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Putting together my grandfather's WW2 Merchant Marine service
Posted by Chris Sloan on September 15, 2021, 11:53 pm
My grandfather, Labana Otis Thompson, served in the MM from 1 July 1943 until 6 January 1945. He sailed on the Monroe (43/07/01-43/10/16), the Andrew Pickens (43/11/16-44/01/13), the William Pepperell (44/01/27-44/03/17), and Samuel Johnston (44/04/15-44/07/02). He received the MM emblem and the Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean-Middle East war zone bars.
I have a few of his uniforms and several of his documents from Panama, Italy, Norfolk, and NY.
I would be interested to see any photos of the ships or any connection to any of his shipmates or their families.
Sadly, Pap passed away in 1994 shortly after retiring from Allegheny Ludlum Steel near Pittsburgh, PA, so I never really got to hear details of his stories or document his service beyond his DD214.
Thank you in advance for any connection.