WW2 United States Maritime Service USMS Buttons x3
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For sale is a WW2 United States Maritime Service USMS Buttons Lot of Three, manufactured by Waterbury Button Co.The United States Maritime Service was established in 1938 and was responsible for training of seamen to serve in the United States Merchant Marine and U.S. Army Transport Service (which morphed into the Transportation Corps in 1942). Over the course of World War II, the U.S. Maritime Service trained nearly a quarter of a million mariners to serve on board the vessels that delivered supplies across the Atlantic and Pacific. It is difficult to overestimate how vital a role the Maritime Service played in bringing the newly created Merchant Marine up to full steam in such a short period of time. While the war might have been won without a centralized Merchant Marine, it undoubtedly would have been much longer and bloodier. Unfortunately, the Maritime Service did not publish an “official” uniform manual detailing the service’s uniforms and its components; the only guidance came in the form of a very short Officers’ Handbook published in 1943. The Maritime Service was largely dismantled in 1954; today, it is responsible for the mariner trainer conducted at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and six state-run mariner-licensing institutions. The original design of the buttons of U.S. Maritime Service uniforms featured a fouled anchor placed over a badgelike shield; encircling the design were the words “United States Maritime Service.” It was replaced by this insignia, which retains the badge and fouled anchors but also includes the laurel wreath that the Officer’s Handbook says identifies an insignia as being of the Maritime Service. This will be sent via Royal Mail 1st class signed for and dispatched within two working days.
Dorset, United Kingdom
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