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.