|Harry F. Revers Short Snorter
The Short Snorter Project
Harry Frederick Revers was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. His parents lived at 5081 Barham and both parents
were born in Italy. After high school, he worked as a stock boy at the J. L. Hudson Co., (refrigeration maintenance).
Harry Revers enlisted in the U. S. Navy on June 2, 1943, when he was 18 years old. He attended U. S. Naval Training
School, Great Lakes, IL, and became a Radarman. He was assigned to the U.S.S. CHENANGO (CVE-28) and participated
in the Asiatic Pacific Campaigns for which he was decorated. He was also a member of the "ROYAL ORDER of PURPLE
PORPOISES" which put him in an elite group of seafarers who had crossed the International Dateline and the Equator on
the Vernal Equinox, March 21, 1944. His WW2 artifacts were submitted by his loving wife, Bernadine D. Revers, to which
we are grateful for helping all of us to understand another rare tradition observed upon the high seas in World War 2.
ROYAL ORDER of PURPLE PORPOISES wallet card issued to Harry Revers. Card reads,
I hereby declare that Harry F. Revers RDM 3/C having entered my most inner sanctuary located at the junction
of 00 (degrees) latitude and 180 (degrees) longitude on the sacred hour of the Vernal Equinox 21 March 1944 AD
be installed as an honored member and respected as such of my ROYAL ORDER of PURPLE PORPOISES.
By my direction he shall enjoy the pleasure of cavorting with all mermaids living in or adjacent to the boundaries
of my kingdom. He shall also be entitled to and receive from all SHORT SNORTERS, GOLDEN GRAGONS and
GREEN TURTLES one free noggin of grog as a measure of proper respect.
Attest: Ruler of the Deep
Admiral V. H. Ragsdale
|Unit photograph aboard the U.S.S. CHENANGO. Harry Revers is in the first row, second from the right.
Some of the other names on the back of the photo are signers of his short snorter: R.G. Hess, W.C. Johnson,
Fred I. Hiatt, William F. Thelford, Paul M. Fisher, H. Edward Snow, Martin R. Howard, Walter H. Peterson.
Lots of luck - Ray Whitaker