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Navy uniform from World War II

Navy uniform from World War II . Proudly worn by Sam C. Powell.
This box also contains : Navy discharge papers, draft notice, military ID, dog tags and other memories of his time in the war.



  Naval tradition has handed down the ritual of making and giving a shadowbox to a sailor or officer who is retiring or leaving a ship. According to legend it is bad luck for a sailor's shadow to touch land before his body does. The other sailors would create a shadowbox for the departing sailor, where they might put souvenirs, a flag,medals travel memorabilia, and other items to remind the sailor of his beloved ship and shipmates. The shadowbox would contain the sailor's "shadow" until he was safely ashore. Today, the other military branches often give shadowboxes to departing soldiers or officers, as well.