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Navy Divers Frocking Recovers  Piece of Tradition

A family member sews on a 1st class petty officer crow for Navy Diver 1st Class Tyler Smith, assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, during a "Tacking on of the Crow."

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This work, Navy Divers Frocking Recovers Piece of Tradition [Image 3 of 3], by STEVEN HOSKINS, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:11.30.2012

Date Posted:12.03.2012 16:44

Photo ID:793570



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