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|The American Merchant Marine, American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV)
and the Sacramento Valley Chapter of AMMV.
In peace and war, the Merchant Marine provides sea transport vital to our economy and for
movement of war equipment and military personnel. In wartime, Merchant Mariners are
trained to be warriors to protect their cargo and to keep the lifeline of supplies unbroken.
Ably fighting alongside the Navy Armed Guard to contest submarine, surface and air attacks,
they were at the Normandy Invasion and all other invasions of WWII. The Merchant Marine
delivered 97 percent of all war materials to World War II fighting fronts and sustained a loss
of more than 1,500 ships. The extremely high casualty rate, 1 of every 26 men, was the
highest casualty ratio suffered by any branch of Armed Service in World War II. This fact has
often gone unnoticed.
American Merchant Marine Veterans has chapters throughout the United States. The
Sacramento Valley Chapter serves California's Sacramento Valley and surrounding areas.
Merchant Marine Veterans, who are not members of our organization, are welcome to join
the AMMV Chapter near them. The Sacramento Valley Chapter meets every third
Wednesday at 11:00 hours for a no host luncheon meeting at the American Legion Post
#447, 720 Santiago Ave, Sacramento. If you would like to attend or need more information,
please use the contact page.
Please scroll down for more about us and links to
interesting related sites.
President and Treasurer.......Kenneth Blue
Vice President..........Robert "Bob" Ulrich
Secretary and Regional VP.. Larry Starn
Webmaster................Robert Ulrich This site is owned, operated and financially maintained
by Robert Ulrich for the benefit of the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the American Merchant
Marine Veterans. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Merchant Mariners sailed the cargo ships and the tankers of WWII. The
Mariners who crewed these vessels are all combat veterans. All U.S. Merchant
Mariners sailed into harms way. When they left port, they were immediately in
submarine infested waters. All Merchant Marine veterans served at sea.
THE UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE
From our shores to every theater of war my ships
have carried the troops, guns, planes, and supplies
needed for victory.
In the face of devastating losses, my Mariners never
gave up and always stayed true to our mission:
We will deliver.
No distance was too far and no danger too great to
keep us from our duty and triumph over the
tyrants of the world.
I am the flag of the United States Merchant Marine
by our friend Jim Willis former VA Administrator for the state of Oregon.
Latest Sacramento Valley Newsletter.
For Feb 2017 Please click here March 2017 click here
April....please click here May issue please click here
Sac Valley Members next meeting at Tower Bridge Monument
on Maritime Day May 22nd. All veterans or friends welcome.
Information about the Merchant Marine of World War 2
Supporting bill HR154...by Dave Yoho's
Please click here.
A heartwarming speech by ex Mariner Dave Yoho's at the
Nations War Monuments in Washington D.C. this past
Memorial Day. I am linking here to that activity but one must
have a facebook account to see it. Please click here.
The 31st National AMMV Conference was held in March 2017
at the Sands Regency hotel in Reno, Nevada.
Below is one of the presentations at the 31st National AMMV
Davis Alberg is part of a program
to protect underwater sites includ-
ing the home of the worlds first
Ironclad ship, the U.S.S.Monitor.
The proposal would be to include
World War II ships sunk along the
Atlantic seaboard and the Carribean
which are the final resting place for
thousands of American Merchant
Mariners. Click Here.
The city of Auburn, California has the longest
running Veterans Parade in the nation. At the
96th annual Veterans Parade in 2014, Auburn
chose to honor, in particular, the U.S. Merchant
Marine. Each Merchant Mariner who (pic below)
participated was presented with a beautiful gold
To watch the entire parade ..please click here.
The above Merchant Marine Veterans of WWII, and others,
participated in the 2014 parade. Click above to watch the
Maritime Day May 22, 2012 Dedication of the
Memorial Bench at the Sacramento Valley National VA
Cemetery in Dixon, Ca.
The inscription says "Dedicated to the
United States Merchant Marine and its
Mariners who have defended America
since 1775." For more click here.
Links to films
The Navy rescues Captain Phillips and puts the
Pirates out of business....click here
Sea Stories of WW II ....click here
The Battle of Midway. Film details the situation,
the ships and weapons available to both the U.S.
and Japan during the historic battle. Excellent
film and runs about 1 hr and 54 minutes. Click
Video (in three parts)of ill fated Convoy
"Heave Ho", song of the U.S. Merchant Marine
with vocal. Wait a few seconds for it to load.
Speakers on and sound turned up. Please click
ATTENTION BANDS AND BAND MASTERS!!!! If your band
performs at patrotic events and if you do not have the band
music to "Heave Ho" the Merchant Marine song, we will
provide it at no cost. All we ask is that your band perform the
music. I can send you the complete parts for band via
email... but must discuss this before I send. Contact me at
Who wrote "Heave Ho", the Merchant Marine song?
Answer: Jack Lawrence. click here.
Why are we doing this? click here
A group of young musicians. Video and audio.
Canadian Celtic band salute to the Merchant Marine. click
The Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point...click here.
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA at the Sacramento Valley National
Veterans Cemetery, Dixon, California and throughout the country every
Rosie the Riveter Lois Boyle performs "Rosie the Riveter" at the Western
Regional Conference in Reno, Nevada on Sept 30th, 2008. To hear Lois as Rosie
please click here.
The term "Rosie the Riveter" was coined during World War II and was
an affectionate term for the American women who streamed into the ship-
yards to help build the Liberty Ships, Victory Ships and Tankers. These were
the ships that transported the materials of war for our troops and allowed us to
win World War II.
My tour of the Red Oak Victory click here
The Merchant Marine at War. to learn about all aspects of the US Merchant
Marine and for a link to numerous other important sites. Absolutely one of the
best on the subject......click here
Our Sacramento Valley Merchant Marine
Memorials and Monuments click here
The Old Ships
Just a few of the WWII Merchant Vessels remain. They are open to the public
and give you a first hand look at history.
On the Pacific coast.
The Liberty ship, SS Jeremiah O'Brien, click here
The Victory ship, the SS Red Oak Victory, click here
The Victory Ship, the SS Lane Victory, click here
On the Atlantic coast.
The Liberty ship, SS John Brown, click here
The Victory Ship, SS American Victory, click here
Below are selected pages from our chapter
National Maritime Day, 2015, at the Merchant Marine Memorial at
the Tower Bridge in old Sacramento.
Dedication Memorial Bench at Sacramento Valley National VA
Veterans Cemetery Click here
2013..Woodland High School Students meet Vets..click here
2011..Woodland High School students meet Vets..click here
Las Vegas conference 2010...some photos of the event..click here.
Memorial Day 2010 VA National Cemetery Dixon, Ca click here
Memorial Day Parade in North Highlands with MM lifeboat
Vererans Day 2009..some locations and activities............click here
Merchant Marine flag to fly at McClellan Veterans Clinic
Memorial Day Service 2008 Sacramento Valley VA National
Western Regional Conference in Reno, Nv of 2009..a few
My tour of the Red Oak Victory click here
Sac Valley Chapter Memorial Day Parade 2008...click here
Memorial Day Service 2007 Sacramento Valley VA National
Cemetery, click here
Rededicating USS Sacramento bell next to the Merchant Marine
Memorial at the Tower Bridge. click here
SS Jeremiah O'Brien welcomes Queen Mary 2 click here .