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Opening Statement of Hon. Harry E. Mitchell, a Representative in Congress from the State of Arizona

Thank you Mr. Chairman.  After what I’ve learned about the sacrifices of the brave men of the Merchant Marine, I want to congratulate you on your persistence in bringing about some measure of recognition and compensation for these overlooked patriots.  I hope that this Congress can close this chapter of our history and right this injustice.

To the Merchant Mariners in the audience, I say thank you for your service, your heroism and your patience.  You have served your country well, and you deserve our gratitude.