The wearing of a gold earring by sailors goes back for thousands of years. In ancient time, sailors wore a gold earring in case their ship sank, or they were swept overboard. After they drown, their body would hopefully wash ashore somewhere. Wherever that was, the sailor hoped that the gold earring was of enough value to those that found his body to give it a decent burial. Anything else upon his person would of been destroyed by salt water, but not metal attached to his body. By WW 2 this was no longer needed, but done as a custom to indicate that you were a sailor. One could chalk it up to "Navy Pride." Richard V. Horrell WW 2 Connections.com = = Answer = = LOOK AT THAT SAILOR'S EARRING In Honolulu recently a malihini (newcomer) lady made a startling discovery. Noticing a huge, red-bearded sailor seated several tables away, she declared: "Look at that! He's wearing an earring!" Now that demobilization is under way, and America's cities are filling with ex-servicemen, civilians will see more and more brawny men with a ring or pendant in their left ear. At first, they well be amused, but eventually will come to accept the custom as unquestionably as they accept jewelry dangling from the lobes of our ladies. Men's earrings are nothing new, old salts will tell you. Even before the days of pirates, mariners who had sailed the China seas or had done any Asiatic duty took to wearing earrings as a mark of their service in the Orient. It was the campaign ribbon of its day. The modern gob, after he has sailed in Asiatic waters, gets his ears pierced and a ring inserted, then goes to a tattoo parlor and has various Chinese legends etched on the shank of his left leg. But not all men who wear earrings are veterans of Asiatic sea service. The custom has been adopted by many who have sailed in the Central, South, or Southwest Pacific without entering the waters of the China Sea . . . --Hal J. Kanter From: The Saturday Evening Post, December 8, 1945, page 119
What was a popular drink during world war 1 & 2? What was a popular drink during world war 1 & 2?
Tanks and Aircraft were both popular tools of combat during World War II
the popular song during world war 1 was over there by george M. cohanYankee Doodle
The most popular song during World War 2 was Nat King Cole - "A Nightingale Sang."
It was a very popular name during World War 2. It was popular with the earlier Baby Boomers too.
The most popular form of comms during WWI was threw telograph
By and large Movies do not exist in WW1. Not as a popular medium anyway.....
The Motown as you know it did not exist during World War 2. It became a nationally popular deal during the fifties and sixties.
boxing was popular in world war 2. mostly on battle ships such as HMS hood for entertainment
Swing music was the most popular form of jazz during world war two.
There were many books that were popular during World War II. The list includes 'Battle Cry,' 'The Thin Red Line,' 'The Harvey Girls,' 'This Above All,' and 'A Bell for Adano.'
There was no ROCK music during WW2. It was Swing That the kids were listening to.
This answer comes from an old Marine only vaguely familiar with Navy tradition. Traditionally those sailors who had served aboard a submarine were entitled to wear a gold earring in their right ear. As late as the mid-1970s this was the case, and this privilege was even extended to Marines who had served as ships company aboard a sub. It was not a specific force. It was part of Navy tradition that a sailor was entitled to wear a single gold ring if he had survived a ship being sunk. So if your ship had been sunk and you survived, you could wear an earring.