Mar 31

Meet WW II Merchant Marine Radio Officer Don Berger

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 7:48 AM


Naval History Blog recently caught up with Don Berger who joined the U.S. Merchant Marines in World War II when he was 16 1/2 and became a radio officer the following year. In addition to his service in WW II, Don served in Korea, Vietnam, and Gulf War I. Today, Don is volunteer aboard the SS American Victory in Tampa, FL – one of few WW II Victory ships available for tours and cruises.

  • Donald Berger

    Merci Boucoup ami. Vive l’resistance!!

  • Thanks again Don for an outstanding interview! You are a rock star!

  • We three are SO proud of you, not only for this, but for all the good things you do!

  • Don Clark


    I am working on a paper this semester that looks at the history of shipboard radio technology, the sea-going radio operator and the fact that so few RO jobs exist today. Might we correspond on this subject? I want to trace the technical, cultural and social developments (including govt. regulations) that saw RO work from 1900 through 2000.

  • Krystle

    Hi you have the same name as my grandfather who passed in 1999. Good to see your doing well

  • jackel

    Brother in law.Donald Berger ww2 tail gunner, shot down twice ,purple heart,born Monroeville,Ohio 86 still chuggin !