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Here They Are: All-Navy Dragon Boat Champs (cont'd)
SIR: I was appalled by the glaring discrepancy on the front cover of the July issue. The first class machinist's mate is depicted wearing a Good Conduct Ribbon between two other ribbons.
Obviously the MMI is out of uniform. The Good Conduct Ribbon should be worn in the senior position with the campaign bars to the wearer's left.-R. C. P., TN1, USN.
Engine Room, Boiler Room.
SIR: In your July issue you had a very interesting article entitled "Navy Ratings: Key to a Career". One question, however, concerning the picture on page 12. Since when do boilermen stand watch at engine room throttle boards where machinist's mates are supposed to be?-R. D. N., EM3, USN.
SIR: I am a BT with over five years in the Navy. I've been on five different ships, and I've yet to see a ship that has the throttle board in the fireroom or boiler room.-R. 0. F., BT2, USN.
SIR: An item in your July issue is incorrect. In the ratings section, under the heading Boilerman, you show a man at the throttle station in the engine room. In an extreme emergency, a BT might have to man that station, but not normally.
Actually, the man in the picture is a machinist's mate, J. C. Cunningham, MM3, presently stationed with me. He says the picture was
taken in the engine room, and that he doesn't recall having been a BT at the time.
Why not be accurate, and show somebody cleaning a steam drum, or changing burners, or testing boiler feed water? There are hundreds of pictures you can take in the fireroom to show the real BT in action.-D. A. P., BT1, USN.
FIRST TIME OUT - USS Tripoli (LPH 10) steams in Gulf of Mexico during trials.