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Naval Traditions: The Mariner's Beard.


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Curious to know how this tradition started...  


I've noticed that, in all the photographs I have seen from the Second World War, all the US Merchant Marine and British Merchant Navy personnel are always clean shaven, notwithstanding exigent circumstances.  Military navies, a different story...


Comments? Thoughts?


Some interesting things:


First image:  This Aug. 29, 1945 file photo shows Prince Philip of Greece, during a naval visit to Melbourne, Australia.  (Associated Press photograph).


Second image: Sporting a beard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Crump, a Navy journalist, sits in his office in Naples, Italy, in 1971. (Stars and Stripes)


Further Reading:




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