Whyisthissobroken on November 12nd, 2022 at 00:27 UTC »
There were 243,000 mariners that served in the war. And 9,521 perished while serving—a higher proportion of those killed than any other branch of the US military. 733 ships were sunk by U Boats. That's almost 25%.
Ruff-N-tumblE on November 12nd, 2022 at 01:54 UTC »
98?!? He looks incredible. I wish him many more years of life and wellness. Thank you for your service sir.
Finrod_the_awesome on November 12nd, 2022 at 02:47 UTC »
Retired Sailor here. Please thank him for me. These guys were neglected for so long. It was unfair it took so long for Merchant Marines get veteran status. If anything they risked more due to not really being able to protect themselves.
The Naval Armed Guard Sailors assigned to MM ships were not properly equipped and it was considered to be the worst assignment you could get in the Navy. They knew just how dangerous it truly was. I respect the hell out of everyone who served on a MM ship. God bless your Grandad.