U.S. Merchant Marine Museum
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The U.S. Merchant Marine Museum is situated on Jackson Street in Anderson, Indiana. It is devoted to the U.S. merchant seaman of World War II, who volunteered to deliver the cargos of men and supplies overseas.
The museum was founded in 1979 by George R. Canaday, along with his brother Joe R. Canaday, who served in the Merchant Marines. They worked together on many ships, as seamen first and later as officers.
U.S. Merchant Marine Museum exhibits uniforms, medals and pins, seaman papers, insignia, ships models, and ship instruments. A reference library is also available within the premises.
At the present time, Mr. Canaday has documented 65 of the merchant seamen from Madison County, both living and dead.
How U.S. Merchant Marine Fared During WWII
Marine Corps from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima, suffering the highest casualty rate of any service during World War II, with 1 in 29 killed in action. Merchant mariners were on the front lines the moment their ships left U.S. ports, subject to attack ...
The ships of the U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Army Transport Service were on the frontline as soon as they left their docks and harbors. The enemy mined some harbors, and submarines and raiders waited for their prey outside of the harbors ...
troops and their equipment, bringing high praise from the commander of U.S. Naval Forces in the Far East, Admiral C.T. Joy. In congratulating Navy Captain A.F. Junker, Commander of the Military Sea Transportation Service for the western Pacific ...