i crossed the equator in august of 1944 aboard the
ss william s ladd.Ispent most of the day trying to hid from the shellbacks who were useing water hoses
and cutting hair.We had to kiss the queen's xxxx
that was a mixture of musterd catsup and hot sause.
Even the armed guard officer had to submit to this
Idid not get a certificate however as our ship was
sunk by a kamakazi at leyte PI on december 10 and
all records were lost.It was horrible.
Oliver J Lua