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Paul Edward Hartlieb  United States Merchant Marines WWII

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SERVICE DETAILS
NAME  Paul Edward Hartlieb 
 CITY  Delphos
 CASUALTY
March 7, 1942
 WAR  WWII
 SERVICE  U.S. Merchant Marines
 SPECIALTY  Second Engineer
 RANK  Merchant Seaman
 UNIT  Merchant Ship Steel Age
 DETAILS  Missing in action or lost at sea

The Merchant Marine is a civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Navy, but not a uniformed service, except in times of war when, in accordance with the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, mariners are considered military personnel. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law granting veteran status to merchant mariners who served in war. Prior to such legislation, they did not receive veteran's benefits.
Talking about the Merchant Marines at the end of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt  said:

"[Mariners] have written one of its most brilliant chapters. They have delivered the goods when and where needed in every theater of operations and across every ocean in the biggest, the most difficult and dangerous job ever undertaken. As time goes on, there will be greater public understanding of our merchant's fleet record during this war.
 

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