air Transport Service has 
. tieen moved from Oakland and is 
• now located at Moffett Field. Liv- 
ermore has given up -its Naval 
Reserve Training. It is now in 
~ Oakland. 


« ' 

in the regular Navy 
i tre exceeding recruiting require- 
ments and a waiting list has been 
established for the men who desire 
40 en Hst. according to Vice Adm. 
i Ujuis E. Denfeld. Admiral Denl’eld 
said the Navy has limited its 
rothly enlistments with the ex- 
ception of those men needed for 

training as electronic technicians 
if | mates. 

* * f 

Only types of leave not charge- 
* against accrued leave under 
e new Armed Forces Leave Act 
^ leave recommended by a medi- 
j* *^ cer . sick leave, convalescent 
m , ( ' * eave granted to repatriated 
^nsnners of war and liberty of 72 

i* Ur ° r ' ess ' ^ rave l time shall 

* n conjunction with 

SecNav Orders 
Basic Change in 
Legal Procedure 

Secretary Forrestal has directed 
the Judge Advocate General of the 
Navy to undertake preparation of 
legislation to modernize basic laws 
for government of the Navy and 
authorize changes in court martial 
procedure and revision of the cur- 
rent legal manual. 

Plans call for overhauling the 
entire Navy legal system and di- 
vorcing the functions of trial judge 
advocate and prosecutor in court 
martial cases. It is contemplated 
that an officer qualified in law and 
specially trained will be appointed 
as trial judge advocate for a court 
martial to advise the court, the 
prosecutor and the accused impar- 
tially on all questions of law and 
procedure arising at the trial. 

Naval Census To 
Be Taken While 
Rates Are Frozen 

A census to be taken by the 
Navy as of 2400 on 1 October will 
verify the number of men on ac- 
tive duty as the demobilization 
program nears completion. All 
men on active duty in the regular 
Navy (including selective volun- 
teers), inductees and naval reserve 
(including selective volunteers), 
who have volunteered for reten- 
tion on active duty. Fleet Reserve, 
retired and insular force, will be 
included in the census, according 
to Alnav 398-46 (NDB. 31 July). 

To facilitate the census and cer- 
tification of BuPers records, no 
advancements in rating or changes 
in rating will be effected during 
the period 17 September to 31 Oc- 
tober, except for personnel going 
from pay grade 1-A to pay grade 1. 

Rating qualifications proposed 
under the streamlined rating 
structure scheduled to go into ef- 
fect 1 January, 1948, are under 
consideration. The new structure 
calls for a sweeping reclassifica- 
tion of the skills of naval person- 

The tentative qualifications are 
for use in connection with all 
petty officer ratings, except ex- 
clusive emergency service (war- 
time) ratings, and also pay grade 
five non-petty officer ratings. 

This new structure provides for 
the breakdown of all peacetime 
general service ratings to emer- 
gency service ratings in which the 
specific abilities of each man will 
be used to the fullest extent in 

A personnel accounting number 
fqr each rate, with a correspond- 
ing number for each emergency 
service rate within each rate, is 
a feature of the new qualifications 
system. This will work as follows: 

The basic rate of boatswain’s 
mate (BM) might be given the 
personnel accounting number 020, 
for example. In wartime, the 
emergency service ratings into 
which all boatswain’s mates would 
be channeled would be numbered 
like this: shipboard boatswain’s 
mate (BMG), 021; CB boatswain’s 
mate (BMB), 022; stevedores 
(BMS), 023; canvasmen (BMC), 
024; riggers (BMR), 025. 

Other rating qualifications have 
been assigned numbers in a like 
manner. For example, practical 
factors in each rate are grouped 
together under .100, while exam- 
ination subjects are grouped under 
. 200 . 

Qualification sheets are keyed 
to show at a glance how the vari- 
ous practical factors, examination 
subjects, etc., are applicable to the 
various pay grades in each rate 
and in each emergency service 

Ready to start on a Saturday afternoon picnic sponsored by th< 
AWVS and arranged by the Recreation Department is this group ol 
Oak Knoll outdoor seekers. Each Saturday a similar group leaves foi 
the hills. Those interested in joining a party may sign up at tin 
Recreation Office. 

On I September 1946, the personnel de- 
mobilization program of the largest navy in 
the history of the world was completed with 
the exception of the Hospital and Medical 
Corps whose personnel have had to be re- 
tained for humanitarian reasons and whose 
unselfish acceptance of this call for additional 
duty has been praiseworthy. 

This tremendous task was made possible 
only by the patience, sympathy, self-sacrifice 

and whole-hearted cooperation of the entire 
Naval service. 

The reservoir of good-will and the equity in 
the affections of over three million Navy 
veterans created by our fair and rapid de- 
mobilization will be of inestimable value to 
the Navy in the years to come. 

To the entire Naval service I say a most 
deserved Well Done. 

Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal. 

Page Two 


Saturday, 7 September, 

The Oak Lea f 

U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland. California 

Red Cross Ramblings 

Captain A. n. Dcarinr (MC) U.S.N., Medical Officer in Command; Captain 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) U.S.N., Executive Officer. 

Editorial StaiT: PhM3c C.cor K c F. Cahill. Jr.. Editor; IIAlc Robert V. Davis. 
Associate Editor; l.t. Louise E. Dowlcn W-USNR, Editorial Advisor. 

Photographers; PhM2c H. B. Wayland. PbM3c F. L. Utt. HAic R. M. Reed. 

Contributors of the week: The American Hod Cross. Miss Dorothy Thompson. 
Lt. A. W. Vinson. USMCR. 

'The Oak Leaf” is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and In compliance with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 45-526 Semi-Monthly 
Bulletin 31 May, 1945. "The Oak Leaf” receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republication of credited matter prohibited without permission of CNS. 

Contributions from both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of "The Oak Leaf,” U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 

Saturday, September 7, 1946 

No. 36 

Peace or Plague? 

Each war throughout history has brought forth some new 
technique of combat or defense. World War I saw the mass 
advent of poison gas; World War II initiated the use of the 
power formed by atomic fission. The question is what will 
the next war bring forth. It is our bet that it will be biologi- 
cal warfare. 

No one will be surprised to learn from the Nuernberg tes- 
timony of a German bacteriologist that the Nazis would have 
turned the bubonic plague loose on the Russians if they could 
have done so with safety to themselves. The fact that the 
Germans did not wage war with the plague is pretty good 
evidence that they knew they could not win with it. 

“If bubonic plague is to be used,” a Nazi scientist is quoted 
as having said late in the war,” we must produce a serum to 
protect our civilians and troops, because military operations 
are so near Germany.” 

What the Germans lacked in the way of self-protection. 
United States scientists worked on in San Francisco during 
the war and developed to an encouraging point. It is an anti- 
bubonic vaccine and was, and still is, used to inoculate per- 
sonnel of the services going to certain bubonic quarters of the 
globe, of which there are many. Manchuria, where 60.000 
deaths occurred recently in one year, is one of the worst. 
The American vaccine has never been entirely proved as to 
effectiveness, however, and is now being tested widely on 
a Pacific island where plague has appeared. The long range 
results of this test will measure the vaccine’s usefulness. 

If the test proves a success, both the biological offensive 
and the self-protection during the offense will have been duly 
invented. Therefore only peace and the Geneva Convention 
stand between its use as a weapon in practical warfare and 
its eventual elimination as an illegal method of fighting. 
We know, according to the recent struggle, that the rules of 
the Geneva Convention are only a set of filed parchments 
with no power. Therefore only peace stands between the use 
of biological warfare and its ultimate destruction. 

It is up to the people of the world to insure peace from 
this time on to prevent the use of such a weapon, not to 
mention the other types which will be put into use in later 
times. For our own inevitable protection we, the nations of 
the world, have to patrol each other to prevent the construc- 
tion and development of warlike inventions. The UNO is set 
up to do this and can do it if each nation would subject itself 
at the same time to investigation. One large power can de- 
stroy the entire plan, and Russia is now doing just that. 

Stuinp ^rniirrs 


Chaplain — E. C. Andrews. 

Sunday — 

Morning Service 

Communion Service ” 00 

31ble Study (Thursday In Chapel) — 1800. 
-hoir— Monday & Thursday, 1400-1500. 

'rotestant Chaplains’ offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 

ristian Science; 

Wartime minister will be at the recep- 
tion office in the Chapel every Tues- 
day at 1400 to 1600. 

L. D. S. (Mormon: 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Chaplain — Nicholas F. Gruber. 

Sunday Moss — 0630, 0830, 1130. 

Weekday Mass — 0800 and 1630. 
Confessions before all Masses. 

Novena and Benediction, 1630 Tuesday. 
Catholic Chaplains' offices are located on 
the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 


Divine Service — 1745 Friday, conducted 
by Chaplain A. Barnston. 

The Field Representative of the Na- 
tional Jewish Welfare Board, Hospital 
Service Dept., is in attendance on the 
hospital compound on Tuesdays and 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He has of- 
fice hours at the reception office of the 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and from 1900 
to 2000 on Fridays. 

With Labor Day over things will 
start to settle down to Christmas, 
which is less than four months 
away. Now is an ideal time to 
start thinking about gifts. 

The Craft Shop can help you 
make almost anything. If you have 
no ideas, come down and we will 
put many in your head. By way 
of a couple of suggestions — plexi- 
glass is a most interesting work, 
and there are lew things usable 
in modern living that can not be 
made from it — from Chinese back 
scratchers to bowls, picture frames 
and candle holders. Another sug- 
gestion is linoleum block printing. 
We have quite a number of blocks 
and designs all cut, but it’s easy 
and fun to cut your own. How 
about surprising the little lady 
with an apron or blouse. We have 
the material, all you have to do is 
to come to the shop. 

Plans are under way for another 
pinocle tournament in Ward 64B. 

When they aren’t playing pin- 
ocle, the men put in their spare 
time working on the liner America, 
covered wagons, jeeps and subma- 
rines — models, we mean. They 
have done some excellent work 
and hope to hold their own private 

model show soon. 

* * * 

Several birthdays were celebrat- 
ed on August 30. One of the lucky 
men was Edwin Coyle of 74B. Mr. 
Coyle’s family from Kansas were 
present for the celebration. Coyle’s 
present turned out to be a unique 
one at least for a birthday — a 
beautifully large affair was pre- 
sented to him quite resplendent in 
tissue paper and white ribbon, 
which was done by one of the men 
on the ward. To Coyle’s pleasure, 
the gift was just what he ordered 
— a nice, juicy, red watermelon. 
The quiet room of Coyle’s was fes- 
tooned with birthday cards by 
way of decoration. The large birth- 
day cake with roses and the hon- 
oree’s name on it and fresh pears 
were passed out to the men on 74 A 
and B by Mrs. Coyle, Miss Coyle 
and Mr. Bob Hein. 

$ a*e $ 

Ward 46 A celebrated no less 
than five birthdays Friday night. 


This week’s Oak Lea/ cuJ 
goes to an enlisted staff itu* 
ber, John Richter, PhMl/c. 

"Rick’’ as he is known by 
officers and enlisted men 
whom he works, has the pec 
liar job of handling the det 
of the low-rated enlisted 
Due to this position, he is c 
stantly besieged by a mass! 
men desirous of detail chai 
many of whom, because of 
cumsfances, cannot be satisfy 

It is for his tact and cc 
sideration in handling tht 
cases that he receives the clfr 
ter, explaining the entire 
ation to the frustrated aj 
cant. HR: : 

This week’s award is mr t I 
than well-earned by one-has® ; 
John Richter, who probably! 
one of the ' dirtiest” jobs on 
compound and is yet able 
maintain a distinct reputalj 
with his fellow crew-mer 

Those honored were: Roy Bi 
SK3c, Pfc. Wayne Belknap, 
Vogl Sic, Arbid Hustad MoMj 
and Carol Reagan Sic. A cake^i 1 
curly-cues of icing and roses r J 
up the main event of the eveii.J' 

The Hobby Program at Oak K 
is now in full swing and is fl 
ing very popular with the pai^j 
Many ship, plane and truck 
can be seen adorning the b 
tables on the wards, while o; 
ers are stamps and language {HP 
(until the time for inspection' 
Soon to begin with renewed 
terest and vigor is the hobo:' 
fly-tying, so all who are inters* 
should contact your rechjp 
worker for material and inser- 
tions. Another new group wifi 
the Book Review Club from 0 
land Public Library which Wi 
coming to the wards to preset 
formal book reviews. 

Rooms in San Francisco W 
may be obtained by traDS 

Naval personnel, traveling aloof 
with their families, throughf! 
Armv-Navy Hotel Reservation - 
reau, Room No. 8. second m 
Ferry Building. 




About ten years ago the world was beginning to feel the efr#j 
the rising tide of absolutism, which culminated in World War 
seems as if the evils of those times — regimentation, oppression, M 
cution, inhumanity — are basically one: the result of’ injustice. 

Our victory was dearly bought. We have already found that | 
is no cure for our ills, and that many are still being denied their es 
as human beings. Justice for all is a goal that is still in the ft! 
We in the United States should never forget that we fought th* 
to win justice for all. Millions look to the* United States, mm* 
any other nation, to proclaim and to practice justice in the defihj 
all people. Steeped in the very justice of God himself, our. cbilr 
faith obligates us to pray and to work for justice in the earth | 
we do just that? 


C. ANDREWS, JR-. Chaplai"- V® 

Stfurday. 7 September. 1946 


Page Three 

Burmese Nurses Pay V isit To 

\\ fartime Co-Worker, Dr. Luce 

Comdr. Luce. Chief of Oak Knoll’s famed Peripheral Nerve Clinic, 
ttoinb out one of the remote areas of Burma where he served with Miss 
\La Koi and Miss Sein Bwint. 

Distinguished guests at Oak Knoll last week were Nurses Ma Koi 
and Sein Bwint — tiny Burmese women so shy they would speak but a 
lew words of the English they know, yet brave enough to have earned 
t ie Bronze Star medal for their work throughout the Burma campaign. 

En route to Rochester, Minnesota, for a year’s study at St. Mary’s 
H jspital which is associated with the Mayo Foundation, they arrived 
i. San Francisco Sunday aboard the transport Marine Lynx and were 
t'«t and entertained here by their former commanding officer, Comdr. j 
James C Luce. Ma Koi, a native of the northern Shan states, is the 
fi;St Shan woman ever to visit this country, and Sein Bwint is one 
01 very few to come to the United States from her native Karenni. 

Arrangements for their study • 
under the auspices of the State 
Pepartment were made by Dr. 

Jthn Grindley of the Mayo Foun- 
dation, with whom they served 
trough the first and the early 
second Burma campaigns. An 
Army major, Dr. Grindley was 
h en attached to Dr. Gordon Sea- 
g* *ve's famed hospital unit. The 
courageous Burmese nurses trained 
fcncl worked with that group on 
Chinese front, eventually par- 
Ictpating in the retreat of the A1 

Miss Johnson 
Nerve Nurse 

“Granny,” to the patients of the 
Peripheral Nerve Clinic, and 
“Johnny - on - the - spot.” to the 
corpsmen and doctors with whom 
she has worked — for the purpose 
of official Navy records — is Lieu- 
tenant (j. g. ) Gertrude M. John- 
son. (NC) USNR. 

Trim in person and bubbling- 
blunt in manner. Miss Johnson 
comes by these two appellations 
honestly. With almost 30 months of 
duty at Oak Knoll and as one ol' 
the original Livingston staff who 
helped to pioneer and set up the 
now world - famed Peripheral 
Nerve Clinic, she has earned the 
affectionate and sincerely re- 
spected ’tag" of “Granny.” 

As a painfully punctual and effi- 
cient surgical and ward nurse, she 
came to be known also as ‘ Johnny- 
on-the-spot.” (In addition to her 
present duties as surgical nurse on 
Ward 55 she is responsible for the 
daytime supervision of that ward 
as well as 54, 53. 44A and 44B. By 
her own desire and because there 
is much to be done she frequently 
works from 0730 until 1700 or 1800. 
For Chief PhM Bernard Bell and 
PhMlc Charles Thomas, Jr., who 
work with her on the wards she 
has only the highest praise ) 

Commissioned an ensign May, 
1943, Miss Johnson reported for 
active duty at this hospital in 
March of 1944. After eight months 
as an operating room nurse in Sur- 
geries 1 and 2. she was requested 

Officers Warned 
Of Income Taxes 

The Legal Assistance Officer re- 
minds all LJSN officers that the 
recent change in pay scales will 
probably necessitate an amend- 
ment in their declaration of esti- 
mated income tax, the next in- 
stallment of w’hich is due on Sep- 
tember 15. Reserve officers are not 
affected, since they are not re- 
k-‘d Forces as General Joseph W quired to make advance payments 
Sul well led them afoot out of on the tax based upon their service 
I’jrma They were later to serve income. 

*>th General Joe in the campaign The necessary forms, and assis- 
* c Hukawng Valley from March tance in their preparation may be 
t*» ember, 1943. For their heroic obtained at the Legal Assistance 
u ! 'k in ’treating the sick and Office, on the top deck of the Post- 
funded during these actions they ° ,r,ce Building, 
u-.eived the Bronze Star medal. 

Nurses Koi and Bwint After iheir first ride on an 
re members of the group of ten American train the two nurses, 
' withdrew from Dr. Seagrave’s dressed m their quaint floor-length 

Ut i 

° =*nre with the medical de- 

native costumes, arrived last Mon- 

'bTRj.t of Detachment 101, Of- I day in Rochester and have already 
F' of Strategic Serv ices in Assam, begun their study of the American 
0 fl'!. re Dr Luce was commanding j nursing methods they will eventu- 


^om April, 1944, to July. 

ally put into 

practice in their 

by the recently discharged Dr. Wil- 
liam K. Livingston to fill the im- 
portant post of chief surgical nurse 
on his hand-picked staff. 

Six months later when the Peri- 
pheral Nerve Clinic materialized 
from a dream into the “White Vil- 
lage” at the eastern end of the 
compound. Miss Johnson was one 
of the mainstays in an organiza- 
tion which has cared for 1300 
patients in two and a half years. 
(Until May of this year when dis- 
charges began depleting the nerve 
wards there was a constant 
strength of 200 patients.) 

Because she feels a keen respon- 
sibility for those of her “charter” 

Dr. Hijman, Pianist 
Plays at Hospital 

The famous concert pianist. Dr. 
Julius Hijman, rendered an excel- 
lent performance last Friday night, 
30 August, on the stage of the Oak 
Knoll Auditorium. Dr. Hijman, 
showing his remarkable facility 
with the keyboard, received the 
applause of the appreciative audi- 
ence on such favorite compositions 
as Polonaise. Liebestraum, Fire 
Dance and Clair de Lune. 

Dr. Hijman was presented under 
the auspices of the Recreation De- 

Variety Show On 
Oak Knoll Stage 

“Accent on Fun,” a pleasant va- 
riety show, was presented by the 
Recreation Department on Septem- 
ber 3 and 4. Among the novel acts 
were Lambert and Game, dancers, 
Cosmo and Jeanette, comedy dance 
team, Lou Hoffman, otherwise 
known as the Mad Hatter, Lucille 
Angel, recent vocalist with Horace 
Heidt, and Roy Smeck. famous 
master of string instruments. 

Notice to Patients 

WANTED!! Patients with expe- 
rience in operating 16MM motion 
picture machines. If you are an op- 
erator — or know of someone who 
is — call, or come in the the Red 
Cross Recreation office, second 
deck ol the Ship’s Service Build- 
ing. It is essential that we continue 
movie programs on the wards for 
bed patients and those unable to 
attend movies in the auditorium, 
and operators are urgently needed 

Any patient interested in learn- 
ing how to operate a movie pro- 
jector can receive instruction at 
the Red Cross Recreation Depart- 

patients who still remain aboard 
for treatment, Miss Johnson has 
extended her services three times. 
The latest extension takes her to 
July. 1947. 

Sixteen years ago “Granny” 
completed her nurse’s training at 
the Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des 
Moines. In the same city she work- 
ed at the Yocum Hospital and did 
general and private duty for five 

From there she went to Colum- 
bia Hospital in Astoria. Oregon, 
where she served for eight years as 
a surgical nurse and superinten- 
dent. Then she joined the Navy. 

The Agatha Christie and Perry 
Mason “whodunits” provide the 
necessary light diversion for Miss 
Johnson when she is not in the op- 
erating room or seeing to the com- 
fort of her patients. 

Her hometown is Chariton, Iowa, 
but when she does leave the Navy 
Nuise Corps she plans to return to 
Astoria or remain in the Bay Area 

Page Four 


Cornstarch and Colors Form 
Materials for Boone’s Art 

Pfc. Charles Boone, Ward 74-A, is a fellow you ought to meet. You 
won't think quite so much of yourself after you know him — you’ll 
remember all the times you’ve griped about things that really weren’t 
so rugged for you. And you'll wish you hadn’t. Charles Boone lost 
his left leg because a Jap mortar shell exploded between his feet 
on the tenth day of Iwo Jima. Somewhere along the way he has lost 
part of the hair on top of his head. But he has never lost the spirit 
and ambition that make life worthwhile. 

Wounded on March 1, 1945, the 
28-year-old Marine, member of a 
demolition squad, 5th Marine Di- 
vision, 27th Regiment, was placed 
aboard an LCI and tranferred two 
days later to the USS Solace and 
taken to Guam. At an Army hos- 
pital there his badly shattered leg 
was amputated just below the 
knee, and attention was given to 
the right leg, which is still far 
from well. A compound fracture 
of the tibia will probably require 
a year of further treatment includ- 
ing grafts of flesh and bone be- 
fore the repair job is complete. 

Here at Oak Knoll and at Mare 
Island, where the Oakland Marine 
spent the first 16 months of his 
stateside hospitalization, he is 
known not only for his fine spirit 
but also for the finger painting, at 
which he has become so adept that 
he was asked to give daily demon- 
strations of his work at the recent 
American Medical Association con- 
vention in San Francisco. Inter- 
ested in art from the time he en- 
tered Junior High in San Jose, he 
had taken the usual arts and crafts 
courses, and when an arts and 
skills volunteer American Red 
Cross worker at Mare Island 
opened the field of finger painting 
to him, he was in a receptive mood 
for it. 

“You take a piece of smooth, 
glossy paper, roll it, dip it in water 
so it’s slick and wet on both sides. 
You spread this paper on a piece 
of masonite, dip your hand into 
a pot of cooked cornstarch and 
spread it all over the paper. Then 
take a color, blue for the sky may- 
be— sprinkle poster paint powder 
where you want it. Then smear it 

over the white. Use the palm of 
your hand, your finger tips, your 
nails, or your whole forearm — you 
can even get in with your nose and 
ears if you want,” the cornstarch- 
and-finger artist will tell you. 

The recipe may develop into a 
pudding when you try it, but with 
Charles the results are rhythmic 
works of art — cool, relaxing land- 
scapes, trees bending in the breeze, 
vivid sunsets — all beautifully sim- 
ple in line and color because the 
nature of the media with which he 
works makes it necessary to com- 
plete a picture in a maximum of 
fifteen minutes. 

The Red Cross has ordered all 
necessary materials, and nimble- 
fingered Pfc. Boone is looking for- 
ward to teaching others how to 
dabble successfully in this new 
form of art. He is looking forward 
toward the time when he will be 
able to leave the hospital and en- 
ter an art school, thereby prepar- 
ing for a career, possibly in ad- 
vertising art. 

Son: “Pop, what is the person 
called who brings you in contact 
with the spirit world?” 

Pa: “A bartender, son.” 

Visitor: Are you the Executive 
Officer? 1 have a son on board. 

Exec: He is away on leave just 
now — attending your funeral. 

An inscription on a tombstone of 
an Army mule named Maggie: In 
memory of Maggie, who in her 
lifetime kicked one General, 4 
Colonels, 2 Majors, 10 Captains, 24 
Lieutenants, 42 Sergeants, 454 
Privates and one bomb. 


Last week, wandering about the 
compound, we picked up little 
pieces of gossip here and there 
about the hospital. Some is print- 
able and, of course, much is un- 
printable. Most of the former 
seems to come from the patient 
personnel office. 

Where there are women there is 
gossip and where there is Claire 
Martini there is Don Gorman, both 
members of that elite patient per- 
sonnel clique. It is now a question 
of what is going on between the 
two of them just like Jim Toole 
and a Mary who works at the con- 
valescent leave desk. 

While we are at this office, we 
might mention a number of 
strange, nameless women who now 
and then enter through the gates 
of the Oak Knoll ex-golf course. 
One of them is an attractive, lus- 
cious blonde who slinks in to see 
Fred Armstrong and then leaves 
just as mysteriously. Another is 
seen every liberty night by Ed 
Corrigan, who, by the way, occa- 
sionally receives lipstick bedecked 
letters at the post office. Whether 
they are from her or not we do not 

Don Babcock (he’s the one who 
knocks himself out in the Western 
Union office) reports that Kennedy 
has been raving about Carmen. 
Whether it is a woman, an opera, 
or some Italian pastry, we do not 
know, but he sure raves about it. 
Don also reports that Bill Bell, 
whose face used to be seen behind 
the steering wheel of' the CO’s car, 
is now seen behind a gurney on 
Ward 45B. 

(That ornament sitting in the 
corner of the office at patient per- 
sonnel is Frances Le Cocq, a claim- 
ant to the title of Miss Oak Knoll 
if any would exist — she's married, 

From the dental clinic comes the 
dope that Dan Oakley and Milo 
Ventura have picked up poison 
oak, or is it poison ivy. Whatever 
it is, they both have the same 
thing. Also Dan Caspar, now on his 
way to civilianization, has been 
putting in extra hours in the dark 
room, flipping pennies to burn up 
the time. That fellow seen head- 
ing out the gate in a chief’s uni- 
form is “Bloop” Dcvers. We can’t 
figure out that name, but it goes 
over big with the dental boys. 

Focussing the spotlight on the 
corpsmen’s barracks, the place 
doesn't seem the same with “Root” 
Reutlingcr and his buddy “Newk” 
Newcomb asleep and Jerry Dough- 
erty’s radio turned off. You could 
almost hear a Sherman Tank drop 
if it wasn’t for the snoring. 

Ed. Note: Last week's Scuttle- 
butt came from the brain of Ray 
McGafTey; blame him for the dope, 
not the OAK LEAF. 

“She was only the optician’s 
daughter — two glasses and she 
made a spectacle of herself." 

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Fina and his band, now playirr 
at the Claremont, will be on the 
Oak Knoll stage at 1400. 

Movie Schedule 

Sat., Sept. 7 — Valley of Decision 
Greer Garson, Gregory Peck. | 

Sun., Sept. 8 — Earl Carroll’s SkeU 
Book, Constance Moore, Willia 

Mon., Sept. 9 — Remember the Da 
Claudette Colbert. John Payne. 

Tues., Sept. 10 — Notorious, Ingr 
Bergman, Cary Grant. 

Wed., Sept. 11 — The Cnknov 
Karen Morley, Jim Bannon. 

Thurs., Sept. 12 — Black Bea 
Mona Freeman, Richard D< 

Fri., Sept. 13 — Time of Tb 
Lives. Abbott and Costello. 

Sat., Sept. 14 — Mask of Dimitri 
Sidney Greenstreet. Z a c k a 

The above movies are shown 

day later at the Officers' Club. 

Coming A ttractions 
Of Recreation Dept 

Sept. 7. Sat.— A. W. V. S. pteni 
18 men. 

Sept. 8, Sun.— Football Game J 
50 men . Fishing Trip, 75 menj 

Sept. 9, Mon. — Ida's Plantation^ 
dinner party, 4 men. 

Sept. 10, Tues. — Baseball, 

Sept, 11% Wed.— Lake Merritt 
Hotel, dinner party, 8 men. 

Sept. 12, Thurs.— Baseball, 


Sept. 13. Fri.— Wrestling Mate 
30 men. 

Sept. 14, Sat.— A. W. V. S. 
nic, 18 men. 

1 1 


Vol. 5. 'No- 3 7 


erminal heave Causes New Separation Method 

P apers To Be Mailed at End of Leave 


Oak Knoll deeply regrets the loss 
of Chaplain Nicholas F. Gruber, 
w ho was transferred last Monday, 
q September, to Mare Island where 
he will assume duties as chaplain 
both for the Navy Yard and for the 
19th Fleet. 

1 i 1 

Congratulations go to Henry 
Bourdase, who after three and 
one-half years of efficient service, 
has recently been promoted to 
head chauffeur. Mr. Bourdase, un- 
der the supervision of Ch.Pharm. 
G. H. Gorohoff, will now be in 
charge of the 12 ambulances and 
iheir drivers. 

We wish .to welcome aboard 
Chaplains C. Herold and E. Sneary. 
r haplain Herold, Lt. Comdr, comes 
to us from Mare Island to relieve 
Qwplain Gruber as Catholic Chap- 
lain Chaplain Sneary, Lt., has just 
completed a tour of duty at San 
Leandro' and is here on temporary 

Keep your eye on the Ship’s Ser- 
. vice Store. Ch. Pharm. D. J. Mikus, 
Ship's Sendee Officer, reports that 
^ilhin the next few days a large 
- shipment of Christmas toys will be 
r eceived. Also there will be added 
1 the counters that previously 
banned luxury perfume. To top it 
^ ■ white, shirts wilTbe 

bale to all officers and CPOs. 

The Chapel has been more beau- 
bded by the addition of six new 
ined glass windows. These were 
® lained through the efforts of 
^Plains Andrews and Gruber. 

Tfcnns of. service for first enlist- 
and re-enlistments in the 
8ular Navy were set at four or 
Jean,, effective 1 September,' by 
f , ,Wt 65 (NDB, 31 August). Ap- 

•i j! 3 ' * ‘ ^ ears °f age, however, 

enlisted for minority only. 

Alnav 492, dated on 3 September, has been published to explain 
the process of the separation of male enlisted personnel. When per- 
sonnel are eligible for discharge or release, according to the Alnav, 
they will be sent to a Separation Activity near the duty station or 
port of debarkation tor processing of service, health and pay records 
and for obtaining information necessary to aid in the return to civilian 

Personnel will be paid to the day that they leave the separating 
activity, will be given the first hundred dollars of the mustering-out 
pay and the usual travel allowance of five cents per mile for the 
distance between the activity and the official place of return. Per- 
sonnel will also be given a copy of their Notice of Separation and a 
set of terminal leave orders. Allotments will be stopped immediately, 
except that dependency allotments^ 
required for entitlement to money 
allowance quarters and family al- 
lowances will be continued during 
the terminal leave period. 

While on terminal leave person- 
nel with less than 45 days’ leave 
will be mailed a final pay check 
upon expiration of leave. Person- 
nel with 45 or more days’ leave 
will be mailed a pay check at the 
end of 30 days and a final pay 
check upon expiration of terminal 
leave. Mustering out pay checks 
will be mailed approximately 
monthly following the initial mus- 
tering out payment. While on leave 
personnel will be permitted to 
work in lawful employment; how- 
ever, while so working civilian 
clothes must be worn. 

Except while working personnel 
have the option of wearing the 
uniform during the entire period 
of terminal leave. It is important 
that all individuals comply with 
Navy and civilian regulations and 
laws because infractions of either 
may result in a lower type of dis- 
charge certificate since personnel 
are in fact on active duty until 
expiration of terminal leave. The 
copy of Notice of Separation and 
leave orders are to be used for 
claiming benefits from Veterans’ 
Administration, seeking employ- 
ment and other purposes where 
proof of service is required. 

Upon expiration of terminal 
leave personnel will not report 
back to the activity which proces- 
ses them. Discharge certificates, 
original Notice of Separation and 
final pay check will be mailed to 
personnel at the address given at 
time of processing. 

Colored Show To 
Make Appearance 

Oak Knoll will be jumping with 
colored Swing Session the evenings 
of the 19th and 20th. At 7 o’clock, 
comedian Gene Collins will Emcee 
the shows and start the acts roll- 
ing with Jean Prater, charming 
pianist, who should prove a favor- 
ite with her semi-classical arrange- 

Next on the retinue are Staten 
and Parker. Staten is noted for 
specializing in Russian and eccen- 
tric dancing. Highly talehted Peg 
Leg Parker will present a song and 
dance variety. Following this the 
Selah Jubilee Quartet will inter- 
lace their Rhythm Spirituals with 
romantic folk song. 

Supplying the comedy will be 
Sandy Burns, veteran performer, 
and Baby Seals, laugh-happy . . . 
song . . . dance . . . and gag-man. 
A clever young Negro singer, Bette 
St. Claire, will swing out with pop- 
ular songs. 

The revue also boasts of a ven- 
triloquist, Johnny Hopkins with his 
boy Friday. Hopkins, who has been 
touring the country for twenty 
years, has recently been dubbed 
“The Sepia Edgar Bergen.” 

A feature attraction of the pro- 
gram is “The Rogers Sisters.” 
Claire and Callie, from Cincinnati, 
made their first professional ap- 
pearance at the Moonlight Cardens. 

This variety show, with it’s star- 
studded cast, is being presented 
through arrangements with the 
Recreation Department. 

Camels Honor 
Oak Knollers 

The famed Bob Hawk Quiz 
Show had an appreciative audi- 
ence at Oak Knoll on Monday 
night; then on Thursday evening 
the same ears were again glued to 
the radio for the Vaughn Monroe 
program. Both of these “Camel” 
Shows paid tribute to the USNH, 

Bob Hawk, master quiz-master, 
gives each contestant the chance 
to light up a C A M E L, and after 
succeeding in this the participant 
then tries for the coveted LEMAC 
(Ed. Note: That’s camel, back- 
wards). At the successful comple- 
tion of the mental gauntlet, the 
contestant is made the recipient of 
five cartons- of Camels and $50.00 
in cash. 

Vaughn Monroe, vocalist and 
band leader de luxe, rendered a 
variety of popular selections 
Thursday night, and concluded 
with the salute to Oak Knoll. The 
salutes were not only verbal; they 
also came in the most welcome 
form of 1000 cartons of Camel cig- 
arettes. For this honor and the gift 
of Camels, thanks go to the R. J. 
Reynolds Tobacco Company. 

Jack Fina Coming 

Jack Fina, now playing at the 
Claremont, who will appear with 
his band at 1400, Wednesday, in 
the amphitheater. 

Page Two 


The Oak Teaf 

U. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland. California 

Captain A. D. Dearlnc (MC) U.S.N., Medical Officer In Command) Captain 
Harver E. Robins (MC) U.S.N., Executive Officer. 

Editorial Staff: George F. Cahill, Jr., Editor: IIAlc Robert V. Davis. 
Associate Editor: Lt. Louise F.. Dowlen W-USNR. Editorial Advisor. 

Photographers: F. L. Lit. Ph.Mic: J. Oitler. PhMltci J. O. Simmons. PhMSc. 

Contributors of the week: The American Red Cross, Lt. A. W. Vinson. 

“The Oak Leaf* Is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and In compliance with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 45-526 Semi-Monthly 
Bulletin 81 May. 1945. “The Oak Leaf” receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republlcatlon of orcdlted matter prohibited without permission of CNS. 

Contributions from both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of “The Oak Leaf.” U. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland 14, California. 

Saturday, 14 September, Ify 

Vol. 5 

Saturday, September 14, 1946 

No. 37 

• The rr G. J.V’ Are Back 

We wish, in our small voice, to make a change in our edi- 
torial policy. A few months ago we published a minor dis- 
course on the subject of the enlisted man’s uniform; namely, 
the snug, form-fitting jumper and the flaring bell-bottoms. 
We advocated the continuation of the use of this uniform since 
it presented in our opinion a true sailorish and snappy appear- 
ance beside being a representation of a long line of tradition. 

An organization has the right to change its policies and that 
is what we are doing. We now advocate the proposed new 
uniform and we think that many will agree with our change 
when we express our reasons. 

A little over a week ago, a regulation was posted to remind 
and hence to enforce the rule stating that only regulation uni- 
forms be worn. This means no “bells,” no “cut” jumpers, no 
zippers or tailor-made neckerchiefs and only the regulation 
pressed-felt material. It is our opinion that a sailor dressed in 
a completely regulation manner looks a fairly sloppy sight, 
not to mention the discomfort in a “G. I.” uniform in a hot 
sunny day. 

The tradition so cherished by the enlisted man in his uni- 
form is represented in the characteristics of the “tailor- 
mades,” and not the government issue. With the tradition lost 
anyway, it would be more advisable to wear a comfortable 
uniform like the proposed shirt, battle-jacket and ordinary 

The fifty nations that attended the San Francisco Conference have 
received seeds of the General Sherman Tree. This giant of the forest 
located in the Sequoia National Park is as tall as a skyscraper, as wide 
as a city street, and contains enough lumber to build five hundred five- 
room houses. Those who sent the seeds pronounced them as “living 
symbols of international fraternity.” 

It took more than four thousand years for this tree to become the 
largest living thing on earth. It seems that ideas of international fra- 
ternity also grow slowly. But all peace-loving people fervently hope 
that the nations who received the seed of the largest living thing on 
earth will also find that an international brotherhood of immense pro- 
portions is driving its roots deep into their hearts. 




Chaplains — E. C. Andrews, E. D. Sneary. 
Sunday — 

Morning Service 1000 

Communion Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday In Chapel) — 1800. 
Choir— Monday & Thursday, 1400-1500. 

Protestant Chaplains* offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bide. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Wartime minister will be at the recep- 
tion office in the Chapel every Tues- 
day at 1400 to 1G00. 

L. D. S. (Mormon: 

Services 1930 Thursday. 

Surrey With Fringe Topside 


Chaplain — Carl Herold. 

Sunday Mass — 0630, 0830, 1130. 

Weekday Mass — 0800 and 1630. 

Confessions before all Masses. 

Novena and Benediction, 1630 Tuesday. 

Catholic Chaplains’ offices are located on 
the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 


Divine Service — 1745 Friday, conducted 
by Chaplain A. Barnston. 

The Field Representative of the Na- 
tional Jewish Welfare Board. Hospital 
Service Dept., is In attendance on the 
hospital compound on Tuesdays and 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He has of- 
fice hours at the recepUon office of the 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and from 1900 
to 2000 on Fridays. 

In the past four or five months, a number of new automobiles h* 
been officially entered in the hospital register after producing i 
ance papers. Among these are a group of Studebakers, Chevrol 
Buicks and one Reevesmobile. Wondering whether it was a new Rain 
Frazer production, a group of auto-enthusiasts searched for the Reeve 
mobile which bears sticker No. 563 and found Bob Reeves, PhjVL' 
the hospital staff, driving this anachronistic concoction from the re- 
seat. It is made of a 1923 Ford frame and motor and an 1890 bod* 

Red Cross Rumblings 

To give men and women an in- 
sight into all types of employment 
possibilities, men from different 
occupation and businesses will lead 
discussions on the wards to make 
clear the preparation needed and 
the opportunities offered in the 
business or industry described. 
This program will be given under 
the auspices of the Veterans' Ser- 
vice Council of Oakland with Dr. 
Baker acting as chairman of the 
group. Requests for information on 
any industry or business should be 
given to your recreation worker, 
who will make arrangements for 
the discussions. 

The U.S.O. show “Accent on 
Youth" was greatly appreciated on 
Ward 51-A, 71-A, and 75-A, on 
Wednesday afternoon. “Buddy" 
Cohn of Ward 71-A, having been 
an M.C. for a companion U.S.O. 
show, considered it “Old Home 

Flowers in arm-loads were dis- 
tributed on the wards as the gift of 
Mr. Harry Craig of Cull Canyon. 
His garden flowers are grown ex- 
clusively to cheer the boys at Oak 
Knoll Hospital. 

“Pinochle!”, was the war cry in 
Ward 64-B, Wednesday, Septem- 
ber 4. After 15 hands of vicious 
playing, George Vrancie, AMM3c. 
was declared winner with 347 
points. Not far behind was “I was 
robbed" Chief Cox ACOM, with 
284 points. “Eager Beaver” Ells- 
worth Weaver with 270 points ran 
a close third. Oh, yes, there was a 
Booby prize, going to Abbott whose 


This week’s Oak Leaf ClusW 
Ijgoes to no single person, but I 
v a group of men, veterans of bofc 
E World War I and II. This grrtl 
rj calls itself the Captain Bill Fr- 
win Post 337 of the Americi) 

tl The reason for this poea 
D presentation and its accompany 
E ing eulogy is their unbouni. 

Jj generosity to Oak Knoll per® 
jj nel. Last week, they served ft 
[j hosts to a group of sevenlj 
{i eight men from the hospital ^ 
Fan all-day fishing trek tl-' 
t'page). Not only did they t>9® 
E cook and serve two deliciof 
jj meals, but they lent all tbetf 
U own fishing tackle to the sen® 
J men. 

In conclusion, we can truth- 
fully say that the Captain B* 
I Erwin Post 337 of the Amerce- 
S Legion have more than ' u 
E earned this meager citation tr 
^ are, to put it in the sailors var- 
J nacular "one swell bunch of® 

t lows." 


only comment, "The cards 
stacked.” ended the day. 

Don’t forget that you arnbu 
patients are welcome to conic d 
the hill, to the Red Cross 
Shop to work on the extra sp* 
model you are building, bocatflj 
Building 102, second deck. }«■ 
open from 0900 to 1100. from** 
to 1600 on Saturday from 03jJ 
1200. There are many other iWj 
for you to work on too. 

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SalardaY' 14 September. 1946 




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cisco-, from which he was trans- 
ferred to Oak Knoll on June 29, 

Philippines? Iwo, Okinawa; 
flow O’Dowd is at Oak Knoll 

An} man who took an active part in three Pacific campaigns during 
’last war was tweaking the nose of Fate. One plucky Irishman, 
,-ior being in on the Philippines and Iwo Jima invasions, twisted the 
puzzle of the gaunt-faced spirit so hard ofT the shoreline of Oki- 
nawa that it blew up in the form of a careening Kamikaze blast amid- 
st of his destroyer, the Hyman. 

That guy is personable Bill O’Dowd— William T„ at birth and at 
present PhM 2 c, to the I\avy, and patient of the Peripheral Nerve 
Cimic. Ward 55 is his bunking ground. (Lest there be some doubt as 
to the term, bunking, it refers to where he sleeps. Bill never hands out 
a cheap line of saloon chatter, but 
!,f has a keen sense of ‘ gag,” a 
big asset to a fellow who has a 
£ouled-up left leg and arm.) 

Aboard the “can,” Hyman, 

ODowd was with the Fifth Fleet 
when it covered the Army’s land- 
ing of supplies for the Philippines 
campaign. This duty lasted for a 
month and a half. 

Then the fleet shoved off to help 
«often up Iwo Jima with pre-inva- 
sion bombardment as well as post- 
landing plastering of the Jap 
stronghold. The major night fire 
mission of the Hyman was concen- 
trated on the “hot rock,” which 
Hironito's heathens called Mt. Sur- 
ibachi. <*> 

During 0‘Dowd's month at Iwo 
Jima his destroyer also was as- 
signed the target-tempting search- 
light duty. The Hyman picked up 
the fliers and crew of the Saratoga 
when it was rendered “hors de 
combat.” It raced to the rescue of 
another flat top but when O’Dowd’s 
destroyer reached the spot all that 
could be seen was an oil slick on 
the ocean. 

Back, to the Philippines steamed 
the fleet to prepare for the Oki- 
nawa campaign. Admiral Kelly 
Turner was commander of the fleet 
at the time the Hyman had stand- 
by duty for the landing. 

A few days later the Hyman 
drew a radar picket assignment to 
protect Admiral Marc Mitcher's 
cask Force 58. The destroyer had 
only been at its station four and 
a half hours when a vicious, sus- 
tained Kamikaze attack by - Jap 
Zekes began crashing into the 
Pkket ships. 

Three of the Kamikazes w r ere 
blasted as they made runs on the 
yman. a fourth managed to 
pierce the heavy curtain of fire and 
•fashed into the destroyer amid- 
Ps. above the torpedo tube. 

•ft broke out and spread to the 
» followed by a big explosion, 
ne the Hyman limped back to 

L repair b ^ se . it accounted for three 
rfK)re Jap pl an e S . 

Shrapnel and flying chunks of 
ins hit Bill O'Dowd in several 

wh was side 

Kh took the worst beating. His 

^ Virile was broken and his left 
Was compound fractured. 

Iiei '! ,,0ved 10 hospital ship Re- 
v, A a ter five days, he was taken 
•Vvt rnV 114 at Saipan. 

M, | ” te ks later he was sent to 
Hospital 113 in San Fran- 

At the Army hospital Bill had 
four operations on his left arm. A 
plate had to be put in to stabilize 
the fracture. 

After union had taken place, the 
plate was removed by an ortho- 
pedic surgeon at this hospital. 
Then the peripheral nerve doctors 
went to work on him. 

Bill had lost three inches of his 
radial nerve; so a delicate opera- 
tion had to be performed. A trans- 
plant was effected by drawing the 
upper part of the nerve under the 
apex of the arm and joining it to 
the end of the lower segment. 
While Bill still has a “drop wrist,’ 
the general condition of his arm is 
much improved. 

When a bone fragment drifted 
into the wound area of his ankle, 
an operation was necessary to re- 
move it. Although O’Dowd’s ankle 
causes his foot to bow inward, he 
gets along quite well. Further sur- 
gery was considered risky; so he 
will have a permanent “list to 

Bill had been a member of the 
Naval Reserve for almost a year 
before being called to active duty 
on October, 1942. Prior to that 
date, he attended the Massachu- 
setts College of Pharmacy for one 

When discharged from the ser- 
vice, Bill plans to return to the 
study of pharmacy — or, if the con- 
dition of his hand permits, he wants 
to study dentistry. 

Bill O'Dowd hails from Law- 
rence, Mass., and his main sporting 
interests are swimming, skiing and 
ice skating. 

William Sundin, Oak Knoll 
Benefactor Extraordinary 

Among Oak Knoll’s closest friends is a genial, affable and soft- 
spoken man — William G. Sundin. A native of Oakland, Mr. Sundin is 
probably best known by the patients although he is a favorite of many 
of the statT. 

As a representative of the Disabled American Veterans, Mr. Sundin 
volunteers to come twice a week to the Oak Knoll wards to project 
16 mm. motion pictures. He has done this since 4 September 1942 and 

has now amassed to his credit a 
total of 945 different showings 
throughout the hospital. 

But it is not only because of 
these shows that he is well known, 
for he has been active in the pro- 
motion of many other benefits to 
Oak Knoll. The chapel organ was 
donated by a group of people in 
El Cerrito due to the efforts of Mr. 
Sundin. Last Saturday’s fishing 
trip was arranged and prepared by 
him and his fellow Legionnaires. 
At the opening of the hospital, 
Santa-like Mr. Sundin aided in the 
distribution of small sums of 
money to men whose pay records 
had been lost in the confusion. 

It would take a long list to ac- 
count for the many deeds of hu- 
manitarian William Sundin, who 
was wounded in the Argonne while 
serving with the 361st Infantry in 
the first World War. 

William G. Sundin 

It can be truthfully said that he 
has been one of the most important 
forces in keeping the hospital 
morale at a high level both during 
the war and this post-war period. 

5 Busy Boilers Bring Bearable Warmth 
To Oak Knoll s Radiators and Water 

Under the five large smoke 
stacks in the southern portion of 
the compound rests a collection of 
machine-age marvels in the struc- 
ture known as the Power House. 

The unit was put into commis- 
sion on 1 July, 1942, by Chief Engi- 
neer William Gross, Engineman 
Arthur Kerby, and Fireman Byron 
Chambers, and the five immense 
boilers have been producing steam 
ever since. 

Then, in ’43, Fireman George 
Dunson, joined the group, and 
Fireman Frank Hilliker started 
duty there as a Navy enlisted man, 
and after discharge in ’45, he re- 
turned to help keep the fires burn- 
ing. The year of ’44 found improve- 
ments in construction and the ad- 
dition of Fireman Claus Horst and 
Engineman Clarence McGuirt. 

The complement was raised 
again in ’45 when the heat produc- 
ing department acquired another 
engineman, Frank O. Brantley, and 
four more firemen; Clarence 
Brown, George Johnson, Armelim 
Harrison and Victor Calderon. 
Floyd Standlee assumed the duties 
of a fireman in ’46. 

The six 19,000 gallon, oil tanks 
keep the boilers in an adequate 
amount of fuel, and in a 24-hour 
run there are between 320,000 to 
350,000 pounds of steam produced. 
With lour centrifugal pumps work- 
ing steady, there has been a steady 
supply of steam pressure, with the 
consequential product of a well 
heated hospital. 

Fireman Clarence Brown con- 
centrates his talents on the main- 
tenance of a “column.” 

Again the shelves of the 
BLOOD BANK are empty. 
Whole BLOOD is now urg- 
ently needed. All types and 
factors of BLOOD will be 
gratefully accepted. Make 
your appointment to give at 
the BLOOD BANK today— 
Extension 226. 

Jimmy Grier, the musical 
host of the Pacific Coast, will 
he at Oak Knoll on the after- 
noon and evening of Monday, 
the 23rd, for a stage show and 
an All Hands Dance. 

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Saturday, 14 September, 19(j 


Out through the gate at 0700 and 
back in at 1800, but what a day it 
was last Sunday for the seventy- 
eight Knollerites who signed up at 
the Recreation Department for the 
fishing trip sponsored by the Bill 
Erwin Post No. 337 of the Ameri- 
can Legion. 

After boarding buses at the bag- 







room, the party was driven to Port 
Chicago where they were met by a 
group of Legionnaires passing out 
cigarettes. There, two small boats 
loaned by the Navy for the trip, a 
small fire-launch and an LSM, 
transported the group to Roe Is- 
land in the middle of the bay. 

Fishing tackle and bait were 
given out, and the seventy-eight 
men were dispersed to various 
points about the island to try their 
luck at the ancient sport. Others 
soon found more sport in the 
“brews” — four barrels full were 

• Movie Schedule • 

Sat., Sept. 14 — Mask of Dimitrios, 
Sidney Greenstreet. 

Sun., Sept. 15 — Gallant Journey, 
Glenn Ford, Janet Blair. 

Mon., Sept. 16 — Impatient, Jean 
Arthur, Lee Bowman. 

Tues., Sept. 17 — No Leave, No 
Love, Van Johnson, Marie Wil- 

Wed., Sept. 18 — Shadows Over 
Chinatown, Sidney Toler, Sen 

Thurs., Sept. 19 — The Killers, Burt 
Lancaster, Ava Gardner. 

Fri., Sept. 20 — Caesar and Cleo- 
patra, Claude Rains, Vivian 

Sat., Sept. 21 — Roxie Hart, Ginger 
Rogers, George Montgomery. 
The above movies are shown one 

day later at the Officers’ Club. 

the day’s complement. 

A World War I vet tried chow 
call on the bugle, but it served the 
purpose anyway. Each man re- 
ceived a plate full of salad and 
vegetables and a large T-bone 
steak broiled over charcoal by the 
industrious cooks. There was also 
an ample amount of roast lamb, 
various fruits, French bread, coffee 
and still more beer. 

The afternoon was spent by 
some, fishing; some, sleeping; some, 
sunning; some, swimming; some, 
eating, and others, just drinking 
beer. Supper was eaten at 1600. 
Alter the awarding of prizes, the 
party again boarded the boats and 
were returned to the mainland. 

The prize for the largest fish was 
received by HAle K. J. Bateman 
for a 20-inch striped bass. Second 
was S2c Archie English with a 
nineteen-incher, third was CCS L. 
Roberts. The prize for the most fish 
was awarded to vet Wallace An- 
derson. IiAlc “Tex” Mayfield won 
the “smallest” prize. All the prizes 
were leather brush and comb kits. 

The entire group embarked on 
buses where each received a small 
manicure set. Then with full stom- 
achs and sunburned noses they re- 
turned to the Knoll. 

The party was arranged by Mr. 
William Sundin, Hospital Chair- 
man of the Post and Mr. Elmer 
Nelson, Post Commander. 

BOQ Information 

Officers may obtain BOQ assign* , 
ments at the BOQ desk. Transient |'j 
Officers’ Processing Bureau, Rooa 
210, 45 Hyde Street. From 17# 
until 0800, BOQ assignments . 
be obtained from the District Staf • 
Duty Officer, Federal Office Buil£ 

Navy wife; “Couldn’t you thin* 
of anything better than conun| 
home in this drunken conditional 
Husband: “Yes. m’dear, but sht 
was out of town.” 

Coming A ttractions 
of Recreation Dept 

Sat., Sept. 14— A. W. V. S. picnic. 
18 men. 

Sun., Sept. 15 — Football oan#J 
50 men. • * 

Mon., Sept. 16 — Ida's Plantation- 
dinner party, 4 men. 

Tues., Sept. 17 — Baseball , M 

Wed., Sept. IS — Lake Mcrriffl 
Hotel, dinner party , 8 men. J 

Thurs., Sept. 19 — Baseball, 


Fri., Sept, 20— Wrestling Match II 
30 men. 

Sat., Sept. 21— A. W. V. S.pic 
18 men. 

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Vol. 5. No. 38 


Edgar and Charlie Here Monday 


Congratulations go to the follow- 
ing staff officers after the comple- 
tion of the excellent jobs they have 
performed at Oak Knoll. Trans- 
ferred last week were: Lt. Comdr. 
Robert C. Burnham, MC, USN; Lt. 
Dale B. Patterson, MC, USN; Lt. 
(j. g.) Wallace B. Hussong, MC, 
USNR; Lt. (j. g.) Claud M. Bays, 
MC. USNR; Lt. (j. g.) Francis A. 
Munson, MC, USNR; Lt. (j. g.) 
Thomas W. Anderson, MC, USNR; 
Lt. (j. g.) Donald S. Thorn, MC, 

i 1 i 

Last week found the Administra- 
tion Building a site of noise and 
labor as sanding machines went to 
work prior to the placing of com- 
position tile on the lower deck of 
the building. 

i / / 

The Navy recently sold 312 
dozen diapers. They really weren’t 
diapers at all, explained the War 
Asets Administration — just sur- 
plus arm slings. 

i i i 

Red Cross recreation workers are 
particularly anxious to contact 'any 
patients or members of the staff 
"ho play the piano or other musi- 
^dl instruments. If you are inter- 
in joining a group to play for 
your own enjoyment or for the 
^erd entertainments please call at 
Red Cross Music Supply Office, 
->-ond deck of the Ship’s Service 
r leave y°ur name with the Rec- 
kon Secretary. 

„ 1 i i 

17- *he sake of those who hike 
he ba « ro «m looking for the In- 
^r*nce Office, it is not there any 
The present location 


is in 

r *ar of the Patient Personnel 
- on the main deck of the Ad- 

•toktration Building 

Nav y has disestablished 


’ivities, including 147 
bases » an d have declared 
a ble c ,° r °^herwise made avail- 
^terM blllion dollars worth of 

J *P'an' SinCe tlle surrender <>* 

Grier To Appear Same Day 

Jimmie Grier and vocalist Jeanne Taylor. 

Jimmie Plays For Show and Dance 

Jimmie Grier, “Musical Host of the Coast,” will further his excellent 
reputation when he displays his orchestra’s wares next Monday at Oak 
Knoll. Jimmie and the band have recently come from a record-breaking 
stay at the Biltmore Bowl in Los Angeles. 

Jimmie is an adopted native Californian, formerly gracing the State 
of Pennsylvania with his presence. After graduation from high school 
in Los Angeles, young Grier worked as musician, playing the violin, 
guitar, saxaphone, clarinet, flute and doing his share of arrangements 
until 1931, at which time he organized his own orchestra. 

After a year’s engagement at the • 
exclusive Cocoanut Grove, he fol- 

lowed with a successful six months 
at the Palomar Ballroom, and then 
sought further laurels with a four- 
year engagement at the Biltmore. 
After three years of radio, theater 
engagements, one-nighters, Jimmie 
joined the Coast Guard in 1942. 
Jimmie attained the rank of Lt. 
(j. g.) after enlistment and was 
given directorship of the 11th 
Naval District Coast Guard Band. 

Grier has quite a reputation for 
his excellent musical arrange- 
ments, and has several published 
songs to his credit one of the best 

being “The Object of My Affec- 

The lovely vocalist fronting the 
Grier band is another former mem- 
ber of his pre-war band, blonde 
Jeanne Taylor. Jeanne is tops on 
ballads and blues, and is equally 
adept at novelty tunes. 

The Grier aggregation is being 
brought to the stage and dance 
floor of Oak Knoll through the ef- 
forts of Ens. Charles Taylor, Rec- 
reation Officer. There will be an 
afternoon show in the amphithe- 
ater, and an All-Hands Dance in 
the evening of the 23d. 

