Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
United States Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II
1941 - 1945
In Peace and War
In memory of those who plied the North Atlantic routes, the Murmansk run, the Invasions of N. Africa, Italy, Normandy, Philippines, Okinawa and every other major Invasion around the Globe.
Recruited as an all volunteer group to man 3,640 new ships in addition to the 1800+ ships and crews already supplying England and Russia. 92% of all gasoline, oil, ammunition, bombs and other necessities of life were supplied to every American Fighting Front around the world by USMM ships.
Casualty rate was 0.1% below the Marine Corps. Normal ratio killed to wounded was 1 to 2.3. USMM ratio was 3.46 to 1.
866 ships sunk or damaged.
609 crewmen taken POW with 54 dying in prison camps.
Kansans Died at Sea
Wilford A. Bailey Louis D. Bobbitt Abe Ediger George E. Guilford Norman Hanson John C. Preston Glen C. Schmoker Orville Starlin, Jr. Emory N. Veatch Ralph E. Wilkinson
Joseph D. Hebble, Jr.
Glen E. Trimble
USMM Highest Decoration
Richard G. Matthieson (DSM)
Edwin J. O'Hare (DSM)
Regional Mariners of WWII who made this memorial possible
[Honor Roll not transcribed]
Location. 37° 41.417′ N, 97° 20.709′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Touch for map. Monument is in Veterans Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 339 North Greenway, Wichita KS 67202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USN Armed Guard ( here, next to this marker); Fleet Marine Force Navy Hospital Corpsmen ( a few steps from this marker); Marine Corps Memorial ( a few steps from this marker); Dorado SS (248) ( a few steps from this marker); U.S. Submariners On Eternal Patrol Since World War II ( a few steps from this marker); MK-14 Submarine Torpedo ( a few steps from this marker); Kansas Korean War Memorial ( within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam War and Homefront Memorial ( within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita.
Regarding United States Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II. The contributor remembers and honors his two uncles, Wendell Brown and Robert Zimmerman of Pennsylvania, who performed convoy duty as Merchant Mariners on Liberty Ships during World War II.
Also see . . .
1. U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II (Submitted on June 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Veterans Memorial Park of Wichita. (Submitted on June 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 477 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.