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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)


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