Planes aboard tanker deck
Large cargo was carried on deck.

t2 tanker
Fuel oil hauled by merchant tankers for warships, planes and vehicles was the critical element in fighting the war.


Merchant Marine Delivered

tank being loaded onto shipFleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz:

"our Navy...our Army, and the aircraft of both would have been helpless to pound the enemy into defeat overseas, had it not been for the steady stream of personnel, equipment... brought... by the ships of our own Merchant Marine..."

Merchant ships delivered:

  • Troops, rations, mail
  • Medical equipment
  • Ammunition
  • Airplanes and gliders
  • PT boats, tanks, trucks and jeeps
  • Fuel for ships, planes, vehicles
  • Raw material from overseas