Original U.S. WWII Era Named Merchant Marine Seaman’s Identification Papers Booklet - Messman Wilbur Jackson

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Original Items: Only One Available. This is a nice little grouping that belonged to Wilbur Reginald Jackson of Monroe, Louisiana. He appears to have joined the Merchant Marines out of San Francisco, California on December 22, 1944 according to his Seaman’s Certificate of Identification. The Recruitment and Manning Organization of the War Shipping Administration states Jackson as being appointed a Seaman in the Recruitment and Manning Organization, War Shipping Administration as a Second Cook on January 11, 1945. He was discharged on September 24, 1945.

This small leather booklet contains various types of personal papers, such as his ship assignments, pay, ID card with picture, certificate of discharge, Seaman certificates (enlistment) and temporary leave passes from his time in India. The assignment cards show that he served aboard the SS DePauw Victory, a 10,730 ton cargo ship named after DePauw University.

A nice little grouping ready for research and display.

World War II United States Merchant Navy was the largest civilian Navy in the world, which operated during World War II. With the United States fighting a world war in all the world oceans, the demand for cargo and fuel was very high. Cargo and fuel was needed around the world for the United States Navy, United States Army, United States Marine Corps, United States Army Air Forces, United States Coast Guard and the support of the allied nations of the United States. American steamship companies chartered ships from the Maritime Commission and War Shipping Administration to meet the demand. Many United States Merchant Marine ships were newly built in the Emergency Shipbuilding Program, other ships were older World War I ships that were put back in service, or private ships acquired under Emergency war requisitions. The Merchant Navy operated in the Pacific War and European war. Over 200 US Merchant ships took part in the D-day Normandy landings. To make a Normandy breakwater Harbor, called Mulberry harbor, 33 merchant ships were sunk 1,000 yards from shore. Some of the ghosts merchant ships used were damaged and others were deemed too old.

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