On Saturday, October 1, 2022, join The National WWII Museum, in partnership with the American Merchant Marine Veterans, as we commemorate the recent awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to WWII Merchant Mariners in US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center at The National WWII Museum.
During World War II, Merchant Mariners served with bravery and honor as they kept the Allies supplied on the front lines. These mariners were private seamen who enlisted to sail on merchant ships across the Pacific and Atlantic. They braved enemy action and harsh conditions, risking their lives to supply the tools needed for the Grand Alliance to win the war. Roughly 4 percent of those who served were killed, which was a higher casualty rate than any other US military service. Out of the 243,000 of men who served in the Merchant Marines in World War II, approximately 1,500 of them are alive today.
Registration for the event is preferred, but not required. This program will be livestreamed on Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo in addition to the in-person event at the Museum. For more information, contact Jessica Saddler, Veteran & Military Engagement Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.