American Merchant Marines in oceangoing service during the period of armed conflict (December 7, 1941, to August 15, 1945) and meet at least 1 of the following qualifications:
1. Employed by Office of Defense Transportation (or their agents) or the War Shipping Administration as a merchant seaman documented by the Department of Commerce (Merchant Mariner’s Document/Certificate of Service) or U.S. Coast Guard
2. A civil servant employed by the U.S. Army Transport Service (later renamed the U.S. Army Transportation Corps, Water Division)
3. The Naval Transportation Service; and served satisfactorily as a crew member during the period of armed conflict, aboard merchant vessels in oceangoing—that is, foreign, coast wise, or inter-coastal service (per 46 U.S.C. §§10301 and 10501) and further to include near foreign voyages between the United States and Canada, Mexico, or the West Indies via ocean routes, or public vessels in oceangoing service or foreign waters.
4. United States merchant seamen who served on blockships in support of Operation Mulberry.