America's Forgotten Warriors: The Maritime Service
Harrigan, Omar H., Sea Classics
Created as the marine arm of the American government, the United States Maritime Service was tasked to recruit and train the ship crews required to operate the greatest fleet of Merchantmen ever to put to sea
They wore blue or white uniforms, held rank, grades and ratings and they often fought and died beside Navy sailors and Coast Guard blue-jackets. But, that was where all similarity ended. First and foremost they were all volunteers - they were the US Merchant Marine seamen of World War Two.
Never afforded the legal status of enlisted or conscripted military personnel - subject to be drafted if they stayed ashore too long - as civilian contract workers in uniform, the …
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Publication information: Article title: America's Forgotten Warriors: The Maritime Service. Contributors: Harrigan, Omar H. - Author. Magazine title: Sea Classics. Volume: 39. Issue: 3 Publication date: March 2006. Page number: 34+. © Challenge Publications Inc. Mar 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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