Straight from Hollywood to 
the Auditorium of Oak Knoll 
Monday morning will come 
Edgar Bergen and his fine- 
grained chip-off-the-old-block 
Charlie McCarthy. The show, 
to be presented at 1100, will be 
backed by musical renditions 
on the piano by dexterous Ray 
Noble and a group of other 
theatrical and motion picture 

It will always be a toss-up as to 
whether Edgar Bergen or Charlie 
McCarthy is the head man of the 
famous team. 

Bergen, radio’s first ventrilo- 
quist, discovered his unique talent 
while he was still a student at 
Lakeview High School in Chicago, 
and it was at this time that he con- 
ceived the idea for Charlie. His 
inspiration was an urchin newsboy 
with an impish face and bright red 
hair. Bergen got hold of a master 
craftsman and the carefully carved 
features of Charlie were the result. 

Young Bergen put his wooden 
associate to work entertaining 
small children between serial 
movies at Saturday matinees. Dur- 
ing summer vacation he and Char- 
lie worked in Chautauqua. 

Unable to decide on college or a 
theatrical career, Bergen decided 
to try to do both. Charlie came 
to his rescue and helped pay for 
Edgar’s way through Northwest- 
ern University. 

After graduation in 1927, Ber- 
gen toured the world for ten years 
playing in vaudeville. Returning 
to America, he found vaudeville 
had disappeared and adapted his 
act to night clubs and floor shows. 

Rudy Vallee, spotting Bergen’s 
act, considered him possible radio 
talent. Alter a guest performance 
on Vallee’s “Variety Hour,” De- 
cember 6, 1936, Bergen and Mc- 
Carthy made overnight success. 

Charlie’s new girl-friend and 
singing discovery, Anita Gordon, 
is 15 years old and a Sophomore at 
Hollywood High School. 

Alter winning a screen test 
eleven years ago, which proved to 
be a hoax, Anita and parents 
moved to Hollywood and decided 
to stay. On September 8 of this 
year, Charlie, her discoverer, 
signed her to a contract to sing for 

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Saturday, 21 September, 154. 

The Oak Leaf 

U. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland. California 

Captain A. n. Ocarina (MC) U.S.N., Medical Officer in Command) Captain 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) U.S.N., Executive OOlcer. 

Editorial Staff: PhM3c George F. Cahill. Jr.. Editor; IIAlc Robert V. Davis. 
Associate Editor) Lt. Louise E. Dowlen W-USNR. Editorial Advisor. 

Photographers: F. L. Utt. PhM2c; J. Ozler. PhM3c; J. O. Simmons. I*hM3c. 
Contributors of the week: The American Red Cross 

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Bulletin 31 May, 1D45. “The Oak Leaf*' receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republication of credited matter prohibited wlthcnt permission of CNS. 

* rom both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of “The Oak Leaf," U. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 

Saturday, September 21, 1946 

No. 38 

A Different New Year 

Commencing at sunset on Wednesday 25 and continuing 
through sunset on Friday 27 the Jewish people all over the 
world who are mindful of their tradition will celebrate Rosh 
Hashanah and will pray to God “to hasten the time when the 
mighty shall be just and the just mighty; when all the children 
of men shall form one band of brotherhood; when national 
arrogance and oppression shall have passed away, like so 
much smoke from the earth. . . . The New Year festival is 
far other than the mere opening day, according to the olden 
Jewish reckoning, of another year in the flight of time. ... It 
is not a time of revelry. It is a solemn season of self-examina- 
tion and self-judgment in the life of the Jew.” 

After services held on the two days of the New Year, some 
families will receive or visit relatives or dear friends. There 
may be modest refreshments or a duck dinner, or chicken or 
turkey. But it is a thoughtful, serious day. 

Some of us not of Jewish faith have wondered about the 
date of this New Year. The Jewish calendar is based on lunar 
reckoning. The circling of the moon around the earth consti- 
tutes a month, and 12 months a year. This lunar year is shorter 
by about 11 days than the solar year. So every two or three 
years an adjustment is made by adding another month of 29 
days. Jewish months never run parallel to the months of the 
solar year, and therefore Jewish holidays fall on different 
dates each year on the civil calendar. Originally the New Year 
was celebrated on but one day. But it happened that when 
the Jews of Palestine sent messengers to carry tidings of the 
new moon, this method was so slow that not all the com- 
munities could be reached in one day. The High Court in 
Jerusalem ordered that the Jews outside Palestine should 
celebrate each of the principal festivals for two days. This 
usage persisted even after the permanent calendar was 
adopted, though reformed Judaism has returned to the orig- 
inal day. 

Now, when the thoughts of all the world are turned toward 
the hope of a permanent peace, we might be mindful of the 
New Year’s prayer of every earnest Jew — that he “think not 
only of himself, but of peace and blessedness for all mankind.” 

As the sun sets this September 25th, Jews throughout the world will 
usher in their religious New Year. They will assemble in their places 
of worship and beg forgiveness for their past sins. They will say their 
prayers and make resolutions to live more worthily in the future. This 
New Year’s day is full of solemnity and awe. It is hallowed by history 
and tradition. 

Red Cross Ramblings 

Wednesday evening members of 
the Alameda Rod and Gun Club 
brought the thrill and beauty of 
the open spaces to Ward 64B with 
their color movie “Realm of the 
Wild.” Craftsmen in the ward were 
interested in the decoys which one 
of the members had made. Each 
week a different group from the 
Sportsmen’s Club of the Bay area 
visits the hospital, showing current 
sports movies and leads discussions 
in new trends in the sports field. 

The Oakland Public Library 
sponsored an exciting book review 
last Thursday evening, September 
12. The Misses Collins and Riddle 
from the library reviewed the book 
“Southern California Country” by 
Carey McWilliams. Much interest 
was shown by out-of-state men 
and, of course, native Californians 
fairly burst with pride at the hu- 
morous stories and information 
about this wonderful state. Sugges- 
tions were made by the men. Book 
reviewers are scheduled to come to 
the hospital every other Thursday 
evening, visiting a different ward 
each time. 

More Craft Shop News! There is 
quite a supply of salvage leather 
straps that any pooch would be 
proud to wear as a collar providing 
the master will come to the shop 
and spend an hour or so. During 
the past week there has been a big 
demand for goggles. The frames 
have no lenses, but with a little 
ingenious cutting and fitting, the 
lenses are easily made from plexi- 
glass. Christmas will soon be here 
and you may not have another op- 
portunity to make some lovely gifts 
— such as hand-blocked nylon 
blouses and aprons, cocktail nap- 
kins and cork mats and coasters. 


This week's Oak Leaf Clusff 
goes to a quiet, inconspicuojj 
patient of Ward 49B, Ron-Jl 
Cournoyer Ylc. Ronald’s 
tribution to the welfare of i« 
compound is the daily present* 
tion of his superior musical taL 

Each evening before the ligjJy 
in the Ship’s Service auditorii^ 
are dimmed for the movie, Ro£| 
aid plays the organ before tfej 
usually impatient audience. For 
more than half an hour, a co|U 
tinuous .stream of the latqj|{ 
tunes are rendered by the de*j 
terous organist. 

It is men like Ronald Cour- 
noyer, who volunteers his talest i 
seven days a week to the beneft ! 
of all hands who deserve this 
meager slap on the back by, 
means of the Oak Leaf Cluster. J 

Belknap of Ward 46B likes the?!j | 
so well even a complicated opera- 
tion cannot keep him away & 

Mr.' A. J. Hogan of Ward 4 -l. 
was watching the eight Oakli$ 
men the other day with their 
model parade which was condu 
on to the ward. He asked for onatf 
the men to come over to his k. 
To Hogan’s question, “Ha vent 
seen you some place before?" 
developed that one of the rau& 
men was a good friend of Mr. E * 
gan’s brother twenty-three ye*n 
ago. The moral of the story is if yes 
stay long enough at Oak Knoll, jii 
can probably see most everjte 
you know. 

PhM3c: “They tell me that y 
wife is outspoken.” 

HAlc: “Yeah? By whom?” I 

Bttitnr ^rrnirps 


Chaplains — E. C. Andrews, E. D. Sneary. 
Sunday — 

Morning Service . . . 1000 

Communion Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday in Chapel) — 1800. 
Choir — Monday & Thursday, 1400-1500. 
Protestant Chaplains' offices are located 

on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 
Christian Science: 

Wartime minister will be at the recep- 

tion office in the Chapel every Tues- 
day at 1400 to 1600. 

L. D. S. (Mormon): 
Services 1930 Thursday. 


Chaplain — Carl Herold. 

Sunday Mass-4630. 0830, 1130. 
Weekday Mass — 0800 and 1630. 
Confessions before all Masses. 
Novena and Benediction, 1630 Tuesrii: 
Catholic Chaplains' offices are locate 
the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 


Divine Service — 1745 Friday, condttCa 
by Chaplain A. Barnston. 

The Field Representative of the » 
tional Jewish Welfare Board, flos®^ 
Service Dept., is in attendance oa 
hospital compound on Tuesdays P 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He has-' 
fice hours at the reception office of ^ 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and front t* 
to 2000 on Fridays. 

idolatry, to make known to all men that to God alone every knee : 
bend and every tongue give homage. 

According to the story, God is pictured as sitting upon the great 
throne of judgment, and all the children of men pass in review before 
His eyes. Each is inscribed in the book of life — some for health and 
happiness, others for disease and death. For ten days the Divine ledger 
remains open, and man’s fate may be changed only by sincere repentance 
and prayer. On the tenth day, the sacred Day of Atonement, the book 
is closed and sealed. It is interesting to note that a Jew may not ap- 
proach the Almighty in prayer until he has first been forgiven by the 
man he may have wronged. 

This Jewish New Year is one of the most spiritual religious holidays 
in the world. Since the time of Abraham, the Jew has represented reli- 
gion in action to the world. He has been true to his moral purpose on 
earth; to battle corruption and evil, to overcome superstition and 

Over the course of the ages the Jew has seen the basic principk 
his faith become the cornerstone of western civilization. His pro? 
sies of a common brotherhood of all men, his dream of a better 
of tomorrow have become the vision splendid for Christianity, Mohs 
medanism and all mankind. 

Today more than ever Jewish New Years serves to redirect 
gaze to that time when “old men shall dream dreams and vounfi? 
shall see visions,” “when each and every man shall sit under the 
of his own vine and fig tree and none shall make him afraid.” 
the truths of religion first given by the Jew, shall become the com? 
heritage of all humanity. 

12th Naval District. • 


Page Three 

^doY. 21 September, 1946 

Discharge of 

5' 1X -Year Men 

* t0 budgetary limitations, 
/“is need of an immediate re- 
ZtioD in the personnel strength 
Ttl c Navy, according to AlNav 
{ oi laS t week. To obtain this 
. Regular Navy enlisted per- 
tr ; cl including USN(SV) , re- 
cess of expiration of enlist- 
™ t> are to be discharged at their 
^ request subject to the follow- 
ing condition?. 

\U men who were inducted into 
’ jjsw and who subsequently 
Ousted in the Regular Navy class- 
nation USN(SV), with the ex- 
cation of Hospital Corpsmen and 
Electronic and Radio personnel. 

New Navy Driving T ests Now 
Qiven on Hospital Compound 

gjgh rated men now serving in 
n S. Navy six-year first enlist- 
ments who have completed four or 
tvore years. Duty in the USNR or 
inactive -duty is not to be counted 
in the four years. 

Personnel in a disciplinary status 
or those requiring medical treat- 
ment or sick in a hospital or any- 
one retained by Deputy Coal Mines 
Administrator will not -be dis- 
charged under this directive. 

Once transferred for discharge- 
upon his own request he will not be 
permitted to withdraw his request. 
The discharge will be for conve- 
nience of Government. 

Female Personnel 
Feature Civvies 

Effective 20 September 1946, Al- 
Njv 518-46 authorizes the wearing 
of civilian clothes by all officers of 
the Navy Nurse Corps and the 
Women's Reserve when on author- 
ized leave of absence, shore leave 
or off duty status on shore, and by 
all enlisted personnel of the Wom- 
ens Reserve when on liberty or 
authorized leave of absence. 

Chilian clothes may not' be worn 
on this base to any social function, 
while they may be worn to 
an ^ from the main gate, there is to 
be no loitering on the way. Person- 
nel wearing civilian clothes will 
be allowed to visit Ship's §er- 
*ice or other recreational areas. 

In line with the national program of Automotive Safety, J. J. Bolton 
and M. N. Fowler have inaugurated a series of driving tests for Navy 
and civilian drivers attached to Oak Knoll. 

The tests, started in August, were formerly given on the Alameda 
skill course and with the use of Alameda’s coordination instruments. 
Due to the inconvenience of driving to Alameda, Mr. Bolton coop- 
erated with Public Works, and now Oak Knoll is the proud possessor 
of three reflex-testing machines and an excellent skill course. 

Mr. Bolton, original examiner, 
chose Mr. Fowler as an assistant 
when Fowler passed the test with 
the highest marks. The two, in 
collaboration, are giving a stiff 
test which, when passed, should as- 
sure safe and competent drivers 
behind the wheel of Navy vehicles. 
To take the test, Navy personnel 
must have a valid State operator’s 
or chauffeur’s license. The first part 
of the test consists of tw’o written 
examinations, each containing 50 

Next comes the gauntlet of ma- 
chines. After four trials at the 
computor of Field of Vision, the 
applicant moves on to the Steadi- 
ness machine. This consists of 
moving a metal rod between two 
metallic plates. The slot narrows 
toward the bottom, and is grad- 
uated on the side. Once the rod is 
touched to the side a red light 
flashes, and the lowest distance ob- 

tained without touching is record- 
ed. Five trials are given on this 

And last is a machine that very 
few compounds have — a Foot-Re- 
action Timer. This measures the 
time, in hundreths of seconds, that 
the applicant needs to switch his 
foot from the gas to the brake. 
Upon an unexpected flash of light 
the driver swiftly transfers his foot 
and the time is recorded on a re- 
volving disc behind the machine. 

After the coordination is re- 
corded, the driver then tries his 
talent on the skill course to test 
his ability to drive at close range. 
Among the stiffer parts of the 
course is the smooth-stop, which 
the driver makes at the speed of 20 
MPH, and the parking test. Also 
in the course is the “S curve,” the 
“H” and driving on a straight line. 
To finish the test a Road Test in 
regular traffic is given. 

RC Overseas 
Policies Set 

The War Department, Navy De- 
partment and the American Red 
Cross have entered into new coop- 
erative arrangements for the con- 
tinuance of Red Cross overseas 
club service for occupational troops 
and overseas Naval personnel. 

Under this plan of operation the 
Army and Navy will continue to 
supply quarters in which club op- 
erations will be carried on. The 
Army and Navy will now furnish 
the general maintenance person- 
nel and will operate within the 
club’s canteen selling food and 
non-alcoholic beverages. 

The Red Cross will provide 
trained personnel to manage, su- 
pervise and connect the recrea- 
tional programs carried on within 
the clubs. The organization will 
also furnish refreshments without 
costs at special entertainment 

The War Department considers 
continuation of these overseas club 
operations highly essential to the 
morale and welfare of personnel 
and has requested the continuation 
of this service. 

In addition to the armed forces, 
the facilities will be available to 
dependents of servicemen and 
other overseas personnel of the 
Navy and War Departments. 

BuMed Announces 
104th Birthday 

The month of September wit- 
nesses the start of the 105th year 
of the Bureau of Medicine and 
Surgery. Four major wars and 104 
years ago, it was established as the 
Navy’s guiding agency in matters 
of health and disease. Since that 
time 23 men have handled the 
post of Surgeon General. 

Composed of commissioned offi- 
cers who are graduates of approved 
medical schools, the Medical Corps 
is the senior staff corps of the 
Navy. Three other corps compose 
the medical department — the Hos- 
pital, the Dental and the Nurse 

Page Four 


Qrunting Qroivling Qrapplers 

The afternoon of Thursday, 12 September, saw a group of pugilists 
and wrestlers exhibit their prowess in the Oak Knoll amphitheater. 
Above shows the end of one of the bouts. The nice gentleman with 
the bandaged leg managed to throw his assailant and then proceeded 
to gnaw on his carpals and metacarpals. The latter gave up. 


Archive - man Chief Marquard 
reports that Chief Strickland, now 
working at staff personnel, bought 
a toy train for himself, originally 
intended for his son, age 2Vk. Every 
evening Strickland Junior watches 
papa play with the choo-choo. 

Rowland Reed (he takes pictures 
of guts) has been hitting the liberty 
road faithfully in the past few 
weeks. He has some femme by the 
name of Bubbles (a product of one 
of the all hands dances) located in 
the near vicinity of the hospital. 
Also from graphic arts. Farrell Utt, 
the man with the brand new second 
stripe, is spending a few days over 
at Berkeley to help in the registra- 
tion of students. 

Bill Baker, the power behind 
ward 40B, has been spending a lot 
of time by the Red Cross Recrea- 
tion office; seems he knows some- 
one there pretty well, maybe Bar- 
bara Murphy. 

Another sprouting romance ap- 
pears on the Oak Knoll compound, 
pert Ev Terry and glamour-boy 
Wes Cropper. Talking about men 
and women, we hear of a few 
lonely hearts, namely Mac Mc- 
Cracken minus a girl from Reno, 
Mike Vitt minus one who used to 
work in the CO’s office and Graham 
Whitney with a-cute Wave trouble. 

That pair going hunting on the 

weekends is Jim Graham and Billy 
Townes. The other pair leaving 
the gate is Robie Robischaud and 
Keith Bateman. They’re off for a 
little golf. 

That isn't an albino coming down 
the ramp, nor a fellow who fell in 
a bucket of whitewash. It’s J. J. 
Gorman. “JJ” found that with a 
little ethanol (that’s the stuff that 
puts the kick in not-so-soft bever- 
ages) in his system, he was unable 
to discern between the oak tree 
and the other oak which grows 
close to the ground. 

Leaving the Oak Knoll com- 
pound this week lor the Alameda 
civilianization processing plant is a 
list of eighteen-month reservists: 
Don Babcock. Dick Courtney, 
George Wood, Ken Ilarmon, Jim 
Miller, Jack Smith, Ray Dixson, Irv 
Baldwin, A1 Abrams, Howie Le- 
vine. Fete Charland, Ray Duch- 
arme, Milt Beale, Russ Curtis, Dick 
Bush, Gay Entrot, Jack Ankner, 
Dick Bachman, Lennie Laskowski, 
Frank Pickett, Harry Roper and 
Murray Powlen. 

Focussing the spotlight on the 
tennis-court, each morning Lee 
Cartrell and AI Hammer are seen 
batting the ball back and forth 
while the sun rises. In the after- 
noon, Rick Bronson, not to be con- 
fused with Bill Tilden, and Frankie 
Griffin, not; to be confused with 
Alice Marble, practice their slam- 
bang game. 

Saturday, 21 September, 1< 

Coming A ttractions 
of Recreation Dept. 

Sept., 21, Sat. — A. W. V. S. pic- 
nic, 18 men. 

Sept. 22, Sun. — Football Game, 
50 men. 

Sept. 23, Mon. — Ida’s Plantation , 
dinner party, 4 men. 

Sept. 25, Wed. — Lake Merritt 
Hotel, dinner party, 8 men. 

Sept. 28, Sat. — A. W. V. S. pic- 
nic 18 men. Football game, 
Calif, vs. Wisconsin, 50 men. 





• Movie Schedule • 

Sat., Sept. 21 — Roxie Hart. Ginger 
Rogers, George Montgomery. 

Sun., Sept. 22 — Spectre of the Rose, 
Ilan Kurov, Viola Essen. 

Mon., Sept. 23 — Around the World, 
Kay Kyser, Joan Davis. 

Tues., Sept. 24 — If I’m Lucky, Viv- 
ian Blaine, Harry James. 

Wed., Sept. 25 — Mysterious In- 
truder, Richard Dix, Barton Mc- 

Thurs., Sept. 26 — Crack lip, Pat 
O’Brien, Claire Trevor. 

Fri., Sept. 27 — Nobody Lives For- 
ever, John Garfield, Geraldine 

Sat., Sept. 28 — Music for Millions, 
June Allyson, Jose Iturbi. 

The above movies are shown one 

day later at the Officers’ Club. 


















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Fountain pen. Identify at Civil| 
Personnel Office. 

Model Plane Entrants V ie for Prizes 

Showing Miss Betty Heath of Red Cross their entry into the a ,l0U \ 
Model Airplane Contest are Michael Albanese, TM3c, and co-o * 11 
A. R. Rubenstein, Sic. Both men are patients on Ward 44A, altlM®! 
Rubenstein is leaving the hospital Monday. 

The eyes of model airplane en- 
thusiasts will turn to Golden Gate 
Park Polo Field on Sunday, 22 
September, when the San Fran- 
cisco Junior Chamber of Com- 
merce, under the auspices of the 
American Model Association, will 
sponsor its Third Annual Model 
Plane Contest. 

Topping the list of over $2000 in 
prizes are three scholarships total- 

ing $1000 that have been dortf 
by the Standard Oil Company 

Among the enthusiasts of! 
Knoll are* four men who are ed 
ing their gas models. A. R. R u || 
stein. Sic, 44A, and co-ovnflB 
chael Albanese, TM3c, 44A, ure^l 
tering a gas powered model. 
Dolan, vet., 74B, and Cecil Bvo. 
vet., 74B. will enter similar mfli 


Lpper row left to right: Charlie’s operation in progress. V ocalist 
lecture by Professor Ercil Twing. Edgar Bergen alias the surgeon. 
Lower row left to right: Master-of-ceremonies Ken Carpenter, 
the anesthesia or the nurse. 

Anita Gordon. Charlie making comments about the audience. A 
Mortimer Snerd and Edgar. Ray Noble at the piano. Charlie reacting 

They were all there: Edgar Ber- 
Ray Noble, Ken Carpenter, 
Gordon, Pat Patrick (alias 
fhtfessor Ercil Twing), Charlie 
cCarthy and even his rural cous- 
in Mortimer Snerd. 

Last Monday morning, the Edgar 
show arrived to play before 
^Packed audience, conducted 
ou 6h the Main Gate by a police 
At 1100 the show com- 
ed with smooth-voiced Ken 
•Center, of NBC fame, taking 

the microphone as master-of-cere- 
monies and introducing Ray Noble 
at the piano. 

Ken then introduced beauteous 
Anita Gordon to the more than at- 
tentive audience. Sixteen-year-old 
Anita began with “They Say Its 
Wonderful” and “The Sun in the 
Morning,” both songs bringing 
down the house in thunderous ap- 
plause. She then sang “Doing 
What Comes Naturally.” 

It was Charlie and Edgar in the 

next act, a takeoff on operative 
technique featuring a curvaceous 
nurse in an obviously non-regula- 
tion uniform. 

The next on the stage was a lec- 
ture by Professor Ercil Twing (Pat 
Patrick) who presented a pedago- 
guish instruction with pictures to 
the troublesome class who were 
rolling in the aisles before the end 
of the lecture. 

Then appeared Mortimer Snerd 
with his reddened cheeks, crooked 

dentures and corn-fed witticisms, 
followed by Bergen’s new charac- 
ter, Ophelia, who represents the 
traits of the most eccentric old 
maids. Ophelia is made with mas- 
cara, Bergen’s hand, and two pieces 
of cloth. 

The show closed with charming 
Anita Gordon singing “Embrace- 
able You” and a closing comment 
by Ken Carpenter. 

The show was obtained through 
the efforts of Ens. C. Taylor. 

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Saturday. 28 September, 

Tfce Oak Lea f 

U. 8. Nivil Hospital. Oakland. California 

Captain A. O. Hearing (MC) U.S.N., Medical Officer In Commands 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) U.S.N., Ezecatlve Officer. 


4 Editorial . Staff : PhM3c George F. Cahill. Jr.. Editor; HAlc Robert V. Davis. 
Jr/ Associate Editor; Lt. Louise E. Dowlen W-USNR. Editorial Advisor. 

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Photographers: II. Wayland. PhM2c; J. Oiler, PhMKc; J. O. Simmons. PhMSc. 

Contributors of the week: The American Red Cross 



Red Cross Ramblings 


Advisement Uni 


The Oak Lear* la a weekly publication produced commercially at no coat to the 
^porernment and In compliance with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 45-526 Semi-Monthly 

Bulletin 31 May. 1945. “The Oak Leaf" receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
and is a member of the Ship's Editorial Association. Rcpublication of credited 
matter prohibited without permission of CNS and SEA. m 

Contributions from both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of "The Oak Leaf/' U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 

Saturday, September 28, 1946 

No. 39 

Pandemic Hospitalitis 

It is a common fault of a hospital that many of the patients 
receive a disease which we shall call for convenience, hos- 
pitalitis. This common and contagious condition results from 
the resignation of a person’s ambition to the routine of the 
hospital. There are many symptoms of this malfunction: 
counting the boards, watching a fly buzzing around a light, or 
complete relaxation in a dreamy mood for twenty-two hours a 
day; the other two are spent eating. A week or two of this 
disease and it is a surprise that some of the patients are able 
to read or write regardless of their previous education. 

There is only one medication which can cure this sickness; 
that is diversion. Here at Oak Knoll there are ample benefits 
ready to be received by anyone who has enough energy to 
walk a few hundred steps and enough ambition to try to 
develop some skill or receive a little knowledge, or both. 

Oak Knoll is abounding with opportunities which are spe- 
cifically placed to supply both diversion and instruction to per- 
sonnel. For the benefit of those who wish to develop manual 
skill and dexterity, there is the Red Cross Hobby Shop. For 
those who desire to develop their education or improve their 
minds, there is the well-stocked library, and more important 
but less diversive, there is the Educational Services Section 
of the hospital. Not only does this service offer more formal 
education, but it also serves in performing such duties as the 
securing of a high-school diploma, that small piece of paper 
so necessary for success in civilian life. For those who desire 
to add muscles to their list of accomplishments, there are, be- 
sides a well-stocked gymnasium, a number of different varie- 
ties of athletic equipment ready to be drawn any day of the 

It seems to be a pathetic situation to have so many men 
with so much extra time avoid the gold mine of opportunity 
which at all times is only within an arm’s reach. 

To many of us a literal idol is a curiosity to be found only in a 
museum. However, many people practice idolatry today. Anything 
upon which we rely as our highest help is an idol to us. 

Although I cannot mention all the idols we have today, there are 
many people who make an idol of money. Lord Tennyson was attend- 
ing a dinner party one evening when he heard a young lady near 
him speak contemptuously of a girl because she had married a penni- 
less man. The poet rummaged in his pocket, found a penny, and slapped 
it down on the table, saying: “There, I give you that! That is the god 
you worship.” 

Culture may become a god with some. In too man}' instances secu- 
larized education looks down upon religion as something we can do 
without. But, true culture coupled with true religion makes a desirable 

Our idols bring us nothing but disillusionment if they draw us 
away from the God who made us for himself. The writer of Psalm 
16:4 wrote a great truth: “Their sorrows shall be multiplied that 
hasten after another god.” 


You too can paint — designs, pat- 
terns, landscapes, underwater 
scenes. Pvt. Charles Boone, finger 
painting artist on 74A, will start 
giving lessons in composition, color 
harmony, balance, and the funda- 
mentals for painting trees, rock 
formations, flowers, and the Like. 

You will be surprised how easy 
it is to paint with your fingers, 
hands, and arms. Those who have 
watched him work have gotten 
itchy fingers. Now is the chance to 
get in and try. Pvt. Boone will start 
his lessons Monday, September 30, 
at 1330 on ward 74A. The materials 

are all there for you to use. 

* $ * 

The first of a series of Vocational 
Guidance discussion groups was 
held last Monday night on ward 
41 A. Mr. Pollock. Personnel Tech- 
nician of the Oakland Civil Service 
Commission, discussed with the pa- 
tients the opportunities for City, 
County, State, and Country posi- 
tions under the Civil Service Com- 
mission. The men were given an 
opportunity to ask specific ques- 
tions which would give them a 
better understanding of employ- 
ment offered. On Monday, Septem- 
ber 23, Mr. Scott will discuss with 
all men interested, the opportuni- 
ties for employment in the Auto- 
mobile Industry. 

Added to Knolf 
Educational Dept 

Added to Oak Knoll’s Edi 

* * 

Ward 51 A held a fast game of 
“Yap” last Tuesday night, when 
members of the Gray Lady Recrea- 
tion Corps sponsored the event and 
awarded the prizes. Following the 
game, the men gathered around the 
piano for some good “ole singin’, 
accompanied by pianist Mary 
Waite, after which they “partook” 
of the fresh fruit. 

Bikini Test Charlie Is 
Cancelled — Says Blandy 

All preparations for the third 
atom test slated to be held in 
March, 1947, have been cancelled. 
Vice Admiral W. H. P. Blandy, in 
charge of the tests, announced that 
the President has indefinitely post- 
poned the deep under-w T ater test. 
Sufficient data has been secured 
from the other two tests, and com- 
bined with Nagasaki, Hiroshima 
and New Mexico information, it is 
possible that the third test will not 
be required. 

tjonal Services section last 



was an entire Advisement 
Guidance unit to work with^ 
patients and staff of the hos^ 
The unit is located in Building* 
near the main gate. 

With this new arrangement, ft 
now possible for personnel to 
a program under Public Lav 
and Public Law 346 prior to the 
discharge from the service. frf 
gardless of one’s own comra L . | 
all the material in the form | 
tests and letters of eligibility v * 
be sent to the home community-* 
separation from the service, 
procedure saves a great amouaf 
time from the usually long pnjJ 
and also many of the steps ^ 

3 > 

Hi | 

Included in the personnel 
unit are a Vocational Advii 
Psychometrist and Training Of. 
cer. This group is available eicj 
day for the counseling and test 
of aptitudes and for general s 
formation regarding Public L. | 
16 and Public Law 346 (Serv 
man Readjustment Act.) 

Those who have not yet ccr 

pleted their high school educct 

may be able to receive their £ 
ploma by successfully passing 
General Educational Developme: 
Tests. For further information - 
cerning the Educational Serves 
section, contact Pharm. Robert ’ 
Moroney, Building 133 or call Ex- 
tension 221. 

Travel Expenditure: 
In Navy Budget Cut 

Due to a drastic cut in 
appropriations, the Navy is tas-‘> 
steps to cut travel expendit- 
Banning travel to conventions: 
group-meetings except under / 
culiarily urgent conditions, the' 
Navy rules direct commands is? 
ing or requesting travel orders 
be certain the travel involved 2 
urgent that no other means * 
suffice. TAD orders will be gra^ 
only in exceptional cases and ar 
thorough investigation. Gov* 
ment air should be taken advaB& 
of whenever possible. 

Stump i>prmrps 


Chaplains— E. C. Andrews, E. D. Sncary. 
Sunday — 

Morning Service 1000 

Communion Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday In Chapel) — 1800. 

Choir — Monday & Thursday, 1400-1500. 

Protestant Chaplains’ offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Wartime minister will be at the recep- 
tion office In the Chapel every Tues- 
day at 1400 to 1600. 

L. D. S. (Mormon): 
Services 1930 Thursday. 


Chaplain — Carl Herold. 

Sunday Mass — 0630 , 0830, 1130. 
Weekday Mass — 0800 and 1630. 
Confessions before all Masses. 
Novena and Benediction, 1630 Tut? 
Catholic Chaplains’* offices are loc#* 
the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1* I 


Divine Service — 1745 Friday, con* 3 * 
by Chaplain A. Bamston. 

The Field Representative of 
tional Jewish Welfare Board, 
Service DepL, Is in attendance 
hospital compound on Tuesday 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He w 
fice hours at the reception ofnee 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and 
to 2000 on Fridays. 

28 September. 1946 


Page Three 


Capt. Vinnedge 

^| e w X-ray Chief 

ideated in a small unpretentious 
-, e * m the midst of the hustling 
^ bustling X-ray department sits 
auiet and reserved man, Captain 
Kenneth H. Vinnedge (MC), USN. 

Capt. Kenneth H. Vinnedge 

As Chief of Oak Knoll’s X-ray de- 
partment, busy Dr. Vinnedge as- 
sumes the task of supervising and 
directing one of the most active 
; unctions on the hospital com-, 

Captain Vinnedge launched his 
medical career by taking his degree 
at the University of Illinois in 1929. 
After entering the Navy, he took 
in* internship at USNH Chelsea 
and then proceeded to Great Lakes 
where he started his study of X- 
ray under Rear Admiral Owens, 
12th Naval District Medical Offi- 
cer. who was then a Lieut. Com- 

Tours of duty in X-ray followed 
at naval hospitals in Pearl Harbor, 
Philadelphia, Newport and the 
Coco Sola Dispensary in Panama. 
He attended a post-graduate course 
m X-ray at Cornell medical school 
in 1935. 

The outbreak of war found Dr. 
Vinnedge Chief of X-ray on the 
USS Relief. With the commission- 
ing of the cruiser Columbia, he be- 
^me Senior Medical Officer. In 
November of 1943, he returned 
*teteside for a short slay as Chief 

Correct Totaling 

Of Accrued Leave 


Those types of leave which are 
not chargeable against accrued 
leave credit (terminal leave) are: 
(1) Rehabilitation leave recom- 
mended by a medical officer. (2) 
Sick leave. (3) Convalescent leave. 
(4) Leave granted repatriated pris- 
oners of war. And also, authority to 
be away from the place of duty on 
liberty for periods not to exceed 
72 hours is not chargeable against 

Those types of leave which are 
chargeable against accrued leave 
credit are: (1) Annual leave. (2) 
Routine Rehabilitation leave. (3) 
Emergency leave. (4) Advance 
leave. (5) Special leave. (6) Re- 
cruit leave. (7) Embarkation leave. 
(8) Delay en route. (9) Reenlist- 
ment leave. 

Reenlistment leave and exten- 
sion of enlistment leave earned 
since 8 September 1939 (and which 
has not been taken since that time) 
and leave promised as an induce- 
ment to remain on active duty 
since 8 September 1939 (and which 
has not been taken since that time) 
shall not be considered as an ad- 
dition to and, if taken, shall be 
charged against leave accruing 
under the Armed Forces Leave Act 
of 1946. 

of X-ray at Shoemaker. The inva- 
sions of Luzon and Okinawa found 
him back overseas as Staff Medical 
Officer of ComPhibGroup 7. In 
June of 1945, he became Com- 
manding Officer of Base Hospital 
17. A half year later found him 
behind the desk as Executive Of- 
ficer of Fleet Hospital 103 and then 
as a staff medical officer of the 
Island Command of Guam. 

Captain Vinnedge returned to 
the United States in June of this 
year and proceeded straight to Oak 
Knoll as Chief of X-ray, where he 
is now found directing and in- 
structing his department. 

Dr. Vinnedge, who was certified 
in Roentgenology by the American 
Board of Radiology in 1937, claims 
golfing and fishing as his favorite 
pastimes. He lives with his wife in 
nearby San Leandro. 

Myers and Strickland are 
New Personnel Heads 

Last week found Staff Personnel under new administration as 
Ch. Pharm. Lee E. Myers assumed the post of Staff Personnel Officer. 
The duties of Assistant Staff Personnel Officer were placed upon 

CPhM. Thomas F. Strickland. 

Ch. Pharm. Myers was formerly 
seen in Patient Personnel where he 
had combined duty as RPO Officer 
and Assistant Records Officer, and 
the Mess Treasurer of the Officer’s 
Club. He still retains the latter po- 

Since his twelve years of duty 
after enlistment in April, 1934, Mr. 
Myers has spent much time in 
Naval hospitals. After Corps School 
in ’34, he started at USNH Mare 
Island, and was then transferred to 
Washington, D. C., Naval Hospital. 
During the years of ’36 and ’37 he 
acquired a sun-tan at Guatanamo 
Bay, Cuba. After gracing the 
USNH Portsmouth with his pres- 
ence, he went to sea on the USS 
Henderson. Upon returning to< 
shore duty, Mr. Myers worked at 
the Dispensary, US Navy Yards, 
Philadelphia. Then he again ship- 
ped out on the corvette USS Red- 
ding, and the DD Benson. His prel- 
ude to the present position came 
when he was stationed at USNH 
Brooklyn as Assistant Personnel 
Officer. After Receiving Station 
duty at Boston he attended Hos- 
pital Corps Officers’ School at 
Bethesda, after which he journeyed 
west to Oak Knoll. 

Chief Strickland began his Navy 
career in April, 1941, and helped 
put the USS Iowa into commission. 
He was aboard the Minesweeper 
YMS 177, the first ship in Yoka- 
hama, and was also on the USS 
Rogers. Upon arrival in Oak Knoll 
on August 12, the Chief was at- 
tached to Staff Personnel. 

Ch. Pharm. Myers relieves Lt. 
(jg) Roy E. Winne, detached to sea 
duty, of the difficult and compli- 
cated task of properly distributing 
the personnel about the various de- 
tails. Mr. Winne assumed the job 
during the first weeks of August, 
after duty as Transportation Officer 
at NSD, Oakland. Ch. Pharm. 
Brock, former Assistant Personnel 
Officer, is now seen around the 
compound performing his many 

Chief Strickland and 
Ch. Pharm. Myers 

BuPers Makes Proposals 
For Congress to Study 

When the 80th Congress con- 
venes in January, it will receive 
many recommendations by BuPers 
for revision of old laws or enact- 
ment of new ones. Among these 
will be: 

Establishment of Waves as a per- 
manent part of the Navy and Naval 

Revision of the Naval Reserve 
Act of 1938 to provide modified re- 
tirement of certain Reserve person- 

Revision of present laws relat- 
ing to promotion, retirement and 
rank distribution of officers. 

Provision for specialist-duly- 
only officers to be a part of the 
Line of the Regular Navy. 

Revision and increase of USN 
midshipmen’s pay scales. 

Establishment of the Navy Nurse 
Corps and Hospital Corps as staff 
corps of the Navy. 

Revision of laws governing 
transportation overseas of depen- 
dents and household effects. 

Extension ot family allowance 
payments to enlisted personnel un- 
til July, 1949. 

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Popular Pieces Presented By 
J immie Qrier and Orchestra 

Bill Hamilton shows that he has mastered the saxophone as well as 
handling the male vocal talent. Singer Gloria Grey and band -leader 
Jimmie Grier look on. The orchestra played last Monday for both a 
show and an All Hands Dance. 

Jimmie Grier, “Musical Host of 
the Coast” and guest of Oak Knoll 
Monday, commenced his show with 
Bill Hamilton, interlacing “On The 
Alamo” with a sax solo. 

The lovely brunette vocalist 
Gloria Grey charmed the audience 
with “I Don’t Know Enough About 
You” and saxophonist Bill turned 
to the vocal side with “To Each 
His Own.” Gloria and Bill then co- 
ordinated on a volcanic rendition 
of “Surrender.” 

The comedy of the program was 

furnished by the sandy-haired 
“Red” Harper, who gave out with 
his version of “Along the Navaho- 
Hollywood Trail.” Gloria again 
teamed up, this time with “Red” 
and the result was “Love On a 
Greyhound Bus.” The amphithe- 
ater show was concluded with 
“Atom Buster.” 

That night Jimmie and his able 
band furnished the rhythm for an 
All Hands Dance. The Grier aggre- 
gation was brought to Oak Knoll 
by the Recreation Department. 

POW Claim Forms 
To Be Available 

The State, War and Navy De- 
partments, are now preparing offi- 
cial forms for the use of former 
POWs and next-of-kin of former 
POWs to eliminate the employing 
of lawyers to prepare claims 
against the enemy countries. These 
forms will place claims for per- 
sonal injury, property loss or for 
money due for labor performed 
during the period of imprisonment. 
This applies to the next-of-kin who 
wish to file claim fo^ the death of 

Movie Schedule 

Sat., Sept. 28 — Music for Millions, 
June Allyson, Jose Iturbi. 

Sun., Sept. 29 — Gallant Journey, 
Glenn Ford, Janet Blair. 

Mon., Sept. 30 — Brother Rat, Ron- 
ald Regan, Wayne Morris. 

Tues., Oct. 1 — White Tie and Tails, 
William Bendix, Ella Raines. 

Wed., Oct. 2 — Phantom Thief, 
Chester Morris, Jeff Donnell. 

Thurs., Oct. 3 — Rendezvous With 
Annie, Eddie Albert, Fay Mar- 

Fri., Oct. 4 — The Show Off, Red 
Skelton, Marilyn Maxwell. 

Sat., Oct. 5 — Song of the Islands, 
Betty Grable, Victor Mature. 
The above movies are shown one 

day later at the Officers Club. 

Fina At Last 

Due to uncontrollable circum- 
stances, Jack Fina was unable to 
keep his engagement on 14 Sep- 
tember. He will appear for a 
stage show' in the amphitheater 
at 1500, 2 October. 

Autos Are Given 
To Disabled Vets 

Added to the lists of benefits for 
veterans of World War 2 is Public 
Law 663. Under this bill, it is pos- 
sible for a veteran who has either 
lost a leg or has received an injury 
which caused the paralysis of the 
leg (both injuries above the ankle) 
is able to receive, at the expense 
of the government, a new automo- 
bile. The injury, according to the 
bill, must have been received as a 
result of direct action with the 

The Public Law allocates $1600 
for the purchase of the car. Any- 
thing over that amount has to be 
paid by the recipient of the vehicle. 
If the car, however, falls short of 
the $1600 allowance, the balance 
can be used to add accessory equip- 
ment such as a radio or additional 

The special equipment necessary 
for a one or non-limbed person to 
operate the car may be included in 
the $1600, but according to the au- 
to m o b i 1 e representatives, this 
charge is only slight in value in 
ratio to the cost of the car. 

Another prerequisite, according 
to the bill, is that the recipient has 
to have a driver’s license, either 
limited or regular. 

Further information in this area 
may be received on request to the 
Val Strough Chevrolet Company, 
3330 Broadway in Oakland, tele- 
phone PI 4700. A representative of 
this concern will call on applicants 
and give without any cost or obli- 
gation all information pertaining to 
the above. 

“Just look at this, - ” gushed the 
proud mother, waving a letter. 
“They promoted my son for hitting 
a Chief. They made him a court 

Jerry , the Conversational Canine 
Confuses Compound with Comments 

The patients of Oak Knoll were 
amazed when a small brown and 
white terrier came through the 
wards and held up his end of the 
conversation. Jerry’s vocabulary is 
limited, but his comment for food 
is “I want it,” and his door prob- 
lem is solved with “I want out.” 
Jerry also closes the door behind 
him. It is the belief of quite a few 
that the terrior is part wolf as he 
renders a perfect “Huba, Huba” 
when asked to comment on pretty 
girls. His mistress has acquired the 
title of “Mama.” 

Mr. Riley Bryan, his master, 
claims that Jerry did not exhibit 
his linquistic ability until the ripe 
age of 4 months. One day as Bryan 
and Jerry stopped in a restaurant 
for a couple of hamburgers, Jerry 
espied a female bulldog, but was 
soon turned back by the male with 
mayhem in his heart. He let out a 

yelp and retreated rapidly to the 
rear. Upon arrival home, Riley told 
his wife of the incident, and Jerry 
proceeded to say his first words, 
“I run.” 

Jerry is equally adept at parlor 
tricks. He dials a telephone. He can 
play the piano, but does better with 
a high falsetto to piano accompani- 
ment. Upon applause, Jerry the ac- 
tor, takes many bows. 

Now six years old, Jerry has 
been before many audiences. He 
has appeared upon “We the Peo- 
ple,” and several other programs. 
He has been appearing before ser- 
vice hospitals during the war on 
morale-building tours. Many are 
the GIs and sailors who have 
scratched Jerry’s head only to have 
theirs scratched in return. He will 
take books out of a book-case al- 
though he admits that he doesn’t 
read. . 

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Boone Draws Ticke 
Woman Wins Chevvie 

Last Saturday, another inham| j] 
tant of Oak Knoll entered into it* / ! 
lime-light — patient Charles Boob' 
of Ward 74A. Last week, Charudp' 1 
who is a Marine private first clas$ 
went to the Claremont Hotel ie 
B erkeley to draw the winnlti 
ticket in the Shriner’s Children| 
Hospital Fund Raffle. The wirmt: 
was a Berkeley woman, who$ 

prize was a sleek new Chevrolet 


Charlie, for his efforts, receive- 

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not only a dinner and many. oth« I 

invitations, but to top it all, a ne 
Magnavox combination radio 

\ii - 

Once again the BLOO 
BANK calls for help from 0; 
Knollites. The shelves ai 
empty and there is an urg 
need for whole BLOOD. Afl 
types and factors Of BLOOD 
will be accepted. Earn th t 
grateful appreciation of th? 
BLOOD BANK and the pa- 
tients who need your BLO0I 
bv making an appointment- 
tension 226. 

Coming A ttroctions 
of Recreation Dept 

Sat ., Sept. 28— A. W. V. S. pic- 
nic, 35 men. Football , Cal rs- 
Wisconsin, 50 men. - 

Mon., Sept. 30— Ida’s Plantation . 
dinner party, 4 men. 

Tues., Oct. 1 — Planters Dock 
dinner party, 8 men. 

Wed., Oct. 2— Lake Merritt ns ' 
tel, diryier party, S men. 

Thurs., Oct. 3— Claremont 
tel, dinner party. 8 men. 

Sat., Oct. 5— Football, Cal 
Oregon, 50 men. 

VoL 5, No. 40 


Saturday. 5 October, 1946 

The final date for mailing Christ- 
inas packages to servicemen in for- 
ward overseas areas has been set 
!0 r 15 October. Senders should fol- 
low' postal regulations, and make 
certain of the address. Packages to 
nearer areas may be sent after the 

Capt. Bearing Offers Ward 
For Civilian Maternity Cases 

Oak Knoll has again entered the spotlight, not because of the use of 
some new drug, nor because it received passengers from a record- 
breaking airplane flight, but because it has thrown open its doors to a 
group of expectant mothers. 

But Oak Knoll has done this since the founding of the Out Patient 
Department for the care of Navy and Marine dependents. The thing 
that makes this new situation so exceptional is the fact that these lucky 
babies have, according to the records, no connection to the military 
services. They are in the hospital due to other circumstances. 


/ i i 

General Albert Orsborn, newly 
elected World Leader of the Salva- 
tion Army, is to have luncheon at 
Oak Knoll on Monday noon, Oc- 
tober 21st. 

The Marine’s Memorial Club, 
p 09 Sutter Street, San Francisco, 
now offers hotel accommodations 
/or all Marines and former Ma- 
nnes. A dining room will open on 
the 15th of October, and around 
the 10th of November a swimming 
pool, cocktail lounge, gymnasium 
nd barber shop will be in oper- 

1 i 1 

Miss Helen Lipset, who from 

September of 1944 through this 

March has moulded the beauty of 

IB.? ~ 

the Oak Knoll female, has returned 
to Ship's Service Beauty Shop to 
offer her techniques to aid again in 
the beautification of the hospital 

i 1 1 

.With the belief that more than 
LOOO Legionnaires would require 
emergency first aid or hospitaliza- 
hon during the National Victory 
Convention, the Veterans’ Admin- 
istration and S. F. Health Depart- 
ment provided Aid Stations and 
Emergency Hospital Service. 

Once again the BLOOD 
BANK calls for help from Oak 
B-nollites. The shelves are 
. ^pty and there is an urgent 
*teed for whole BLOOD. All 
types and factors of BLOOD 
be accepted. Earn the 
jf appreciation of the 
lOOD BANK and the pa- 
“Gbts who need your BLOOD 
Shaking an appointment — 
^fcsion 226. 

Lt. Frankie Pickett (NC) USX, 
of the Oak Knoll staff, shows the 
intricacies of a Naval autoclave to 
civilian Nurses Elizabeth Korte 
and Mary Grasser. 

Two weeks ago, Providence Hos- 
pital, a nearby civilian establish- 
ment, experienced a mysterious 
epidemic which took the lives of 
six babies. The authorities of the 
hospital immediately placed a 
twenty-day quarantine on the ma- 
ternity ward. Due to the fact that 
the other hospitals are filled to 
near capacity, another outlet was 
necessary for the flow of non-ser- 
vice babies. 

Captain A. H. Dearing, (MC), 
USN, offered to Dr. S. F. Farns- 
worth, County Health Director, 36 
beds — all of Ward 72A — to accom- 
modate the expectant mothers. 
Thursday evening, Nurse Ruth 
Rohner arrived with student 
nurses Elizabeth Korte, Mary 
Grasser, Betty Ott, Lois Schadeler 
and Cora Mclnnis to take over the 
Weird, followed by two patients 
who soon turned into four. 

Within the next few days over 
twenty more patients reported 
aboard followed by more than 
twenty visits from the stork. Since 
that time more patients and storks 
have arrived and departed. 

Among the facilities made avail- 
able to the guests are two delivery 
rooms, quarters for the nurses and 
all types of hospital supplies. 


Weekend Liberty 
For 4.0 Wards 

The Commanding' Officer an- 
nounces . . . commencing 5 October, 
if all wards in a group pass Satur- 
day morning Captain’s Inspections 
satisfactorily, the most satisfactory 
ward in that group will be granted 
liberty the next week-end, such 
liberty to begin at 1630 Friday and 
end at 0730 Monday. 

Lt. Comdr. Olds New 
Knoll Chief Nurse 

Introducing Lieut. Commander 
Marian B. Olds, (NC) USN, who 
has recently assumed the duties of 
Chief Nurse of Oak Knoll. 

Comdr. Sophia Deaterla, who 
has held this position for more 
than three-fourths of a year, has 
retired to civilian life. 

Miss Olds, a prisoner-of-war of 
the Japanese who was captured on 
Guam and then sent to Japan, was 
returned to the United States with 
the first repatriates on the Grips- 

Prior to reporting to Oak Knoll, 
Miss Olds was stationed at USNII, 
Portsmouth, Va., where she was 
Chief Nyrse. 

Plans Made 
For Navy Day 

Because Navy Day falls on Sun- 
day, the Commandant 12ND, has 
authorized, as directed by the Sec- 
retary of the Navy, Saturday, 26 
October, as the day when all Naval 
activities in this district will hold 
Open House. Here at Oak Knoll 
the hours for this event will be 
1000-1600. Events centering around 
Navy Day, however, will extend 
through Monday 28th. 

In keeping with hospitality of 
Open House, the Commanding Of- 
ficer is permitting each enlisted 
staff member to invite two friends 
or members of his family to have 
lunch with him in the mess hall. 
In addition the public is cordially 
invited to visit the compound and 
see first hand the work carried on 
in the various departments and to 
attend the programs of interest 
planned for the day. 

Every staff member, both officer 
and enlisted, is to remain aboard 
until 1600 to act as hosts and 

Two Navy Day balls are sched- 
uled. On Saturday night Stan 
Robinson and his band will furnish 
music for an officers’ dance at the 
Officers’ Club. On Monday night 
Jack Teagarden and his orchestra 
will play for an All Hands Dance, 
beginning at 2000. That same 
afternoon the famed musical group 
will present a stage show in the 
Ship’s Service Building. 

On Sunday morning, October 27, 
special services will be held in the 
chapel. At this time Captain C. M. 
Druery, former Navy chaplain now 
on terminal leave and at present 
head of the Department of History 
and Missions, San Francisco Theo- 
logical Seminary, will speak. A 
speaker of note, he has been desig- 
nated by the Navy to be the official 
historian of the Chaplain Corps. 

Throughout the entire Navy, 
plans are now in progress for cele- 
bration of Navy Day, October 27, 
the second such observance since 
the fall of Japan. 

This year the day is set aside 
with a two-fold purpose: first, “to 
honor the veterans of World War 
II” and second, “tb point out the 
importance to our nation of main- 
taining a strong peacetime Naval 

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Saturday, 5 October, 

The 00nh I^ea f 

U. S. Nava! Hospital. Oakland. California 

Captain A. H. Dcarlne (MC) U.S.N.. Medical Officer In Command! Captain 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) U.S.N.. Executive Officer. 

Editorial Staff: PhM3c Georxe F. Cahill. Jr., Editor; HAlc Robert V. Davis. 
Associate Editor; Lt. Louise E. Dowlcn W USNR. Editorial Advisor. 

Photographers: 11. Wayland, PhM2c: J. OHcr. rhM:ic; J. O. Simmons. PhM3c. 

Contributors of the week: The American Red Cross 
Cartoonist: J. R. Dale, llAlc. 

"The Oak Leaf” Is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and In compliance with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 45-626 Semi-Monthly 

Dulletin 31 May, 1945. “The Oak Leaf" receives Camp Newspaper Service material, 
and is a member of the Ship's Editorial Association. Rcpublication of credited 
matter prohibited without permission of CNS and SEA. 

Contributions from both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of “The Oak Leaf,” U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 

Saturday, October 5, 1946 

No. 40 

• Chronic Cinematitis 

It happens every day of the week; it happens every week 
of the year. It has happened ever since the first moving pic- 
ture was projected on the screen and it will happen as long 
as there are movies and as long as people desire to express 
their opinions of the movie while it still is in progress. 

We have to admit that in a democracy every man has the 
privilege of formulating his own ideas about things. It is even 
considered an accomplishment to be able to form one’s own 
opinions. A great deal of knowledge can be learned from the 
comparison of people’s tastes and opinions. 

But — Let’s not all compare our criticisms of a movie while 
the movie is in progress. Someone may somewhere be ap- 
preciating it. So, why ruin his enjoyment because you are 
not entertained? In every large audience, there is at least one 
person who will enjoy anything that is projected on the 
screen. Let him be happy in his innocent insanity. The average 
intelligent man takes it for granted that his neighbor perceives 
the “corn” on the screen. He doesn’t have to wait for cowboy 
“ah-hahs” and groans. 

On the other hand, we all appreciate the parabolic propor- 
tions of the Hollywood female. It doesn’t take a scream and 
a pounding on the head from the fellow in the row behind 
to awaken our minds. We’re living too. 

The following letter was written by a Dutch P.O.W. of the 
Japanese who recuperated at Oak Knoll: 

September 16, 1946 

Dear Members of the Red Cross: 

In this letter I cannot leave off to award a token of my ap- 
preciation to the members of the American Red Cross. I am 
also indebted many thanks to the staff of the hospital, as well 
as doctors and nurses. My recovery is for the greater part 
their work. Now I am again with my wife and son and I am 
going on very well. My wife praised all the good cares that 
had gone out from the Red Cross. Before I finish this letter 
I thank you again for all that you did for me. My wife, son 
and I send our hearty greetings to all of you. 

Johan, Mien and Albertje Leeuwenstein. 
Verdronkenoord 1, Alkmaar, The Netherlands. 

Sittine Crimea 


Chaplains— E. C. Andrews, E. D. Sneary. 
Sunday — 

Morning Service 1000 

Communion Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday in Chapel) — 1800. 
Choir — Monday & Thursday, 1400-1500. 

Protestant Chaplains’ offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Wartime minister will be at the recep- 
tion office in the Chapel every Tues- 
day at 1400 to 1600. 

L. I). S. (Mormon): 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Chaplain — Carl Herold. 

Sunday Mass — 0630. 0830, 1130. 

Weekday Mass — 1205 in oratory next to 
Chaplain's Office in Building 1. 

Confessions before all Masses. 


Divine Service — 1745 Friday, conducted 
by Chaplain A. Barnston. 

The Field Representative of the Na- 
tional Jewish Welfare Board, Hospital 
Service Dept., is in attendance on the 
hospital compound on Tuesdays and 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He has of- 
fice hours at the reception office of the 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and from 1900 
to 2000 on Fridays. 

The Foothill Associated Sports- 
men’s Club of Oakland enter- 
tained the men of Ward 60A and B 
this week and were enthusiastically 
received by older veterans as well 
as younger. Mr. A. G. “Baron” 
Hedberg, a fishing expert and 
maker of hand-fashioned split 
bamboo fishing poles, brought his 
collection to demonstrate casting 
for trout to the men. 

Mr. John Greenlaw of “Ducks 
Unlimited” spoke of the huge duck 
preservation districts in Canada 
and the United States, and then 
told of his organization’s fine work 
in behalf of wild feathered life. 

Mr. Chester Coon brought his 
colored films of hunting and golf 
and also showed an excellent reel 
of the Pendleton, Oregon round- 
up, showing steer roping, bull- 
dogging, bronco busting, and In- 
dian and frontier days parades. 
Mr. Hal Wolf organized the group 
and planned the events. 

The Associated Sportsmen’s Club 
of Alameda and Contra Costa 
counties numbers 22 groups and 
members take turns coming to Oak 
Knoll every Tuesday to bring the 
patients news of the outdoor world 
and sporting events. 

