This is one shipmate's memory of the only female member of
The Mad Hooligan crew.
We were docked in Mobile Alabama loading a cargo of ammunition which we
would carry for the next three months and finally deliver to the Pacific
war zone. Just before leaving Mobile, two little doggies walked up the
gangplank. Both dogs appeared to be about six months old. One was a
black Labrador with white markings. The other was a brown mongrel. The
crew named them EIGHTBALL and SIDEPOCKET.
Both dogs were suffering from mange, a skin disease. Our two pharmacist mates
went to work and within a short time had cured both cases. It was decided
that one mascot was enough so Eightball joined the crew and a home was found
for Sidepocket. Eightball became an active crew member, complete with her
own medical record. She was assigned a bunk in the after crew's quarters.
Eightball took part in all drills including "General Quarters" where she
would be found racing throughout the ship making sure that every man was at
his battle station. Three times a day she would join the crew in the chow
line and depended on each man to share a little of his rations. Eightball
could be very secretive, e.g. no one ever knew where she
defecated --------------------- maybe it was better that we didn't know!
Eightball loved the water. She would always join the crew for our in-port
bow ramp swim parties.
Another memory story describes an unauthorized aquaplane. This aquaplane
became the enjoyment of the entire crew, including Eightball.
Many times she would accompany a shore party to one of the islands. We
remember, late one evening, after a day of baseball and beer on the beach,
Eightball was missing. She had been left on the beach. Our boat crew was
sent to the shore to find our mascot. On arriving at the beach, there was
Eightball waiting on the dock, baying like a wolf. Many boats, all looking
the same, came in and out of that dock but Eightball somehow knew to which
one she belonged.
Once while beached in Okinawa, A goat was brought aboard through the bow
doors. Eightball became so jealous that she chased that poor goat from
one end of the ship to the other unil that poor goat leaped over the side.
Eightball was honorably discharged and went home with John Carris. All the
Carris children grew up with our famous mascot. Eightball lived to the ripe
old age of eighteen years.