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- DescriptionA good number of Merchant Marine WW II combat veterans have poured out their memories in this book. They tell about what they did on their ships for their country to supply the needs of our fighting men and those of our allies all over the earth. We WW 2 Merchant Marines are all w in our upper 80's & 90's and dealing with medical problems. No one kws how many of us are still alive. Every day we hear that one or more of our WW II sailor comrades have Crossed the Bar (passed away). There have been more than 50 Merchant Marine wartime books written over the years since that war. This one may be the last and we will tell our story up to the present. Very few people have heard of these Merchant Mariners or the struggle to obtain recognition and benefits from two generations of forgetful Washington politicians. Ian Allison and this author were very close to that struggle and you can read about it here - unvarnished. We are very proud to have stories about Stanley Willner in Death's Railway and Perry Adam in Little Ships which were written by Gerald Reminick and published by the Glencann Press, Mr. Walter Jafffe, Publisher, El Cerritto, CA. These gentlemen have wished us well with this book. The Forgotten Heroes, by the well-kwn author, Mr. Brian Herbert, is the third book we used for expertise on total information about the Merchant Marine. We met Mr. Herbert at the April 18, 2007 House Committee on VA Affairs. He spoke strongly about the treatment and neglect the country had given us. When his verbal time ran out, he continued with a five-page written testimony. This volume's publishing would t be possible without the collection of WW II Merchant Marine information provided by Captain Dave Swan of the St. Johns River Chapter of the AMMV from the Maritime Museum in Jacksonville, FL 32260. The subject of this book is t the U.S. in WW II. Those accounts almost never mention the Merchant Mariners. Our stories are told by these old men who were out there on every ocean before, during and after the US entered the war, 1940-1946. We most certainly ackwledge the contribution of their stories.
- Author BiographyH. Gerald Starnes, a native of Southwest Virginia, is a retired GE Field Engineer, Project & Customer Service Manager. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the US Merchant Marine Academy in 1947, which was one of the first bachelor's degrees awarded at Kings Point. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard Chief Engineer's License, which he received in 1953, and he sailed seven years on T-2 tankers. He received his Master of Business Administration from Long Island University in NY in 1970. He is a member of the American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV) and the National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS). The AMMV honored him with a Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his long and outstanding service to the organization. He was also recognized for his diligent and tireless efforts to attain passage of HR-23, the Belated Thank You for the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2007. He is the author of of Them That Left a Name Behind, an 800-page history of the Starnes family - 1980, and Forrest's Forgotten Horse Brigadier, a 110-page paperback on Col. James W. Starnes, a Confederate Cavalry Commander, killed in action on June 30, 1863. It is a 1990 history reference.
- Author(s)Edward Trester,Herman G Starnes,MR Herman G Starnes
- PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Date of Publication22/10/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectMilitary History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight318 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Photographer(s)Edward Trester
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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