House OKs bill to pay WWII Merchant Marines $1,000 a month

There are 6 comments on the Merced story from Jul 31, 2007, titled House OKs bill to pay WWII Merchant Marines $1,000 a month. In it, Merced reports that:

“We took the same oath as the armed services”

Fresno resident Rufus Hernandez and his fellow Merchant Marine veterans from World War II would receive $1,000 a month tax-free under a bill passed by the House on Monday. via Merced

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Verna Clancy

Springhill, LA

#42 Oct 8, 2013
Ron wrote:
As I read this article. I am glad for my Dad! Because if these civilians that participated in the WAR when they wanted to, at there convenience, with higher then military wages, will receive $1000.00 per month. Then my Dad that was drafted into the Army through no choice of his own. Served Our Country and was in combat or combat training for most of his service career. Should be receiving $5,000.00 tax free per month. This will be a real blessing. I am so glad that The House is finally taking care of ALL AMERICAN VETERANS!!!! I am sure that there are a lot of us Veterans anxiously awaiting our Tax Free money form this Bill that was past by The House.
Your post glows with misinformation, my friend. You should do a little reading and learning about the Merchant Marines and their service to the country during WW2. Your wonderful dad might not have come home alive were it not for the Merchant Marines. My dad, a Mariner, was buried at sea in 1945.
Dennis Humphrey

Birmingham, AL

#43 Nov 11, 2013
I had several uncles in the Merchant Marines and all I can say is about time for the unsung heroes of W W 2. Did you know percentage wise the Mariners lost more than any other branch of Military. 1 out of every 25 didnt make it home . Also if their ship was sunk they stopped getting paid as soon as they hit the water a terrible injustice .My Hats off to the merchant seaman here on Veterans Day .
Ed Schwenk

Sparta, MO

#44 Nov 27, 2013
My father who is now deceased was a Merchant marine. All I have is two photos. One of them is with his Platoon as he was platoon leader and the other is him and another person. My father was in the Philippine's during the war. He would have been 92 now. If it would help anyone with their research, I would be happy to send the pictures.
Bonnie S Carver

New Haven, CT

#45 Jan 7, 2014
My dad served with the merchant marines all during ww two and received no recognition , help from our government , nothing , absolutely zero , zip , nada ! He is deceased as of 1981 @ 59 years of age and my mom also is deceased and never received so much as a penny. What about the sons and daughters from this time period. Why cannot we in lieu of their deaths receive monies that were due our brave fathers , many of whom were in harm's way constantly. I weep for my dad as I read these postings and for all of the men , brave and true and steadfast who shipped out over and over again who WERE considered military personnel during ww two. For their widows that went without and for remaining adult children. Many of our families suffered as a result of these circumstances. God bless our beloved BRAVE merchant marines who were not recognized and went to their graves without remuneration , medals due many , many of them. They pushed on and got much needed supplies , other military personnel , and all the things our soldiers had to have and could not manage without. They surely did more than their bit , as people term it , and got left holding the empty bag. I am just one proud daughter who will never forget my dad's SERVICE and all the merchant marine family. God Bless our merchant marines . Please ask , find someway to thank a merchant marine for his valiant and brave service to our country. Pls. Never let them be forgotten. I thank you. Our merchant marine families thank you. It's the very least we can do. In memory of William H. Carver I love and miss you so dad , your daughter Bonnie S. Carver
Peg Bensin

Lake Hiawatha, NJ

#46 Mar 5, 2014
My Dad served proudly in the Merchant Marine during WW2. He could not enlist in the "regular" Marines as his brother was killed on Okinawa and he was "sole surviving son" and therefore not allowed to enlist. He therefore joined the Merchant Marines. During his service, the ships he sailed on served as excort ships for the Navy. As a result three of those ships were sunk. I remember him telling me that after being rescued after an attack that also saw Navy ships destroyed, that once on shore the Red Cross refused to serve the Merchant Marines because they were not part of the US military. Many merchant marines served because of restrictions that prohibited them from enlisting in the regular armed forces. They served with honor and dignity without any recognition. It's about time they were given the honot they truely deserve and someone should get theoir stories out
pat studer

Kansas City, MO

#47 Jul 24, 2014
they were not part of the military, it was a job, just like people back home building planes and guns, they were paid well, forget about it!

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