Category Archives: U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Naval Armed Guard

70th Anniversary of D-Day

Twenty years ago this week, Bill and I were en route to Normandy for the 50th Anniversary of D-Day. Bill had been invited to steam over with other World War II vets on the historic WWII Liberty ship, the S.S. … Continue reading

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“WE AIM TO DELIVER. WE DID!” -Motto of the U.S. Navy Armed Guard

“WE AIM TO DELIVER. WE DID!”    (Motto of U.S. Navy Armed Guard) In World War II, 145,000 U.S. Navy Armed Guard served on thousands of merchant ships (freighters, tankers and troop transports). The U.S. Merchant Marine crews operated the ships … Continue reading

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7 Lessons Learned from the Greatest Generation – by Chaplain Michael Gatton

Lessons Learned from the Greatest Generation (Rev. Michael Gatton, Chaplain, USS LCI National Association, gave these remarks at the Association’s Nashville Reunion in 2011. Excerpted with permission.) EVERY GENERATION LEAVES A LEGACY OF LESSONS TO BE LEARNED. But, there may never have … Continue reading

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Memories of 7 December 1941

I remember December 7, 1941, as if it was yesterday. I had just turned sixteen and was living with Rev. Hawley and his family at the Vancouver Barracks east of Portland, Oregon. Rev. Hawley had gotten me a job at … Continue reading

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New Exhibit Honors WWII Merchant Marine and Naval Armed Guard

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans will mount a new exhibit recognizing the U.S. Merchant Marine and Naval Armed Guard who fought in World War II. Read Paul Purpura’s story in The Times-Picayune… Click Here to Read  

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Author Recalls V-J Day in the Philippines, 14 August 1945

Celebration in the Pacific upon hearing news of Japanese surrender, 15 August 1945. On 15 August 1945 (14 August 1945 in Washington, D.C.), U.S. Navy Gunner’s Mate Bill McGee was in Subic Bay, the Philippines, when he heard the news over … Continue reading

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Sculpture of Famous Times Square Kiss Comes to Pier 45, San Francisco, August 6-7, 2011

San Francisco, CA — A 6-foot version of Seward Johnson’s famous sculpture depicting the “Times Square Kiss” will be displayed  August 6-7, 2011, at Pier 45 located at the foot of Taylor Street on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.  The sculpture was … Continue reading

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