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Heroes of the Merchant Marine

Thrilling tales of men who faces a hostile sea and an even more hostile WWII enemy.

6 old time radio show recordings
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SS American Seafarer in SF Bay 1946
1945, syndicated by the War Shipping Administration

The United States was largely isolationist until the attack on Pearl Harbor. The mobilization of the whole country onto a war-footing is a thing to be marveled at. Sacrifices were made at home so that our boys on the fighting fronts had the best equipment and materiel to fight with. The industrial might of the nation answered the call, but all the tanks, rifles, bullets and beans wouldn't mean a thing if they remained on the docks.

US Merchant MarinesCommercial seafaring has a long tradition in the US. During the years before the war all of our trade with the Old World and the nations of the Pacific came by sea, and American ingenuity did its best to see that as much of that commerce as possible came in American hulls. The Merchant Marine Act of 1936 made American Mariners military personnel in time of war.

And they did fight! The enemy knew that the Allied effort would come to a standstill if the supply chain could be cut. So they throw the strength of the Luftwaffe and the fearsome U-Boats at merchant sea traffic. Although the merchant ships were usually provided with a US Navy gun crew, they were for the most part defenseless against attack. The ships would try to sail in convoy under the protection of a Naval Escort, but they were still big, slow moving targets. And if a ship had to slow for mechanical reasons, a common enough occurrence in peacetime sailing, the convoy would be forced to leave it, and its crew, behind without protection.

The losses of the merchant marine were a closely guarded secret in the beginning years of the war. As the Allies began to gain an upper hand in the Battle for the Sea Lanes, the War Shipping Administration was allowed to glorify some of the heroes that trod its decks. One of these efforts was the syndicated drama Heroes of the Merchant Marine. The programs were very dramatic, and highlighted the efforts made by mariners to save their ships, and most of all there shipmates, after attacks.

Heroes of the Merchant Marines, and programs like it, such as Its Maritime and Men at Sea which were very effective recruiting tools for the Merchant Marine. See also WWII Collection,The Man Behind the Gun, and I Sustain the Wings.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    6 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 1 hours, 27 min
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      6 shows - total playtime 1 hours 27 minutes
      1. Heroes Merchant Marine 451220 001 Edwin F Cheney.mp3
      2. Heroes Merchant Marine 451227 002 Edwin L Johnson.mp3
      3. Heroes Merchant Marine 460117 005 Lewis George Finch.mp3
      4. Heroes Merchant Marine 460124 006 Capt. Gus Warren Darnell.mp3
      5. Heroes Merchant Marine 460214 009 Walter Lee Second Mate.mp3
      6. Heroes Merchant Marine 460221 010 Capt Carl William Janeke.mp3
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    6 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 1 hours, 27 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      6 shows - total playtime 1 hours 27 minutes
      1. Heroes Merchant Marine 451220 001 Edwin F Cheney.mp3
      2. Heroes Merchant Marine 451227 002 Edwin L Johnson.mp3
      3. Heroes Merchant Marine 460117 005 Lewis George Finch.mp3
      4. Heroes Merchant Marine 460124 006 Capt. Gus Warren Darnell.mp3
      5. Heroes Merchant Marine 460214 009 Walter Lee Second Mate.mp3
      6. Heroes Merchant Marine 460221 010 Capt Carl William Janeke.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    6 recordings on 2 Audio CDs
    total playtime 1 hours, 27 min

    Disc A001

    1. Heroes Merchant Marine 451220 001 Edwin F Cheney
    2. Heroes Merchant Marine 451227 002 Edwin L Johnson
    3. Heroes Merchant Marine 460117 005 Lewis George Finch
    4. Heroes Merchant Marine 460124 006 Capt. Gus Warren Darnell

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A002

    1. Heroes Merchant Marine 460214 009 Walter Lee Second Mate
    2. Heroes Merchant Marine 460221 010 Capt Carl William Janeke

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00