Marine in Every Invasion
Lt. Gen. Alexander A. Vandegrift,
Marine Corps Commandant:
Merchant marine "participated
in every landing operation by the U. S. Marine Corps from Guadalcanal
to Iwo Jima."
Gen. Douglas MacArthur, U.S.
"With us they have
shared the heaviest enemy fire...I have ordered them off their ships
and into fox holes when their ships became untenable targets of attack.
At our side they have suffered in bloodshed and in death... I hold no
branch in higher esteem than the Merchant Marine."