Hey shipmates I know you have your own personal story. Why not send it to me as Jerry Walkins
has done, so all can share.
The Saga of the Captain's Bell
In the summer of 1954 the USS BEARSS was steaming around the Pacific and the China Sea as part of the
world cruise. Among the ports of call was the great city of Hong Kong. During one of our visits to that
famous port the Bell from the Captain's Gig came up missing ! Someone must have stolen it ! Was it a
Hong Kong citizen ? Nah, they wouldn't do such a thing. It no doubt was an inside job. Obliviously it was
removed and bartered for booze or maybe a new suit. Yeah, that's it - it was sold. Who could have done
such a dastardly thing ? Not me, said Dick Treacy, the bowman. Nor I said Paul Mueller, the Motor
Mechanic. "I would never do such a thing," intoned Tom Rickert, the Coxswain. The Captain and the Exec
were furious. "Someone will pay for this !" "Heads will roll."

A crack investigative team determined that it was someone on the Gig's crew and that someone wa Dick
Treacy. Yes, he must be the guilty one. Dick wa perplexed. He was to be Court Marshaled. He was in
serious trouble. LTJG Don Carswell stepped up and championed Dick by serving as his defence attorney.
Dick was proclaimed innocent at the trial and walked away a free man, thanks to LTJG Carswell's skills.

Prologue: Note that this event occurred in 1954. At our Newport, Rhode Island reunion, Dick and Don met
again some 41 years after the court Marshal. After a drink or two, Dick admitted that he was guilty. They
beat the rap. Don had successfully defended a guilty man !
                                                                       
Submitted by, Jerry Walkins
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Article was contributed by Charlie McCon
Palmer Mueller (51-55) passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2007. Palmer was the MM for the Captain's Gig
and was part of the crew when the Bell was "Stolen". Palmer also kept the Ice Cream Machine running.
Jerry Walkins worked with him while crossing the Pacific making ice cream and putting it into cups a-la
Dairy Queen and sold at the ship's store every day....garnered some cash for a couple of ship's party's
(Beer bust on Midway Island & a Party in Sasabo, Japan). Palmer and Jerry worked after taps down in the
scullery making the ice cream - ate some and passed it around to
deserving crew members - bakers for
some hot bread, laundry for pressed whites, ship fitters & electricians for favors whenever needed. Along
with all that, they had late sleeper's chits. Which wasn't a bad deal at all.
                                                                      
Submitted by, Jerry Walkins
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Thomas E. Beglane  (60-62) passed away in 07. I remember Tom as a laid back kind of guy. When we
were in the Reserve Fleet we pulled into N.Y. for liberty. Tom lived in Brooklyn and he called his
girlfriend (at the time), and had her get dates for myself and three other single shipmates. She did a great
job on such short notice. We went out to a club of which I can't remember the name of. The cover charge
was $10.00 each, which took my pocket money immediately down to half my starting amount. I was getting
paid $36.00 a month at the time. After seating and ordering drinks (legal age was 18 then) the entertainment
started. Wouldn't you know it! It was the same steel band we saw a week earlier in Jamaica for free.
Sometime later (like a year or so) while in home port of Norfolk, Tom was packing his sea bag. I asked
what was going on and he told me he had to go over to the hospital, and was kind of vague as to the reason
why. I let it pass and wished him well. Little did anyone know he had reached his discharge date. He kept
quiet about this to everyone and probably bribed the yeoman to keep it under wraps also. That was the last
time I or anyone else on the ship talked to Tom.
                                                                             
Submitted by, Charlie Brown
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