Wards can make requests for il- 
lustrated talks on hunting, fishing 
or any specialized sports. Let the 
Red Cross worker in your ward 

know your choice. 

* * * 

Somebody said things were 
made in Ward 64B, and just to 
prove it “The Boys” put on a 
handicraft display, Thursday even- 
ing, September 19. Outstanding 
among the items shown were the 
miniature carvings of Chief At- 
wood, a scale model replica of the 
luxury liner “Miss America” built 
by Hugh Keays, a very fine leather 
wallet made by Chief Cox, and a 



This week’s Oak Leaf Clust§}. 
goes to the civilian workei ; 
Oak Knoll’s Public Works 
partment, Commissary, Wici 
Nurses’ Quarters, and Jan 
working under 1MAA. 

The Navy, due to gove. 
mental allowances, has had 
cut its expenditures. As a 
suit, each individual station 
experienced a slash in its 
budget, Oak Knoll no exce 

As a result of this condi 
many of the departments £ 
forced to lay off some of tklr 
.civilian workers. Among 

a group of lo* 

workers are 
paid helpers. 

The rest of the workers, sc 
ing the fact that many of th&; 
co-workers will lose a w 
pay, including this number 
low-paid helpers, have vol 
teered to go payless one day 
this last week in order to 
ance the books. 

The Oak Leaf doffs its halt! 
the form of this Cluster to th s 
civilian workers for their inv- 
est in their fellow workers. 

model airplane construe 
Molteler S2c. Our thanks V. 
Weaver and Basshaw for their fci 

in arranging the display. 

* * * 

Bingo! Bingo! Who’s got 
Bingo? Monday night, Septemls. 
15, the Serve A Hospital Coran. 
tee of the United Jewish Gro. 
sponsored and presented gift 
Bingo winners. Among those ludr 
people receiving prizes wer 
Cramer, Myers, Erickson, Athar.- 
sopoulas, Davidson, Adams, As* 
bott, Zinka, Lewandowski, Bor* 
and Peterson. Believe it or i 
there were a few who didn’t P 
prizes, but an enjoyable eve:-* 
was had by all. 

“Kindness is to do and say the kindest things in the kindest w*j 
This little bit of poetry has a most powerful meaning. It embody 
great philosophy of life, a cure for many of the evils that ravage * 
so-called civilized humanity the world over. 

Kindness was not the guiding principle that started the second ^ 
war nor was it the inspiring virtue for the beginning of any war. ■ 
perform acts of kindness demands, sometimes, heroic acts of virtu*] 
our part. It means the destruction of selfishness in ourselves. ■ 
working for the common good of our fellow man, quite a she* 
earnest and true love for our neighbor and his interests. Forge® 
ourselves and thinking of others is a difficult task at times, tor i 
doing we must style the feelings of self love that fairly col- 
our being. 

Speaking kindly of others appears to be a difficult undertaking, k 
a duck “quacking,” or like a dog’s tail “wagging,” we are P r ° n *^ 
start the tongue wagging whenever we enter into a conversation 
others; then the first thing we know someone’s good name is f 
attacked. It is just as easy to speak kindly of our fellowman t 
speak unkindly about him — takes just as mtfch effort too. Thef* 
always something good about another if we wish to spend the 
to find it and speak it. If we cannot find something good about <itv 
then we should indulge in a few moments of introspection o 
how much there is wrong with our ownselves. Think it over; n0 ®*| 
us are perfect. 


Saturday. 5 October. 1946 


Page Three 

Truck Ferries Chow Carts 
Over Oak Knoll s Hills 

Comdr. Walker, New Chief 
Of Hospital’s Orthopedics 

The Oak Knoll chow cart ferry loading: up behind the commissary. 
Commissary -man Surbaugh is at the wheel and D. Savin is mustering 
the carts. Galley corpsmen, left to right, are Camoroda, Hanson, Crane 
and Baine. 


When Commissary II closed its 
portals to the gourmets of Oak 
Knoll, it ushered in the problem 
of conveying chow to the outlying 
'trards in the easiest way and in 
the shortest possible time from 
Commissary I. 

For the first few weeks, the Gal- 
ley Corpsmen could be seen push- 
ing their carts along the ramp 
behind the Administration Build- 
* mg, and many of the carts needed 
two. men because of the task of 
pushing them up Oak Knoll’s fam- 
ous hills. 

The problem was ably solved by 
the Commissary Department, un- 
der Ensign Earl F. Hickey, (HC) 
USN, by the conversion of a truck 
into a cart carrier. Now as the 
carts load on the truck, they are 
locked into place, and the truck 
a&d its load of . approximately 
^ven carts rapidly bring the chow 
to the wards. The truck mdkes 
three trips each meal. 

R.C. Scholarships 
Send 10 to Oak Knoll 

Ten recipients of National Red 
Cross Scholarships have recently 
reported to Oak Knoll for duty 
with the Chapter here. 

They are: Misses Marjorie Bow- 
en and Beatrice Parish and Mrs. 
Mary Elliot and Mary Kelleher of 
the University of Chicago; Mrs. 
Ruth Maher and Misses Margaret 
Croughan and Gladys Scott of 
USC; Miss Elsie Aguiar of Sim- 
mons College; Miss Deon Caffall of 
the University of Utah and Miss 
Ilse Vonnegut of the University of 

Each of these women won her 
scholarship through performance 
of outstanding work in her field, 
and to have ten such highly quali- 
fied people added to the staff here 
reflects credit and honor on Oak 

In charge of Oak Knoll’s cast room and all the bone and joint 
surgery performed in the hospital, and responsible for a large number 
of centrally located wards is Commander Harry R. Walker (MC) USN, 
Chief of Orthopedics. 

Arriving at Oak Knoll but two months ago, Dr. Walker, who has 
been directing his medical career along the lines of orthopedic suigeiy 

since his internship, assumed the 
task of running the hospital’s 
orthopedic service which engrosses 
well over three hundred patients. 

Dr. Walker, a pure-bred Ken- 
tuckian, claims Glendale as his 
home town. He attended college 
at the University of Kentucky in 
Lexington and then secured his 
medical degree from the University 
of Louisville in 1938. His intern- 
ship was spent at New York City’s 
Fifth Avenue Hospital. 

The next years were passed at 
the Mayo Clinic where Comdr. 
Walker received a fellowship in 
orthopedic surgery. In the mean- 
while, he had signed his name on 
the dotted line as a member of the 
Naval Reserve. 

Comdr. Harry R. Walker (MC) 

August of 1941 found Dr. Walker^ 
on active duty at San Diego Naval 
Training Station and then on the 
heavy cruiser New Orleans, on 
which ship he witnessed the Pearl 
Harbor attack. For the next three 
years, he went through ten major 
battles on the New Orleans, the 
Minneapolis and the St. Paul. In 
1944 he was assigned to the Naval 
Operating Base in Norfolk as as- 
sistant chief of orthopedics. The 
following year found him again on 
the St. Paul, and then with Task 
Force 38 at the declaration of 

Prior to returning to the United 
States, Dr. Walker served on the 
mainland of Japan, then Shanghai, 
and finally as staff medical officer 
under Admiral Delaney on Bat- 

Comdr. Walker, who lives with 
his wife and nine-year-old son, 
Harry Junior, in Piedmont, states 
that his spare time is spent in 
sports, no one in particular, for he 
likes them all. 

Retirement Board 
Met Last Week 

The Naval Retirement Board 
from San Diego was at Oak Knoll 
25 September, 1946, to determine 
the eligibility of retirement of 11 
officer patients, three of whom 
came from the USNH, Treasure 

The Board, consisting of Cap- 
tain A. B. Davidson, (MC) USN 
Ret., Captain W. W. Wickersham, 
(MC) USN, Captain K. E. Low- 
man, (MC) USN, Captain Agnew, 
USN, and Captain Morrison, USN, 
found that ten of the officers were 
suffering from disabilities incurred 
in the line of duty. 

Some of the disabilities were re- 
ceived as far back as 1941, as in 
the case of Captain F. M. Rohow, 
(MC) USN who was wounded 
when aboard the Oklahoma at 
Pearl Harbor. Another of the pa- 
tients, Captain H. E. Schonland is 
a recipient of the Congressional 
Medal of Honor. 

Page Four 


Saturday, 5 October, 

Chest Drive 
To Commence 

During the period of 8 October 
through 24 October, the Com- 
munity Chest of Oakland will con- 
duct its annual campaign for con- 

Incorporated into this Com- 
munity Chest are 33 civic service 
organizations. Most familiar to 
service personnel of these groups 
are the Y.M.C.A. and the Y.W.C.A. 
Also included are many organiza- 
tions which serve to combat disease 
and juvenile delinquency. 

This year the USO is included 
among the recipients of endow- 
ments frorA the Chest contribu- 
tions. Therefore by donating to the 
Community Chest, the patients and 


staff of Oak Knoll can show ma- 
terial appreciation for the morale- 
building entertainment given by 
the USO in both the past and the 

Ch. Pharm. William Kuziara has 
been appointed Treasurer of the 
drive. Honorary Chairman and 
Chairman are Capt. A. H. Dearing 
(MC) USN, MOinC, and Capt. 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) USN. Vice 
Chairmen are Lt. Comdr. Marian 

B. Olds (NC) USN, Lt. Louise E. 
Dowlen W-USNR, Ch. Pharm. Wil- 
liam Canavan and Pharm. Robert 
Moroney. Pfc. Campbell of Ward 
55 and CPhM Coppes have been 
chosen to take care of the pub- 

The necessity of contributing to 
this Community Chest Drive is 
stated by Captain Dearing, “The 
whole-hearted support of all hands 
is vital to the success of the cam- 

Reserve Corpsmen 
To Leave January 

“Frozen in July and August and 
thawed out in the middle of Janu- 



That is the boast (or the com- 
plaint) of the male hospital corps- 
man, one of the few involuntary 
groups remaining in the Navy. 

Alnav, which was shouted from 
the rooftops of Oak Knoll by the 
more unsalty of the corpsmen, 
states that the progress of the Hos- 
pital Corpsmen Training Program 
will be sufficiently advanced to 
permit the release of all enlisted 
personnel involuntarily retained 
under Alnav 424-46 (the big 
freeze) by 15 January, 1947. 

The Alnav states further that 
commanding officers will on 15 
January transfer for discharge all 
Naval Reserve and Naval inductee 
(USN-I) enlisted male hospital 
corpsmen still being involuntarily 
retained on active duty in accord- 
ance with Alnav 424-46 (Ihe big 
freeze) regardless of the number 
of months of active duty they have 

Terminal leave will still be given 
in the same manner. 

Oak Knoll’s Surgery School 
Certifies Seven O.R. Techs 

After four to six months of 
Operating Room Technician School 
at Surgery II, six of the seven 
graduates left Oak Knoll last week 
for duty in other West Coast hos- 

Going through the Main Gate 
last Tuesday and headed north to 
the state of Washington was Char- 
lie Mecartea and Walter Modaff. 
Charlie went to Bremerton and 
Walter settled for a position across 
the Sound at Seattle. Feeling the 

need of a warmer climate, H. R. 
Baldwin went south for duty at 
San Diego. 

Two of the Techs have taken the 
advice of Greeley, and G. L. Harter 
went west to T.I., while H. R. Bates 
kept on going and is at sea. Thurs- 
day found Robert Nevins following 
Baldwin south, but stopping at 
Mojave. Still seen around the com- 
pound is the tall form of George 

Movie Schedule • 

Sat., Oct. 5 — Song of the Islands, 
Betty Grable, Victor Mature. 

Sun., Oct. 6 — Mr. Ace, George Raft, 
Sylvia Sydney. 

Mon., Oct. 7 — Keep Your Powder 
Dry, Lana Turner, Laraine Day. 

Tues., Oct. 8 — Cloak and Dagger, 
Gary Cooper, Lili Palmer. 

Wed., Oct. 9 — Devil’s Mask, Anita 
Louise, Jim Bannon. 

Thurs., Oct. 10 — Down Missouri 
Way, Martha O’Driscoll, William 

Fri., Oct. 11 — Gallant Bess, Mar- 
shall Thompson, George Tobias* 

Sat., Oct. 12 — Mrs. Skeffington, 
Claude Raines, Bette* Davis. 

The above movies are shown one 

day later at the Officers’ Club. 

To l>uy. .sell. .rent 

Lost . . . 

Green Airplane Cloth Jacket. Silver 
and blue Parker “51” pen, en- 
graved with “Kenneth Cos- 
grave.” Small black notebook 
with Therapeutic notes. Please 
return to Lt. (jg) Kenneth Cos- 
grave, Pathology Lab. 

‘Rima’ Gold Wrist Watch. Lost 
Monday, September 23. Lt. (jg) 
J. Bader (MC) USN, Laboratory. 

New Variety Show 
Coming 8th & 9th 

“Hollywood to Broadway” will 
hit Oak Knoll as Recreation brings 
a star-studded variety show to the 
Auditorium on the evenings of Oc- 
tober 8 and 9. 

Les Philmer, “The Juggler From 
Down Under,” will act as emcee 
for the presentation and will keep 
the air full of flying objects and 

The person to give you the bird 
calls will be the whistling wizard 
Abe Sher. Abe will also hold up 
his end of the comedy. Straight 
from Phil Spitalny’s “Hour of 
Charm” All-Girl Orchestra to 
camp shows are the Colby Sisters. 
Rita and Beverly will give out 
with their harmony as well as 
natural charms. Rita, winner of 
’46 “Ideal Ziegfeld Girl,” can be 
distinguished from her sister be- 
cause of her blue eyes. Dark-eyed 
Beverly was a former New York 
fashion model. 

The Graziano Brothers will be 
here with Charles, interspersing 
the comedy act with hot trumpet 
solos. A lively musical combina- 
tion, The Jazztet, will bring 52nd 
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The patients of Ward 53 are amused by Jerry’s antics; as he pushes 
a wheel chair, and returns a compliment by scratching a patient’s 
head. Jerry and his master, Riley Bryan, made a week’s stay at Oak 
Knoll, touring most of the wards, and astounding personnel with Jerry’s 
linguistic talents. 


Insurance Act of 
1940 Renovated! 

The Insurance Act of 1911 
amends the National Service Li£ 
Insurance Act of 1940 with tte 

I. — The privilege of conversia 
to 20 Year Endowment, Endo»l 
ment at the age of 60 and Endow- 
ment at the age of 65. 

II. — Removal of restrictions (i 
choice of beneficiary. 

III. — Authorization of four 
methods of settlement for Pay- 
ment of Insurance after the dealt 
of the Insured. 

A. In one sum. 

B. In equal monthly 
ments ranging from 36 to 241)18 
number in multiples of 12. 

C. In equal monthly insttG- 
ments with a minimum of 
months guaranteed, and w 
maximum installments with 
payments continuing during _ 
remaining lifetime of the AW 5 

D. A refund life income 
monthly installments. 

IV. — New total disability ineoi? 

V. — Reinstatement of Nation* 
Service Life Insurance.' 

Any level premium ter ! 
policy which has lapsed may * 
reinstated at any time during ^ 
term period upon written aPP 
cation accompanied by tender 1 
two moAthly premiums and <*«* 
dence of good health satis faC^yj 
to the Administrator. 

For further information 
ing insurance, consult the 
ance Office located in the AdnliO® 
tration Building. 


A sophisticated girl is one 
knows how to refuse a kiss v\ i 

being deprived of it. 

VoL 5, No. 41 


Oak Knoll s Contributions 
Adding to Community Chest 

The staff and patients of the tion plans at such a tempo that it 

hospital, who have constantly 
demonstrated their generosity to- 
ward humanitarian agencies, are 
again responding to the Commun- 
ity Chest appeal. 

During the past week, voluntary 
contributions have been pouring 
in from all hospital activities to 
aid the 33 services \hich are vi- 
tally needed. The USO, which will 
receive $64,000 of the total chest 
’ jpa] of $875,000 has 3 major obli- 
gations to meet in 1947. 

1— To serve those veterans of 
the war who have not yet been 
released from the hospitals or the 
military service by the end of 
1946. 2. — To provide interim ac- 
uvities for new inductees as well 
as “regulars” in the peacetime 
armed forces, until some perma- 
nent plan for morale services for 
the enlarged Army and Navy have 
been completed. 3. — To accom- 
plish its own orderly demobiliza- 

does not add to the general con- 
fusion, but remains a steady in- 
fluence during the transition to 
permanent peace. 

Civil service employees at this 
hospital, by donating, will have 
the opportunity to serve such civic 
organizations as the Boy Scouts 
Council, the Catholic and Jewish 
Welfare agencies, Boys’ Clubs, St. 
Vincent’s Day and Home Nursery, 
Girl Scouts Council and the Visit- 
ing Nurse Association. Any in- 
dividual who desires to contribute 
and for some reason has not been 
contacted may turn over his dona- 
tions to any of the following per- 
sons. Ch. Pharm. Canavan or Miss 
Rhiel, Civilian Personnel Office; 
any Staff Nurse; Lt. J. P. Duane, 
Patient Personnel; Ch. Pharm. 
Moroney of Ed. Services; Chief 
Master-at-Arms Coppes or Mrs. 
Jansen of Ship’s Service. 

Aquatic Beauties Perform Sunday 

t Lave *y lasses will fill the pool, and lithe forms will glide through the 
as an aquatic talent show comes to Oak Knoll at 1400 Sunday. The 
** be «ng presented by the Athens Athletic and the Aqualor Clubs. 
0n £ the features will be a water ballet and life saving demonstra- 
Above: National Champions, Gloria May YVoodin, Barbara Jen- 
u,1 d Zoe Ann Olsen, shake hands with the Allien’s Club’s diving 
. B^lruct 0 ^ Elbert Root. 

Red Cross National Director 
Of Hospital Service V isits 

Miss Naomi Riggs, Captain Bearing, and Miss Eleanor Vincent. 

Miss Eleanor Vincent, National^ 
Director of Hospital Service Amer- 
ican Red Cross, paid an official 
visit to Oak Knoll on October 3 
and 4. 

While on the compound she not 
only conferred with the Com- 
manding Officer, but she also had 
interviews with members of the 
Corps stationed here, in order to 
glean a complete picture of Red 
Cross service as it operates at this 

Miss Vincent has been contin- 
uously with the Red Cross since 
1919, at which time she set up the 
second Social Service Department 
in Marine hospitals caring for dis- 
charged veterans. In 1922, she 
moved to the National Headquar- 
ters Office, Washington, D. C., and 
has been there since. 

She has found it interesting to 
watch the development of Red 
Cross Service in Military hospitals. 
Pre-war services were conducted 
in only 6 Army hospitals, 10 Navy 
hospitals, 1 Naval dispensary, and 
St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washing- 
ton. When the war started, Medical 
Departments of the services re- 
quested Red Cross to provide pro- 
fessional staffs for all theaters of 
operations, and staffs were also 
placed on Navy and Army Hospital 

Accompanying Miss Vincent on 
her visit here was Miss Naomi 
Riggs, Deputy Director Hospital 
Service of Pacific Area ARC. 

Open House For 
Knoll's Navy Day 

In commemoration of Navy Day, 
the Commandant 12ND has au- 
thorized Saturday, October 26, as 
Open House in the District. At Oak 
Knoll, the hours of this event will 
be from 1000 to 1600. 

Captain A. H. Dearing is permit- 
ting each enlisted staff member to 
invite two dinner guests for lunch 
with him in the mess hall. Patients 
will be allowed visitors in the 
wards, and the public is cordially 
invited to attend the events of the 
day. Movies will be shown in the 
auditorium, and Pfc. Charles 
Boone will demonstrate his finger 
painting talents. 

All staff personnel, both officer 
and enlisted, are to stay aboard 
until 1600 to act as hosts and host- 
esses for the day. 

The activities of Navy Day will 
extend through until Monday 28th. 
Special Services will be conducted 
Sunday morning with guest speak - 
ei , Di. C. M. Drury. Two popular 
bands have been booked for dances 
Saturday and Monday. 


Commencing 20 October, Pro- 
testant Divine Service will be- 
gin at 1100, and Catholic Divine 
Services at 0630, 0830 and 0945. 

Page Two 


The Oah Teat 

U. 8. Naral Hospital. Oakland, California 

Captain A. H. Dearlnr (MC) U.S.N., Medical Officer In Command; Captain 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) U.S.N., Executive Officer. 

Editorial Staff: PhM3c George F. Cahill. Jr., Editor; HAlc Robert V. Davis. 
Associate Editor; Lt. Louise E. Dowlen JV.fJSNR. Editorial Advisor. 

Photographers: H. Way land. PhM'ic; J. Ozler. PhM3c; J. O. Simmons. PhMSc. 

Contributors of fhe week: The American Red Cross 
Cartoonist: J. R. Dale, HAlc. 

“The Oak Leaf’* la a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to tho 
Government and In compliance with Ref.: <a) SecNav Letter 45-526 Semi-Monthly 

Bulletin 31 May. 1945. “The Oak Leaf” receives Camp Newspaper Service material, 
and is a member of the Ship's Editorial Association. Rcpublication of credited 
matter prohibited without permission of CNS and SEA. 

Contributions from both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of "The Oak Leaf,*’ U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland 14. California. 

Vol. 5 

Saturday, October 12, 1946 

No. 41 

• A Strange Beginning 

On October 12. 454 years ago, an Italian sailor who was mar 
ried to a Portuguese girl, sponsored by Spain through the 
efforts of a queen, assisted by a motley crew of national pris- 
oners and local criminals discovered America, and a great new 
land was laid open for civilization. 

Near the year 1450, a son was born to a Genoese merchant 
and his wife — Domenico and Suzanna Columbo. The young 
boy, Christopher, attended school, but soon left his books to 
sail on the ships which so often entered the harbor. Through 
the years he began to believe in the theory that the world is 
round and that a western voyage would prove this belief. Per- 
haps rumors of the journeys of Leif Ericson or Thorfinn Karl- 
sefne had reached his ears from some Nordic sailor. 

Columbus propositioned both Spain and Portugal for ships 
and men to attempt the voyage. Portugal immediately de- 
clined; Spain postponed. In desperation he started for France, 
but Queen Isabella of Spain soon called him back and gave 
him what he desired, a crew of 88 outcasts, the 100-ton Santa 
Maria, the 50-ton Pinta and the 40-ton Nina. 

The group set sail on 3 August 1492, but soon returned be- 
cause of the Pinta’s fouled rudder. They tried again on 6 Sep 
tember and continued on their route until on 12 October, an 
alert sailor discovered the land that Columbus called San Sal- 

It seemed a strange start for a nation which in 454 years 
developed a population of over 130,000,000 people and became 
the world’s richest and most abundant country. 

These eighy-eight men founded a land where opportunity 
was uninhibited by social, political or economic barriers, 
where a man could say his mouthful and not worry about 
governmental retaliation. 

Columbus, an imaginative Italian, eighty-eight criminals, 
Spanish money, a theory suggested by the Greeks and the 
Romans; and America was the result — a maelstrom of people 
and ideas, yet the most complete success the world has to offer. 

Utmttp §>mitrp0 


Chaplains— E. C. Andrews. E. D. Sneary. 
Sunday — 

Morntr.c Service 1000 

Communion Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday In Chapel) — 1800. 
Choir — Monday & Thursday, 1400-1500. 

Protestant Chaplains' offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bids. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Worker will be on the compound every 
Tuesday and Friday afternoons. 

L. D, S. (Mormon): 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Chaplain — Carl Herold. 

Sunday Mass — 0630, 0830, 1130. 

Weekday Mass— 1205 in oratory next to 
Chaplain’s Office in Bulldiny 1. 

Confessions before all Masses. 


Divine Service — 1743 Friday, conducted 
by Chaplain A. Barnston. 

The Field Representative of the Na- 
tional Jewish Welfare Board, Hospital 
Service Dept., Is in attendance on the 
hospital compound on Tuesdays and 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He has of- 
fice hours at the reception office of the 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and from 1900 
to 2000 on Fridays. 

New York State 
Balloting News 

The New York State War Bal- 
lot Commission advises that ap- 
plications for ballots may be made 
by all qualified voters either on 
the postcard form prepared by the 
Commission, or any writing where- 
in the serviceman signs his name 
and includes his home address by 
street and number, city and 
county, as well as his military ad- 
dress. The application should be 
sent to the New York State War 
Ballot Commission, Albany, New 
York, to be received there not 
later than 15 October, 1946. The 
ballots will be sent to the service 
man by the local board, and must 
be received back by the Commis- 
sion not later than noon of 4 
November 1946. Any information 
relative to voting rights can be 
obtained directly from the Com- 

Nurses' Party Fetes 
Commander Deaterla 

Comdr. Sophia Deaterla, (NC) 
USN, (right) at the party given in 
her honor last Friday at the Nurses’ 

The Cobbler Shop, in Ship’s 
Service, now offers a one-half 
hour service to Oak Knoll per- 

Saturday, 12 October, 1 $, 

Patients who came to 4 ].a i. 
the regular Monday night meefe 
of Vocational Discussions wer efc 
tunate. The Texaco. Oil Comp* 
sent a represen tative to shown*, 
ies and give a very helpful tajfc, 
the oil business and possibfl|| 
of employment in that field, j 
Machelfee also gave many a 
gestions as to policies and pr» 
ces in any competitive busy* 
An open discussion follower 
talk which clarified probleiS 
many patients and opened a fc- 
train of thought to others. 

. 111 

The quiet room on 74A 
bulged with finger paintin, >1 
• interested spectators for the B 
of the regular Monday after* 
lessons. Patients, doctors, and r- 
ses were surprised at how eart 
was fo make a picture out af 
few sweeps of the fingers, e 
hand, and the forearm. Vettr; 
Ed Kiramedjon of 74A found t 
intriguing that he kept expt 
menting with making diffepg 
kinds of clouds for two and a hi 
hours steadily. 

i t i 

The weekly visit of the Ab- 
ated Sportsmen’s Club brought! 
George Duren of the Berkeley L 
and Gun Club to ward 75A 
Tuesday, October 1st. Mr. Din 
brought a collection of bis m 
guns and rifles, ammunition, sh.: 
and targets, and samples of ins; 
esting experimental shots. Tr# 
was a large, inquisitive group ti- 
tered around Mr. Duren all ere 
ing. This is a regular weei; 
ward event every Tuesday nigl$- 
so, attention, sports fans, wad 
for njovies and discussion air: 
football next week: Call Red C r - : 
Recreation office, Ext. 11, for 4 
latest “dope” on the wards 
uled for these events. 

Relief Decommissioned 

The Navy’s oldest hospital sfc 
USS Relief, was recently dec: 
missioned and assigned to I 
Mothball Fleet. Since the keel* 
laid in 1917, the ship has hospiO*! 
ized thousands of Navy men. 


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Indian-Givers! There’s a phrase that leaves a bad taste in 
mouths. It is reserved for those persons who give a thing, usually"" 
a wide, sweeping gesture of generosity, and then take it back. We c 
be safe in saying that such persons are usually No. 1 heels. 

But there are many kinds of Indian-givers. Perhaps one <> r 
are worth looking at with the possibilities of ourselves in mind 
about the Indian-givers in marriage who approach the altar of 
and give themselves in loyal commitment to each other, “until d® 
do us part,” only to withdraw their gift of fidelity and love under 
stress and strain of living together? 

How about the person, who in time of danger, does .make a £ enU 
prayer, does reach out for some assurance of God and God’s h?lp> ’ 
then when the danger is past, becomes an Indian-giver, and withw* 
his prayer as a habit of life, forgetting all about God until some f 
danger arises. 

How about you and me? Are we sometimes Indian-givers. 

Chaplain, U-S- 1 

,; a liudaY. 12 October. 1946 


Page Three 

Worthington and M cCrimmon 

Chiefs of. Oak Knoll’s EENT 


Oapt, Ilarriman P. McCrimmon 

The emergency in 1941 found 
Dr. Northington again in the blue, 
first with Naval Officer Procure- 
ment and then as Senior Medical 
Officer at NAS, Kaneohe Bay, T. 
H., and of the Cherry Point Ma- 
rine Base. 

Dr. Northington, who has a va- 
riety of hobbies — playing poker, 
reading the New York Times and 
fishing when the opportunity pre- 
sents itself — was formerly Chair- 
man of the Ear, Nose and Throat 
section of the New York Academy 
of Medicine. He is also a Fellow 
of the American College of Sur- 
geons and a member of the Amer- 
ican Medical Association, Otolog- 
ical Society, Academy of Opthal- 
mology and Otolaryngology and 
the New York Academy of Medi- 

Staff Members Discharged 
Directly to Civilian Life 

Chief Weedman lecturing to the first staff dischargees. 

in most hospitals, the eye, ear, 
-nose and throat services are com- 
bined into one department under 
one chief. But since Oak Knoll 
claims the possession of both a top 
otolaryngologist and an experien- 
ced opthalmologist, the hospital’s 
EENT clinic has been divided into 
;| an eye service under Captain Har- 
riman P. McCrimmon (MC) USN, 
I and an ear, nose and throat ser- 
vice in the charge of Captain Page 
0. Northington (MC) USN. 

Dr. Northington received his BA 
from Hampton-Sydney College in 
1912. and proceeded to receive his 
medical degree from the Medical 
College of Virginia. 

In 1917 he was sworn into the 
Navy and saw action as a Medical 
Officer in the North Sea aboard 
' minesweepers and with the North- 
ern Bombing Group in France. 
.;r Remaining in the Navy, he at- 
tended, in 1921, the first class given 
r in Flight Surgery, instructed by 
j the Army at Mitchell Field. 

. Dr. Northington became a civ- 
I; ihan in 1928, and until .1941 he did 
: FENT work at New York’s Pres- 
byterian and Bellevue Hospitals, 
to 1934, he received a Doctor % in 
Science in Otolaryngology from 
Columbia University, College of 
Physicians and Surgeons. 

Capt. Page O. Northington 

Captain McCrimmon 
The story of Captain McCrim- 
mon started in 1917 in San Pedro 
Naval Training Station where Ap- 
prentice Seaman McCrimmon chose 
the Hospital Corps as his desired 
service. He was then made an HA2c 
and was assigned to the pharmacy 
in the San Pedro dispensary. 

Within the next year be rose to 
PhM2c, working in a Sick Bay of 
an Atlantic transport. 

Oak Knoll has added another duty to the multitude it now carries, 
that of discharging personnel of the staff. But it is doubtful that any- 
one will kick about the new technique, since it saves the separatees 
trouble of being shipped to Alameda to be separated. 

3> The staff member now continues 

Following his discharge, Dr. Mc- 
Crimmon attended the University 
of Oklahoma, where he received 
both his BA and his MD. In 1934, 
he signed up as a Lt. Comdr. in the 
Naval Reserve, in the meanwhile 
practicing in Minneapolis. 

He was called to active duty in 
April of 1940, and was assigned to 
Marine Recruiting for one year. 
1941 found him at Pensacola pur- 
suing aviation medicine. After 
tours of duty on the transport 
Harris, at Seattle Naval Hospital 
and at Kaneohe Air Station, he 
was assigned as yard Medical Of- 
ficer at Hunters Point .and there 
was cited for setting up a safety 
program which cut down eye in- 
juries by one-third. 

Captain McCrimmon, who trans- 
ferred to the regular Navy last 
fall, is the father of two boys, 
Packy and Jerry, age sixteen and 
eleven respectively. When asked 
what he does on his off-duty hours, 
the doctor replies, “I go back and 
forth on the Bay Bridge.” He lives 
with his family in Parkmerced. 

on his detail until 24 hours before 
the hour of his separation. This 
new arrangement eliminates the 
need of changing stations and also 
cuts off a few days of delay at the 
separation center, which at Ala- 
meda sometimes extended to two 
or three weeks. 

On the Friday before the week 
of departure, the personnel are 
given a group lecture at the Edu- 
cational Services Building (CPhM 
Gerald E. Weedman is now the 
lecturer). At this time they also 
make appointments for a personal 
interview, a complete physical ex- 
amination, a chest X-ray if it has 
not been taken in the past half 
year and a Kahn test. Final papers 
are then signed. 

Personnel are now being dis- 
charged within two or, at the most, 
three da 3 's of the termination of 
enlistment, but it is expected that 
within the next few weeks they 
will be able to be released on the 
exact day. 

Certification of discharge is given 
at the time of release. 

Page Four 


Saturday. 12 October. Ifc 

Fina Features Fine Performance 
Before Full House of Personnel 

Bob Morrison 

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Jack Fina 



By Capwell Show 

The strains of a Cole Porter 
medley filled the auditorium as 
Howard Eastwood applied his dex- 
trous fingers to the piano to com- 
mence the Capwell Talent Show, 
brought to Oak Knoll by the Rec- 
reation Department. 

Bert Hansen, acting as emcee, 
juggled several objects before in- 
troducing little Carol McKay, who 
wowed the audience with her 
songs and dance. After a 1 Senti- 
mental Journey” with pert Vera 
Matheson, lovely Betty Peel per- 
formed rhythm with taps. “All the 
Things You Are” was beautifully 
done by Nancy Langan, and the 
taps again took the spot-light as 
Art Richardson displayed his foot- 

After vocalizing by Jerry Mad- 
sen, recitations by Clarence John- 
son and Light Opera by Jane 
Swendsen, the plot went south 
with Joan Langan gyrating to the 
Pan-American Plan, and Betty 
Peel returned with beautiful cape 
work in her dance routine. Louis 
Byers rendered favorite old bal- 
lads, and Bud Meads concentrated 
on top tunes of the day. Bert 
Hansen introduced “Oscar,” a scar- 
let-haired corpsman, and his Navy 
humor. Betty Wilson drew the 
applause of the crowd with other 
old favorites. 

Capwell’s General Manager, Reg 
Biggs, joined the show in piano 
duets with Maurice Anger, master 
of the keyboard, and kept the 
audience clamoring for more Boo- 
gie. After more selections by Dor- 
othy Johnson, tiny Carol ended the 
show with “Chickery Chick.” 

Officer Bingo Party 

A Bingo Parly will be held 
for Officers and their guests in 
the Officer’s Club at 1930, 16 
October. Free refreshments will 
be served. 

Bringing a touch of the Clare- 
mont to Oak Knoll, the Recreation 
Department presented Jack Fina 
and his orchestra, on October 2. 
After a musical introduction, the 
show commenced with Bill Jac- 
oby vocalizing, “I've Got the Sun 
in the Morning.” Bill returned to 
his guitar, and Tony Leonard took 
the spot-light with “Surrender.” 

To bring back memories of his 
Freddie Martin days, Jack and 
band rendered the Warsaw Con- 
certo. After the hit tune of the 
day, “To Each His Own,” the 
casabas were broken out and the 
band went south for “Tico Tico.” 

By popular request, Jack tickled 
the keyboard with his own ar- 
rangement, “Bumble Boogie.” Tony 
again took the mike and Cole Por- 
ter’s great composition, “Night and 
Day,” was vocalized upon. 

Bill and Tony alternated with 
vocals of popular pieces, and the 
band coordinated with the “Ten 
Talented Fingers” to execute a 
much requested novelty number, 
“Jay Walk.” Then Jack turned to 
the organ for a couple of numbers, 
and after the “Piano Concerto,” 
the band finished with the usual 
closing theme, “It’s Way Past My 
Bed Time.” 

To buy. .sell. .rent 


Printing and developing done 
in a few days at a small price. See 
Tom Valinoti, PhM2c, at the Phys- 
ical Therapy Department. 

Can accomodate rider to East 
Alameda on liberty hours. Chief 
Jones, Ward 4GA. 

Lost . . . 

Black, zipper billfold. Contains 
ID Card and Driver’s License, 
Bill Baker, HAlc, IMAA Shack. 

Wanted . . . 

Car, any model. Call Rappe, ex- 
tension 263. 


Outstanding figure of last week 
was Georgie Warrick. When the 
order permitting the use of civilian 
clothes was issued, George reached 
into his locker and pulled out a 
previously worn grey and white 
suit, peppered with red and blue 
dots, a pair of yellow cable-stitched 
socks, seventeen dollar fancy shoes 
and a blood-red necktie. Two 
white shirts were also present. It 
has been a week now and the suit 
is almost worn out; the shirts are 
both smatlered with lipstick; the 
shoe soles thinned. It seems that 
Georgie has been pacing Market 
Street every liberty night, casting 
dirty glances at each passing right- 
arm rate and Shore Patrol. 

Talking about liberty, we heard 
that Dick (he’s the one who has 
been trailing Helen (eyes) Peters 
for the past few months) returned 
from a big libbo with a torn col- 
lar — maybe an argument or 

Seen together lately about the 
Oak Knoll hills and dales are Tom 
Jones and Mary Rosendahl and 
Bessie Mackamson and a tall Joe 
who works in the Staff Personnel 

Last week, pert Nina Corbin 
trudged to the Waves Barracks 
from the swimming pool with one 
shoe. Said she lost the other in 
the dressing room. An hour later 
a good-looking corpsman brought 
the other to the barracks. Some- 
thing fishy there. 

On the subject of Waves, Oak 
Knoll welcomes Jane Castle, who 
reenlisted after three months of 
civilian life. This caused more 
than half the male reserves to lose 
ten years of their lives. Some of 
the women are going all out for 
civilian clothes. One girl, appar- 
ently anxious to literally save 
every penny, placed a wad of gum 
in the Waves icebox. It was dis- 




















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tion. Oh, Oh!! 

That sleek gangster’s car 
the three-inch windshield 
whizzing about the eountrysilj 
sounding like twenty diesels, lit 
longs to Jerry Bozzio. Last w<« 
buddy Bob Reeves unsleeked t:| 
rear end a wee bit. Jerry, ,wt • 
had visions of resorting to sun; 
thing as a bus, almost collapse, 
when he heard the news. On!/ 
the tail light was broken off bjar 
inebriated civilian who prow 
paid for damages when c.onfrofl 
by the angry-looking “musck 

Waves Still Needed 

The Navy needs 1,400 ex- 
WAVES to' supplement the Zfi 
already being retained on acliw 
duty until 1 July, 1947, and 
enlistments of HA’s and PhM 
are requested. 

Recreation Presents Football 

A shot of the Cal-Oregon game taken by J. O. Simmons, .jj 

/I MlUt Ul lilt' ~ 

of Graphic Arts, for which game, 150 tickets were prcsenteij 
Oak Knoll’s Recreation Department by the C.C. Student Boc y, 

rhjp p 

Yol. 5. No. 42 


Honor Wards 

The wards and departments of 
Oak Knoll are scenes of industri- 
es personnel as they prepare for 
the weekly Captain’s Inspections. 
The competition is strong as the 
most outstanding wards and activ- 
ities receive a weekend liberty to 
begin the next Friday at 1630 for 
patients, 2100 for staff, and ending 
at 0730 Monday morning. 

During the week of 12 October, 
Wards 77B, 61A, 67A, 74A, 47B, 
44A and 52 were the most out- 
standing and Departments to re- 
ceive the weekend are the Bag- 
room, Animal House, Surgery 2, 
Brace Shop, Physiotherapy and 

In the inspection of 5 October, 
Wards 40B, 45B, 55, 60A, 66A and 
74B were the most outstanding and 
activities in the other groups were 
the Dental Building, Surgery 2, 
Commissary 1 and the Bagroom, 
Building 32. 

* I 


Practice Starts 
For Oak Knoll's 
Basketball Team 

Commencing with practices on 
Tuesday and Wednesday of last 
•reek, Oak Knoll launched its 
1H6-47 basketball season. 

This year’s squad is under the 
Section of Pharm. Robert Mo- 
^ey USN and is coached 'by 
U*hM P. L. Moon. The first prac- 
tsees showed promise of a well- 
^onded team, but lacking strength 
to numbers and a few positions. 
l-3st year’s Oak Knoll five placed 
^•ond in the 12th Naval District 
tournament, besides winning many 
^tonors in local leagues in the Bay 

he team at present practices on 
hospital courts south of the 
dimming pool every Tuesday and 
Wednesday. Due to the different 
lr hes, more players are needed 
,0 complete a full squad. 

he Waves have also organized 
^ a team through the efforts of 
™ l3c hankie Griffin. There is 
“ need for more Waves to 
l, 'd out the squad. 

Sixtyseven Ladies Capped 
During Red Cross Ceremony 



Gray Ladies’ caps were bestowed 
on 67 volunteer members of the 
Red Cross Hospital and Recreation 
Corps Thursday, October 10, in a 
brief ceremony held in the Officers’ 

Responding to the call for con- 
tinued Red Cross aid to servicemen 
and veterans who are still in the 
hospital, these women represent 
Oakland, Alameda, and Berkeley 
Chapters. They have completed the 
training course and over 24 hours 
of probationary work in the wards 
doing personal services, and assist- 

ing with the craft and recreation 

Miss Marie Adams, Red Cross 
Field Director at this hospital, was 
mistress of ceremonies and intro- 
duced Captain A. H. Dearing (MC), 
USN, who welcomed the new mem- 
bers and told of the continued need 
for Red Cross services in the 
planned permanent Navy hospital. 
He also complimented the 212 
Gray Ladies who are actively serv- 
ing at present, and especially the 
six ladies who have served four 

378 30th Street 
Oakland, California 

October 13, 1946 

Captain A. H. Dearing, M. C. 

Oak Knoll Hospital 
Oakland, California 
Dear Captain Dearing: 

I want to express to you and to your valiant Staff, my sincere and 
heartfelt gratitude for the unprecedented courtesy and service ren- 
dered Providence Hospital in our recent misfortune. Words are really 
inadequate in such situations as these, but we do want you to know 

that we are deeply appreciative. 

Our personnel thoroughly enjoyed their stay at Oak Knoll and the 
patients were most happy too. So you have rendered service to the 
County Medical Profession, to the Civilians of Oakland as well as to 
the Sisters of Providence Hospital. 

Again we thank you and ask God to bless you and reward you as 
He alone can. 

Very sincerely yours, 
Sister Peter Francis 

The above letter pertains to the opening of an Oak Knoll maternity 
ward to Providence patients during the fatal infant epidemic. 

Errors Delay 
Terminal Pay 

A large percentage of terminal 
leave claims face serious delays 
because of errors in filling out the 
claims, or in failure to supply the 
necessary papers to support the 
claim. In each case, the papers 
must be returned to the service- 
man and he must start over again. 

Failure to indicate the amount of 
time lost through being AOL or 
AWOL, or to indicate that no time 
was lost in that capacity is one of 
the main errors. Amount of leave 
taken while on active duty is often 
not indicated, and failure to indi- 
cate home address of claimant will 
delay the papers. 

Happy Daze to 
Arrive Next Week 

Laughter will fill the air as 
“Happy Daze” makes it’s appear- 
ance on the Oak Knoll stage. Hi- 
larious Jack Waldron will act as 
emcee and bring many chuckles 
with his songs and monologues. 

It is unpredictable whether Red 
Johnson and Lee Diehl will juggle, 
or raise the roof with all-out com- 
edy. The man with the dead-pan 
and comedy dance routine will be 
Vic La Monte of RKO fame. 

Shadows will be cast by Dave 
Marco, but the animated shadow- 
graphs will disperse any gloom. 
Dave has been headlined in vaude- 
ville for over 20 years, and as a 
shadowgraph entertainer, he is 

Three lovely lasses, the Vocal 
Belles, find that their mutual inter- 
est in singing makes for interest 
with the audience also. Oak Knoll 
will be charmed by the new style 
of vocalizing by the trio. 

Presenting a diversified reper- 
toire of popular music is lovely 
Roily Wray. With a background of 
Hollywood and radio behind her. 
Miss Wray has long been a favor- 
ite on the West Coast. 

Harmonica harmony will be 
blended by the Two Reeds. After 
sever al CBS and - NBC programs, 
the two have been touring camps 
with their arrangements of new 
favorites, old ballads and a touch 
of the classics. 

Recreation is bringing the show 
to the Auditorium on the evenings 
of October 23 and 24. 

Page Two 


Saturday, 19 October. 

The Onit Teaf 

U, S. Naval ilospltal, Oakland. California 

^*,?*** n Dearlnc (MC) U.S.N., Medical Officer in Commands Captain 

Oarver E. Robina (MC) U.S.N., Executive Odlcer. 

Editorial Staff: PhM3c G cor re F. Cahill. Jr.. Editors HAlc Robert V. Davis. 
Associate Editor; Lt. Louise E. Dowlcn W-USNB. Editorial Advisor. 

Photorraphers: II. Wayland. PliM2c; J. O/ler. PliM3c; J. O. Simmons, PhM3c. 

Contributors of the week: The American Red Cross 
Cartoonist:. J. R. Dale. IIAIc. 

•‘The Oak Leaf” is a weekly publication produced commercially at no coat to the 
Government and In compliance with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 45-528 Semi-Monthly 

Bolotin 31 May, 1915. "The Oak Leaf" receives Camp Newspaper Service material, 
and is a member of the Ship’s Editorial Association. Republication of credited 
matter prohibited without permission of CNS and SEA. 

Contributions from both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of “The Oak Leaf," U. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 

Saturday, October 19, 1946 

No. 42 

• Foothill and Seminary 

“Love thy neighbor” is one of the most difficult Command- 
ments with which to comply, especially when “thy neighbor” 
bears no passion for his own neighbor. 

One of the most common occurrences of any community 
where a number of servicemen are present is an increasing 
dislike between the civilians and these servicemen. This diffi- 
cult situation never fails to arise since each party is unable to 
perceive the argument of the other party. 

Servicemen, due to the surpressed environment which they 
undergo while on the reservation, desire to release their 
thoughts and actions when off the base. They do this by being 
a little more boisterous than the civilian normal. This release 
gives to the civilian the wrong impression of the serviceman; 
it implants the idea that each wearer of the uniform is a loud, 
crude ruffian who is socially undesirable for the good of the 
community. Younger members of the community begin to 
despise the serviceman and vice-versa. The result is obvious. 

Due to the decreased number of servicemen in the bay area, 
a number of gangs have decided to undertake the task of 
calming down the uniformed men who have, for the past few 
years, been dominating the spotlight. The result is a number 
of banged up soldiers, sailors and marines, overpowered by 
twice their number of local youths. 

The first reaction of the servicemen is to return in greater 
numbers and retaliate for the first injustice. From then on 
it is a struggle for more man-power on each side. 

After a few weeks of these conflicts, the streets are unsafe 
for individuals of either side, since both resort only to the 
use of numbers. This situation has already occurred in the 
area around Oak Knoll. It is no uncommon sight to see a 
sailor come through the gate late at night with a banged up 

The only solution is the use of the civilian authorities to 
the utmost. Retaliation only promotes the situation. The police 
despise these youths as much as the servicemen and will 
therefore cooperate whole-heartedly if notified. 

A few days in a civilian jail will do more good to change 
a person’s idea than one or two bruises inflicted in a fight. 

Ittttttp ^entires 

Protestant : 

Chaplains— E. C. Andrews, E. D. Sneary. 
Sunday — 

Divine Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday In Chapel) — 1800. 
Choir — Monday &c Thursday, 1400-1500. 
Protestant Chaplains’ offices are located 

on the Second Deck of Bide. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Worker will be on the compound every 
Tuesday and Friday afternoons. 

L. D. S. (Mormon): 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Chaplain — Carl Herold. 

Sunday Mass — 0630. 0830, 0945. 

Weekday Mass — 1205 in oratory next to 
Chaplain’s Office in Building 1. 

Confessions before all Masses. 


Divine Service— 1745 Friday, conducted 
by Chaplain A. Barnston. 

The Field Representative of the Na- 
tional Jewish Welfare Board, Hospital 
Service Dept., is in attendance on the 
hospital compound on Tuesdays and 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He has of- 
fice hours at the reception office of the 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and from 1900 
to 2000 on Frldeys. 

Red Cross Ramblings 

It was Football Tonight, Tuesday, 
October 8, 1946, when Jack Shaw, 
sports announcer for an Associated 
Oil Company, came to Wards 63B 
and 64B with the Associated 
Sportsmen’s Clubs of California. 
After seeing the movie of the foot- 
ball game of Fleet City vs. El Toro 
Marines, played in December. 1945, 
Mr Shaw began answering sports 
questions fired at him by a most 
enthusiastic audience. If there 
wasn’t such a thing as “Lights Out” 
they would probably still be talk- 
ing. These informal Tuesday night 
meetings, sponsored by the Associ- 
ated Sportsmen’s Clubs are en- 
joyed very much by the men in this 
hospital. Ask your Red Cross rec- 
reation worker for the next meet- 
ing place. All men are invited to at- 

Baseball enthusiasts on wards 
74A, 51 A and 50A really had a 
treat Friday. Walter Mails, a pro- 
fessional pitcher for the Cleveland 
Indians and the San Francisco Seals 
before the war, a Marine recruiting 
sergeant at the beginning of the 
war, and then a Red Cross Field 
Director with the 4th Marine Divi- 
sion in Iwo Jima, came to the hos- 
pital to talk about baseball and 
sports in general. Both he and the 
patients became so wrapped up in 
the conversation that it was nec- 
essary for him to return the fol- 
lowing Tuesday to finish the dis- 
cussion on 50A and 45B. 

The patients on 46A enjoyed 
something different in the way of 
entertainment when Mrs. Logan 
came from Oakland and exhibited 
her hand puppets and presented a 
play on a miniature stage. This was 
an old-fashioned drama entitled 
“The Fall of Redbeard.” 

Fletcher Mullin, GMlc of ward 
49B, said “Farewell” to us this 
week. Since being a patient in U. S. 
N. H., Mullin has spent all spare 
moments here turning out beauti- 
ful articles for his home and family. 
He has plexi-glass what-nots, book 
shelves, leather wallets for Christ- 
mas presents, baby shoes for an ex- 
pectant arrival and block-printed a 
luncheon cloth for his wife, Mary. 

Christmas will be here soon, so 
come up to the Craft Shop, second 


The Oak Leaf paid the Ne^ j 

surgical Department a visit lyi’ 
week to chose a recipient of i,J 
Cluster, and on the suggest ! 
of Comdr. James C. Luce, alj 
nurses of the Surgery, a co } ■_[ 
man was chosen. 

Charles Pettis, PhM3c, 

been in Neuro-surgery at bob 

Ward 43 and the -White v£' 
lage," and has applied his taWi 
to the Dressing Room since fa*] 
vary. ’ 

Conscientious "Chuck” 
noted for his observations 
the accurate records he keei 
providing invaluable aid to 
doctors. He has the welfare 
the patient before him at 

We Wish to commend Chart 
for his continual study and ofe. 
servation of the patient’s cond. 
tion in our small way by pg^ 
senting him the OAK LEA} 
CLUSTER for this week. 

Speedy Pay Recor 


Not that we want to get anye 
Navy men worried, but it tow 
Uncle Sam 47 years to pay oft, 
debt to David J. Sullivan, soli- 
in the Spanish-American War & 
just received a check for -S447 
covering travel pay and sufe. 
ence for 1899. 

deck, building 102, and makey&, 
own gifts We supply tools, mats 
rials, and instructions, and welc • 
your ideas for new projects. 

The hours are: 0930-1130, 018 
1600 Monday through Friday, e 
0900-1200 on Saturdays. 

Amusing! The storeroom r- 
cently received a large shipmerr 
supplies apparently meant for i£ 
civilian maternity ward, but in" 
1 o’clock rush, there was a sli£ 
mixup in issuing bathrobes to .& 
of the Gray Ladies for a 
ward. The r'esult: one of. the P* 
tients put on his new bathrobe 
mediately he and his buddies wc 
into convulsions. As he stood tbe. 
draped in a robe with pleats 4* 
gathers in the front, comments 
his ward pals ensued: - This is * 
sudden, John, we didn’t kn° a 
When is the event to take place 


Favorite Bible Texts 

The favorite Bible texts of famous men are interesting to read • 
of them are given below. 

John Bunyan: “What must 1 do to be saved?” 

Martin Luther: "The just shall live by faith.” 

Sir Walter Scott: “I must work the works of Him that sent 1 
whilst it is day; the night cometh when no man can work.” 

Oliver Cromwell: “I can do all things through Christ that strength 
eth me.” 

Francis Xavier: “But what shall it profit a man if he gain the v 
world and lose his own soul?” 

David Livingstone: ”Lo, I am with you always, even unto the 
of the world.” 

Have you a favorite text from the Holy Bible? 



> V 


Page Three 

day- October 19 . 1946 

frozen Dale 

Does "Fr^ezy'' 









































in P ers °n. only a little 
much better looking, is 
iei;r cartoonist James R. Dale, 
senior corpsman of Oak 
|L] s Receiving Ward 48B. 

pale, who was called to ac- 
[* duty on 24 October 1945, has 
^ rlaim of being one of the last 

::C Wr* 

Cartoonist Dale 


vfikir.tary reserves to enter the 
’ \ivy It it had not been for the 
OTpsman-freezmg Alnav, he would 

have made away with but ten 
I months’ service. As matters stand 
ira*- he expects to be discharged 
| <jji 15 January with the remaining 
par of the more un-salty reserves. 

Jay after completing the usual 
| bw training and corps school at 
iin Diego, arrived at Oak Knoll 
( last March. His story from there 
I, I react like any normal staff per- 
;liattr.el detail record; night duty. 
, L pJle> special watch, Wards 42A 
aoo 4 7 A, sick list, and finally Ward 


Jay started cartooning for his 
d;<xil paper and yearbook in South 
i High School, Salt Lake City. Most 
his spare time was spent, as he 
I ’■fct it, doing drawings of evejy- 
i he saw or had come into 

he mind. His present desire is to 
We.V-' the University of Utah -and 
•My commercial art. 
rF’eezy*’, Dale's present diver- 

Absentee Vote to 
Be Utilized For 
The Armed Forces 

Members of the armed forces 
may vote in the general elections, 
which will be held in November 
in most states, by using the post 
card (USWBC Form No. 1 or Stan- 
dard Form No. 76) as an applica- 
tion for an absentee ballot. 

States have set up regulations 
and aids to help servicemen vote 
and complete data has been ob- 
tained from 34 states. Servicemen 
may obtain any information they 
desire from their voting officer or 
by writing to the Secretary of 
State of their respective states. 

All registered Arizona voters in 
the armed forces will receive bal- 
lots without applying for them. In 
Arkansas, Montana and New York, 
application may be made for bal- 
lots in writing other than on the 
post card form. In Texas, mem- 
bers of the armed forces may not 
vote in absence. In Alabama, serv- 
icemen are exempt from poll tax. 

Federal, state and local elections 
will be held in most states. Note 
the following exceptions: 

Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, Mon- 
tana, Tennessee — federal and state 
elections only. 

Louisiana — federal and local 

Texas — state and local only. 

Virginia, New Mexico — federal 

Minnesota — state only. 

Last day ballots may be received 
is, generally, 5 November. How- 
ever, 4 November is listed for Con- 
necticut, Idaho, New Mexico, New 
York. Other exceptions are: 30 
October for Oregon, 1 November 
for Texas, 2 November for Kansas, 
20 November for Colorado, 23 No- 
vember for Washington and 28 
November for Nebraska. 

Don’t tear your hair out over a 
woman. It’ll be harder to meet the 
next one if you’re bald. 

sion, was started as a symbol of the 
ward corpsman. The name came 
from the fact that he is a reserve. 
The strip is drawn on the nurses’ 
desk in the ward, a line or two be- 
ing added whenever Jay has a few 
minutes spare lime. 

Injured Patients Qiven 1st 
Priority to Buy New Autos 

GySgt. Merrick and his newly acquired Oldsmobile. 

Added to the private collection 
of autos registered in Oak Knoll’s 
vehicle log are a group of shining 
new Oldsmobiles. Owner of one of 
these is GySgt. Clarence Merrick 
of Ward 55. 

Because of an injury received in 
action on I wo Jima, Sergeant Mer- 
rick acquired a leg disability that 
has made him eligible according to 
the Valiant program to receive top 
priority to purchase an Oldsmo- 
bile fitted with the equipment 
adapted for his special disability. 

In Sgt. Merrick’s car the brake 
is the only floor pedal other than 
the accelerator. The clutch is com- 
pletely eliminated. Other varia- 
tions ol equipment are also avail- 
able. For example, a set of turn- 
ing signals which allow the driver 
to show the direction of his turn 
is provided for a driver with a 
disabled left arm. 

Under the program, the car is 
purchased at the dealer’s price, but 
first priority is given. Delay in de- 
livery of these models is but a few 

At present, about two dozen Oak 
Knoll patients have taken advan- 
tage of this opportunity, and ten 

more are waiting for their cars to 

This program is not to be con- 
fused with Public Law 663 which 
allocates a sum of money ($1600) 
for the purchase of any make of 
car for a veteran who has received 
a total loss or disability of one or 
both legs below the ankle. 

