New Research had discovered another major gaffe concerning our WW II Merchant Marine. During WW II our US Merchant Marine suffered perhaps the highest casualty rate than any other services. One in Twenty-Six has been reported as the rate of loss for these mariners. The chart below provides specifics. What is tragic about this is our Nation has failed to acknowledge those lost Mariners as veterans to this country. If one serves this country and gives his life in the line of combat duty, should this nation not recognize him for that sacrifice? Apparently not. Research had revealed that about 9500 Mariners made the ultimate sacrifice and less than 425 have been awarded the distinction as veterans. What happened? Did the government lose/destroy these records? Not so; and still no one is attempting to correct this travesty. This is an embarrassment to our nation.
Our government has known of this and has done nothing about it for over 70 years. How can our nation be so callous as to just forget about those that gave their lives so others may live? How can they keep making promises to our troops by telling them they will be taken care of if they take care of business over there?
In every political rally/speech made by any politician it is completely clear on how they stand. Words spew from them all the time saying “we must not forget our veterans”; “we must take care of them when they come home”; we will not let our veterans down.” Our politicians quickly forget all the avowals made and little is upheld.
Agreements have been in place allowing our researchers an opportunity to identify more of our mariners; but actions to comply with the agreements have not taken place for those that control the personnel records of our mariners and inquiries as to why they have not complied are needed
This poses a significant question ---did these brave men and women of courage, those who now reside in silence beneath the frigid waters, give themselves, along with all of their tomorrows, for but a single day in their often short lives? Or did these gallant departed Americans die for all who will follow them in the future? Something must be done. Please contact your members of congress and demand they correct this grave injustice.
US MERCHANT MARINE CASUALTIES FROM WW II
MERCHANT MARINE CASUALTIES FROM ALL CAUSES = 9521* usmm.org
MERCHANT MARINE CASUALTIES IDENTIFIED BY USCG PER 1950 REPORT = 5662* USCG 1950 ISSUE
MERCHANT MARINE CASUALTIES FROM OTHER SOURCES = 3859* ADDITIONAL SOURCES (A. MOORE & US CONGRESS)
MERCHANT MARINE CASUALTIES RECOGNIZED AS VETERANS = 344* US National Maritime Center (US NMC)
MERCHANT MARINE CASUALTIES RECOGNIZED BY NMC BUT NOT IN USCG 1950 REPORT = 70* US NMC
FINDINGS: 9521 MERCHANT MARINERS KIA OR MIA SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND ONLY 414 HAVE RECEIVED RECOGNITION AS VETERANS.