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.

Allied tanker sinking in the Atlantic Ocean after being torpedoed by a German submarine, 1942

Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration

American cargo ship exploding after being hit by German aircraft in the invasion of Sicily, 1943

Courtesy of the Library of Congress