Credits, Diplomas 
Featured in Knoll's 
Educational Service 

The Educational Services De- 
partment, under direction of Ch. 
Pharm. Robert Moroney, is pre- 
pared to aid any patient or staff 
member in furthering his education 
or obtaining school credits. 

All personnel are encouraged to 
visit the Office in Building 133 and 
inquire about finishing high school, 
work for college credit, or obtain- 
ing civilian school credit for mili- 
tary service. Aptitude tests can be 
taken, and rate training manuals 
and tests can be obtained. Excellent 
reviews are given on academic, 
technical or vocational subjects. 

Page Four 


Saturday, 19 October 



Monitor Duty For 
Radio Engineers 

Approximately 100 radiological 
safety engineers are required for 
radiological monitor duty. Volun- 
teers must have electronics, radio, 
radar, chemical or physics engi- 
neering background equivalent to 
a college education and will be 
given intensive training. 

Regular Navy, temporary offi- 
cers, approved transferees who 
have accepted commissions and 
officers whose retention until 1 
July 1947 has already been ap- 
proved are eligible to apply by 
dispatch, attention Pers. 3126, with 
a recommendation by the com- 
manding officer and a statement 
of availability. 

• Movie Schedule • 

Sat., Oct. 19— Rings On Her Fin- 
gers, Henry Fonda, Gene Tier- 

Sun., Oct. 20 — My Darling Clemen- 
tine, Henry Fonda, Linda Dar- 

Mon., Oct. 21 — Flying Down to Rio, 
Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire. 

Tues., Oct. 22 — Angel On My 
Shoulder, Paul Muni, Anne Bax- 

Wed., Oct. 23 — Shadowed. Anitd 
Louise, Robert Scott. 

Thurs., Oct. 24 — Sun Valley Sere- 
nade, Sonja Henie, John Payne. 

Fri., Oct. 25 — Two Years Before 
the Mast, Alan Ladd, Brian Don- 

Sat., Oct. 26 — Son of Lassie, Roddy 
McDowell, Preston Foster. 

“In Love on a Twelfth Naval Dis- 
trict Bus” or "Take Me to the Ball 
Game” was the theme last Satur- 
day as 150 members of Oak Knoll’s 
inner clique boarded the bus for 
the St. Mary’s-Cal game. 

The traffic was heavy and head- 
way was difficult until Andy Mc- 
Clain saved the day by leaping 
from the leading bus and directing 
the Oak Knoll caravan through the 
traffic mess. 

It seemed that the entire group 
from the Knoll were rooting for the 
St. Mary’s boys except Frankie 
Griffin and Kitty Govro who must 
know a few men at Cal. 

Also seen cheering were Georgie 
Baker, Bob Fanska and Sarge 
Castleman, who did more cheering 
on the return bus trip than at the 
game. It appears that he likes to 
show his appreciation for females. 

Present also were the pride of 
staff personnel, Rick Richter, pa- 
tient personnel’s Corrigan, and 
Kent Bean and Chuck Ryder. Still 
getting over an acute case of poison 
ivy was J. J. Gorman, yelling be- 
tween scratches on the side-line. 
Also there: Jack Ozier, taking pic- 
tures of everything he saw; Dean 
Hartman almost catching the great 
Wedey in his lap; Ralph Reed who 
worried whether he would be able 
to make the game; Ken Kloster- 
man sitting on Jack Ozier’s photo- 
graphic case; Kurt Lather listening 
to the Army-Michigan game on a 
portable radio; Lee Shadle losing 
Jack Ozier’s film (everybody seems 
to pick on Jack); Don Lesar show- 
ing up with a pachuco haircut and 

a shape-drape; Jim Simmons also 
in a pair of civvies. 

Any football enthusiast will say 
the best part of the game is nol 
the game itself but the post-mor- 
temizing afterwards with the aid of 
a few stimulants. Hitting the local 
bistros were Robie Robischaud, 
Dave Isaacs, Frankie Griffin 
(again) and a few more of the 
Knoll society group. 

In a fashionable hotel in Ber- 
keley were the ruddy, redhead 
Chuck Fagan with a local belle and 
another swimming - pooler Rick 
Bronson with a local blonde. Movie 
man Jim Sparks was also there 
with a female companion. 

Addendum . . . Added to the list 
of compound duos are Phyllis Shea 
and a redheaded corpsman from 
Central Supply. . . . Farrell Utt, 
who has spent a few days at Ber- 
keley assisting in the registration 
of students, wishes the compound 
to know that he has returned to his 
duties at Graphic Arts. . . . George 
Warrick is still wearing the suit; 
it’s getting pretty thin here and 

Big party at Claire Martini’s 
house last week; Chief Tracy 
Mathewson playing jigs on the 
piano. . . Frances Lecocq with her 
husband. . . Jim Soal following 
Mary Serpa around. . . also there, 
Don Gorman, Millie Ciapponi, 
Logan Forester, Marie Bevilacque 
and Jim Kennedy. 

Sedwick: “Terribly sorry you 
buried your wife yesterday.” 

Wateleywood: “Had to — dead, 
you know.” 

A local Chief walked into tt 
club the other day, ordered a M%. j 
tini, drank it. chewed up the nJ 
down to the stem and threw it ofc ! 
his shoulder. He continued thisfcj 
about six rounds, then noticed & 
bartender staring at him. 

"Guess you think I’m crazy. jfcj 
Chief observed. 

"I sure do,” replied the barke-- 
“I always thought the stems ttj 
the best part.” 

* * * J j 

Father: "The man who mam? 
my daughter will get a prize." 

Corpsman: “May I see it 
please?” * 

Aquacade Brings Bathing Beauties to Oak Knoll's Pool 

Last Sunday afternoon saw Oak Knoll’s swimming pool filled with a group of national women’s aquatic champions exhibiting then ” 
ents. Performances were also given by staff members Jim Sparks, Rick Bronson and Chuck Fagan (shown at left with national high * n ‘ 
board diving champion, Zoe Ann Olsen). Center bottom shows Charles Boone of Ward 74A with two of the lovely performers. I pper right 
son and Sparks in combination. Lower right: clowning by a member of Oakland’s Aqualor Club. 

VcL 5. No. 43 


Victor in War , Quardian in Peace 

On America's 25th Navy Day, w? 
proudly turn back the pages of 
history for a brief review of the 
achievements of our United States 
Stay. Brilliant examples of cour- 
ts, professional skill. and self -sac- 
rificing devotion to duty through 
years are many, but our atten- 
tion today is caught by stories of 
wen and ships that served in the 
'onr years between Pearl Harbor 
and the fall of Japan, by their gal- 
* a ’d stands at Bismarck Sea , Leyte 
Midway. We pause to re- 
■iember flag-shrouded figures low- 
into the sea — men and ships 
in our great fight for freedom, 
ihen we reminisce pleasantly with 
toipmates who manned battle sta- 
tions, treated the wounded, were 
i Winded, recovered. We give 
thanks for thousands who lived 
Scathed through the conflict. 

Today we look ahead to unwrit- 

^ chapters of Navy history, hop- 
*0 progress and preparedness car 

■ J hand in hand unth peace. Or 
^ Pacific and Atlantic our ship: 
W carry on, ever guarding Amer- 

hard-earned freedom. That i: 
* ? * r task. Let us at Oak Knoll 
ffitU corpsman and captair 
bong us, be mindful of our tasl 
"Warding the life and health o. 

■ men of our Navy. 

way all who join us on this oc- 
* 0n find pleasure in vie wine 
potties of the hospital and take 
in the knowledge that “ our ’ 
a,; V is your Navy, too. 

r**' A - H. Dearinc, (MC) USN. 
Medical Officer in Command. 

Oak Knoll Stands at Attention 

During National Review of Navy 

“Navy Day is a day set apart by our fellow citizens, but to the Navj 
its significance is the opposite. To us it means not a setting apart, but a 
symbol of our membership in the family of the United States. We fee 
honored, but our greatest pride is for the family that honors us.” St 
declared Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Chief of Naval Operations, 
in a statement on the meaning of Navy Day. 

In discussing Navy Day, which 
falls on this Sunday, 27 October, 
Admiral Nimitz went on, “We in 
the Navy are a part of America, an 
important part entrusted with a 
vital and specialized function to be 
sure, but a member of the team 
none the less.” 

That team is composed of the 
various Services of the United 
States. And, though 27 October 
has been set aside to honor the 
Navy, the other fighting services 
cannot be forgotten — even on the 
Navy’s own day. 

October 27 was selected for Navy 
Day for two reasons. It commem- 
orates the historic date in the year 
1775 when the Continental Con- 
gress received a bill providing for 
the creation and establishment of 
a fleet to protect the lives and 
property of a young and struggling 
nation. And this particular date 
also marks the birthday of Presi- 
dent Theodore Roosevelt, who rec- 
ognized the need of a powerful 
Navy and gave his staunch support 
to develop a Navy which is re- 
spected, like the Army, by every 
nation on earth. 

This 27 October is a special Navy 
Day. The Navy League of the Uni- 

ted States, sponsor of Navy Day. 
said: “On this first Navy Day since 
the demobilization of our wartime 
naval forces, we honor the veter- 
ans of World War II.” 

It is to all World War II veter- 
ans in general, and to the Navy 
veterans of World War II who 
failed to return in particular, that 
this Navy Day is dedicated. From 
32 ports in the United States, its 
possessions and the Philippines, 
Navy ships and planes will head 
seaward on 27 October^ there to 
drop flowers upon the waters of 
the world to symbolize the grateful 
thanks of a nation to those who 
gave so much, and now belong to 
the sea. 

The official slogan of Navy Day 
is: “Your Navy, Victor in War, 
Guardian in Peace.” And though 
the sponsors of the special day 
remind the nation that a strong 
peacetime naval reserve is neces- 
sary as well as an adequate, emer- 
gency-ready Navy, the part played 
by the Army and the other fighting 
Services is not being forgotten by 
the sponsors of Navy Day, by the 
men of the Navy, nor by the citi- 
zens of the nation. 

Schedule of Events 


1000 to 1600 

Open House. 

1130 to 1230 

Noon Chow. 

1300 to 1600 

Afternoon Music at Chapel. 


Finger-painting at Craft Shop, by C. Boone. 

Guides to conduct guests. 


Continuous movies at Auditorium. 

Officers’ Club Supper and Dance, Stan Robinson’s 




Catholic Mass for the Dead, at Chapel. 


Special Navy Day Services at Chapel. 



Stage Show by Jack Teagarden. 


All Hands Dance. 


Navy Day, 27 October 1946, will 
find our Navy on its Sunday Rou- 
tine, with divine worship sched- 
uled where possible. Since its be- 
ginning, the Navy has recognized 
the value and importance of wor- 
ship. All of us seek more satisfac- 
tion and happier ways of living. 
We want inner values that will 
sustain us in whatever outward 
circumstances may befall us. We 
have seen religion and moral in- 
tegrity tested in the crucible of 
war. We know how greatly they 
have affected the lives of men in 
years of peace. Navy Day Sunday 
will be a natural setting for the 
recognition and evaluation of the 
place other religious and moral 
sides of our lives should have in 
our thinking. Along with our phys- 
ical fitness and professional train- 
ing, we need the inner discipline 
of religion. We of the Navy are 
grateful for the prayers and sup- 
port of the religious leaders and 
worshippers in our churches and 
synagogues through the long days 
of world war two. We shall con- 
tinue to need prdyers. It is my 
earnest hope that our people will 
remember us of the Naval Service 
in a special way on Navy Day Sun- 
day, and that we may have the 
support of their prayers as we 
keep the seas. 

Chester W. Nimitz, 

Fleet Admiral, USN, 

Chief of Naval Operations. 

Page Two 


Saturday, 26 October. 

The (Pah t^eat 

O. 8. NbtsI Hospital, Oakland, California 

^'***^* * ^ n A. H. Dearlnr (MC) U.S.N., Medical Officer In Commandi Captain 
Daryey E. Robins (MC) U.S.N., Executive Officer. 

Editorial Staff: PhM3c George F. Cahill. Jr„ Fdltori HAlc Robert V. Davis, 
Associate Editor: Lt. Louise E. Dowlen 4V-USNR, Editorial Advisor. 

rhotoeraphers: II. Wayland. PhM2c: J Orlcr. RhMScs J. O. Simmons. PhM3c. 

Contributors of the week: The American Red Cross 
Cartoonist: J. R. Dale, HAlc. 

"The Oak Leaf” Is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and In compliance with Ref.: <ai SecNav Letter 45-626 8eml-Monlbly 

Bulletin 31 May. 1945. "The Oak Leaf” receives Camp Newspaper Service material, 
and Is a member of the Ship's Editorial Association. Rcpublication of credited 
matter prohibited without permission of CNS and SEA. 

Contributions from both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of "The Oak Leaf," U. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 Saturday, October 26, 1946 No. 43 

• Democracy and Our Navy 

In the past half decade, the Navy of the United States has 
experienced the most crucial test of its entire career. From 
a group of battered, out-moded ships floundering in the mud 
of Pearl Harbor, it rose to the largest and most advanced 
armada the world has ever seen. Starting with a few hundred 
thousand men, personnel poured in' from every state and 
territory to total over three million. 

In every major sea port and large river, ships slid down 
the runways into the water, ships ranging from mighty dread- 
naughts to the small escort and patrol craft. Every village 
added its share to the mighty mass effort, fitting into one 
of the many branches of the tree of production. Brass mined 
in Montana, milled in Connecticut on Pennsylvania-made 
machines, inserted into a ship in a Texan yard, and the final 
product went to sea to defend the unity and cooperation by 
which it was made. 

The united effort of the millions of people behind the lines 
provided the highest grade equipment for the men who oper- 
ated this equipment in the face of danger. These people gave 
the American fighting man the secure thought that his rifle 
was of more superior quality than that aimed by his enemy. 

On this holiday we commemorate the strength of our Navy, 
its history, the personnel and the ships; we commemorate the 
fact that our Navy is the most superior in the present world. 
We praise everything that has any connection with it, and 
pay tribute to those sailors who lost their lives defending a 
great Nation. 

But in this observance of the holiday, we seem to miss the 
fundamental reason for the success of the Navy of the United 
States. We only scrape the surface if we credit the perfect 
series of victories to any specific group, such as, the men who 
run the ships, or the officers who command them. 

The reason may be credited to an intangible quality of 
the American people, called by foreigners “American ingen- 
uity.” The fleet of ships which defended the American shores, 
which carried the soldiers to those of the enemies, which 
formed the first line of attack and defense, were a product of 
American ingenuity. The atom bomb and the many other 
new devices of warfare are also credited to the list of inven- 
tions and devices which have sprung from the minds of 

This “American ingenuity” arises from the fact that our 
people are given independence in their train of thought. 
There is no governmental intervention if a man wants to 
work on some device. What’s more important, there is no 
obligatory governmental control of a scientist’s work as now 
exists in some countries. 

As long as democracy, in its true form, is present in Amer- 
ica, we shall continue to maintain not only the world’s out- 
standing Navy, but shall remain a step ahead of the other 
nations in every respect. Freedom in a nation is better poten- 
tial protection than ultra-organization, so history says. 

Dr . Drury , ex-Navy Chaplair 
T o Present Sermon , Sunday 

Captain Clifford M. Drury, Ph.D., 
D.D., former Navy Chaplain, now 
Professor of Church History at San 
Francisco Theological Seminary, 
will be guest speaker at Special 
Services tomorrow at 1 100 in the 
Oak Knoll Chapel. 

Dr. Drury joined the Chaplain 
Corps of USNR in 1933. Following 
his call to active duty right after 
Pearl Harbor he served, in or- 
der, as Assistant District Chaplain, 
12ND; Senior Chaplain, Navy 
Yard, Mare Island; District Chap- 
lain, Potomac River Naval Com- 
mand, and as Historian of the 
Chaplain Corps, Chief of Chap- 
lain’s Office, Washington, D. C. 
Some time next year he will be 
recalled to active duty to com- 
plete his three-volume Compre- 
hensive History of the Corps, 
which history dates from the days 
of the Revolutionary War. It will 
also include a service record 
sketch of 3,352 chaplains. 

M 4 * 

As a feature of these sen 
Ensign Margaret Cruise, NNf, 
Miss Jane Evans, former VtJ 
will furnish special music. *1 

Citations Presented by Capt. Dearinc 
During Saturday Inspection of Staff 

Captain Dearing presenting a 
Navy Unit Commendation to 
CPhM Virgil G. McConnel, USN, 
of the hospital staff. 

Medals and citations M 
awarded by Captain A. .EL Dt’ 
ing (MC) USN. MOinC of cj 
Knoll, during last Saturday Old 
ing's inspection of staff perspl 
Recipients of the awards 
Captain Rufus G. Thayer USH^ 
Bronze Star and a Temporal^' , 
tation: Lt. Comdr. Vance E Sei 
( MO’ USNR (Staff), the PTcdM 
tial Unit Citation; Raymond * 
Cross, BMlc, USN. Preside 
Unit Citation; William W. W 
RMlc, USN. Presidential 
tation; Comdr. James H.jA- 
l nethy (MC) USN (Staff), J 
Unit Commendation; Virgil 
Connel, CPhM, USN ( Staff), » 
Unit Commendation; Lt. A ft- 
F F Lopinto (MC) USN 
Letter of Commendation; 

S. .Turashen. ASF. USN. Le& 

— ^ 

The glory of God is the end of all creation. All creatures on « 
are created for this end, that, they may manifest in themself 
divine perfections and God’s dominion over His rational crt4 
that is, over men that He may be praised and loved by them, 
the material world, trees, plants, stones, metals, etc., all 
after their own fashion. "The Lord has made all things for i~M| 
(Prov. 16, 4.) Man is created for this end, that he should 
the majesty of God. He must do so whether he w ills it or 
construction of the body of man, the lofty power; 
rewards of the good, the punishment of the p icked, all P r < >f 
majesty of God. Even the reprobate will have to contribute 
Glory of God. In the end he will show how great is the holU 
justice of God. Man, being possessed of reason and free will. * c , 
in an especial way to give glory to God. This he does when ' 
loves and honors God. Man is created chiefly for the life bey 
grave. In this earthly life he is a stranger, a wanderer, and a P 
"We have not here a lasting city, but we seek one that is ’ *■ 
(Heb. 13, 14). Heaven is our true country for all eternity, 

are in exile. 

Chaplain Carl 

Saturday. 26 October. 1946 OAK LEAF Page Three 

Navy Day 1946-Oak Knoll’s Administrative Staff 


Captain Page O. Northington 

Chief of Ear. Nose and Throat Service 

Senior Staff Officers under Captain 
A. H. Dearing, (MC) USN, Medical 
Officer in Command of Oak Knoll, 
who are responsible for the Hos- 
pital's High Professional Standing. 

Captain Harold G. Young Captain Kenneth H. Vinnedge Captain Alton C. Abernathy Captain Earl F. Evans 


Chief of Surgery Chief of X-ray Chief of Urology Chief of Medicine 

Captain Marcy Shupp Captain Herman P. McCrimmon Captain Harold Hirshland Captain George H Mills 


Chief of NP Service Chief of Eye Service Chief of OPD Chief of Dental Service 

CommandjjrJames C. Luce Commander Harr^R. Walker LleutenantGeorge H. Parker Lt. Comdr. Marian B. Olds 

n*ief of Peripheral Neurosurgery Chief of Orthopedics Administrative Assistant Chief Nurse 

Page Four 


Saturday. 26 October, 

Citizens of Bay Area Play Hosts to Oak Knoll 

A Few of the Many Activities 
Offered the Hospital by Area 

Patients on a ward enjoying a party given by 
the Berkeley Community Young Women’s Chris- 
tian Association . . . 

Denver’s Marine Corps League Auxiliary gives the patients of the hospital 15 radio* 
. . . Personnel attend San Francisco Opera Company’s performances. . . . Above, thn 
are engrossed in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.’’ (Photo: Call-Bulletin.) 

Cole Brothers Circus provides thrills and 
laughter for the young-hearted personnel of Oak 
Knoll . . . 

Mr. Howard, owner of Planter’s Dock, presents 
a dinner party each week for eight men . . . 

American Legion Bill Erwin Post No. 337 treats 
Oak Knollites with an all-day fishing trip . . , 

The UC student body extends invitations to attend football games. . . . t'pper left- 1 
seene from the Cal. -Oregon game. . . . L’pper right, Mr. Gillum and the Berkeley Chain* 
her of Commerce makes possible a weekly dinner at the Claremont. . . . Lower Id*- 
Chow'-Down on the Legion’s fishing trip. . . . Lower right. Oak Knollers transfixed i p 
rapt attention at the play “Cp in Central Park.” 

Aahmes Shrine Temple brings several acts from the Polack Brothers t ire uv to ^ 
phitheater. . . . Mr. McGovern, manager of the Lake Merritt Hotel, gives •» dinne 
each Wednesday in the Cascade Terrace. 

^urdaY’ 26 0ctober - 1946 


Oak Leaf ' Wears Hashmark This Week 

1 Once upon a time, in the year 

• _}•? the Chaplain’s Office was 

Z p of a huddle of personnel. 

‘fit * llA ' 

Surffiuch discussion, the mimeo- 
«pli> "' ere sel to work on °cto- 
rolling forth a leaflet tilled, 
v, u Name It,” and announcing a 
.gjrt for the nomenclature of the 
ZLital’s newly acquired paper. 
TJIF competition is on 

flic Chaplains soon found their 
flooded with suggestions of 

2 compound. After struggling 
tugh mountain' ot paper, they 
Epg U p with the “Oak Leal." the 
^estion of Lt. Comdr. C. M. 
Johnson. (MC) USN. Thus the 
, -Ir Oak (Leaf) was planted from 
, V fnch a mighty acorn grew. 

Under the guidance of contribut- 
editors, the editions grew from 
u/ur 10 eight and more pages. For 
a year, the paper progressed 
Lirdei Roy Cadwallader and Keith 
s. 0 tf, with the art work handled 
$ talented Lynn Brewster. 

With the Christmas issue, the 
jiafl faced a complete turnover as 
8udjd Fullmer assumed editorship 
md John Penberthy relieved 
Brewster at the drawing board. 

The mimeographed “king size” 
ration was introduced with the 
enming of 1944, and the March 
n:. Is blew Carl Parsley into posi- 
tion of editor. The presses replaced 
the mimeogTaph in May, 1944. 

Cnaplain J. M. Whallon. Lt. (jg), 
became editor with C. Parsley as- 
sisting R. C. Culbertson and J. W. 
2eardsley were the contributing 
diwrs, with Penberthy still doing 
Lie decorative honors. 


A red-nosed corpsman, created 
r v Penberthy, worked his way into 
die hearts of Oak Knollites with 
rt trials and tribulations of the 
fearers of the cross. 

editorial staff changes 


Carl Parsley bid farewell to the 
rtaff in June, 1944, and was re- 
Leved by R. C Culbertson as As- 
sociate Editor, and V. W. Cassidy 
became the new Correspondent 

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Chaplain Whallon was relieved 
by Chaplain S. P. Robinson, Lt. 
(jg) in July, and September found 
Trondby Fenstad on the illustrious 
staff. Independent Duty School 
beckoned and Richard Culbertson 
departed in November for Ports- 

Chaplain Robinson left in Janu- 
ary 1945 for duty with the CB’s, 
and Chaplain Howard Pitts, Lt. 
(jg), took the “Oak Leaf" under 
his guiding hand. 


From the drawing board came 
another addition to the “Oak Leaf” 
chuckle-raisers in the form of 
“Oakie,” a long-haired corpsman 
from ’way back in the hills. 


The advent of the WAVES on 
the staff was noted with Lt. (jg) 
Joan Cady Sartorius, USNR-W, 
relieving Chaplain Pitts as Editor. 
One month later, in July, Frank 
J. Miller became Associate Editor, 
and another character, Super 
Deuce, came from the flowing ink- 
well. Super Deuce spent his spare 
time saving MAA's from dire di- 
sasters, and helping Moiphy over 
the fence. 

The month of October saw Lt. 
(jg) Mary M. Sherrill in the posi- 
tion of Editor, with Wave Dorothy 
Thompson and HAlc Irving Feld 
sharing Associate with Miller, who 
left soon after. T. Fenstad and 
Dorothy Thompson departed in 
December and James Kennedy was 


Donn Beattie and Fiances Bocek 
joined the aggregation in Decem- 
ber of ’45, and while Okie was 
celebrating his first anniversary, 
Miss Bocek manufactured an open- 
ing on the masthead. Irving Feld 
took his departure in March, and 
two newcomers were pulled in 
with the wake. Richard Schein 
and Charles Haynes applied their 
talents to Associates. Beattie fol- 
lowed Feld, and in April, George 
Cahill brought a crew-cut and 
"Van Johnson” to the offices. 

Miss Sherrill heard the call of 
civiliandom in April and Lt. Louise 
E. Dowlen, USNR-W, shared Edi- 
torial Advisor with her duties as 
Womens Reserve Representative. 
In May, Penberthy came out from 
behind his India Ink and was 
awarded the Ruptured Duck. 
“Rick” took a vacation and turned 
in for a short period, but returned 
in August for a small sojourn. 
“TeiTwific” Rick and his tart Scut- 
tlebutts returned to the Bronx in 
August, and Bob Davis is still try- 
ing to fill his shoes. 


The latest caricature to be pre- 
sented in the “Oak Leaf” is also a 
ward-corpsman, “Freezy.” Talen- 
ted J R. Dale contributes this strip 

Page Five 

Oak Knoll Feted 
By Radio Program 

Oak Knoll took to the air Mon- 
day morning as an aggregation of 
patients participated on the radio 
program “Breakfast on Nob Hill.” 
On request from the Navy, Master 
of Ceremonies Bill Baldwin pre- 
sented an invitation for the public 
to attend the Open House at the 
hospital today, and Andy McLain 
elaborated on the Navy Day sched- 
ule of events. 

Members of the audience drew 
for a prize, and the winner, Mr. 
J. D. Weiler, manager of the Wal- 
dorf-Astoria, New York, gracious- 
ly gave his ticket to the Oak Knoll 
group. The patients drew among 
themselves, and Robert Trautwein, 
Sic, Ward 75A, was the lucky re- 
cipient of a chance for a trip to 
New York. 

The prize for the “biggest beef” 
went to F. C. Heil, MMlc, Ward 
42B, who complained about the 
lack of beer as nourishment on the 
wards. He was awarded a box of 

Previously, the program had sent 
flowers and candy to the hospital. 
Red gladiolas from Podesta & Bal- 
docchi were received on Ward 55, 
and the Oak Knoll nurses received 
delicious candy from Blums. 

The program is a Sid Sidley pro- 
duction and is broadcast daily, ex- 
cepting Sunday. It originates from 
the beautiful Fairmont Hotel. 

Page Six 


Saturday, 26 October loi, 

• 4;q. 

Wave Assistant Director 
Officially Visits Hospital 

National Honors 
For Mrs. Campbell 

Another Oak Knoll name, or to 
be more exact, one connected in- 
directly with Oak Knoll, has 
reached the national spotlight. 
Mrs. George B. Campbell, whose 
husband is a CPhM on the hos- 
pital stafT, now chief-in-charge of 
the Laboratory, was recently elect- 
ed President of the National Navy 
Wives Clubs of America. 

Mrs. Campbell, who has been a 
member of clubs at Cavite, San 
Diego, Hutchinson and now San 
Jose, has held, in the past, the 
prominent positions of Regional 
Vice President and Parliamenta- 

He: “Do you neck?” 

She: “That’s my business.” 
He: “At last, a professional.” 

Officer's Bingo 
Proves A Success 

Did you every try making a JO 
ture frame? 

Three doctors at last < Vc J 
bingo party at the Officers’ J 
say it pays — Dr. Morrison, J 
Waid and Dr. Wigging. The M 
two made other designs pay I 
for each chalked up another I 
on a less complicated, tensiS 
mounting task. And Dick,* 
Derbyshire, small daughter of r 
J. W. Derbyshire, twice shod* 
her parents the trick in winn®,* 
Across the table Capt. Robins !/** 
her cue and came out a vriru* 
Others finding it “paid” to com? 1 
the party included Capt. Abe. 
nathy, Dr. Cartall, Dr. Lem*. 
Miss Reynolds (NNC) and a n :r 
ber of women guests. 

Christmas Committee Meets 

Captain Dearing and Commander Bess Dunn, VV-USNR. 

Left to right: Ens. Charles Taylor, (HC) USN, Mr. Walter Lee. M 
L. H. Taylor, Mrs. May Lilienthal. and Mr. Frank Dowsett. 

Commander Bess Dunn, assistant * 
to the Director of Women’s Reserve 
in Washington, D. C., made an offi- 
cial visit to Oak Knoll last Thurs- 
day, inspecting the WAVE bar- 
racks and conferring with the 
Commanding Officer on the WAVE 
program, both locally and nation- 
ally. Accompanying her was Lt. 
Cmdr. Irene Williamson, District 
Director, Women’s Reserve. 

Here, as all over the United 
States, Miss Dunn found an urgent 
need for more hospital corps 
WAVES. Her only solution to the 
problem lay in the passing by Con- 
gress, in January, of the proposed 
bill to make the WAVE corps a 
permanent USN or USNR unit. 


Both at this activity and later 
that evening at a dinner meet- 
ing at Treasure Island of all 
WAVE officers in this area, Miss 
Dunn revealed that the WAVE 
Bill has number two priority 
among Navy affairs at the next 
meeting of Congress. It is hoped 
that permissive legislation will be 
gained, leaving the administrative 
functions to the Navy. The Bill as 
it now stands will allow WAVES 
to serve on hospital ships and in 
foreign areas, particularly in the 
Pacific from Hawaii to the Philip- 
pines. Alaska is not included. 

The Bill also asks for women in 
the Marine Corps. It is hoped that 
should the Bill pass, the Navy will 
work out a rotation plan for the 
WAVES alone, thus preventing any 
conflict with the ship to shore as- 
signments for men. 

At present, the 4,000 enlisted 
WAVES and 500 officers being re- 
tained as a nucleus, are assigned 
almost entirely to activities of the 
following bureaus: Air, Supplies 
and Accounts and Medicine and 
Surgery. Communications also has 
a large group. 

• Movie Schedule • 

Sat., Oct. 26 — Son of Lass’e, 
Roddy McDowell, Preston 

Sun., Oct. 27 — Temptation, 
Merle Oberon, George Brent. 

Mon., Oct. 28 — It Happened in 
Flatbush, Lloyd Nolan, Carole 

Tues., Oct. 29 — Gallant Bess, 
Marshall Thompson, George 

Wed., Oct. 30 — Blondie Knows 
Best, Penny Singleton, Arthur 

Thurs., Oct. 31 — Rage in Heav- 
en, Ingrid Bergman, Robert 

Fri., Nov. 1 — Dark Mirror, Oli- 
via DeHavilland, Lew Ayres. 

Sat., Nov. 2 — Is Everybody 
Happy, Ted Lewis and Or- 

The above movies are shown 

one day later at the Officers’ 



Poor Harry is dead! — killed 
while on duty by a passing am- 
bulance driven by HAlc R. L. 
Perry and HAlc J. C. Bishop. 

For nearly seven months Harry 
has been standing a 24-hour watch 
around the grounds of Oak Knoll’s 
Transportation Department, giving 
the alarm at the approach of any 
stranger and challenging all-com- 
ers. Harry is now buried by his 
favorite puddle under the officer’s 
window where he used to stand his 
watch at night, a cross marking 
the grave. 

Harry was procured last Easter 
with a group of other ducklings, 
and, until the fatal accident, had 
grown to full edible sjze. Harry 
had survived, during his short life, 
several skirmishes with the Com- 
missary Department. 

Meeting for the first time this 
year as a unit, members of the 
Veterans Hospital Christmas Com- 
mittee were entertained at the Of- 
ficers’ Club last Friday night. Cap- 
tain H. E. Robins, Executive Offi- 
cer, acted as host for the occasion. 
Assisting him were Ensign Charles 
Taylor, Recreation Department; Lt. 
Louise Dowlen, Public Information 
Department; and Mrs. Katherine 
Paulin, Red Cross Representative. 

Holding the distinction of being 
the only committee of its kind in 
the United States, this group 
“brings Christmas” to veteran and 
military hospitals. They plan and 
carry out all decorations, furnish 
entertainment in the wards and 
mess halls, and even provide gifts 
for the patients. Heading this com- 
mittee is R. C. Bitterman, and 
serving os coordinator with this 
particular hospital is Ernest Vos- 
per, both of Oakland. 

Several members of this com- 
mittee have been harbingers of 
Christmas cheer to Oak Knoll since 

the hospital first opened. Ano**i 
these are E. P. Zollner, Walter U- 
and L. H. Taylor, who remest* 
visiting wards here when the > i - 
patient load was a mere 250. 

Mrs. J. F. Mullins has beenP ljr 
chasing agent for several years a- 
Mrs. May Lilienthal has been & 
ponsible for selection of the it 1 -® 1 
appropriate gifts. Newcont® 5 
the group are Mr. and Mrs- 
Fisher who this year will 
300 girls from the community 
work on the decoration commit 
Other members include F 
Dowsett, Mr. and Mi's. W. S. 
coe, Mr. and Mrs. John DufcW 8 " 
and Miss Mary Valle. 

Representing the Veterans He# 
tal at Livermore were Brig* 
General F. W. Rollins, 

Miss Irma Anderson and ' 

• - 

“Do you girls really llke ^ 
ceited men better than tl* * 

* “What other kind?” 

,'i 5 ' No - 44 UNITED STATES NAVAL HOSPITAL, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA Saturday, 2 November, 1946 

lieutenant George H. Parker, 
jlf) USN. assumes today, the 
.v*!tion of Staff Personnel Officer, 
-tiieving Ch. Pharm. Lee E. My- 
Li. Parker will still retain the 
^tion of Administrative Assis- 
which he has held for the 
23 months. 

f y i 

Ail amputees, desiring autorno- 
,isi under Public Law 663, will 
rward all certificates of qualiti- 
uon to the District Medical Of- 
jr for authentication. Certifi- 
will not be honored by deal- 
ess so authenticated. Suit- 
■ entry will be made in the 
Jijce record in each case where 
sanitate is issued to prevent du- 
ianng certificate issues. 

file Navy Relief department of 
slKnoll has undergone a change 
both the administration and the 

Itt hours. 

Chaplains Andrews and Sneary 
t relieved Ch. Pharm. A. Brock 
Ji duties as head of this de- 
Wlment. The new hours are from 

“to 1100. 1400 to 1500, except 


Since the rise of milk shakes 

f * 1 ' 15 to 18 cents and malts from 
22 cents, another sign of in- 
JJ*" *** come to Ship s Service. 
I ^ rice of a pack of cigarettes 
J 1 soared from its usual cost of 
to the new, previously 
passed height of 14 cents. 

the new BuPers recruit 
- tion program, Bainbridge 
. r ®ceive 42% of the general 
r* recruits and 67% of the 
Jr :taI Cor Ps recruits. San Diego 
Lr m receive 33% of the gen- 
^ service recruits and 33%- - of 
T? recruits. Great Lakes is to 
l 25 , ,,, the general service 
Jjv. axu * ^11 personnel for the 
* Program. 

Jack Teagarden & Orchestra 
End Navy Day Celebrations 

Highlighting Navy Day celebra- 
tions at. Oak Knoll was the Open 
House Saturday from 1000 to 
1600, during which time around 
1200 local citizens visited the 

Under the direction of corps- 

Jack Teagarden, king of the 
Blues Trombone, and his band, 
was the Recreation feature Mon- 
day afternoon. 

After the introduction, Jack and 
orchestra rendered several excel- 
lent “blues.” Petite Christine 

Jack Teagarden 

men and WAVES guests were 
shown professional departments, 
recreational facilities and living 
quarters. Walking tours and trips 
via the Divco bus were in progress 
all day. 

At noon 500 civilians, guests of 
enlisted staff personnel, fell into 
line with their hosts and were 
served Navy chow in normal Navy 

On the wards bed patients were 
surprised by a colorful addition to 
their meal trays — miniature nut 
and candy “tubs” flying the Amer- 
ican Flag, gifts of the American 
Red Cross unit on this base. 

Two dances were enjoyed dur- 
ing the series of Navy Day cele- 
brations. Saturday night, after 
an elaborate dinner, officers and 
their guests danced to the tunes of 
Stan Robinson and his orchestra 
at the Officers’ Club. 

Martin vocalized on “I Don’t Know 
Enough About You” and “Em- 
braceable You." Trombonist Ken- 
ny Martin sang two popular pieces 
and then the band gave out with 
“St. James Infirmary.” “Rhapsody 
in Blue” was next featured, and 
in one of the final selections the 
drummer beat out with a solo. 

The orchestra played for an All 
Hands’ dance the same evening, 
winding up the weekend of Navy 
Day celebrations. 

Sunday morning services were 
held in the chapel in honor of 
those men of the Navy who lost 
their lives during the war. At 0945 
Lt. Comdr. Carl Herold, Catholic 
chaplain, said Mass for the Dead. 
At 1100 Dr. Clifford Drury (ex- 
Navy chaplain) led the Protes- 
tants in their memorial services. 

Captain's Message to All Hands 

The enthusiastic response of our 
1200 visitors at open house was in- 
dicative of the success of Navy 
Day at Oak Knoll. To officers, 
civilian employees, and enlisted 
personnel who shared in piepara- 

tion for the event, my thanks and 
hearty congratulations for a job 
well done! 


Captain (MC), USN, 

Medical Officer in Command. 

Commissary Staff 
Gives Vital Fluid 

The haemoglobin flowed freely 
last week, as a dozen men, com- 
posing the Commissary Depart- 
ment staff, made a journey to the 
Top-side of Building 133. This is 
the second time this year that the 
group of chow-slingers have do- 
nated the precious fluid. It must 
be the Navy food that gives the 
men the excess blood. 

Guests of the Blood Bank were: 
Ensign E. F. Hickey, D. C. Savin, 
i Phm3e; T. K. Friedt, Phm3c; J. W. 
Rvger, Phm3c; B. A. Demuth. 
HAlc; H. J. Crane, HAlc; C. J. 
Shirer, HAlc; B. C. DeAntonio, 
HA2c; L. L. Spielman, HA2c; W. 
Moser. HA2c; and R. C. Fry, HA2c. 

Why not have your department 
do likewise? 

Knoll Cagers Hold 
Successful Practice 

Last Monday night, the Oak 
Knoll basketball team held its first 
indoor practice at the Frick Junior 
High School gymnasium. The 
squad boarded a bus at 1930, by 
the bowling alleys, (as they will 
do every Monday from now on), 
and arrived at the court at 1945. 

Under the direction of Joe Vey- 
lupek, acting as coach, and Bob 
Reeves, assistant, lines were or- 
ganized for a half hour of prac- 
tice shots. Following this, there 
was a practice game. After this 
scrimmage, which was a little 
rough because of the condition of 
the players and their unfamiliarity 
with each other, the team played 
a practice game with a group from 
Trinity Baptist Church, and show- 
ed up better in spite of many 
handicaps — proof, perhaps, of a 
good team to come. 

Some of the players now par- 
ticipating are, guards: Veylupek, 
Reeves, Engstrom, Rogers and 
Rooker; centers: Kozicky and Ca- 
hill; forwards: Schweitz, New- 
comb, McDermott, Sanders, Ma- 
rine, Armstrong and York. 

Due to the continuous conflict 
of watches, more men are needed 
to fill the squad. Interested staff 
members may contact Joe Veylu- 
pek at the staff personnel office or 
show up Monday night at 1915 by 
the bowling alleys. 

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Saturday. 2 Novemb 

The Oats Lea f 

U. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland, California 


Navy Day Chapel Services 

Captain A. H. Drarinr (MC) U.S.N., Medical Officer in Command* Captain 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) U.S.N., Executive Officer. 

Editorial Staff: PhM3c Georee F. Cahill. .Ir., tdilor: HAlc Robert V. Davis. 
Associate Editor; Lt. Louise E. Dowlcn W-IJSNR. Editorial Advisor. 

Pl HA°lc raPherS: J ' ° zier ’ PhM3c : J O. Simmons. PhM3c; R. Maurice Reed. 

Contributors of the week: The American Red Cross 
Cartoonist: J. R. Dale, HAlc. 

The Oak Leaf” Is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and In compliance with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 45-526 Semi-Monthly 
lJullctm .{1 May, 1045. “The Oak Leaf" receives Camp Newspaper Service material, 
.ind is a member of the Ship's Editorial Association. Republication of credited 
matter prohibited without permission of CNS and SEA. 

C °” tr,b ” t . ,on# * rom staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 

The Editor of “The Oak Leaf.” U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 Saturday, November 2, 1946 No. 44 

• The "Big Stick” 

In recent months, the peacetime missions of our Navy have 
been brought to the forefront through justly deserved front- 
page publicity, and millions of Americans have come to un- 
derstand that the Naval arm of our country’s defense serves 
a multitude of purposes aside from the purely military-de- 
structive one. 

The peacetime Navy serves as a first-line defense in case 
of attack, aids in controlling shipping emergencies on the 
seas, governs many small islands, maintains bases, and serves 
as a moral backing for the diplomatic corps of the United 
States. It is in this last purpose that the Navy now plays its 
most prominent part in history. 

We have the world’s largest and most powerful Navy, and 
there is no country that is able to question this fact, or come 
near contesting it. 

In these days when there is diplomatic quibbling over 
every matter that appears on the international agenda, cer- 
tain parties have to apply a slight amount of pressure to 
push through an issue or defend a stand. Secretary of State 
James Byrnes has followed this policy with some success so 
far, called in the vernacular, the “get rough” technique in 
international affairs. 

Throughout history the world has learned that passive 
diplomacy bears no fruit. For successful settlements of dis- 
putes, power must be in evidence by at least one party. The 
United States would have no say in international politics if 
it did not have the club of the Army, Navy and national re- 
sources to wave over the rest of the world. 

Our Army and national resources to other countries are, 
in peacetime, facts and figures on paper. But the Navy is a 
different question. The sight of a line of aircraft carriers and 
battleships sailing by the coast of a nation certainly changes 
the general opinions of the people toward the United States. 
Navy planes flying across a foreign country illustrate the 
power which is present in America and which can be put to 
use in case of an emergency. 

The presence of the carrier “Franklin D. Roosevelt” and 
her escort craft in the waters about Greece during the elec- 
tions was a stroke of diplomatic genius on the part of Amer- 
ica. American ships around South America tend to strenghen 
pan-American unity. Presence of a fleet in the Far East is 
the greatest factor in the control of conquered lands. 

All in all, the United States Navy, because of its influence, 
plays one of the major roles in securing permanent peace. 
This position necessitates the maintenance of the world’s fin- 
est Navy by our country, and the use of this Navy as a potent 
force in international diplomacy. 

Itiiittp Srruirps 


Chaplains— E. C. Andrews, E. D. Sneary. 
Sunday — 

Divine Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday in Chapel) — 1800. 
Choir— Monday & Thursday, 1400-1500. 

Protestant Chaplains’ offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bide. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Worker will be on the compound every 
Tuesday and Friday afternoons. 

L. D. S. (Mormon): 

"Jervlces 1930 Thursday. 


Chaplain — Carl I-Ierold. 

Sunday Mass — 0630, 0830. 0945. 

Weekday Mass— 1205 in oratory next 
Chaplain’s Office in Building 1, 

Confessions before all Masses. 


Divine Service— n45 Friday, conduct 
by Chaplain A. Barnston. 

The Field Representative of the N 
tional Jewish Welfare Board, Hospl 
Service Dept., l s in attendance on t 
hospital compound on Tuesdays a 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He has < 
fice hours at the reception office of t 

f h ™ fron L_ 1500 to 1600 an <* *rom If 
to 2000 on Fridays. 

Religious Services on Navy Day were held by Dr. Clifford Drii- 
(Protestant) and Chaplain Carl Herold (Catholic) in Oak Ki.<>|]. 

Red Cross Ramblings 

The patients on 44B participated 
in a hilarious Bingo Party last 
Monday night. Competition was 
intense — for prizes of cigarette 
lighters, stationery, pocket albums, 
and shoe shine kits. Nearly every 
patient was a winner in at least 
one game. Refreshments, consist- 
ing of cookies, apples and grapes, 
helped the patients to relax after 
the strenuous activity. 

The Tuesday night recreation 
group planned an October birth- 
day party for patients in ward 43B. 
Birthdays celebrated were those of 
Albert Smith and Irving Jones. 
Individual games and bingo were 
activities of the evening. After- 
ward. a large birthday cake, deco- 
rated a la Halloween, and ice 
cream, were served. 

Halloween is upon us in 51 A & 
B tonight with a Halloween Birth- 
day Party which will feature a 
contest in what the well-dressed 
ghost is wearing. The party will 
also include cake, ice cream, and 
special gifts for the men whose 
birthdays fall in September and 

* * * 

All men interested in stamp col- 
lecting as a hobby — Welcome to 

the Oak Knoll Stamp Club! $*► 
Red Cross (second deck Ship 
Service Building) for albums, <gJ 
alogs, and a large quantity- r 
stamps, foreign and Amena 
from which to select. All mater- 
a Is are free, and the latest 1 
stamp literature and informarr 
is obtainable. 

Members of the Stamp Club:: 
cently met as guests of patients:. 
Ward 64B: Mr. H. A. Keays, Ptr- 
3c E. J. Weaver, and Mr. R. Davi- 
son. They gathered together I 
examine and select stamps of tn^ 
choice from a recent gift shinmtr: 
both foreign and American, re- 
ceived by Red Cross. 

Other stamp club members « 
Phm3c H. E. Spence of 74A r 
Sic V. F. Means of 41 A. Rece _ : ; 
joined members from ward f ' 
are Pfc. B. E. Childress and Pfc 
John R. Purtell of the Man- 

Stamp Club membership is sk 
open to hospital staff persrar‘- 
Among currently-collecting 
bers are: HAlc J. E. Goodwin 
43B, Phm3c Francis Benda of 
gery 2, HAlc J. R. Dale of 
Phm3c Robert McLean of Surg*- 
2. Phm2c Lois A. Marschner 
72A, HA3c M. P. Pill of 72A.K 
HA2c Leo Goates of Welfare « 



David Starr Jordan, for many years president of Stanford 
versity, used to say that the highest heredity which any man 2 1 ' 
not from his grandfather, but from himself. What we get f r011 
grandparents is important, but today you and I are under the ind l(l 
of another heredity, not so much that of our grandfathers, as 
hoy or girl of ten, fifteen, or twenty that we used to be. Th* 1 
more truth than poetry in the thought: “The child is father i 


So this is a big question to ask. “You there* twenty or 
years old — what kind of heredity are you leaving to the man oi i 
or fifty that you will become? He will have only what you le* 1 
the physical and mental and spiritual accumulations of ,,u 
through which you are now passing. What kind of ancestoi 
making for yourself?” To know that today we are creating 
tomorrow is a sobering and ennobling inspiration. 

Chaplain Earl Dean Sneak'- 1 

- l UI daV. 2 November. 194G 


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Swimming Pool Rehabilitates 
Twice Wounded Sgt . Fanska 

I.J he was driven in an nm- 
K«re to the swimming pool, then 
was pushed in a wheel chair, 
L noAV crutches are the means of 
station lor the daily jour- 
j^j- Sgt. Rudolph E. (Sarge) 
K'ka USMCR, of Ward 54. 

T t service story of Sarge Fan- 
C began in February of 1943, 
tn he was called to active duty. 
Egg just completed a year’s 
Itfics at the City College of Los 
Mggies. After the usual boot 
Enjng at San Die g°* lhe Sarge 
E$ assigned to the First Marines, 
Irri Battalion and shipped to Aus- 

Christmas Day, of 1943. found 
||n landing on the beach of New 
Britain under fire. At the termi- 
nation of this campaign, he went 
with his outfit to Pelileu, where a 
Jap sniper sent a bullet into the 
ipper part of his left chest and out 
ais right back. Within three-quar- 
ters of an hour, he was evacuated 
from the front lines and aboard 
the: hospital ship Solace. (Chief 
Nurse aboard was Comely. Sophia 
Heaterla, who has since retired 
from the service after a year as 
Chief Nurse of Oak Knoll). 

The next four months were spent 
recuperating on the Solace and at 
Fleet Hospital 105 in New Cale- 
donia. Fanska then returned to 
his! original unit, and on April 
Fool’s Day, was with the first wave 
to hit the beach of Okinawa. His 
duty for the next month earned 
inm the Silver Star for, as he puts 
it, “Just the usual stuff.” But on 
Okinawa, he also met his nemesis 
in the form of a Jap machine gun 
which sent a string of lead into 
ins left leg, arm and hand. 

• After stops at Guam and Pearl 
Harbor, a plane flew him to Oak 
Knoll, where he was put in the 
c are ot Comdr. Robert C. Abrams, 
Orthopedics. The next year was 
‘pent uncomfortably on Wards 44- 
A and B. in a cast enclosing his 
Wire left leg and part of the right 
•T* to his waist line, enabling the 
splintered bone matter to heal to- 

Sgt. Rudolph Fanska 

The bone and flesh having 
healed, the next job was to restore 
the nerves, so Sgt. Fanska was 
transferred to the care of Capt. 
Livingston and Lt. Andrus of Peri- 
pheral Neurosurgery, for an over- 
hauling of the sciatic nerve. Two 
operations were performed, restor- 
ing a partial movement of the leg. 

Since he first went overseas, the 
Sarge wanted to go in swimming, 
one of his childhood passions. On 
his first arrival at Oak Knoll, open 
wounds and a body cast prevented 
the fulfillment of his desire. When 
transferred to the Neurosurgery 
ward, he repeated his request and 
was surprised to find that it would 
not be granted as a favor, but 
would be recommended as a part 
of his treatment — a mass physio- 

His first trip to the pool proved 
a success. He was driven down, 
lowered in, and around he went 
with the greatest of ease, his left 
leg floating without any hinder- 
ance. Since then, this has been a 
part of his daily routine and has 
replaced both the weight and 
strength lost while in bed. 

Rudolph Fanska. when his leg 
has reached its maximum use, 
wishes to attend Stanford Univer- 
sity to study medicine. He is now 
in the care of Comdr. Luce and Lt. 

President Passes 
Revision in Regs 

The following change in U. S. 
Navy Regulations, 1920, has been 
approved by the President: 

Article 100(2). Change para- 
graph (2) to read: 

‘‘No person in the Naval service 
and no person employed under the 
Navy Department shall at any 
time solicit contributions from 
other persons in the Naval service 
or from other officers, clerks or 
employees in the Government 
service for a gift or present to 
those in a superior official posi- 
tion: nor shall any persons in such 
superior official positions receive 
any gift or present offered or pre- 
sented them as a contribution from 
persons in Government employ 
(including persons in the Naval 
service) receiving a less rate of 
pay than themselves, nor shall 
any of said persons make any do- 
nation as a gift or present to any 
such official superior.” 

Politic Ban Placed on 
Federal Employees 

A warning from the U. S. Civ il 
Service Commission, prohibiting 
federal employees to participate in 
political activities, has been posted 
this week by Chief Pharm. Wil- 
liam M. Canavan, civilian person- 
nel officer. 

Mr. Canavan points out that the 
Civil Service directive lists a vari- 
ety of offenses, such as election- 
eering, distributing campaign liter- 
ature, or serving on any political 
committee, party, or similar or- 
ganization — all of which are pun- 
ishable by dismissal from govern- 
ment jobs. 

Attention is called to the fact 
that all federal employees retain 
the right to vote and to express 
their opinions on all political sub- 
jects and candidates. 

A pessimist is one who thinks 
that all women are immoral. An 
optimist is one who merely hopes 

Navy Day festivities at the Officers’ Club featured an elaborate 
dinner which was attended by 199 officers and guests. Stan Robinson 
and his Orchestra played for the dinner guests and approximately 100 
others that arrived later for the dance. 

Page Four 


Saturday. 2 November. I 

Open House Proves Big Success on Navy Day 

Upper — left to right — Open House guests look on as a patient demonstrates the use of a hand loom in Oeeupational Therapy. . . . Two sbfl 
members and their guests enjoy the delirious noon chow. . . . Providence Student Nurses inspect the Corspman’s quarters in Barracks 35. prob- 
ably noting the corpsmen- mitered -corners. Lower — left to right — Cijars or cigarettes were passed out for after-dinner pleasure. . . . T1 k 
guests “bucked the chow-line’' along with the staff members. 

Attention MARINES: Field and 
dress shoes may be given to Marine 
Detachment Quartermaster for re- 
pair every Wednesday afternoon. 
It is requested that because of the 
leather shortage, low -quarter shoes 
be worn only on liberty or special 

Coming A ttr actions 
of Recreation Dept. 

Sun., Nov. 3 — Football, 49’ers 
vs. Brooklyn, 50 men. 

Tues., Nov. 5— Planter's Dock, 
dinner party, 8 men. 

Wed., Nov. 6 — Lake Merritt 
Hotel, dinner party, 8 men. 

Thurs., Nov. 7 — Shriners ’ 
Luncheon, Palace Hotel (noon), 
8 men. Claremont Hotel, dinner 
party, 8 men. 

Sat., Nov. 9 — Football game, 
50 men. 

• Movie Schedule • 

Saturday Nov. 2 — Is Everybody 

Sun., Nov. 3 — Blue Skies. 

Mon., Nov. 4 — W'ax Museum. 

Tues., Nov. 5 — The Bowery. 

Wed., Nov. (> — So Dark the 

Thurs., Nov. 7 — Vacation in 

Fri., Nov. 8 — Deception. 

Sat., Nov. 9 The Day the Book- 
ies Wept. 

The above movies are shown 
one day later at the Officers’ Club. 

"Fun Follies' 
Coming Soon 

Entertainment will fill the air 
when Recreation brings “Fun Fol- 
lies” and its diversified group to 
the auditorium on 6 and 7 Novem- 
ber. Horace MacMahon, screen 
personality, will MC the presenta- 
tion and start it rolling with three 
rounded harmonizers, ‘‘Hunt, Rich, 
and Murray.” 

From New- England comes an 
act with a Boston accent. Hart and 
Dynes, acting as “Professor and 
Pupil,” can juggle anything from 
straw-hats to comedy. Two extra- 
ordinary specialty dancers, Jene 
and Erie Coe. will display their 
clever acrobatic-tap dancing tal- 

A tall, slender song-bird, Gloria 
Manners, will bring memories of 
“George White Scandals,” and 
Benny Kruegar’s Orchestra. Glo- 
ria, a saucy red-head, can sing 
any type of composition. 

Arthur Anderson will tickle the 
keyboard, and uphold his reputa- 
tion as an excellent pianist and 
accompanist. Lovely, blonde Esther 
Bilek will also work on a key- 
board— that of an accordion. 

The Dancing Debs, a six-girl 
precision line, will be a highlight 

To buy..selL.renl 

NOTICE: “The Oak Leaf does not * 
cept paid advertising. The following H** 5 
arc printed as a free service for the b* 
pitaTs patients and staff. Deposit items l* „ 
•The Oak Leaf* contribution box In 1* 
lobby of Ship's Service. Incidentally* M & 
NOT a mail box. 

For Sale . . . 

Argoflex, Red and Yellow alter; 
Portrait lens and Sun Shade 
Practically new Baby Crib 
electric iron. Contact: Mr Bobl'. 
Ship’s Service Office. 

Twin Head Remington Shave, 
used. $5.00. Comdr. Mflfij 
Kurzrok. Call Extension 148. 
Seven -piece set Lawn Furoitm* i 
Double bed. Baby carriage. Con- 
tact Lt. Reddy. (MC). 


Two-day printing and devekfl 
jng done with highest grade 
terials. See PhM2c Thomas Vah- 
noti at Physiotherapy. 

“Oh Lord” prayed Acey DeiljJ 
“I’m not asking for. a thing ** 
myself, but please send my maw 


show. They speeialii e J* f 
taps and musical com ^ 
Harry Hines, laugh ' * 
comedian, will bi i°S 
ie of comedy and nonsvi 

Vol. 5- No. 45 


Capt Kenneth H. Vinnedge 
MO, USN. is now administrative 
Seer in charge of Occupational 
id Physio Therapy as well as 
chief of X ray. 

4 4 4 

Lt. (jg) Robert M. Roberts 
KC), USN, has relieved Ch. 
Ftiarm. William M. Canavan (HC), 
CSN. as assistant Personnel Officer. 
,3 charge of Civilian Personnel. 
& Canavan is now on terminal 

4 4 4 

Ira Carter, Public Works car- 
rier, celebrated 50 years of mar- 
tJ happiness on 4 November with 
. gay party. Mr. Carter has been 
a the Oak: Knoll compound for 
nearly four years. 

