Everyone likes Uboats??
Having graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) and being a former Merchant Mariner.
Mariners died "direct result of enemy action or as POW on American flag ships" according to U.S. Coast Guard, 1950 (excluded Army Transport and U.S. owned foreign flag ships)
Mariners died compiled by Captain Arthur Moore ("Careless Word" 1998 edition)
Mariners died compiled by www.USMM.org
^Additional 1,100 died of wounds later according to testimony before Congress.
Comparison of Merchant Marine casualty rate to other services
How many U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Army Transport Service casualties were there in World War II? We may never know the exact count, because the U.S. government never kept accurate records as it did for other services. The best previous accounting has been by Captain Arthur R. Moore, an independent researcher, in his great work, A Careless Word -- a Needless Sinking: A History of the Staggering Losses Suffered by the U.S. Merchant Marine, both in Ships and Personnel, during World War II, American Merchant Marine Museum, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y., 1983 to 1998. Captain Moore's book lists approx. 990 ships. www.usmm.org list includes 1,600 ships.
1 in 26
1 in 34
1 in 48
1 in 114
1 in 421
1 in 56
*Number varies by source and ranges from 215,000 to 285,000. War Shipping Administration Press Release 2514, January 1, 1946, lists 243,000
**Total killed at sea, POW killed, plus died from wounds ashore
Mariner Prisoners of War
FYI: the USMMA also lost 142 midshipmen during the war and is the only service academy to have a battle standard.
So Im not a big fan! The more Uboats they sink in the movie the better!
Very happy though that they have done the movie. Another movie you might check out is
”Action in the North Atlantic”