Shellback Commemorative Medal

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This medal commemorates the service, ceremony, and camaraderie of your time in the Navy.

The term 'Shellback' is earned from crossing the equator- before a sailor has done so he is referred to as a 'pollywog'. There are traditions and myths regarding the Line Crossing Ceremony, a ceremony done by the sailors on a ship that crosses the equator for the first time, that date back at least 400 years.

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