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Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The United States Merchant Marine

 
 
The United States Merchant Marine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
1. The United States Merchant Marine Marker
Inscription.  Throughout history, two categories of ships, merchants and naval combatants, have carried out the world’s seagoing activities. Those of the merchant marine, known as merchantmen, carry cargo, passengers, and perform special functions during times of war. Navies have the mission of maintaining sea lanes to enable the nation’s merchant marine to move freely and safely and to prevent an enemy from doing so. In times of war, the distinction between merchantmen and fighting ships can be narrow.
The selfless sacrifice of American merchant marines to the defense, commerce and growth of this nation date back to the independence of the United States. The first Congress established “Shipping Articles” providing the foundation upon which United States Merchant Marine was founded. American merchantmen brought goods and gold seekers to California from around the world and helped establish and maintain a maritime presence on Sacramento’s riverfront lasting into the late 1960’s. The United States Merchant Marine Academy is at Kings Point, New York. The California Maritime Academy is located near the mouth of the Sacramento River at Vallejo.
American Merchant Marine Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
2. American Merchant Marine Monument
Marker is located on the right.

 
Erected 1998 by Members of the Sacramento Valley Chapter American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV), their families and friends. This Chapter was founded 2/1/91.
 
Location. 38° 34.805′ N, 121° 30.428′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Capital Mall and Front Street. Marker is located at the American Merchant Marines Monument, at the entrance to the River Front Promenade. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sacramento’s Maritime Heritage (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Sacramento 1863 – 1867 (here, next to this marker); “Cobblestone” Ballast (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Sacramento 1914 – 1942 (here, next to this marker); Merchant Marine Monument (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Sacramento – 1964 (here, next to this marker); USS Sacramento (PG-19) (here, next to this marker); The Interurban Railroad Lines (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
The AMMV Plaza Memorial Committee Plaque at the Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
3. The AMMV Plaza Memorial Committee Plaque at the Monument
AMMV Plaza
MEMORIAL COMMITTEE
MAY 1998
Harl Mullins, Chair
Bill Fairfield, CEO
J.O. Nelson, CEO
Marvin Booth, CEO
Joe Callahan
Walter Duering
Bob Koetitz
Bob Nelson
Bob Sharp
The AMMV Plaza Memorial Committee Plaque and Flag Mast image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
4. The AMMV Plaza Memorial Committee Plaque and Flag Mast
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. This page originally submitted on February 25, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,532 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 25, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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