Joint Hearing of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the U.S. Senate and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives at 1:00 p.m. CDT.
Submission For The Record of Mr. Eugene F. Mccormick, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Foundation, Kings Point, NY, President and Chief Executive Officer
The Honorable Robert Filner Chairman
Veterans' Affairs Committee
United States House of Representatives
335 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Mr. Chairman:
On behalf of the more than 20,000 alumni of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (sometimes referred to as Kings Point), I would like to thank you for your introduction of and strong support for H.R. 23, the "Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2007." As we have since you first introduced similar legislation several years ago, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Foundation strongly supports this legislation and would ask for its timely passage in the Congress.
The courage and commitment to duty displayed by Merchant Mariners during World War II frequently goes unrecognized. These brave men risked life and limb constantly to ensure that critical war supplies reached their destination. In fulfilling their duty, Merchant Mariners took casualties at a rate second only to the U.S. Marine Corps in numbers. They braved German and Japanese submarines, aircraft and other hazards to ensure that critical supply lines remained open.
This bravery is not simply of historical interest to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and to all Kings Pointers. All of our wartime graduates braved the hazards as part of their academy training and 142 undergraduates were killed during war serving their country.
We as Kings Pointers believe that this nation is long overdue in recognizing the importance and the role that these brave men played in our nation's victory over tyranny. The provisions of H.R. 23 are a small price for this nation to pay to say thank you to these brave men who gave so much for all of us. Therefore, we would hope that with your support, an early mark-up could be scheduled that will lead to passage of H.R. 23 at the earliest possible opportunity.
Eugene F. McCormick
President and Chief Executive Officer