A Voice For The American Merchant Mariner
We are the American Merchant Marine Veterans, or AMMV, and we are over 5,000 strong. Join us as we endeavor to educate citizens about the accomplishments and sacrifices our men have made for the United States of America, and so much more. Our voices will be heard; our history drives our service.
American Merchant Marines, The Fourth Arm of Defense
Starting in 1983, AMMV was founded by a group of veterans looking to obtain the recognition that was rightfully theirs. AMMV aims to highlight the service of U.S. Merchant Marines, particularly in WWII, and fight for Just Recognition and the benefits that come along with such service.
In Peace and War, We Deliver!
The American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV) is a pro-American, non-profit group founded to raise awareness about what the American Merchant Marine has done for our country in both war and peace. One of our primary goals is to honor the achievements of the American-flagged Merchant Marine. We operate to help American Merchant Marine Veterans, United States military Veterans, and their families.
All Hands on Deck Marines! Heave Ho!
We provide therapy to Veterans, widows, and orphans, as well as assistance with legal, financial, and emotional issues arising from their service to our country. Additionally, we provide information regarding benefits and services available to Veterans and their families.
American Merchant Mariners, Keep’em Sailing!
AMMV is also committed to encouraging and educating the American people and government about the contributions that American Merchant Mariners have made to the nation’s war efforts and national security. In addition, AMMV is devoted to facilitating and teaching the people and government of the United States about the significance and necessity of a large American Merchant Marine fleet.
Welcome to the AMMV
In the words of Bob Lanyon, “The brave deeds performed by the Merchant Marines must be recognized now.” Since 1983, the American Merchant Marine Veterans have been steadily recruiting members from all over the United States, with the aim of creating a sense of community among Merchant Mariners of all wars and raising public awareness of our bravery. We’ve come a long way from our primary success in obtaining Veteran status for WWII U.S. Merchant Mariners, but it is undeniably necessary to keep working for Just Recognition. Our members support current maritime activities, distribute historical literature, construct memorials, and use their voices to gain recognition for each and every one of our brave seamen.
The Fourth Arm Of Defense
The United States Merchant Marine, also known as the “Fourth Arm of Defense,” has served valiantly and honorably through each American conflict faced. Our members have achieved a great many honors, from supporting our military forces and cementing alliances, to fostering the growth of our country and advocating for active support of all U.S. maritime defenses. It is within our vision to work together and gain recognition for all of our men, in peace and war.
WWII Merchant Marine Congressional Gold Medal Update
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Member-at-Large dues are $33.26 annually (includes processing fee)
(Effective dates are July 1st thru June 30th).
Within weeks of Pearl Harbor, Nazi U-boats attack American ships within sight of the North Carolina coast, leaving a trail of death and destruction; a team of experts turns this forgotten graveyard into a protected sanctuary in honor of the fallen.
HAWSEPIPE by Ian Watts On his website linked below, Ian Watts shares his repository for writing, images, and supporting documents related to his exploration of topics related to the American Merchant Marine. To learn more about his findings, please click on his website below to access their respective jump pages.
From William Geroux, author of The Mathews Men ” and “The Ghost Ships of Archangel”: “FYI, the TV series on the U-boat war (for which I and some AMMV folks were interviewed) began airing last night (July 25th) on the Science Channel. The show is called Hitler’s American Battlefield.” (Cable Subscription needed). https://www.sciencechannel.com/show/hiters-american-battlefield-science-atve-us?fbclid=IwAR2qWl4ARclIVSPo2erI2lM8euQ4uED3A-24d5w5jsIOAdGMN6lJlDbavv4
On Saturday, February 6th, a ceremony was held in Punta Gorda, FL to honor WWII Merchant Marine Veteran & AMMV member George Koch, who recently received the Ushakov Medal from the Russian Embassy, for serving on ships delivering critical supplies to Murmansk during the war.
Using today’s technology, it is now easier than ever to keep up with the ongoings of our community and share in each other’s celebrations, achievements, and victories. With such rich histories to share, we would be remiss not to chronicle our efforts. To this end, we encourage all members and general attendees of events concerning the AMMV to share photos, stories, and footage that you’d like to see included in our blog articles.
