WORLD WAR II
The JOHN W. BROWN made 13 wartime voyages to the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean, including duty during the Anzio landings. She was also part of the liberation force of Southern France during Operation Dragoon in August, 1944. The US Navy Armed Guard gunners of the John W. Brown may have shot down one enemy plane during the liberation of Southern France in August, 1944, though this was never confirmed as a kill.
After the war, the JOHN W. BROWN carried government cargoes to help rebuild war-torn Europe and returned American troops to the United States.
TRAINING SHIP DAYS
After 1946, she was loaned by the government to the City of New York, where she became a floating maritime training high school, the only one in the United States. The ship served in that capacity from 1946 to 1982, graduating thousands of students prepared to begin careers in the Merchant Marine, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard.
When her schoolship days had ended, the first Project Liberty Ship was formed in New York City to preserve the ship. They were not successful in finding her a berth in New York and she was towed to the James River Reserve Fleet in July 1983 with her future in serious doubt.
RESTORATION AND HERITAGE
In 1988 Project Liberty Ship Baltimore was able to rescue her and restore her, and found her a home in Baltimore, Maryland near where she was built. In September 1988, the JOHN W. BROWN was rededicated as a memorial museum at ceremonies at Dundalk Marine Terminal.
Project Liberty Ship now comprises of hundreds of volunteers from many generations and from many countries. Volunteers come from many walks of life. Regular work days are held every Wednesday and Saturday, where volunteers arrive early in the morning to do restoration work and regular maintenance on the ship to keep her in shape. The ship is not only open to volunteers, but is open to the public on these days, to tour the ship and see what the volunteers do. The volunteers of PLS are dedicated to keeping the memory of the WWII Merchant Marine, and all those who served in World War II, alive and well.
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