American Merchant Marine Veterans Oral History Project


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Working on barges alongside his family transporting war materials as a 10 year old during WWII

Day-to-day work on the barge: cooking, deck work, engine room work, loading and unloading coal, washing down the deck

Waiting for a tug, painting the barge gray, dim-out during wartime

Trading coal dust for food, pigeon stew, rationing

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Shipping from Norfolk, VA to New England, transporting different cargo


Port of New York, buying groceries in Red Hook

Threat of submarines from Norfolk to New York

Death of his brother Billy, his tug MENOMINEE sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Virginia in March 1942, survivors picked up by NOTHERN SUN

Effort to track down records of women and children on coastwise tugs, attempt to get Congress to recognize barge seamen as veterans

Difficulty in getting access to records from the National Maritime Center