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The British War Song: It’s a Long Way to Tipperary Song

Piece: It’s a long way to TipperaryIt’s a long way to goIt’s a long way to TipperaryTo the sweetest girl I knowGoodbye PiccadillyFarewell Lester SquareIt’s a long, long way to TipperaryBy my heart’s right there Background: My informant learned this song from her husband who was in the British Navy. Typically this song was sung… Continue Reading »

Charge Books – A Navy Chief Initiation Tradition

Item: T: The older chiefs will pass on the knowledge and the expertise to the new chiefs with the charge book, right? So then when you- before people in the old days, when you want to be chief you have to carry around a charge book to see all other chiefs to get the- collect… Continue Reading »

Challenge Coins – A Navy Chief Tradition

Item: T: Well, the challenge coin, it started during the war.  So.. the guys would go to the war, they come back, they bring stuff back like their.. their.. kind of their achievements, their, yenno, their bragging rights, right? Q: Mhmm. T: People bring in guns, ammo, explosive stuff so it’s kind of get danger,… Continue Reading »

Shellback Initiation – A Navy Tradition

Item: T: So that’s a- that’s where you crossing- you ride the ship til you’re crossing the equator. Q: Uh-huh. T:  So once you cross the equator you see King Neptune, you have to do the ceremony to become a shellback.  Once you become a shellback, next time, when you cross the equator with the… Continue Reading »