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WWII Liberty Ships History

WWII Liberty Ships History

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THE LIBERTY SHIPSOF WORLD WAR II
Their Union CountyandOther Carolina Connections
by Bill Lee
 
 
Dedicated to the meof the American Merchant Marine and the United States Naval Armed Guard who sailed in harm’s way in Liberty Ships during World War II …and who did not return.
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~ INTRODUCTION ~
America’s wartime merchant fleet made one of the more important contributions tovictory in World War II. An all-volunteer civilian workforce of Merchant Mariners sailedthousands of vessels in harm’s way throughout that global conflict. These men paid ahigh price for their success, suffering the highest casualty rate of any service.Without their support, our armed forces could not have even gotten overseas, much lessbeen properly supplied as they fought their way to victory. A major element of America’swartime merchant fleet was a huge class of vessels known as the Liberty Ships.More Liberty Ships were built than any other class of sea-going vessels in the history of the world. Numbering 2,710, they were all mass-produced in less than five years. Thisastounding accomplishment took place in the middle of a world war that placed extremedemands on the capabilities of the United States and its allies.Not only did the men and women of America build Liberty Ships at an unprecedentedrate, they also first constructed entire new shipyards for the sole purpose of buildingLiberty Ships. One of these shipyards was in North Carolina. Two others were built andsuccessfully operated by Charlotteans who had no prior experience in shipbuilding.Three Liberty Ships bore the names of prominent Union County natives. Two were builtin North Carolina, and the third was built by a Charlotte-based firm. What follows is thestory of these Liberty Ships and their Union County and other ‘Carolina Connections’.3

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