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Old 02-10-2018, 12:29 PM   #1
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Shell back

Shell Back or Pollywog?
If you are a shell back you know what that question means. I got mine aboard the USS Essex CVA-9 when we crossed in 1958 south of Celon on our way to Capetown S.A.
There are probably quite few shell backs on here , but I'm kind of unique since I'm a retired USAF Msgt. .
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Old 02-11-2018, 06:50 AM   #2
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I'm a double shell back. Crossed over on the USS John C Stennis (CVN-74) in 1998 and then again in 2001. Good times. They really made us go through hell to earn it.
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:28 AM   #3
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Shell back

Blue nose was hell as well. But after being in a sub for 6 months it did break up the monotony. Think I still have a photo around somewhere after the Prussian blue, flour, and taking the truth serum (yuck)

Missed the equator that they did after I transferred or would have had both.
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Old 02-25-2018, 03:33 AM   #4
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Pollywog Spent my short time building USS Nimitz CVN68. Only sea time was REPTRA and Shakedown. After shakedown we went to N.Atlantic. I left in Nov 75.
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Old 02-25-2018, 05:17 AM   #5
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Shellback and Bluenose, both on USS Austin within six months of each other in the early 80ís.
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Old 02-26-2018, 12:43 PM   #6
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Shellback. Multiple times over.

USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) 1987 enroute to Mombasa before heading to Diego Garcia to offload the grunts and most of our helicopters to pick up 4 MH-53E minesweepers to clear the shipping lanes in the Gulf.

USS Wasp (LHD-1) 1993 - Operation Restore Hope/Continue Hope steaming back and forth between Mogadishu and Kismayo almost weekly for 3 months
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:01 PM   #7
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First on the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in '86, second on the USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) in '03.
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:16 PM   #8
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Thank you for your service!
Me, Shellback, December 4,1973, aboard Robert A. Owens DD 827, Atlantic.

My dad, as the certificate reads (I have it), 23 July 1944, USS LST 742, Pacific.
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Old 02-27-2018, 11:22 PM   #9
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SHELL BACK ~ crossed over in 1970 onboard U.S.S. Hancock (CVA-19) as a crewmember on #1 Catapult as an ABE, was on our return leg home from Nam.
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Old 04-19-2018, 07:40 PM   #10
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Off the coast of Mogadishu, Somalia 1993, USS Shreveport LPD-12
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Old 04-19-2018, 08:07 PM   #11
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Golden Shellback

Golden shellback "61 crossed equator at prime meridian enroute to Capetown, SA on board USS Suffolk County LST 1173.
Shellback "63 enroute to Med. on board USS Albany CG10.
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Old 07-03-2018, 02:15 PM   #12
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Two time Shellback here. Crossed it in 90 on a 6 month wespac to desert storm and again in 93 for a 6 month wespac on USS Nimitz.
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Old 07-03-2018, 03:07 PM   #13
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Shellback USS California CGN-36 off the west coast of Africa 1980. We were headed around the horn to the Indian Ocean from a Med cruise for the Iranian hostage situation. On that cruise we crossed the equator 6 times. We only did the initiation the first time. The first time almost all the crew were wogs. Not many east coast home ported ships get the chance to cross the equator.
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Old 07-03-2018, 03:54 PM   #14
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Two time Shellback here. Crossed it in 90 on a 6 month wespac to desert storm and again in 93 for a 6 month wespac on USS Nimitz.
We did the 93 cruise together. Was with VFA-146.
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We did the 93 cruise together. Was with VFA-146.

Nice, were you in Whidbey?
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Nice, were you in Whidbey?
Nope, NAS Lemoore. Never made it up to Whidbey.
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Shellback here. 1968
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Shell Back... USS La Salle AGF-3 Between Yoko and the Gulf. A good time was had by all.... Ha!!
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