Seymour Wittek

Seymour Wittek was a long-time volunteer at NMHS who came to work at headquarters on a regular basis. His enthusiasm, willingness to tackle chores, and ability to reach out to other members made him an invaluable asset. He was a great storyteller. Seymour was a World War II hero. In 1943, he was a Coast…

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Owen Thompson

CDR Owen “Tommy” Thompson USMS, (Ret.) For over 39 years, Commander Thompson was an instructor at the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. A native of Massachusetts, he graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and later earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University. As a merchant mariner, he primarily sailed the run from…

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Retired in 1996 and moved to Southport, NC in 1997 and asked myself what do I do to keep out of my wife’s hair? Volunteer! I discovered there is a maritime museum in Southport and quickly volunteered. Initially, minimal work like sweeping floors but soon started painting, building shelves, etc.. Several years ago the museum…

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