In 1915 was held the beautiful San Francisco exposition with its bright colored buildings and beautiful location on the harbor shore. A marine guard of about three hundred men, with a colonel in command, and the usual quartermaster, adjutant, and company officers, was assigned to guard the valuable exhibits and to act as guard of honor at functions. Toward the end of the exposition the marines got sudden orders to Mexico and began packing up at once. The head of the exposition was in despair; after a quick review of the situation he telephoned me and asked what I could do to help. I told him I could furnish a guard of two hundred apprentice seamen if he would wire the Secretary of the Navy and get the necessary authority. It was assumed that this would come promptly, so preparations were made at once. As the marines were leaving the next afternoon, chief and other petty officers and two hundred apprentice seamen were selected, and got their gear ready.
An Apprentice Seaman Guard
By Rear Admiral Philip Andrews, U. S. Navy (Retired)