ARMY & NAVY: Meat Ball

Until next July 1, whenever Capt. Adolphus Eugene Watson of the U. S. S. New Mexico gives orders that her 15-ton anchors be dropped, he will give another order also. Immediately his seamen will hoist to the ship's foretruck what they call the "Meat Ball." The original Meat Ball from which it is copied last week remained by official order in its glass case in the New Mexico's wardroom mess. It is a 15-ft. red silk pennant with a black disc in its field, known to bigwigs as the Battle Efficiency Pennant,...

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