Captains * Staff Personnel 
Inspection Is Now Routine 

4 i 4 

Active duty requirements for 
Kaval Dental Corps Reserve offi- 
.q* were reduced from 30 to 24 
- nths on November 1. Terminal 
save is included in the 24 months' 

4 4 4 

Captain Harvey E. Robins, Executive Officer, inspecting staff mem- 
bers in front of the Administration Building last Saturday morning, 2 

Shakeup In High Warrri'Up Qaine Is 
CommandAnnounced Lost — 40 to 20 

‘During the war deposits in sav- 
^gsj banks climbed from ten bil- 
-to dollars to over fifteen billions. 

the same period over forty- 
-*t-e billion dollars were invested 
T; government securities.” 

1 i 1 • 

The practical tests on the new 
^ v y uniforms are over. Com- 
ets — official and otherwise — are 
in to BuPers, but it will be 
^Gnlhs before they will be com- 
■'’kd and evaluated. 
p °lls taken of regular Navy men 
that the majority of the men 
^ Cr the old uniform, while a 
®kil per cent agree that a few 
^• n ges would be in order. About 
' preferred to discard the “bell- 
ohoms” for the new issue. 


|D eorge E. Stratton, noted Amer- 
. artist, will be on wards the 
«^ er hoons of November 11 


to sketch patients’ 

Eight top posts were affected as 
SecNav Forrestal announced the 
changes of Navy high command. 
The changes will take place over a 
period of several months. 

Vice Admiral Louis Denfield, 
USN, Chief of Naval Personnel, 
will relieve Admiral John H. Tow- 
ers, USN, in February as CincPac. 
Admiral Towers will retire. Vice 
Admiral William M. Fechteler, 
USN, takes the BuPers and DCNO 
Personnel posts. 

Vice Admiral W. H. P. Blandy, 
USN, will take command of the 
Eighth Fleet, and relieve Admiral 
Marc A. Mitscher, recently ap- 
pointed CincLant. 

Vice Admiral Earle W. Mills, 
USN, will assume the position of 
Chief of BuShips, relieving Vice 
Admiral Edward L. Cochrane, 
USN, becomes Chief of Material 
Division, and former Chief, Ad- 
miral Ben Moreell, USN, will re- 

Commodore Paul F. Lee, USN, 
will become new Chief of Naval 
Research, relieving Vice Admiral 
Harold G. Bowen, who will re- 

Oak Knoll’s up and coming bas- 
ketball squad, under the leadership 
of Chief Moon and Joe Veylupek, 
lost a warm-up game last Monday 
with the well-organized Signal 
Oilers of Oakland by a score of 40 
to 20. 

Starting with Moon and Schweitz 
at guard, Kozicki at center, and 
Reeves and Sanders, forwards, the 
Knollers showed typical pre-sea- 
sonal awkwardness and were un- 
able to cope with the well-coor- 
dinated commercial team. A good 
team, however, is in the offing with 
the present material and only more 
practice is needed to produce a 
well-balanced quintet. 

tire. New superintendent of the 
Naval Academy is Rear Admiral 
James L. Holloway, USN, who 
will take over in January from 
Vice Admiral Aubrey W. Fitch, 
USN, who is also retiring. Rear 
Admiral Felix L. Johnson, USN, 
will relieve Vice Admiral Arthur 
S. Carpenter, USN, as Director of 
Public Relations. Admiral Car- 
penter is retiring. 

A Bonus For Vets 
Given By States 

To this date there are only three 
states and one territory — New 
Hampshire, Vermont and Massa- 
chusetts and the Territory of 
Alaska — which are paying a gen- 
eral State bonus to veterans of 
World War II. 

The state of New Hampshire 
provides $10 for each month of 
service up to a maximum of $100 
for ten months service. The Ver- 
mont bonus is also $10 per month 
for each month of service up to a 
maximum of $120. Massachusetts 
originally provided a $100 bonus, 
and now pays an additional bonus 
of $200 lor oversea vets. 

The Alaska law requires resi- 
dency of at least one year before 
enlistment and the intent to return 
and remain as a resident. Other- 
wise a residency of five years is 
required. The bonus is $10 per 
month for active service if the ac- 
tive duty was over one year. 

The above laws provide for pay- 
ment of the bonus to the next-of- 
kin or heirs-at-law of service per- 
sonnel killed or who died in service 
during World War II. 

New York, Illinois, Maine, Mich- 
igan and Rhode Island have pro- 
posals for similar laws. New York 
would pay from $50 to $250 ac- 
cording to length and type of ser- 
vice. Illinois proposes $10 per 
month for domestic active service 
and $15 per month for active for- 
eign duty. Maine would pay a flat 
sum of $150 to all honorably dis- 
charged veterans. Michigan would 
follow Illinois on payment, with a 
maximum of $500. A payment of 
$200 is proposed by Rhode Island. 

Deadline Is Lifted 
For MC, DC Transfer 

Reserve officers of the Medical 
and Dental Corps are now allowed 
more time to apply for transfer to 
the Regular Navy, as the Navy 
lilted il s deadline to relieve the 
shortage of these officers. 

Navy Nurse Corps reserve offi- 
cers are now unable to apply for 
ti ansl'er, as the latest revision of 
the deadline was set on 1 October 
by AlNav 497-46. 

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Saturday, 9 November, tfy 

The © nU Leaf 

V. R. Naval Hospital. Oakland. California 

Captain A. H Ocarina (MC) U.S.N., Medical Officer In Command: Captain 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) U.8.N.» Executive Officer. 

Editorial Staff: PhM3c Gcorae F. Cahill, Jr.. Editor: HAlc Robert V. Davis, 
Associate Editor! Et. Louise E. Oowlen tV-USNR. Editorial Advisor. 

Photographers: J. Ozler. rhM3j R. M. Rccd. UAL 

Contributors of the week: The American Red Cross 

Cartoonist: J. R. Dale. HAtc. 

ihe Oak Leaf’ Is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and In compliance with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 45-626 Semi-Monthly 

ltullctin 31 May. 10411. •’The Oak Leaf” receives Camp Newspaper Service material, 
and is a member of the Ship’s Editorial Association. Republication of credited 
matter prohibited without permission of CNS and SEA. 

Contributions from both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of “The Oak Leaf,” U. S. Naval Ilospita!. Oakland 14. California. 

Vol. 5 Saturday, November 9, 1946 No. 45 

• The A-Bomb and Heredity 

Devastation was leveled on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 
August, 1945, by the most powerful weapon known to man- 
kind. leaving these Japanese cities in smouldering ruins. Be- 
sides the immense destruction caused then, the results of 
these detonations will be manifest for the next 1.000 years 
in the progeny of - + he Hiroshima-Nagasaki survivors. 

Dr. H. J. Muller, University of Indiana geneticist, has made 
the announcement that biological changes can be effected by 
radiations similar to those emanated ^by the Atomic Bomb. 
His announcement follows years of research on the effect of 
radiations on animals and insects. 

Genetical experimentation on the Drosophila, the common 
fruit fly, has been prevalent in recent years because of in- 
tense production rate of this species. Dr. Muller has found 
that exposure of these small insects to radiations has dis- 
torted hereditary characteristics to such an extent that after 
a few generations the progeny have developed such freakish 
additions as extra legs, three wings and even two heads. 

Although the emanations may not affect the species Homo 
sapiens in this manner, deseendents of Japanese survivors 
may be atavistic, and the innocent recipients of physical dis- 
orders such as anemia. It would seem that if the survivors 
could see centuries into the future, they would wish that the 
bombs had effected complete destruction of themselves. 

With this prediction of hereditary change in mind, as well 
as the memories of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki destruction and 
the demonstrations and tests of the mighty force at Bikini, 
the United Nations are in parley concerning the ultimate con- 
trol or disposal of the A-Bomb. 

Let us take these genetical findings as a warning and not 
let our great-great-great-grandchildren be innocent sufferers 
because of mistakes made by us in the Atomic problem. 

A Message From the Secretary of the Navy 

Navy Day 1946 was marked by a splendid demonstration 
of the mission and work of the Navy to the American people. 
It was successful because all hands enthusiastically partici- 
pated. Well done. 

Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal. 


Sermon on the Mount 

Red Cross Ramblings 

Red Cross ward movies, Red 
Cross handcrafts, Red Cross rec- 
ord machines, Red Cross birthday 
parties. These, and many other 
recreational activities, are familiar 
to most patients at Oak Knoll You 
have all seen the Gray Ladies and 
Recreation Workers on your wards 
and we hope you have come to 
know them and feel free to ask 
them for help and favors, large or 

But there is another Red Cross 
worker who comes to your ward 
regularly. Maybe you have seen 
her talking to other fellows, and 
wondered what she does there. We 
hope you have come to know her 
yourself. She is your Red Cross 
social worker, and is there to know 
you, talk with you, and perhaps 
most important, to listen. 

If you are new to the hospital, 
she can answer your questions 
about the routine ropes, and ex- 
plain what in general happens 
here. She can help you plan for 
your family during your hospitali- 
zation. You may wonder what you 
should tell your family about your 
illness, an especially difficult task 
if you do not thoroughly under- 
stand it yourself. Your social 
worker has time to talk with you 
about these and other questions. 

If you have been here for some 
time, you may have been thinking 
things over that have not been in 
your mind for a long time. Per- 
haps you would like to discuss 
them with her. It helps to get them 
squared away. 

Perhaps you are interested in, 
or even worried over the need of 
making new and long-time plans 
for yourself and your family. In a 
military hospital it is often impos- 
sible to discuss these important 
matters with that close relative or 
old friend. Your social worker can 
help you to consider these plans 
from their many angles, and 
with her interest in talking them 
through with you, can help you to 
answer your own questions. 

To some people, Red Cross 
means emergency leaves, but there 
are other situations, no less impor- 
tant to you, but possibly less emer- 
gent, which may arise at home, in 
the hospital, or just within your- 
self. Your social worker knows ol 

Clothing Cash to 
Be Given Reverts I 

A cash clothing allowance 
$105 in the case of enlisted 
who served as commissioned » 
warrant officers under temper^ 
appointments and revert to J 
on extended active duty as CpoJ 
cooks, stewards or nnembea y 
Navy or Naval Academy banaJ 
now authorized, according to W 
462-46 (NDB, 31 August) , |J 
listed men discharged while any 
ing as commissioned or wa-^ 
officers under temporary apja^j 
ment re-enlisting within qJ 
months in any of the above^ 
ings are also eligible for the £il Cl _ 

' Enlisted men serving as on 
missioned or warrant officerj|jy 
der temporary appointment m 
revert to any rating below thaM 
CPO or to any rating other tfcJ 
those listed above will receive* 
allowance of $100. Men who J 
discharged while serving as cd 
missioned or warrant officer^ J 
der temporary appointments «fl 
receive $100 for clothing aUowad 
if they re-enlist within tfcnsl 
months to serve on active du^^ 1 
any rating below CPO or in J 
rating other than those lira 

these possibilities, and is onya 
ward to get to know you. 

Whether you desire her sfc’ v *| 
ices or not, we hope you and 
will get acquainted right aw* I 

What's new in automobiles* fM 
any man on 41 A to tell you ’:] 
Scott of the Hudson Motor Cr-j 
pany, brought these men ar • 
teresting discussion of the Um 
developments in the auto induEffl 
on Thursday evening. He hadj*] 
returned from a conference ir. 
troit, and knew the answe 
nearly all of their questions. *1 
cars will be lower, safer. 
roomy, and run almost entirely * 
hydromatic control,” said 

Guest stamp dealers and cei*j 
tors are scheduled from tin* * 
time to visit the hospital and** 
on various issues and pha*M 
the hobby. A member of the® 
keley Stamp Club. Mr. 1W 
Cha loner, gold medal winn* 
cently visited the wards. 
bers of the Stamp Club <& 
Bank of America, Htffl 
Branch of San Francisco. sp*® 
evening at Oak Knoll 

The Sermon on the Mount would make a good source of daily med- 
itation for a month. One could note each day something that Christ 
said in that Sermon, and a few minutes of reflection could be spent 
on the particular statement. 

It will be observed at once that the Sermon on the Mount has a 
note of authority and finality. Christ does not say, “I think so,” or. 
“It seems to me,” or “The probability is.” Not at all! His statements 
are the words of one who knows what he is talking about. 

The reason for this is easy to find. Christ spoke convincingly about 
religion because of his uniquely close life with God. In the Sermon 
on the Mount, as in other teachings of Christ, we learn something 
of the will of God through the mind of Christ, our Lord. 

Chaplain E. C. Andrews, U.S.N. 

Stumr ^prttirpfl 


Chaplains — E. C. Andrews. E. D. Sneary. 
Sunday — 

Divine Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday in Chapel) — 1800. 
Choir — Monday & Thursday, 1400-1500. 

Protestant Chaplains' offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Worker will be on the compound every 
Tuesday and Friday afternoons, 

L. I>. S. i Mormon): 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Chaplain — Carl Herold. 

Sunday Mass— 0630, 0830. 094S 
Weekday Mass— 1205 In oratory » 
Chaplain’s Office In.BuildW* * 
Confessions, before all Masses. 


Divine Service— 1745 Friday. ' 
by Chaplain A. Bamston. • ^ 

The Field RepresentaUve ot 

tlonal Jewish Welfare Board. “ v 
Service Dept. Is In 
hospital compound on (* 

Fridays from 1000 to 1600. £ V '' 
flee hours at the reception ;L 

chapel from 1500 to 1600 and 
to 2000 on Fridays. 


Saturday. 9 November, 1946 


Page Three 


| On 13 November, 1945, a patient 
Pvlth a paralysis of. the left median 
jjerve was brought into the Receiv- 
ing Rootn and the usua* admission 
Phils were mad£ out. Then he was 
•sked his rate, to which he re- 
• fc,ied. “Discharged veteran from 
tVorld War II.” And so was ad- 
inutted the hist of a long list of 

i _ Mr. Clarence E. W’illiard. 

veterans who have since been re- 
ceived for treatment at this hos- 

This patient, however, was not 
the introduction of the Veterans’ 
Administration to Oak Knoll: he 
was merely the first patient to be 
..admitted. On 25 June, 1944, Mr. 
Clarence E. Willard reported for 
part-time duty from Fort Miley, 
San Francisco, as contact repre- 
sentative of the Veterans’ Admin- 
istration. His scope of duty also 
included U. S. Naval Hospital, San 
Leandro, and the U. S. Army Re- 
• 4 onal Hospital, Oakland. 

Mr. Willard’s duties consisted of 
* counselling service men at these 
hospitals in questions pertaining to 
veterans’ . rights and benefits. In 
October, 1945, Oak Knoll was allo- 

Ray Reynolds, PhM3, checks in 
* vet in the Receiving Room. 

eran patients, and in November, 
the first one arrived. As the 
months passed, the allowance was 
boosted to 150, then 500 and finally 
the present 750. 

Mr. F. F. Poore, now Senior 
Contact Representative at the sub- 
regional V. A. office, arrived to 
help Mr. Willard in June, 1945, 

v . 

and departed the following Febru- 
ary. Two other Contact Represen- 
tatives were then added to the 
growing staff, Mr. Ross Armstrong 
in April, 1946, and Mr. Robert 
Fine in August. In the meanwhile, 
the office staff was established with 
Mrs. Lucille Richards as clerk and 
Miss Frances D’Angelo as secre- 

A lew weeks ago, Capt. Mai'cy 
Shupp (MC), USN, chief of N. P. 
Service, was appointed Assistant 
Executive Officer in charge of 
veterans’ affairs, and in this capa- 
city he is now responsible for all 
problems of health, hospitalization 
and medical treatment as they ap- 
ply to the veteran. He also has 
charge of the liberty passes of 
these patients. 

All the veterans at Oak Knoll 
arrive from the Out Patient De- 
partment of Fort Miley Veterans’ 
Hospital. This facility keeps itself 
at full capacity, sending the excess 
number of patients to service 
hospitals nearest these patients’ 
homes. As a result, Oak Knoll has 

tions, the veteran reports to Fort 
Miley himself or to his personal 
physician, who phones Fort Miley 
for a reservation. A notice is then 
sent to the prospective patient lor 
him to report within 10 days to the 
specified hospital.) 

The Contact Representatives’ 
duties engross all questions about 
veterans' privileges and the Veter- 
ans’ Administration. Questions are 
either answered in lull or are for- 
warded to the proper authority. 
For example, Lt. Hawke (HC), 
USN, handles matters of insur- 

Veteran bed patients are con- 
tacted daily by one of the repre- 
sentatives and are given infor- 
mation about insurance, loans, 
employment, rehabilitation, educa- 
tion, compensations, pensions and 
many other important points. It 
could be said that the Contact Rep- 
resentative is a combination en- 
cyclopedia and “Mr. Anthony.” 

According to Mr. Willard, there 
are now receiving treatment at 

Four members of Oak Knoll’s VA staff: left to right: Mrs. Lucille 
Richards, Mr. Robert Fine, Mr. Ross Armstrong and Miss Frances 

been, since the establishment of 
the allowance, receiving almost a 
full quota. 

On arriving at Oak Knoll, the 
veteran reports to the Receiving 
Room to fill out admission chits, 
then goes to the OOD’s desk for a 
medical examination and ward as- 
signment, and finally, to the VA 
office, where he receives his “vet” 
badge and identification card, al- 
lowing him to fall in chow lines, 
buy necessary articles at Ship’s 
Service and Small Stores and 
many other local advantages. 
Emergency cases are brought di- 
rectly to the Receiving Room with- 
out any preliminary contact with 
Fort Miley. (Under normal condi- 

Oak Knoll more veterans from 
World War I than World War II; 

Lt. W. C. Hawke (HC), USN, 
Insurance Representative, is as- 
sisted by Lewis Gaudy, HA1. 

Captain Marcy Shupp (MC), USN. 

a large number are Spanish- 
American war veterans. Mention 
must also be made of the 102- 
year-old Civil War vet who was 
here a few months ago. 


The best one last week hap- 
pened to one-hashed, three-striped 
Bill West. Bill and Joe Gurule 
were in a local pub when a group 
of right-armed S. P.’s entered 
and checked ID cards. Apparently 
the Naval protectors of law and 
order couldn’t figure out West’s 
age from his ID, so they took him 
for a ride around town in the 
wagon before releasing him. It's 
about time someone teaches SPs 
readin’ and writin’ and ’rithmetic. 

Football seems to be the lunch 
hour fad amongst the men of 
Dental, Cast Room and X ray. 
They split into two groups, re- 
serves and regulars. In spite ol the 
dwindling number of USNR men, 
they haven’t lost a game yet. Talk- 
ing about reserves and regulars, 
X ray’s Pete Ostensoe has been 
celebrating his approaching dis- 
charge — 34 months to go. 

Bill Stradtman pulled a good 
one last week. He told a girl that he 
was going to sea and sat next to 
her in a local movie house a few 
days later. 

Compound notes: Added to the 
list of compound duos seen to- 
gether more than often are Bob 
Schmidt and “Sandie” Sandvig of 
Dental. Seen checking each sea 
draft in the past lew weeks are P 
and A s Jewel Smith and Frank 
Scanelle (Frank, according to cer- 
tain reports, ought to take a few 
driver's lessons). 

It seems that a charming civilian 
(initials M D) kicked the bucket 
last week, in Civilian Personnel 
Office, and came out of the skir- 
mish all wet. She had to hang her 
trim ankle over a radiator to dry. 

The man who hides behind a 
woman’s skirt today is no coward. 
He’s a magician. 

“Do you girls really like con- 
ceited men better than the other 

“What other kind?” 

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Coming to Auditorium: Tuesday, 12 November. 
Stage Show 1500: All Hands’ Dance 2000. 

• Movie Schedule • To buy. .veil.. rent 

Sat., Nov. 9 — Day the Bookies 
Wept, Betty Grable, Joe Penner. 

Sun., Nov. 10 — Undercurrent, 
Katherine Hepburn, Robert Taylor. 

Mon., Nov. 11 — Meet the People, 
Dick Powell, Lucille Ball. 

Tues., Nov. 12 — King’s Row, 
Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings. 

Wed., Nov. 13 — Crime Doctor’s 
Manhunt, Warner Baxter, Ellen 

Thurs., Nov. 14 — Notorious Gen- 
tlemen, Rex Harrison, Lili Palmer. 

Fri., Nov. 15 — Nocturne, Lynn 
Bari, George Raft. 

Sat., Nov. 16 — New York Town, 
Fred MacMurray, Mary Martin. 

The above movies are shown 
one day later at the Officers’ Club. 

Lost . . . 

Man’s Gold Wedding Ring, with 
ornamentations carved on front. 
No initials. If found please re- 
turn to O. O. D.’s Desk or to 
Doctor Skelton. 

Man’s Ring, yellow gold with ruby. 
Sgt. Chas. Castleman, Ward 74B. 

To Sell . . . 

Super 5-Passenger ’40 Buick Con- 
vertible. De luxe equipment — 
radio, fog-lights, new upholstery 
and paint job. Perfect condition. 
Sgt. McCord, Ward 60-A. 

Will trade or sell ’37 Pontiac “8” 
Convertible. L. J. Gimelli, Vet., 
Ward 76-B. 

Saturday. 9 November, 

Corpsmen High In 
Newly Established 
Demob Priorities 

Because of the backlog of sep- 
aratees at post-demobilization sep- 





aralion activities, a priority system 
has been established for the pro- 
cessing of male enlisted personnel. 

Priorities were provided in the 
following order: (1) emergency 
cases; (2) witnesses detained for 
court-martial, boards of inquiry 
or investigations; (3) Hospital 
Corps personnel with 18 months’ 
active duty; (4) hardship cases; 
(5) expiration of enlistment; (6) 
crossroads personnel; (7) Fleet Re- 
servists and retired enlisted per- 
sonnel; (8) personnel being dis- 
charged in advance of expiration of 
enlistment under Art. D-9104(4), 
BuPers Manuel; (9) Personnel of 
USN being dicharged under Alnav 
512-46 (NDB, 15 September); (10) 
personnel completing a discipli- 
nary probation period. 

Oak Knoll’s New Cagers Practice 












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The recently formed team practice daily on the Oak Knoll athleTi 
field on Tuesday through Friday at 1600. On Monday a bus •©*'* 
from the howling alleys at 1915 for an indoor practice session. 

Yol. 5. No. 46 


A farewell party was given at 
,ju club Alabam on Friday, 8 No- 
vember. for Lt. W. C. Hawke 
(HC), USN. Mr. Hawke left on 
Terminal leave 14 November. Ch. 
p&arm. Aubon V. Brock (HC), 
SM, relieved Mr. Hawke as Civil 
Readjustment Officer. 


The Outside Master-at-Arms oi- 
ls has moved from Public Works 
.ad is now located in Building 32.. 
■r.i'W the Bagroom. 


Final results of the Community 
waest Drive at Oak Knoll have 
.'ren announced. During the two- 
eek drive here, a total of S898 
collected on the compound. 
.Pharm. William Kuziara was 
opointed Treasurer of the drive, 
nd ChJPharm. Aubon Brock as- 
vmed the duties during the latter 
falf of the drive. 

i i i 

Ship 1 s Service Receives 

Large Shipment of Qifts 

The Ship’s Service Store is a wonderful place to do your Christmas 
shopping. They have well-stocked counters filled with gifts that would 
delight any member of the family or any friends. Everything from 
jewelry, leather goods, women’s apparel, articles for smoking enjoy- 
ment, to toys for junior, are featured. Ch. Pharm. Mikus, Ship’s Serv- 
ice Officer, advises early shopping to avoid the last-minute rush, and 
to be able to participate in the buying of the choice items. ^ 

•Here is an item of interest for 


G. E. Malsbary. former PhMlc 
^ Laboratory Technician, was 
tole to pass the State Board Clin- 
*1 Laboratory Technician Test 
*®use of the experience and 
lining he gained while in the 
*7. This should prove encour- 
for Lab Techs who are plan- 
^ to continue this type of work 
-’er discharge. 4 

Whole Blood Needed 
N W at Blood Bank 

Of»ce again the BLOOD BANF 
* 0r help from Oak Knollites 
shelves are empty and then 
' an urgent need for wholi 
All types and factors o 
*LQOD will be accepted. Earr 
| grateful appreciation of th< 
BANK and the patient: 
need your BLOOD by mak 
* ar > appointment— TODAY- 
000 BANK, Extension 226. 

Comedy Hits Are Oak Knoll To See 
To Be Presented New Variety Show 

“The Family Takes a Bride” will 
take Oak Knoll next Monday with 
its warm, gentle humor. The play, 
written by Evelyn Roeding Cuttle, 
is a comedy of upsets caused by a 
young Naval Ensign bringing home 
an Australian bride and her en- 
suing efforts to adapt herself to the 
American way of life. Mrs Cuttle 
is the wife of a TI Naval Doctor. A 
newly organized guild, the Play- 
wrights Theater, is producing the 
show, and Recreation will present 
it in the auditorium on the eve of 
18 November. 

* * $ 

The San Mateo Players will 
bring the riotous comedy “Dear 
Ruth” to the Oak Knoll stage Tues- 
day evening, 19 November. The 
play was a Broadway hit some 
time ago, and the production by 
the San Mateo cast is sure to pro- 
vide an evening of good entertain- 
ment here. 

Comedy and entertainment will 
come in a gale as Recreation pre- 
sents “Breezing Along” next Sat- 
urday and Sunday ... 22, 23 No- 

A1 Tucker, veteran trouper, will 
supply comedy, using his fiddle as 
a partner to produce sound effects. 
Charles Withers, acting as an old 
rural character, also supplies com- 
edy to the revue. 

Combining comedy with acro- 
batics, Fortunello and Cirillino will 
present their amazing act. The two 
little guys are masters of co-ordi- 
nation and poker-face comedy. Ex- 
serviceman Donald Jones is right 
in the groove when it comes to 
tickling the ivories in popular 

Bringing beauty and singing to 
the auditorium will be songstress 
Shirley Grayson. Charming Helene 
Denizon will interpret the dreamy 
nuances of the French waltz. 

Extenders to 
Be Discharged 

All enlisted USNR and USN-I 
men who have voluntarily extend- 
ed until 1 March, 1947, will be 
transferred, if otherwise eligible, 
before or during December for sep- 
aration and terminal leave. 

Alnav 570-46 (NDB, 31 October) 
directed that these men, retained 
under Alnav 137-46 (NDB, 31 
March), be transferred prior to 
1 December if they so desire and 
NEEDED. All others will be trans- 
ferred during December. 

Naval Reservists 
Will Make Cruise 

Capt. Daniel N. Cone, District 
Director Naval Reserve, an- 
nounces that arrangements are be- 
ing made for a two weeks’ training 
cruise for Naval Reservists of the 
12ND Volunteers for this cruise on 
destroyers will include inactive re- 
serve and organized reserve. Ap- 
plications should be sent immedi- 
ately to Lt. F. W Olson, Room 64, 
Federal Office Building, San Fran- 
cisco. Calif. 

Waves Organize 
For Competative 
Bowling Leagues 

A WAVES Bowling League is 
being formed, with Treasure Is- 
land, Mare Island, Moffett Field 
and Oak Knoll Waves eligible to 
participate. Each team will be 
composed of four members with 
three or four substitutes. Compe- 
tition will take place every Mon- 
day until all teams have had the 
chance to play every other team 
in the league. The first game will 
be at 1900, 18 November, in the 
Treasure Island Gymnasium. 

A trophy will be awarded to the 
team that accumulates the highest 
number ol points, and special 
awards will be made to each mem- 
ber of the winning team. 

Page Two 


Saturday. 16 November. } 

The (Pale Lea f 

U. 8. N»t*1 Hospital, Oakland. California 

ipt»ln A. n. Dcarln* (MC) U.S.N.. Medical Officer In Command; Captain 
llarvey E. Robina (MC) U.S.N., Executive OflQccr. 

E< W°iT , sam St ^l. ,lo V ort V - Davis - HAIc, Editor; Lt. Louise E. Dowlen, 
VV-U SNR, Id it Advisor. 

Photographers: J. Ozlcr, PhM3; R. M. Reed. DAI. 

Contributors of the week: The American Red Cross 
Cartoonist: J. R. Dale, HAlc. 

The Oak Leaf” la a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and In compliance with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 45-526 Semi-Monthly 

I ulletin 31 May, 1015. "The Oak Leaf" receives Camp Newspaper Service material, 
and Is a member of the Ship's Editorial Association. Republication of credited 
matter prohibited without permission of CNS and SEA. 

* rom «taff and patients are welcome and shonld be addressed to 

The Editor of “The Oak Leaf," U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 Saturday, November 16, 1946 No. 46 

• Read just went and You 

Many times in a ring, one of the fighters receives a blow 
which fails to completely knock him out, leaving him in a non 
compos mentis state. Many persons in moments of abstrac- 
tion assume what approximates temporary mental paralysis. 

Under a driving stimulus, when the conscious mind is 
shocked into a non-functioning status the subconscious reacts 
strangely. Men often keep moving without knowing what they 
are doing, going on more by instinct than reason. 

A parallel may .be found in the many “bluejackets” who 
are returning to civiliandom. They are being discharged with 
the thoughts of resuming their pre-war activities or of going 
into new fields. Some are finding that the readjustment is 
shocking them into a lethargy. Instinct is carrying them 
through, but they are playing a losing game. Others have 
suffered a KO. completely dropping all trials at readjustment 
and rehabilitation, living on unemployment compensation, 
letting their National Service Life Insurance lapse and not 
receiving the greatest benefits of the GI Bill of Rights. 

Some have been stunned but have made a come-back by 
enrolling in schools and universities to further their educa- 
tions and clear their drowsy minds. They are drawing away 
from the arms of Morpheus and are going forward by reason. 

Still others are stepping from the “blues” to “civvies” with 
clear minds and the determination to apply the knowledge 
and experience they have gained in the service, and to enroll 
in institutes of learning. They are shaking off the blows and 
forging ahead. 

Now is the time, before discharge, for you to decide what 
course you are to pursue. Set your mind upon success, and 
you will be able to guard against the right hooks of readjust- 
ment. The decision rests with you. Are you going to choose a 
weak defense or a strong offense? 

There can only be winners and losers in this game. The 
winners of civil and social readjustment receive the choice 
jobs and positions. 

Which are YOU going to be? Winner or loser? 


We are not upon this earth only to collect earthly treasures, to attain 
earthly honors, to wield earthly powers upon less fortunate fellow men, 
1o eat and to drink or to enjoy earthly pleasures. He who pursues ends 
like these behaves as foolishly as a servant who, instead of serving his 
master, devotes nimself lo some passing amusements. He is like a trav- 
eler who, attracted by the memory of the scenery, does not pursue his 
journey and allows the night to overtake him. We are not made for 
earth, we are made to look upward to Heaven. We are made by God, 
for God to get back to God. For this reason our Lord says: “One thing 
is necessary, seek first the kingdom of God and His justice, and all 
other things shall be added unto you.” 

Carl A. Herold. 

Red Cross Ramblings 

Going home? Getting surveyed'.' 
If the sweet sounds of familiar 
places are ringing in your ears 
while you wait for those discharge 
papers and that shiny gold button, 
doubtless other thoughts are run- 
ning through your head, too, such 
as “What about mustering out pay, 
terminal leave, transportation?” 
“Is my job waiting?” “Do I want 
it?” “What about school?” “What 
new occupation can replace the 
now impossible old one?” “Will the 
folks realize I’m no longer the kid 
1 was in high school?” 

Perhaps it all looks rosy now. 
But even the least complicated re- 
turn to civilian life offers hurdles 
to be cleared. A running start 
helps. “On the mark” has already 
been sounded. “Get set” is the next 
job, and it begins right now while 
you’re still in the hospital. How 
you use the resources at hand will 
have much to do with your suc- 
cess when the gun sounds and 
you’re off. 

Begin by thinking it over. Then 
talk it over with your Red Cross 
social worker. In the next two to 
eight weeks you can find the an- 
swers to many of these questions. 
Your social worker can help you 
plan. She can refer you to the cor- 
rect sources right here on the com- 
pound for information on your Na- 
tional Service Life Insurance, ter- 
minal leave, exams for that high 
school diploma, or she can give 
careful counseling about a new 
vocation suitable to your present 
situation. She can help you to pull 
all loose ends together because she 
can see you often and work it out 
with you. 

When you do get home, you will 
be busy establishing yourself in 
employment and in your commu*- 
nity, and in becoming a real and 
permanent member of your family 
again. So save yourself all the time 
and effort you can by speaking to 
your social worker as soon as you 
know you are to be discharged. 
With you and everybody else pull- 
ing together now, that homecoming 
can at least wear a decided pink 

A ward birthday party for the 
month of November was given on 
50A, Tuesday by the Nite Recrea- 
tion Gray Ladies. Horseracing was 
close. Everyone enjoyed the re- 
freshments which consisted of a 
large birthday cake and fruit. 

Reichman Clou^ 
For Oak Knoller s 

The “Pagliacci of the Pi^. 
genial Joe Reichman, presented^ 
orchestra and their popular ida! 
dies last Tuesday, 12 November! 
th£ Oak Knoll auditorium. 

Joe commenced his aftej-JL 
show with two of Cole Pon^ 
famous songs: “Begin the Beguij** 
and “Night and Day.”' Gloria F» 
lovely brunette, went south 
“South America Take It Away 
and then sang “Falling in Lovei, 

After a medley of Jero ae 
Kearn’s hits, Gloria returned wfcr, ? 
a new number, “A Rainy Night n 
Rio,” and the old favorite, pfffa 1 
eysuckle Rose.” 

The Ink Spots, or a reason^,-. * 
facsimile, executed “If I Didn * 
Care” and “To Each His Own.” I 
concluded the program with thn* 
requested pieces: “Time on 1! | 
Hands,” “Stardust” and “Eastr i 

The antics of Reichman paral- 
leled the motion of the dancers tha 
night at the “All Hands’ Danes' 
Joe Reichman and his orchestra 
were brought to Oak Knoll threat 
Recreation Department arrange- 

Chorus Brings Good 
Will and Melodies ; 

When the International Male 
Chorus, a unique ensemble of 33 
veterans of the armed forces, ap- 
peared at Oak Knoll on Novemtr 
11, it presented a program why.:; 
has thrilled Allied and Amend': 
audiences all through the Padre 
The International Male Chort 
was formerly composed of Ameri- 
cans, Chinese, Spaniards, Filipirnt 
and Australians, and represen';- 
tives of 3 Allied Armies and tte 
United. States Navy. American ser- 
vicemen now compose the Chorus- 
Under the direction of Lewis Bul- 
lock, well-known conductor, 
Chorus presented a diversified JF-’- 
gram — from the soul - stimni 
music of Bach to the modes* j 
rhythms of Cole Porter. They har- j 
monized on excellent renditions ft 

legro spirituals, cowboy songs. 
Russian folk songs. Feature nuiF- 
>er of the evening was Robinsoo-' 
itirring “Ballad for Americans- 
The Chorus was brought to 0» 
Cnoll through arrangements m* 
jy the Recreation Departmen _ 

SUtinr irruirps 


Chaplains — E. C. Andrews, E. D. Sneary. 
Sunday — 

Divine Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday In Chapel) — 1800. 


Chaplain— Carl Herold. 

Sunday Mass— 0630. 0830. 0945. 
Weekday Mass— 1205 in oratory 
Chaplain's Office in Building 


Confessions before all Mass 65 * 

Choir — Monday & Thursday, 1400-1500, 

Protestant Chaplains* offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bide. No. 1. 

Christian Science: 

Worker will be on the compound every 
Tuesday and Friday afternoons. 

L. O. S. (Mormon): 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Divine Service 
by Chaplain 

-1745 Friday. 
A. Bams ton. 




[•he Field Representative of J* A* 
tional Jewish Welfare Board- JL ^ 
Service Dept., Is in attendance _ ^ 
hospital compound on Tu«“ oi- 
Fridays f#om 1000 to 1600. Be. . ^ 
ftce hours at the reception , c I 

chapel from 1500 to 1600 and fro® 
to 2000 on Fridays. . _ 

Saturday* 16 November, 1946 


Page Three 

-Navy Stork is Kept Busy At 
Oak Knoll’s Maternity Unit 

■Life, begins at Oak Knoll Naval 
Hospital- Or so. almost 6000 bundles 
CT kicking, squirming humanity 
pallid seem to indicate. 

The recent transfer from Provi- 
dence Hospital of civilian patients 
anticipating an early arrival from 

Helen Trotter, PhM2c, and Edna 
Van Orthwick, PhMlc, are seen 
feeding and caring for two infants. 

develop normally, and one isola- 
tion nursery. Four wards with a 
total 1 16-bed capacity are allo- 
cated to maternity cases. 

In order to receive adequate and 
proper pre-natal care, expectant 
mothers visit the clinic regularly, 
the time ranging from monthly 
visits at first to weekly visits the 
month prior to their confinement. 
Nearly 600 patients representing 
various stages of pre-natal care 
visit the clinic weekly for check-up 
and advice. Such constant overall 
care shows results in that post- 
partum complications seldom oc- 
cur. Moreover, only one mother in 
5984 cases has lost her life in child- 
birth. Infant mortality is practi- 
cally nil. 

To handle the obstetrical load 
the department is staffed with a 
corps of medical doctors, internes, 
nurses, Waves and hospital corps- 
men under the direct supervision 
of Captain Harold Hirshland 
(MC), USN. In addition, there is 
a representative number of civil- 
ians who handle clerical and gen- 
eral duty details. 


the stork presented no new prob- 
lem, to the staff at the Navy’s larg- 
est Out-patient Department of the 
Twelfth Naval District, for during 
the past three years an average of 
151 babies per month have been 
arriving under the expert guidance 
and direction of Navy MD's. Proof 
of the department’s fast - moving 
human production line is revealed 
m the fact that on 27 August this 
year 6 babies were born within 3 
\ours 58 minutes and two days 
later on the 29th three arrived 
within 52 minutes. 8 November 
"broke this record with four arriv- 
ing in one hour. 

To serve the wives and off- 
ering of the men of the fleet the 
avy has made available at Oak 
oil a super maternity unit. This 
includes 4 delivery rooms fur- 
bished with most modern equip- 
ment, 5 air-conditioned nurseries 
including one pre-nursery where 
12 oxygen-regulated incubators as- 
' jsst premature babies to grow and 

I — 



Doctors are specialized obstetri- 
cians thoroughly trained in the 
most modern methods of delivery. 
Under their guidance, in recent 
months, caudal and spinal anesthe- 
sia, modern medicine’s panacea for 
the pain of childbirth has been 
successfully administered where 
condition of the patient warrants 
its use. 

No visitors are allowed in the 
nursery, but the tiny inmates of 
this department have made their 
presence known around the com- 
pound — particularly at the laun- 
dry. Each morning the Oak Knoll 
diaper supply service delivers 500 
neatly folded white squares that 
are to become three-cornered skiv- 
vies before the day is over. 

PhM3c: “She sure gave you a 
dirty look.” 

HAlc: “Who?” 

PhM3c: “Mother Nature.” 

Cahill Leaves Oak 
Leaf for Ward Duty 

Another Oak Leaf editor has de- 

Last week George F. Cahill Jr., 
PhM3e, left his typewriter and 
journalistic career to further his 
medical knowledge with duty on 
Ward 51 A. Since his arrival on the 
Oak Leaf staff in April, ’46. he has 
applied his varied talents to the 
positions of Associate and Editor. 

George intends to return to New 
Haven, Connecticut, after dis- 
charge in January and continue his 
studies at Yale. 

• Movie Schedule • 

Sat., Nov. 16 — New York Town, 
Fred MacMurray, Mary Martin. 

Sun., Nov. 17— Wild Bill Hickok, 
Bruce Cabot, Constance Bennett. 

Mon., Nov. 18 — Dreaming Out 
Loud, Lum and Abner. 

Tues., Nov. 19 — Her Sister’s 
Secret, Nancy Coleman, Phillip 

Wed., Nov. 20 — Secret of the 
W’histler, Richard Dix, Leslie 

Thurs., Nov. 21 — Home in Okla- 
homa, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans. 

Fri., Nov. 22 — Time, Place and 
the Girl, Dennis Morgan, Jack Car- 

Sat., Nov. 23 — Sleepers West, 
Lloyd Nolan, Lynn Bari. 

The above movies are shown one 
day later at the Officers’ Club. 

Having arrived late for his ten- 
nis match, Sailor Jack sat down 
to watch the game then being 
played. Anxious to know whom 
he was to compete against, he in- 
quired, “Whose game?” 

The shy young thing sitting next 
to him looked up hopefully and 
replied, “I am.” 

HA: What’s the best way to 
teach a girl to swim? 

CPhM: Put your arms around 
her waist, take her right hand in 

HA: But this girl’s my sister. 

CPhM: Shove her off the dock. 

Craig Sends Both 

Cheer and Flowers 

Harry Craig’s father often said 
to him, “Never be idle,’ and the 
Virginia - born Hayward resident 
has followed this philosophy 
throughout most of his 76 years. 

The long-lasting effects of this 
advice have reached Oak Knoll 
through the many beautiful bou- 

Harry Craig presenting bouquet 
of flowers to Miss Ely of the Amer- 
ican Red Cross. 

quets that Mr. Craig has raised on 
his land at nearby Cull Canyon and 
delivered weekly to the Red Cross 
for distribution to the wards. Fol- 
lowing his retirement from busi- 
ness 10 years ago he took up gard- 
ening as a hobby and for the past 
three years has been giving flowers 
regularly to East Bay Servicemen’s 
hospitals. Before this, Mr Craig 
gave the blooms to Alameda 
County hospitals for a period of 
eight years. 

First working for the old time 
steamship lines 40 years ago, Mr. 
Craig then turned to railroad and 
highway engineering with the 
Western Construction Company. 
He has made California his resi- 
dence for the last 53 years. He now 
wishes to live quietly and continue 
his much appreciated work of 
growing and giving the lovely 
blossoms that come from his gar- 

Page Four 


Saturday, 16 November. 


The best of the week happened 
to Don Dye. While he was return- 
ing to Oak Knoll after picking up 
Harvey Robins Jr. and Judy 
Dearing to bring them home from 
school, Don whs ordered to the 
curb by an officer and accused of 
kidnapping. After explanation, 
Don was released from the offi- 
cer’s clutches. 

It is rumored that Roy Ray has 
a hard time distinguishing be- 
tween Mineral Oil and Cough 
Syrup. Pat “Are My Dressings 
Showing” Patton has made up 
with Rosie. It is rumored that it 
was the only place he could get 
his laundry done cheap. Slugger 
Robichaud, terror of the diamond, 
has missed his last vein at Oak 
Knoll. Patients now enter the Lab 
with a sigh of relief. Robichaud 
is heading for the New Hamp- 
shire hills and home. 

J. C. Pereno, the psychos’ de- 
light, has exchanged Ward 51 A 
for the ‘‘ruptured duck.” Heading 
out of darkness into the shining 
light of civilian life is Romani, the 
ten-month night duty boy. Rowand 
Reed misinformed J. O. Simmons 
of the departure time of his plane. 
Jim is rumored to have paid $17.50 
taxi fare in order to catch the 
homeward bound flight. 

Bell was found sleeping in a pre- 
carious spot during last Saturday’s 
Captain’s Inspection. X-ray now 
spends it’s noon-hour at the ath- 
letic field. It seems that the 41 A 
gridiron was not the right location 
for their noisy football games. 

McCabe threw in the bag (mail 
bag) and joined C. L. Bentley from 
night duty and R. McMuIlins from 
OPD in a journey to Mare Island 
for Dental Tech instruction. 

There are some who believe 
chemistry’s greatest contribution to 
the world is blonds! 

Legendary is the U. S. service- 
man’s desire not to stay put, his 
constant request for transfers. The 
latest story about the seamen who 
got to Heaven: 

“What kind of sailors are they?” 
asked St. Peter. 

“They are Americans,” replied 
the assistant. 

“Oh, well, let them in,” said St. 
Peter, “they will want a transfer 
in six months, anyway.” 

“Sailors,” said the Chaplain, “the 
subject of my sermon today is 
“Liars.” How many in this chapel 
have read the 69th chapter of Mat- 

Nearly every hand went up. 

“You are just the people I want 
to preach to,” continued the Chap- 
lain. “There is no such chapter.” 

Lt.: “I never talk about any- 
thing I don’t understand.” 

Comdr.: “Yes, I’ve heard about 
your great reputation for silence.” 

Pretty Young Dancer: “What is 
the difference between marching 
and dancing?” 

Soldier: “I don’t know.” 

Dancer: “I didn’t think you did. 
Let’s sit this one out.” 


Fun Follies Brings 

Laughter to Hospital 

Horace MacMahon pauses from singing to help quell the (rouble$«is< 
patient, enacted by comedian Harry Hines. 

They were sitting in the swing 
in the moonlight alone. No word 
broke the stillness for half an hour 
until — “Suppose you had money,” 
she said, “what would you do?” 

He threw out his chest in all the 
glory of young manhood, and said, 
“I’d travel.” 

He felt a young warm hand slide 
into his. When he looked up, she 
was gone . . . and in his hand was 
a nickel. 

To buy..sell..renl 

NOTICE: “The Oak Leaf” does not ac- 
cept paid advertising. The followinr items 
are printed as a fre* service for the hos- 
pital's patients and staff. Deposit items in 
“The Oak Leaf’ contribution box in the 
lobby of Ship’s Service. Incidentally, It is 
NOT a mail box. 

Found , . . 

Silver ID bracelet, name: David 
Gray Jr. Can be obtained upon 
identification at the Oak Leaf 

“Fun Follies” started off wills j 
bang last week as Horace Mc- 
Mahon, MC and screen personal:') 
introduced the Dancing Debs. I 
six-girl dance line first gave or 
with boogie, and later returns.' 
with the “farmer’s daughters." 

Hart and Dynes demonstrate? 
their excellent juggling taler;; 
filling the air with flying m 
hoops and clubs. Tiny Esther Bite, 
carrying an accordion nearly « 
large as herself, came back Iff 
curtain calls with “The Gypsr 
and “Five Minutes More.” 

Zany comic Harry Hines donne) 
PJs and a hospital robe for his 
which went over big with the a;.-r 
ence. Jene and Erie Coe presen’, 
a diversified comedy-tap data 
routine, after which a heavy* s: 
trio took the spot. Hunt, Rich^ 1 
Murray highlighted their act 
a Scottish number. MacMahon te- 
viated from his usual gangs'- 4 -' 
roles to conclude the program 
“The Curse of Drinking.” 


Eddie Fitzpatrick and his 
chestra will make an app^ 
ance at Oak Knoll on 25 

Coming A t tractions 
of Recreation Dept . 

In the recent Oak Knoll-Signal Oil conflict. Chief Moon is caught 
by the camera as he sinks a shot. Final score of the game was 40 to 20 
. . . favor of Signal Oilers. 

Sat., Nov. 16— Football Cfl 
Oregon State, 50 men. 

Tues., Nov. 19— Planters 0 * 
dinner party, 8 men. . 

Wed., Nov. 20 — Lake 
Hotel, dinner party, 8 men. 

Thurs., Nov. 21— Claremont * • 
tel, dinner party, 8 men. , r 

Sat.. Nov . 22 — Football . L* 

Stanford, 50 men. 

• \'ol 5' No. 47 UNITED STATES NAVAL HOSPITAL OAKLAND. CALIFORNIA Saturday. 23 November. 194G 

Chinese Child Prodigies 
To Qive Performance Here 

Pictured aboard the USS General Butner with Capt. M. J. West, 
fSX, Commanding Officer, are Miss Margaret Pure, musical and social 
•* secretary, Madeline, Sophie, George and Mrs. Vlachos-Wei. 

Birect from the Far East to Oak 
■. Kroll come three Chinese' child 
nusical prodigies, the Vlachos-Wei 
l 'no, to entertain patients and staff 
r J th is hospital in a specially ar- 
ranged piano concert Sunday eve- 
aing, 22 November, at 2000 in the 
Community Service Auditorium., 
These young artists — Madeline. 
O' Sophie, 12; and George, 8, lived 
studied in Shanghai during 
i toe Japanese occupatioa of that 
tity. Even in the lace of hunger, 
their parents, recognizing the un- 
gual talents of their offspring, en- 
fliuraged their interests and even 
Wd many treasured possessions 
Pget money with which to pay 
W the lessons. In course of time 
Madame Chiang Kai-shek learned 
the trio, and after cessation of 
hostilities, aided in planning con- 

certs for them. They have played 
before Admiral Cook, General 
Marshall and recently before Gen- 
eral MacArthur. 

Sponsored by the National Child 
Welfare Association of China, 
these young artists have named 
themselves the ‘‘Children’s Musi- 
cal Good Will Mission of China.” 
Arriving aboard the U.S.S. General 
Butner today, they will remain in 
this area only over the weekend 
and then proceed to Washington, 
D. C., to play before President 
Truman. Thereafter they will pre- 
sent throughout the East a series 
of concerts to aid Chinese war 

These talented youngsters will 
present a repertoire of six num- 
bers, the range and difficulty of 

(Continued on page 4. col. 1) 

Schools To be Opened 

For Officer Candidates 

Enlisted men of the fleet as well 
as high school seniors and gradu- 
ates will compete for entrance into 
the new Navy College Training 
Program on 18 January 1947. 

Applications for exams, which 
will be given in designated ships 
and stations in 555 cities in the 
U. S., Hawaii, Alaska, the Canal 
Zone and Puerto Rico, must reach 
the Navy Department by 17 De- 
cember 1946. 

The 5,000 men to be selected may 
choose either the Naval Reserve 
Officer’s Training Corps (NROTC) 
or Naval Aviation College program 
(NACP) sponsorship. Students of 
both programs will be eligible to 
take courses leading to bachelor 
degrees of their choice while meet- 
ing the minimum requirements for 
Naval subjects. 

The Navy furnishes tuition, 
books, normal fees and $50 a month 
living expenses to NROTC candi- 

dates for four years of college, 
after which they must agree to ac- 
cept commissions and serve two 
years on active duty. NACP stu- 
dents receive the same financial 
benefits. After the first two years 
of college, they enter a two-year 
flight-training program, at the 
completion of which they will be 
commissioned and will serve a 
year on flight duty. 

They may then elect to continue 
with their education while on ac- 
tive duty or to accept commissions 
in the organized reserve and return 
to college as civilians, receiving 
$100 a month for their final two 

To qualify for service quota ap- 
plicant must: 

(a) Be on active duty on 19 
January 1947. 

(b) Meet physical standards re- 
quired for entry into Naval Acad- 

(Continued on page 4, col. 3) 


Page Two 


The Oak Leaf 

V. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland. California 

Captain A. II. Hearing (MC) V.S.N., Medical Officer in Command: Captain 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) lUS.N., Executive Officer. 

Editorial Staff: Robert V. Davis. II Ale. Editor; Lt. Louise E. Dowlcn, 
W-USNR. Editorial Advisor. 

Photographers: H. B. Wayland, PhM2, F. L. UU. PhML 

Contributors of the week: The American Red Cross. James L. Morris, CPUM. 

Cartoonist: J. R. Dale, HAIc. 

“The Oak Leaf” Is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and in compliance with Ref.: (a) SccNav Letter 45-5 ZO Semi-Monthly 
Bulletin 31 May, 11)45. “The Oak Leaf“ receives Camp Newspaper Service material, 
and is a member of the Ship's Editorial Association. Republication of credited 
matter prohibited without permission of CNS and SEA. 

Contributions from both staff and patients are welcome and should he addressed to 
The Editor of “The Oak Leaf,” U. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland It. California. 

Vol. 5 Saturday, November 23, 1946 No. 47 

• T hanks giving and Starvation 

Thanksgiving Day, defined as an annual festival of thanks- 
giving for the mercies of the year, is also a challenge. 

The earliest harvest Thanksgiving in America was kept by 
the Pilgrim Fathers in 1621 and was repeated often during 
the next century. This first day of thanks presented a chal- 
lenge and an inspiration for our ancestors to move forward, 
to produce more food, to start the greatest producing nation 
in the world. 

They gave thanks, and today it is with much the same 
feeling that millions of starving people are giving grateful 
thanks to the United States. During the last year, America 
has given such an astounding amount of relief that the World 
may be able to recover partially from the effects of World 
War II. 

When the war ended, 800 million faced starvation — two- 
fifths of the human race were possible victims of malnutri- 
tion. They were receiving less than one-half the number of 
calories that the average American consumes. Many in China 
have been trying to exist on a mixture of clay and weeds. 
These 800 million, with their ill-clad bodies and empty 
stomachs, turned to the one nation that could possibly furnish 
the needed succor. American people responded with the 
greatest outpouring of help by one nation to others in all 

Americans have always been able to produce things on a 
gigantic scale. They have outdone themselves this time, and 
they have been able to get these things to millions who were 
dying from their lack. Not only billions of tons of foodstuffs 
have gone to their aid, but also machinery and equipment to 
produce, material to bring war-ravaged soil back to fertility. 
Even with plants and seeds, many would starve because of 
the primitive methods used in farming. Modern machines of 
America are causing a revolution in these obsolete agriculture 

Medical aid, including health-building vitamin capsules, 
has been sent to counteract two common companions of mal- 
nutrition-rickets and anemia. A portion of Europe’s famined 
population had to have drugs administered before they could 
assimilate food. 

Czechoslovakia is an excellent example of what American 
aid has done. This small country has recovered to such an 
extent that they are now contributing to the relief of others. 

But the job is not yet finished. Millions are still famished, 
dropping from starvation in their quest for nourishment. 

When we sit down to a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner next 
Thursday, let us give thanks for the abundance of this post- 
war era — but also let us pause and remember those who are 
not so fortunate as ourselves — and so remembering, determine 
to do something about it. Support this relief movement with 
all your power, and gain the grateful thanks of needy nations 
and persons— gain the warm feeling that YOU have helped 
someone maintain his life and health. 

Red Cross Rumblings 

An exhibit of model ships and 
underwater craft constructed to 
scale by Mr. Nathan Rodgers (offi- 
cial model exhibitor for the Navy) 
was recently held at the Oakland 
Telenews Theatre. 

Mr. Rodgers greeted a group of 
men from Oak Knoll in person and 
explained the history of some of 
his famous sea craft in models, in- 
cluding an exact replica of the 
Monitor and Merrimac of Civil 
War battles, and famous ships of 
World Wars I and II, including the 
old Saratoga, the Houston, and the 

Patients were invited by the 
theatre manager, Mr. John Par- 
sons, to stay for the newsreel show, 
which featured the most recent 
work of the Navy on the sea and 
in the air. 

Red Cross Motor Corps station 
wagons from the Oakland Chapter 
called for the patients at their 
wards and transported them to the 
exhibit. Those attending from 
Ward 60A were: H. D. McAllister, 
T. B. Critchlow, G. W. McCord, 
Alex Sohriakoff, C. Elliott, Martin 
Dills, and LaVern Binder. 

Others who made the trip were 
Robert Smith and S. D. Shaw, 44A; 
H. C. Votaw, R. J. Petterson, O. R. 
Butler, and J. A. Rhoades, 44B; 
Max Forrell and Earl Gauker, 64A; 
J. Fansloser, 74A: B. P. Lasley, 
74B; William Heron, 41B; Milo 
McFarland, 65B;. Harold Fox and 
Robert Trautwein, 75A. HA lc 
Francis Benda of Surgery 2 accom- 
panied the group. 

Saturday. 23 November. 

Comedies Create 
Ample Applause 

‘ Dear Ruth,” a comedy of 
ous errors and the products* | 
the San Mateo Players, was 
sented at the Oak Knoll stage C 
Tuesday, 19 November. 

Miriam Wilkins, morale-bo*^, 
extraordinary, writes letters, t 
der her sister Ruth's name a 
picture, to Lieut. William S& 
wright. When Seawright rei.,' 
fully expecting to marry Rut;-. * 
finds things confused by the i 
that Ruth doesn’t even know fcj 
and is already engaged to a her 
executive, Albert Kummer 

The side comments and help;, 
efforts of Ruth’s parents makt ; 
a high state of hilarity. 

* £ $ 

The Playwright’s Theater . 
newly organized guild, preset, 
the comedy, “Family Takei i 
Bride,” last Monday night ir. At 
Oak Knoll Auditorium before 
appreciative audience. 

the Prevocational Building No. . 

