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Rep. Jones & Butterfield introduce WWII Merchant Marine legislation

Two of North Carolina’s U-S Representatives have introduced bipartisan legislation to aid World War II era Merchant Marines. George Olsen has more.

Representatives G.K. Butterfield and Walter Jones yesterday introduced the World War II Merchant Marine Service Act. The bill would expand the list of documents accepted by the U-S Department of Homeland Security to prove service and to grant honorary veteran’s status to Coastwise Merchant Seamen.  Merchant Marines supported the war effort during World War II by becoming an auxiliary to the U-S Navy, transporting bulk war materials to all areas of conflict. A press release from  Rep. Butterfield’s office said Congress has previously recognized the Merchant Marine effort but made efforts to prove service onerous.  I’m George Olsen.

George Olsen is a 1977 Havelock High School graduate. He received his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1982 where he got his first taste of non-commercial radio working for their student station WUSC. After graduation he worked about five years in commercial radio before coming to work at Public Radio East where he has remained since outside of a nearly 3-year stint as jazz and operations coordinator at WUAL in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the early 1990s. On his return to eastern North Carolina he hosted classical music for Public Radio East before moving into the Morning Edition host position and now can be heard on All Things Considered. He also hosts and produces The Sound, five hours of Americana, Roots Rock and Contemporary Folk weekday evenings on PRE Public Radio East News & Ideas, and is a news and feature producer for Public Radio East.