Bernard F. Flynn commemorates sacrifices of US Merchant Marines

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Author’s new book, 'Bargain Basement War Heroes' pays tribute to brave men, women of WWII

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Told with an unflinching voice, this vivid portrayal of Merchant Mariners commemorates their courage and the great part they have played in the freedom that Americans enjoy today.

The United States Merchant Marines took a lead role in the country's war efforts during the Second World War. They lost the most lives among any other branch of the military. Yet, only over half a century later, their sacrifice seemed to have gone to smoke, slowly fading from the annals of history and reminisced only by their scant survivors. It is this sentiment that motivated author and Merchant Mariner veteran himself, Bernard F. Flynn to pen down "Bargain Basement War Heroes" (published by AuthorHouse) as a tribute to the men and women who fought with their lives in battle.

"Bargain Basement War Heroes" is a first-hand account of the struggles that Merchant Mariners went through during the war. It chronicles the institution of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point New York which is now considered a hidden treasure of the American federal academies, shares stories from the battlefield and tackles various issues that a Merchant Marine encountered decades after their bravery was no longer required. It does more than just rock the boats but open a can of worms that might cause squirming in high places past, present, or future.

Told with an unflinching voice, this vivid portrayal of Merchant Mariners commemorates their courage and the great part they have played in the freedom that Americans enjoy today. It is also a dedication to the modern day youth about the history they have never witnessed but will always be a part of.

“Bargain Basement War Heroes”
By Bernard F. Flynn
Hardcover | 6x9in | 368 pages | ISBN 9781496948632
Softcover | 6x9in | 368 pages | ISBN 9781496948618
E-Book | 368 pages | ISBN 9781496948625
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
In 1940, Bernard F. Flynn graduated from Boston English High School, the oldest public high school in the United States. In early 1942, he was accepted as an officer candidate in the newly established Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. He sailed in deadly waters as a cadet trainee all of 1943 and graduated as a licensed officer in 1944. These ships supplied the war under combat conditions. He went active duty afloat on a US Navy cruiser in 1945 and left the navy in 1947. He got married in 1947 and raised eight children, but his youngest died at 8 years old from a fall. He was employed as a sales representative in 1947 and became the president of a rope, cordage and twine firm that he started and ran until 1993. He was married twice, surviving both spouses. He passed away in 2015.

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