Maritime Administration marks 60th anniversary of Korean War
Last weekend, President Obama marked the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War by honoring the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and their allies. Acting Maritime Administrator, Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen attended on behalf of the United States Merchant Marine, whose vessels and mariners delivered to the war zone 75 percent of the troops and 90 percent of the mail, food, ammunition, and other supplies.
In December 1950, in what has been called the greatest maritime rescue in history, crewmembers of the SS Meredith Victory, a cargo ship, evacuated more than 14,000 civilians fleeing the war from the port of Hungnam. The vessel departed the port under gunfire and made it to Geoje Island without a single casualty.