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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY AUG. 12, 1919
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Experiences of a Goofie Gob
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Now that our hoys are coming'
home from the wars ami from the
training tamps ami training ships,
one hears all sorts of interesting
Here is the tale of a "cootie gob"
i local Kauai hoy who volunteered
for enlistment in the navy ami
was placed in a training ship in
Puget Sound. He wouldn't write
anything about it himself, and it
was only while on a day's outing
in 'the mountains that he thawed
out enough to tell me his story in
conversational way. It proved
so interesting and lie torn it in
such an intelligent, boyish way,
that it seems a pity not to publish
it for others to read. This is the
substance of his remarks!
Lost my perfectly Good Pomp
"Just before I enlisted, I went
to a barber shop and paid 75 cents
to have a first-class hair cut on my
herished pompadour. Then as
soon as I entered the barracks, a
guy came along and shaved off my
perfectly good pomp, clean down
to the quick, and charged me 15
cents for doing it! I looked just
like a convict! But all the rest
did too, so it wasn't so bad only
I did hate to part with those
Stripped and Outfitted
"Then I was stripped and sent
in lor a siiower oatn. Alter mat
the army doctor came along and
vaccinated niv left arm. Then I
was given niv clothing, none of
which fitted extra well, so that
odd moments for weeks after
wards, were spent in repeated
trips to the tailors to take in
seam here and cut off a bit there,
till things were changed to suit
"There were about 100 of us in
he first day, which made it
luckv for us, for we didn't have to
stand in line long for inspection
bathing etc., as they did a few
weeks later, when they began to
pour in several hundred at a
In the Hands of the M. D.
The next day the M. D. shot
typhoid serum up my right arm
i ml gee, in about two hours I
fell dizzy and sick, chilly and
hot all at once, that made ho dif
ference with the drill master, who
called us all up before six in the
morning, and made us drill for
It "took" all Riqht
"I had a scratch on one ankle,
and the vaccination "took" there
as well as on my arm, and in no
time my leg was as big as two
legs and my head all in one, while
both arms were twice their natu
It was some job to drill and
carry a gun ami walk up ami
down when I was all "swelled''
A Hay Ley
"Finally my leg got so bad that
I went to the officer ami told hiui
to jail me or shoot me if he want
ed to, but that I couldn't drill
till my leg got better. So then
he ordered me off for a day or two
till 1 got better After about
week in the detention camn, we
were sent to a hospital camp,
where the building was steam
heated and we had proper spring
beds with mattresses to sleep on.
The Cob Period
"Of course you know that in
the navy the "gobs" weie kept
in quarantine camp for three
weeks, before being allowed to
join the main body of men. That
was to prevent the spiead of con
tagious diseases and to separate
any incipient cases of illness that
should develope after enlistment.
"But we bad to drill and go
inru all tne same pcrloriiiaiu-'.'s
that were kept up even at the end
of the time. The knowing ones
that had pased thru the "goofie
gob" stage made all manner of
fun of us, and we in turn passed
the josh on to the next lot.
Made Captain's Orderly
"I felt so miserable what with
my "shots" and all taking effect
not only in my arm but all over
my body, that I was finally made
captain's orderly, some soft job
with plenty ot time for reading
ami study as long as I attended
to duty during my "watch." It
was not so bad till the captain
lost some money and personal be
longings from his room after
that one of us orderlies had to be
on duty night anil day and no one,
not even an officer, was allowed
in the old man's room. We or
derlies were the only ones so pri
vileged and had to carry all sorts
of messages tu the inner sanctum.
"At tirst I didn't care for the
captain, he was old and gruff
but before long I got to liking
him very much. One day he call
ed me into his room ami asked
liow old I was, how much educa
tion I had etc, and what I want
ed to do. He promised to help
me to something better in the elec
trical engineering line, but noth
ing ever came of it.
"Striker" for Electrician
"From the time I ceased being
a gootie gob (the three weeks de
tention period) till I went as a
striker for an electrician which
means as an electrical appentice
I staid captain's orderly.
"Finally becoming a "striker"
I went aboard the stationary
training ship Philadelphia where
I was given intensive training
along electrical lines. 1 came out
of that preliminary training
great ly impressed with how little
I know and with what a wonder
ful thing a battle ship is and how
glorious is the American navy.
The Marvel of Electrical
All electrical wiring aboard is
encased in iron tubes that run all
over the ships. That is to pre
vent breakage in case of a sudden
fire. Every thing is run by elec
tricity. The water light compart
ment doors are shut by electricity,
all bells and switches are worked
by it in fact the whole ship is a
marvel of the modern use of this
Every man must know his place
and the use of the elect rial
switch etc, in his section as well
as the meaning of all bells and
whistles, for in case of damage to
the ship in battle, the water tight
compartments are automatically
closed by pressing a button, and
unless he gets out quick and
knows just how and when to act,
he would be liable to get trapped
and sink with the ship.
