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Here They Are: All-Navy Dragon Boat Champs (cont'd)
Return to Service
SIR: Several years ago I was a Navy signalman first class. I was discharged, spent some time as a civilian, then returned to the Navy. Because SM was not then on the "open rates" list, I took a cut in pay grade and was reenlisted as an SM2. Since then-six months later, to be precise-SM was added to the "open rates" list and Reserve signalmen were allowed to return to the service after three months had elapsed and still retain their pay grade. Can I be reinstated as an SM1?-R. H R., SM2, USN.
Sorry, BuPers Inst. 1430.7D is the final word in this case. The directive stipulates that broken service reenlistees must hold a rate and rating which is currently-repeat, currently-on the open rates list or must accept a lower grade.-ED.
Halsey and Nimitz
SIR: I am keenly interested in naval history. So far, I have been unable to locate a publication dealing with the life stories of Fleet Admirals William F. Halsey and Chester W. Nimitz. Do you know of any?-H. H. PN3, USN.
Wings for Corpsmen
SIR: I am a hospital corpsman in flight status. The combination has caused a few problems. During the past two years I have flown 18 search and rescue missions, accumulating 126 hours in the air. I completed the local Training syllabus for rescue aircrewman, and was designated such (8285) by my command. I am, in other words, a qualified aircrewman. Nevertheless, I find I cannot be assigned the NEC of 8285 as it is not in the 8400 series (hospital corpsman). Is this really so? If yes, why? If I can't be assigned the NEC of 8285, may I continue to wear aircrewman wings after I am transferred to another command?-H. M. F., HM2, USN.
More Than Meets the Eye
SIR: I read your article in the July issue of ALL HANDS called "Some Like Them Old." Inasmuch as I am a Model T enthusiast myself, I particularly enjoyed your account of SWI Fowler's Model A roadster pickup and Chief Irish's Model T. The Model T was produced between 1908 (not 1906 as your article stated) and 1927. More than 15 million were sold during this period. It is estimated that 100,000 Model Ts are still in existence and 40,000 are still in operation. I have driven my completely restored 1913 Model T touring car all over California and I plan to make a crosscountry trip in it next year. As you said, the antique car field is not exactly cost-free. Although my Model T cost only $750 when it was new, I have spent four times that amount getting it back into shape. I am not sure whether Petty Officer Fowler will be happy or sad to know his Model A isn't as rare as he thinks it is. I know of five 1930 Model A roadster pickups like his in the Long Beach area alone.-Lawrence E. Smith, ENFN(SS), USN.
LINE ON SUBS - Advanced rigid-rotor XH-51A copter demonstrates ability.