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During his years in the Coast Guard Ralph Davis drew a large number of cartoons. They were often posted on cutter and station bulletin boards, and sometimes published in newsletters such as ZUT-REP and COMM-ONE -- much to the delight of his fellow RMs, not to mention the chagrin of some commands.

His cartoons were usually topical in nature, dealing with the day-to-day routine of shipboard and station enlisted life, commenting on Radio Gang events and issues of the day, and taking personal jabs at the idiosyncrasies of his fellow RMs. Many of them were not "politically correct" if judged by the standards of the present day, PC-centric Coast Guard -- and some of them pushed the PC envelope even by Old-Guard "Hooligan" standards. Much of his cartoon work has been lost forever, either becoming tattered and torn from bulletin board life, or being surreptitiously "disappeared" by oversensitive supervisors before they could be copied. (Remember, much of this time was in the pre-Xerox era.)

Some, however, have been salvaged, and we are proud to offer a small sampling of his work.

Just click on a thumbnail to bring up the full sized image (use the "Back" button on your browser to return to this page).

If any of you have hung onto additional cartoons by Ralph, please take the time to scan them, and email them to the for posting -- and if any of you know the "full story" behind any of the cartoons, write it up and pass it along.

ZUT
The first RHD cartoon to be published in a ZUT-REP (ZUT-REP2). This was after the initial furor over the formation of ZUT died down, and after the Old Man at NMH ("Wild Bill" Dawson) finally joined.
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Mayday!
From ZUT-REP 1-2
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Overload
From ZUT-REP 2-2



Help!
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New RM with Speedkey!
From ZUT-REP
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QRS !!!!!
From ZUT-REP



An RM's Christmas Wishlist
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MC from ZUT at NMH 1964
From ZUT-REP - December 1964
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Sunday Sailors
From ZUT-REP



An RM's Christmas Wishlist
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MC from ZUT at NMH 1964
From ZUT-REP - December 1964
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Sunday Sailors
From ZUT-REP



SOS - AMVER Request
From ZUT-REP 3-1967
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RMCM Huffman's Alfa
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Beer Can
RMCM Huffman: "I had a Italian Racing Red 1960 Alfa Romeo Sprint Coupe and it was the subject of many of RHD's cartoon efforts. The parking lot at NMC was not all that big and when the garbage truck came up he would always come too close to my pride and joy..."



Blown Candle
An RHD Classic!
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Break, Break
The Crigger/Hammack/Shaw BS Sessions in the office were something to behold
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Call the Coast Guard



Fitness Report
Korlang working on Shaw's fitness report. Bill Korlang: "I'll never forget the awful face given me by Bill Shaw when he caught me throwing dars at his "Fitness Report' on my office door."
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KKK
Tennyson was from Alabama and his father was a KKK member . . .
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Crigger/Kortlang
No love lost between these two



Lawnmower
RMCS Huffman: "I was dayworking and put the mower in neutral to go into op's for a coke and it vibrated in gear just as I was coming back out . . . Ralph saw it and me running to stop the darn thing . . ."
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AMVER Count
Jim Huffman: "Kortlang was a killer for high AMVER count . . . . steal from who ever you could . . .

Fred Goodwin used to dial two xmitters on the same freq, wow big time MCW like signal . . .

It got their attention tho . . .
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Saturday Beer
RMC (Ret) HJ Beaudette: "It was at NMN, sometime between 1960 & 62. Uncle CD was our exec at the time. I owned a very large German Shepherd and the CO let me keep him on the base until my wife arrived in Virginia. Dave got a big kick out of "Big Boy. . ."



Start. . . Damn Ya!
Jim Huffman: "The Alfa had Lucas ignition and Sweeney Ridge was foggy, nuf said . . ."
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Sunglasses
Jim Huffman: "Me and my bald head!"
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Backbone of the Guard.



Wrong Bus!
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Welcome to Frisco. . .
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Our Position?



Scuba
Jim Yount: Fred Siegel, as a result of medical problems, has only one good arm. He was snorkling in the Keys, but kept swimming circles, not covering very much of the ocean bottom. I kidded him ab out it, and when Ralph found out, he drew this cartoon. Being a laryngectome, I would have some difficult swimming as I breate through my neck!
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Sea Duty
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Good Morning, Sir!



Snack Time Dreaming
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NMC CWO's at Lunch
"On a regular trip to the City, two CWOs from NMC decided to stop by the "Off Broadway" and catch Carol Doda (the first stripper to have mammary enchancement via Silicone inject). Ralph heard about it, and this cartoon suddenly appeared to the monitor room bulletin board. This was just about the time when the CG had fallen prey to political correctness under the wing of the DOT, that is except for our XO, who was still a died in the wool T-Man." (Editor's Note: We think that "T" means "Treasury."
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Tiny
We're sure there's an interesting story behind this one!



Who's the Boss?
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Backbone of the Guard
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The "Comforting" Role



If you can't make Chief. . .
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Been there, Done that. .
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AMVER Encouragement



Detailers' Dilemma
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Making E-8
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Ham or Pro?



Dangers of Inports
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Who the Hell's "Mayday"
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Tune it for Smoke



Icebreaker Duty
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QTO Norfolk?
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NMC to NMG



Black Cat