Now that Veterans Day is behind us, it is time to recognize the Merchant Seamen who brought men and supplies to all the theaters of war.
For every troop transport manned by these volunteers, a dozen ships followed carrying clothing, food, ammunition, vehicles, airplanes and even locomotives. All the tools of war were carried on ships manned by these men and boys.
These brave men suffered the highest casualty rate of all the services. Theirs was 3.16 percent while the next highest was the Marine Corps with 2.9 percent.
There is an organization The American Merchant Marine Veterans of WWII with a chapter, Desert Mariners of Arizona, meeting regularly on the third Saturday of the month at the American Legion hall, 7145 East Second Street, Scottsdale, at 11 a.m. All those with salt water in their blood are invited to join with us.