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Memorial Day: Kerouac in the Merchant Marines

28 May

Picture via Across an Underwood / Sketches on Kerouac

Jack Kerouac was in the Merchant Marines during World War II. You can read about his time on the S.S. Dorchester, which ultimately was torpedoed, here.

Kerouac made it out alive, but two of his Greek American friends from Lowell did not: Johnny Koumentzelis and Sebastian Sampas.

Today we remember all of those who selflessly gave of themselves to make our world a better place, and we think of the many families who lost loved ones.