My father-in-law’s World War II-era TWIC card

by Tim Flanagan on October 2, 2009

I’ve written a bit recently about the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program (especially here, healing here and here). When my wife ran across an old ID card that belonged to her father, decease she handed it to me and said “Hey look, it’s a TWIC!”

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It certainly is. Given the technology of the time, this is a pretty serious piece of ID, with the serial-numbered photo (matching the number printed on both sides of the card), the thumb print, the signature, and all the vital data.

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1 william davis October 6, 2009 at 7:19 pm

our ship agency is owned by T. Parker Host, Inc. of Norfolk, which is a traditional family operated ship agency est. in 1923

Mr. Host, now in his upper 80′s, has an interesting collection of curios in his office, one of which being a similar ID issued by the USCG from when he boarded ships under his father during WWII

i have often made reference to Mr. Host’s ID in conversation’s about TWIC issues, in truth, i am a supporter of TWIC, i think it’s a good system, clearly covert attacks and intelligence gathering on merchant cargo movements during WWII were a grave concern to port security back then, what took them so long to reinvent the system in 2008/2009 ?

the frustration with TWIC is the lack of uniformed escort proceedure’s and card readers in us ports, also, ports that have a two creditional system like here in florida, where due to a state law, you must still maintain a local port badge in addition to your TWIC (jaxport nor georgia port’s have TWIC card readers)

i guess all due course…

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