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Merchant Marine Flag

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The Merchant Marines' flag has a dark blue field with the text “IN PEACE AND WAR” written above the Marines' seal and “1775” below.
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Our lightweight nylon Merchant Marine flags are designed to fly in the lightest of winds. These flags are both weather and fade-resistant to better withstand outdoor elements. This Merchant Mariner flag comes equipped with a strong canvas heading and brass grommets so that you can securely hoist it up on one of our outdoor flagpoles.


  • Made in America
  • Authentic design
  • 100% nylon
  • Sewn edges
  • Canvas heading
  • Brass grommets
  • Single/reverse

What are the Merchant Marines?

The Merchant Marines mainly have citizen-manned ships that assist the United States as a transportation service for goods and passengers during peacetime. Although these civilians are not a part of the military, the Merchant fleet can be an auxiliary to the United States Navy during war. They can be called upon to deliver military personnel and material for the Armed Forces.

When was the Merchant Marines Flag created?

On May 24, 1994, Maritime Administrator Albert J. Herberger presented a flag design to pay tribute to America’s civilian seafarers who supported the US Armed Forces in the past and present in times of war and peace. This commemorative flag was first used at the annual US Merchant Marine Memorial Service in Washington, DC. This event honors the thousands of merchant seafarers who were killed during wartime.

If you are looking for the indoor version of this flag, view our Merchant Marine Flag with Gold Fringe.