world war II merchant mariners

The World War II merchant mariners are renowned for their bravery and contribution to the Allied victory nearly 75 years ago.  Almost 250,000 merchant mariners transported tens of millions of tons of war supplies and more than seven million servicemen under the most challenging circumstances imaginable.  As a result, they suffered the highest casualty rate of any service during World War II, with one mariner out of every 26 lost.

“Especially as Americans reflect on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, it is a privilege to salute the courageous mariners who helped make the invasion possible and ensured that our military could triumph, at Normandy and throughout the entire war. We all owe these heroes a debt of gratitude that can never be fully repaid.”

The World War II Merchant Mariners

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