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Tag: U.S. Merchant Marine

June
8th

MERCHANT MARINE: Auxiliary to Navy or Coast Guard?

Your article (TNT, 6-8) regarding the addition of the Merchant Marine flag to the array of flags in Lakewood’s council chamber referred to the U.S. Merchant Marine as a civilian auxiliary to the U.S. Navy. I sailed as a merchant seaman during World War II, and I was under the impression that the USMM was under the U.S. Coast Guard.

When I joined at the age of 16 (the country was a little short of merchant seamen right then), I was sent to boot camp on Catalina Island, which was conducted by the Coast Guard. From there, I was sent

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