Marine an Armed Force
According to President Roosevelt,
mariners were "fighting side by side with our Army and Navy."
Each one was assigned a battle station and passed ammunition or manned
aircraft guns and cannons during battles with kamikazes, bombers, U-boats,
and auxiliary cruiser.
Cadet-Midshipman Edwin O'Hara
fired the last 5 shells from the Liberty ship SS Stephen Hopkins,
sinking the heavily armed Nazi raider SS Stier.
O'Hara was one of many mariners
killed in action who was awarded a medal for "heroism beyond
the call of duty."