Enter Pollywogs

Cover of the Radio Press News, Enter Polliwogs, USS LaVallette, March 15, 1944

Crossing the Equator initiation ceremonies provided a humorous outlet during World War II among the crew of the USS LaVallette. Pollywogs, or those who were crossing the line for the first time, were subject to all kinds of harassing and required to appear before King Neptune and the Royal Court. George remembers one crossing where he was the Royal Barber, applying creative license to his subjects.

WWII Crossing the equator Queen on the USS LaVallette.

The identity of the above crew member in the crossing the equator ceremony on the USS LaVallette (sometime between 1942 and 1945), has recently been revealed. Shipmate Robert E. Lynch claims it is “Houston.”

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