Sunday, September 16, 1945 At Sea
S H O B I E
SHIP'S MASCOT DE LUXE -- TRUE STORY OF THE LITTLE TERRIER THAT WENT AWOL TO SMELL THE TREES (ETC) OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLAND OF OAHU:
The dog which USS Neshoba sailors call by the name Shobie is no ordinary mascot. He's a dog de luxe, complete with credt.
Shobie boasts a service record, just like the boys in blue. On second thought he's not so boastful, even if it does give him a rate as temporary Chief Bos'un's Mate -- because it
seems, the little brown and white terrier has some AWOL time behind him.
It was back there at Hawaii, when he wanted, well--to go ashore and smell the trees and stuff.
Anyhow, it took him three days to get back and when the boat--pardon, salts, it is a "ship"--got under way, Shobie found himself in the doghouse. In fact, a summary court martial ordered him restricted to the ship for God knows how long--and, gee! lookit all the free swimming space all around the ship.
One other time, too, he--well, the report turned in tells the story better:
"Excreted in captain's passageway also borrowed commodore's bedroom slippers for reasons unknown." Executive officer punished him with a chewing, good and proper, administered only as a commander can.
The well-decorated little pooch is well-trained for combat. (After all, he has the Asiatic-Pacific with a battle star for Okinawa, the American theater, the Philippine liberation-no good conduct, alas).Yep, at the first sound of gunfire he heads for his GQ station--below in the bilges!
Shobie has a mother, back in his home town of San Francisco (Writer's Note: My home town, too!) She goes by the name of
Ima Little Careless.
Oh, sure! That's Shobie's last name, too, and his service number is 001-00-00 which is an easy one to remember. Shobie can never seem to remember it, though.
His service record (he's USNR) reads that he was "shanghaied," which is nothing unusual thanks to a modern institution called Selective Service.
Oh, yes, he cost five bucks for the CPO who got him out of the San Francisco (NOT 'Frisco) pound, and--geeziz, the chiefs tell us now that he has moved above into that mysterious domain with the sign on the hatch--"Officer Country."