Walter Schwartz

. . Walter Schwartz studied chemistry at Carnegie Tech, and then worked in a top industry laboratory making paint.  “You can’t win a war without a lot of paint,” he says, seriously.  Yet, Walter felt that he’d rather be where the action was during WW II.  However, after getting the cold

Jim Scheder

. . Jim Scheder served his country from 1944 to 1946 in the United States Merchant Marine Service, and from 1946 to 1951 in the United States Army. Those seven years were an odyssey. As a Merchant Mariner, his first port-of-call was Iran via the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the

Howard Pfeifer

. . Howard Pfeifer had never heard of the Merchant Marines when a cousin in the Navy advised him to join in 1943.  “You know you’re going to be drafted, and you’ll go wherever they need you,” he said.  But, in the Merchant Marines, Howard could call his own shots.  Eager

Bob Olsen

. . Bob Olsen was a marine engineer in the US Merchant Marine Service during World War II. Following the war, he served in the US Naval Reserve from 1945 until 1959

Felix Marcello

. . Felix Marcello began his military career in 1943 with the US Merchant Marines but later joined the US Army as a paratrooper at the end of 1943. He fought in the Phillipines and was part of the first wave of troops into Japan for the occupation before finishing his

Howard Pfeifer

. . Howard Pfeifer had never heard of the Merchant Marines when a cousin in the Navy advised him to join in 1943.  “You know you’re going to be drafted, and you’ll go wherever they need you,” he said.  But, in the Merchant Marines, Howard could call his own shots.  Eager

Frank Hynds

. . Francis “Frank” Hynds was born in The Bronx, New York City. By his own admission, Frank wasn’t a very good student but he was smart enough to know that joining the Coast Guard in the 1950s would be a good job for a kid looking for his start in

Ray Driscoll

. . Ray Driscoll Ray Driscoll entered the US Merchant Marines in July 1943.  He served as a helmsman in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. missing video/audio

Gerard Driscoll

. . Gerard Driscoll During World War II, Gerard Driscoll tried to join the navy when he was sixteen. His effort to join was thwarted when the recruiter discovered that Gerard had changed the date on his birth certificate. Undaunted in his efforts to be at sea during the war,