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Edwin Newman Hosts This Journey Through The Too-Often Untold Story Of The U.S. Merchant Marine During The Second World War, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS In All Regions DVD Format! (Color, 1991, 49 Minutes.) Plus BONUS TITLE From NBC's Famous World War II Military Literacy Series WORDS AT WAR Sponsored by the Council on Books in Wartime: LOG BOOK By British Merchant Seaman Frank Laskia About His Second World War Merchant Marine Service, His Wounding And His Words To The Free World (12/21/1943, 30 Minutes) - -- All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #UnitedStatesMerchantMarine #USMerchantMarine #MerchantMarine #MerchantNavy #BritishMerchantNavy #US MerchantMarine #Merchantman #NavalHistory #NavalWarfare #BattleOfTheAtlantic #WorldWarII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #PacificWar #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
* 7/30/19: Updated And Upgraded: Updated With WORDS AT WAR: LOG BOOK By British Merchant Seaman Frank Laskia About His Second World War Merchant Marine Service, And Upgraded From A Standard Format DVD To An Archival Quality Dual Layer Format DVD!
The United States Merchant Marine refers to either United States civilian mariners, or to U.S. civilian and federally owned merchant vessels. Both the civilian mariners and the merchant vessels are managed by a combination of the government and private sectors, and engage in commerce or transportation of goods and services in and out of the navigable waters of the United States. The Merchant Marine primarily transports cargo and passengers during peacetime; in times of war, the Merchant Marine can be an auxiliary to the United States Navy, and can be called upon to deliver military personnel and materiel for the military. Merchant Marine officers may also be commissioned as military officers by the Department of Defense. This is commonly achieved by commissioning unlimited tonnage Merchant Marine officers as Strategic Sealift Officers in the United States Navy Reserve. Merchant mariners move cargo and passengers between nations and within the United States, and operate and maintain deep-sea merchant ships, tugboats, towboats, ferries, dredges, excursion vessels, charter boats and other waterborne craft on the oceans, the Great Lakes, rivers, canals, harbors, and other waterways. As of October 1, 2018, the United States merchant fleet had 181 privately owned, oceangoing, self-propelled vessels of 1,000 gross register tons and above that carry cargo from port to port. Nearly 800 American-owned ships are flagged in other nations. The federal government maintains fleets of merchant ships via organizations such as Military Sealift Command (part of the U.S. Navy) and the National Defense Reserve Fleet, which is managed by the United States Maritime Administration. In 2004, the federal government employed approximately 5% of all American water transportation workers. In the 19th and 20th centuries, various laws fundamentally changed the course of American merchant shipping. These laws put an end to common practices such as flogging and shanghaiing, and increased shipboard safety and living standards. The United States Merchant Marine is also governed by more than 25 (as of February 17, 2017) international conventions to promote safety and prevent pollution. P.L. 95-202, approved November 23, 1977, granted veteran status to Women Airforce Service Pilots and "any person in any other similarly situated group" with jurisdiction for determination given to the Secretary of Defense who delegated that determination to the Secretary of the Air Force. Although the Merchant Marine suffered a per capita casualty rate greater than those of the U.S. Armed Forces, merchant mariners who served in World War II were denied such veterans recognition until 1988 when a federal court ordered it. The Court held that "the Secretary of the Air Force abused its discretion in denying active military service recognition to American merchant seamen who participated in World War II."
A Merchant Marine or Merchant Navy or Mercantile Marine is the fleet of merchant vessels that are registered in a specific country. On merchant vessels, seafarers of various ranks and sometimes members of maritime trade unions are required by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) to carry Merchant Mariner's Documents. King George V bestowed the title of the "Merchant Navy" on the British merchant shipping fleets following their service in the First World War; since then a number of other nations have also adopted use of that title or the similar "Merchant Marine". The following is a partial list of the merchant navies or merchant marines of various countries. In many countries the fleet's proper name is simply the capitalized version of the common noun ("Merchant Navy").