United States Merchant Marine


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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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MARAD also promotes the use of US-flag vessels, manages the Maritime Security Program, oversees an active reserve of ships in the Ready Reserve Force, maintains an inactive inventory of ships in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, and ensures a pool of highly skilled merchant marine officers and seafarers through its operation of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY.
Superintendent, United States Merchant Marine Academy
Bill served for one year at the end of World War II with the United States Merchant Marines Maritime Service followed by three years with the United States Air Force.
He was a seaman in United States Merchant Marines during WWII and sailed in American and European waters.
He served in the United States Coast Guard as well as the United States Merchant Marines during the WWII era.
He was a proud veteran of World War II having served in the United States Merchant Marines shipping supplies across the Atlantic to support the war effort.

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