CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE ASSEMBLY: JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 7
Sacramento 14, Calif., January 22, 1945.
Hon. SAM RAYBURN,
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Washington 25, D. C.
Dear Mr. RAYBURN: May I invite your attention to Assembly Joint Resolution No. 7 which was adopted by the California Legislature on January 19, 1945, a copy of which you will please find enclosed.
I would appreciate receiving an acknowledgement of the receipt of this resolution.
Sincerely yours, ARTHUR A. OHNIMUS
ASSEMBLY JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 7 --
RELATIVE TO MEMORIALIZING CONGRESS TO ENACT A SEAMEN'S BILL OF RIGHTS
Whereas the members of the merchant marine are performing a war service of vital importance, serving as an essential link between production and the battle front, and as such are entitled to the same broad opportunities and protections afforded others engaged in similar patriotic efforts; and
Whereas upon signing the GI bill, on June 22, 1944, President Roosevelt stated:
"I trust that Congress will also soon provide similar opportunities * * * to the members of the merchant marine, who have risked their lives time and again during this war for the welfare of their country"; and
Whereas Governor Warren has expressed the gratitude of the great maritime State of California toward these valiant merchant seamen, and the need for congressional action in their behalf, stating: "Correction of inequalities is long overdue and I hope Congress may soon find a way of affording these brave men the benefits and protections which they are so well earning"; and
Whereas the courage, loyalty, and devotion of merchant seamen throughout the war has been attested to by such men as the late Wendell Willkie, the late Frank Knox, by Donald Nelson, by Generals Marshall, MacArthur, Eisenhower, Knerr, and Chennault, by Admirals King, Nimitz, Waesche, and Land, by Secretary of the Navy James S. Forrestal; and
Whereas no more eloquent testimony need be advanced than the proportionately the merchant seamen have lost more lives by bomb, by torpedo, by fire and privation than any branch of the armed forces: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly and Senate of the State of California, jointly, That the Congress of the United States is memorialized to enact a seamen's bill of rights along the lines of the GI bill, to remedy the existing inequities as to merchant seamen and in recognition of their outstanding service in the prosecution of the war; and be it further
Resolved, That the chief clerk of the assembly is directed to transmit copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United States. to the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, and to the Senators and Representatives from California.
[U.S. House: Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, Hearings, 79th Congress, J61 M5, 79th, v.2,
USGPO, Washington, 1946]
Merchant Seamen's War Service Act
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