AMMV Members, Friends & Supporters-
Please see the following press release by the American Maritime Partnership regarding President Trump’s signing of the Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act into Law last Friday, March 13, 2020.
The American Merchant Marine Veterans, Inc. offer their sincerest thanks to Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), who sponsored the legislation, President Trump, who signed the legislation into law. In addition, our heartfelt thanks are bestowed on all the dedicated members, friends and supporters of the American Merchant Marine Veterans, Inc. who have worked so diligently, for so many years, to provide long overdue recognition for the service and sacrifice of the unsung heroes of WWII, the United States Merchant Mariner. Bravo Zulu!
WASHINGTON — The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, today joins President Donald J. Trump and congressional leaders in honoring the merchant mariners who served during the Second World War. AMP commends bill sponsors Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for bringing this legislation forward. Today, President Trump signed legislation authorizing the Congressional Gold Medal for American merchant mariners whose honorable deeds were critical to U.S. and Allied objectives and ultimate success in World War II.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Congress. The legislation passed the House and Senate without objection.
“We applaud this bipartisan action that honors these extraordinary American heroes,” said Mike Roberts, President of the American Maritime Partnership. “Since the earliest days of our nation’s existence, America has relied on a strong domestic maritime capability. During World War II, almost 250,000 merchant mariners transported tens of millions of tons of war supplies and more than seven million servicemen under the most challenging circumstances imaginable. Their actions were heroic and courageous yet second nature to them. We all owe these heroes a debt of gratitude that can never be fully repaid.”
The World War II merchant mariners are renowned for their bravery and contribution to the Allied victory 75 years ago. They suffered the highest per capita casualty rate in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, with one mariner out of every 26 lost. Of the 250,000 merchant mariners deployed, an estimated 8,300 mariners lost their lives, and another 12,000 were wounded. Yet, these mariners who put their lives on the line were not provided veteran status until 1988.
Today, American mariners continue to be essential for the nation’s security posture, ensuring a readied base of American mariners that can operate large, ocean-going ships at a moment’s notice during wartime or another contingency. America’s domestic maritime industry is the largest single commercial source of mariners for national security.
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American Maritime Partnership (AMP) is the voice of the US domestic maritime industry, a pillar of our nation‘s economic, national, and homeland security. More than 40,000 American vessels built in American shipyards, crewed by American mariners, and owned by American companies, operate in our waters 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and this commerce sustains nearly 650,000 American jobs, $41.6 billion in labor compensation, and more than $154.8 billion in annual economic output. You can learn more by visiting www.americanmaritimepartnership.com.
The American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV) is a not-for-profit pro-American organization established to gain recognition for what the men of the American Merchant Marine have accomplished for our country in war and peace. Our key purpose is to educate the American public as to the importance of having a strong American flagged Merchant Marine at all times and to promote to the best of our ability the cause of American sea power and the American seamen.