photograph of gunsight with u.s. flag in background

World War II U.S. Navy Armed Guard
World War II U.S. Merchant Marine

In Memory of Tom Bowerman



The Men

The Ships

The Stories

And More...



Obtain Military Records

Contact Us


u.s. navy armed guard logo

u.s. merchant marine logo

Merchant Marine seal courtesy of American Merchant Marine at War,

Photograph at top of page
© 2009-2014 Dale E. Carlson

Other Interesting Stuff

Tom Bowerman, the founder and original webmaster of this website, bless his heart, included things on the site that sometimes defy easy characterization. Your current webmaster keeps finding odd things as he explores the site; it's a real treasure hunt. These bits and pieces are presented below. A few of these items have been added by the current webmaster.

American Gold Star Mothers and the Merchant Marine

Bari, Italy; memorial to victims of bombing, December 2, 1943: photo 1; photo 2; memorial to USAT CHARLES HENDERSON, bombed and exploded in Bari April 9, 1945, leading to deaths of 48 Americans and 318 Italians; contributed by Pasquale B. Trizio, Italian Mariners Association Bari, May 2011

Burying the Dead, Pearl Harbor, December 1941

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Cambridge, England

Cardiff, South Wales

Congressional Citation for Armed Guard Service

Connecticut Armed Guard and Merchant Marine killed in action in World War II

Arctic Convoys Conference, Reykjavík, Iceland, July 2008

Convoys of the Murmansk Run


Flag display box

Fort Trumbull Monument, New London, Connecticut; contributed by Rich D'Ambrosio

German propaganda leaflet

Good Old Days

Greatest Generation

Greetings and photograph from Russian Allied friends

Headstone, Markers and Medallions provided for deceased veterans by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


J. A. Jones Shipyard

Jacksonville, Florida, Veterans' Day Parade, November 2002

Japanese soldiers being repatriated from the Philippines; photographed aboard SS EDWARD EVERETT in Tokyo Bay in 1946: photo 1, photo 2, contributed by Randall Peterson

Keep It Coming! World War II poster

Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, certificate issued for crossing the International Date Line, contributed by Mark Kaminsky who received it from his father

Letter to President George W. Bush, from James W. Biscardi, Armed Guard veteran, undated

Letter (second) to President George W. Bush, from James W. Biscardi, Armed Guard veteran, 1 April 2005, and Biscardi's comments (page 1 and page 2) on his letter

Lo Tec Palmer's Page (includes photographs of World War II aircraft)

Lori Hoey Customized Graphics

Maritime Day proclamations, locations in State of Washington, 2004 and 2005

Massing of the Colors, The Citadel Military College, Charleston, SC, 6 March 2005

Merchant Marine Memorial, Camden, NJ

Merchant Marine song

Old Armed Guards Never Die - they just fade away

Personal Stories


Reflections on the Service of Merchant Mariners in World War II

Reunion, American Export Lines, March 2005

Reunion, Tin Can Sailors

Russian Convoy Club

Russian convoy medal, available to Armed Guard and merchant marine veterans

Shoemaker (California) Navy Training and Distribution Center

Site Awards

Stories, pictures and other things

Stories and pictures

South Daytona Elementary School celebrates Constitution Day

Sun Seamen's Memorial, losses aboard Sun Oil Company tankers during World War II

Thanksgiving Day menu aboard SS O.M. BERNUTH, 1942, courtesy Mike Allard

U-boat crew that milked cows in New Zealand

United States Naval Armed custom license plate, State of New York only

U.S. Merchant Marine postage stamp

U.S. Merchant Marine / U.S. Navy Armed Guard memorial in Camden, New Jersey

U.S. Merchant Marine / U.S. Navy Armed Guard memorial in Duluth, Minnesota

U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II, East Coast chapter, Charleston, SC; letter to the editor

War Brides

Warriors Medal of Valor, awarded to Tom Bowerman

What Is It?

World War I Armed Guard cartoons

World War I Navy recruiting poster

World War II Armed Guard cartoon

World War II Navy cartoons

World War II Navy recruiting poster

World War II pictures


© 2007-2014 Project Liberty Ship

Contact the Webmaster