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Any trusty shellbacks out there?

Discussion in 'The US Marine Corps Forum' started by JDM2126, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. JDM2126

    JDM2126

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    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!
     
  2. Grim Jackal

    Grim Jackal Secret Squirrel

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    Surrounded by clowns
    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...
     


  3. Staticx682000

    Staticx682000

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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.
     
  4. LittleLebowski

    LittleLebowski Urban Achiever!

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    Crossed over in 97 and then got libo in Fremantle/Perth!
     
  5. TMG

    TMG

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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!:cool:

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  6. charlisity

    charlisity is full of it

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    I crossed in 94, and 97. I still have the fire hose butt slapper somewhere with a few wog signatures.
     
  7. Warhorse

    Warhorse

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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.
     
  8. twing21s

    twing21s action figure

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    USS New Orleans 1988 west pac, never new somuch garbage was on one ship.
     
  9. Glocks&Ducs

    Glocks&Ducs

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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.