I was re-reading Garth Ennis’ one-shot, War Story: Nightingale just the other day.
The story tells the harrowing tale of a British supply ship during World War II which is eventually sunk. The situation is quite unfortunate, but I think it is worth noting that as bad off as the sailors had it, they, at least, were members of the British Royal Navy.
Their equivalents, the United States Merchant Marine, were not members of the US Navy, and were, in fact, not even granted Veteran status for World War II until the end of Ronald Reagan’s presidency.
While sporting a higher casualty rate than the Navy, the Army and the Air Force during World War II (almost 4%), currently, Merchant Marine veterans of World War II do not receive government benefits for their service during World War II. An act looking to pay them a small $1,000 a month pension was recently passed in the House of Representatives, and is now trying to gain approval by the Senate. If you are interested in finding out more about the Act, click here.
Sorry for not being more comic-related. It was comic-inspired, though!!
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