Monday, December 24, 2007

ARIZONA Mess Treasurer

Ensign Jack Arnold designed this Christmas card for Arizona's wardroom officers, probably in 1934 or 1935. Note that the lights on the tree match those on the ship.

Jack joined the wardroom of USS Arizona in 1934, shortly after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. He was assigned as officer in charge of the aftermost of the battleship's four heavy gun mounts, Turret No. 4. In addition, he was elected mess treasurer for the wardroom, a post which he had run for on the promise that he would please one man at every meal. When one of his comrades demanded later to know why the quality of the food hadn't improved, Arnold replied that he had indeed pleased one man at every meal. When the officer demanded to know who that man was, Arnold replied, "Me. I've been happy with every meal we've had!"

Information courtesy of USS ARIZONA Preservation Project, with many thanks for the honor they do our people. Check out their project. What a wonderful site.

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