May 23

National Maritime Day: Remembering The Forgotten

Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:29 PM

Memorial Day is traditionally a time to honor those who have not only served our nation, but who through their service made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen bear arms and go in harm’s way because they are the warriors of our great nation. Each year in May, we remember and honor these warrior heroes. 

But there is another important group of men and women who do not wear the uniforms of our armed forces – yet still willingly go in harm’s way for our country, and they have done so since our nation was born.

They are the brave, self-sacrificing men and women of the U.S. Merchant Marine.

To learn more about the history of the merchant mariners during this Memorial Day Weekend, visit the Navy Live blog at: http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2013/05/20/national-maritime-day-remembering-the-forgotten/.

Merchant mariners stand alongside damage suffered by his ship, tanker SS Malay, when it was attacked by a German U-123 off North Carolina in January 1942

Merchant mariners stand alongside damage suffered by his ship, tanker SS Malay, when it was attacked by a German U-123 off North Carolina in January 1942

 
 
 
 
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