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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

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April 24, 1908

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Above, a story that reminds me of old Master Chief Petty Officer Oneyear of the Belleau Wood LHA-3, who had fouled anchors inlaid in silver in his front teeth. Note that less than 1 percent of the sailors' tattoos were "indecent" ... Below, the sailors from the Great White Fleet visit Chutes Park in Los Angeles and do the hula ... A young lady named Elsie Smith tells some anecdotes about her encounters with the officers from several battleships ... Bluejackets' boxing matches ... And someone has stolen Ahab, the cat that is the mascot of the Minnesota! Bill, the ship's goat, is staying put, however ... All too soon, the ships will depart. 

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