AMMV Events

Events and get-togethers are some of the best ways to find community among fellow Mariners. Enjoying the company of others who have gone through similar events can be a uniquely refreshing experience. AMMV loves honoring our members alongside family and friends.

Celebrating Our Veterans

It is a great sacrifice to serve our country. For many, it meant making the greatest sacrifice and giving their lives in the name of our country. For others it meant missing dance recitals, or the birth of a child, or the marriage of a sibling, or the death of a loved one.

Our independence and the very life of our democratic republic have survived because of our Veterans and these very sacrifices that were made. We recognize all of our Veterans because they risked everything to give troops on the ground the necessary tools to ensure that the United States remained a beacon of light when the darkness seemed to be closing in.

We laud our Veterans and their sacrifices through our continued actions, but we also enjoy a good time together! Whether it’s a convention full of amazing speakers and panels, a small gathering to honor those lost to us, or even celebrating important holidays, we love seeing our members get together.

Event Calendar

AMMV knows that a huge source of stability and balance for Veterans is community. Our members need the connection to others, especially those who have also been Merchant Mariners and experienced the same hardships and background. The bonds between service members are some of the most solid bonds in existence, and we want to facilitate not only creating these relationships, but also maintaining them. Through our events, we encourage our members to meet others, honor each other, and learn more about taking their rights into their own hands. Take a look at our events below and see if you can make any of them! We’d be glad to have you.

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Unveiling a New Monument
Commemorating the Contributions
of American Merchant Mariners
in Support of D-Day

June 5, 2024 @ 11am – Utah Beach, Normandy, France

The American Merchant Marine Veterans has issued a press release for U.S. Merchant Marine WWII veterans and Allies who will be recognized with the unveiling of a new memorial installed in Utah Beach, Normandy France; 05 June 2024.

Please view the attached press release and brochure which highlights the historic significance of the marker and U.S. Merchant Marine’s contributions to victory in WWII.

There are (6) WWII Mariners traveling on tour for the 80th D-Day Anniversary including 107 year old Reynolds Tomter, Dave Yoho, Mike Robins, Allen Johnson, William Balabanow and Joe Kallist.

Join us at the convention!

April 18-22, 2024

SAVE THE DATE and join us Thursday, April 18th – Monday, April 22nd for the 36th Annual Merchant Marine Veterans Convention at the Higgins Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana!

Commemorative Book Space

We extend an invitation to recognize the contributions of the U.S. Merchant Marine, especially our WWII MM, by placing an ad or page in our commemorative convention book. Chapters, individuals, maritime organizations, and other groups are urged to participate. Heave Ho!

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Veterans speak! An Intergenerational Dialogue

Monday, November 27th, 2023 | 7:00pm

Join us for the online webinar “Veterans Speak: An Intergenerational Dialogue” which will include dialog from WWII mariners Dave Yoho and Captain Hugh Stephens (Murmansk Run); Burley Smith (last living crewmember from S/S Meredith Victory during the Hungnam Evacuation, rescuing 14,000 refugees); and Houston ship pilot Capt. Sherri Hickman. We also plan to give a shout out to AMMV’s oldest member, 106 ½ year old Reynolds Tomter of Wisconsin! Click the button below to join the webinar, password 311299.

Annual National Maritime Day

Monday, May 22nd, 2023

In honor of National Maritime Day, May 22nd, USA Warrior Stories’ Ross Rowlinson spearheaded efforts in Vero Beach, Florida to create a long overdue memorial to the WWII U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans. The City of Vero Beach unveiled the new WWII Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial in 2023 on their Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary. They also invited many local and visiting WWII veterans and Merchant Mariners to witness 100-year-old WWII Mariner Mr. Floyd York receive his copy of the Congressional Gold Medal from the local Congressional Representative Bill Posey’s office. In honor or May 22nd, USA Warrior Stories’ Ross Rowlinson spearheaded efforts in Vero Beach, Florida to create a long overdue memorial to the WWII U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans

Memorial Day

May 29th, 2023

Heroes of the U.S. Merchant Marine, William Balabanow, John Laughton, Charles Mills, George Worsham, and David Yoho represented the over 9,500 brave merchant mariners who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II by laying wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, 2023.
USA Warrior Stories producer and retired Merchant Mariner Ross Rowlinson was invited to Washington, D.C., to participate in the festivities. With the help of the American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV), Ross recorded some amazing interviews while in Washington, D.C., in addition to previous interviews with living veterans.