30th Annual Merchant Marine Convention & Reunion – 2016

Main Merchant Marine Gallery

Entry level view of the Main Merchant Marine Gallery

To wrap up our 30th Annual AMMV Convention & Reunion, March 30-31, 2016, in New Orleans – a bus load of members (Some are included in Pic in this post) visited the WWII Museum, including the new Merchant Marine Exhibit. This is a mammoth step to formally and officially offer Just Recognition to the patriotic and courageous service of the 250,000 Mariners who volunteered to go into harm’s way in the service of their country. The Museum offers the following information to potential visitors: 


“Situated at the end of the new American Spirit Bridge, on the second floor of the Solomon Victory Theater complex, this stand-alone 940-square-foot gallery honors the civilian merchant mariners who risked their lives transporting weapons, men, and materiel to US troops overseas. Members of the Merchant Marine were an essential force for the Allied cause, often working together with US Navy or Coast Guard vessels to protect their precious cargo. Crossing the Atlantic and Pacific, they sailed under deadly threat of Japanese destroyers and German U-boats, which attacked as near as the Gulf of Mexico. Through video, artifacts, a model of a Liberty ship, and an engaging array of personal narratives, this exhibit tells their story—including impressive logistical feats, tales of constant danger (and higher casualty rate than any US branch of service), and the role of this hardworking group in transporting 7.3 million American soldiers to support the epic battle fought across the oceans and continents of the world.”

You can see more about the WWII Museum at: http://www.nationalww2museum.org/ 

To go to the Merchant Marine exhibit page use http://www.nationalww2museum.org/visit/exhibits/merchant-marine.html