Captain Carlos Wieber bids welcome to the Ruler of the Raging Main, Neptunus Rex, and his Court aboard USS Essex for the Line Crossing ceremony, 1 Sep 1944Field Marshal Montgomery stands up in his 1943 Humber Super Snipe staff car as he crosses a pontoon bridge over the River Seine at Vernon, France, 1 Sep 1944.Line Crossing ceremony aboard USS Essex, 1 Sep 1944Line Crossing ceremony aboard USS Essex, 1 Sep 1944. Official captions reads, "The way of the Polliwog is hard."
Captain Carlos Wieber bids welcome to the Ruler of the Raging Main, Neptunus Rex, and his Court aboard USS Essex for the Line Crossing ceremony, 1 Sep 1944Field Marshal Montgomery stands up in his 1943 Humber Super Snipe staff car as he crosses a pontoon bridge over the River Seine at Vernon, France, 1 Sep 1944.Line Crossing ceremony aboard USS Essex, 1 Sep 1944Line Crossing ceremony aboard USS Essex, 1 Sep 1944. Official captions reads, "The way of the Polliwog is hard."
Map depicting the US 7th ArmyMap depicting the western front of the European War, 1 Sep 1944P-40 Warhawk fighter Prince Felix of Luxembourg, General Bernard Montgomery, French Colonel Candeau, and Brigadier General Christopher Peto at 21st Army Group headquarters at Blay, Normandy, France, 1 Sep 1944.
Map depicting the US 7th Army's front in Southern France, 1 Sep 1944Map depicting the western front of the European War, 1 Sep 1944P-40 Warhawk fighter 'Little Joe II' at the Kunming airfield in Yunnan, China, 1 Sep 1944Prince Felix of Luxembourg, General Bernard Montgomery, French Colonel Candeau, and Brigadier General Christopher Peto at 21st Army Group headquarters at Blay, Normandy, France, 1 Sep 1944.
Rear Admiral Frederic Sherman, left, and Captain Carlos Wieber bid welcome to the Ruler of the Raging Main, Neptunus Rex, and his Court aboard USS Essex for the Line Crossing ceremony, 1 Sep 1944
Rear Admiral Frederic Sherman, left, and Captain Carlos Wieber bid welcome to the Ruler of the Raging Main, Neptunus Rex, and his Court aboard USS Essex for the Line Crossing ceremony, 1 Sep 1944


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