At the Open House parti 

Wednesday evening a large gr : 

of men enjoyed playing the: 

favorite records without having'. 

carry all the equipment bads 

their wards, and good use ra 

made of available recreational"-- 

terial for playing cards, cha 

checkers, ping pong, and dan:- 

Some men found it was 

easier to “talk” a letter home 

the recording machine) than 

was to sit down and write, and .* 

was fun, too. 


It’s here — what you’ve been 
waiting for — a Red Cross lounge 
and recreation hall — Room 207 in 

A Name-for-the-Room coni* 51 
has started, so bring in youri:^ 
and drop them in the box. Ha> fl 
try at winning a big prize. 


The Voice of Beauty 

To us who seek Religion 
The voice of Beauty calls. 

Forget not love in the laboratory. 

Nor sympathy in squares and cubes: 

Leave not the heart to wither 

In the hot sun of knowledge understood. 

But weave a pattern that is beautiful. 

Appealing, reaching out, encompassing 
The whole man. 

This only is the True Religion. 

— S. E. Frost, Jr., in The Christian 
Submitted by CHAPLAIN E. C. ANDREWS^ 

Stuinp f^rniirps 


Chaplains — E. C. Andrews. E. D. Sneary. 
Sunday — 

Divine Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday in ChnpeU— 1800. 
Choir — Monday & Thursday, 1400-1500. 
Protestant Chaplains* offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 

’lit ho lie: 

Chaplain — Carl Hcrold. 

Sunday Mass — 0630, 0830. 0945. 
Weekday Mass— 1205 in oralory next to 
Chaplain's Office in Building 1. 
Confessions before all Masses. 

Christian Science: 

Worker will be on the 
Tuesday and Friday 

L. I>. S. (Mormon): 
Services 1930 Thursday 

Jcwlsh: rrH iii5 A 

Divine Service — 1800 eve • > tr ^ r ... 

at Ship’s Service Bids. ' ,t 1 ' 
tion to chapel servlet 
Island. , rtjgj 5 

Fridays from 1000 to h* ^ <V 
fice hours at the recerd. 0 ^, ^ 
chapel from laOO to lt> 
to 2000 on Fridays 

Saturday* 23 November, 1946 


Page Three 

Commissary Furnishes Fine Food for Compound 

Upper left to right: 
Ensign Earl F. Hickey 
(HC) USN, Commis- 
sary Officer. Diet kitch- 
en nurses Lt. Martha 
Lampman, Lt. Hellen 
Wu and Lt. Comdr. 
Myrtle Tesseire are 
preparing special diet 

Lower left to right: 

Lovey Burney, diet 
kitchen cook, pre- 
pares to slice chick- 
en. Burney worked 
before at Oak Knoll 
as a Navy cook. W. 

W. Smith, C. E. 

Haney, Bkrs. and G. 

L. Allen are seen 
baking cookies. 

I From the steel country comes 
’lie Commissary's man of steel — 

• Ensign Earl F. Hickey, (HC) USN. 
3om in Pittsburgh. Mr. Hickey 
has covered extensive territory 

* since joining the Navy more than 
twelve and one-half years ago. 
Ashore he has been stationed at 

< Norfolk, Mare Island, Newport, 
jBethesda, the Philippines and Oak 
Knoll. He has interspersed these 
fours with sea-duty on the de- 
stroyer Dorsey, transport Hender- 
jjson. carrier Essex, APA Telfair 
and various submarines. 

At the onset of the war, Mr. 
Hickey served with the Merchant 
Marine on Armed Guard Service. 

He sorely tempted fate, and was 
transferred from the ammunition- 
barge Nitro and the oil carrier 
Neosho just before these ships 
were sent to the bottom. 

Reporting aboard at Oak Knoll 
on December 15, 1945, Ensign 

Hickey assumed the position of 
Assistant Commissary Officer, 
working with Lt. Comdr. F. O. 
Ball. Mr. Ball retired on May 5, 
1946, and Mr. Hickey moved up to 
his present position. 

Mr. Hickey’s duties are varied 
and many — from securing the food, 
which is quite a problem today, to 
supervising the galleys, bakeries, 
and the eight mess halls. Besides 

the Officers’ Club and Nurses’ 
Quarters, which come under the 
main Commissary Department, 
there are two patient mess halls, 
cripple’s mess, staff rrifess, chief’s 
mess, officer patient’s mess, and 
two special diet mess halls. Until 
late in July, Commissary II was 
included under his command. Now, 
the old favorite serves as excess 
storage space and as a bakery. 

The Commissary Department 
has 170 civilians working at the 
present time and 7 Navy men, in- 
cluding one chief. There are 4 
first cooks, 26 senior cooks, 7 assis- 
tant cooks, 4 meat-cutters, 6 bak- 
ers, and 151 mess attendants. 

The special diet kitchen, under 
supervision of Lt. Comdr. Myrtle 
Tesseire (NC), and assisted by Lt. 
(jg) Gladys R. Komenda (NC), 
Lt. Hellen E. Wu (NC), and Lt. 
Martha Lampman (NC), prepares 
diets to balance with the Wards’ 
Special Diet requests. The Diet 
Kitchen is also the Mecca of the 
Galley Carts, of which 34 pass 
through the cart line each meal. 

HA: “You say you’ve had sea 

SC: “Yes. Officer’s cook for two 
years, and wounded twice.” 

HA: “You’re lucky, man. It’s a 
wonder they didn’t kill you.” 


Page Four 


Saturday, 23 November, . 34 ) 

Nationality Military Act 
To Expire at End of Year 

On December 31, 1946, Section 701 of the Nationality Act of 1940, 
known as the Special Military Act, will expire. 

Any alien who has served honorably in the Military or Naval 
Forces ol the United States at any time between September 1, 1939, 
— <* and December 27. 1945. inclusive. 

Civil Service Exam 
Applications to be 
Filed Before Dec. 

Civil Service examinations for 
personnel to be employed at 12ND 
installations will be scheduled 
soon, and all applications must be 1 
filed with the Board of U. S. Civil 
Service Examiners, 12ND, U. S. 
Naval Air Station. Alameda, not 
later than December 2. 

Tests will be given for the fol- 
lowing positions: machinist, elec- 
trician, aviation metalsmith, radio 
mechanic, carpenter, painter, plas- 
terer. cement finisher, pipe cov- 
erer and insulator, electroplater, 
letteuer and grainer, millman, tool- 
maker, automotive mechanic, en- 
gineman, machine operator, packer, 
saw filer, and typewriter repair- 

Complete information regarding 
qualifications, location of the ex- 
aminations, and possibility for 
subsequent employment may be 
obtained at the Civilian Personnel 
Office, Administration Building 

Chinese Pianists 
To Play for Knoll 

(Continued from page 1) 

which adequately represent their 
unusual abilities. Little George, a 
composer in his own right, will 
play two of his own compositions. 

All three children speak English 
well and are anxious to converse 
with anyone at the hospital, who 
will come to the platform after 
their concert here. 

Their tentative program is as 

“Invitation to the Dance,” (Von 
Weber) — Madeline. 

“Valtz,” (Schumann) — Sophie. 

(1) “To My Mother.” (2) “Vic- 
tory Day.” George’s own work. 

"Concert for Two Pianos” — 
(Hayden) — Sophie and Madeline. 

“Moonlight Sonata,” (Beetho- 
ven) — George and Sophie. 

“March Militaire,” (Schubert) 
— duet, George and Madeline. 

Mr. M. W. Riddle, Ex-Army cap- 
tain formerly attached to the 
Armed Forces Radio Service in 
Shanghai, is their local manager. 
Expected to be present at the Oak 
Knoll concert Sunday are many 
members of Chinese official circles 
in the Bay Area as well as mem- 
bers of the Twelfth Naval District 
Headquarters Staff. 

and who was, at the time of his 
enlistment or induction, a resident 
of the United States, its territories 
or possessions, is eligible to apply 
for naturalization under this Act, 

(1) He was lawfully admitted to 
the United States, its territories or 
possessions (for temporary or per- 
manent residence); or 

(2) He has had overseas service, 
and being unable to establish law- 
ful admission into the United 
States, can establish that he was 
residing in the United States, its 
territories or possessions, prior to 
September 1, 1943. 

All persons w r ho qualify and are 
interested in applying are urged to 
submit their applications as soon 
as possible to allow ample time 
for the Immigration and Naturali- 
zation Service to file their petitions 
before the end of this year. 

Each applicant should submit an 
application on Form N-403, accom- 
panied by three photographs, 2 by 
2 inches in size. The approval of 
the Commanding Officer must ac- 
company the application, and Form 
13-6 is available for this purpose. 

Applications should be sent to 
the U. S. Department of Justice, 
Immigration and Naturalization 
Service, Appraisers Building, San 
Francisco, 11, California. 

Civilian Holiday 
For Thanksgiving 

An Alnav concerning work of 
civilian personnel on Thanksgiving 
holidays has been received. It 
reads as follows: 

“Since November 29 falls be- 
tween a holiday and non-work 
day, commanding officers are au- 
thorized to grant leave with pay if 
accrued, or leave without pay as 
may be requested and practicable 
having due regard to the opera- 
tional requirements of the station.” 

“Stations should not be closed 
officially and employees not having 
annual leave to their credit may 
not be required to take leave with- 
out pay. However, in the interest 
of economy, it is the Department’s 
desire that operations be curtailed 
to the greatest extent practicable.” 


For Sale . . . 

A bargain in Doberman pinscher 
puppies. Lack of kennel space 
forces sale. See puppies and 
pedigree and be convinced. Con- 
tact Mr. D. R. Britney, Extension 
182 . 

Topcoat, light blue. Contact Rich- 


Fitzpatrick and 
Band To Appear 

Eddie Fitzpatrick 













X 2 
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Recreation has arranged for 
Eddie Fitzpatrick, orchestra leader 
at the St. Francis Hotel, to bring 
his dreamy rhythms to Oak Knoll 
Auditorium next Monday for an 
afternoon show and later in the 
day for an All Hands Dance. 

Eddie’s augmented string sec- 
tion helps to keep the music soft. 
“There is a decided trend toward 
softer and more undulating music.” 
explains Eddie. “And strangely 
that trend is being forced by the 
younger generation. Of course, we 
still keep it modern and lively, but' 
definitely not blatant.” 

To Be Opened Soon 

(Continued from page 1) 

emy except cycloplegic examina- 
tion not required. 

(c) Be high school graduate or 
possess equivalent educational 

(d) Be less than 21 years old on 
30 June 1947. 

(e) Be an unmarried male citi- 
zen of the United States. 

(f) Be recommended by the 
Commanding Officer. 

In addition to the above, appli- 
cants for aviation program must: 



The X-ray “Recruiting CTire' 
received a fatal blow this week a> 
Nordstrom was discharged. L i 
like Capt. Vinnedge and Lt. Coradr 
Boice just couldn’t convince ir. 
to ship-over. Thomas of the Record 
Office is going to Wyoming after 
his discharge. Could it be hr 
Sheep calling? Also from the Rec- 
ord Office comes the news that Jim 
Toale has left the Navy and Man 
Jim is pow smirking at his budd v 
Ed McGuire who has a mon* 

Trying to stow' a motorcycle 
his seabag as a souvenir of h?$ 
MAA days is Glasa. He is -.<rl 
doing a slight amount of ward |iut? 
before discharge. Also on the vsi > 
for a slight sojourn is Graphic Art* 
Jack Ozier. He will have f 
w r atched closely to see that F* 
doesn’t give “hypo” for a pemc'lM| 
shot. J. J. Gorman’s worries 
left him, or do they have “P^'i 
Oak” back home, too. “JJ?” 

- * * * * 

Attention Night Swimmers. 

swimming pool is now empty. £v- 
if this California dew' keeps 
ling, the pool will soon be i’J* 1 

(a) Be not more than 19 years 
6 months on 1 July 1947 — or if eli- 
gible to enter college as sophomore, 
be not more than 20 years 6 months 
on 1 July 1947. 

(b) Pass flight physical require- 
ments and pass battery of aviation 
tests. These tests are preferably to 
be given by a flight surgeon before 
nomination by the Commanding 

Any person interested in this 
training and getting recommended 
should contact the acting Personnel 
Officer, C. B. Gordon, Ch.Pharm. 

ard Myers, HA1, Ward 66A. 

Found . . . 

Six keys on ring. Surgery 2. 

New C.P.O. arrivals on the a 
tion are W. H. White, CPhM. J* Jr 
Hitter, CPhM, V. L. Pronlx. CP * 
Welcome to Oak Knoll! Better t 
off those blue hat covers 
you are taken for visiting flreiti^W 

CPhM Pickett, formerly oi J* 
Knoll, recently paid, us a visit 
is now at Mare Island, where 
states he is enjoying the cliflj 
Chief Crawford left for the 
south (Alabama) a few dayi 
It seems the watermelons 
larger there. 

Certain chiefs are look in- j 

ward to the outside with a«l ^ 
to their civilian wardrobe 
hear blue is not being chose ^ 
that some are going off ( h«. i 
standard (hashmarks!). > 

Vol. 5, No. 48 


Promotion Plan 
Recently Revised 

Sea Dufy Clarified 

The new promotion program re- 
eiitlv introduced by the Navy will 
:!ect promotion of all personnel, 
onth lew exceptions, as follows: 

To Pay Grade 1 — Such appoint- 
ments will be made by BuPers 
;iiy. upon recommendation of COs. 
To Pay Grade 1A — Advance- 
cats will be made from a waiting 
. maintained by BuPers, of can- 
didates selected by service-wide 
ampetitive examinations. 

To Pay Grade 2 — Advancements 
will be. made from waiting lists 
maintained by certain fleet and 
jfiore commands, subject to quotas 
, located by BuPers, of candidates 
rtlected by competitive examina- 
?■ dogs. 

To Pay Grades 3 and 4 — Ad- 
.ancements may be made by COs 
fill vacancies in current ap- 
proved allowances. 

To Pay Grade 5 — Advancements 
aay be made without regard to 
■ vacancies. 

Initial American Concert 
Qivcn by Young Pianists 

Roses being awarded to the Vlachos-Wei Trio. Left to right: Elaine 

. To Pay Grade 6 — Advancements 
,| say be made upon completion of 

* .!<oot training, or upon fullfillment 
ci service requirements if men are 
not previously required. 

Advancement in the lower grades 
; 'emains relatively easy, dependent 
primarily upon the ability of the 
Person to qualify himself. For the 
-Igher grades (3 and 4) promotion 
depends upon vacancies in allow- 

*, and to still higher grades ad- 
's \ Bicement is dependent upon 
; ( ^ting lists. 

,| This postwar system is only a 
Partial return to prewar methods, 
competitive exams, and 
Quotas and waiting lists extended 
50Wn to the lower rates as well. 

new system was necessary to 
re gain the balance between high 
BW low-rated personnel. This top- 
kaviness resulted fropn the war 
Bid demobilization. During the war, 
"Bvancements were comparatively 
'^y» thus raising the number of 
iShrated men. When demobiliza- 
hit, these higher grades did 
l leave the service in as great 

^Portions as did the lower rated 


yith revision of rules for ad- 

( Continued on page 3. col. I) 

Hemenway, Sophie, Frankie Griffin, 

In their initial appearance on 
American soil the Vlachos-Wei 
piano trio brought to an Oak Knoll 
audience Sunday night the charm 
and dignity of the Orient as its 
individual members rendered clas- 
sics of the West. 

Presenting a program of eight 
numbers from the works of Schu- 
mann, Von Weber, Beethoven, 
Hayden, Schubert and their own 
compositions, Sophie. Madeline and 
George proved what will, deter- 
mination and courage can do in the 
face of disaster and starvation. For 
it was while living under the 
gruelling hardships of Japanese 
occupation of Shanghai that these 
talented youngsters, encouraged by 
their understanding parents, 
learned to play the piano and sub- 
sequently spent four hours a day 
practicing to attain mastery of 
rhythm, control and poise. For 
their unusual abilities they won 
acclaim from both Chinese and 
American officials in their own 
country. Now they are starting on 
a good will tour of this country. 

In the midst of their program 

(Continued on page 4, eol. 2) 

Madeline, George and Kitty Govro. 

Gay "Variety V-arT 
Rolls Toward Knoll 

“Variety Van” will roll into Oak 
Knoll next Thursday and Friday, 
4 and 5 December, with its laugh- 
packed revue. Dancing comedian 
Hal Sherman will bring his rub- 
ber-legged dancing, so popular in 
Olsen and Johnson's “Hellzapop- 
pin’ ”, and will also emcee the 

South American charm ... a sul- 
try beguine ... a beguiling tango 
. . . all are featured by young and 
very beautiful Jathryn Holt. 

Presenting the blending harmony 
of a sax, accordion and drums, the 
Rhythm Busters will bring their 
repertoire of favorites. Woody 
Woodward and his electric guitar 
will vary from popular music to 
classical melodies. 

The show is being presented 
through the Recreation Depart- 

Emergency Leave 
Aid by Red Cross 

Help can be obtained on any 
emergency that requires presence 
at home through the American Red 
Cross, located on the second deck 
of the Ship’s Service. 

The American Red Cross does 
not give emergency leaves. The 
Navy does that. It is required, 
however, that a description of the 
circumstances be given to the mili- 
tary by the Red Cross. The Red 
Cross Chapter nearest the home 
must consult with the members of 
the family, and in cases of illness, 
with the attending physician. The 
Red Cross does not make recom- 
mendations in emergencies but 
simply reports the situation as it 
exists and relays the doctor’s rec- 
ommendation for presence if it is 
indicated. All of this can be done 
in a very short time, but even with 
telegraph service the time it takes 
for the Red Cross Chapter to locate 
and consult the necessary persons, 
may cause a brief delay. 

To save this time, it is best to 
inform the family that in case of 
an emergency they should go di- 
rectly to the local Chapter, explain 
the situation, and request the 
Chapter to wire the details to the 
Oakland Chapter immediately. Do 
this now, before the emergency 

Turn all emergency leave chits 
into Chief Strickland, Staff Per- 
sonnel Office, where, with the Red 
Cross information, they will be 
submitted to Captain Robins, Exe- 
cutive Officer, for approval. 


For Servicemen 

Attention is again called to the 
“Special Military Act,” which pro- 
vided for the speedy naturalization 
of aliens who served honorably in 
the Armed Forces between 1 Sep- 
tember 1939 and 27 December 
1945. This act will expire on 31 
December 1946. All aliens who wish 
to avail themselves of the provi- 
sions of this act should see the 
Legal Assistance Officer, on the top 
deck of the Administration Build- 
ing, in the immediate future, so 
that their application for naturali- 
zation may be placed on file prior 
to expiration of this act. 

Page Two 


Saturday, 30 November. 


The Oah Lea f 

U. S. Naval Hospital* Oakland. California 

Captain A. II. Hearing (MC) U.S.N., Medical Officer in Command; Captain 
Harvey E. Robins (MC) U.S.N., Executive Officer. 

Editorial Staff: Robert V. Davis, IIAlc, Editor; Lt. Louise E. Dowlen. 
W-USNR, Editorial Advisor. 

Photographers: II. B. Wayland, PhM >. F. L. XJtt, PhM2. 

Contributors of the week: The American Red Cross. 

Cartoonist: J. R. Dale, nAlc. 

“The Oak Leaf*' is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and in compliance with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 45-520 Semi-Monthly 
Bulletin 111 May, 1945. “The Oak Leaf** receives Camp Newspaper Service material, 
and is a member of the Ship’s Editorial Association. Republication of credited 
matter prohibited without permission of CNS and SEA. 

Contributions from both stafT and patients arc welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of “The Oak Leaf,” U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland II, California. 

Vol. 5 Saturday, November 30, 1946 No. 48 

• A Good Cohesive 

A lesson in international cooperation can be found in the 
recent Alpine drama. The excruciatingly slow struggle to 
reach and rescue the 12 survivors of the C-53 transport crash 
was undertaken by — ALPINE mountain guides, BRITISH 
flyers, SWISS planes, AMERICAN paratroopers and mountain 
troops, and ITALIAN volunteer paratroopers. 

The people of the world have watched this epic battle against 
the elements and the ice-bound heights with sympathy, hope 
and fear. Nothing will bind a communfty, a nation, or a world 
together more quickly and more securely than these forces. 

It is strange that among these forces, FEAR is the stronger 
cohesive agent. The recent pandemic conflict has illustrated 
this, as well as the smaller conflict between man and the 
Alpine slopes. 

In this topsy-turvy post-war era, some binding force is 
needed — nations of the world have a love and hope for peace, 
but will this be strong enough to cease the mfinitestimal 
quibbling — to direct these nations into one thought: main- 
tenance of peace and progress of civilization? 

This agent seems to be weakening under the stress and 
strain of international diplomacy— the constant jarring of 
the peace structure by petty arguments. True cooperation 
can not be effected without all parties in question doing their 
utmost to act together— to clear confusion from uneasy minds. 
Is a guilty conscience keeping international minds iff a state 

of unrest? 

If this latter is the case, then two more powerful forces 
should be brought into play. Honesty would do much to clear 
the field— it would dissolve the insoluble problems. Fear 
should do much to help international relations along its 
course— to get it out of the rut it is burying itself in— to 
take it off the road to another conflict. Yes, fear might be 
needed— fear of another world-wide destruction— to main- 
tain the costly peace we have won. 

A combination of these forces— hope, love, honesty and fear 
—would make a viscous agent which would withstand all 

quakes of war. 

Stmnr §>?rutrpa 

slant : 

plains — E. C. Andrews. E. D. Sneary. 

day— 11Q0 

ivine Service . . 

le Study (Thursday in Chapel)— 1800. 

,j r Monday & Thursday, 1400-1500. 

testant Chaplains’ offices are located 
, the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 

(n — Carl Herold. 

Mass-0630. 0830. 0945. 
iv Mass— 1205 in oratory next to 
Iain's Office in Building 1. 
ions before all Masses. 

Christian Science: 

Worker will be on the compound every 
Tuesday and Friday afternoons. 

L. D. S. (Mormon): 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Divine Service — 1800 every Friday. Meet 
at Ship's Service Bldg, for transporta- 
tion to chapel services at Treasure 

The Field representative of Ihe Na- 
tional Jewish Welfare Board. Hospital 
Service Dept., is In attendance on the 
hospital compound on Tuesdays and 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He has of- 
fice hours at the reception office of the 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and from 1900 
to 2000 on Fridays. 

Fed Cross Famblings 

Are you wondering how you are 
going to get your Christmas pack- 
ages wrapped? Does the prospect 
of having to tie those fluffy bows 
on the gifts for the ladies in your 
life leave you in a dither? If so, 
the Red Cross Christmas gift wrap- 
ping room with the Gray Ladies 
to help you is the answer. It will 
be open Monday-Friday from 1000 
to 1600. The Gift Wrapping Room 
is on the second deck of the Pre- 
vocational Building No. 102. This 
will be handy if you make your 
gifts in the Red Cross Hobby Shop, 
as the wrapping room is right next 
door. There is a large variety of 
colored papers, ribbons, and “dan- 
gles,” so start bringing your gifts 
down soon. Remember, only 17 

Did you ever see “the little ani- 
mals” or funny pixies with green 
faces and feathers for hair? The 
patients on 42A-B Monday night 
aided by Oakland Night Gray 
Ladies let their imaginations run 
riot, allowed their inhibitions to fly 
out the window when they com- 
peted with each other in making 
the most original, wackiest, fun- 
niest animals and people and 

First prize went to Lloyd Haynes 
SK 1/c, for his pink “sitting cow” 
with toothbrush tail. CWT Walter 
Rowell, who had just flown in from 
Oahu, won second prize with a 
weird man “out of this world,” and 
Thomas Watkins, veteran, third 
prize — also ran — with his peanut 
man with a big hat. . 

* * # 

Bingo! And it’s a winner every 
time! So it was last Monday eve- 
ning in ward 64A when members 
of the Jewish Serve a Hospital 
Committee sponsored the evening’s 
party. Lucky winners for the night 
were: Sherman Pittman, Jean 
Rivas, E. T. Simmons, John Monec- 
zewski, Ernest Templeton, Ernest 
Prince, Marvin Ritchie, Dan W'hite, 
Dwight Kitchenmaster, Jim Wal- 
lace, George Peterson, Jack Edgar, 

Eddie Newman, How Jung (w 
and Edward Hydoth. 

Many thanks for the prizes g|| ’ 
refreshments go to jthe Temttj 
Men’s Club of Oakland. " W . 

G 0 „ 

Let Arthur Murray teach 
dancing in a hurry ! Want to lea^ 
to rhumba? Have you ever tilgA 
the Samba? Get back jn the» 
of things. Come to the Red (W • 
Lounge, "second deck of Prevoca- 
tional Building No. 102, evert 
Thursday afternoon, to learn net 
dance steps and to brush up or. ft*, 
ord. Danceman Arthur Murray h 
ably represented at Oak Knoll Hcs- 
jaital by three charming womet 
who can teach everything from ft*, 
terbugging to the plain old-fa*, 
ioned waltz, so you, too can ertfoy 
the very danceable music of the 
top name bands Navy Welfare anc. 
Recreation has been bringing in 
this compound. Remember — dance 4 
classes every Thursday aftercooc. * 
in the Red Cross Lounge in Build- I 
ing 102, near the main gate. 

* * *? * * 

If you have had experience re- ' . 
pairing 16mm motion picture pro- 
jectors and would like to helpkee. 
the Red Cross machines in running 
condition in order to provide more 
ward movies, please contact Mis 
Winifred Eley, Red Cross Recm- 
tion Head Worker, second deck c 
Ship’s Service. 

“Sedentary work,” said the al- 
lege lecturer, “tends to lessen the 

“In other words,” butted in Ik 
smart student, “the more-onesiS- , 
the less one can stand." 

“Exactly,” retorted the lecturer 
“and if one lies a great deal. ene- ; 
standing is lost completely.’ 

He had Tarzan eyes. H# j 
swung from limb to limb. 

“Can’t I stick this wall paper «* 

“Yes ma'am, but it will lock 
ter on the wall.” 


ecause there is so much hatred and lack o£ love in the uoild a • 
ons the great feast of Thanksgiving which we, cpmmemo * - 
rsday has a special significance for all Americans. We ^ 

lead in proclaiming our appreciation first of all to God ‘ - 

,t blessings He has bestowed upon us in this great land o _ 

nvise we must be grateful to our friends and relations I | 
it of unselfishness manifested toward ourselves. Express, 
reciation are difficult for many people to make. They shod ^ , 
itaneously from a grateful heart. Should we tod it _ 
ik God who has given us everything. His love, in _ 

ie, loved ones? Should we find it particularly difficult to ^ 
d ones how much we appreciate their graciousnes* •' ; d « 
es? The success of human relationship wfth others is la - ^ 

dent upon a proper sense ol appreciation lor cha. . > , 

d one another. Thanksgiving was the national comm 
jut we must not stop being thankful to God and o , 

.use the day itself ends. We must carry the spmt 
lUghout the years of our lives. ^ ^ L( C o^' 

30 November, 1946 


Page Three 

Cheer in Receiving Room 
Qreets Newcomers to Knoll 

Doing part of the numerous tasks in the Receiving Room are Joe 
Guerra, HA2, A. A. Snell, CPhM, and Lloyd Doyle, HA2. Besides the 
paper work, they assist in physical examinations. 


jsjew Advancement 
plan Is Outlined 

(Continued from page 1> 

icemen t in rating have come 
he w service and marks require- 
ments which must be met by men 
0 hing to be promoted. The new 
Igauirements are substantially 
UKtfe which existed before the war. 
these requirements can be found 
; table on page 4. 

# * - 

> Generally, sea duty for the pur- 
poses of advancement was defined 
ipcnclosure A to BuPers CircLtr. 
191-46 (NDB, 31 August), as (1) 
duty in vessels assigned as a part 
d the organization of the seagoing 
prces; (2) duty beyond the conti- 
aental limits of the United States; 

duty with the FMF. These gen- 
eral definitions were qualified in 
Kuroerous ways. 

Duty which may not be counted 
s sea duty for the purpose of ad- 
vancement i§: 

Duty in seagoing vessels as- 
| jgjedto continental naval districts 
ind river commends, and in shore- 
aSsed fleet activities within the 
continental limits. Exception: In 
•sses where district vessels, or men 
attached to shore-based fleet activ- 
ities. are engaged in operations at 
fte in more than 50% of the days 
m question, the entire period may 
be counted as sea duty, provided 
' IBday is counted during which the 
r eriod of operation was less than 
taur hours. 

I . . Leave in excess of 90 days. 

• . . Any leave from sea duty 
where the individual is ordered to 
■eport to a new duty station within 
continental limits at the ex- 
piration of such leave. 

. Periods between discharge 
aixi enlistment or re-enlistment. 

'1 • Time spent in hospitals, on 
convalescent leave, or in a similar 
rtstus. in the continental U. S., for 
periods in excess of 60 days. 

Any rime spent in continen- 
j -21 hospitals as a result of miscbn- 

j Duty in connection with fit- 

iin £ out of new construction ves- 
1 or recommissioning of vessels, 
■ Ip periods in excess of three 
Jtonths. ... In such cases, sea duty 
^fell commence with the date of 

Waves Commence 
Bowling League 

Oak Knoll WAVES were hos- 
tesses Monday night to the District 
Bowling League for WAVES. Eight 
teams drawn from Mare Island, 
Treasure Island, Moffett Field and 
Oak Knoll started rolling the ball 
at 1900, and during the next four 
hours displayed some good tech- 
nique and high scoring ability on 
the part of several individuals. 

Because of the small number of 
WAVES in this area the bowling 
league will constitute the only in- 
ter-station competition among the 
Navy’s female contingent. At the 
end of the tournament the Com- 
mandant’s trophy will be awarded 
the winning team. 

The opening phase of the round 
robin was held at Treasure Island 
two weeks ago. Next week Moffett 
Field will be hostess to the group. 

reporting aboard such vessels for 
duty after commissioning, if as- 
signment will be to seagoing forces 
or beyond continental limits of the 
U. S. 

Computation of periods of sea 
duty will be made under the fol- 
lowing rules: 

(1) Sea duty shall be computed 
on a monthly basis. Periods of less 
than one month shall be totaled on 
the basis that 30 days equals one 

(2) Sea duty shall start on the 
day of reporting for sea duty or on 
the date of transfer from a RecSta 
or other activity within the conti- 
nental limits for transportation to 
type of duty defined above as sea 

(3) Sea duty shall end on the 
date of transfer from that duty, or 
on the date of reporting to the first 
shore activity within the conti- 
nental limits, when transportation 
from a point outside the limits is 
involved. Periods BETWEEN SEA 
volve leave for not more than 90 
days shall be considered as contin- 
uous sea duty. 

Doctor: “What would you do in 
the case of a person eating poison- 
ous mushrooms?” 

Corpsman: “Recommend a 

change of diet.” 

Among the first smiling faces to 
greet patients as they arrive aboard 
the compound are those of L. D. 
Doyle, HA2, and J. Guerra, HA2, 
corpsmen of the Receiving Room. 
This welcoming committee, work- 
ing under CPhM A. A. Snell, Ad- 
ministrative OOD, admit the pa- 
tient to this haven of repair. 

Lloyd and Joe assist the Officer 
of the Day with the physical exam- 
ination of admittees, '•and after 
ward assignment by the doctor, fill 
out the necessary forms . . . rough 
admission chit, card X, card F, 
rough and smooth log, muster card 
and see that the health records are 
delivered to the ward. Any staff 
member “turning in” has memos 
made and these are sent to the 
Administration and Staff Person- 
nel. RPO patients are given a Hos- 
pital Request and after a short 
period are sent to a hospital nearer 
their home. 

Ray Reynolds, PhM3, also works 
in the unit, admitting veterans. Ray 
stands by on the port watch, ad- 

mitting all patients after 1600, 
while Joe and Lloyd admit veter- 
ans after 1600 on the starboard 
watch. Lloyd became a greeter- 
admitter of the dry-docked salts 
four months ago, and Joe joined 
the force one month later. 

Stage Show Filled 
With Entertainment 

The laugh-producing show, 
“Breezing Along,” was presented 
by Recreation last Saturday eve in 
the Auditorium. The intimacy of 
a night club and the novelty of 
vaudeville were combined to form 
a program of pure entertainment. 

A1 Tucker, comedy violinist, kept 
the audience in gales of laughter 
with his sound effects. Beautiful 
Helen Denizon whirled through a 
series of entertaining ballet num- 

Everything from ballet to boogie 
was presented by the group. 

Page Four 


Saturday, 30 November, ^ 

Big Qame Watched by Oak Knoll Patients 
As Quests of California at Stanford Battle 

Oak Knoll watches as California's Reinhart is tackled by a Stanford man. Spectators are: W. J. Jones, 
CCM USN (CB), in front sitting on ground is Frank Ingram, ARM1, USN. In the background we find 
the escort, Andy McLain. . . . Enjoying the game from a wheel chair is Sgt. George E. Baker, and kneeling 
on the right end of the group is former Pfc. C. S. Smith. (12th ND PIO Photograph.) 


NOTICE: "The Oak Leaf” docs not ac- 
cent paid advertising. The following items 
are printed as a free service for the hos- 
oital’s patients and staff. Deposit items in 
"The Oak Leaf" contribution box in the 
lobby of Ship’s Service. Incidentally, it is 
NOT a mail box. 

For Sale . . . 

Record-Player — plays 1 record at 
a time. In good condition. Price 
§20. Pfc. Charles Boone, Ward 

Three-quarter length Red Fox Fur 
Coat. New. $200. Phone KE 
4-3921 or contact Davidson, 
PhMl, Ship’s Service. 

A business man thought his 
staff rather lazy and indifferent, so 
he pinned up the following notice: 
Bread is the staff of life, but that 
is no reason why the life of our 
staff should be on continual loaf. 

Fitzpatrick's Music 
On Hospital Stage 

Eddie Fitzpatrick, orchestra lead- 
er at the St. Francis Hotel, came 
straight from the Mural Room to 
Oak Knoll last Monday to present 
an afternoon program and provide 
soft music for the evening’s dance. 

Eddie's augmented string section 
makes for the quiet undulating 
rhythm which is so popular on the 
dance floor. Fitzpatrick started his 
musical career when he “met up 
with” a bugle at the Palo Alto Mil- 
itary Academy, and after organiz- 
ing his own band, has gone to the 
top with hotel engagements. 

Son of the late Eddie Fitzpat- 
rick, well-known violinist and one 
of San Francisco’s most pleasant 
memories, Eddie is an ardent base- 
ball fan and has organized his own 
team from members of the band. 

Eddie and his orchestra were 
brought to Oak Knoll by the Rec- 
reation Department. 

Chinese Qood W ill 
Spread by Pianists 

(Continued from page 1) 

presentation bouquets on behalf of 
patients and staff of this hospital 
were presented by three WAVE 
pharmacist mates — Frankie Grif- 
fin, Kitty Govro and Elaine Hem- 
enway. Near the end of the pro- 
gram Mrs. Frances Vlachos-Wei, 
mother and traveling companion, 
was presented to the audience by 
the MC, M. W. Riddle, also man- 
ager for the trio. 

Prior to the concert the entire 
group were honor guests of the 
Medical Officer in Charge at a din- 
ner party at the Officers’ Club. 

We’ve heard that college-bred 
means a four-year loaf made with 
dad’s dough. Some crust, eh? 

• Movie Schedule • 

Sat., Nov. 30 — Canterville Ghost, 
Margaret O’Brien, Robert Young. 

Sun., Dec. 1 — Ex Mrs. Bradford, 
William Powell, Jean Arthur. 

Mon., Dec. 2 — Tom, Dick and 
Harry, George Murphy, Ginger 

Tues., Dec. 3 — Wanted for Mur- 
der, Eric Portman, Dulcie Gray. 

Wed., Dec. 4 — Boston Blackie and 
the Law, Chester Morris, Trudy 

Thurs., Dec. 5 — The Pilgrim 
Lady, Lynn Roberts, Warren Doug- 

Fri., Dec. 6 — Strange Woman, 
Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders. 

Sat., Dec. 7 — Sullivan’s Travels. 
Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake. 

The above movies are shown one 
day later at the Officers’ Club. 

WAVES acting as usherettes la- 
the Vlachos-Wei trio program k? 
Sunday night were: Nina Corbin. 
Dorothy Gilbert, Florence Govro 
Frances Griffin, Leila Hart, Elaine 
Hemenway, Bessie Makamson, Lou 
Marschner, Irene Roberts and 
Phyllis Shea. 

Dumb Dora: “I don’t see hov 
football players ever get clean' 

Ditto: “Don’t be silly. What c 
you suppose the scrub teams are 

# # « 

Corpsman: “This coffee taste 
like mud.” 

Cook: .“Well, it was ground to 

Service and Marks Required 
For Advancement in Rating 

Pay Grade 

Service Required 

In Present Grade 

G to 5 

6 months 

5 to 4 

6 months 

4 to 3 

12 months 

3 to 2 

12 months and 

36 mos. actual serv- 
ice. Sea duty of at 
least 6 mos. in pay 
grades 3 or 4 

2 to 1A 

36 months 

Sea duty of at least 
12 mos. in pay grade 

1A to 1 

12 months 

12 mos. sea duty in 
pay grade 1A. 




No marks less than 
2.5 for the preceding 
6 mos. and not less 
than 3.5 for quarter 
preceding advance- 

Same as 6 to 5. 

No mark less than 
3.0 for preceding 12 
mos. and an average 
of not less than 3.5 
for 12 mos. preced- 
ing advance ment. 

Same as 4 to 3. 

2 to I* 

No mark less than 
3.0 and an average 
of not less than 3.5 
for 24 mos. preced- 
ing a dvancement. « 

As prescribed in Art. D-51U 
BuPers Manual. 

No mark less 
2.5 and an aver** 
of not less than 5*5 
for 6 mos. preceding! 

No mark less 

3.0 and an averaff 
of not less than ,. , 
for 6 mos. precedau 

Same- as proficient* 

4 to 3 

Same as •* : ' *' 

Same as proficiency 


Leaving the foggy knolls 
primrose path of Palo Alto i* y 
t eat ion’s Bob “Racket” Ander^ 
The tennis courts are losing a nj 
attraction. Jack “Watch the Bi^ 
Ozidr is at last on his way t 0 oj3 
Lee Shadle has said goodby, ‘| 
Barracks 35 and was last* J 
heading East to Lena. That's a J 
in Illinois, not a girl. 

Gene Keeler, power of W , 
65A, has contacted an a-cute ca* 
of Francitis, more comme* 
known as Antoinette. The wood* 
of El Paso, Paneho Reyes, i . .. 
dering about Miller (ex-Knolht^j 
and Delores, now that Miller i 
sea. Incidentally, we hear that 
Pancho’s middle name is An«j 
How misleading! Billingsley. a ; 
from El Paso, has started the jout - 

ney home. 


Others saying farewell to. Oat 
Knoll are: Harry Alworth, Dewitt 
Dimon, Charles Giordano, Conrad 
Jones, Robert Lindstrom, Vernon 
Perry, Roy Ray, David Savin, 
James Sayebiel, Troy Stallings and 
Elsvvorth Weaver. 

Vo 1. 5, No. 49 UNITED STATES NAVAL HOSPITAL. OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA Saturday, 7 December, 1946 

Travel Allowance 
Rules Clarified 

Regulations regarding payment 

Pearl Harbor Anniversary 

. . . America Seeks Future of Peace 

^ travel allowance of five cents 
,0 mile to enlisted personnel upon 
etease were clarified in a SecNav 
.,er of 27 September (NDB, 30 


In all cases these definitions of 
;&e following terms were declared 

Horne” means the home ad- 
_-ess or legal residence in the cases 
personnel of the Navy and Ma- 
ine Corps, respectively, at the 
lane of enlistment, induction or as- 
ent to active duty, 
ce of acceptance for active 
miy ’ and “ place from which or- 
:?(d to active duty” are synony- 
mous for the purpose of these pay- 
eats; and mean, in the cases of 
regular enlisted personnel or Re- 
■avists enlisted for immediate ac- 
duty, the place of acceptance 
listment; in the cases of in- 
ffilCtees, the location of the local 
uatd to which personnel first re- 
r -rted for delivery to induction 
*.tion; and in the case of Reserv- 
. is I ordered to active duty from 
| 'heir homes, the place to which 
<ch active orders were delivered. 
“Place of discharge” and “ place 
1 release from active duty” mean 
I 'lelast duty station where the per- 
>n concerned actually 

u * LO 

t've du 

was on 

Keeping in mind these defini- 
'®ns, the places between • which 
a.-el allowance is payable are at 
option of the enlisted person 
y teemed, as follows: 

'a) Regular discharged — From 
i lace of discharge to ( 1 ) place of 
^eptance for enlistment, or to 
home address (Navy person- 
al. or legal residence (Marine 
~«onnel) at time of enlistment. 

R>> Inductee discharged — From 
?l«u:e of discharge to ( 1 ) location 
f local board to which first re- 
"frted for delivery to induction 
o f ion, or to (2) home address or 
n ; tl address as stated in (a) (2) 

' R) Reservist (excluding Fleet 
pervist) discharged while on ac- 
We d u ty or released from active 
1 ! having been enlisted for im- 
i| J^iate active duty — From place 
Release from active duty or dis- 
60 to (1) place of acceptance 
r enlistment, or (2) home ad- 

I 'Continued on page 4. column 3) 

POWER IN PROCESSION — mighty battleships of the Seventh Fleet 
move in formation. (Official U. S. Navy Photograph) 

Let's Keep "Power in Procession ” 

Five years ago today, 7 December 1941, the infamous 
Pearl Harbor attack commenced a nearly four year^con- 
flict. On that fateful day, America was unprepared to 
defend itself against any offensive action, and was almost 
defeated by a sneak attack of an aggressor nation. 

By sheer luck, we were able to survive the first blow. 
The slow struggle to gain the necessary power for the 
aggressors' defeat was an epic battle, not soon to be 
forgotten by mankind. We survived, yes, but the cost 
for gross unpreparedness in personnel and materiel was 

It must not happen again! Power is might, and as we 
discuss peace in conferences, let us have the power to 
enforce the peace for which we fought. Progress and pre- 
preparedness must go on as a guardian of America's 
hard-earned peace. 

To support the precious peace, a strong peacetime 
Naval Reserve, as well as an active Navy ready for emer- 
gencies, must be maintained. From the few hundred 
thousand men in 1941 and the out-moded ships, the Navy 
grew to total over three million men and the largest Navy 
ever assembled in the history of the world. 

Now demobilization has taken a heavy toll of the gigan- 
tic forces. Let us keep a sufficient force ready for any 
emergency, and let us encourage a large reserve force 
which can be called into action, should the need arise. 

The part played by the Army and other services is not 
to be forgotten, and an adequate strength from these 
quarters is needed to combine with the Naval forces. 

Let us look forward to a future unblemished by the 
scars of war, and protect these hopes with preparedness. 

Officers Eligible 
For Science Corps 

(SEA)— Based on the age and 
physical requirements for appoint- 
ment in the Medical, Dental and 
Hospital Corps, the Navy is open- 
ing another channel for the trans- 
fer of Reserve and temporary offi- 
cers, in the proposed Medical Al- 
lied Science Corps. A doctor’s de- 
gree in the specialty is included in 
the educational requirements. 

Alnav 587-46 (NDB, 15 Novem- 
ber) directed COs to aid in the 
campaign to find specialists in 
medical and allied science fields — 
including acarology, bacteriology, 
biology, chemistry, entomology, 
epidemiology, genetics, malacology, 
nutrition, parasitology, physics, 
physiology, psychology, pathology, 
mammalogy, malariology, zoology, 
industrial hygiene, virology and 
medical statistics. 

Selected officers may be ordered 
to active duty if they so desire or 
be retained on active duty until 
legislation to establish their clas- 
sification is authorized or fails of 

Applications for transfer in the 
Medical Allied Science Corps to 
the regular establishment should 
be forwarded to BuPers via Bu- 

Illness On Liberty 
Should be Reported 

Whenever an officer or enlisted 
man is injured or becomes sick 
away from his ship or station and 
is unable to return thereto for 
medical care, he shall report such 
fact by telephone or telegraph as 
soon as practicable to his ship or 
station to avoid being absent with- 
out leave, according to Twelfth 
Naval District General Order No. 

When civilian care is obtained a 
written statement shall be re- 
quested of the attending physician, 
stating the diagnosis and more im- 
portant symptoms and treatment 
for entry in the health record. The 
man shall report to his medical 
officer before returning to duty for 
determination of fitness to return 
to duty and lor suitable entries in 
his health record. 

Page Two 


Saturday, 7 December, 

The Oak Leaf 

U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland, California 

Captain A. II Ocarina (MC) U.S.N.. Medical Officer in Command; Captain 
Harvey E, Robins (MC) U.S.N., Executive Officer. 

Fditorial Staff: Robert V. Davis, HAIc, Editor; Lt. Louise E. Dowlen. 
V\ -USNR, Editorial Advisor. 

Photographers: H. B. Wayland, PhM2, F. L. U«, PhM2. 

Co Jl l ri^ utor * of week: The American Red Cross. George F. Cahill, Jr., 


Cartoonist: J. It. Dale, HAIc. 

The Oak Leaf is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
Government and in compliance with Ref.: (a) SccNav Letter 45-526 Semi-Monthly 
Bulletin 31 May, 1945. "The Oak Leaf" receives Camp Newspaper Service material, 
and is a member of the Ship’s Editorial Association. Republication of credited 
matter prohibited without permission of CNS and SEA. 

C ontributions from both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of "The Oak Leaf." U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland II. California. 

Vol. 5 

Saturday, December 7, 1946 

No. 49 

• In Appreciation of New Hours 

The recently established privilege of fountain service until 
2200 should do much to further the recreation facilities of the 
compound. The central location, in relation to other facili- 
ties — bowling alley, movies and library — makes the fountain 
an ideal spot for snacks between events. 

By keeping the fountain open until “lights out,” the Ships’ 
Service, more than ever before, is now a place to bring visitors, 
meet friends and enjoy the evening. 

Personnel should show their appreciation for this privilege 
by taking advantage of the new hours, and by helping keep 
their Ships’ Service a ship-shape place where they can be 
proud to bring their guests. 

Some people can stay close to each other 3,000 miles apart. 
Others are worlds apart next door. 

The reason a dog has so many friends is that his tail wags 
instead of his tongue. 

If you want to get the correct slant on somebody, observe 
what he does when he has nothing to do. 

Great men forget themselves in serving others. Small men 
forget others in serving themselves. 

At the beginning of a new church year, the season called Advent, 
(the four Sundays before Christmas), we prepare for the coming of 
the Christ Child. 

Too often in the past Christmas has been a period of commercialism, 
of mere friendly remembrance. It is well for us to ask ourselves: “After 
all, why do we celebrate the birth of a Babe who came into the world 
in a manger in Bethlehem so many years ago? 

What do you think our Lord came to earth for? Was it for just a 
friendly little visit to His Fathers people, to build up a bit of good will 
between earth and heaven, to do a bit of promotion and back-patting 
as He went along? 

We know better than that. The Lord Jesus came on a mission so 
important, so basic, so terrific, that any contemplation of it must make 
us realize the serious meaning of the festival of His birth. Let us pre- 
pare during this Advent season that the Christ Child might be born 
anew into our hearts. 

EARL DEAN SNEARY, Chaplain, U. S. Navy. 

Sirnne ^rrutrra 


Chaplains— E. C. Andrews, E. D. Sneary. 
Sunday — 

Divine Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday In Chapelt— 1800. 
Choir — Monday & Thursday, 1400-1300. 
Protestant Chaplains’ offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bide. No. 1. 


Chaplain — Carl Herold. 

Sunday Mass — 0630, 0830, 0945. 
Weekday Mass — 1205 In oratory next to 
Chaplain's Office in Bulldine 1. 

Confessions before all Masses. 

Christian Science: 

Worker will be on the compound every 
Tuesday and Friday afternoons. 

L. I). S. (Mormon): 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Divine Service — 1800 every Friday. Meet 
at Ship’s Service Bldg, for transporta- 
tion to chapel services at Treasure 

The Field representative of the Na- 
tional Jewish Welfare Board, Hospital 
Service Dept., Is In attendance on the 
hospital eompound on Tuesdays and 
Fridays from 1000 to 1600. He has of- 
fice hours at the reception office of the 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and from 1900 
to 2000 on Fridays. 

Literary Contest 
Opened by League 

(SEA) — Think you can write? 
Well, mate, now’s the time to prove 
it, and, incidentally, earn for your- 
self one of the two prizes the Navy 
is giving to winners of the U. S. 
Navy Literary Contest, sponsored 
by the Navy League. 

If your manuscript — and it can 
be of any length, about any sub- 
ject, in any medium of literary ex- 
pression — is adjudged one of the 
two best by the judges, you will 
receive a fellowship to the Bread 
Loaf Writers’ Conference to be 
held at Middlebury College, Ver- 
mont, 14-28 Aug. 1947. You will be 
given TAD orders for the two 
weeks’ period, plus per diem allow- 
ances and travel from and to your 
duty station. That goes, even if you 
are stationed overseas. 

One of the winners must be an 
enlisted man. All types of writing 
will be considered on an equal 
basis. Each man may send in as 
many entries as he wishes, and 
each will be judged on its own 

Preliminary judging will be done 
by persons prominent in the liter- 
ary field who have volunteered 
their services. Final judge will be 
Dr. Theodore Morrison of the Har- 
vard University English depart- 
ment and a Navy representative. 
Further recognition by leading 
magazine editors and other prom- 
inent persons in the literary world 
is almost certain to follow as a 
result of winning this world-wide, 
Navy-wide contest. 

Manuscripts must be submitted 
prior to 1 May 1947 to the Maga- 
zine and Book Section, Office of 
Public Information, Navy Depart- 
ment, Washington 25, D. C. All 
Navy Personnel, including Marines 
and Reservists on active duty, are 

Communique History 
Is Made Available 

(SEA) — Navy Department Com- 
muniques — 624 of them — are avail- 
able in three volumes for those who 
take their history straight. The 
communiques, which cover the 
fighting from 10 Dec. 1941 to the 
capitulation of the Japanese, are 
augmented by pertinent press re- 
leases, Pacific Fleet communiques 
and other official statements. 

On sale by the Superintendent 
of Documents, Government Print- 
ing Office, Washington 25, D. C., 
volume I contains communiques 1 
to 300 and costs 55 cents, volume 
II, with communiques 301-600, 
costs $1, and volume III. contain- 
ing communiques 601-624 and the 
Japanese surrender documents, 
costs 30 cents. 

The next generation should be 
Grade A, since it comes from Reg- 
istered fathers. 

Red Cross Rambling 

Should you find yourself j n 
embarrassing situation of ha 
many relatives, not much mon 
with Christmas looming 
around the corner, don’t be 
ried. Don’t be upset. You can sZ’ 
your problem in the Red ^ 
Craft Shop in the Prevocay® 
Building No. 102. There you ** 
find facilities for making attrac- 
tive Christmas gifts. If you ^ 
help, Miss Fogg, Miss Munson,-, 
Gray Ladies from Oakland, Ala! 
meda and Berkeley are there b 
offer assistance. 

Those lovely plexiglass fma 
candy and nut dishes are easy t 
rriake, and out of the same materiel 
you can fashion candle holder 
letter openers, key chain holder*, 
vases, cigarette boxes, and maav 
other useful articles. Many men 
have been making luncheon sets 
four place mats and napkins to 
match by block printing on musim 
The linoleum block designs are cat 
ready for you to choose- the -c ne 
you like. 

In the Craft Shop, too, you will 
find materials for weaving, leather 
work, and metal work. If you're so 
inclined, you can turn out a very 
fine vase on the potter’s wheel 
You can even make your own per- 
sonalized Christmas cards and 
stamp your name on match folders 
or stationery. 

After you have completed veur 
gifts, just step down the hall l ire 
Red Cross gift wrapping room ar.c 
do them up in a fancy package. A 
Gray Lady is on duty in this roes 
Monday through Friday from low 
to 1600. She will help you wrap all 
your gifts, but please don’t wad 
till the day before Christmas. Come 
early. THE TIME IS NOW to 
come down and see us and let us . 
help you solve your Christmas 

While you are in the Pre\‘ ~J’ 
tion Building, it will be worth yo® 
while, and it’s a good idea, too W 
go to the Red Cross lounge ano 
record Christmas messages to sena 
to the girl friend and the folk at 
home. It’s that little personal touch 
that will add extra meaning 1 
your gift. 

Warning Given 
On Piano Moving 

Pianos all over the comP* u °‘j 
are being tuned this week, » n 
it is urgently requested that > JU 
do not move any of them * r0DI 
your ward without first conl* c 
ing the Red Cross Recreate 
Office. It is very embarrass™ 
to bring entertainers to the w 
only to find the piano 
Worse yet is finding « s0 ' 
ribly out of tune that il 
tically useless. Frequent 
Ings tend to throw them •’ 
so please do not move th< m 0 
you have called Red ( rosS 
reation Extension U- 


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5cW r£laY ' 

7 December, 1946 




residency Offered 
| n Jen Fields Here 

The primary purpose of gradu- 
b medical training is to increase 
L proficiency of medical officers 
, , improve the standards of 
iLjical practice. With this in 
^ the Navy has established a 
Eridency-type training to instruct 
train medical officers for medi- 

|%j &n v of our present medical 
M^rs were sent to overseas duty, 
jjrinp the war. immediately after 
,»ternship. This newly established 
*®gram will enable them to con- 
miue their graduate training. 

After approval for the program, 
.it doctors are sent to the hospital 
which is strong in the field they 
wish to enter. Many doctors are 
wu at Oak Knoll for this Resi- 
Vrey-type graduate training. In 
Surgery: Comdr. Nicholas E. Do- 
< MC) USN; Lt. Comdr. Philip 
L Nova, (MC) USN; Lt. Comdr. 
Emmett J. Riordan, (MC) USN; 
Lieu: John R. Green, (MC) USN. 
LL Comdr. Gwilym B. Lewis, (MC) 
i'SN is a resident in Orthopedic 
Surgery. Lt. Comdr. Robert S. 
Kibler. (MC) USN. and Lt. Comdr. 
Clyde L. Boice, (MC) USN, are 
residents in Radiology. 

^Ophthalmology has gained Lt.* 
Cofodr. John A. Duffalo, Jr., (MC) 
USN. and Lieut. Robert L. Rouen, 
/MC USN. under this program. 
Under instruction at Urology are 
Ijeut. William G. Donald, Jr., 
MC i USN, and Lieut. Harold H. 
Sdelbrock, (MC) USN. At Pathol- 
Cgy are Lt. Comdr. James L. Rich- 
ardson. (MC.) USN, and Lieut. Alan 
foifeny, (MC) USN. Lieut. Harry 
C. Barton, (MC) USN, is at 60A 
| or Internal Medicine residency. 

i'l Obstetrics and Gynecology' have 
‘ 1 -iut. Paul C. Ronniger, (MC) 

I USN. and Lieut. John A. Pease, 
I (MC USN., Otolaryngology has 
Lieu:. John B. Reddy, (MC) USN, 
ft a resident. 

OaK Knoll has been approved by 
he Bureau of Medicine and Sur- 
Sery lor residency-type training in 
ft fields. A total of 24 medical 
officers are to be assigned here for 
U-is training. 

I : 



' Income tax forms for the year 
1946 and assistance in their 
reparation may be obtained at 
e Legal Assistance .Office on 
the top deck of the Administra- 
tion Building. 

! All Navy Personnel who ex- 
pect to have any tax liability for 
the year 1946 should avail them- 
*elves of this service immedi- 
ately, since it is anticipated that 
111 the near future there will be 
too one attached to the hospital 
v ho is qualified to render this 
istance. Most enlisted p^r- 
innel will not have to be con- 
ned with this problem, be- 
juse all enlisted salary is ex- 
topt from such taxation. 

Flight Saves Polio Patient , 
Resting Well at Oak Knoll 

Derrill Lee Clark, Sic, of Seattle, is shown talking to Lieut. Ruth Anne 
Champion. (NC), who accompanied him on his flight to Oak Knoll. 

(I2ND 1*10 Photograph) 

Resting comfortably in Ward 50B 
after his long, tempest-ridden flight 
from the South Pacific, Derrill Lee 
Clark, SI c, poliomyelitis victim, 
chats with his special watch and 
plans for the time when he can 
finish out his hitch in the Navy. 

Though a patient in a ward re- 
stricted to visitors, Derrill takes 
advantage of every opportunity to 
exchange quips with any staff at- 
tendant. His keen sense of humor 
makes him a model patient. 

