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Old 02-28-2006, 19:29   #1
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Any trusty shellbacks out there?

I went through the "crossing the line" ceremony on the U.S.S. Vancouver LPD-2 in 1983 while serving with A/1/3 on a Westpac. My Dad went through the ceremony in WWII.

Don't know if they even permit such initiations today-- entirely different culture.

Vancouver was a good ship, and her captain a good skipper who had the misfortune of hitting an unchartered reef off the coast of western Australia and tore up both screws. They transferred the embarked Marines to the U.S.S. Denver LPD-9, a real garbage scow in comparison.

Libbo in Fremantle/Perth was sweet, though!
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Old 03-04-2006, 03:53   #2
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I crossed in 95' and still did the PT water torture, crawling across the non skid deck and most of the other good natured hazing. Then, I crossed in 97' and all we had was a ceromony and the CO read a prepared speech. It's sad really, a lot of old traditions seem to be slipping away because people complain and whine.

Why they bother signing on in the first place if they can't hack it I will never understand...
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Old 03-09-2006, 20:50   #3
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I got to go through it on my westpac.I also got to go through the blue nose...When i was stationed in iceland we went to greenland for cold weather training.
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Old 03-12-2006, 11:55   #4
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Crossed over in 97 and then got libo in Fremantle/Perth!
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Old 03-13-2006, 11:08   #5
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USS St. Louis - One day away from it!!! Then we got re-directed to the PI. Mt. Pinatubo blew and ruined all the fun!

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Old 03-14-2006, 14:34   #6
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I crossed in 94, and 97. I still have the fire hose butt slapper somewhere with a few wog signatures.
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Old 03-19-2006, 13:50   #7
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I went thru the "initiation" in '77 aboard the USS New Orleans LPH.
Really good chow that night, steak and lobster tail, IIRC.
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Old 03-19-2006, 15:51   #8
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USS New Orleans 1988 west pac, never new somuch garbage was on one ship.
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Old 03-24-2006, 07:58   #9
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I went through in early 95, on the Bellau Wood. It was kind of lame though, with all kinds of restrictions. About six months later, they pulled our shellback certificates out of our SRB's and gave them to us. I think they were supposed to shred them, because the shellback ritual was now considered a hazing event.
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