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Savannah Propeller Club honors Liberty ship commander

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Liberty ships, some of which were made in Savannah, were the workhorse of WWII and bore the heaviest rate of casualties.

50,000 Merchant Marines gave their lives transporting men and material across the Atlantic to support the war effort.

On Thursday, Nick Craig, one of the men who served and commanded Liberty ships, was honored by the Savannah Propeller Club for his service and that of the Merchant Marines of his era.

"The casualty rate of the U.S. Merchant Marine was greater than all of the services put together. I don't think that without the Liberty ships we would have survived. Not too many people realize how close we were to being taken over by the Nazis," said Craig.

Craig was also honored Thursday by representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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