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525 South Harbor Boulevard
San Pedro, CA 90731

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111 S. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731

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2800 Via Cabrillo Marina

 American Merchant  Marine 
Veterans  Memorial 
S. Harbor Blvd. at W. 6th St., San Pedro, CA 

Photo ©  Debbie Stock 

Commissioned by a group of local seamen to honor merchant marine veterans from all wars, this memorial is the first national memorial to merchant seamen in the United States. During World War II, there were 215,000 merchant mariners, including many teenage boys too young to enlist and men classified as 4-F who wanted to serve the United States military during the time Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. With More than 6,800 civilian merchant seamen losing their lives in World War II, their causality rate was the highest of any service. 

600 were  taken prisoner and more than 650 of their ships were sunk. 8,651 merchant mariners were killed at sea, 11,000 wounded, 1,100 died from their wounds ashore, 604 taken prisoner and 60 died in prison camps. 

 A bronze plaque on the memorial states, "The United States Merchant Marine has faithfully served our  country in times of war and peace hauling cargo to every corner of the world. This Memorial is dedicated to those brave men and women of all races, creeds and colors who answered that call to serve." 

 U.S.S. Los Angeles  Naval Memorial 
S. Harbor Blvd. at W. 6th St., San Pedro, CA 

Photo ©  Debbie Stock 

The heavy cruiser CA-135 Los Angeles earned her name, since she was financed by war bonds purchased by the residents of the city and county of Los Angeles. The campaign produced over $80 million, and was so  successful that it helped to finance four destroyers.

Commissioned in 19455  days prior to Japan's surrender, she spent a year in Asiatic waters before being placed in the reserve fleet. Re-commissioned in 1951, she was the first U.S. Navy vessel to take enemy  fire in Korea, and established a record for the longest-sustained bombardment ever logged by an American warship. After Korea, she returned to routine naval duties until 1963, when she was decommissioned, placed  in the reserve fleet in San Diego and scrapped in 1977. 

When the Los Angeles was dismantled, San Pedro acquired her main mast,  two anchors and one of the anchor chain capstans. Together, they form the monument that was dedicated in 1979. With code  flags and the Stars and Stripes, the mast has become a symbol of the heritage that San Pedro Harbor represents. An extensive collection of memorabilia from the Los Angeles is on display at the L.A. Maritime Museum.   .

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