Navy Leagues newest council, the Pacific Merchant Marine Council, was launched aboard the SS Jeremiah OBrien in San Francisco December 11 by National President John Panneton, accompanied by VADM Albert Herberger, National Vice President for Merchant Marine Affairs. RADM Frank X. Johnston, MARAD Western Administrator joined in the event.
The charter ceremony, held aboard the World War II liberty ship, was witnessed by 80 attendees as the 44 charter members were recognized and sworn in. The first Council President is Captain Kerry OBrien, USMM(Ret.), and the membership includes many merchant mariners, union representatives and Navy Leaguers who became dual members.
Pacific Merchant Marine Council is the culmination of [a concerted] effort to focus attention on the nations US-Flag Merchant Marine, according to Don Hale, Pacific Central Region president.
The setting for this important event in the Navy League, aboard the historic Jeremiah OBrien in San Francisco Bay, seemed most appropriate, Hale commented. We expect the Council to grow under Kerry OBriens leadership as the significance of its focus grows.