"Ancient Order of the Deep"
Does anyone know anything about the "Ancient Order of the Deep"?The membership card reads as follows:
"This is to certify that Baker, Harold J. Sgt., aboard the U.S.A.T. 'Sea Barb,' has been gathered into our fold and duly initiated as a Trusty Shellback, having crossed the equator 18 December 1943 while bound for the South Pacific on a MISSION OF WAR."
My grandfather was not in the Navy, but was being transported to the South Pacific where he fought in the Army during WWII.Were these cards issued aboard ship when the men crossed the equator, or is this some sort of a joke card?Do the living members of this order ever hold gatherings??Thanks for the info.