Capt. Jim Tobin

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Captain Jim Tobin is president of the U.S. Merchant Marine Alumni Association and Foundation.

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National Maritime?Day: Remembering our Past, Focusing on our Future

By Capt. Jim Tobin 2018-05-22 13:12:00

On May 22, six days before Memorial Day, many Americans will quietly observe National Maritime Day, a day set aside 85 years ago by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to acknowledge the importance of our merchant fleet and remember mariners who died in service to our nation. Many Americans are unfamiliar with the work of the Merchant Marine and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, but it is worth remembering their contributions to our nation’s security and prosperity. The U.S. Merchant Marine is fleet of U.S.-flagged vessels that carry commercial...

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