Tattered Ensign

From windows of San Francisco hilltop buildings last week, office workers saw six rust-splotched cargo vessels towed through the bay. They were the first of 16 merchant ships which the Military Sea Transportation Service had ordered yanked from its "mothball" reserve fleet.

The U.S. was raising steam to win the battle of Korean supply; most of the 16 vessels will be reconditioned and possibly loaded and ready to make the 5,000-mile trip to Korea by the end of this week. Before the Senate was a bill to provide $25 million to de-mothball 134 more ships, thus quickly boost the nation's whole...

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