National Geographic : 1941 Jun
680 The National Geographic Magazine rnotograpn oy wlllara it.Culver When the Navy Doctors Finish with Him, the Recruit Has Few Secrets Left! Numbers painted on chests and backs refer tothe men's individual physical examination blanks. Adoctor may call out "Number 1459, inflamed tonsils," and ayeoman quickly notes iton1459's record (page 679). Official Photograph U.S.Navy Holystones and Elbow Grease Combined Keep aMan-o'-War Spick-and-Span Once a week, on "Field Day," shown here on the cruiser Northampton, decks are rubbed with soft sand stones, named "holystones," perhaps because they are porous and full ofholes. Each morning before breakfast the decks are swept and scrubbed. Sailors' trousers are bell-bottomed sothat they can berolled up easily.