Once a torpedoman on a Navy 
bomber, he was prepared for the 
hour-long electrical storm which 
enveloped his plane between Hono- 
lulu and the Mainland, on the last 
lap of his long journey from Samar. 
At times drafts of wind hurled the 
plane upwards at the rate of 2000 
feet a minute. 

All his experiences plus the ade- 
quate medical care he received 
from a doctor, a nurse, and three 
corpsmen especially detailed for his 
flight, he has been relating since 
Thursday to his mother, his hon- 
ored guest, who flew here from 

Lives there a man 
Who is so abnormal 
That he can’t be stirred 
By a strapless formal. 

Do Xmas Shopping 
At Ships' Service 

Just 17 more days until Christ- 
mas. How many have yet to buy 
that gift for the woman of you* 
heart? Maybe you are havine 
troubles with Dad’s present. 

All these can be solved very 
easily at your Ships’ Service, which 
still has a fine selection of gifts in 

Articles for smoking enjoyment, 
cameras for foto-fans, baby goods, 
civilian clothes, jewelry, radios, 
toys, luggage, lingerie, handbags — 
everything to bring a gleam of de- 
light to eyes of lucky receivers of 
these gifts. 

Better get busy! Before the ex- 
cellent selection runs out. Do your 
shopping early and avoid the pre- 
Christmas rush. 

HA: "I’d like to get some shoe 

SK2: "OK. How long do you 
want them?" 

HA: "I want to buy them, not 
rent them." 

“War Bonds? I've been in them 
ever since I got married." 

Knoll's Squad Wins 
Last Basket Scraps 

Last Monday and Tuesday eve- 
nings saw the Oak Knoll basketball 
squad step out of its pre-seasonal 
slump to vanquish two above avei- 
age Bay area teams. 

At Frick Junior High School 
Gym on Monday night, the five 
from the Knoll met the Melrose 
Quintet, a group of well-coordi- 
nated local basketballers who had 
in the previous week defeated the 
hospital team after an even game 
all the way. 

Starting Monday’s match were 
Reeves and Sanders at forward, 
Kozieki at center and Noreen and 
Engstrom guards. The game, like 
the previous week’s, was close 
throughout (8 to 7 in favor of Oak 
Knoll at the half) and terminated 
with a 21-19 win for the Navy 
team. High scorer was “Big John" 
Kozieki wilh four buckets. 

Tuesday night found the corps- 
men hoopsters at NAS, Oakland, 
where they met a team of active 
reserves. Taking the lead in the 
first few minutes with drive-ins by 
Bob Reeves, Hank Sanders and Jim 
Noreen, the hospital team widened 
the margin for the remainder of the 
game to mount a 41 to 32 victory. 

High scorers were Reeves with 
fourteen points followed by Noreen 
with 11. The same team started as 
against the Melrose squad, with 
George Cahill. “Moon” Mullins and 
coach Joe Veylupek substituting. 

The progress shown in the past 
few weeks promises a season this 
year comparable to last year's 
squad that finished second in the 
12th Naval District, beside winning 
a few local leagues. 

Marines Feature 
Seven Rates Notv 

(SEA) — From 34 different Mar- 
Corps titles to seven, in one easy 
change, is the story of the new and 
simplified MarCorps rating system 
to go into effect on 1 December. 
There will be only seven different 
titles, one for each pay grade, and 
chevrons now worn by line person- 
nel will be adopted for all cate- 

Though the position titles Ser- 
geant Major, First Sergeant, Gun- 
nery Sergeant and Platoon Ser- 
geant will be changed to one pay 
grade, they will not be abolished 
as positions. Other factors in the 
program include an in-grade serv- 
ice requirement for promotion to 
the next grade and the quarterly 
distributions of promotions author- 
ities from MarCorps headquarters. 

The titles of the pay grades to 
exist after 1 December are, in de- 
scending order. Master Sergeant, 
Technical Sergeant, Staff Ser- 
geant. Sergeant. Corporal, Private 
First Class, Private. 

A high brow is a person that en- 
joys a thing until it becomes popu- 

Page Four 

Qun Collectors 
T akeW arming 

Under the National Firearms 
Act of L934, all fully automatic 
firearms; shotguns or riflles hav- 
ing less than an 18-inch barrel; 
any weapon (except a pistol or 
revolver) that is capable of being 
concealed on the person; all pis- 
tols or revolvers that have detach- 
able stocks; and mufflers or si- 
lencers for any firearm MUST BE 

This registration can be accom- 
plished without cost through any 
office of the Alcohol Tax Unit, Bu- 
reau of Internal Revenue. Failure 
to comply will result in a max- 
imum of five years’ imprisonment 
and a fine of $2,000. 

This directly affects the posses- 
sion of war trophies or other fire- 
arms in the foregoing category 

HA2: “The MAA just hung 

O. O. D.: “Did you cut him 

HA2: “No, he isn’t dead yet.” 

Yeoman: “There’s a whole 

drawer full of old useless docu- 
ments on file. Shall I burn them?” 

Officer: “Yes, but make copies 

• Mo vie Schedule • 

Sat., Dec. 7 — Sullivan’s Travels, 
Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake. 

Sun., Dec. 8 — Having a Wonder- 
ful Time, Ginger Rogers, Fred As- 

Mon., Dec. 9 — Confirm and Deny, 
Don Ameche, Joan Bennett. 

Tues., Dec. 10 — Strange Holiday, 
Claude Rains, Barbara Bate. 

Wed., Dec. 11 — Betty Coed, Jean 
Porter, William Mason. 

Thurs., Dec. 12 — Dangerous Mil- 
lions, Donna Drake, Kent Taylor. 

Fri., Dec. 13 — Cross My Heart, 
Betty Hutton, Sonny Tufts. 

Sat., Dec. 14 — Two Girls and a 
Sailor, June Allyson, Jose Iturbi. 

The above movies are shown one 
day later at the Officers’ Club. 



Question of the week: “Is O. K. 
Jenkins old enough? Owen, clad 
in civvies and a cherubic counte- 
nance, was questioned about his 
age at a local billiard parlor last 
w’eek. Better grow a mustache, 

Who is the lovely red -head that 
Friedman has been seen escorting? 
Friedman won’t pass the word to 
this office. Anyone with a good 
cure for hiccups should submit the 
same to Blankenship. It seems that 
Jack had them so bad one night 
last week that they nearly tossed 
him from his sack. 

Leaving the Security (Office) of 
Oak Knoll is D. K. De La Mar. Don 
is returning to Tooele, Utah, and 
Home Sweet Home. No more Spe- 
cial Watch reminders — from Lee 
Sterling — as this man with the 
flashlight has wended his way to 

Three of the feminine members 
of our staff bade Adieu to Oak Knoll 
last week. Jeanette Antaillia 
hopped a local express for Ala- 
meda, while Dorothy Johnson and 
Edna Van Orthwiek journeyed to 
“two M’s” — Minnesota and Michi- 

Peret has stopped trying to imi- 
tate a bowling ball. His once- 
shaven head now bears traces of a 
return to normal. 

Posting a change of address 
notice are: Fred Burgie, Gilbert 
Garfield, Leland Gartrell, David 
Isaacs, John Manheim, Jack Moore, 
Joe Paxman, Jack Roach, Roland 
Rotman, Ed Schmidt. John Stod- 
dard, Joe Wallace, Don Winter, 
Joseph Beauvais, Bill Boatright, 
Stan Bukaty, Bill Hannah, Sey- 
mour Hipschman, Ralph Kraus, 
Ray Lewandowski. Mike Pill and 
Bruce Plumber. Good luck in Ci- 

Here’s a note for Reservists who 
can not count — only 40 more days 
till 15 January. 

Old Mother Hubbard 
Went to the cupboard — 

Her son was just home from the 

But when she got there 
The cupboard was bare — 

Lord! How those sailors can eat! 


Travel Payments 
Regulations Set 

(Continued from page ]) 

dress or legal residence as stated 
in (a) (2) above. 

(d) Reservist (excluding Fleet 
Reservist) discharged while on ac- 
tive duty or released from active 
duty, not having been enlisted for 
immediate active duty — From 
place of discharge or release from 
active duty to home address or 
legal residence. 

(e) Fleet Reservist or retired en- 
listed person released from active 
duty — From place of release to 
place to which active duty orders 
were addressed. 

(f) Regular transferred to Fleet 
Reserve at normal date of expira- 
tion of enlistment and retained 
upon active duty — From place of 
transfer to (1) place of acceptance 
for enlistment or to (2) home ad- 
dress or legal residence. 

(g) Regular transferred to Fleet 
Reserve at other than expiration of 
enlistment and retained on active 
duty or transferred to the retired 
list and retained on active duty — 
No travel allowance. See (j) and 

(k) below. 

(h) Regular transferred to Fleet 
Reserve or retired list and imme- 
diately released from active duty 
— From place of transfer and re- 
lease to (1) place of acceptance 
for enlistment, or to (2) home in 
U. S. or one of its possessions he 
may select as a future residence. 

(i) Fleet Reservist released from 
active duty following continuous 
active duty since transfer to Fleet 
Reserve (having transferred to the 
Fleet Reserve at normal date of 
expiration of enlistment) — From 
place of release to ( 1 ) place of 
transfer to Fleet Reserve, or to 
(2) home of selection as stated in 
(h) (2) above. 

(j) Fleet Reservist released from 
active duty following continuous 
active duty since transfer (having 
been transferred to Fleet Reserve 
at other than expiration of enlist- 
ment) — From place of release to 

( l ) place of acceptance for last en- 
listment, or to (2) home of selec- 
tion as stated in (h) (2) above. 

(k) Member of retired list re- 
leased from active duty following 

Saturday. 7 December. 


























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continuous active duty since trans- 
fer to retired list — From place of 
release to (1) place of acceptance 
for last enlistment, or to (2) home 
of selection as stated in (h (2) 

Provisions of the letter are net 
applicable to enlisted personnel 
separated from active service prior 
to 2 August 1946. 

Secret: Something you t el to 
one person at a time. 

To buy. .sell. .rent 

NOTICE: ‘ The Oak Leaf’* does not ir- 
eept paid advertising- The followin* item? 
are printed as a free service for thf hos- 
pital's patients and staff. Deposit item_? tr. 
“The Oak Leaf” contribution box in the 
lobby of Ship's Service. Incidental!' it Is 
NOT a mail box. 


. Laryngoscope, chrome, infant 
size, which was removed from 
Ward 72f$. Pediatrics. We need il 
Comdr. Milton’ Kurzrok 
LOST: Wallet, green leather at- 
tached coin purse, belonging to 
Shirley Green. Important papers 
enclosed. Lost in vicinity of 
Ships’ Service on 27 November. 
If found, return to: Shirley 
Green, Public Info. Office <>r 
mail to home address. 

Vol. 5, No. 50 


Captain Arthur H. Dearing 
Promoted to Rear Admiral 

. jw: \ \ , wmm 

Captain Arthur H. Dearing, (MC) USN 

Best news of the week is the announcement that Oak Knoll’s com- 
manding officer. Captain Arthur H. Dearing (MC) USN, has been 
promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in the Medical Corps of the Navy. 
This action came after President Truman approved the recommenda- 
tion of the Staff Selection Board of which Vice Admiral Ross T. Mc- 
Intire was senior member. The hospital’s skipper is now awaiting 
orders that will terminate nearly three years of outstanding service 
at this command. 

Stay Aboard 

Enlisted regular Navy personnel 
iiho agree to reenlist or extend 
Iheir enlistment on board their 
resent ship or station, will not be 
transferred for separation upon ex- 
piration of enlistment, it was an- 
nounced by Alnav 544-46. 

previously, such personnel have 
tieen transferred for separation and 
• -aced on terminal leave until the 
date on which their current enlist- 
ment expires, but under the new 
Alnav they will be retained on 
board their present ship or station, 
ojscharged when enlistment ex-, 
oires and reenlisted the following 
subject to the provisions of 
Article D1002 (4), BuPers Manual. 

Agreement to reenlist will be 
'’jade upon page 9 of the service 
record, signed by the man involved 
:nd witnessed and signed by the 
0 Extension of enlistment will 
Semade on form NavPers 604. 

Agreements to reenlist or extend 
ciistments will be made prior to 
’Sate the man would be transferred 
tot separation under paragraph 3 
Alnav 476-46, which amended 
paragraph 9 of Alnav 384-46. 

HC Shore Duty 
After Two Years 

(SEA ) — Shore duty eligibility 
■quirements were clarified and 
*ased in BuPers Cir. Ltr. (NDB, 
31 October). Though requirements 
be changed from time to time, 

I toose existing are: 

Aviation branch ratings must 
. -3ve accumulated two years’ con- 
•nuous sea and overseas service: 
■■pital corps ratings, two years; 
“omen and storekeepers, three 
all other ratings, pay grade 
4 and below, three years; all other 
| Stings, pay grades 1, 1A. 2 and 3, 
P* Y ears - Personnel must also 
8ve more than two years obli- 
ged service at the time ordered 
M* ore duty, or have declared in- 
hon to reenlist or extend enlist- 
(| t if ordered to shore duty. 

1 Total continuous sea and over- 
duty will be the controlling 

lfcfc t ° r * n se * ectin 6 personnel for 
to shore duty. 

k'k ,^ Uests ^ or Placement on shore 
■ eligibility list must be for- 
•ConUjiucd on page 4. column 1) 

The new admiral assumed his 
position here on January 11, 1944, 
after two years of duty in the 
South Pacific, where he served on 
the staff of Admiral Ghormley and 
later of Admiral Halsey. For his 
successful organization and ad- 
ministration of a hospital for sick 
and wounded personnel of the 
Third Fleet, he received a com- 
mendation from Admiral Nimitz, 
then Commander in Chief of the 
Pacific Fleet. In February. 1944, 
he was awarded the Legion of 
Merit by Admiral Halsey. 

Admiral Dearing’s years here 
have marked a period of great ex- 
pansion — a period when thousands 
of overseas casualties arrived from 
all Pacific areas for treatment and 
transfer and when hundreds of 
prisoners of war stopped here for 
rehabilitation before proceeding to 

their homes. During his stay here 
he has watched the rise of Oak 
Knoll to a hospital that could ac- 
commodate a daily patient load of 
6,000. Today, though the natural 
post-war decline has reduced the 
patient roster to 1,300, the Rear 
Admiral has kept the hospital run- 
ning on the same efficient basis for 
which it was noted during the war 

For his “outstanding professional 
skill, rare administrative ability, 
tireless energy and his invaluable 
assistance in providing adequate 
medical care and treatment for 
Naval personnel” at this hospital 
he received, last May, a commen- 
dation from the Secretary of the 

One of the senior captains in the 
Navy, Admiral Dearing has had a 

(Continued on page 3. column 1) 

New Uniform 

The new uniform is still a sub- 
ject of intense discussion in the 
Navy Department and in the Fleet. 
The majority of enlisted men are 
against the new uniform, but have 
suggested various changes which 
would improve the old one. 

Fifty-five per cent of the men 
are absolutely against any change, 
while 247f desire a few modifica- 
tions, 13% say yes to the proposed 
uniform, and 8% just don’t care. 

Such changes as elimination of 
the 13 buttons in favor of a zipper, 
more pockets, issue of a short 
“Eisenhower” jacket for undress 
wear, a modified hat, have been 

No decision has been reached as 
yet, but the Bureau is considering 
the variety of suggestions offered. 

Vets Organize 
HC Association 

An organization, known as the 
National Association, Veterans of 
the Hospital Corps, was recently 
incorporated. It consists not only 
of former Navy personnel, but of 
former hospital corps personnel 
and similarly trained men of the 
Army and Coast Guard, including 
enlisted personnel and officers who 
served in that capacity in any war. 
Further information can be ob- 
tained by writing the secretary of 
this association at 1605 M St. N.W., 
Washington 6, D. C. 

New Navy Hospital 
Put in Commission 

(SEA) — Newest and most mod- 
ern of Navy hospitals — “a city 
within a city”— is the recently- 
commissioned Navy Hospital at 
Houston, Tex. First conceived in 
1943 by Vice Admiral Ross T. Mc- 
Intire, Chief ot BuMed, the hospital 
rests on a site of 118 acres. 

The hospital has a peacetime ca- 
pacity of 1,000 beds and 1.500 to 
3,000 beds in time of war. Neuro- 
surgery, plastic surgery and ortho- 
pedic surgery will be its specialties. 

Page Two 


The Oak Leaf 

If. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland. California 

^Harvpv^r **» *J* a Hn* (MC) U.S.N., Medical OITlccr In Command; Captain 
Harvey F.. Robins (MC) U.S.N., Executive Officer. 

I dXorial Staff: Robert V. Davis. HAIc, Editor; Lt. Louise E. Dowlen. W-USNR, 
Editorial Advisor. 

I’hotoxraphers: H. Wayland. PhM>c; F. L. IHt. PhM2c. 
Contributors, of the week: The American Red Cross. 
Cartoonist: J. R. Dale, HAIc. 

Ihe Oak Leaf is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
• overnment and in compliance with Ref.: (a) SeeNav Letter 45-526 Semi-Monthly 
u c in 31 May. 1945. "The Oak Leaf” receives Camp Newspaper Service material, 
and is a member of the Ship’s Editorial Association. Kcpublication of credited 
matter prohibited without permission of CNS and SEA. 

C ontrihutions from both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of “The Oak Leaf.” U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland 14. California. 

Vol. 5 

Saturday, December 14, 1946 

No. 50 

Never Put Off ’ Til Tomorrow 

"Procrastination is the thief of time,” so the old proverb 
reads. This bit of wisdom could be well applied to servicemen 
returning to civilian life again. 

Many will agree that during their tours of duty, they have 
become lax in doing any work other than that which had been 
ordered, or directly supervised by a superior. 

This attitude of deferring work has been developed as a 
method of doing a minimum of labor, expending a minimum 
of energy, or as a means of passing the job onto a less for- 
tunate person beneath the rank or rate of the procrastinating 

This type of slip-shod toil probably carried you through 

your “Hitch” 

but now that you are going back on your 

own, you will find that this method will not be of any support. 

Whether you are returning to school or college, or going 
into the nation’s industry, this lazy habit of procrastination 
must be dropped if you expect to receive the fullest benefits 
from your studies or to gain the higher positions or salaries. 

The need for a steady effort can be seen if one will con- 
sider that the capacity of today’s educational institutions is 
being sorely taxed by the abundance of returning veterans. 
From this, one can see that only those prepared to get down 
to the grind can possibly hope to survive the conditions caused 
by crowded facilities. Anyone deferring their efforts will soon 
be replaced by a more eager member. 

This steady effort must be applied to the occupation, if 
one is to succeed. The survival of the fittest will be the watch- 
word of the future. The fittest will be those with the power 
and determination to do their job today, and not defer into 
the future. 

While in the service, there was no need to worry about 
losing a job, no need to worry about food or shelter. These 
were fixed points in the course of Naval life, and accepting 
them as such, many lapsed into an attitude of doing as little 
as possible. 

Let us, as we stand on the threshold of civiliandom, deter- 
mine our course and steer toward it. Let your pilot for the 
treacherous channel of life be a determined attitude, and your 
ship will reach port safely. 

Simnr §>mtirps 


Chaplains— E. C. Andrews, E. D. Sneary. 

Sunday — 

Divine Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday in Chapel)— 1800. 
Choir— Monday & Thursday, 1400-1500. 
Protestant Chaplains' offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 


laplain— Carl Hcrold. 
jnday Mass— 0630. 0830, 0945. 
eekday Mass— 1205 in oratory next to 
Chaplain's Office In Building 1. 
jnfessions before all Masses. 

Christian Science: 

Worker will be on the compound every 
Tuesday and Friday afternoons. 

L. I). S. (Mormon): 

Services 1930 Thursday. 


Divine Service — 1800 every Friday. Meet 
at Ship’s Service Bldg, for transporta- 
tion to chapel services at Treasure 

The Field representative of the Na- 
tional Jewish Welfare Board. Hospital 
Service Dept., is in attendance on the 
hospital compound on Tuesdays and 
Fridays from 1000 to 1800. He has of- 
fice hours at the reception office of the 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and from 1900 
to 2000 on Fridays, 

Saturday. 14 December, 19 ^ 

Red Cross Rambling 

The first of a series of Vocational 
Trips began on Friday, December 
6th. Five patients who were inter- 
ested in working in a steel mill 
visited the Pittsburg Steel Plant. 
These patients already had worked 
in a similar occupation or hoped 
for future employment in this in- 
dustry. If you are interested in this 
line of work, a film on steel will be 
shown in the Red Cross Recreation 
Lounge, Building 102, Room 207, 
in the near future. 

Mrs. Harry Eggleston who rep- 
resents Community Service to 
Camps and Hospitals of the Ameri- 
can Red Cross will take five pa- 
tients each Friday to visit places of 
vocational interest. 

On December 13th patients will 
visit the Telephone Company in 
San Francisco. Here they will get 
an idea of the new dial system op- 
erated by men, radar and mainte- 
nance in connection with the Tele- 
phone Company. 

On December 20th five men will 
visit the California Nursery at Nile. 
Any men interested in working or 
operating a florist or nursery, or in 
agriculture or in farming would 
be vitally interested in this trip. 

Other trips scheduled will in- 
clude hotel management, petro- 
leum, radio, aviation, diesel en- 
gines, automobiles, refrigeration, 
department store management, 
ship repair production and the 

If you are interested in going on 
any of these trips, please notify 
your ward recreation worker, so- 
cial worker or Mr. Pierson, who is 
the veterans’ vocational advisor. 

you one of the many who are in- 
terested in getting into some kind 
of radio work? Here is the oppor- 
tunity you have been waiting for. 
The Oakland Chapter of the Red 
Cross has made arrangements with 
KLX for a representative to come 
here to make recordings of your 
voice, help you write a radio script, 
show you how to operate a radio 
station, and perhaps even produce 
a joint radio program which will 
actually be performed on the air! 
If you are interested in any way, 
see Miss Pierson in the Red Cross 

Recreation Lounge as soon as nr 

Remember, only a few morT 
working days until Christ mas 
packages must be sent. We have on 
display many attractive item* 
made both on the wards and in the 
shop, so if you need inspiration' 
come down and look around. Gray 
Ladies, who visit the wards, have 
many clever new and simple proj. 
ects to be made by bed patients, 
and will be rhost happy to answer 
your requests. 

TENING HOUR in the Red Cru« 
Recreation Lounge Tuesday after- 
noon proved so successful that it 
will become a weekly affair. Yt._. 
favorite pieces will be played by a 
charming lady, who is able to get 
anything you want directly from a 
music store in Oakland. Join us 
this Tuesday afternoon at 1400 and 
give her your requests for next 
time. So far we have heard such 
things as Schubert’s Symphony in 
C, Gershwin's Piano Concerto and 
Rhapsody in Blue, Debussy’s The 
Sea, and many others. You can also 
secure tickets to the San Francisco 
Symphony programs. 

Forlorn Sailor: “Yeah, the en- 1 
gagement is off. She won’t marry 


Mate: Did you tell her about your 
rich uncle?” 

Sailor: *‘I sure did. Now she’s my 

* * * 

Then there was the little moron 
who took some insect powder with 
his aspirin because he had such a 

lousy headache. 

* * * 

HA2: “How’s your new girl 

HA1: ‘.‘Not so good.” 

HA2: “You were always lucky.’ 


* * £ 

Did you hear the one about the _ 
drunk who was feeling his way 
around a lamp post, muttering: 
“S’no use. I’m walled in.” 

* t- * 

Hear about the atomic blast in 
one of the Berkeley boarding 
houses? Roomers are flying! 

Christmas reminds us that God continues to bless the homes ol the 
righteous with the presence of Christ, His Son. Phillips Brook.' ex- 
pressed this truth beautifully when he wrote: 

“No ear may hear His coming. 

But in the world of sin. 

Where meek souls will receive Him still, 

The dear Christ enters in.” 

When a home today opens it’s doors in welcome, Christ ent'ers am 
takes His abode in that house. He becomes for that home ‘the wnse<- 
guest at every table, the silent listener to every conversation 
that house there comes to rest something of that same glory that toni 
ago rested on the home of Joseph and Mary because the Son ot 

was there. . • rr _ M 


(Adapted from the UpP‘ >r 


Page Three 

■ hirday. 14 December. 1946 

' 0 rnmanding Officer 

Of Naval Hospital 
Receives Promotion 

(Continued from page 1) 

M and varied career, which has 
jined for him the reputation of 
one of the Navy's outstand- 
* surgeons. He entered the Navy 
’ |4|i7 and served as medical offi- 
aboard a transport in World 
iax I. Since that time his assign- 
ats have included duty in Guam, 
'ucaragua. Naval hospitals in Chel- 
jjj, Maryland, .and New London, 
’■‘ranee ti cut. anc j aboard the U.S.S. 
Relief and the U.S.S. California. In 
,$40 he was assigned to Mare Is- 
ind as a surgeon and later became 
Executive Officer at that base. 

Other officers in the Medical De- 
partment recommended for ap- 
pointment to Rear Admiral are: 
Norton D: Willcutts, Clarence J. 
grown. Paul M. Albright, John C. 
Mams, and Carlton L. Andrus. 

- Wednesday evening Oak Knoll 
..taff members entertained the Ad- 
rrcral with a cocktail and dinner 
rarty at the Officers' Club. .For the 
.-casion the Admiral’s table was 
icorated with a centerpiece of red 
£s, his favorite flower. Seated 
:th him besides his wife and 
daughter. Frances, were the Execu- 
te Officer, Captain H. E. Robins: 
"defs of Service. Captain H. G. 
Young and Captain E. F. Evans; 
:.d department heads. Captains H. 
}. Northington, K. E. Vinnedge, 
x C. Abernathy. Marcy Shupp, 
H. P. McCrimmon, Harold Hirsh- 
jnd. Special guests Included Cap- 
iin J. J. O'Connor from District 

As a surprise feature of the din- 
’ j-r party, Mrs. Maxine Brown Wil- 
ard sang an original versed song 

■ -i honor of the Captain and then 
included by having the entire 
soup join in singing ‘‘Aloha Oi.” 
Mr. Willard entertained with his 
famous “stretching act.” 

Patient: “This is my first opera- 
aon. and I'm very nervous.” 

Doctor: “I know how you feel. 
• This is my first, too.” 

“Steady worker?” 

Yep. Almost motionless.” 

Comedy and Music 
Featured in Shoiv 

A touch of Olsen and Johnsons’ 
“Hellzapoppin” was brought to the 
Oak Knoll stage on the 4 and 5 
December in the latest variety 
revue, “Variety Van.” The cause 
for the merriment was the show's 
emcee, Hal Sherman, three-year 
vet of the Broadway hit, whose 
rubber legged dancing made him a 
hit of the show. Hal kept the audi- 
ence in gales of laughter with his 
impersonations of various service- 
men dancing. 

Lovely Barbara La Marr turned 
the heat on in her "torchy” manner 
and charmed the audience with all 
the latest popular pieces. She re- 
turned a curtain call with the pop- 
ular “Give Me Five Minutes More.” 

Kilroy was there in the form of 
Bobbie Carr, who presented a com- 
edy routine with his wife as a part- 
ner. Mr. Carr donned dungarees for 
this act. Jathryn Holt presented her 
South American charm and danc- 
ing in “South America Take It 

Musical background, as well as 
.features, was provided by the 
Rhythm Busters, a musical trio that 
was really in the groove. With Fred 
Morris on sax and clarinet, Nat 
Sisserman beating the skins, and 
George Tuccio on the accordion, the 
trio presented a unique repertoire. 

Woody Woodward, from deep in 
the heart of Norman, Oklahoma, 
played popular and western swing 
on his steel guitar. Piano accom- 
paniment for the program was tal- 
ented Blaine Pratt. The show was 
presented by Recreation Depart- 

Oak Knoll Highest 
In East Bay Safety 

In the Fourth Inter Plant Con- 
test, conducted by the East Bay 
Chapter of the National Safety 
Council, the U. S. Naval Hospital, 
Oakland, maintained the best rec- 
ord for plants operating 50.000 to 
100,000 employee hours with not a 
single lost time accident in 83,327 
man hours worked. 

Recreation Hall 
Opened by ARC 

It’s here! The Red Cross Recrea- 
tion Hall, a new club room that 
lias been set up for pleasure and 
entertainment of the compound. 

The facilities of the new lounge 
are many . . . including reading 
and writing corners . . . card tables 
. . . magazines . . . musical section 
. . . recording machine . . . ping 
pong tables . . . and many other 
items to help chase away the lonely 
hours. Il' you can’t find what you 
want, don’t leave before seeing 
Miss Marion E. Pierson, the little 
lady behind the organization and 
management of the lounge. 

Thursdays are always big days 
there. In the afternoons, two 
instructors from Arthur Murray’s 
are present to give dancing les- 
sons to beginners, or to improve 
others. Thursday evenings find 
parties that are really in the 
groove. The place really starts to 
jump as the discs start to whirl. 

Miss Pierson is planning on stag- 
ing a show and needs volunteers 
for the talent parade. Just what 
Marion has up her sleeve is “Top 
Secret,” but if you can sing, dance, 
play an instrument, recite, call a 
square dance, or M.C. a show, then 
you are just the person needed. 
This will present a wonderful op- 
portunity for you to display your 

Right across the hall from the 
Recreation Lounge is a room con- 
taining a most practical service for 
“All Hands.” The Christmas Gift 
Wrapping performed by the Gray 
Ladies relieves many problems for 
the personnel of the base. Just a 
word of warning! Bring your gifts 
down early in the mon£h. Don’t 
delay until the last moment, and 
run into the last minute rush. 

“That’s a hot number,” said the 
steer as the branding iron was 
pressed against his leg. 

* * * 

She: “I’m a dairy maid in a 
candy factory.” 

He: “What do you do?” 

She: “Milk chocolates.” 

Reserve Officers 
May Stay to July 

(SEA)— Active duty until 30 
June 1948 is the opportunity of- 
fered to commissioned officers of 
the Naval Reserve, line and staff, 
including Waves and Nurses, avia- 
tion and specialist classifications, 
and to temporary USN warrant and 
commissioned officers, if they have 
been approved for retention on ac- 
tive duty until 30 June 1947, Alnav 
588-46 (NDB, 15 November) an- 

Applications must reach BuPers 
(Attn: Pers 3122) via COs not later 
than 5 Jan. 1947. The Alnav made 
no provision for officers retained 
on active duty for a period short 
of 30 June 1947. Retention for 
periods less than one year during 
fiscal 1948 may be approved in cer- 
tain cases where the officer is com- 
pleting a specific and vital assign- 

Reserve officers selected for re- 
tention may expect to be notified 
prior to 1 Apr. 1947, unless late 
action on the fiscal 1948 budget re- 
quires setting a later date. 

USN (T) officers whose perma- 
nent status is enlisted, warrant or 
commissioned warrant, must take 
action on the Alnav, by submitting 
via COs to BuPers a statement of 
their desires to remain on active 
duty until 30 June 1948 or longer, 
or their intention to .retire, trans- 
fer to the Fleet Reserve, revert to 
permanent status or separate from 
the service. These statements must 
reach BuPers not later than 5 Jan. 

Assignments under Alnav 588 
will be governed by the needs of 
the service and not by the desires 
of the individual. Lineal readjust- 
ment of all regular officers may 
entail corresponding reductions in 
rank of officers retained under Al- 
nav 588. 

The Navy Department wired a 
battleship captain: “Move heaven 
and earth. Get here Friday.’’ 

Just as they were getting wor- 
ried, they received this reply: 
“Raised hell. Arriving Thursday.” 

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Recreation Presents Qarber 
For Your Dancing Pleasure 

Sift } ^ i ,v ^ yfe 

30 DECEMBER. 1946 


Shore Duty Rules 
Eased, Clarified 

(Continued from page 1) 

warded, via channels, to the Chief 
of Naval Personnel. Overseas shore 
activities are under the jurisdic- 
tion of fleet commanders and re- 
quests for duty therein should be 
addressed to them. 

Men who have hardship cases 
and who do not meet eligibility re- 
quirements may submit requests, 
together with substantiating docu- 
ments, for assignment to shoi'e duty 
for a period not to exceed four 
months. If a longer period than 
four months is necessary, request 
may be made for dependency dis- 

Boot (at USO dance): “Life was 
just a big empty desert to me until 
I met you.” 

Hostess: “So that’s why you 
dance like a camel.” 




A Riotous Revue 
Laugh-Loaded Patter 
Amazing Peats 


Dancing Treats 

18, 19 DECEMBER 

Terminal Leave 

All personnel should arrange 
to submit claims for their ter- 
minal leave bonds prior to 31 
December 1946 to avoid delay 
in processing. After this date the 
Disbursing Office will not have 
the pay figures for these claims. 
Therefore, prompt submission of 
claims will avoid delay and in- 
convenience to all concerned. 
The Terminal Leave desk is lo- 
cated in the Record Office. 

Mother: “Daughter, what is that 
you’re reading?” 

Daughter: “A copy of the Police 
Gazette, Mom. Why?” 

Mother: “Oh, that’s all right 
dear, I thought you had gotten hold 
of a copy of the Oak Leaf .” 

* * * 

HA: “Hold my sea bag. will 

PhM2: “But I’m a second mate.” 

HA: “That’s all right. I trust 

* * * 

Old Lady: “What rank did you 
hold in the Navy?” 

Sailor: “Ship’s optician, Ma’am.” 

Old Lady: “I didn’t know there 
was such a rank. What did you 

Sailor: “Scraped the eyes out of 

* * * 

Sergeant (on rifle range): “This 

new bullet will penetrate two feet 

of solid wood, so remember to keep 
your head down.” 


What is this about Harry Whalen 
taking some chalk and a string on 
a date last week? He claims to 
have been out with Miss B B of ’46. 
No one knows what “B B” means, 
but among the suggestions offered 
are “Butter Ball” and “Battleship.” 
What about it, Harry? Also seen at 
the Foothill rendezvous that night 
were Mike Vitt and Ozzie Nelson. 

Comes the word that ’Ski from 
OPD is no longer at that depart- 
ment. Spotanski is now wearing 
one of those shiny badges and was 
last seen with a handful of PAL 
badges running down his buddies, 
Ausbon and Dees. 

What has petite Ruth Kirkpat- 
rick done to her lovely locks of 
hair? ’Tis cute, though. 

No longer will Bill “Two Milk- 
shakes” Bell be seen on the com- 
pound. Bill left last Tuesday for 
good ol’ Chicago. Seen heading 
into the great state of Texas was 
Robert E. Bow, of Houston, and 
William L. Sellers, of Port Arthur. 
The smiling face of Jim Kennedy 
will no longer greet comers in the 
Chief of Medicine’s office, as Jim 
has hopped a local express to 
Eureka. Murray Zeilinger is well 
on his way to the steel country of 

Has anyone found out if Jenkins 
is old enough, yet? 

Have you noticed "Pancho” 
Leyva, not to be confused with 
“Ditto” Reyes, as he checks out on 
liberty? “Pancho,” being a very 
sharp character is wearing the lat- 
est in drapes and pegs . . . also the 
haircut to match. Many of the 
other corpsmen are trying to match 
him, but it is a losing battle, as 
Leyva is solid from way back. 

Looks like EENT has lost Beck 
for a few days. Beck is trying on 
his flat-top back in Chicago on a 
patient draft. 

Also comes the last minute word 
that Osborne has left the brig for 
duty on Ward 66B. This change of 
detail didn’t last long, as Tom is 
now at home in Ogden, Utah. 

While waiting for a chief the 
other day, a HA came in and was 
watching him make out a report. 
“Well, whaddya want?” yelled the 
chief. “Nothing,” replied the HA. 
“Didya bring anything to carry it 
in?” “Nope,” retorted the HA, “I 
didn’t think you had any left.” 

You can call a girl a kitten, but 
never refer to her as a cat. Also 
you can move in on her with such 
tender names as “mouse,” but 
never call her a rat. You refer to 
her as “chicken” — but never a hen. 
Call her a doll but avoid the term 

This story of Ineda Dough, the 
baker’s daughter, should take the 
cake in apple pie order: “Sweet 
Tart; you’re waffle cute, and you're 
roll the world to me. I’m a well- 
Bread young fellow, and that s the 
raisin why you should marry me 
when I raise the dough. Be my 
batter half and everything will pan 

Sat., Dec. 14 — Two Girls and a 
Sailor. June Allyson. Jose Iturbi. 

Sun., Dec. 15 — Return of Monte 
Cristo, Lawrence Hayward, Bar- 
bara Britton. 

Mon., Dec. 16 — We’re Not Dress- 
ing, Bing Crosby, Carole Lombard 

Tues., Dec. IT — Fabulous Su- 
zanne, Barbara Britton, Rudy Val- 


Wed., Dec. 18 — Lone Star Moon- 
light, Ken Curtis. Jean Barton. 

Thurs., Dec. 19 — That Brennan 
Girl. James Dunn. Mona Freeman 

Fri., Dec. 20 — The Chase, Rober 
Cummings. Michel Morgan. 

Sat., Dec. 21— Kitty Foyle, Gin- 
ger Rogers, Dennis Morgan. 

The above movies are shown one 
day later at the Officers’ Club 

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For Sale . . . 

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Vol. 5 

Tuesday, December 24, 1946 

No. 51 

• Noel, 1946 

Christmas Day. December 25, 1946, is just around the cor- 
ner. although the promise of the holidays has lingered through 
the hospital’s compound for many weeks. The gay decora- 
tions — banners, wreaths, trees and sprigs — so ably furnished 
and placed by the Veteran Hospitals’ Christmas Committee, 
have brought nostalgic twinges and memories to both patients 
and staff members. 

To a majority of .America’s people, Christmas represents 
what Thanksgiving is to New Englanders — a day of family 
reunion, a day of feasting and gaiety, and a day for the ex- 
change of presents and good-will. 

It would be impossible for all of the staff to go ashore, and 
equally impossible for all patients to leave their beds. Many 
will perhaps be miles from their families and their homes. 
To these who are less fortunate, the Christmas spirit need 
not be lost merely because the holidays are to be spent in a 
hospital and on a Naval installation. 

The old customs are beneficial and benevolent. It is good 
to be merry, to feast, and to gift others. Within the limits 
placed by separation from families, the hospital has done all 
in its power to make the day a festive one and to maintain 
these customs. The Veterans Committee, Recreation, the Red 
Cross, and many outside organizations have all co-operated 
to make this peaceful Christmas a pleasant and memorable 

These organizations have arranged programs to spread the 
Yuletide greetings, and to help cheer as much as possible, the 
men who are away from home. The feasting will come from 
the Commissary Department, who will load the trays to the 
utmost capacity with an excellent holiday dinner. 

Let us be humbly grateful for the peace on earth and good 
will among men, and let us enjoy a “Very Merry Christmas.” 

• An Open Letter 

The Editor of the Oak Leaf. 

To Rear Admiral Arthur H. Dearing. 

My congratulations on your promotion! 

I come to the Oak Leaf with gratitude to the entire compound per- 
sonnel, and this comprises Commander, Veterans’ Administration, Red 
Cross, Physical Therapy, X-ray, Chaplains, Transportation, the Ward 
doctors in 62A and 69A, the good nursing staff, Waves, galley corpsmen 
and ward workers. 

On my 81st birthday, June 25. 1945, I was very greatly surprised 
to have the Waves, Wacs, Sparks and Vets cooperate in my surprise! 
They had a very large cake baked through the Red Cross so all the 
inmates of Ward G2A shared, il— the M. D.’s, the Nurses, Waves and the 
galley corpsmen. Then my other gift was a light blue, all wool bed 

With all good wishes for Christmas, may the New Year bring Peace, 
Health, Happiness to all and to all your dear ones. 

Gratefully yours, 



Miss Amelia P. Klein, 

Spanish-American War Nurse. 


24 December — 


2100— Chaplain E. D. Soeary will be the celebrant at the ! 
Christmas Eve service of the Holy Communion. Carols 1 
by Youth Fellowship Choir. Northbrae Method. vi 1 
Church, Berkeley, 


J630 to 1730 — Confessions. 

1800 to 1900 — Confessions. 

2330— Christmas Hymns by Compagno Choral Singers. 

2400— Midnight High Mass, Chaplain C. A. Herold. - 

( Permission for patients to attend these services has 
been granted.) 

25 December — 

0630 and 0945 — Catholic Mass. Confessions preceding each 

1100 — Protestant Christmas Service— Chaplain E. C. An- 

Staff and patients, and their guests and friends are invited 
to all these services. 

The Feast of Christmas is the most important and beautiful of Chn 5 - 
tianity. All people who call themselves a Christian must of necessitS 
believe in Christ and all that He stands for. This Christmas Day of 
1946 we again commemorate the Birth of the Christ, Son of God, into 
this world. Everyone worthy of the name “Christian” will give due honor : 
and adoration of the Christ Child. They will be found in the House of 
God at Divine Worship for the Christmas Divine Services. They -can ,! 
prove to themselves their great love for Him by coming in spirit to' the 
manger crib as did the Three Wise Kings, bringing themselves and their* 
loved ones as gifts, to acknowledge His Kingship over their hearts? 
The real spirit of Christmas is bound up in such love for the Chrat 
Child, and not in pretty bulky tied-up packages, not in riotous 

With the joyous celebration of the Birth of Christ there is the sts , 

reality of sin and death and the need for men's redemption. Christ 
came into this world as a Little Infant to appeal to the heart of man for 
his love. Christ the Son of God is the God of Love and our lives are 
most, intimately bound up with love. And if we have not tasted of 
God’s love and given him a corresponding affection then indeed is our 
love in vaijn. Otherwise it becomes self-centered love, seeking only 
its own end. Love is diffusive and tends to become one with the 
one loved. God’s love is eternally diffusive, and He wants us to love 
Him and be loved by Him. fM 

Chaplain Carl A. Herold. 

Hitiinp tSTruiirps 


Chaplains — E. C. Andrews, E. D, Sneary. 
Sunday — 

Divine Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday in Chapel) — 1800. 
Choir — Monday & Thursday, 1400-1500. 
Protestant Chaplains' offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 


Chaplain — Carl Herold. 

Sunday Mass — 0630. 0830. 0945. 

Weekday Mass — 1205 in oratory next to 
Chaplain’s Office in Building 1. 

Confessions before all Masses. 

Christian Science: 

Worker will be on the compound every* 
Tuesday and Friday afternoons. 

L. D. S. (Mormon): 

Services 1930 Thursday". 


Divine Service — 1800 every Friday. Meet 
al Ship’s Service Bldg, for transporta- 
tion lo chapel services at Treasure 

The Field representative of the Na- 
tional Jewish Welfare Board. Bmww 1 
Service Dept., Is In attendance on 
hospital compound on Tuesday* ana 
Fridays from 1000 lo 1600. He has of- 
fice hours at the reception office of 
chapel from 1500 to 1600 and from 1** 

. to 200 0 an Fridays. 


Fifty patients from Oak Knoll 
will form part of the cheering 
section for a great football event 
at Kezar Stadium on 1 January, 
1947. These patients will be 
guests of Alameda County Em- 
ployees Association at the An- 
nual Shrine Football Classic 
(All Star East vs. All Star West). 
The kickoff is at 1400, but the 
hour before will feature the' 
colorful Shriners celebration. 

Patients wishing lo go may 
sign up at Recreation on 27 De- 


Models for the cover photo- 
graph are Helene M Peters. 
PhM3, and Kenneth P Baum- 
gardner, PhML The photograph 
was taken by Farrell Utt. PhML 
and Harry Wayland, PhMic* 
of Graphic Arts. Technical Data: 
Montage, consisting of 3 nega- 
tives. Candle shot; F:32 at - 
ends. Sheel Music shot: F:32 at 
2 seconds. Models; F:H> at 1 
second. Superpan portrait film 

was used. 


Page Three 

^esday, 24 December, 1946 

Ekristmas Comes; Oak Knoll Ready 


ffihrislmas: ’Starboard watch 
tour pass; com- 
mencing 1*200, 24 December 
1946 and terminating 0730. 
27 December 1946. 

Stxf Years: Port watch liberty: 
72 hour pass; commencing 
1200. 31 December 1946 and 
terminating 0730. 3 Jan- 
uary 1947. 

Yuletide Spirit has. been piped 
Kard the U. S. Naval’ Hospital. 
^Egnd. Halls have been decked 
jrjh holly, wards have wreaths 
(Bid trees, and the whole compound 
S scattered with mistletoe. 

With this background and the 
jrtgram planned for the 24 and 
Hof December, Christmas 1946 
f§12 be a memorable one for pa- 
aeots and staff at this base. 

lor ‘'bringing Christmas” to the 
impound thanks and apprecia- 
tion go to the Veterans Christ- 
-j£ Committee, a non-ptofit or- 
-v patiem sponsored by citizens 
^■Oakland, Berkeley and ad- 
jacent Bay Area. Mr. Ernest Vos- 
of Oakland is the man who 
|pally rolled the Yule log on the 
on. for it is he who is the co- 
ator between the Committee 
Oak Knoll. 

urday and Sunday. 16-17 De- 
er. Mr. Vosper made his en- 
to the station with literally 
fastens of people from, the Bay 
Area, These men and women trans- 
the hospital into a veritable 
Santa Claus land. 

Bhere were professional deco- 
rators from Oakland and San 
Wtocisco who took over the Main 
T ie. the theater, and the Admin- 
on Building, and then aided 
hers of the Oakland Schools 
u| decorating the wards. Besides, 
there were more than a hundred 
Ben and women volunteers from 
the community who lent their as- 
ce wherever needed. 

St. Nick to Visit Wards 

• Commencing at 0945. four jolly 
“Santas.” accompanied by accor- 
dion players and four pretty local 
girls, will proceed through the 
wards and empty their packs with 
a gift for each patient. 

Christmas Dinner 

The Commissary will man the 
helm for the noon period with a 
large feast — and all the holiday 
trimmings. Four and five piece 
orchestras will furnish music in 
mess halls 1. 2. 3, 4, in CPO’s mess 
and Sick Officers' mess. On the 
wards, the Red Cross will decorate 
the bed patients’ trays with Christ- 
mas favors. 

Ward Shows and Movies 

The afternoon entertainment will 
consist of shows presented in each 
ward with top-flight vaudeville 

acts. Variety shows will begin at 

Christmas night there will be 
movies in the Auditorium at the 
regular time. 

Jan Garber to Appear 

For your pre-New Year’s pleas- 
ure, Recreation is bringing Jim 
Garber and his fine swing orches- 
tra to the Oak Knoll Auditorium. 
The band will play for an after- 
noon stage show 30 December and 
for an “All Hands” dance that 
same evening. 

Jan has recognized the current 
trend toward swing music and has 
rearranged and augmented his old 
“sweet swing” orchestra. 

Officers’ Club Party 

Sal Carson, his trumpet, and or- 
chestra will furnish the rhythm 
for the Officers Club New Year’s 
Eve dance. 

Christmas Carols 

istmas Eve, from 1900 to 
WO. will find carollcrs bringing 
’•«] charm of Christmas hymns 
carols to the compound. These 
^ers will be volunteers from 
diiirches of Oakland and Berkeley 
I «4from a Catholic school. 

I HBreakfast on Nob Ili II” Coming 

^■toiolher feature of the morning 
^ ! be the “Breakfast on Nob 
the popular radio program 
Bsinating Jrom the Fairmont Ho- 
!8’ which Will make its Yuletide 

t ttlcast from Oak Knoll’s Au- 
^rium. Master of Ceremonies 
^ | Baldwin, assisted bv lovely 
Bby Hunter, will conduct the in- 
dewing show. 

■'k* C broadcast wiU begin at 0900, 

Ptlhe Auditorium doors-wil! close 

■®£30. A* special program will be 
p '' n Preceding the broadcast. 

With apologies to Clement Clark Moore 
and his “Visit From Saint Nicholas.” 

W AS the night before Christmas., and all through 
the nite. 

Not a sailor was stirring. Yept corpsmen in white. 

Black stockings were hung by the windows with care. 

To keep them from tainting the fresh midnight air. 

The day creir was gaining some time in the sack, 

Vi hile visions of watches came forth from the “Shack,” 
hen down in the barracks arose such a clatter, 

I sprang from my sack to see what was the matter; 

To the Starboard wing I flew like a flash. 

In lime to be greeted by another great crash; 

The light of the moon came in through the window. 

And gave a lustre of midday to objects below'. 

Vi hen what to my wondering eyes should appear, 

But the Commissary hoys spreading Yuletide cheer. 

After getting them quiet, and lucking them in. 

I returned to my hunk, and prepared to turn in. 

Then down through the passage the Night MAA came, 
lie shook corpsmen, and whispered, and called them by name: 
1- p, Jenkins! 1. p, Keeler! Up, Peeler and Johnson! 

I p. Mason ! Up, Reyes! Up, Childs and Hanson! 

To the top of the hills, to the top of the knoll! 

Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!” 

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane flv, 

Vi hen met with an obstacle, mount to the sky. 

So up to the wards, the corpsmen they flew, 

Vi ilh patients to greet them, and night corpsmen too. 

As the last of the “'one to fours ” left, 

The others settled down to getting some rest. 

Then in a twinkling. I was asleep in my bed. 

And dreams of the holidays danced in my head; 

A shiny new transport came out of the skies. 

Out stepped Pearson and Ritchie, both in disguise; 

They were dressed all in fur, from their heads to their feet. 
And bundles of gifts made their outfits complete. 

The bundles the) emptied; the gifts stacked up high, 

’Til Kergosien thought they would reach to the sky. 

They spoke not a word, hut went straight to work. 

And filled all the boxes; then turned with a jerk. 

They went to the plane; the props gave a spin. 

The mailmen all smiled, and then all climbed in. 

They sprang to controls, gave the ground crew a whistle. 

And away they nil flew like the down of a thistle; 

But I heard them exclaim, ere they flew out of sight. 
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!” 

Top Flight Stars 
In Variety Revue 

Holiday festivities were started 
last Friday as the Veterans Christ- 
mas Committee presented an “all 
star” variety show. 

Bob Parker, Master of Cere- 
monies. commenced the show by 
introducing the Helene Hughes 
Dancing Girls. After their excel- 
lent performance, the Aristocrats 
of Balance, Phil and Doltie Phellps, 
presented their perfect coordina- 
tion in acrobatic dancing. 

Peter Ray, the Harlem Madcap, 
then look the spot with a fast rou- 
tine which was really in the groove. 
The tinkling melodies of the xylo- 
phone filled the Auditorium as 
Pierce Knox, sensational blind art- 
ist. handled the hammers. 

The Sweethearts of Song, the 
Two Jinx, brought down the house 
with their charming vocalizing on 
all popular numbers. Master of 
Ceremonies Bob Parker returned 
to give his own unusual act. Then 
the Two Social Errors, Amos and 
Arno, gave out with a sparkling 
comedy’ routine. 

Johnny O’Brien filled the air 
with melodies from a harmonica, 
and returned with a group of popu- 
lar encores. The White Guard, a 
singing sextet, then presented their 
act. after which the Helene Hughes 
girls returned for the finale. 

Red Cross RambJings 

This week, there is news about a 
wow of a party that was held at the 
Red Cross Recreation Hall, Thurs- 
day night. December 12. 

Two bells and a jingle go to W. 
H. Butterfield. S2 c, and L. T. Lo- 
borde, HA1 c, both of ward 54. 
who WQn the “PICK A NAME FOR 
THE CLUB” contest, and were pre- 
sented with an album of popular 
records as a prize. The contest had 
been going on since the opening of 
the hall, and Thursday found the 
entry box full of ideas. Six names 
were picked by a patients’ com- 
mittee, and after much debate, 
“THE HANGOUT” was chosen by 
an overwhelming vote. 


Tuesday, December 24 — Christ- 
mas Eve Party— L900. Girls 
— Entertainment — Re- 
freshments— Dancing. 

Wednesday. December 25 

Christmas Open House — 
1400 to 2100. Waffle Party 

Thursday, December 26 — Danc- 
ing Lessons by Arthur Mur- 
ray teachers — 1400 to 1600. 
Card Party— 1850 to 2100. 

Friday, December 27 — Photog- 
raphy Contest — 1900. See 
News Sheet for details. 
Everyone Invited! 

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Patients and Staff Members 
Awarded Citations & Medals 

Captain A. H. Dearing awarding the Bronze Star Medal to staff 
member Richard A. Bond, PhMl. 

Medals and citations were awarded to eleven servicemen by Captain 
A. H. Dearing, in a ceremony following personnel inspection last Sat- 
urday morning, 14 December. 

Lt. Colonel Benjamin F. Kaiser, Jr., USMC, was presented with a 
Letter of Commendation for excellent performance of duty with the 
Third Amphibious Corps at Tientsin, China. Lt. Colonel Kaiser has 
recently been selected for promo-f 
tion to Colonel. 

Richard A. Bond, PhMl, USN, 
received the Bronze Star Medal for 
heroic service as a member of a 
Surgical Unit of the Seventh Am- 
phibious Forces. 

Presidential Unit Citations were 
awarded to: Euwell F. Spann, 
ACM, USN, member of crew of the' 
USS San Jacinto; Michael A. Kre- 
woruka, MM2, USN, and Clarence 
De Bold, SI, USN, members of 
crew of the USS Belleau Wood 
and its attached air corps. 

Navy Unit Commendations were 
awarded to: Jack L. Walls, ACEM, 
USN, member of the crew’ of the 
USS Hancock; Henry B. Boston, 
BM1, USN, and Joseph Schultz, 
TMV2, USN, members of the crew 
of the USS Cowpens and attached 
air groups; Robert E. Higgins, SKI, 
USN, member of crew of USS 
Holland; Raymond Karhut, Bkr3, 
USN, member of the crew of USS 
South Dakota; Hobart O. McAl- 
lister, SKI, USN, member of crew 
of USS Cleveland. 

Movie Schedule 

Sat., Dec. 21 — Kitty Foyle, Ginger 
Rogers, Dennis Morgan. 

Sun., Dec. 22 — Plainsman and the 
Lady, William Elliot, Vera 
Hruba Ralston. 

Mon., Dec. 23 — Holy Matrimony, 
Monty Wooley, Gracie Fields. 

Tues., Dec. 24 — Magnificant Doll, 
Ginger Rogers, Burgess Mere- 

Wed., Dec. 25— Sue City Sioux, 
Gene Autry, Lynn Roberts. 

Thurs., Dec. 26 — Falcon's Adven- 
ture, Tom Conway, Rita Cor- 

Fri., Dec. 27 — Perfect Marriage, 
Loretta Young, David Niven. 

Sal., Dec. 28 — Wedding Present, 
Joan Bennett, Cary Grant. 

The above movies are shown .one 
day later at the Officers’ Club. 

League Game Won 

As Oak Knollers 
Slip by Tl Docs 

Winning by one basket in an 
overtime period, the Oak Knoll 
basketball squad started off with a 
34 to 32 win over the Treasure Is- 
land Naval Hospital “Docs” to cap- 
ture one of the first places in the 
recently started 12 ND League. 

Starting at forward were Sand- 
ers and Cullinan, Kozicki at center 
and Moon and Engstrom holding 
down the defense. Substituting 
w'ere Veylupek and Cahill. 

At the half, it was 16 all, eight of 
the “Docs” points scored on foul 
shots due to tight officiating against 
the aggressive Oak Knoll quintet. 
During the next two periods the 
lead changed four times by only a 
point or two at the most. 

With but one minute to go, and 
the score tied, the Knollers had the 
ball under the opponents’ basket 
but due to sloppy ball handling, 
were unable to make the final tal- 
ley. A beautiful bit of defensive 
play by Joe Veylupek prevented 
the T. I. team from taking the game 
on a fast break. 

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The overtime period started w'ith 
both teams making futile shots at 
the baskets until Joe Veylupek 
sunk a clean lay-in to take the 

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kinds of people, in the Navy: En- 
listed people and people with 
clothes that fit. 

“How old are you, little girl?” 
inquired the bus driver. 

“If you don’t mind,” the pas- 
senger replied, ‘Til pay full fare 
and keep my statistics to myself." 

Captain A. 11. Dearing is seen speaking at the recent Officers 
parly given in honor of his promotion to Rear Admiral 

Civil service is something y° u 

get in restaurants between 'Y arS 

* * * * 

He: "Do you think you could 

care for a boy like me. 

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isn’t too much like you. 

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HA1: “Wh<Ac do you * 

your jokes?” • . „ 

Editor: “Out of my mind. . 

HA1: “You must be! 