"At first I was just a seaman of
the second class as all raw re
cruits were with a monthly wage
allowance of s...!)0.
"I had to pav for every bloom
ing thing, and even with the 50
extra that the government gave
us to outfit ourselves. I was still
in the hole at.the end of the month
financially. Fortunately along
about that time my monthly al
lowance from home came and it
just cleared me of debt and found
me out lifted from the skin out.
shave, hair cut and all. but noth
ing left over. Later on the re
cruits were given . 150.00 when
they entered and that was ample
to pay for everything.
(Sot Third Clans Ha tiny
By dint of extra study and en
couragement from the captain. I
took exams, for third class rating
which 1 luckily passed. That
raised niv pay to SI 1.50 per, Ihus
ullowinir a little extra for smokes.
movie tickets and other simple
good times while on shore leave.
W hats Ciider the Croirt
"I was also allowed a third
diss insignia under the crow and
ball, (the crow means the eagle
but is never called such by any
body short of a captain). 'The
ball is the electrical insignia.
Thus my arm decoration' consist
ed of the crow, the ball and one
stripe. Secon class rating got two
stripes and first class three
"One could tell at a glance
what post of the service you were
in. For instance the cooks wore
a cresent under the crow, the en
giaeinen and oilers, a propeller;
master of arms, a star etc.
Very Strict Discipline
"They were very strict on disci
pline. "Abesnce over leave" con
sisted of any failure to appear at
a specified time and was called
such up to ten days. Anything
over that tune was considered de
scrtion "over the hill" as they!
"If the offense was for a few
hours over due the culprit was
given extra guard duty or put in
"solitary" according to the way
the officer in charge interpreted
the law." Put in the brig" means
Orcr the Hill
"A great many boys tried to de
sert while in goofie camp. They
would get so home sick or feel so
miserable that they left not reali
zing the enormity of the crime.
"As a rule they came back of
their own accord and were given
lighter sentences. One poor gob
broke for it and ran the guard
shouted for him to stop but he
ran all the harder. Then he was
fired upon but still continued to
run tho hit. It was not till the
fifth shot sent, him west did he
fall. His body was shipped home
to his folks ami across the box
was written, "died .of spinal nie
nengitis." The Fin
"Later on 1 saw lots of boys
shipped home in boxes, the "flu"
took them. I escaped having it
at all, tho I had frightful colds,
working in the heated electrical
rooms on board and then coming
out into the frosting damp air
kept me in a perpetual state of
coughing and sneezing.
"We enjoyed our meals nnd the
cooking was good. Stood ill liue
and passed along by the soup an 1
meat pots for our portions.
"Had a nick name for every
Ihing. Salt we called "sea-dust"
and pepper "light house," because
Ihet he containers were shaped
like little brown light houses.
Sorry Didn't (let to France
It sure was a disappoint
ment to me not fo get to France.
After the armistice was signed a
great ninnv of the boys were
transfered to the Atlantic Coast
and no doubt will get a chance to
go across even yet if they want
to. but I wanted to get out and
work a while so as to make some
money fo go to college with next
fall. So the first opportunity to
get honorably discharged that
came my way, I grabbed and
Clad I Volunteered
"It was a great experience and
I am glad I volunteered and that
they took me in. even if I wasn't
really old enough to go and 1 am
behind a year in my college work.
I would certainly enlist in 1 lie
navy again if I'ncle Sam needs
nit. In the meantime I should
worry. And I am a reservist in
the navv for three years yet.
The Annual Meeting of the Hui
Kuai Aina o Wainiha, will be held
at their Building at Wainiha on
the 4th day of September, 1010, at'
10 o'clock a. m., and all members
of the said Hui are charged to be
present in person at the time and
place specified above, that they
may learn of Hie affairs of the
saiil Hui, and may elect the neces
sary officers for the coining year.
.TAMES K. APOLO,
Pres. II. K. A., Wainiha.
Kapaa. Kauai, July 120, 1010.
Aug. 5. V2, 10, L(i.
The Annual Meeting of the Ilui
o llaena will be held in the Ilaena
Hall, Haen, Kauai, on the 5th day
of September, BIB).
, All members of this Hui are
hereby charged to be present in
person at the time and place speci
fied above, that they may learn of
fheh uffnL-s of the said Ilui, and
may elect the necessary officers
for the coming year.
JAMES K. APOLO,
Pres. If. K. A. Ilaena, Kauai.
Kapaa. Kauai, July 20, 1010.
Aug. 5. 1L, 10, L'(J..
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