May 22nd National Maritime Day

Did you know that during a time of war that all merchant shipping actually becomes a part of the Armed Services? I suppose this is to place those independent ships under the protection of the Navy as they carry valuable cargo and troops to battle. Congress actually created this day back in 1933 prior to World War 2 where some 250,000 men and women served in the Merchant Marine, 6,700 were lost along with some 800 ships sunk during the war. The most noted Merchant Marine ship were the Liberty ships built, and lightly armed, to transport war assets.

How to celebrate – Read about the Merchant Marine service in America. Become a Merchant Marine. Read about the wolf packs of World War 2.

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