merchatn ship view through periscope

torpedo track

seaman in water

Of more than 8,300 mariners killed, 85% were listed as "Missing in Action."

Merchant Marine Casualties

Mariners suffered the highest casualty rate of any service during World War II. Over 1,500 merchant ships were sunk.

SS Lehigh sinking

1 in 26 Mariners killed
1 in 34 Marine Corps killed
1 in 48 Army killed
1 in 114 Navy killed
1 in 421 Coast Guard killed

The U.S. provided a $5,000 life insurance policy for mariners -- with many exceptions -- while Army and Navy men were worth $10,000, with continued benefits to widows and orphans.