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crossing the line

Started by Jeffrey A. Loew. Last reply by joseph urbanski Sep 27, 2018. 9 Replies

golden sheelback

Started by robert biglow. Last reply by James H. Houchin MMC(SW) Retired Oct 5, 2017. 2 Replies


Started by Kevin Warner. Last reply by John W Sargent May 13, 2013. 1 Reply

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Comment by David De Rooy on October 9, 2018 at 3:12pm

From "pollywog" to "salty dog" and other distinguished titles. If you spent four years or more in the Navy and you didn't get across the zero latitude line (Equator) you missed out on a rite of passage. But if you did then let us hear about it.

Comment by John W Sargent on October 9, 2018 at 11:26am

Second time this year for a comment. I found a list of other "unofficial Navy certificates" I don't remember them, our squadron onboard The America in 71 and 72 did qualify for. Order of Rock, Spanish Main and Golden Dragon and I thought I was just a Shellback.

Comment by John W Sargent on July 20, 2018 at 6:22pm

Setting in Maine thinking about crossing the line on CVA 66 . Drinking  Miller Lite but my mind goes back to pulling liberty in PO town drinking the rotten beer from PI. I've bought it a few times not good but better than the formaldehyde laced Bud we got at the EM club. Going around the Horn in Africa when Cod landed wrong taking out 5 or 6 A7's from VA 82 and Va 86 not too mention the Cod's starboard wing was lying on the flight deck. Crap getting old. 

Comment by AOAN,Christopher james Cook on July 19, 2018 at 7:36pm

Aboard the USSINDEPENDENCE CV-62 we crossed the EQUATOR south of brazil.King Neptune and his royal court held a initiation for all who's AND those found worthy became Trusty Shellbacks.I remember that day,but the day before,pollywog day,we could do whatever,we wanted to do,because we new,what was coming the next day.SHELLBACK,CHRISTOPHER JAMES COOK.1986-1990.

Comment by David De Rooy on February 9, 2018 at 12:28pm

On may 4th 1971 aboard the USS Vancouver LPD2 we crossed the Equator south of Singapore. King Neptune and his royal court held an initiation for all "wogs" and those found worthy became "Trusty Shellbacks"

I'll never forget that day. But the day before was even more memorable. Known as "pollywog " day, we got away with pretty much anything we wanted to. We squirted oil and food coloring on the chiefs khakis, Locked the air officer in the pri-fly tower and broke into the armory and stole the coffin they had built to fill with food waste for us to lay in during initiation. We ran across the flight deck and tossed it from the fantail, and watched it float away. It was great fun but the next day we paid for our misbehavior.

Comment by Robert E Bouchard on September 23, 2017 at 9:19am

I crossed the line on 6/12/72 aboard the USS America CVA66 twice.

Comment by Robert C Smith on July 16, 2017 at 10:50am

USS Hancock (CVA-19)  October 24, 1968  WESTPAC/Vietnam

Comment by Joseph Tetrault on March 16, 2017 at 4:14pm

Left my pollywog beginnings and became a Shellback on November 1, 1975 aboard the carrier Midway CVA 41. There were a large number of us pollywogs crawling about the flight deck as I recall. Pretty funny!!    

Comment by Larry Eugene Griffith on February 26, 2017 at 10:58am

I became a Shellback in 1969 aboard the USS Princeton LPH-5

Comment by george eger on February 22, 2017 at 3:06pm

In early 60s I was on the USS Munsee ATF107. We cruised to Christmas Island for Operation Dominic from Pearl Harbor, by way of San Diego. While there we set out targets for 13 aerial nuclear bomb drops. After the bomb was dropped and detonated at different altitudes, we would then go into the target area and sink the target if it was still there. Also while there, we would search for and sink any burnt seagulls in weighted canvas bags.

After Operation Dominic, we cruised to the crossing of the equator, and that is when I was indoctrinated into the Order Of The Shellbacks.


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