Merchant Marine Survivors of World War II
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BeschreibungWorld War II could not have been fought and won without the U.S. Merchant Marine. Crewed by civilian seamen in peacetime and carrying much of the nation's ocean-borne commerce, the Merchant Marine is often considered the "fourth arm of defense" in wartime. As such, it provided vital logistical support for beachheads in all theaters of operation during the war. The 20 World War II Merchant Marine veterans featured in this oral history served in all theaters of war. Most had at least one ship torpedoed, bombed, shelled or mined out from under them—some of them two. Some became prisoners of the Japanese for the duration of the war, working on the infamous River Kwai Bridge. Many spent time on lifeboats or flimsy rafts under harsh conditions; one—Donald Zubrod—endured 42 days in a lifeboat with several others before their eventual rescue, close to death. Credited for paying for their service "with some of their own blood" as they brought bombs, bullets and butter to others, American merchant mariners suffered a casualty rate that was a close second to the Marine Corps during the war. Yet, their role still remains little known and understood.
Untertitel: Oral Histories of Cargo Carrying Under Fire. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2014
Format: epub eBook
Kopierschutz: Adobe DRM