Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Pickens to cross equator

War was still being waged in Okinawa with high casualties on not only the United States and Japan but on natives, also.  Meanwhile the USS Pickens was taking it easy at Saipan.  There was no shortage of rumors of what the Pickens might be called on to do.  The favorite was Australia where the word was women were plentiful and friendly.

There was some disappointment when we learned we were to visit the Solomon Islands. but we were excited to learn we would cross the equator. This would divide the crew between those who were Shellbacks, having crossed the equator previously and most of us who would cross for the first time and until initiated were called Pollywogs.

More on this later.

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