THE MEN WHO SAILED THE LIBERTY SHIPS pays belated homage to the U.S. Merchant Marines, civilians who volunteered for one of the most dangerous jobs of World War II: sailing cargo ships loaded with food, fuel and raw materials to the frontlines. Despite their valiant support of the Allied war effort, veteran merchant seamen waited 45 years before they received official recognition in the form of medals, disability benefits and federal cemetery plots. The documentary, filmed aboard the Jeremiah O'Brien — one of the last unaltered World War II-era Liberty Ships still afloat — intertwines stirring firsthand accounts of war at sea with personal photographs and archival film footage.
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