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United States Merchant Marine
The fleet of private and government-owned, non-military ships operating in the United States. The Merchant Marine delivers cargo and passengers in peacetime. During times of war, it may be ordered to assist the U.S. Navy. Since 1988, mariners who served in wars have had access to veterans' benefits.
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Key to this is maintaining the US Merchant Marines
, who have provided a lifeline to our troops since our country began and who continue to provide critical logistics support today.
He served in the US Merchant Marines
He joined the US Merchant Marines
and after the war attended Niagara University.