With numerous chapters running all across the United States and the world at large, the AMMV actively educates and fights for Just Recognition to this day. Our members have physically supported the implementation of memorials, attended ceremonies for overdue honors, brought articles to Congress, and so much more. We hope to bring awareness to the continued adventures of our patriots. We aspire to share updates with our members as frequently as possible through the blog on our website, which you can visit at the link below.
Through our dedication and service to our country, in times of both peace and war, we have more than proven that the United States Merchant Marine is deserving of governmental recognition and support. Our seamen have turned the tides of battle with their supply missions, braving rough seas and losing many to them. All of this in order to supply our troops with the food, gear, and gas necessary to defend freedom and make it back home. So many years later, our courageous mariners are still pursuing ongoing legislation for the full provisions awarded to Veterans by the G.I. Bill of Rights after WWII. Our military counterparts have already received these benefits long ago. The AMMV continues to work through grassroots efforts, all the way up to Congress, to fight for what we have so rightfully earned.
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From our AMMV Annual Convention to chapter reunions and so much more, our members actively participate in COVID-safe events across the United States today. We also often gather for national observances such as V-E Day, Memorial Day, National Maritime Day, and many others. Brainstorming bills for Just Recognition and meeting to lobby for co-sponsors isn’t unheard of. Of course, if there is an honors ceremony or a memorial event, you’ll find us front and center—and we’d love your support in attendance as well!
You’ll find that we keep our events calendar up to date with the latest gatherings we’ve confirmed among our Veterans. While we love highlighting our advocacy and championing our Proclamation and Purposes, many events are simply social. Reconnecting with old friends, making new ones, and sharing memories of service make some of our favorite get-togethers. We invite you to take a look at our upcoming events, and as always, we look forward to seeing your faces.
The 2019 “Storm the Hill” was led by WWII Merchant Marine Veteran & AMMV Government Affairs Co-Chair Charles A. Mills, with Eugene Barner and Gerard Driscoll being the other Vets on the team. Sheila M. Sova returned to serve as the Team Coordinator. The group was rounded off with Laura Johnson Riddle, Cindy Driscoll-Komlos, and AMMV D.A.R. Chapter President Dennis Ng.
Here is a trailer of our 2019 AMMV National Convention.
The 33rd National Convention of the American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV) organization opened with early Registration on Wednesday, March 20th. The Registration team was led by Kimberly King with Lynn Kelly and Sindy Raymond assisting. The Hospitality Room was once again generously stocked with drinks and snacks. In addition, Shirley Knight provided a variety of Easter candies.
On the week of National Maritime Day 2017, a crew led by Past AMMV President Morris Harvey visited Congress and attended a ceremony at the Department of Transportation building. These “Storm the Hill” efforts were designed to educate members of Congress in the importance of passing H.R. 154: The Honoring Our WWII Merchant Mariners Act of 2017, introduced by Congressman Al Green of Texas.
“America has long stood tall as a beacon of freedom thanks to the women and men of our Armed Forces who safeguard our country and our ideals with courage, honor, and selflessness. While our heroes and their families continue to give of themselves for us all, we must recognize the unthinkable pain that remains with the loved ones of those who have not returned home.” Presidential Proclamation. The White House September 18, 2015.
Go to our bar menu under EVENTS and click on drop down menu item “31st Annual ———-“ to find our final version of the agenda for our 31st Annual AMMV convention. Join us to enjoy and be informed by the many outstanding speakers lined up to address our assembly. Your attendance will be rewarded with the important and informative content of their presentations.
AMMV’s Outstanding Volunteers: Meet the Team behind the Dream At the 30th annual AMMV National Convention held in New Orleans (March 2016), six AMMV members received awards for outstanding service to the AMMV organization.
The jones Act
The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act, was passed in order to provide for the promotion and maintenance of the American Merchant Marine. This federal statute helps regulate maritime commerce in U.S. waters and between U.S. ports. The act does contain multitudes for defining seamen’s rights, and overall provides a great benefit for our U.S. merchants at sea. The AMMV dedicates a great portion of its efforts to dispelling untruths and clearing up false assertions regarding the Jones Act today. We advocate for its continuation and closely watch all attempted repeals and rebukes with the care our protections deserve. We want to share the latest news here concerning the Jones Act, as well as any motions attempting to alter it.