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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2 Responses to Enter Pollywogs

  1. Robert E. Lynch says:

    02/15/11 Greetings George: Happy 90th Birthday! I don’t recall the first name of our shipmate, as we referred to each other by last names only. His last name was Houston. He was a member of the deck force in the second division. He once shared with me that his brother had been taken prisoner by the Japanese, when they invaded the Phillipines. He and his brother had been orphaned at an early age, and they were raised by his grandparents, who lived in Chico, CA. He had good memories of growing up on their almond ranch. He wanted to d0 his part to see a just end to WWII.
    Wishing YOU all the best,
    Robert E. Lynch, Shipmate

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