Published January 13, 2015
Saturday, June 23 at 3 p.m. ET!
Hosted by Oliver North
For the thousands who served in the U.S. Merchant Marine, it is one of the most overlooked chapters in the story of World War II.
The U.S. Merchant Marine played a crucial role in every theater. Without the bridge of merchant ships delivering tons of weapons, troops, food, ammunition, and fuel from the home front to the battle lines, there would have been no Allied victory.
While transiting the ocean, the United States Merchant Marine had to contend with wolf packs of German U-boats seeking to destroy them. In addition, dive-bombers, surface raiders, auxiliary raiders, and mines made their life at sea a living hell. When the war ended in 1945, nearly 80,000 Allied mariners and 5,000 ships lay at the bottom of the sea.
In this poignant episode of War Stories with Oliver North you’ll hear first hand accounts from mariners who were torpedoed, shot at, and captured. You’ll meet a member of Hitler’s"Unterseebootwaffe" and see the inside of U-505.
And despite the highest casualty ratio than any other of the armed services, you’ll see how these heroic mariners finally achieved veteran status after forty years.
Don't miss the compelling story of the United States Merchant Marine.
Staff for this episode:
Executive Producer: Pamela K. Browne
Produced and Written by: Cyd Upson and Ayse Wieting
Editor: Chris Scolaro
Designer: Greg Van Why