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Merchant Marine / Vet. Status #111922

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 19, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Jeanne Meserve) Impending decision by government about status of vets. of Merchant Marine reported; details given, maritime scenes shown from World War II. [Ex-Merchant Marine Victor TYSON - discusses World War II experiences.] [Merchant Marine historian Frank BRAYNARD - describes dangers of Merchant Marine convoys.] Issue of veteran status and benefits detailed. [American Legion spokesperson John COMER - says Merchant Marine not members of mil.] [Ex-Merchant Marine Ed SCHUMACHER - responds; describes war experiences.] Casualty rates for Merchant Marine given; scenes shown from Humphrey Bogart movie "Action in the North Atlantic", courtesy of Warner Brothers Suggestion by President Franklin D. Roosevelt that Marine get benefits recalled. [Merchant Marine attorney Joan McAVOY - says Merchant Marine has been badly treated by government] [SCHUMACHER - says he feels cheated.]

Jennings, Peter;
Meserve, Jeanne

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