March 1939

Merchant Ships and National Defense

Volume 23, Issue 1

THe United States Marine Corps has a vital interest in the existence of an adequate American Mercnant Marine because upon such it must depend for the transportation of its forces in time of war. Any major war in which this country is involved will require the acquisition by the Navy of a vast number of vessels for use as transports and to supplement the vessels of the fleet train. The President was cognizant of this when he presented to Congress the question of whether or not the United States should have an adequate merchant marine.

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