My father was a Danish sea captain commanding a private yacht off Cuba when the US government seized the yacht and "impressed" him in to the service. He was given the choice ~ Army or Merchant Marine! He chose Merchant Marine. He was in the North Atlantic convoys that were considered successful if they only lost 80% of the civilian vessels to the German U Boats! We would never have won the war without them. The Merchant Marine deserves every honor and support for their wartime sacrifices.