In their own words
Meet several merchant mariners who sailed on cargo vessels, including Liberty ships, during World War II. Each survived the perils of wartime service. Hear their stories, in their own words.
William Flury describes the sinking of the Liberty ship SS Jean Nicolet by a Japanese sub in the Indian Ocean on July 2, 1944. Thirty merchant mariners, 19 members of the Navy Armed Guard, and 26 passengers were killed in this attack. Transcript
Alan Harvie and John “Sarge” Ransome
Alan Harvie and “Sarge” Ransome describe the sinking of the SS Honomu by a German U-boat in the North Atlantic on July 5, 1942. Twelve members of the crew and a British gunner were killed. Transcript
Spud Campbell describes the sinking of the Liberty ship SS Henry Bacon by German aircraft on February 23, 1945. Sixteen merchant mariners and twelve members of the Navy Armed Guard were killed in this attack. Transcript