World War II US Navy Armed Guard and US Merchant Marine
This web site is intended to document history and memories of the World War II Navy Armed Guard and Merchant Marine. The U.S. Navy Armed Guard was a service branch of the United States Navy that was responsible for defending U.S. and Allied merchant ships from attack by enemy aircraft, submarines and surface ships during World War II. The men of the Armed Guard served primarily as gunners, signal men and radio operators on cargo ships, tankers, troop ships and other merchant vessels. The merchant marine is collectively those non-naval ships that carry cargo or passengers or provide maritime services, and the civilian crewmen and officers who sail those ships.
(Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
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