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Christmas comes, b ut ,M1CC 
year’s enough. 

y 0 j. 5 No. 52 UNITED STATES NAVAL HOSPITAL, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA Tuesday, 31 December, 1946 

Highest Rank 
For Retired 

(SEA) — Temporary USN officers, 
„pon retirement are permitted to 
have on the retired list the high- 
est commissioned rank in which 
they served and to have their re- 
tired pay based upon that rank, 
according to provisions of Public 
Uw 305 as interpreted by the 
Comptroller General. 

AlNavSta 58 announced this de- 
asfon, and directed that individu- 
als who were retired as enlisted 
Tien but are entitled to retirement 
pay based upon commissioned rank, 
may not accept a civilian salary 
:hat would, when combined with 
heir retirement pay, be giving 
:hen an annual income of over 
'3000. Either the retirement pay 
r the civilian position must be re- 
linquish ed. 


'6th & 19th Fleets 
Status Designated 

(SEA) — Instructions have be 
isued by the Navy Departme 
oncerning the duty status of ol 
ers and enlisted men of the It 
-nd 19th Fleets. 

Duty on the 16th and 19th FI 
c ;affs and group staffs has be 
’esignated as shore duty for o 
"Jfers and enlisted men. Duty 
hips of the Fleets has been des 
n-ated as sea duty for officers a 
. 0611 until the date of inactivati 
. the ship to which they are ; 
1 k-hed, and shore duty after in< 
!| vation. 

Sea duty pay will continue 

* ect until the date of inactivate 
.ugh considered shore duty a 

;r inactivation, such duty will r 

* counted for the purpose of c 
founing eligibility for furtl 
•ore duty elsewhere, or for wit 
Jr ( ng advancements in rati 
J“ ch require specified amoui 

duty in grade. 

***** outlined above are tei 
m ary ; Pending completion of t 
»uyation program. As soon 
i i? . . ltUal *° n becomes more stal 
.', V 7“ a date of 1 July IS 
a ,' Jeen set by BuPers— all i 
h * fleel duty will be dedai 
6 duty for all hands. 

Happy New Year 

USNR Commissions Open 

FORMER ENLISTED men of the Navy and Coast Guard — out- 
standing veterans who are not subject to induction under the Selec- 
tive Service Act — may now be eligible for appointment to com- 
missioned rank in the Naval Reserve. At least two years of college 
or the equivalent education plus * 

an honorable discharge and the 
necessary physical requirements 
qualify veterans for the program. 

BuPers Procurement Directive 
31-46 announced the program. 

Applicants must be enrolled in 
the Naval Reserve for inactive 
duty, must participate in drills and 
training with a strong recommen- 
dation from the command conduct- 
ing the training, and must be be- 
tween the ages of 19 and 30 years. 
Applicants must also be native- 
born U. S. citizens or have been 
naturalized for at least 10 years. 

Eligible Reservists may write to 
the nearest office of Naval Officer 
Procurement for instructions and 
forms to be completed prior to ap- 
pearing for physical examination. 

Allowances Due 
Certain Dentists 

(SEA) — BuSandA will disburse 
pay and allowances due Dental 
Corps officers returned from duty 
with the Army for release to in- 
active duty as soon as advice is 
received from the War Department 
on payments made by Army dis- 
bursing officers, NavAct 90-46 
(NDB, 30 November) announced. 

Disbursing officers of the activity 
at which the officer is piocessed 
for separation will make the pay- 
ment of initial mustering out pay 
and advance mileage to which the 
officer is entitled. 

Navy Holds 
2-Year Men 

(SEA) — BuPers has denied that 
any legislative or administrative 
action is contemplated on termina- 
tion of two-year enlistments, ru- 
mor and scuttlebutt to the contrary 

Letters to All Hands magazine 
have been requesting information 
on the subject for the past few 
months and BuPers officially an- 
swered all such queries with an 
unqualified thumbs-down answer. 

In official language, BuPers said, 
“No legislation or administrative 
action of this nature is contem- 
plated, and the rumors referred to 
should be considered false.” 

Terminal Leave 
Advice Is Given 

Of the estimated four million 
Navy men and women eligible for 
payment of unused leave under the 
Armed Forces Leave Act of 1946, 
less than half that number have 
submitted claims up to the present 
time. Capt. H. C. Lassiter, USN 
Officer in Charge of the Terminal 
Leave Office at Great Lakes, urges 
that such claims be sent at once. 
A staff of over a thousand men and 
women is currently processing the 
forms, and bonds and checks are 
being mailed out from Great Lakes 
at an approximate rate of 23,000 
a day. More than 800,000 claims 
have been paid, totaling about 
$170,000,000. The proper form may 
be secured by application to your 
local post-office, your local Vet- 
eran’s organization or County Ser- 
vice Officer. The importance of no- 
tifying the leave office of a change 
of claimant’s address is also 

Admiral C. A. Swanson 
Is New BuMed Chief 

(SEA) — Rear Admiral Clifford 
Anders Swanson (MC), USN. be- 
came the new Surgeon General of 
the Navy and Chief of BuMed in 
a ceremony in SecNav James For- 
restal’s office. Rear Admiral O. S 
Colclough, USN, JAG, swore in 
Admiral Swanson. 

Page Two 


The Oak Leaf 

V. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland. California 

R *fi*toto ra !s:i v £; {?• £,V£l" > c v .s . n. n e ”£}& SSiS. 1,1 c *“"*’ 4 ‘ 

E< Ed 0 itirial t A (T dvW Rrt ' DaVlS ’ I,A1<! ’ Editor! Lt Louise E - Oowlcn. W-CSNR. 

Photographers: H. Wayland. Ph!W2ci F. L. Uil, PhM2c. 

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Cartoonist: J. R. Dale, lIAlc. 

T rl !' alt * la ^ is a weekly publication produced commercially at no cost to the 
n n ^ nm o, nt „ and comi),ian ^« with Ref.: (a) SecNav Letter 4r>-52« Semi-Monthly 
u c *n . .fay, 1945. "The Oak Leaf' receives Camp Newspaper Service material, 
and Is a member of the Ship’s Editorial Association. Republication of credited 
matter prohibited without permission of CNS and SEA. 

^ °" tri,,,ltions ^ rom both staff and patients are welcome and should be addressed to 
The Editor of “The Oak Leaf,” U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland 14, California. 

Vol. 5 

Tuesday, 31 December, 1946 

No. 52 

• The War on Polio 

The infantile paralysis epidemic of 1946 was the worst in the 
history of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. 
The estimated 24,000 cases for last year was bested only by 
the 27,363 cases for 1916, which was the worst epidemic year 
in history. 

Fatality from the disease ran between 5 and 10 percent 
in 1946, compared with 25 percent in 1916. This decrease can 
be partly accounted for by the efforts of the National Foun- 
dation, which has had a persistent compaign for the educa- 
tion of the public. This acquaintance of the public with the 
symptoms of the disease has brought about better diagnosis 
and early hospitalization. Improved therapeutic methods have 
helped lower the death rate, and in many cases has prevented 
permanent crippling. 

The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis was 
founded by the late Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1938 to 
“lead, direct and unify” the fight against the disease. 

The National Foundation functions mainly through its local 
chapters. Each county chapter keeps half of the funds it 
raises to pay for transportation, hospitalization, treatment 
and medical care of any person in the county stricken with 
the disease. It also purchases equipment, as needed in hospi- 
tals. The other half of the money goes to the National Foun- 
dation to finance its research, education and epidemic aid 

The funds collected are used: to purchase equipment for 
treatment of the disease, which is among the most costly used 
in medicine; to finance, through grants made to qualified lab- 
oratories and medical schools, constant research into every 
phase of the disease; to train skilled therapy personnel, epi- 
demiologists, and other workers in the polio battle; as well 
as perform their pledge that no American need go without 
care due to lack of funds and that the family of the polio 
patient need make no change in its normal standard of living 
to meet the heavy costs incurred in the treatment. 

The National Foundation is supported only by the March 
of Dimes campaigns, held each year in late January. This 
year the campaign will be held from January 15 to 30. 
Through voluntary contributions of the American people to 
the annual March of Dimes, the National Foundation is able 
to carry on its splendid healing work. 

This year, let’s dig deep into our pockets and make sure that 
Oak Knoll goes over the top in the drive. 

Tighter Rules On 
Subsistence Pay 

to its policy with regard to cash 
allowances for quarters and sub- 
sistence for enlisted men as stated 
in BuPers Ltr. Pers-1021-HFC 
L16-8 of 9 Oct. 1944. After a re- 
cent survey of existing government 
messing and housing facilities, pay- 
ments have been stopped in many 
cases and orders issued to the en- 
listed men to move into govern- 
ment quarters. 

Generally, the policy stated in 
the above letter is as follows: 

Monetary allowances may be au- 
thorized, by commands to which 
BuPers has delegated proper au- 
thority, in the absence of quarters 
or messing facilities, or both. Al- 
lowances are also authorized in 
such cases where the use of gov- 
ernment facilities would be inex- 
pedient or wasteful. In these cases, 
the enlisted men must not use 
the government facilities available, 
since that would contradict the 
premise upon which the authoriza- 
tion was based. 

Personnel desiring to subsist 
themselves for their own conveni- 
ence may be granted commuted ra- 
tions at the rate of 65 cents per 
diem, and are permitted to pur- 
chase meals from a general mess. 

Tuesday. 31 December. 

It is a poor teacher that doesn’t 
get more out of his lesson than his 
pupils do. 

Insurance Rule* 
More Liberal Nou- 

(SEA) — More specific and i,k 
era) 'rules regarding sem^’ 
have been incorporated into * 1 
tional Service Life Insurance t / 
giving new and decided advamJ!" 
to these policies. 

If the insured has not selected 
one of the optional settlements and 
dies on or after 1 Aug. 1946 lhe 
insurance shall be payable in 36 
monthly installments. The benefi 
ciary, however, has the choice of 
electing to receive the proceed, 
under other options. If the insured 
has selected an option, the benefi- 
ciary may elect to receive payments 
in installments over a greater 
length of time than that selected 
by .the insured. 

Even if the insured has requested 
a lump-sum settlement, (and only 
the insured, may elect this mode 
of settlement), the beneficiary may 
request an income option settle- 
ment in lieu of the lump-sum. 

Any choice made by the benefi- 
ciary must be sent to the Veterans 
Administration and it is not V£did 
until the VA receives notification 
of such settlement. 

Ensigns Promoted 

Congratulations go to Ensign 
Earl F. Hickey (HC), USN. and 
Ensign Charles T. Taylor (HC), 
USN. who were recently promoted 
to the rank of Lieutenant, Junior 

At this time when we face another new year, we look back on the 
old one, and then look forward to the new, hoping the new will be 
better than the old. Sometimes failures and disappointments of the 
old appear so numerous we are inclined to doubt success and happi- 
ness in the new year. 

Thomas A. Edison, in order to achieve the electric light bulb, tried 
repeated experiments with numerous materials before he found one 
that would glow without burning. In the midst of his search, a sym- 
pathetic assistant remarked, “It’s too bad to do all that work with 
no results.” “No, it isn’t,” replied Edison, u we have results. We know 
700 things that won’t work.” 

The tragedies and failures of the last year but advertise the 
ability of the right way. Man has a habit of learning the hind v 
but bitter experience will teach us that we must accept and follow 

the one way of life that will work — the way of Christ. 

Earl Dean Sneary, 
Chaplain, USN- 

inline Srrutres 


Chaplains — E. C. Andrews. E. D. Sneary. 
Sunday — 

Divine Service 1100 

Bible Study (Thursday in Chapel) — 1800. 
Choir — Monday Sc Thursday, 1400-1500. 
Protestant Chaplains* offices are located 
on the Second Deck of Bldg. No. 1. 


Chaplain — Carl Herold. 

Sunday Mass — 0630, 0830 , 0945. 

Weekday Mass — 1205 in oratory next to 
Chaplain’s Office in Building 1. 

Confessions before all Masses. 

Christian Science: 

Worker will be 00 .he 
Tuesday and Friday 

L. I>. S. (Mormon): 

Services 1930 Thursday. 

Jewish: * cs.i/«av lf«rt 

Divine Service— 1800 evory transp oi-t,v 

at Shin’s Service Bldg; ^ Treason 

tion to chapel servicas 

Island. • . * #h C Ni; 

The Field r »',?Tv|5arc Board. Hospi^ 
tionnl Jewish atte r.dancv on lhe 

Service Dept- is in ■Tuesday* . an . 
hospital c°mP<>und on t ; - 

Fridays from low oi < ■' 


to 2000 on Fridays- 

Page Three 


Tuesday. 31 December, 1946 


Red Cross Ramblmgs 

Oak Knoll Christmas Day 
„ Broadcast 

The Oak Knoll program which 
vou heard at 1500. Christmas Day 
broadcast from station KWBR. was 
r a n electrical transcription made at 
f tlu Hangout. Monday morning, De- 
cember 23rd and on wards 50, -44, 
[ end 41. 

i Carol lei*s were “Don Browne, 

I "Chuck” Hicks, Leon Shagena, 
Jack Ormand, Jimmy Burkett. Don 
Iflurgce, Joe Dole, and Lou Dydo 
and the trio “combo” was composed 
"Bud” Camacho. Gene Callaway, 
' and Bob Hicks. 

Roger Roberts, assisted by Paul 
Gregg at the controls, Hid a very 
nice job of putting the boys at ease 

• before interviewing Darrell Clark, 
Eugene Sheffield, “Hi” Root, 
Tommy Bradshaw and Captain 
Clifford Kruse, U.S.M.C., for their 

• part in the program. 

Christmas Preview Party 

A great time was had by all who 
% attended the Xmas Preview Party 
Friday night. December 20th. The 
Hangout was just chock-full of 
■ gals, Chanel No. 5. music and laugh- 
i ter. A sure cure for the blues. 
Watch the Red Cross bulletins for 
future parties. 

Ward Notes 

“Please buy me one small-size 
Nanny goat,” said SKI C. Lloyd 
Haynes, patient on 42B to Mrs. 
I Louise Hoffman, Alameda Gray 
' Lady, when she asked him if he 
had any Christmas shopping orders. 
All Gray Ladies get unusual re- 
quests, but Mrs. Hoffman felt that 
this was THE REQUEST of the 
** year. However, undaunted, she 
bought the goat, spent an afternoon 
making it socially acceptable with 
the aid of strong soap and eau de 
* violet. On Christmas Eve, Mrs. 
. Hoffman brought the goat to 

• Haynes with a big red ribbon 
ardund its neck, so that Haynes was 

I able to present the Christmas gift 
a slightly nonplussed visiting 
lari end. 

An unexpected treat was in store 
fifor the men on wards 41 A and 71 B 
1 /Then sixteen members of the “So- 
ciety for the Preservation and En- 
couragement of Barber Shop Quar- 
Mette Singing in America, Inc.”,* in 

short. S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., came out 
Sunday night to sing. Mr. Bill Ga- 
vin was the musical director ol the 
group, which included two quar- 
tettes, the “Claim Jumpers” and 
the “Golden Stateswere.” They 
gave a rousing program of songs - . 
The evening ended with group 
singing on the wards. 

Patients on 41 A were really mys- 
tified Tuesday night. Mr. Hunter v 
a magician, went through his bag of 
tricks and then added still more to 
the evening by singing and doing 
an impromptu tap dance. As if this 
wasn’t enough, a beautifully deco- 
rated box of home-made cookies 
together with apples and oranges 
were passed among the patients. 

University of California girls 
went to Ward 42B Tuesday night. 
They created the “Olde Christmas - 
Spirit” with their games and 

Christmas Eve Party at Hangout 
Is Big Success 

Lovely girls and mistletoe! What 
a combination for a Christmas Eve 
party. The Hangout was packed to 
the rafters with hardly enough 
room for Santa Claus - (“Pop” Ver- 
biage of 49B) to squeeze his way in 
to distribute his gifts. 

Waves of Oak Knoll, who were 
the guests of the evening, joined in 
the exciting Treasure Hunt. Talk 
about dancing! the disc-whirler 
was kept going all night. The re- 
freshment counters were just 
loaded down with sandwiches, cof- 
fee, cakes and other Yuletide 

Closing time found all hands 
leaving the Hangout singing, with 
“Good Night” and “Merry Christ- 
mas” filling the air. 

Vocational Trip 

On January 10th, five men will 
visit the National Broadcasting 
Company in San Francisco. Any 
patients interested in working in a 
broadcasting station can sign up 
for this trip with your recreation 

Wave: “You remind me of the 

Corpsman: “You mean I’m ro- 
mantic and restless?” 

Wave: “No, you make me sick.” 

Civilian Rumors 
Are Flying Fast 

Mornin’ Folks! You know it’s 
high time that you started learning 
a little mite about some of those 
mighty fine people who keep your 
radiators heated, the lights burn- 
ing, and those darn holes in the 
pavement. Tain’t gonna waste any 
more of your time with this intro- 
duction. So meet the people. 

It’s ten to one these days that 
when you call PW you’ll hear one 
of its two new voices. If the voice 
is sweet and low, that’ll be Frances 
Dodson, wife of Commissary’s Chief 
Dodson. And if a sort of gruff 
sound greets your ears, that belongs 
to Paul McKinney, MoMM3, better 
known to those up on Ward 44 and 
his new found friends as Dusty. We 
were mighty sorry to see Mrs. Moon 
and Mike Kooney shove off — they 
were two swell people and we’ll be 
missing them very much — but the 
new voices - are holding the fort to- 
gether in grand style. 

Many folks remember Jeanne 
Defussi. Her Greetings from LA 
have just arrived and she wishes 
everyone a most Happy New Year. 
The very same to you, Jeanne, and 
may Dick be home soon. 

If any of you take a peek in the 
Skipper’s office these days, that 
super-duper plaque gracing the 
bulkhead was made by Lou Schoe- 
ner. It’s a honey, b’lieve me. 

Guess we’ll make it 30 for this 
time and see if our little idea here 
goes over. And so from the Main- 
tenance gang, Transportation, the 
Fire Department, and the fellows at 
the Main Gate comes their wish for 
all — A Very Happy New Year filled 
with joy and happiness! 


GIRLS! Take a tip from radio 
advertising. Never admit you are 
fat! Just say that you come in the 
large economy size. 

* * * 

Boot: “When I first came here, I 
must’ve acted dumb, but now I’m 
forging ahead.” 

Chief: “Good, I hope it fits.” 

Sneeze & Sniffle 
Killed By Glycol 

Comes the tune of the year that 
a human comedy is enacted by the 
American populace, as they sneeze, 
sniffle, wheeze and cough. They 
have accepted the common cold as 
an inevitable event each year, and 
spend fortunes’ seeking a cure. 

Great news is in the air for these 
aspirin-addicted sufferers of stuffed 
canals. Glycol, one of the ten most 
important discoveries - of war re- 
search, is coming to their aid. The 
vapor acts on the principle of clear- 
ing the air of the etiological agent 
of the cold. 

One part ol Glycol to 400 million 
parts of air — an amount too small 
to be detected by human nostrils — 
kills not only the cold virus, but 
also the causitive agents of flu, 
scarlet fever, mumps and measles. 
Three drops are enough for the 
average size room. 

A National program of cold pre- 
vention now seems possible. The 
cost will be only a fraction ol the 
cost of medications, not to mention 
the time saved for work and play. 
Glycol will make it necessary to 
find a spot to dump the nation’s 
supply of cough medicine. 

CPO Examinations 

On 16 April 1947 the first 
examination will be given for 
advancement to pay grade 1A. 
Candidates from the 54 rating 
groups listed in Alnav 612-46 
(NDB. 15 December) may take 
the exam, if their names are on 
the eligibility lists maintained 
by BuPers. Current and ex- 
pected excesses of CPO’s pre- 
vent examination for advance- 
ment in other rating groups. 
Personnel must be eligible for 
advancement in all respects, as 
of the date of examination, in 
order to. compete. The Alnav 
allowed an extra two points to 
holders of the Navy Unit Com- 
mendation and Presidential Unit 
Citation with star, when com- 
puting final scores. 

Page Four 

Tuesday. 31 December, 


Noel For Knoll Terminates 

Groups, Girls Bring Gaiety 

Airwaves Carry 
Christmas Show 

Oak Knoll took to the air on 
Christmas morning as “Breakfast 
On Nob Hill” was broadcast from 
the Community Service Audito- 
rium. They were all there: Master 
of Ceremonies Bill Baldwin, lovely 
assistant Ruby Hunter, announcer 
Bob Day, and producer Sid Sidley. 

The program opened by award- 
ing to Pat Kemp, MM 1 , a Gilfillan 
Radio in recognition of his being 
the patient with the longest hospi- 
talization record — since December 
7, 1941, when he was wounded in 
Pearl Harbor. 

A lookout, in the form of Walter 
Tips, F 2 , was placed in a life- 
jacket, parachute, and foul weather 
coat, given a hobby-horse to ride, 
and was stationed near a .side en- 
trance. For every incident he re- 
ported, Walter received a gift of 

Jack Jennings, SM3, won an Ad- 
vertising Slogan Contest, and was 
presented with a letter from Roos 
Brothers entitling him to a com- 
plete outfit of “civvies,” from top- 
coat to shirts. 

As the fun-filled program con- 
tinued, the lookout brought in 
Santa, who took a slight rest while 
J. Moldow, HA2, received a box of 
candy as a reward for winning the 
“Rank Quiz.” 

Next, Mr. Claus brought five 
dolls, live ones, that is, from the 
House of Charm. The lovely mod- 
els’, Ruth Armstrong, Marjorie 
Ward, Dobbie Newman, Eileen 
Conroy and Marian Urwick, 
charmed five lucky men with dates. 
The men, Charles Oliver, BM3, 
William Fogarty, Ptr2, John Wall, 
S2, Clarence DeBold, SI, and Jack 
Abbott, SMI, are still in a daze 
from their beautiful Christmas 

After closing their 231st broad- 
cast, Mr. Baldwin, Miss Hunter. Mr. 
Day, and Mr. Sidley presented more 
candy from Blums and flowers 
from Podesta and Baldocci to indi- 
viduals in the audience. 

The group toured the orthopedic 
wards after the show, spreading 
cheer with gifts and smiles. 

trend in soft music. He presented 
an enormous repertoire of popular 
pieces for the afternoon show. 

The ‘‘All Hands Dance” that 
evening found a “New Year’s” 
crowd enjoying the rhythm of the 
violinist-leader. The Garber aggre- 
gation was brought to Oak Knoll 
through Lt. (jg) C. T. Taylor, Rec- 
reation Officer. 

KnolVs Thanks 
For RC and VHCC 

Deepest thanks for a memorable 
Yuletide go to the Veterans’ Hos- 
pital Christmas Committee, of 
which Mr. Ernest Vosper was the 
contact chairman for the hospital. 

Decorations which gladdened 
eyes of the compound were placed 
by this Bay Area non-profit or- 
ganization. Gifts, distributed by 
Santa and curvacious helpers, 
came from this organization, too, 
as well as the top flight shows 
presented on* the wards in the aft- 

* * * * 

Thanks go to the American Red 
Cross for their part in the happy 
Noel received by personnel of the 
compound. Decorated trays for 
bed patients, gifts and shopping 
service for patients, gift wrapping, 
Christmas parties, carollers and 
many other features were present- 
ed by the Red Cross. 

To buy.. sell. .rent 

For Sale . . . 

Diamond wedding ring, five dia- 
monds. See: Jean, fountain cash- 

Lost . . . 

Top to Sheaffer pen, red and 
black. Please return to: Oak Leaf 
Office, or Lt. Comdr. Haas (NC). 

Horseback Riders! 

Anyone interested in horseback 
riding each weekend should con- 
tact Oliver at O.M.A.A. office. If at 
least ten persons go the rates will 
be more reasonable than average. 
Excellent horses are available, and 
fair riders are desired. 

Neiv Year’s Cheer 
With Qarber Here 

Jan Garber, Idol of the Air 
Lanes, took time out from his mu- 
sical antics in choice hotels, the- 
aters and night clubs to present a 
stage show and dance on Decem- 
ber 30, 1946. 

The talented master of “sweet 
swing” has augmented his old or- 
chestra to fall in with the current 

USNH Keglers Lose 

The newly organized Oak Knoll 
bowling team rolled their first 
match last Monday against the De- 
pot of Supplies from San Francisco 
and came out trailing by 267 pins. 
The final tally for D of S was 2342 
and for Oak Knoll 2075. First line 
scores were D of S 763, Oak Knoll 
674; second line D of S rolled 822 
to Oak Knoll’s 693. The third line 
was closest of the three with D of S 
rolling 757 against 708 for Oak 


This week finds Gordon Good no, 
of the Bag Room, sitting on needles 
and pins — especially knitting 
needles. Gordon will be a great help 
to his progeny’s wardrobes’. He 
wields a wicked knitting needle. 

Owen “Roddy” Jenkins tangled 
with a bowling-ball last week. 
Owen commenced by delivering the 
ball UP instead of down the alley. 
The ball went over his head and 
bounced on the deck behind him. 
But this did not daunt the mighty 
Jenkins, as he whirled, caught the 
ball on the bounce and returned to 
his bowling. 

Many of the “18 months’” boys 
were seen leaving the compound 
the last few weeks. George Har- 
rington has stopped sticking veins 
at the Blood Bank and is home in 
Houston. EENT has lost Ed Mc- 
Guire to New Haven, Connecticut. 
James Holloway has discharged 
Navy personnel for the last time 
and is now down South in Ala- 
bama. Bob Moore has also gone 
south, leaving a position in the 
Catholic Chaplain’s office. 

Don Rosbach will no longer 
throw the calcium sulfate at pa- 
tients needing casts. Don is now 
in Pennsylvania. Albert Fuller re- 
mained in California, Auburn, that 
is. Also staying in the land of 
sunshine is Richard Paul of Tur- 

Vigil Magerfleich. ex-Barracks 
MAA. is probably wading deep in 
snow at Fort Morgan, Colorado. 
Gilbert Bates took a nation-wide 
ride to Belleville, New Jersey, 
while Cornelius Sullivan returned 
to Staten Island. Brooklyn claimed 
two of the retoining corpsmen, as 
Carl Carlson settled down on 46th 
Street, and Charley Leeds took 
52nd Street. Joe Smith might be 
’gator hunting at Shreveport, 

“Take me back to Phoenix” was 
the cry of Bob Holmes as he 
charged through the Main Gate. 
Bob Johnson has’ returned to Mint 
Juleps, beautiful women and south- 
ern hospitality in Kentucky. Illi- 
nois bound was Ernest Keefer, who 
could hardly wait to get to Glen 
Ellen. Howard Mattern is working 
on his "long Gs” back in Long Is- 

Andy McLain is now in the 
southern part of the state, as a 
teacher at a junior college. The 
OOD's desk has lost their tall red- 
haired asset, Gerald Shea, who is 
also enjoying civiliandom. 

The Waves lost Zona Slaven Fer- 
guson as she journed over to Stock- 

Wonder who this guy Mason is 
that’s keeping company with a 
certain Wave up in Nursery? Of 
course, we’re talking about Ruthie 

The wheel of Physio has also bid 
adieu to Oak Knoll, and joined the 
homeward bound boys. Physio and 
the compound will miss you, Tom 

Valinoti. Dick Wolfe has hopped 



Reyam Plastic Products are of- 
fering to all Oak Knoll’s peripheral 
nerve patients (afflicted in upper 
extremities) a FONEHOLDER. in 
hopes that this aid will be of help. 

This handy gadget is so con- 
structed as to hang a phone loosely 
on a shoulder, without slipping, and 
without skin bruises. It is of resil- 
ient “rubberlyke plastic" and is 
restful for long conversations or 
when freedom of hands is required. 

No obligation is entailed; it is 
only necessary for the patient him- 
self to write to the firm at 1525 East 
53rd Street, Chicago, and request 
the Foneholder, giving his name 
and address. 




'’Mirth, Maids 



Sueet Songs 

Rollicking Rhythm 


• Movie Schedule # 

Tues., Dec. 31 — Humoresque, 
Joan Crawford, John Garfield. 

Wed., Jan. 1 — Alias Mr. Twilight- 
Michael Duane, Trudy Marshall. 
Thurs- Jan. 2 — Strange Journey. 

ey, Osa Massen. 

an 3 — Secret Heart. 

Colbert, Walter Pidgeon. 
n. 4 — Bringing l P Baby ’ 
it, Katherine Hepburn, 
ve movies are shown one 
at the Officers’ Club. 

to Indiana, and is re- 
i,/'hic»nn Clt>“ 


Rear Admiral Arthur H. Dearing, (MC) USN 

rarewell Message From Admiral Dearing 

U?to"Lnk W aU ,T '“hi ‘ hi * ?. PP ° rtun : ^rinhtgTto 'our ' '"present “capZuy. 

IMtdill/ V tiiiU 

civilian for the loyal support anil co- 
operation given me through the period 
of my command. The devotion to duty 
and the teamwork of all hands have 
earned for this hospital an outstanding 
rcjnilation for service, 

I luring the past three years we have 
seen the hospital grow to a bed capa- 

been a.s acute and difficult to bear as 
uere the “growing pains ” of expan- 
sion. During all these vicissitudes, the 
staff has worked hard and carried on 
cheerfully and willingly. The coming 
months should bring stabilization and 
adjustment to a more nearly routine 
program. U hat ever the future may 


to carry the burden with the same 
spirit they have shown in the past. 

It is with sincere regret that I U 
Dak Knoll. To all, my best wis 
(pooil-bye and good luck. 

t- //. DEARING 
Rear Admiral (MC) l!Sl\ 
Medical Officer in Comm 

wksmmmm- m 

January 1944 marked the beginning 
of expansion at Oak Knoll as Admiral 
A. H. Dearing. at that time a Cap- 
tain. assumed command. Under his 
guiding hand, many new wards and 
departmental buildings were erected 
and the hospital’s compound spread 
over the rolling green knolls of the 
old Oak Knoll golf course. 

The Community Service Building, 
boasting of a modern fountain, bar- 
ber shop, merchandise store, and 
large auditorium and cleaning es- 
tablishment. was placed in commis- 
sion early in 1944, relieving the Oak 
Knoll Country Club of its duties as 
Ship's Service. In June of the same 
year, the 26.000-dollar swimming pool 
was dedicated by Kay Kyser. 

This splashing event was followed 
by the commissioning of the 4,000 
seat amphitheater in July, and the 
opening of the bowling alleys. The 
climax of expansion w f as reached in 
1945 as a new chapel, serving all 
faiths and denominations, was dedi- 

The peak of personnel under Ad- 
miral Dearing’s command was reach- 
ed in September and October, 1945, 
shortly after conclusion of hostili- 
ties, at which time, vast convoys of 
wounded men were returning from 
battlefields. Adequate medical care 
for these 6,000 patients required the 
services of 1,783 corpsmen and corps- 
waves and 710 staff officers. 

Since that time, personnel has de- 
creased with the conversion to peace- 
time naval activities, until at the 
first of 1947, 475 enlisted staff mem- 
bers, 218 staff officers, and the pa- 
tient load at that time being 1.150. 
This decrease in activities has been 
carried out with the same efficiency 
that has marked Admiral Dearing’s 
entire Oak Knoll command. 

Captain H. E Robins. <MC> USN. 
will assume the position of Acting 
MOinC until the new Commanding 
Officer arrives. 

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The Oak Leaf 


u. S. Naval Hospital. Oakland, Califo 


Harvey E. Robins (MCj'uSN^Excc^Uvc Olfkcr.' ° ,,,CCr in Commimd: Captain 
Editorial AdviMf bCrt V ' I ' > “ V,S ’ HA,C> ,idifor: It. Louise E. Dowlcn. W-USNR, 
Photographers : H. Woyland, PhM2c; F. L. Utt. PhM2c. 

McFarlnnd^Y2. * h ° " CCk: Th ° Amcrican Rcd Cross. Miss Dorothy Thompson. Milo 
Cartoonist: J. R. Dole, HAlc. 

• The Oak Leaf receives Cain Ncwsnnn!: « • 526 Sc, ?'-MonthIy Bulletin 31 May. 1945. 

Editorial Association. Republication of P «. mu,er ' 01 ' ond ,R “ member of the Ship’s 

CNS and SEA. “'Publication of credtted matter prohibited without permission of 

C °o n f t •ThcOak LcT.f / ? U .'s“ | P |‘V “7*^ .“ n i * h ,° u 1 d bc ,,ddrc * sed to The Editor 

Navy’s Gain; Oak Knoll’s Loss 

rva a r y i ". i)eccmber "' hen th * Alnav announcing promotion of 
Uak Knolls commanding officer to the rank of Rear Admiral 
was received, the news spread like wildfire, leaving embers of 
satisfaction aglow over the compound. Staff personnel and pa- 
tients alike were pleased to hear that this recognition had been 
given their commanding officer, a man whose high moral char- 
ac tt i . professional skill, and administrative ability have made 

him one of the outstanding medical officers in the United States 

During Oak Knolls four-and-a-half year history, there have 
>een mail} occasions when pride in achievement was felt, but 
at no other time has the entire compound been so completely 
united in the feeling that here is a reward richly deserved — a 
reward for thirty years of hard work well done, for sincerity and 
honest devotion to duty. Admiral Dearing’s surgical skill and 
knowledge of the entire medical field have been responsible for 
restoring life and health to thousands of servicemen under his 
care here and aboard ship during his many months of South 
Pacific duty. His interest in individuals, his fair handling of 
hospital problems, and his consistent attention to the many details 
w hich make for a smooth running organization have contributed 
to the greatness of his work here. 

As widespread as the glow of satisfaction that accompanied the 
original announcement and sewing on of the two-inch gold stripe 
is the sense of loss that prevails at Oak Knoll today as the Ad- 
miral and his family prepare to leave for New York, where he 
will soon assume his new command as District Medical Officer 
of the Third Naval District. 

To their commanding officer, doctor, and friend, all hands at 
Oak Knoll extend best wishes for happiness and continued 

RcclQ 'OSS Ramblings 



We all like to see flags and ban- 
ners fluttering in the breeze. In re- 
cent war years we have seen that 
sight many times, and there has been 
a sort of glory about it. For a flag 
is a symbol. 

Our national flag is a symbol of 
a great nation. It symbolizes a na- 
tion in which the concepts of liberty 
and justice are realities for all. 

An appropriate flag flown at the 
mast on a Navy ship when an officer 
of flag rank is on board also is a 

symbol. All hands recognize in it ob- 
ligated responsibility and accredited 

The Christian flag too is a sym- 
bolic flag. A symbol of universal 
love. “And his banner over me was 
love.” (Song of Solomon 2:4). And 
love is always found in the company 
of understanding tolerance, and the 
willingness and ability to turn the 
other cheek. From such love comes 
happiness. Yes, truly, “Joy is the flag 
that flies from the heart when truth 
is in residence there.” 

Chaplain E. C. Andrews, USN. 

Christmas may b3 a last year’s 
event now, but thoughts of Christ- 
mas Eve, the two caroller groups that 
strolled throughout the Compound 
and wards, the many musicians who 
played in each ward, including the 
well-known Marcus Gordon, the 
twenty ward parties, the tables piled 
high with cookies, cookies, cookies, 
and nuts, the Christmas trees, the 
party at “The Hangout," and all will 
be long remembered. And Christmas 
Day with the 800 gifts provided by 
Services to Camps and Hospitals for 
the corpsmen, the seven entertain- 
ment groups sponsored by the Vet- 
erans Committee that covered 27 
wards, the Santa Claus that visited 
the pediatrics ward, these are all 
memories, but the 300 poinsettias 
that fill the wards are cheerful re- 
minders that the Christmas spirit 
lives on. 

So on to newer things — were any 
of you at the Square Dance Party, 
Friday night at the “Hangout,” sec- 
ond deck of Building 102? If not, 
you really missed a bang-up party. 
A good orchestra, lots of pretty girls, 
good food and some pretty fancy 
rug-cutting made the evening 1 vely. 
These parties come every Friday so 
watch for announcements of next 
week's events! 

Have you any color or black and 
white pictures or postal cards you 
would like to see enlarged? Your 
recreation worker can show you how 
to use our “Magic Lantern” that 
flashes the pictures on the white 
wall or a sheet in the ward. You 
stamp collectors will find this help- 
ful by showing engravings or water- 
marks on these small postage stamps. 
It's fun to see, easy to operate and 
at your service. Since movies can't 
be shown on the wards, why not pro- 
vide your own. 

January 10th is the date for any 
patients interested in going through 
the National Broadcasting Company 
studio in San Francisco. January 17th 
will be the time to visit the Standard 
Oil Company. Any patients interested 
in seeing these places with an eye 
toward a future job contact your 
recreation worker. 

Saturday. 1 1 January, 1 94 , 

New Ship's Service 
Plans Affect Knoll 

As of 1 December 1946 forces 
afloat now operate only ship’s storS 
and conversely, forces ashore operatf 
ships services rather than ? hl p’ s 
stores, with a few exceptions in over* 
seas locations where civilian helD 
desirable for ship’s service operatic 
is not available. 

Principal difference between the 
two retail outlets is that the ships 

on an appropriated 
fund basis and may procure stock on 
invoice from any issuing naval ac- 
tivity. The ship's service, on the other 
hand, operates on non-appropriated 
funds and must procure stock on a 
cash basis, in accordance with. t“rm.<? 
of procurement contracts made f 0 ^ 
them by the Navy Ship's Store Of- 
fice, New York. 

At Oak Knoll, this change will 
eliminate the Ship's Service Offi- 
cer, recently held by Ch. Pharro. 
D. G. Mikus. and place the store 
under supervision of a civilian 
manager, R. EL Bost. currently ap- 
pointed. The Ship’s Service here 
will be in cognizance with the Ala- 
meda store, under P. B. Wade, (SC) 
l 7 SN, and will come under Bu- 

All bookkeeping and ordering will 
be through Alameda, and it is an- 
ticipated that laundry and cobbler 
service will be carried out at Alameda 
with pickup and delivery here. 

At the present, prices in the 
store must rise to comply with 
prices set by the New York office, 
but in the future, prices are ex- 
pected to lower, and a wider assort- 
ment of merchandise made avail- 
able. All profits will go to Welfare, 
as they have in the past. 

We are sorry that Red Cross 
ward movies must be temporarily 
cancelled until long-term movie 
projectionists can be furnished by 
the Navy. 

Officers Detached 

This last week. Oak Knoll bid 
adieu to: Ch.Pharm. D t G. Mikus, 
(HC) USN. who journeyed to Stock- 
ton for duty with the Pacific Re- 
serve Fleet: Lt. (jg) R. W. Balser. 
(DC) USN. who reported to Guam: 
Lt. (jg) H. W. Hunter. (MC) USN. 
who made the trip to St. Albans. 

GOOD LUCK in your new tours of 

FrotcMunt : 

Chaplains — F,. C. 

Stutttp £>mffrr0 

Andrews, E. IX Sneary. 

Sunday — 

Divine Service 1100 

Htble Study (Thursday in Chapel) — 1800. 
Choir — Monday & Thursday, 1400-1500 

Protestant Chaplains’ offices are located on 
the Second Decj^ of Bid*. No. 1. 

Catholic : 

Chaplain — Carl HeroldL 
Sunday Mass— >0630, 08.10, 0945. 

Weekday Mass I20S in oratory next to 
Chaplain’s Office in Building 1. 

Confessions before all Masses. 

Christian Science: 

Worker will be on the compound every 
Tuesday and Friday afternoons. 

L. 1). S. ( Mormon ) : 

Services 1930 Thursday. 

* * w- 

Jewisli : 

Divine Service 1800 every Friday. Meet 
at Ship’s Service Bldg, for transporta- 
tion to chapel services at Treasure Island. 

The Field representative of the National 
Jewish Welfare Board, Hospital Service 
Dept., C in attendance on the hospital 
compound on Tuesdays and Fridays from 
1000 to 1600. Ill has office hours at the 
reception office of the chapel from 1500 
to 1600 and from 1900 to 2000 on Fridays, 

Nurse Corps Closes 
Transfer Program 

(SEA) — The Nurse Corps is ac- 
cepting no more applications under 
its transfer program, with only 19 
applications remaining under con- 
sideration. With 781 transferees ac- 
cepted from the 1,457 who applied, 
the Corps has all but wound up its 

Former Naval Reserves, however, 
may still apply for commissions in 
the regular Nurse Corps on much the 
same basis as civilian applicants. 
Previous service counts toward re- 
tirement, though not for seniority. 
ExReserves also may add one year 
for each year of prior service to the 
(op age limit of 30 years for Nurse 
Corps applicants. 

Construction Group 
Five Years Old Now 

(SEA)— Rough and tough, battle- 
scarred. proven combat-tested — 
those are mighty strong adjectives 
for a five-year-old. But the> fit per- 
fectly when applied to the Seabee 
organization, now celebrating its 
fifth birthday. 

Approximately 3.300 men and of- 
ficers formed the first Naval Con- 
struction Regiment when it was 
placed in charge of the Civil En- 
gineer Corps on 28 Dec. 1941 Tak- 
ing their name Seabce' from the 
intials C B. ifor construction ba 

talioni'. the first group of men was 
made UP of volunteers entire^ 
Some were in their 50’s, some » « 
World War 1 vets, some were weld- 
ers. some carpenters, some roajt 
builders, mechanics or 
but all together they represented 
some 60 different trades every type, 
of skill necessary to undertake a. 
kind of advance base construction 

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Saturday. 11 January. 194? 

Jyjday For Reserve Corpsmen Due On 15 January 

Rush On Alain Gate Expected 
As Free Docs Head For Home 

The long awaited day of demobilization for the remaining Hospital Corps 

reserves is just four short days off 

So. while the gleeful defrosted bearers of the cross pack their sea-bags, 
let us look back on the Oak Leaf headlines for the past year, and read the 
sad story of the twice frozen reserves. 

'Way back in January 1946, many salts can remember being lost in a 
maze of points, while keeping a wary-eye on Alnavs for any reduction in 
critical scores. The headline for reserves in the issue of 12 January read: 

Brooklyn’s Boxer 
Beats-Out Boogie 

\ combination q! Brooklyn. 
Boston and Pennsylvania is at 
Oak Knoll in the concentrated 
form of Karl Boxer, HA1. 1 he 
talented vowth started his naval 
career in July 1945 and spent boots’ 
at Camp Perry. Virginia. 

After completing Corps School at 
San Diego, “Chuck” was sent to 
San Leandro for duty. After the hill- 

Karl Boxer, HAIc 

side neighbor closed, he journeyed 
down to assume duty at Oak Knoll, 
and is now working in the Civil Re- 
adjustment Office. 

"Chuck” is noted for his nimble 
fingers, which can work miracles on 
the ivories, filling the air with melo- 
dies of Bach and Beethoven, or set 
the place jumping with the latest 
swing. Boxer has been playing the 
piano since a lad of six. first start- 
ing, as most students do. on the 
classical. Then as he entered high 
school, Chuck started to pick up 
boogie and swing. 

Boxer was in many "Combos” and 
trios, and then started his own trio 
which performed in various hotels 
and restaurants. He has made him- 
self famous around the base by 
playing for various affairs, and fur- 
nishing music before shows in the 
auditorium. Before Christmas, he 
played carols on the organ before 
movie -showings. He finds time to 


And we found out that points 
would be lowered from 36 to 33 on 
February 15, and to 32 on March 2. 
although the PT and OT boys were 
reduced to only 40 points on March 
2. The windy month blew the Waves 
points down to 25. Then on 23 Feb- 
ruary another headline read: 


Authority for that bargain base- 
ment reduction was Alnav 76, which 
brought a gleam of joy with the 
lowering to 28 points on 2 May. Ther- 
apists almost caught up when their 
score was cut to 32 at that date, 
while Waves hit the low’ mark of 19. 
Under a banner head in the 30 March 
issue, a subhead read: 


This new drop reduced the critical 
point score to 23 on 15 June, and the 
PT and OT corpsmen finally come 
in for a neck to neck finish with 
their more fortunate buddies, as 
they were placed on unrestricted 
point plan. 


Thus was heralded the news of a 
system that would place all reserves 
in civilian life by 20 August. The 
point system was retained to de- 

practice a few hours each day, and 
keeps in musical shape. 

Chuck intends to go either to the 
Allentown or Syracuse Business Col- 
lege after his discharge on January 
15th. When asked if he was going 
into music as a profession, he an- 
swered. “No. music will* just be a big 
sideline." Then turning red, he con- 
tinued. “I’m going into the lingerie 
business with my father." 

termine the order in w’hich they 
were to be separated, but the rate 
was to be determined by a percentage 
basis. Thirty per cent of the person- 
nel would be transferred for separa- 
tion between 1st and 14th of July: 
30 per cent would go during the last 
part of the month; 25 per cent be- 
tween 29 July and 11 August, and the 
last 15 per cent would say farewell 
before 20 August. Then the cruel 
hand of fate stepped in as the head- 
lines of 20 July read: 


The sudden blizzard trapped the 
first draft of the second quota, and 
all reserves were snowed in unti' 
2400. 20 August. But, on 10 August 
another headline startled the al- 
ready chilly boys with: 


Friday, 2 August found the boys 
gathered around the amphitheater 
hearing the word: 

"The Navy regrets that because 
of the large number of war casual- 
ties remaining in Naval Hospitals, it 
is necessary to retain all male Naval 
Hospital Corps personnel who have 
completed less than eighteen months 
service on active duty until they 
have completed a minimum of eight- 
een months service.” 

Since that fateful day, the eight- 
een-month boys have wended their 
w’ay home, while the short-timers 
have waited for their D Day of Jan- 
uary 15, 1947 as seen in the head- 
line of 5 October: 


The USN men of the compound 
want to thank you for the help, and 
hope that another headline will not 
interfere with your departure for 

Frances Bearing 
Leaves RC Work 

Frances Dearing, receptionist and 
dispenser of Red Cross information, 
graduate of Mills College, and daugh- 
ter of the Admiral, has been a faith- 
ful worker on the compound for the 
past six months. She had worked 
here in the same capacity for two 
previous summers while vacationing 
from her economics and sociology 
studies at Mills, and her Red Cross 

Miss Frances Dearing 

service dates back to 1942, when she 
was first employed as receptionist at 
the U.S. Naval Hospital. Mare Island. 

At Oak Knoll her assignment in- 
cluded handling of housing lists, gear 
location, leave extensions and verifi- 
cations, and answering an unlimited 
variety of questions pertaining to 
Red Cross activities. Her pleasant 
personality and efficiency have en- 
deared her to patients and co-work- 
ers and have made her a valuable 
part of Oak Knoll's Red Cross organ- 

Now after eight years of living in 
Long Beach. Vallejo, and Oak Knoll, 
Miss Dearing has become a Califor- 
nian at heart and is reluctant to 
leave the state and the hospital com- 
pound which has been her home for 
the past three years. Her plans for 
the future are not elaborate, her 
only aim at the moment being to 
adapt herself to life in New York. 

Like the termite said as he ate his 
way into a Venetian blind. "Look, 
our bread comes sliced now.” 

Page Four 


Saturday, 11 January, 1 947 

Meritorious Service Awards 
Presented Civilian Workers 

Admiral Dcaring presenting one of the 78 Civilian Meritorious Service Awards 
to James A. Turner, electrician of Public Works. 

Seventy-eight of Oak Knoll’s 484 civilian employees were honored Friday, 
3 January, when Admiral Dearing presented Meritorious Service certificates 
a( special ceremonies held in the auditorium. 

I*i the group cited for outstanding and continuous service for a period of 
at least one year were eight men and women who have been attached to 

Oak Knoll’s civilian staff since the 
hospital was commissioned on 1 July 
1942. They are Genevieve T. Smith, 
Dorothy Hager, Eva H. Premo, Fred 
A. Robinson, William P. Gross, Ber- 
nard Garcia, Arthur G. Kerby and 
Chester L. Pierce. Robinson. Gross, 
Garcia, Kerby, Pierce and Miss 
Smith received a similar award in 
1944. Others who have twice earned 
official recognition for efficient, 
faithful service are Olga M. Hille- 
stad, Emma Neubauer. Edna R. 
Bourdase, Hope N. Sink, Marion B. 
Reihl. Elizabeth Tom, Louis Her- 
nandez and Henry Bourdase. 

Admiral Dearing also gave a per- 
sonal “well done" and the award of 
merit to the following: Grace W. Mc- 
Donald. LaRilda E. Holder. Rhoda 
A. McKelvey, Steve Ball, Agnes T. 
Harris, William Marra, Theresa A. 
Duarte, Mary C. Pacheco, Ralph O. 
Thomas, Jesse E. Freudenthal, Cecil 
C. Lee, George M. Flower, Anna E. 
Carlson, Lovey Burney, Mabel G. 

Blaine. Gertrude A. Parrish, Pinkie 
B. Orr, Beulah J. Smith, Geneva A. 
Litsey, Richard H. Sheldon, Werner 
O. Naumann, John L. Hart, Joseph 
Wilson. Thomas J. Merry, Rafael 
Jimena, Frank O. Brantley, James 
A. Turner, Robert F. Post, Alfred G. 
Pauli, Henry Moser, George Silva. 

Melvin M. Fowler, Daniel S. Smith, 
James O. Raser, Fredrick A. Eck- 
stein, William Marquardsen, John F. 
Weimers, Royal J. Kennedy, Laura- 
Linda Spillers, Mary A. Clarke, 
Yvonne J. Wells, Jacqueline W. Kit- 
len, Barbara M. Scholl, Esther E. 
Erickson, Florence E. Gernandt, Ruth 
E. Freeman, Ethel L. Gray, Viola G. 
Wise, Betty L. Ward, Mary C. Baker, 
Claire A. Martini, Frances M. LeCocq, 
Orville W. Dietsch, Lynn B. O’Brien, 
Persis A. Stanley, Lillian A. LeVeira, 
Alfrida A. Haverlandt, Lois E. Wil- 
son. William R. Cude, Essie L. Mul- 
lins, Clara B. Henderson and Joanne 
A. Getchman. 

• ttlcOie Schedule • 

Sat., Jan. 11— Son of Lassie, Peter 
Lawford. Donald Crisp. 

Sun.. Jan. 12— Wicked Lady, Marga- 
ret Lockwood. James Mason. 

Mon., Jan. 13— Ten Gentlemen from 
West Point, George Montgomery, 
Maureen O’Hara. 

Tues., Jan. 14—13 Rue Madeleine, 
James Cagney, Annabella. 

Wed., Jan. 15— Dick Tracy vs. Cue 
Ball. Morgan Conway, Anne Jef- 

Thurs., Jan. 16 — Susie Steps Out, 
David Bruce, Cleatus Caldwell. 

Fri.. Jan. 17— Love Laughs at Andy 
Hardy. Mickey Rooney, Bonita 

Sat., Jan 18 — Incendiary Blonde, 
Betty Hutton, Arturo de Cordova. 
The above movies are shown one 
’ay later at the Officers’ Club. 

Hospital Quintet Loses 
Game to NAS, Alameda 

The Oak Knoll quintet succumbed 
to a powerful Alameda squad in a 
heartbreaker by the narrow margin 
of 43 to 42. 

The Oak Knoll team is made up 
of just six men as compared to about 
20 in the Alameda squad. Every three 
or four minutes Alameda was able 
to throw In a new line-up against 
the fatigued corpsmcn. 

The shot of the day was made in 
the last five seconds by Chief Moon 
(Coach and Captain) when he let 
one fly from mid-court, hitting the 
rim of the basket and bouncing about 
ten feet in the air before going 
through the hoop. 'The team still 
lacked the one point, however, from 
having enough to make a tie. for an 

Garber and Band 
Lend Knoll Cheer 

The Idol of the Air Lanes, Jan 
Garter, and his “sweet swing” or- 
hestra visited Gax Knoll on the 30th 
of December to play for an afternoon 
show and an “All-Hands" dance in 
the evening. 

Feature singers were Doris Dono- 
van and Tommy Traynor. Miss Don- 
ovan sang such songs as "South 
America, Take it Away" and “On 
the Boardwalk in Atlantic City," 
with Tommy Traynor doing the vo- 
calizing on “The Old Lamplighter" 
and “Sentimental Reasons.” 

Also featured were Ernie Mathias, 
trumpet soloist and singer, and Bill 
Kleeb with comedy versions of sev- 
eral songs. 

Oak Knoll Keglers 
Win One, Lose One 


Mirth and Melody 
Brought to Stage 

New Year’s entertainment included 
a Recreation presentation, “Minh. 
Maids and Melody", which filled the 
air with jocular spirits and rustic- 

The show featured Emcee Jordan 
and his bagfull of tricks, a lass from 
Andulsia who beat out boogie and 
also wiggled her “thumby,” a comedy 
dance team of tw'in sisters, Joan and 
her accordion, the Socialites, an 
acrobatic team, and Walt Strum and 
his Colorado Hillbillies. 

“Gramps", from the Strum troupe, 
stole^ the show with his antics while 
working over his violin. The latter 
half of the show* was occupied by 
their western swing and yodeling 


The Oak Knoll Keglers lost a 
heartbreaker and won a game, in that 
order, last week. On the 4th of Jan- 
uary they dropped a game to NAS, 
Alameda, although they beat them 
in total pins. The first line ended with 
824 for NAS against 747 for Oak 
Knoll. Second line scores were 894 
for Oak Knoll to 741 for NAS. Third 
line was 809 for NAS to 741 for Oak 
Knoll. Total pins added up to 2382 
for Oak Knoll against 2374 for NAS. 

On the 6th of January the pin-men 
played 19th Fleet and came out on 
top for the first time since the 
organization of the team. First, sec- 
ond. and third lines, respectively, for 
Oak Knoll were 767, 705, and 785, 
totaling 2257 pins. For 19th Fleet, 
the lines were 675, 692. and 654, re- 
spectively. totaling 2021 pins. 

T Tucker Swings 
For Knoll Dunce 

Tommy Tucker and his band 
played at the auditorium on the 7th 
of January for an afternoon show 
at 1500 and an “All-Hands” dance at 

Four young, curvacious ladies. The 
Two-Timers, were the feature sing- 
ers, along with Don Brown, baritone. 
The show was well spiced with com- 
edy by T. Tucker and saxophonist 
Billy Dee. 

The surprise performance was pre- 
sented through Recreation. 

Clerk: “Here’s a pretty card with 
a lovely sentiment: “To the only 
girl I ever loved." 

Sailor: “Good. I’ll take twelve of 

* * * • 

King Arthur: “Knight, I heard 
that you were misbehaving.” 

Knight: “In what manor. Sir?" 




Songs, Rhythm and 


15 & 16 JANUARY 

It has been noticed that Kitty G6- 
o, Vitt, and YVayland have ail been 
irawing their liberty cards together, 
s that good or bad? Also Klein from 
Commissary and Phyllis Shea lrom 
CPD have been doing the same thing. 
HLere is a tall tale of a leave. It 
;eems that Lorna Bugley, our able 
issistant from OPD, decided that 
;he couldn’t even stay away long 
enough to finish her leave. She came 
jack to Oakland about four days 
?arly so she could spend New Years 
with the old P.B. gang. 

Among the others whose faces are 
missed, due to leaves, are Shipp of 
Staff Personnel, Veylnpek of the 
same office, and Terry of 72-B. 

• Seen heading east "arm in arm" 
last week was ex-Oak Leaf Editor 
George Cahill and Tom Jones of 
nite-duty.~The pair enlisted at the 
same time, and have spent most of 
their naval career together 

Our old friend from Central Sup- 
ply, Norman Norring, has bid good- 
bye to his old job and received that 
coveted piece of paper. He’s now re- 
siding in Hopkins, Minnesota. Also 
lost to the Navy are Dave Doan from 
49-B, now in San Diego. Gene Rice 
of 43-B. whose new home is Frank- 
lin, Penna.. and Dudley King, the nite 
corpsman from 67-A. who has gone 
east to North Warren, Penna. 

Also we hear that Irish O’Briens 
boy friend asked her to let him call 
her by his last name and she con- 
sented. The ceremony was performed 
New' Years Eve and she Is now Mrs. 
Hilborn, of the Houston Hilboms. 

It’s rumored that Betty Davis and 
Fred Armstrong celebrated 
Year’s Day together. Both being on 
nights, they couldn't make it for the 
•Eve’, so they had to do what cele- 
brating they could from 0800 to l” 00 - 

A question of the day — Is J ane 
Castle married or not? One hears 
now that L. Lund has been pacing! 
the floor awaiting some special even 
It happened on the 3rd of January 
when his wife* gave birth to a sgV ^1 
pound boy. Look out for tho^M* 
cial watches now, Lund: these 
fants surely can be the source 

plenty of them. . 

Also another big event came o 
the second when Cecil A. < a 
USMC. married Elolse A. EsP 
of Oakland at the Chape ° 
hospital compound. The roa * - 
was performed by Chaplain