Remember the Merchant Mariner on Veteran’s Day

November 11, 2013

I can’t say it any better. Thank you, Enchanted Seashells. I have often advocated the inclusion of Merchant Mariners in Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances. I met the man who lobbied and fought for the inclusion of the Merchant Marine emblem at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Kind of sad that ater all this time it had to be fought for.

Enchanted Seashells by Princess Rosebud

Merchant Marine recruitingposterMy tugboat man is a proud member of the United States Merchant Marine.

He is a merchant mariner.

He also served in Desert Storm.

From the little he’s shared with me, it was a dangerous mission. I met him right after he returned, but I didn’t hear about his involvement until a couple years later when I was updating and re-typing his resume. (On a typewriter!)

Most Americans honor those who’ve served in the military, and we can name the branches of the armed services — Army, Air Force, Navy, and the Marines.

Here on the Pacific Ocean, we always remember to include the United States Coast Guard.fightingMerchant Marine

Hardly anyone would think to include the Merchant Marine, which has long been referred to as the forgotten branch of the military, according to Jack Beritzhoff, former merchant seaman and author of Sail Away: Journeys of a Merchant…

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One comment

  1. Thank you for the re-blog. Our guys work so hard and those that went before them ware heroic.

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